News in Brief for June 14, 2016

Beach Metro News history columnist Gene Domagala is hosting another of his popular guided walks, this time through the Kew Gardens neighbourhood along Queen Street East. The walk will take place Friday, July 1. Meet up with Gene in Kew Gardens at 1 p.m.


A couple of public drop-ins laying out plans for the proposed Woodbine Bike Lane project will be held next week.

The proposed lanes, part of the 10 year Cycling Network Plan, will run from Queen Street East to O’Connor Drive and connect with existing bike lanes on Cosburn Avenue and proposed bike lanes at Norway and Corley Avenues.

The first drop-in will take place Wednesday, June 22, at Stan Wadlow Clubhouse, 373 Cedarvale Ave., and the second at St. John the Baptist Norway Chuch, 470 Woodbine Ave., on Thursday, June 23, both from 5 to 8 p.m. For more information visit


Toronto Beach Rotary are inviting organizations to apply for grants of up to $500 for projects that assist people in the Beach community. The deadline is Monday, June 20. For more information and to download the application form, visit


The Beach BBQ & Brews Festival will be held in Woodbine Park on Father’s Day weekend, Friday, June 17 to Sunday, June 19.

The annual event offers barbecue competitions, grilling demonstrations, craft vendors, beer and beverage vendors, live music, a children’s area and lots more.

Admission is free. Visit Friday from 3 to 11 p.m., Saturday from noon to 11 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m.


Canada Day, July 1, will be celebrated in a number of venues.

East York is gearing up for its annual festivities that include a parade from Dieppe Park to Stan Wadlow Park where the fun continues with live music, food and carnival rides, culminating in a spectacular fireworks display in the evening.

Beach Hill is celebrating with a barbecue and door prizes at the Naval Club, 1910 Gerrard St. E., starting at 11 a.m..

In Woodbine Park, the holiday will be celebrated with the Q107 Canada Day Picnic, beginning at noon. The event includes midway rides, food, a beer garden and Rock & Roll Tributes.

And don’t forget the annual fireworks display in the evening at Ashbridges Bay.


The city will hold an open house on the updated development application for the former Wise Guys Tavern and postal sorting facility at 2301 and 2315 Danforth Ave. on June 20.

The 8-storey proposal has been cut by about 300 square metres, and increased from 166 to 172 residential units. The previously proposed ground floor live/work units have been replaced by a plan for retail and commercial along Danforth. The new plan still includes 14 rental replacement units.

The open house will run from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, June 20 in the multi-purpose room at Secord Community Centre, 91 Barrington Ave. Councillor Joe Mihevc will host, since local Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon lives close to the proposed development.

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