Reminder- Dundas St W – Deficient Asphalt Repair Works

Posted on August 3, 2012

 

 

“1) Parkette Bench Re-paint: the contractor is planning to do this work in the week of August 20.
2) Asphalt Repair Work: there are three deficient areas that need re-paving; first area at Brock Ave intersection south side, second area at Sheridan Ave intersection south side, third area at Parkway Avenue intersection north side only. After discussing the possible weekend to work on with TTC and Transportation, we reached an agreement to work during the weekend of August 25 & 26.
Here is some information about the work:
– Streetcars Service:
  • Ossington Ave to Lansdowne Ave (Ward 18): streetcars will be diverted to College St via Ossington Ave from 2 am, August 25 till 5 am on August 26. Buses will be provided instead along Dundas St W.
  • Lansdowne Ave to Howard Park Ave (Ward 14): streetcars service will continue west of Lansdowne Avenue under slow pace near Sorauren intersection.
– Contractor Working Hours: Saturday, August 25 from 6 am till 11 pm or earlier & Sunday, August 26 from 9 am till 7 pm.
– Traffic: one lane in each direction along Dundas St W thought the construction zone only. Brock and Sheridan intersections will be closed for 24 hrs.”

 

GreenHere B.U.L.B. Program

Posted on August 3, 2012

 

 

Better Urban Living with Bulbs!

 

Do you know of an urban space that could use a little colour?

 

The charity GreenHere is currently running the B.U.L.B. Program which is focused on brightening up urban publicly accessible spaces by planting daffodils. This program provides Daffodils, free of charge, to groups across the city looking to improve urban spaces.

 

They offer nine varieties of bulb that can be planted in public spaces coordinating with an experienced gardener. The goal of this program is to add more colour to our urban environment so all locations must have public access or be visible from the street by the public. Daffodils are perennials; this means that with the right care they come back year after year, so any planting in city parks has to be long-term. City park planting will also require a letter of approval from the local Park Supervisor.

 

GreenHere focuses on increasing urban forestry and green space in lower income communities, improving environmental and human health. Through their activities they promote community engagement and access to green space by providing community-based tree planting, environmental planning and stewardship programs along with community consultation and decision-making, multilingual outreach, workshops and festivals.

 

Application forms for the B.U.L.B. program and Daffodils can be filled out HERE at the GreenHere website.

 

The deadline for submitting applications is August 17, 2012. Organizations will be notified by mid-September.

 

For more information about the B.U.L.B. Program or other GreenHere projects and activities visit their website at                        http://www.greenhere.ca/GREENHERE/Welcome_to_GREENHERE.html.

 

You can also contact them by phone at 416-901-2006 or email at info@greenhere.ca.

 

 

 

High Park Stewards – Weed Whacking #3

Posted on August 3, 2012

 

“In August we usually remove Himalayan Balsam, but given the early spring and hot summer it may be too late for this year. There are lots of sites and lots of different invasives to keep us busy and there is also potential watering that may be done. Please check our website for any updates. 

Be aware that Himalayan Balsam often is accompanied by red ants so long socks over pants and a scarf are also useful. We supply the gloves and tools.”

What: Weed Whacking #3
Where: Meet in front of the Grenadier Restaurant, centre of High Park
When: August 12th, 2012, 10:30AM.
To learn about more about the High Park Stewards see: http://www.highparknature.org/wiki/wiki.php?n=HighParkNature.FrontPage

Calling All Stargazers – Sorauren Park Meteor Shower Watching

Posted on August 3, 2012

 


“The inaugural event of Sorauren Stargazers takes place Saturday night, August 11th, 2011 (weather permitting), as the Perseid meteor shower flashes across the night sky. You’re invited to gather at 10 p.m. in the baseball outfield (close to the dog park) to lie on the grassy slope and watch for meteors. Bring camping pads, blankets, pillows, reclining lawn chairs, refreshments, whatever will make you comfortable. No special gear required; it’s naked-eye viewing.

