Ladle It Up! is back, bringing the best soup creators in the East End together for a night of slurping goodness. The annual contest, held at Community Centre 55, will be free this year to celebrate the Centre’s 40th anniversary. From 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25, stop by CC55 at 97 Main St. to test offerings from the Gull and Firkin on Queen Street East, Melanie’s Bistro on Danforth Avenue, The Grover Pub on Kingston Road, and AMS Pizza and Wings on Main Street. The winner holds on to The Silver Ladle for a year, as well as bragging rights. Check out centre55.com or call 416-691-1113 for more information.
The Beach Village BIA’s ninth annual Family Day celebration, Family Sunday in the Beach, will take over Queen Street East from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 14. The theme this year is fire and ice, with ice sculptures and games, fire performers, firefighters and more. There will be live entertainment in Kew Gardens and at Ivan Forrest Gardens, along with special sales and events at shops and locations all along Queen Street. The day’s events will also include a sneak preview of the Winter Stations installations, officially launching on Balmy, Scarborough and Kew Beaches on Monday, Feb. 15. See thebeachvillage.com and winterstations.com for more information.
A free tax clinic for low income households will be held at Centre 55 in March. Volunteer chartered professional accountants will help prepare personal tax returns for individuals with no dependents and a gross family income of less than $30,000, and for individuals with dependents, including a spouse or equivalent, and a gross family income of less than $40,000. The sessions will be held at CC55, 97 Main St., on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. by appointment only. To find out if you qualify, to make an appointment, or for more information, call Cameron or Jasmin at 416-691-1113.
Beaches-East York MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith is encouraging local employers to hire young people this summer to take advantage of the federal government’s doubling of the Canada Summer Jobs program. The program subsidizes minimum wage up to 50 per cent for businesses.