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Gerrard Ashdale Library is celebrating its 90th birthday with a celebration on Thursday, May 15, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Photos and artifacts will be on display, and refreshments will be served. The library is located at 1432 Gerrard St. E. Call 416-393-7717 to find out more.


A community consultation to review a planning application for 14 Trent Avenue will be held Thursday, May 15, at Main Square Community Centre, from 7 to 9 p.m. The application proposes a 12-storey residential building on the site currently occupied by a bingo hall and a parking lot. Trent Avenue runs south from Danforth Avenue, east of Dawes Road. For more information contact planner Francis Kwashie at 416-392-1306, or Ward 32 Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon at 416-392-1376.


The GTA Rollergirls G-sTARs take on the Renegade Derby Dames’ Striking Vikings in women’s flat track roller derby at Ted Reeve Arena, 175 Main St., on Saturday, May 17. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the game starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Kids under 12 are free with adult accompaniment. There is lots of free parking. For more information visit


Cantemus Singers and founder and conductor Michael Erdman will hold their annual plant sale fundraiser on the Victoria Day weekend, May 17 to 19. The group raises money each year for the food bank that operates out of St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church in Regent Park. More than 1,000 garden perennials will be for sale at 14 Lyall Ave. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.


Farmers’ markets will be popping up in area parks in the next few weeks. Fairmount Park Farmers’ Market, on Gerrard Street East between Woodbine and Coxwell Avenues, will run on Wednesday, May 21, at 3 p.m., offering farm fresh produce, and artisanal dinner under the stars, live music and activities, until 7 p.m. Visit for more information.


55 Division police will hold their annual Police Week community fair at Woodbine Park, at the corner nearest Kingston Road and Queen Street East, on Wednesday, May 21, from 4 to 8 p.m. rain or shine. The event includes children’s activities, seniors’ bingo, barbecue, music, a jumping castle, and prizes. For more information call 416-808-5500.


Councillor McMahon’s Ward 32 Enviro Day & Festival will be held in the parking lot of Ted Reeve Arena, Gerrard and Main Streets, on Saturday, May 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Drop off items for recycling and donation and pick up info about environmental initiatives. There will be a barbecue, music and lots more. For more information call the councillor’s office at 416-392-1376.


True Davidson Acres will hold its annual Spring Fling on Saturday, May 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event features raffles, crafts, books, original artwork, gently used household items and a bake sale and tea room. Entertainment and a barbecue are also on the roster. The long term care facility is located at 200 Dawes Rd., and all proceeds from this event will support the residents’ programs.


The Beach Hill Neighbourhood Association will hold its third annual Spring Fling on Saturday, May 24, from 1 to 7 p.m. Activities include a tree tour with local arbourist Michelle Bourdeau, from 1 to 2 p.m., a Gerrard historical walk with Beach Metro News history columnist Gene Domagala from 2 to 3 p.m., and a street beautification project, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., where hundreds of annuals will be planted along Gerrard. Grab a bite to eat from the Blue Chip food truck, starting at 4:30 p.m., and head over to the Naval Club for refreshments. Bring a potluck dessert to share. Festivities wind up around 7 p.m. Donations to Forward Baptist Church food bank and ‘Pennies for Pegasus’ are appreciated. For more information visit


The Beach Village Spring Fling takes place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 23 to 25. Shoppers will want to check out the sidewalk sales all along Queen Street, and the kids will enjoy the entertainment, including an amusement ride, face painting, music and more, at Ivan Forrest Gardens, at Queen and Glen Manor Drive. Visit for more info.


For the first time in its 10-year history, Woofstock, the largest festival for dogs in North America, is being held in Woodbine Park, on Saturday and Sunday, May 24 and 25. In addition to the classic Fashion Show, Mr. & Mrs. Canine Canada Pageant, and the Running of the Pugs, this year’s event also offers an Ultimutts dog show, a Doggy Kissing Booth, and an off-leash play area. For more information visit


The Toronto-Beaches Walk for Dog Guides will be taking place at Woodbine Beach on Sunday, May 25, starting at 10 a.m. This event is one of 200 taking place across Canada, raising funds to train dog guides to assist people with visual, hearing, medical or physical disabilities such as diabetes, epilepsy and autism. The cost of training and placing each dog guide is $25,000, but money raised through this event enables recipients to get them at no cost. Visit to find out more.

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