Toronto Public Health is looking to help with your health goals for 2013

Posted on December 31, 2012

 

“Toronto Public Health can help with your health goals for 2013

Toronto residents are considering their New Year’s resolutions for 2013 and improving health is sure to be the focus of many resolutions. Toronto Public Health (TPH) can help individuals achieve their health goals.

“If your New Year’s resolution is to be healthier, Toronto Public Health is here to support you throughout the year,”said Catherine Clarke, Manager of Healthy Living. “Even small changes can result in big improvements. No matter what your health goal – whether it’s quitting smoking, adding walking to your daily routine or making healthier food choices – TPH can help you.”

Want to quit smoking? Talk to a nurse at 416-338-7974 to get started. TPH is offering 1,000 free quit kits, which include sugarless gum, a stress ball, a toothbrush and other tools to help you through your cravings.
http://www.toronto.ca/health/smokefree/quittingsmoking/

If exercise is your goal, start by walking more. You can count your steps with the aid of a pedometer lending program presented through Toronto’s public libraries. Walk on local trails and in parks, walk inside a mall, or join a walking tour to explore the city and its neighbourhoods. http://www.toronto.ca/health/walkintohealth/

After all the holiday indulging, the start of the new year is a great time to get back on track with healthier eating. Start by cutting down on portion sizes. Read labels for calorie counts and for fat and sodium content.

Toronto residents and visitors can also ask restaurant staff for the nutritional information diners need to make healthier meal choices, or can check for the information online when they order take-out or make a reservation. TPH’s registered dieticians can answer nutrition questions to help individuals meet their healthy eating goals.
http://www.toronto.ca/health/nutrition/

More information about these and other health-related matters is available at 416-338-7600 and http://www.toronto.ca/health. “

City of Toronto – Ski Hills Set To Open

Posted on December 31, 2012

 

“Toronto’s two ski and snowboard centres set to open December 31

The City of Toronto’s Centennial Park and Earl Bales Ski and Snowboard Centres will open for the season on Monday, December 31.

Both centres are located near public transit and have affordable lift, equipment and instruction rates and great hours. Both sites feature ski and snowboard schools, snowboard and downhill ski rentals, helmet rentals, snowmaking equipment, night skiing and a snack bar.

Centennial Park Ski and Snowboard Centre
256 Centennial Park Rd., 416-394-8754
For the opening on Monday, this location will have one run open, serviced by a carpet lift.

Centennial Park centre’s holiday hours:
December 31 and January 1: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
January 2 to 4: 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Regular hours of operation (in effect starting January 5):
Monday: Noon to 9:30 p.m.
Tuesday to Friday: 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Earl Bales Ski and Snowboard Centre
4169 Bathurst St., 416-395-7931
This location is serviced by a chair lift and a rope tow. The building has a fireplace.

Earl Bales centre’s holiday hours:
December 31: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
January 1 to 4: 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Regular hours of operation (in effect starting January 5):
Monday to Friday: 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The use of helmets is mandatory at City of Toronto ski and snowboard facilities for participants of all ages in the following groups: school board programs and group participants, instructional program participants, freestyle and ski race program participants and instructional staff, on-hill supervisors and ski patrol members.

More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/parks/prd/skiing/ or by calling 311. “

RVHS & The Revue Cinema Present: The Real Story Behind The Toronto 1950's Boyd Gang

Posted on December 31, 2012

 

“Who would have thought that there was a Roncesvalles connection to Canada’s most notorious bank robber.

Indeed, when Edwin Alonzo Boyd escaped, with two of his friends from the Don Jail in 1951, he took refuge in a house on Wright Ave.

And the next bank target just happened to be the Bank of Toronto at Dundas and Boustead Ave. Boyd and his so-called gang made off with $4,300.

Unfortunately, Boyd and his pals should have been a little more circumspect about concealing their ill-gotten gains.  They got fleeced. And it happened in Roncesvalles.

