News Briefs

Local 55 Division police are collecting donated school supplies for underprivileged students. Until Sept. 27, donations are welcome at the front desk of 55 Division station, which is on the northeast corner of Coxwell Avenue and Dundas Street.

Bagpipes, books and bake sales will take over Birch Cliff on Saturday, Sept. 19 for the Birch Cliff Village Day Out. The free event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and also includes a farmers’ market, kids’ crafts and sidewalk sales along Kingston Road from Warden Avenue to Birchmount Road. Visit the Facebook event page for more info, or call 647-657-7994.

Community Centre 55 is gathering stories and recollections to be included in a book commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. The writers are especially interested in hearing from or about local women who served in the forces or the women’s land army, or who came to Canada as war brides. To share your stories please contact by Oct. 15.

The Walk to End Canine Cancer will be held Saturday, Sept. 26. This annual fundraising event for the Smiling Blue Skies Cancer Fund starts with registration at 10:30 a.m. followed by the walk along the boardwalk from the foot of Lee Avenue to Ashbridges Bay, beginning at noon. Dogs of all kinds, dog owners and dog lovers are all invited to participate. This year’s event includes a Mooseketeer Program for children aged three to 12, and a Canine Capers Challenge. For more information visit the group’s Facebook page, endcaninecancer, or visit

Candidates campaigning in the Oct. 19 federal election have been invited to a public debate on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at St. John Norway Church. Hosted by Beach Metro News, the debate will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The annual 9/11 Remembrance Service will be held Friday, Sept. 11, at 1 p.m. at Millennium Garden, located at the southeast corner of Coxwell and Eastern Avenues. This marks the 14th year Community Centre 55 has hosted the event. For more information call Nancy at 416-691-1113 ext. 224.

The 35th annual Terry Fox Run to benefit cancer research will take place on Sunday, Sept. 20. The Beach run starts from the Woodbine changing station at 9 a.m., with registration opening up at 8 a.m. Participants gather pledges in advance and complete either a 5 km run or walk, or a 10 km cycling route. To sign up or for more information see

History buffs and Beach boosters are invited to the unveiling of a historical plaque at Kew Williams Cottage, at the southeast corner of Kew Gardens, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12. The presentation will be followed by a historical walk through the Beach neighbourhood, led by history author Barbara Myrvold from the Toronto Public Library. The walk will last up to two hours and will finish at the Beaches library branch. A donation of $5 is suggested.

Poets will perform rain or shine on Sunday, Sept. 20 at the East End Poetry Festival. Led by George Elliot Clarke, Toronto’s poet laureate, the free event will also feature performances by John Oughton, Cathy Petch, Jill Jorgenson, Patrick Walters and special guest Jermaine Henry. With live music, an all-ages poetry workshop and kids’ activities, the event will run from noon to 4 p.m.

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