News in Brief for June 16, 2015

The Beach Village BIA is co-sponsoring the Q107 Canada Day Picnic at Woodbine Park on July 1. The massive patriotic party features live music, a Kids Fun Zone, and fireworks. The event starts at noon and runs until 10 p.m. Anyone heading to the park should consider transit, bikes, or walking, as parking will be tight with an expected attendance of 100,000.

As an alternative, consider the 58th East York Canada Day event. A parade beginning at Dieppe Park, 455 Cosburn Ave., at 10 a.m. will travel through East York to Stan Wadlow Park at Woodbine and Cosburn. Events and live entertainment will take place in the park with fireworks finishing off the day at about 10:15 p.m.

The inaugural Summer Solstice Festival is set for the evening of Sunday, June 21. Celebrating the longest day of the year, the event will include entertainment, followed by a procession to the beach, a drum circle, and a bonfire. Proceedings get underway at 6 p.m. at Prana Fitness, 2245 Queen St. E., followed by the trip to the waterfront at 8 p.m. Find Summer Solstice Festival: The Beach on Facebook.

A group of residents near Blantyre Park are rallying to have a splash pad installed. When Jodi Harper saw a city crew at work in the park she thought the time had come, only to discover the new project was a gazebo. She has started an online petition in support of a splash pad, which at press time had 345 signatures.

In recognition of Aboriginal Day, Feathers of Hope and the federal Truth and Reconciliation Commission, St. John Catholic Church will hold a special public mass featuring Native symbolism on Sunday, June 28, at 3 p.m. Native displays will be set up in the parish hall and refreshments will be available after the service. The church is located at 794 Kingston Rd., two blocks east of Main Street. Parking is available. Please note the Hall is stair access only.

Beaches Lodge freemasons are hosting their ninth annual sandcastle building competition as part of International Sandcastle Day. Teams and individuals are welcome to join in the fun starting any time on Sunday, June 28 just east of the Woodbine bathing station on the beach. The Beaches Cup will be awarded to the best design at 3 p.m. Families, students, and local businesses have all taken part in the free event in past years. The contest runs rain or shine. Organizers anticipate a future run for the Guinness record for most sandcastles built on a beach in one day.

The Beach and East Toronto Historical Society will hold its annual general meeting on Tuesday, June 23 at the Beaches branch of the Toronto Public Library, 2161 Queen St. E. at Lee Avenue. Registration starts at 6:30 p.m., with the meeting set to run from 7 to 8:15 p.m. The annual report, constitution, and bylaws will be presented, and the new BETHS website will be officially launched. New members are always welcome.

The first outdoor Leslieville Flea of the season is set for Saturday, June 21 at the Ashbridge Estate, 1444 Queen St. E. Vendors offer handcrafted furniture, vintage clothing, antiques, crafts, and more, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Find out more at

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