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Community Centre 55 is hosting its annual Silent Auction fundraiser on Friday, March 27. A selection of products and services donated by community residents and businesses will be auctioned between 6 and 8 p.m. For more information, or to find out how to donate, call Justice or Cameron at 416-691-1113.

The centre will hold its annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny on Saturday, March 28, from 8 to 10 a.m. Join the centre’s mascot, Hamper, and the Easter Bunny for a delicious plate of pancakes and maple syrup ($3 per person) or stop in for kids’ crafts and Easter egg hunts, the first at 8:30 a.m. and the second at 9:30 a.m. (bring your own basket). For more information call 416-691-1113 or visit Community Centre 55 is located at 97 Main St., at the corner of Swanwick Avenue.

The annual Beaches Lions Easter Parade will take over Queen Street East on Easter Sunday, April 5. Starting at 2 p.m., the Beach tradition – a year shy of its 50th birthday – will run from Nursewood Road to Woodbine Avenue. Traffic will not be allowed on or across Queen Street east of Woodbine for the two-hour duration of the parade. For more information, visit

Paper lanterns are set to illuminate the third annual Earth Hour Lights Out! Celebration in Kew Gardens on Saturday, March 28, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Dance and sing along to live music during the internationally-observed Earth Hour, with music by AnimalKyngdom, Dale K. Jones, and Muhtadi drummers.

The annual Beaches Spring Sprint returns to the boardwalk on Saturday, April 11. Registration for the event will be held at the Beaches Recreation Centre, 6 Williamson Rd., from March 31 to April 1 and April 7 and 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. The race consists of a 5 km run or walk for adults and seniors, a 2 km run for children, and a 2 km walk for seniors, beginning and ending just east of the Balmy Beach Club. Start time is 9:30 a.m. for adults and 10:30 for the kids’ race. For more information call 416-392-0740 or visit the event page on Facebook.

The Bowmore Make It! Fair is back by popular demand, returning to Bowmore Public School’s senior gym on Saturday, March 28. For  pay-what-you-can admission (suggested amount $2 per person or $5 per family), do-it-yourself enthusiasts can make cardboard creations, build with Lego, join a multi player Minecraft game on networked Raspberry Pi mini computers, take part in interactive demonstrations, and lots more. When hunger pangs threaten to interfere with the creative process, grab a quick bite at the snack table. The event, sponsored by the Bowmore School Council, runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 80 Bowmore Rd. For more information visit

Volunteers are needed at two Beach locations to help out with the Canadian Cancer Society’s Daffodil Campaign in April. If you are able to donate a few hours to sell fresh daffodils or daffodil pins, your help would be greatly appreciated at Loblaws Victoria Park Market and Beach Valu-Mart. Funds raised during Daffodil Month go to research and support services for local patients and their families. To sign up to help or for more information, visit

Upper Beach residents have just a few days to submit their favourite name for the ‘No Name’ park north of Gerrard Street and William Hancox Avenue, unofficially known as William Hancox Park. Local city councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon is inviting residents to email ideas to by Friday, March 27 and to contact her if they would like to help organize a naming vote.

A jury of local artists has selected a winning design for the International Mother Language Day monument that a non-profit group hopes to install in Taylor Creek Park this year. Featuring a trio of columns decorated with words from the 170 languages spoken in Toronto, the concept design was prepared by Monir Hussain, Apurba Bhaumik, and Tariq Mahbub Khan.

True Davidson Meals on Wheels is looking for drivers and delivery people who can help start a new route south of Danforth Avenue. Working in pairs, volunteers deliver hot or frozen meals to local seniors and people with disabilities. For info, call Neighbourhood Link at 416-691-7407.

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