Events at a Glance

Posted on November 17, 2007

Rotary TV Auction- donate a product or service

The Rotary Club of Parkdale-High Park is hosting its 20th Annual TV Auction on Saturday, November 24, 2007 on Rogers Community 10 from 10 am-Midnight. The club has raised over $150,000 from previous auctions for community projects such as the Redwood Shelter for Victims of Family Violence (a priority project of our club since its inception), The Parkdale Breakfast Program and Pia Bouman Dance School (bursaries for talented students with limited means) to name a few. Our target this year is $12,000 and we need and value the help of businesses and individuals. To meet our target of $15,000 we are asking businesses and individuals to donate a product or service. They will receive public recognition in the newspaper and on our flyers, as well as broadcast to households in Etobicoke and east to Bathurst Street. To donate new products or services or more information about the TV Auction please contact Carmel Kidd, or Scott Bartle, 416-710-4383.

Café Taste this month:

1) Patio now Licensed – Winter Ice Patio in effect!

2) Bookings for the Holidays

3) November Wine Tasting – Wines of PEC!

4) Free Film Listing

For more information contact Cafe Taste, 416-536-7748 –

Face Painting at Mazaryk Cowan!

Posted on November 6, 2007

On Halloween night, I had the pleasure of meeting and spending time with “spooky”parents and children at Mazaryk Cowan Community Centre. I presented best costume trophies to children from ages 0-13, as well as presenting certificates for the Halloween colouring contest. I also enjoyed painting ghosts, spiders and pumpkins and more on faces of children and adults of all ages. As messy as this task became (!), I had a wonderful time face painting and talking with folks about families, friends and experiences in the Parkdale Community. Congratulations to the winners and I look forward to seeing the little ducks, Spidermen, unicorns and scary skeletons again next year!

Sorauren Park Pumpkin Parade

Posted on November 6, 2007

On Thursday November 1st I joined hundreds of Roncesvalles-MacDonnell residents at Sorauren Park to celebrate the Annual Pumpkin Parade. I enjoyed walking among the over 600 lit up pumpkins that residents brought to the park. It was an eerie and awesome experience! I look forward to this event next year, when we can use the new Wabash Fieldhouse for more scary delights!

Blessing from His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

Posted on November 6, 2007

On October 31st, 2007 I had the complete honour of being blessed by His Holiness the 14th the Dalai Lama. His Holiness’ words truly resonated with me (and so did his wonderful sense of humour!). I would like to extend my gratitude to the Canadian Tibetan Association of Ontario for inviting me to this event at 40 Titan Avenue; the site of the new CTAO temple. I look forward to working with the CTAO and members of the HOPE community garden to prepare for the naming of the HOPE Community Garden in His Holiness’ honour in the coming weeks.

MP Cheri DiNovo and Parkdale Liberty Economic Development Corporation host Parkdale Visioning Session

Posted on November 5, 2007

Last week I met with MPP Cheri DiNovo, members of PLEDC, community agencies and residents to participate in a visioning session for Parkdale. This meeting gave individuals an opportunity to share their insights and do some preliminary brainstorming for the future of the neighbourhood. The room, full of engaged, insightful and involved community members and agencies, began some very thoughtful discussions on Parkdale’s past, present and where it is headed. I hope to continue working with this group, and also to encourage and facilitate connections with the larger Parkdale community.

November 2007