Celebrate 100 in 1 Day in the Beach

The annual 100 in 1 Day festival will take place Saturday, June 6. This now-global festival, which began in Bogota, Colombia, in 2012, encourages individuals and citizen-led community groups to hold small neighbourhood events with an aim to foster awareness about urban and social issues. Some of the ‘urban interventions’ being held locally include music-making, a dog-friendly event, and an homage to gardens.

Sunflower Celebration, hosted by the East Toronto Climate Action Group and Susan Crofts, invites participants to see the group’s greening project near the Woodbine TTC station. A native prairie garden on Strathmore Boulevard grows woodland and false sunflower species that produce food for birds, butterflies and bees. Sunflower cookies will be shared while enjoying this urban oasis. Meet at Strathmore Blvd. at Coleridge Ave. 10 a.m. to noon.

Tie a Yellow Ribbon, hosted by Jana Redford, Nicholas Melymuk, Kelly McAllister, and Ilda De Sousa, aims to show that outdoor spaces can be inclusive for all Torontonians, including four-legged ones. This intervention will provide information about The Yellow Dog Project, an organization that promotes tying yellow ribbons on dogs that may need a little extra space, such as fearful ones, dogs that may be in pain from recent surgeries, or rescue dogs that haven’t yet had sufficient training or mastered obedience. Dog treats, water, and free yellow ribbons will be available. Woodbine Park (Queen St. E. at Northern Dancer Blvd.) 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Rhodes Jam is a music-sharing intervention hosted by the Gerrard India Bazaar merchants and residents. Musicians and music-lovers are invited to bring their own instruments and make music in the street at this giant community jam. Face painting, henna designs, and crafts add to the fun. Gerrard St. E. at Rhodes Ave. 4 to 8 p.m.

There are many more interventions taking place in the East End on June 6. Visit 100in1day.ca to see the full list.

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