Special Event Listings by High Park Nature Centre – December 15 & 16, 2018

Posted on November 13, 2018

Title: Decorate a Tree for the Birds
Date: Saturday December 15th and Sunday December 16th
Time: 10am-12 or 1-3pm
Location: High Park Nature Centre (375 Colborne Lodge Drive)
Fee/Suggested Donation: $10 Per Person (Kids under 3 are free)
Ages: All ages
Event Description: Help decorate an evergreen tree in High Park with handmade pine cone bird feeders and edible garlands for the birds. Hike through the woods and learn how to feed chickadees from the palm of your hand, search the skies for soaring hawks and discover how birds like cardinals, nuthatches and woodpeckers survive the winter.
Arrive early Saturday morning to join the Christmas Bird Count for Kids – a by donation event! You will learn how to use binoculars (bring your own pair if you have them), identify birds, and collect data to help with bird conservation efforts.

Title: Christmas Bird Count for Kids
Date: Saturday, December 15th
Time: 8:00-9:30am
Location: High Park Nature Centre (375 Colborne Lodge Drive)
Fee/Suggested Donation: Free! Suggested donation of $2-$5 per person
Ages: All ages
Event Description:
Round up your birding pals and help us count the birds! We will be hiking the trails of High Park to find the resident birds who are toughing it out this winter. The data we collect will be submitted through eBird to the Christmas Bird Count 4 Kids program and will help bird conservation efforts and contribute to Citizen Science.
CBC4Kids is a “Donate What You Can” at the door (recommended $2 – $5 / person) and an all ages family event. Pre-registration is recommended.

Contact Info:
High Park Nature Centre
E:
naturecentre@highpark.org
P: (416) 392-1748
https://highparknaturecentre.com/2/family-nature-walks

 

High Park Buckthorn Busting – November 11, 2018

Posted on November 8, 2018

Sunday, November 11, 2018, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm; repeats on November 25 (when it will be followed by a potluck)
Grenadier Cafe, Colborne Lodge Drive and Centre Road, Toronto, ON

Help the High Park Stewards remove buckthorn, one of the worst invasive species in High Park. Buckthorn removal is a popular activity for anyone who likes being outdoors and finds satisfaction in restoring the park’s ecology; a few hours of work make a real difference. For students, it is also a way to collect volunteer hours.

Another group will work on the boulevard beds, a native plant garden in front of the Grenadier Cafe.

 The final session, on November 25, will be followed by a potluck lunch.

 Meet us in front of the Grenadier Cafe at 10:30 am, and we will go together to the site. All tools will be provided.

 For more information:
 http://highparknature.org/wiki/wiki.php?n=VolunteerOpportunities.VolunteerStewardship 

 

Municipal Shelters Public Consultation

Posted on November 5, 2018

This is to provide an update on November city-wide consultations being undertaken on Municipal Shelters.

Municipal Shelters

The current zoning regulations permit municipal shelters in most zones, with two locational conditions:

o 250-metre separation distance from another shelter

o requirement to be located either on a major street or on an intersecting street if the lot is within 80 metres of the major street

City staff were directed by City Council, at its meeting on December 5 to 8, 2017, to look at zoning by-law amendment options to provide more opportunities for locating shelters across the city. At its meeting on June 7, 2018, the Planning and Growth Management Committee directed staff to hold city-wide public consultations on the proposed options to increase the as-of-right zoning permissions for municipal shelters (PG30.8).

All meetings are from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and a short presentation will be held at 7 p.m.

Thursday November 22 Etobicoke Civic Centre, Main Boardroom

Monday November 26 North York Civic Centre, Committee Room 3

Tuesday November 27 Metro Hall, Room 310

Monday, November 29 Scarborough Civic Centre, Committee Room

Please call our office at 416-392-7919 or email us at councillor_perks@toronto.ca, should you have any questions or comments.

 

High Park Invasive Species Removal | Sept 9, 2018

Posted on September 7, 2018

High Park Invasive Species Removal

Sunday, September 9, 2018, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Bloor Street entrance of High Park (Bloor St. W. and High Park Ave.), Toronto, ON

We will plant a variety of native plants that thrive in our Black Oak Savannah restoration sites. This time, we will return to Site 10A, near Bloor Street, where we last planted in June 2015.

 

Late summer is perfect for viewing native species such as goldenrods, asters and native grasses. It is also a great time for planting native perennials, like smooth rose, cylindrical blazing star, cup plant, Joe Pye weed, black-eyed Susan, butterfly milkweed, harebell, wild bergamot, sky-blue aster, cardinal flower, great blue lobelia;  grasses, like Indian, bottlebrush, little and big bluestem, Canada wild rye; and shrubs, like wild raspberry.