This is a bit of an experiment, as the park and city lights will make it harder to see faint meteors. Any clouds will also affect the experience. But the evening will be moonless till early in the morning so the chances are good. Satellite spotting is also a strong possibility. And stargazers will share sky knowledge: constellations, why meteor showers occur, and more. So tear the family away from glowing screens to watch the real glowing night sky. Clear skies!”

 

To find out more about the Sorauren Park and the Wabash Building Society see:

http://soraurenpark.wordpress.com/

http://wabashbuildingsociety.wordpress.com/

 

 

 

Weekend Event With Road Closures In Toronto

Posted on August 3, 2012

 

 

 
“One special event this weekend will involve a road closure. Residents and visitors are encouraged to come out and enjoy this event. Businesses in the area affected are open to pedestrian traffic but some roads will be closed to vehicles.  Festivals and other special events are important to the city, injecting hundreds of millions of dollars annually into Toronto’s economy, and they are enjoyed each year by local residents.  In addition to road closures related to special events, there is a significant amount of road work taking place in the city. People are encouraged to take public transit as a greener, faster and more affordable way of getting to their destinations.
Those who need to drive in the general vicinity of special events should allow extra time to get to and from their destination. A more complete list of events and road work is available at http://www.toronto.ca/torontostreets. In addition, the City recently introduced T.O. INview, a map that shows information about planned capital construction work taking place across the city. The new site can be accessed at www.toronto.ca/inview

 

Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto (formerly Caribana Parade) – Saturday and Sunday closures:

From Saturday, August 4 at 1 a.m. until Sunday, August 5 at 6 a.m., Lake Shore Boulevard will be closed in both directions from Colborne Lodge Drive to Strachan Avenue.

 


Colborne Lodge Historic Gardens – 'Posies, Picnics and Papillons'

Posted on August 3, 2012

 

 

“visitors will stroll through the delightful Victorian gardens surrounding Colborne Lodge the charming Regency Picturesque rural cottage of one of Toronto’s first architects John George Howard and his wife Jemima. One of a very few such buildings in North America still in its original setting, Colborne Lodge provides the backdrop to a tour of the garden spaces. Present day Friends of Colborne Lodge Garden Volunteers will introduce you to the garden voices of John and Jemima and update you to the 21st century with their personal tales of garden experiences – such as the mystery of the wandering quince. John or Jemima may well join the group to tell you about the famous spring blossoms or the enormous picnics that used to take place on the estate. You may picnic here too. Come early; bring a picnic blanket and a lunch for a pre-tour feast or save it for dinner up the road before taking in Shakespeare in the Park – this year CanStage presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Many people come right after work bringing a picnic basket to enjoy dinner al fresco before the play begins.

 

Both John and Jemima were accomplished artists and, weather permitting, you may see artists around the grounds capturing the beauty of the site for posterity. Birds of all kinds find the area attractive as well – from cheeky chickadees and cardinals to bald eagles and turkey vultures on their annual migration north and south. Visit in September and you may witness the magical monarch butterfly migration. And, please approach the front door quietly; ruby throated humming birds love the lobelia cardinalis that grows in the Rose bed.

Colborne Lodge is located at the south end of High Park one of Toronto’s largest parks (400 acres) which got its start as the Howards’ back yard. Today, the museum grounds are confined to approximately 15 acres including the area around the tomb where the Howards are buried. While many of the garden beds are recreations, the plant material is true to the Howard diaries and journals and with few exceptions, plant varieties predate 1890. As you might expect of a place that is one hundred and seventy five years old this year, the gardens have many stories to tell so if there isn’t time to hear about the murder on Grenadier Pond or the train wreck at the foot of the south lawn, there is always the next time. There is no need to rush; the gardens are a piece of time and peace of mind.

Admission to the garden restoration tours includes admission to the historic house museum, where visitors can explore the fruits of the gardens in the historic kitchen, sampling recipes like aromatic vinegar made from the kitchen gardens. While it looks small from the outside, the house is surprisingly spacious on the inside and the arrangement of the rooms is quite unexpected. No time for that? – remember to ask for a rain check so you can tour the inside another day.

