News in Brief

The Neighbourhood Centre needs drivers to help deliver baskets of toys, clothing and food to families in the Main Street and Danforth Avenue area on Friday, Dec. 20 from 9 a.m. to noon. The annual Holiday Hamper Program operates at 91 Barrington Ave. For more information call Zuzuky Diaz at 416-698-1626 or email

Community Centre 55’s Share A Christmas food and toy deliveries will take place Sunday, Dec. 22, beginning at 1 p.m. at 97 Main St. Over 700 families in the East End benefit from this annual campaign. For more information call the centre at 416-691-1113.

There is still time to have your gifts ‘green’ wrapped for Christmas. The Beach Business Hub, in Suite 301 at 2181 Queen St. E., is offering a Christmas eco gift wrap on Sunday, Dec. 22, from noon to 4 p.m. Gently used paper, bows and gift boxes will be used. The gift wrap and a cookie sale is by donation, with all proceeds going to the Red Door Family Shelter’s Holiday Giving Program and to Greening Ward 32’s community greening initiatives. Call 647-748-1311 or email for more info.

The 8th annual Carolling in Cassels Park, in the Gerrard Street East and Woodbine Avenue neighbourhood, will take place on Sunday, Dec. 22, at 7 p.m. Bring your singing voices and a flashlight to this popular event.

Local, native German speakers who would like to chat with others in German about food and traditions are welcome to a Beachers German Meetup at Wunderland Cafe, 1905 Queen St. E., on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 3 p.m. This is the first of what is hoped to be many more social get-togethers. For information contact Martina at or call 647-208-1810.

The holiday season can be especially stressful for families whose loved ones have drinking problems. Any festive event could end in conflict or confrontations when someone drinks too much. Al-Anon/Alateen Family Groups offer help and hope to those who have been affected by someone else’s drinking. Call 416-410-3809 or visit for information.

Beginning in April 2014, the East York Baseball Association ( will be fielding its first all-girls competitive team. The pee-wee level team, for girls born in 2001 to 2003, will play competitive ball across southern Ontario and will have the chance to be scouted for the provincial bantam girls team. According to EYBA President Mike Holmes, 25 per cent of current house league players are girls, and two, Samantha Collins and Jessica McKibbon, played with Team Ontario at the bantam championships. Tryouts for the new team will take place at Variety Village beginning in January and are open to all eligible girls in the former East York and the old City of Toronto east of the Don River.

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