News in Brief

Beach Metro News, in cooperation with Community Centre 55, will be hosting a debate for candidates from the major parties in the upcoming provincial election in the Beaches-East York riding.

The meeting will take place at St. John the Baptist Norway Anglican Church, 470 Woodbine Ave. just north of Kingston Road, at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, June 2.

Readers with questions they would like answered at the debate are invited to email them to A selection of submitted questions will be asked of candidates.

Do you know a local unsung hero? Nominations are now open for the Beach Citizen of the Year.

The designation has been awarded annually since 2001, and is intended to honour neighbourhood volunteers who toil for the greater good of the community, often without recognition. Winners are celebrated during a ceremony at the Millennium Garden, at the corner of Coxwell and Eastern Avenues, where their name is etched in stone along with past winners.

Anyone is welcome to nominate someone. Worth noting is that nominations are no longer carried forward each year, so if you nominated someone in the past and they haven’t won, please consider doing so again.

The citizen is chosen by past winners, along with representatives of the award founders: Community Centre 55, the Beaches Lions Club and Beach Metro News. Find the nomination form online at For more information, call Nancy at 416-691-1113.


Beach dog lovers are invited to a canine party for local pooches as Community Centre 55 holds its annual Slobberfest, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 31 at the foot of Lee Avenue.

Activities include everything from a trick contest to a best kisser contest, from the crowning of the Slobber King and Queen to a marketplace of dog-centric vendors. Admission is free. For more info, visit

The East Lynn Farmers’s Market will open for the season on Thursday, June 5, in East Lynn Park, 1949 Danforth Avenue, west of Woodbine. Be ready to stock up on fresh local fruits, vegetables, meats, breads and more every Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. For more information visit

The Leslieville Farmers’ Market, at Jonathan Ashbridge Park, at Queen Street East just west of Coxwell Avenue, is open Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Among the fresh veggies available right now are asparagus, kale, spinach, beets, fiddleheads and Swiss chard. Visit for more information.


The Danforth East Community Association (DECA) will hold its second annual community-wide yard sale on Saturday, June 7, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., rain or shine. Bargains will be available from Main Street to Monarch Park, and from the train tracks to Mortimer/Lumsden.

Pick-up of unsold items for donation to charity can be arranged. To find out how to sign up or for a map of sales, visit


Toronto Beach Rotary is ready to make a financial donation to one inspiring local youth project. Local organizations are invited to propose a project idea that focuses on youth (from birth to high school age), and that has potential for sustainability. The proposed project must be self-contained and would have to be completed by May of next year. $5,000 from a September fundraiser will go toward the chosen project. For more information or to download a project application, visit


At Gerrard Ashdale Library, celebrate Asian Heritage Month by learning Turkish kilim – or carpet – weaving on Saturday, May 31 from 2 to 4 p.m. Frames and materials will be supplied by the Turkish Society of Canada. This event, for adults and teens, is by registration only. Call 416-393-7717 or visit the library at 1432 Gerrard St. E.

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