News Briefs for Sept. 22, 2015

The Beaches Rec Centre is hosting a bake sale and raffle to help Syrian refugees. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3. Anyone who would like to donate baked goods or raffle prizes is asked to call Gaby at 416-371-1756.

Community Centre 55 is hosting its annual Car Show & Shine on Sunday, Sept. 27, in the Ted Reeve Arena parking lot (at Gerrard Street East, just west of Main Street). Vintage and classic cars will be on display, food and drinks will be for sale, and a fun time is planned for all. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds from the event support CC55’s year-round programs. Admission is free. For more information contact Evonne Hossack at 416-691-1113 or

Birchcliff Bluffs United Church’s annual Fall Fest and Antique Appraisal will be held at the church, 33 East Rd. (at Warden and Kingston Road), on Saturday, Oct. 3, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Among the items for sale will be vintage treasures, clothing, signed prints by Beach artist Elizabeth Berry, fresh Ontario produce, and home baking. Have breakfast and a barbecue lunch, too. Antique appraisals will be done for $5 per item, and consignments of fine antiques, jewelry, sterling, and watches will also be accepted. Vendor tables are available at $30. For more information, call Linda 416-690-7230. The venue is wheelchair accessible.

An ‘Adopt-A-Park-Tree’ launch will take place in Fairmount Park, 1725 Gerrard St. E., on Saturday, Oct. 3. The Beach Hill Tree Team, along with LEAF’s Young Urban Forest Leaders, will lead participants through a hands-on mulching event from noon to 1 p.m., followed by a guided tree tour through the park from 1 to 2 p.m. Get to know the various species of trees growing in the neighbourhood, including the new fruit and shade trees that are part of the Adopt-a-Park-Tree program. Registration is recommended.

Cyclists may feel safer riding on Woodbine and Norway Avenues next year. According to the city’s 10-year cycling plan, new bikeways will be painted on Woodbine between O’Connor Drive and Danforth Avenue, and from Kingston Road to Queen Street East. More bike markings are planned for Norway Avenue.

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