Come to The Revue on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 6:30 p.m. to learn more about Boyd, who had the looks of an Errol Flynn and the athletic abilities to match. (He liked to jump up on bank counters during robberies.)

The Roncesvalles Village Historical Society is co-sponsoiring a screening of Citizen Gangster, the recent feature directed by Nathan Moriando.

Enjoy a Q&A with Nate Hendley,author of Edwin Alonzo Boyd: The Life and Crimes of Canada’s Master Bank Robber, plus a video with Moriando. Tickets: $10/$13.”

 

To learn more about the revue cinema and this event please see:

http://revuecinema.ca/books%C2%B7music%C2%B7art/articles/book-articles/2011/the-boyd-gang-tuesday,-jan-15,-630-pm

 

To stay up to date on the latest Roncesvalles Village Historical Society (RVHS) news check out:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Roncesvalles-Village-Historical-Society/117085905037427

 

As well the RVHS will be holding their next public meeting on Thu, Jan 03 – 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the High Park Library (228 Roncesvalles Ave.), everyone is welcome to come out and learn more about our neighbourhood.

 

 

 

RVHS & The Revue Cinema Present: The Real Story Behind The Toronto 1950’s Boyd Gang

Posted on December 31, 2012

 

“Who would have thought that there was a Roncesvalles connection to Canada’s most notorious bank robber.

Indeed, when Edwin Alonzo Boyd escaped, with two of his friends from the Don Jail in 1951, he took refuge in a house on Wright Ave.

And the next bank target just happened to be the Bank of Toronto at Dundas and Boustead Ave. Boyd and his so-called gang made off with $4,300.

Unfortunately, Boyd and his pals should have been a little more circumspect about concealing their ill-gotten gains.  They got fleeced. And it happened in Roncesvalles.

Come to The Revue on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 6:30 p.m. to learn more about Boyd, who had the looks of an Errol Flynn and the athletic abilities to match. (He liked to jump up on bank counters during robberies.)

The Roncesvalles Village Historical Society is co-sponsoiring a screening of Citizen Gangster, the recent feature directed by Nathan Moriando.

Enjoy a Q&A with Nate Hendley,author of Edwin Alonzo Boyd: The Life and Crimes of Canada’s Master Bank Robber, plus a video with Moriando. Tickets: $10/$13.”

 

To learn more about the revue cinema and this event please see:

http://revuecinema.ca/books%C2%B7music%C2%B7art/articles/book-articles/2011/the-boyd-gang-tuesday,-jan-15,-630-pm

 

To stay up to date on the latest Roncesvalles Village Historical Society (RVHS) news check out:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Roncesvalles-Village-Historical-Society/117085905037427

 

As well the RVHS will be holding their next public meeting on Thu, Jan 03 – 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the High Park Library (228 Roncesvalles Ave.), everyone is welcome to come out and learn more about our neighbourhood.

 

 

 

Sunnyside Beach – New Years Day Annual Polar Bear Swim

Posted on December 31, 2012

 

 

“More than 300 people will brave the icy waters of Lake Ontario in the eighth annual Toronto Polar Bear Dip at Sunnyside Beach on New Year’s Day.

Hosted by the Toronto Polar Bear Club, the event will raise money to build Habitat For Humanity homes for Toronto families, who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford their own homes.

Since 2005 the Toronto Polar Bear Dip has raised more than $130,000 for Habitat for Humanity Toronto – funds that have gone directly towards purchasing building materials to build more Habitat Toronto homes for families in need. This year’s fundraising goal is $30,000.

A lone bagpiper will lead the dippers to the water and Toronto-based musician Noel Johnson will perform, welcoming dippers back on shore for the presentation of prizes to the top fundraisers.”

 

To read the entire article on this chilly event please see:

http://www.insidetoronto.com/news-story/1489192-hundreds-prepare-for-dive-into-annual-polar-bear-dip/

 

To find out more about the dip and how to donate see:

http://www.torontopolarbear.com/

Winterlicous 2013

Posted on December 27, 2012

 

 

 

Winterlicious, Toronto’s culinary celebration presented by American Express, will offer two programs, the Winterlicious Culinary Event Series and the Prix Fixe Promotion, from January 25 to February 7.

