A tale of two Christmas parades

In this season of giving and sharing, especially for those who are less fortunate, we have had a long tradition here in the Beach where everybody young and old chips in. Here is the story of two Beach Santa Claus parades, one 100 years ago and one just a few weeks ago. Everybody loves a […]

A look at the laws of Christmas

Do you remember “The Law of Toyland”? It was an advertising campaign from many, many years ago by the then shopping retailer, Zellers. If you remember Zellers then you remember the days when the Christmas season did not really begin until officiated by the Eaton’s Santa Claus Parade every November. And if you remember Eaton’s, […]

Christmas crafts at Arts on Queen

This holiday season, Arts on Queen will be featuring handcrafted Christmas ornaments created by artist, Margo Hubka. Hubka carefully scours auctions, antique and flea markets in order to source vintage items including tea cups and upcycled materials to create her intricate decorations, each one uniquely named with its own story. Her holiday decorations are as […]

Neighbourhood Centre prepares to deliver Christmas cheer

Lisa’s smile grows when she remembers how Neighbourhood Centre made her Christmas last year. For over 30 years, volunteers at the community centre near Main Street and Danforth Avenue have bought, wrapped, and delivered free turkey dinners and Christmas gifts to families in need. A single mother with a son and baby daughter, Lisa received one […]

Neighbours helping neighbours for Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner and for most it is a festive time. But for some this is not the case. As Community Centre 55 begins making plans to once again feed those in our neighbourhood who might otherwise go hungry at Christmas, I am reaching out to the community to make this possible. […]

Share A Christmas campaign wrap up

Volunteers who joined this year’s Share A Christmas campaign say the charity drive is what makes their Christmas. Run by Community Centre 55, Share A Christmas delivered food and gifts to 775 families on Dec. 22, and 517 children’s toys the next day. Centre 55 also provided turkeys for Christmas dinners held at Calvary Baptist […]

Ideas for the green thumbs on your list

Christmas can be frustrating for gardeners and those who love them. If you give gardeners a gardening gift, they will (sigh) have to wait for months to use it. But if you wait until spring, what are you supposed to do? Put a spade in their Easter basket? So go ahead, indulge your favourite gardeners […]