News in Brief

Award-winning author and historian Jean Cochrane will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Beach and East Toronto Historical Society, Tuesday, March 25, at the Beaches Library, 2161 Queen St. E., starting at 7 p.m. Cochrane wrote Kensington and, along with her late husband Glenn, penned The Beach: An Illustrated History from the Lake to Kingston Road. She is a previous Beach Citizen of the Year.

Community Centre 55, 97 Main St., will hold its annual Silent Auction & Pasta Night on Friday, March 28, starting at 6 p.m. This fundraiser offers an opportunity to bid on items from Beach merchants, plus a delicious pasta dinner that includes soup/salad, beverage and dessert for $7 per person. Reservations and payment must be made by Wednesday, March 26 at 5 p.m. Call 416-691-1113.

Registration for the Beaches Spring Sprint will be held March 25, 26, 27, 31 and April 1 and 2 at the Beaches Recreation Centre, 6 Williamson Rd., from 7 to 9 p.m. The cost is $25 cash or cheque. Hosted by the Beaches Rec Centre Advisory Council, the race, which takes place on Saturday, April 5, is a 5 km run/walk and a 2 km kids’ run and seniors’ walk. For more information on the race email

East End Community Health Centre is seeking volunteers to serve on the board of the non-profit organization. The centre provides health, social and community outreach services to newcomers to Canada, low-income individuals and families, and cultural minorities. Community members or clients of East End CHC who are interested in volunteering as a board member are welcome to apply. For more information contact Joyce Kalsen, Executive Director, at 416-778-5858 by Tuesday, May 6, 2014.

The gardeners among us may want to pick up some heirloom seeds or join a workshop about composting at Seedy Saturday and Green Fair on Saturday, March 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Blessed Cardinal Newman High School, 100 Brimley Rd. S. There will be garden club tables where gardening experts will be taking questions, green exhibits, bee products, worm composting, electronics recycling and much more. The kids may want to try their hand at building at bat/bird house. The event is hosted by the Stewards of the Earth at St. Agatha Catholic School, the Treehuggers at Blessed Cardinal Newman Catholic School and Seeds of Diversity. For more information visit or email

If you know of a wonderful garden in your neighbourhood, the Beach Garden Society would like to hear about it for possible inclusion in the organization’s annual garden tour. Send an email to and include the address and, if possible, some contact information so that organizers can follow up. The garden tour will take place in late June.

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