News Briefs for Feb. 23, 2016

Community Centre 55’s annual Soup Night, a taste-tempting evening of sampling and judging the delicious offerings of local soup purveyors, will be held Thursday, Feb. 25, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at 97 Main St. Competing this year for the winner’s coveted Silver Ladle will be Melanie’s Bistro, The Grover, The Gull and Firkin, and AMS Pizza and Wings. While normally a fundraising event, this year’s Soup Night is a free admission event in honour of CC55’s 40th anniversary. For more information call 416-691-1113.

All aboard for the Scarborough Model Railroaders’ semi-annual Train Show, stationed at 17 Jeavons Ave. in Scarborough on Sunday, Feb. 28, and Sunday, March 6. One floor of HO layout features 1950s-era freight and passenger service with authentic steam and diesel sound effects. Another floor features N scale passenger and freight trains traversing mountainous terrain. Adult fare is $5, children $2, seniors $3 and families $12. The show will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information on the club visit

The first in a series of ‘Ask the Expert’ evenings will be held at Community Centre 55 on Monday, Feb. 29, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. This inaugural session will focus on wills, estates, RRSPs, RIFs and taxes, with a local lawyer and accounting professional answering questions. There is no admission fee but donations are welcome. For more information call 416-691-1113.

The Beach Hill Neighbourhood Association will hold a town hall meeting on Tuesday, March 1, at The Naval Club, 1910 Gerrard St. E. Everyone is welcome to stop in, meet neighbours, share refreshments and find out more about the BHNA and its plans for area improvements. New memberships are welcome. Funds support the association’s beautification work. To find out more visit

Volunteer Corner

Chester Village long-term care facility, at Danforth and Warden Avenues, is looking for caring and dedicated people to help in their Village Café, take part in a friendly visit with residents, be a meal buddy, help with activities or to assist in other areas, all in a flexible and fun environment. Training is provided. Contact Andrea at 416-446-2173 ext. 229 or download application at

Organizers of the Beaches Spring Sprint need volunteers to help with race day activities on Saturday, April 2, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The annual race features a 2 km run or walk for kids and seniors, and a 5 km run along the boardwalk. Volunteers can also help out in advance either at pre-race registration evenings March 22, 23, 30 and 31 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Beaches Recreation Centre, or by putting up posters. Email for more information.

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