Nominations are now being accepted for the next Beach Citizen of the Year. The award is bestowed annually on a community member who consistently strives to make life better in our Ward 32 neighbourhood. If you know a local hero who has coached a team, delivered Meals on Wheels, provided shelter to the homeless or helped out in myriad other ways for many years, let the judges know. Send your candidate’s name, along with information about why you feel they should be nominated, to ‘Citizen of the Year,’ Community Centre 55, 97 Main St., Toronto, ON, M4E 2V6. Visit centre55.com to fill out the online nomination form, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for submissions is Friday, Aug. 7 at 5 p.m. The winner will be honoured with a ceremony in the Millennium Garden in September.
Toronto Beach Rotary is hosting The Beaches Tune Up Jazz Run, a 20k, 10k and 5k run and walk, on Sunday, July 12, in Kew Gardens. This training run for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon is a fundraiser for the Toronto East General Hospital Foundation, and is put on as part of the Beaches International Jazz Festival. Bib pick-up begins at 7 a.m. and runs begin at 8:15 a.m. with staggered start times. All races start on the boardwalk and follow the Martin Goodman Trail. For more information see canadarunningseries.com/jazz/index.htm.
This fall, the Kingston Road Village Concert Series, along with local library branches, will present Bohemians In Brooklyn: Beaches Reads 2015 with Tom Allen and Friends. The event focuses on the book The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers and includes book discussions, a movie screening, and an original cabaret performance at Kingston Road United Church. Read the book this summer, and visit kruc.ca/concerts and watch upcoming issues of Beach Metro News for more info.
WoodGreen Meals on Wheels is in urgent need of drivers to help deliver hot noontime meals to homebound seniors and people with disabilities living in the East End. Deliveries usually take about two hours. Applicants must have reliable, regular access to a vehicle, a valid driver’s licence, proof of insurance and be available weekdays from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. A minimum three-month commitment is requested. For more information please contact the Volunteer Services staff at 416-645-6000 ext. 1109 or 1881, or email email@example.com.