Applegrove Community Complex is inviting the community to banish the winter blahs at its 2nd annual Family Dance and Winter Social on Saturday, Feb. 6. This ‘Superheroes and Villains’-themed event will be held in the gym at Duke of Connaught School, 60 Woodfield Rd., from 2 to 4 p.m. Organizers encourage everyone to wear a costume and come out for dancing, treats, crafts and more fun. Admission is pay-what-you-can with proceeds supporting applegrove. Visit the website for more information.
The Naval Club of Toronto is celebrating its 81st birthday with a party and open house on Sunday, Feb. 7, from noon to 6 p.m. There will be light refreshments and, of course, birthday cake. For more information call 416-924-2811.
A number of Beach area churches will be welcoming hungry parishioners to their annual pancake suppers on Shrove Tuesday, Feb. 9, as the traditional feast before the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday.
St. Aidan’s Anglican Church, at the corner of Queen Street East and Silver Birch Ave., in cooperation with Beach United Church, will serve up a delicious dinner of pancakes, sausages, dessert and drinks between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Adults pay $7, children 12 and under $3, with all proceeds going to outreach programs. At St. Saviour’s Anglican Church, 43 Kimberley Ave. at Swanwick, the pancake supper is free, but donations to the church’s grocery gift card program are gratefully accepted. The event runs from 6 to 7:45 p.m. St. Nicholas Anglican Church, 1512 Kingston Rd. at Warden, in the Birch Cliff neighbourhood, will be plating pancakes, sausages and real maple syrup between 5:30 and 7 p.m. Adult admission is $5, children $3, and larger families $15. Birchcliff Bluffs United Church’s pancake supper runs from 5 to 7 p.m., with a cost of $8 for adults and $4 for children. The church is located at 33 East Rd. at Warden Avenue.
The Friends of Glen Stewart Ravine present Jason Ramsay-Brown, author of Toronto’s Ravines and Urban Forests, at Community Centre 55 on Thursday, Feb. 11. Ramsay-Brown has explored over 100 ravines and urban forests in the city, and included a chapter on Glen Stewart Ravine in his book. He will share his knowledge of natural and local history, and discuss the current threats and possible strategies to protect these urban oases. For more information about the event, call 416-691-7150 or visit the group’s website.