News in Brief

Cancelled. Variety Village has cancelled the mayoral election debate that was previously scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 11.

Residents are invited to remember the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives in the 9/11 terrorist attacks this Thursday, Sept. 11 at 1 p.m. in the Millennium Peace Garden in Woodbine Park, just south of Coxwell and Eastern Avenues. The service is sponsored by Trull Funeral Home and organized by Community Centre 55. For more information, call 416-691-1113 ext. 224.

Wine and beer lovers will find plenty to taste at the Toronto Beach Rotary’s Corks ‘n Kegs wine and beer tasting fundraiser at Beach United Church from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, September 12. Proceeds will return to the greater Beach community, with $5,000 earmarked for Community Centre 55’s self-defense course for girls.

Runners, walkers, cyclists and wheelchair users are all welcome to join the 34th Terry Fox Run of Hope at the Toronto Beaches on Sept. 14. Registration starts 8:15 a.m. by the Woodbine Beach bathing shelter, and the route opens at 9:15 a.m. Visit the Toronto Beaches Terry Fox Run Facebook page for more info on how to raise pledges.

Kew Gardens Tennis Club, together with Community Centre 55, will host a charity weekend Sept. 13-14 featuring team and tennis pro exhibitions and clinics, target games, a silent action, 50/50 draw and the Kew singles semi-finals. Proceeds go toward CC55’s Share a Christmas campaign. Visit for more information, or phone 416-699-1635.

Beachers are invited to honour super volunteer Carole Stimmell, the 2014 Beaches Citizen of the Year, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20 in the Millenium Peace Garden at Woodbine Park.

Anyone wearing red to the Applicious fall festival on Sunday, Sept. 20 will get a free activity ticket to the Applegrove Community Complex fundraiser. From apple games to bouncy castles, arts and crafts to face painting, the 7th Applicious festival will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in a new location: Jonathan Ashbridge Park. Visit for more information.

Gene Domagala will re-visit the Beach Hill neighbourhood in an upcoming historical walk, starting at Grant AME Church on Gerrard Street East and ending at the Gerrard Ashdale Library. The Sept. 27 walk starts at 1 p.m. at the corner of Gerrard Street East and Golfview Avenue.

As part of the 100th year commemoration of the start of the First World War in 1914, members of a committee planning a ceremony for the Beach is looking for information about the challenges experienced by people in the community during the war.

Members of the committee would love to hear about the men and women from the area who served, but they are also seeking stories about how people on the home front coped with shortages and the loss of so many young men from the work force. Perhaps you know a story about how local residents contributed to the war effort, maybe by knitting stockings or sending food to the front?

The information will be included in a booklet to be distributed on Remembrance Day, Nov. 11, as part of a special parade and presentation at the Kew Gardens cenotaph.

Send anything you think might be of interest, including photos, to by Oct. 15.

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