Examples of John Howard’s diaries will be available for visitors to peruse, gaining a better understanding of the historical resources that provide the framework for the garden restoration project.”

 

Dates:

August 19 and September 16
All dates are at 1:00 pm

Cost:

$20

Contact:

Phone: (416) 392-6916
Email: clodge@toronto.ca
Address:
Colborne Lodge Drive, South End High Park
Toronto, ON

 

For more info see: Garden Voices \’Posies, Picnics and Papillons\’

 

 

Colborne Lodge Historic Gardens – ‘Posies, Picnics and Papillons’

Posted on August 3, 2012

 

 

“visitors will stroll through the delightful Victorian gardens surrounding Colborne Lodge the charming Regency Picturesque rural cottage of one of Toronto’s first architects John George Howard and his wife Jemima. One of a very few such buildings in North America still in its original setting, Colborne Lodge provides the backdrop to a tour of the garden spaces. Present day Friends of Colborne Lodge Garden Volunteers will introduce you to the garden voices of John and Jemima and update you to the 21st century with their personal tales of garden experiences – such as the mystery of the wandering quince. John or Jemima may well join the group to tell you about the famous spring blossoms or the enormous picnics that used to take place on the estate. You may picnic here too. Come early; bring a picnic blanket and a lunch for a pre-tour feast or save it for dinner up the road before taking in Shakespeare in the Park – this year CanStage presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Many people come right after work bringing a picnic basket to enjoy dinner al fresco before the play begins.

 

Both John and Jemima were accomplished artists and, weather permitting, you may see artists around the grounds capturing the beauty of the site for posterity. Birds of all kinds find the area attractive as well – from cheeky chickadees and cardinals to bald eagles and turkey vultures on their annual migration north and south. Visit in September and you may witness the magical monarch butterfly migration. And, please approach the front door quietly; ruby throated humming birds love the lobelia cardinalis that grows in the Rose bed.

Colborne Lodge is located at the south end of High Park one of Toronto’s largest parks (400 acres) which got its start as the Howards’ back yard. Today, the museum grounds are confined to approximately 15 acres including the area around the tomb where the Howards are buried. While many of the garden beds are recreations, the plant material is true to the Howard diaries and journals and with few exceptions, plant varieties predate 1890. As you might expect of a place that is one hundred and seventy five years old this year, the gardens have many stories to tell so if there isn’t time to hear about the murder on Grenadier Pond or the train wreck at the foot of the south lawn, there is always the next time. There is no need to rush; the gardens are a piece of time and peace of mind.

Admission to the garden restoration tours includes admission to the historic house museum, where visitors can explore the fruits of the gardens in the historic kitchen, sampling recipes like aromatic vinegar made from the kitchen gardens. While it looks small from the outside, the house is surprisingly spacious on the inside and the arrangement of the rooms is quite unexpected. No time for that? – remember to ask for a rain check so you can tour the inside another day.

Examples of John Howard’s diaries will be available for visitors to peruse, gaining a better understanding of the historical resources that provide the framework for the garden restoration project.”

 

Dates:

August 19 and September 16
All dates are at 1:00 pm

Cost:

$20

Contact:

Phone: (416) 392-6916
Email: clodge@toronto.ca
Address:
Colborne Lodge Drive, South End High Park
Toronto, ON

 

For more info see: Garden Voices \’Posies, Picnics and Papillons\’

 

 

Sunnyside Bathing Pavilion – Fire On The Water

Posted on August 3, 2012

 

 

BATHERS OF THE WORLD UNITE!
Toronto, come to your beach and celebrate a swimmable Lake Ontario!
Free all-ages all-day SWIM-IN and DANCE PARTY featuring INSTALLATION and live PERFORMANCE at the Sunnyside Pavilion
Sunday August 26th, 2012
2pm-Midnight
7pm Special Sunset Events!
Sunnyside Bathing Pavilion and Beach
1755 Lake Shore Boulevard West Toronto
SWIM in the lake and the pool. Bring your swimsuit, towel, umbrella, friends, family or crew for a day at the beach and the pool in a celebration of our waters and the spirit of Sunnyside as the historic PLEASURE GROUNDS of our City.