Toronto food lovers continue to embrace the Winterlicious and Summerlicious programs produced by the City of Toronto. In the years since the two programs’ inception, participating restaurants have served 3.7 million meals during the promotion and have generated more than $166 million in economic activity for the local culinary industry.

2013 Culinary Event Series
The Winterlicious Culinary Event Series features 14 one-of-a-kind ticketed culinary experiences featuring diverse cuisine hosted by some of Toronto’s finest restaurants and venues. These gastronomic events draw inspiration globally – from Scotland’s highlands to Paris’s bistros to Japan’s tea houses. Local fare, theatre and cocktails are also in the culinary event lineup this year.

For a complete list of culinary events and how to purchase tickets, visit http://www.toronto.ca/winterlicious.

2013 Prix Fixe Promotion
For 2013, 191 restaurants city-wide are participating in the Winterlicious Prix Fixe Promotion.  Three-course prix fixe lunch menus are priced at $15, $20 and $25, and dinner is priced at $25, $35 and $45.

Restaurants start taking reservations for the prix fixe promotion on Thursday, January 10, 2013.

Reservations are strongly recommended and are to be made directly with the participating dining establishment. The list of participating restaurants is available at http://www.toronto.ca/winterlicious.

Visitors to the official Winterlicious website http://www.toronto.ca/winterlicious can locate and sort restaurants by price, neighbourhood and cuisine, and share their list through social media. An interactive map helps visitors find Winterlicious restaurants across the city. For the latest in Winterlicious news, visit http://www.facebook.com/LiciousTO, follow us on Twitter @LiciousTO and tag your Instagram photos with #LiciousTO.

 

Toronto 2015 Pan American/Parapan American Games – Mascot Creation Challenge

Posted on December 27, 2012

 

 

“Calling all Kids! The TORONTO 2015 Mascot Creation Challenge offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to contribute to the Games.
Imagine being able to create a mascot for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan AmvGames! Well you can—your school/class/community can take part in the TORONTO 2015 Mascot Creation Challenge, beginning January 7, 2013.

The TORONTO 2015 mascot will be an important Games personality. The mascot will welcome visitors, spectators, visit schools and community events, and appear on signage, advertising and merchandise. The mascot will represent our Games and our nation.”

To find out more about this contest please see: http://www.toronto2015.org/lang/en/viva-toronto/mascot.html

 

 

Toronto Zoo – The 10th Annual New Year's Eve Family Countdown

Posted on December 27, 2012

 

The 10th Annual New Year’s Eve Family Countdown

December 31, 2012

Front Entrance, Americas & Australasia Pavilions and Tundra Trek 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm (doors open at 4:45 pm)

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS AN OUTDOOR EVENT

  • Special Animal Visits & Keeper Talks
  • Great EntertainmentRing in 2013 with some NEW animal friends!

    Visit with some new and wild friends in the Americas & Australasia Pavilions and in the Tundra Trek. Don’t miss some great entertainment including “That 60s Show” tribute band, Kung Fu Panda and Majinx Magic Show. Plus check out Meet & Greets with Kung Fu Panda’s “Po”, The WotWots and of course some WILD animals! The fun begins at 5:00 pm and runs until 8:00 pm when we have our very own Kids’ Countdown. Tickets and full information available at torontozoo.com. Please note this is an outdoor, ticketed event, prices applicable to all members, space is limited and we can not guarantee tickets will be available night of event.

    Ticket Pricing

    Tickets – Regular Event Pricing

    General (includes Adults & Seniors) $20.00
    Children (4-12) $12.00
    Children (3 & under) FREE
    *NOTE – Children (3 & under) must have a ticket

     

     

  • Online registration is on a secure website. Credit card information is required.
  • Once completed you will receive a confirmation number.

*Please Note: Parking is FREE!

