News Briefs for August 23, 2016

It’s all about pollinators at the Fairmount Park Farmers’ Market August 24. An observation beehive will be on site, and, for those interested in more than observing, a workshop on bee home building will run for the duration of the market. Later in the evening, the market will be screening ‘Bee Movie’. The Fairmount Park Farmers’ Market is at 1725 Gerrard St. East.

The Canadian Bangladeshi Organization Network is hosting a Multicultural Festival in Dentonia Park on Saturday, August 27 from 9 a.m to 9 p.m. The Muticultural Mela will feature food, live music and dance performances, and activities for kids. The stage will be in the west end of the park, facing north east.

A climate change town hall will be held Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Beach United Church at 140 Wineva Ave. Co-hosted by Beaches-East York MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, MPP Arthur Potts, and Ward 32 councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon, the event will “focus on how government, business, and individuals can all work together to tackle climate change.”

Community Centre 55 hosts the 15th year of remembrance for the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016 at the Millennium Garden on the south east corner of Coxwell and Eastern at 1 p.m. The event honours the thousands of lives lost in the attack, including the medical service workers killed rescuing people from the Twin Towers and due to medical complications since.

Curious about the Beach’s giant oak trees? Arborist Todd Irvine hosts a walk through the neighbourhood, visiting some of the oldest trees in the city, on Sunday, Sept. 18 at 1:30 p.m. The walk starts at the north east entrance of Ivan Forrest Garden (131 Glen Manor Dr.) and ends at Queen Street East and Balsam Avenue.  The walk will include some rough grounds and slopes, and is free but with a suggested $5 to $10 donation. “Dip into the lush Glen Stewart Ravine, a picturesque remnant of the original forest that once blanketed the area. Explore ways to protect trees from the pressures of development, like building a house on stilts to protect the roots of the surrounding oaks.”

The Beach Hill neighbourhood will be more colourful soon as work begins to install benches along the retail corridor between the Fairmount Park Community Centre and Devon Road. The project has been in the works for some time, and residents will notice this week the removal of old benches and the presence of city representatives and councillors assessing where the new benches should be placed. Following installation, the Beach Hill Neighbourhood Association is planning a party in October to celebrate.

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