News in Brief

An open house to discuss planned improvements to Williamson Park Ravine will be held tomorrow (Wednesday, Feb. 5) at L’ecole Elementaire Catholique – Georges-Etienne-Cartier, 250 Gainsborough Rd., from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Proposed upgrades to the park, located between Gainsborough Road and Wildwood Crescent, include installing a staircase on the eastern slope, a small water crossing and improved trail surfaces, all of which will ultimately provide increased safety for park users while protecting the trees and reducing erosion. For more information contact Wendy Strickland, Natural Environment Specialist, Parks, Forestry and Recreation, at 416-392-7111 or


Amateur astronomers will want to attend the Star Party at Gerrard Ashdale Library, 1432 Gerrard St. E., on Thursday, Feb. 6, from 7 to 8 p.m.. This is an opportunity for participants to view the moon and Jupiter through a telescope. The event is presented by the Dunlop Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics. All ages welcome.


Bring your skates, hockey sticks and toboggans to the fifth annual Fairmount Park Winterfest, Saturday, Feb. 8, from 2 to 5 p.m. Organized by neighbourhood rink builders The Icemasters, the event promises some great music by The Lost Boys, a ski and skate exchange, hockey and skating, hot chocolate, cider and hot dogs. Fairmount Park is located behind Bowmore Public School, 1725 Gerrard St. E., between Woodbine and Coxwell Avenues.


Parents of teens and near-teens are invited to Danforth Collegiate and Technical Institute Thursday, Feb. 20, for a presentation on Cracking the Teenage Code: Building Conscious Communication with your Teen by Michael Eisen. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for a 7 p.m. start. The school is located at 800 Greenwood Ave. For more information about this free event email organizers at or visit


PRO Martial Arts will hold a Family Day fundraiser for the Central Neighbourhood House (CNH) on Monday, Feb. 17, from noon to 4 p.m. The event, dedicated to “Families Helping Families,” includes free martial arts classes every half hour, a meet and greet with Rocky the Rhino mascot, a raffle draw and board breaking where each board broken will trigger a donation to CNH. The dojo, in the plaza on the northeast corner at Gerrard Street East and Victoria Park Avenue, offers a martial arts program aimed at building on character development skills in children. For more info, see the website at

A women’s self defence course will be held at Community Centre 55, 97 Main St., on Sunday, Feb. 23 and Sunday, March 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Award-winning instructor Marilyn Walsh will teach women how to control panic through kicks and hits to attackers’ weak points, release chokes and holds, defences against weapons and more. The cost is $30 and you must register in advance. To register, or for more information, call Evonne Hossack at Centre 55, at 416-691-1113 ext. 222.

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