Questions during the online registration process, please call 416-392-5974

Monday – Friday (9:00am to 5:00pm)”

To purchase a ticket or find out more about this event please see:

 

Toronto Zoo – The 10th Annual New Year’s Eve Family Countdown

Posted on December 27, 2012

 

The 10th Annual New Year’s Eve Family Countdown

December 31, 2012

Front Entrance, Americas & Australasia Pavilions and Tundra Trek 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm (doors open at 4:45 pm)

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS AN OUTDOOR EVENT

  • Special Animal Visits & Keeper Talks
  • Great EntertainmentRing in 2013 with some NEW animal friends!

    Visit with some new and wild friends in the Americas & Australasia Pavilions and in the Tundra Trek. Don’t miss some great entertainment including “That 60s Show” tribute band, Kung Fu Panda and Majinx Magic Show. Plus check out Meet & Greets with Kung Fu Panda’s “Po”, The WotWots and of course some WILD animals! The fun begins at 5:00 pm and runs until 8:00 pm when we have our very own Kids’ Countdown. Tickets and full information available at torontozoo.com. Please note this is an outdoor, ticketed event, prices applicable to all members, space is limited and we can not guarantee tickets will be available night of event.

    Ticket Pricing

    Tickets – Regular Event Pricing

    General (includes Adults & Seniors) $20.00
    Children (4-12) $12.00
    Children (3 & under) FREE
    *NOTE – Children (3 & under) must have a ticket

     

     

  • Online registration is on a secure website. Credit card information is required.
  • Once completed you will receive a confirmation number.

*Please Note: Parking is FREE!

Questions during the online registration process, please call 416-392-5974

Monday – Friday (9:00am to 5:00pm)”

To purchase a ticket or find out more about this event please see:

 

Toronto Public Library – Upcoming Events In Ward 14

Posted on December 27, 2012

 

Service Update

All library branches will be closed on Sunday, Dec. 30. All library branches normally open on Monday will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 31. All branches will be closed on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.

 

 

 

 

Parkdale Public Library

(1303 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M6K 1L6, 416-393-7686)

 

 

Robin Hood and the Dragon Puppet Show –  Thu Dec 27, 2012, 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m., 45 mins, Parkdale Auditorium

“Applefun Puppetry has been performing interactive puppet shows for libraries throughout Ontario for over 12 years. Join us for a great puppet show that is sure to keep your kids entertained! Drop-in.”

 

 An Afternoon of Crafts – Fri Dec 28, 2012, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Parkdale Auditorium

“Join us for an hour of winter arts and crafts! For ages 6-12 years. Drop-in.”strong>

 

Friday Movie Nights at Parkdale – Fri Dec 28, 2012, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Parkdale Auditorium

“Parkdale Library will be holding Movie Nights! Sit back, relax and enjoy a movie on the big screen. For more information, call 416-393-7686.”

 

Saturday Stories – Sat Dec 29, 2012, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Parkdale

“A program for the whole family. Rhymes, songs and stories. Saturdays, ongoing. Taking place in the children’s picture book area.”

 

A Holiday Film – Thu Jan 03, 2013, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Parkdale Auditorium

“Come in from the cold and enjoy the great movie: ‘Operation Antarctica!’ Rated G. Drop-in.”

 

For more information on the Parkdale Branch please see:

http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMLIB073&R=LIB073

 

 

 

High Park Public Library

(228 Roncesvalles Ave., Toronto, ON M6R 2L7,  416-393-7671)

 

 

Saturday Writers – Sat Dec 29th, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. High Park Community Room

“Read from and discuss works in progress. Prose, poetry, essays welcome.”

 

Roncesvalles Village Historical Society – Thu, Jan 03, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., High Park Community Room

“The RVHS documents, preserves and promotes the history of the Roncesvalles area.”

 

Personal Finances for Older Women – Wed Feb 06, 2013, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., High Park Community Room

“A Woman’s Guide to Money Matters with financial advisor Bernardine Perreira.”

 

For more information on the High Park Branch please see:

http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMLIB049&R=LIB049

 

 

 

 

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