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The City of Toronto is holding an open house on Wednesday, April 16, to outline upcoming construction along Danforth Avenue between Woodbine and Victoria Park Avenues. The project, slated to begin in June, involves watermain replacement, road and sidewalk reconstruction, paving and streetscape improvements. The work is scheduled to be completed by November. Project staff will be on hand at the open house, to be held at 2575 Danforth Ave., to outline the project schedule, address disruption concerns, and answer questions. For more information, or to sign up for email updates, contact Josie Franch at

Treemobile, a project of Transition Toronto, is gearing up for a late April delivery and planting of fruit trees and shrubs. The organization offers, at low cost, many different varieties of trees, such as apple, pear and cherry, shrubs including black and red currant, and perennials such as asparagus and rhubarb. The group’s next planting day is Sunday, April 27 and orders must be placed by April 18. Visit for more information.

Community Centre 55, 97 Main St., will hold its annual Environment Day on Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Turn in old audio equipment, amplifiers, audio recorders, cameras, computer components, copiers, fax machines, speakers, TVs, telephones, video players, recorders and more. Hazardous waste will be accepted too. That includes aerosol cans (not empty), antifreeze, bleach, cleansers, batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, medications, mercury thermometers, nail polishes, pool chemicals and more. Donations of gently-used furniture (dressers, beds, couches, kitchen and dining room tables, lamps, small kitchen appliances, etc) will go to the Furniture Bank for families in need. For a complete list of acceptable items, visit, and for more information call 416-691-1113.

Leslieville Junior Public School is celebrating its 150th anniversary on Saturday, April 26, with an open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Festivities include a welcome ceremony at 1 p.m. with Duke Redbird, Councillor Paula Fletcher and Trustee Cathy Dandy, a keynote address by local historian, Joanne Doucette, about the history of Leslieville, and a tree planting at 2:30 p.m. in honour of The Maple Leaf Forever composer, and the school’s first principal, Alexander Muir. A ‘Decades Room’ will give former students and visitors a glimpse into the past.

A service of Holocaust Remembrance commemorating Yom Hashoah and affirming Yiddish culture will be held Sunday, April 27, at the Beach Hebrew Institute, 109 Kenilworth Ave., at 2 p.m. The service will be in English, Hebrew and Yiddish. Everyone is welcome. For more information call 416-694-7942.

What Matters To You? is the focus of a meeting for all local residents to share ideas, suggestions, concerns and priorities in drafting an open letter to politicians and candidates. The meeting will be held at Community Centre 55, 97 Main St., on Monday, April 28 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. For more information or to reserve a seat, call Nancy at 416-691-1113 or email

The Beach Hill neighbourhood will hold its second annual Clean-up Day on Sunday, April 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A ‘command post’ will be set up on Gerrard Street at the top of Williamson Park Ravine opposite Fairmount Park. Participants are encouraged to spruce up any part of the ‘hood they think needs it. The event includes a ‘Guess how many garbage bags 50/50 raffle’. To find out more visit

Organizers for Jane’s Walk, the annual homage to neighbourhood activist Jane Jacobs, are looking for residents who see their neighbourhood in a fun, informative and unusual way, to lead walks in their community on the weekend of May 2, 3 and 4. If you are interested visit

Local city councillors voted to widen the south sidewalk along Danforth Avenue by about two metres between Kelvin and Lutrell Avenues, matching sidewalk width east and west of that block. The city’s transportation division said the $150,000 sidewalk extension will not will cancel any street parking or impede traffic flow.

The Greater Beach Neighbourhood Association spoke at Queen’s Park last week to support a bill that would give the City of Toronto, not the Ontario Municipal Board, final say over land-use disputes. Tabled by NDP MPP Rosario Marchese (Trinity-Spadina), the private member’s bill passed second reading last March and is being considered by Ontario’s Finance and Economic Affairs committee.

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