Reminder: Call for Volunteers- Spring into Parkdale 2019

Posted on April 1, 2019

The Parkdale Village BIA is looking for volunteers to lend a friendly hand during our outdoor Festival on Saturday May 11th, 2019 – in Parkdale Village!

If you love Parkdale, are friendly and excited to support the community and local businesses, please fill out our Volunteers Application Form and email it to along with your resume, listing any relevant past volunteer experience.

Up to 40 Volunteer positions and a few paid positions are available for a series of three (3), six (6) and eight (8+) hour shifts, scheduled between 7:00am & 11:45pm.

Duties may include:

  • Night Market support
  • Photo Booth Assistant
  • Sound Equipment Support
  • Driver/Delivery
  • Booth set up and tear down (must be able to repeatedly lift 40 pounds)
  • Helium Tank/Balloon Operator
  • Craft Workshops
  • Face Painting
  • Cleanup/hospitality crew
  • Survey Outreach

Volunteers/Staff may be required to participate in an orientation session.

Upcoming Events at the High Park Nature Centre!

Posted on March 28, 2019

The location of all the following events is High Park Nature Centre (375 Colborne Lodge Drive).

Family Nature Walks

Title: Savannah Stewards

Date: April 13th 2019

Time: 1:30 – 3:00 pm

Fee/Suggested Donation: Suggested $2-$5

Ages: All Ages

Event Description: Join us to explore the endangered Black Oak Savannah ecosystem in High Park. Learn how Indigenous Peoples were involved in the creation and maintenance of the Savannah and how the city currently continues to restore High Park’s Savannah through yearly burns. We’ll also explore the beautiful species native to this special habitat.

Title: Signs of Spring

Date: April 27th 2019

Time: 1:30 – 3:00 pm

Fee/Suggested Donation: Suggested $2-$5

Ages: All Ages

Event Description: I saw the sign…of spring in High Park – and it opened up my eyes! Come join us and count the signs of spring on a hike through Toronto’s biggest park.

Special Events

Title: Earth Hour Event

Date: March 30th

Time: 7:30 to 9:30pm.

Fee: $20 / person (adults and children ages 3 and above). Children under 3 are free.

Ages: All Ages

Event Description Join us for a lights out event at the High Park Nature Centre! We’ll begin the event with candle dipping and lantern making. The lanterns will light our way through the trails as we learn about the impacts of climate change on the animals and plants of High Park. We will end the hike with a campfire and s’mores.

This is a family event; great for all ages!

We regret that this event is not wheelchair or stroller accessible.
Tickets are non-refundable.


Title: Caregivers in Nature: A Hands-on Workshop for Family Caregivers

Date: April 25th

Time: 10:00 am – 1:30 pm.

Fee: Regular: $50
Seniors: $35 (60+ years)
Workshop Bundle: 15% off when you register for 2 or more workshops..

Event Description We invite caregivers for seniors to spend a rejuvenating half-day at the High Park Nature Centre exploring simple techniques for connecting with nature to promote health and well-being. Led by horticultural therapist Emma Rooney, this workshop will look at the barriers that seniors face getting outdoors and offer tips to help make nature more accessible to everyone, including those living with dementia. You’ll get a chance to test out a variety of activities—a sensory walk, bird watching, nature journaling, gardening for wildlife, soundscape mapping, and nature-inspired art—meant to orient participants to the season and their place in the local environment. Whether you’re a family member or someone who works/volunteers with seniors, plan to leave this workshop with a jar full of meaningful ideas to add nature to your caregiving routine. At the end of the session, we’ll have a chance to continue our group sharing over a light lunch of homemade soup.
We regret that this event is not wheelchair or stroller accessible.
Tickets are non-refundable.

Title: Teachers in Nature

Date: April 28th

Time: 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Fee: Regular: $60 Seniors: $44 (60+ years) Workshop Bundle: 15% off when you register for 2 or more workshops.

Event Description Geared towards teachers, this workshop will explore interactive methods and activities to help get students out into nature in their local ecology. This workshop hopes to aid teachers in incorporating nature and outdoor time into their classrooms. Led by Jon Hayes and Clarissa Cremin-Endes of the High Park Nature Centre, this workshop will include time for discussion, and will address the advantages, as well as obstacles to getting students out in nature in an urban setting. The workshop will involve time indoors to explore theory on the subject, hands on activities and outdoor time on the trails of High Park to practice new skills in nature.
We regret that this event is not wheelchair or stroller accessible.
Tickets are non-refundable.

Contact Info:
High Park Nature Centre
P: (416) 392-1748

Earth Hour Walk through High Park Zoo – March 30, 2019

Posted on March 28, 2019

Friends of High Park Zoo and Green 13 are hosting Earth Hour Walk on Saturday, March 30, 2019. Meet up is at the Grenadier Restaurant (200 Parkside Dr.) at 8:30pm. Hot Chocolate will be served. Participants are encouraged to bring lanterns.

Heritage Talk at Lambton House – Live in Harmony with Earth – April 11, 2019

Posted on March 21, 2019

Learning to live in harmony with the earth’s capacity” Heritage Talk with Sunday Harrison, M.E.S. Dipl LA and founder and Executive Director of Green Thumbs Growing Kids, a school gardening program in its 20th year. She contributes to knowledge-building in urban gardening, including green roofs, food gardening, landscaping with native plants, organic pest control, composting and rainwater catchment. Free. Doors open a 7:00pm. Talk begins at 7:30pm. Refreshments. Good-will offering appreciated.







