Local libraries are welcoming special guest performers in February to mark Black History Month.
On Thursday, Jan. 23, at 6:30 p.m., the Beaches branch, 2161 Queen St. E., presents Toronto’s poet laureate, George Elliott Clarke, in Bards at the Beaches Library. Accompanying him will be Ayesha Chatterjee, Peter Norman and Anna Yin, reading their own poetry as well as the works of Scottish poet Robbie Burns. For more information call 416-393-7703.
On Monday, Feb. 3, award-winning poet, playwright and lyricist Motion presents Wordz in Motion, an interactive session of rap, storytelling and hip hop theatre, at Gerrard Ashdale Library, 1432 Gerrard St. E., from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. For more information visit motionlive.com or call 416-393-7717.
Main Street Library, 137 Main St., hosts comedian Kenny Robinson on Wednesday, Feb. 5, from 7 to 8 p.m. Robinson is a two-time Gemini Award nominee and host of The Nubian Disciples All-Black Comedy Revue at Yuk Yuks. For more information call 416-393-7700.
Community Centre 55, 97 Main St., will hold a foot care clinic on Monday, Jan. 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., by appointment only. Each session costs $20 and includes a foot exam and foot care for such common annoyances as calluses and in-grown nails. To book an appointment or for more information call CC55 at 416-691-1113.
Lazy Daisy’s Cafe, 1515 Gerrard St. E., will hold its Woodshed Open Mic night on Saturday, Feb. 8, starting at 7:30 p.m. Local musicians are invited to bring their instruments and take the stage. The evening is hosted by Linda Lavender and David Shilman. There is no cover charge. To find out more visit lazydaisyscafe.ca.
The Global Sunrise Project and The Canadian Voice of Women for Peace will hold a mid-winter Take the Sun in Your Soul Celebration on Saturday, Feb. 1 at the Beaches Recreation Centre, 6 Williamson Rd. This fundraiser promises an evening of friendship, music, dance, games, a silent auction and more. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. For more information on the event and the project, email email@example.com or visit theglobalsunriseproject.com.
Community Centre 55 will hold its annual Winter Carnival on Saturday, Jan. 25, at the centre, 97 Main St., and across the street at Kimberley Public School, 50 Swanwick Ave . The festivities get underway at 9 a.m. with a pancake breakfast at the centre until 10 a.m. The cost is $3 per person. From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., the Kimberley gym beckons with craft tables, a bouncy castle, indoor snowball toss and more. From noon until 2 p.m., head outside to the field for cross-country ski races, an ice hunt and penguin races. The school lobby houses a bake table and refreshments for sale. Call 416-691-1113 for more information.
Niagara-on-the-Lake is the destination for Community Centre 55’s April seniors’ trip. The two-day expedition takes in a visit to the Shaw Festival Theatre, a tour and wine tasting at Jackson Triggs winery, overnight accommodation at the Prince of Wales Hotel, and stops, during the return trip, at Kurtz Orchards and the Upper Canada Cheese Company. The cost is $200 and spots must be booked and paid for by Feb. 5. Call 416-691-1113 to arrange.