News Briefs for March 22, 2016

Queen Street East will be lined with kids and grown-ups alike waiting expectantly for the top dog, or rather top ‘bunny’, at the tail end of the Beaches Lions Easter Parade on Sunday, March 27. This year marks the 50th for this perennial Easter Sunday crowd-pleaser. The parade gets underway at 2 p.m. at Munro Park Avenue and heads west along Queen, ending at Woodbine Avenue. For more information call 647-957-0135 or visit Some traffic disruptions will occur as Queen Street will be closed for most of the day.


Runners from near and far will be lacing up for the 29th annual Beaches Spring Sprint on Saturday, April 2. The ever-popular harbinger of spring, hosted by the Beaches Recreation Centre Advisory Council, offers a 5 km run and a 2 km run/walk for kids and seniors. Races get underway at 9:30 a.m. Registration will be held March 22, 23, 30 and 31 at the Beaches Rec Centre, 6 Williamson Road, from 7 to 9 p.m.  For more information email


Prom wear can be an expensive proposition, but a non-profit community organization is helping students with economic barriers get ready for the big day. New Circles/Glow, focusing on low-income residents in Crescent Town and several other Toronto neighbourhoods, is accepting donations of new and nearly-new prom dresses, suits and accessories until April 15 for their annual Prom Boutique. Shirts, pants, ties, shoes, evening bags, and jewelry are also welcome. To make a donation in the Beach, email Lise at For more information visit


A series of workshops devoted to helping amateur scribes, aged 55 and over, pen their life stories will be held at Community Centre 55 beginning April 5. A supportive, fun and relaxed atmosphere will support the process of writing unique and personal stories, and the only materials needed are a pen and notebook. The six-week program, held on Tuesday mornings, will be led by Patricia McCully, a life coach, teacher and author. The fee is $45. For information and registration, call 416-763-2540 or email


Community Centre 55 will hold a silent auction fundraiser on Friday, April 1, offering a wide variety of goods and services donated by Beach merchants. The event will run from 6 to 8 p.m. and admission is free. CC55 is located at 97 Main St. To make a donation, or for more information, call Cameron Boyle at 416-691-1113 ext. 226.


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