Parkdale’s Seedy Saturday and Green Fair – March 23, 2019

Posted on March 19, 2019

Saturday March 23, 2019 from 11am to 4pm
Bonar-Parkdale Presbyterian Church, 250 Dunn Av.
Toronto – Parkdale, ON

Join Greenest City and Toronto Urban Growers at Parkdale’s Seedy Saturday and Green Fair event this March 23rd.

Parkdale is a diverse community and our Seedy Saturday will celebrate that – join us to buy and exchange heirloom seed varieties, learn from interactive workshops, eat great food and support your local food justice initiatives.

Learn about green initiatives happening in our city that focus on sustainability, zero waste and green living.

Admission is Pay-What-You-Can.

Would you like to support this green event by volunteering? Sign up here :

More information:

Swansea Historical Society Newsletter – April 2019

Posted on March 18, 2019

Swansea Historical Society Newsletter for April 2019 is now available below. On April 3rd, author Kelly Mathews is returning as a featured speaker. Visitors are welcome.

SHS Newsletter - Apr 2019

Heritage York @ Lambton House Up-coming Events

Posted on March 14, 2019

March 2019

Thursday, 14 March          Heritage Talk – Recent Archaeological Projects of the Ontario Heritage Trust with Senior Archaeologist  Dena Doroszenko

Doors will open at 7:00, talk will begin at 7:30

No cover. A free-will donation will be greatly appreciated

Tuesday, 26 March – 7:00 p.m. Simcoe Seminar – Conflict in Afghanstan; Will it Ever End

Join panel discussion speakers – Colonel Dwayne Hobbs, LCol Phil Halton, Captain Chris Wattie

No cover. A free-will donation will be greatly appreciated.

April 2019

Friday, 5 April                      Community Pub with Hawk’s Nest Trio

Doors Open at 6:00 p.m. Band begins at 8:00.

No Cover

Thursday, 11 April             Heritage Talk – Sunday Harrison, Green Thumbs, who will talk about involving children in gardening

Doors Open at 7:00           Talk at 7:30 p.m.

Up-Coming Pubs   –           7 June – Jane Drake

May 2019

Friday, 3 May                       John and Julie Dorsey

Doors Open at 6:00 p.m.  Band begins at 8:00

No Cover

Thursday, 9 May,   Heritage Talk –  Author Ted Glenn,

“Riding Into Battle: Canadian Cyclists in the Great War” – Lambton House is close to where this regiment trained and rode their bikes 100 years ago along the Humber River.

Doors will open at 7:00, talk will begin at 7:30

No cover. A free-will donation will be greatly appreciated


Exhibition in Howland Room  What’s up with the Humber River?

Human habitation along the Humber River has greatly impacted its ecology and landscape. Indigenous occupation began 11,000 years ago. While this shaped the landscape, large-scale environmental degradation did not begin until the milling era under British rule. Mills and increasing settlement in the 1800’s caused erosion, deforestation, and pollution. Only with Hurricane Hazel’s deadly flood in 1954 did the Humber River gain some respite. Today the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, in partnership with various municipalities, takes care of the Humber River for us all to enjoy.

If you enjoy the Humber River, visit Lambton House throughout 2019 and celebrate the 20th anniversary of the designation of the Humber as a Canadian heritage river.

Display in Humber Room

Alternatives to Plastic – Help Keep the Humber River Clean.  We have a display of garbage that we dragged from the Humber as well as products that we can use in daily life to avoid the excessive use of plastic, which often is found discarded in the Humber River.

We look forward to seeing you at many of our up-coming events.


Heritage York

High Park Stewards Presentation – Water-Loving Native Plants: Stories of Ecological Restoration – March 24

Posted on March 14, 2019

Sunday, March 24, 2019, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Howard Park Tennis Club, 430 Parkside Drive, Toronto, ON

Speaker: Janice Keil, a director of the North American Native Plant Society, and passionate environmentalist

An agricultural acreage in the Land Between (Northumberland County) is home to an ongoing marsh restoration experiment: to assess the impact of the invasive Reed Canary Grass on the hydrology of marsh ecosystems. An ecological swimming pool, constructed to EU standards using native plants as the sole filtration system, will be built next year.

For more information:

Public Art Competition for Scarlett Road Bridge – March 11, 2019

Posted on March 7, 2019

Drop in from 3 – 8pm on March 11, 2019 at the Cooper Mills Townhomes gymnasium to view, discuss and comment, on the five short-listed artists’ proposals for the redesigned Scarlett Road Bridge.

Walk Toronto’s Right to Walk TO – March 26, 2019

Posted on March 7, 2019

Walk Toronto is hosting Right to Walk TO, a panel discussion that explores walking – the love of it, our need for it, and its meaning – through a justice and equity lens, on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 7–9 pm.

This event is a love letter to walking, as well as a critical look at the walking experience our city creates, from different perspectives.

Please join us at Innis Town Hall, Innis College, University of Toronto, 2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto, Ontario.

ASL-English interpretation will be provided. Childminding will be available upon request.

This event is sponsored by University of Toronto Urban Studies Program, University of Toronto School of Cities, public space workshop, and Spacing.

For more details and to register, please visit our Eventbrite page:



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