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Community Centre 55 will hold its annual Winter Carnival on Saturday, Jan. 31 at Kimberley Public School, at the corner of Main Street and Swanwick Avenue, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Planned activities include cross country ski and toboggan races, an ice hunt, ring around the reindeer, penguin races and lots more in the school yard. Inside the school, a bouncy castle, obstacle course, vendor tables, bake sale and kids’ crafts are on offer. Call 416-691-1113 for more details.

Snowshoe races are just part of the fun at Community Centre 55's annual Winter Carnival. BEACH METRO NEWS FILE PHOTO
Snowshoe races are just part of the fun at Community Centre 55’s annual Winter Carnival.

The Fairmount Park Ice Masters are making sure the rinks are ready for their annual community Winterfest, at Gerrard Street East and Bowmore Road, on Saturday, Feb. 7, from 2 to 5 p.m. One ice surface will be available for pleasure skating while hockey aficionados can practise their skills and play shinny on the other. The event also includes sledding, face painting, refreshments, a warm-up room, and an outdoor wood stove. The Lost Boys & Friends will provide musical entertainment. Bring used skates and skis to trade at the Skate & Ski Swap.


Toronto District School Board trustees Sheila Cary-Meagher, Ward 16, and Jennifer Story, Ward 15, are hosting a community consultation on Tuesday, Feb. 3.

The meeting is intended to gather input on the provincial education minister’s directives and the future of the TDSB. The report includes directives that the trustees say hinders their ability to communicate with and advocate for students and families. There is also a potential for closures of under-utilized schools.

The meeting will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 3 at Earl Haig Junior and Senior Public School, 15 Earl Haig Ave., southeast of Coxwell and Danforth Avenues. For more information email (Ward 15) or (Ward 16).

A public meeting about two condos proposed for Kingston Road near Main Street will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5, at the Beaches Recreation Centre, 6 Williamson Road. Ward 32 councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon and city planners will be on hand to provide information about the 51-unit, six-storey condo proposed for 622 and 646 Kingston Rd., as well as the 56-unit, six-storey condo proposed for 663 Kingston Rd. For more information, call the councillor’s office at 416-392-1376.

On Valentine’s Day, members of the East End Community Health Centre will lead a fun, food-loving trip to the Loblaw grocery store at Victoria Park and Gerrard. Free for families with children ages 8 to 12, the workshop will explore healthy-eating habits. For more info, or to register, phone Olivia at 416-778-5805 ext. 208.

Community Centre 55 is offering a series of Kidsproof Safety workshops for children aged five to 12 years old. The workshops, with instruction by Samantha Wilson, author of Safe Kids Safe Families, offers non-threatening, entertaining and memorable lessons that teach children skills for making safe choices. Topics include Never Bee Lost, Cybersafe, Stranger Smarts and Home Alone. Course fees start at $20. To register, contact Lainey Anderson at 416-691-1113 or

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