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Local nutritionist Sheila Ream will visit Community Centre 55, 97 Main St., on Monday, Jan. 20. The Centre’s popular Nutritionist in the House program gives you an opportunity to meet one-on-one with Ream and discuss anything pertaining to healthy eating. Ream is a certified nutritionist and mother of three who believes health is determined by what we eat, drink and think. The free private appointments are a half hour long, available between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. To book, call CC55 at 416-691-1113.

CC55 is taking bookings now for its Winter Festival of Lights coach trip on Thursday, Jan. 30. The bus will depart from Centre 55, 97 Main St., at 1:30 p.m., making its first stop at the Upper Canada Cheese Company in Niagara Region. The next stop is a cake and pastry boutique, followed by a fish and chips or roast chicken dinner at Betty’s Restaurant. The final stop is the festival of lights along the Niagara Parkway before returning to the centre at 9 p.m. Tickets are $55 per person, all included. To book, or to find out more, call Evonne at 416-691-1113 ext. 222.

The bagpipes are calling you to attend the annual Robbie Burns Dinner and Ceilidh at Fallingbrook Presbyterian Church on Saturday, Jan. 18, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The Scottish menu includes roast beef, neeps, tatties and, of course, haggis. Entertainment includes a piper, music, dancing and readings. Tickets to this popular event are $30 and are available by calling 416-699-3084 or emailing The church is located at 35 Wood Glen Rd. at Kingston Road.

East End Arts will host another of its networking events on Friday, Jan. 17, at Art Cave, 155 Lamb Ave. The Visual Artists Show & Share encourages participants to bring a couple of their pieces of artwork to show for discussion and feedback. The event will start at 7 p.m. and end at 9 p.m. For more information visit

The Scarborough Model Railroaders invite you to hop on board for their annual Train Show at 17 Jeavons Ave., Sunday, Feb. 23 and Sunday, March 2. The organization sets up two floors of model HO and N scale railroads featuring authentic steam and diesel sound and digital command control with passenger and freight train operation. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fares are $5 adults, $2 children, $3 seniors, and $12 for a family. For more information visit

About 50 households on Courcelette Road joined in a Red Ribbon toy drive this Christmas, collecting more than 100 toys for children at Emily’s House, a paediatric hospice. To learn more about Emily’s House, visit the website at

It may be snowy and cold but Beach Garden Society members are already planning spring plantings and summer blooms. At their meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 21, guest speaker Rodger Tschantz will talk about What You Absolutely Need to Grow in 2014! The meeting starts at 7:15 p.m. at the Adam Beck Community Centre, 79 Lawlor Ave. New members and guests are welcome to come and chat with fellow gardeners or borrow a book from the library. For more information email or visit

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