SWEAT to the sounds of a Global Bass genre-bending dance party with cutting edge new electronic dance musics from Toronto and around the world spun by a globally acclaimed group of DJs. New York’s GHE20GOTH1K crew leader VENUS X and Rio De Janeiro’s MAGA BO, both celebrated in recent months by the New York Times, Fader, and Rolling Stone; the return of Brooklyn’s border crossing bass visionary and WFMU radio host DJ/RUPTURE; Montreal’s Karnival/Bounce Le Gros soca/dancehall producer POIRIER; Toronto’s Pan-Latino party crew DOS MUNDOS, Moombahton mixers SLOWED featuring Torro Torro and Lucie Tic; and the crew called M.A.M.A. featuring Dorian & Dorian. Curated by Marcus Boon!

TUNE IN to global sub-bass frequencies and rhythms in the flowing waters, shifting plates, and beating of our own fiery hearts.

PAY RESPECT to the lake in a sunset beach event, featuring dance choreographed by Toronto’s AIMÉE DAWN ROBINSON a.k.a. MOTHERDRIFT and performed by ALLISON PEACOCK, BARBARA LINDENBERG, LO BIL, VICTORIA CHEONG, and DAWNE CARLETON.

LISTEN to the lake’s many voices in a live performance featuring BRODIE WEST, NICK FRASER, LINA ALLEMANO, DOUG TIELLI, and ALEX SAMARAS, Sound Map of the Humber River and created by composer JULIET PALMER (Urbanvessel). Free canoe rides: all aboard the Sunnyside SOUND BOAT!

ENJOY the pavilion till midnight with multi-media immersive installations connecting us to Sunnyside’s history and presence by CHRISTIE PEARSON (WADE, THEWAVES, Urbanvessel), MARGARET KRAWECKA and JIM RUXTON (Subtle Technologies).

LEARN MORE: http://fireonthewater2012.wordpress.com/

SUPPORTED BY: The Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and The Toronto Arts Council

PARTNERS: The Music Gallery, The Office of Gilbert Li, Uma Nota Events, Ralston CanSafe, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, The Gladstone Hotel and Toronto Adventures

 

WEFC & PARC – Ride 4 Real Food 4 All

Posted on August 3, 2012

 

 

2nd Annual Bike-a-thon is on Sunday September 16th! Join our Ride 4 Real Food 4 All and help us raise funds for programming that will make real food accessible to those on low incomes. All proceeds from our Bike-a-thon go towards Co-op Cred, a joint program between WEFC and PARC.

As a Rider 4 Real Food 4 All, you can get pledges and raise funds as you choose from 3 different scenic routes (30K, 50K, or 100K!) that all end up at the historic McVean Farm (a FarmStart initiative). At the farm you’ll get a scrumptious feast from the fields, entertainment, prizes, and farm tours. Meet and greet those who grow your food, and see where it all comes from!

Check out our info page for more details and to register as a Rider 4 Real Food 4 All: http://westendfood.coop/bikeathon2012

To register please go to: http://westendfood.coop/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=171

 

WEFC & PARC – Ride 4 Real Food 4 All

Posted on August 3, 2012

 

 

2nd Annual Bike-a-thon is on Sunday September 16th! Join our Ride 4 Real Food 4 All and help us raise funds for programming that will make real food accessible to those on low incomes. All proceeds from our Bike-a-thon go towards Co-op Cred, a joint program between WEFC and PARC.

As a Rider 4 Real Food 4 All, you can get pledges and raise funds as you choose from 3 different scenic routes (30K, 50K, or 100K!) that all end up at the historic McVean Farm (a FarmStart initiative). At the farm you’ll get a scrumptious feast from the fields, entertainment, prizes, and farm tours. Meet and greet those who grow your food, and see where it all comes from!

Check out our info page for more details and to register as a Rider 4 Real Food 4 All: http://westendfood.coop/bikeathon2012

To register please go to: http://westendfood.coop/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=171

 

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