 

The Boulevard Beds group will also be working to update our demonstration garden with new plants.

 

Meet us directly at planting site, by the Bloor Street / High Park Avenue entrance. If you prefer, you may join the smaller group at the Boulevard Beds, in front of the Grenadier Restaurant. We will work from 10:30 am until 12:30 pm.

 

For more information:
http://highparknature.org/wiki/wiki.php?n=VolunteerOpportunities.VolunteerStewardship

[Please continue to visit that link for upcoming sessions!]

Amended Closures for the Labour Day Parade – September 3, 2018

Posted on August 30, 2018

Due to the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) lockout at Exhibition Place, the parade will no longer finish at the CNE grounds but at Lamport Stadium.

The closure times are 7 am to 2:30 pm on September 3, 2018 for the formation area of the parade at the following locations:

a) University Av, both north and southbound lanes, full closure, from Dundas St West to Richmond St West

b) Queen St West, full closure, from Bay St to University Av

c) Centre St, full closure, from Armoury St to Dundas St West

d) Armoury St, full closure, from University Av to Chestnut St

e) York St, from Queen St West to Richmond St West (access to parking garage for Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts must be accessible)

The closure times for the dispersal area around Lamport Stadium are 7 am to 2:30 pm at the following locations:

a) Liberty St, full closure, from Dufferin St to Jefferson St

b) Jefferson Av, from King St West to Liberty St

For information on any ward 14 or City related matters, email our office at councillor_perks@toronto.ca or call us at 416-392-7919 .

Greenest City Events in Parkdale

Posted on August 9, 2018

Parkdale Good Food Market

Thursdays from 3-7 pm until the end of August

Masaryk Park, 220 Cowan Ave

The Parkdale Good Food Market brings together low-cost, local produce, community art, and music to build community in Masaryk Park every Thursday afternoon throughout the summer.

Bring your little ones! We’ve got art making with Making Room Community Arts and a drumming circle at 5:30 pm on July 9.

Local vendors bring us some of the best momos and samosas in the city.

 

Food Forest Sheet Mulching Party 

Tuesday August 14 from 4-8 pm

Dunn Learning Garden

Join together with your community at the Dunn Parkette Learning Garden to create phase one of the Dunn Food Forest!

We will sheet mulch a garden bed that will break down to create amazing soil for the future Dunn Food Forest.

Sheet mulching is a process in which nitrogen (manure, compost) and carbon (cardboard, straw, mulch) rich material are layered. These layers break down over time to create healthy soil that is full of life.

A food forest mimics the elements of a thriving forest ecosystem bringing together a community of edible plants from ground cover to trees.

Bring food to share for a community potluck.

Everyone is welcome, including children.

The High Park Stewards invite you to Weed Whacking and Boulevard Beds – August 12

Posted on August 9, 2018

Join the High Park Stewards on August 12 to remove invasive species in one of their restoration sites. Meet up in front of Grenadier Restaurant at 10:30 am. For more information, visit https://highparkstewards.pingg.com/WeedWhacking3-2018 .

Polish Festival – September 15th and 16th, 2018

Posted on July 31, 2018

The 2018 Roncesvalles Polish Festival, North America’s largest celebration of Polish culture in Toronto’s best neighbourhood, Roncesvalles Village! will be taking place September 15th and 16th, 2018.

Now entering its fourteenth year, the Festival adds an old world charm to today’s Roncesvalles Village, well-known as one of Toronto’s most vibrant, diverse and creative communities.

Enjoy great local and international music, including Polish folklore, Polka and Euro dance bands, and entertainment from near and far on multiple stages. Saturday night enjoy the ever-popular Disco Polo Party. Come out and sample fantastic cuisine from over 40 renowned restaurants, cafes, bakeries, and bistros, along Roncesvalles, and of course, lots of traditional Polish fare, including pierogi, kielbasa, bigos, cabbage rolls, and much much more!

For more information visit: https://polishfestival.ca/

 

Newcomer Youth Leadership Program (NYLP)

Posted on July 18, 2018

The Newcomer Youth Leadership Program (NYLP) at West Neighbourhood House is offering fun and unique activities during the summer months, including a Co-ed Running Group, Hip Hop Dance Group, an Indoor Volleyball Trip, a Hiking Trip, Canada’s Wonderland, 1-day Soccer Tournament, among others.

The activities are open to newcomer youth between the ages of 13 to 24.

Check out our flyer below for more information

Newcomer Youth Leadership Program

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