Reminder: Roncesvalles Polish Festival This Weekend!

Posted on September 14, 2012



If you in the Roncesvalles area make sure to swing by the 2012 Roncesvalles Polish Festival this weekend and experience amazing food, great culture and our tremendous local stores!



  • Opening Polka Party Friday Sept. 14

    Experience an Old-Fashioned Polka Dance!

    Featuring Pennsylvania’s Polka Family Band

    plus John Gora and Ed Guca!

    St. Casimir’s Church Auditorium
    156 Roncesvalles Avenue
    Friday Sept. 14, 8:00 – midnight

    $5:00 admission

  • Saturday September 15

    11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

    Continuous Live Music
    Polish Song and Dance Groups
    Vendors, Buskers, Entertainers and Much More

    noon: Dance Stage Opening Ceremonies at Polish Credit Union, noon
    12:30: Dozynki parade on Roncesvalles Avenue
    1:30: Official Opening Ceremonies at Wright Ave. stage

    noon – 6:00: free screenings of Polish short films at Revue Cinema (400 Roncesvalles)

    8:30 – 11:00 p.m. Dance Under The Stars at Wright Avenue stage

  • Sunday September 16

    Festival Hours: 11:00 to 7:00 p.m.

    Continuous Live Music and Dance on Five Stages
    noon – 6:00 free Polish short films at Revue Cinema





Petition To Stop The Deportation Of Iraq War Resister Kimberly Rivera

Posted on September 14, 2012


Please take a minute to sign a petition to Minister Kenney to stop the deportation of Iraq War Resister and Parkdale resident Kimberly Rivera and her family.



Find the petition and more information at:








Two Upcoming Culturelink Events

Posted on September 14, 2012

Take a peak at two upcoming culture Culturelink events:




Harvest Events At City Of Toronto Museums

Posted on September 14, 2012



City Cider at Spadina Museum

Sunday, September 16, 12 to 4 p.m.

Spadina Museum in partnership with Not Far From the Tree present this fall harvest event. Not Far From the Tree will demonstrate proper heritage apple picking methods and press apples from the Spadina Orchard into cider for serving. There will be children’s activities, music, and tours of the historic gardens led by Spadina Museum’s heritage gardeners. Experiment with silhouettes, a popular craft of the War of 1812 era, honouring this year’s War of 1812 Bicenntennial. Admission is $5 per person over 12 yrs.

Free for children 12 and under. Includes admission to the historic house.


Harvest Festival at Todmorden Mills Heritage Site

Sunday, September 23, 12 to 4 p.m.

Celebrate the harvest season in the valley. Enjoy musicians, historic cooking demonstrations, tastings

and more!  Admission is pay-what-you-can.



High Park Harvest Festival at Colborne Lodge

Sunday, September 30, 12 to 4:30 p.m.

Enjoy the harvest inHighParkwith food, crafts, music, horse and wagon rides, warm apple cider and more.  Held at the south end of High Park at Colborne Lodge and the Children’s Garden.  Free admission to grounds, activity and merchandise fees apply. To tour inside Colborne Lodge it’s



Make Bread and Flavoured Butters at Todmorden Mills Heritage Site

Part of the Cast Iron Chef Historic Cooking Workshop Series (Suitable for ages 8 and up)

Sunday, September 30, 1 to 4 p.m.

Churn your own home-made butters flavoured with herbs from our historic garden. Enjoy them with

home-baked scones and biscuits baked on our open hearth. Pre-registration is required.

Adults: $20; Children: $15 (plus tax).


At Home for Harvest at Gibson House Museum

Saturday, Sunday & Monday, October 6 to 8, Noon to 5 pm

Visit us Thanksgiving weekend for a celebration of the harvest.  Spend some time in the busy historic kitchen of the Gibson family farm home and see the harvest foods being prepared for tasting.  Children can help lend a hand in the kitchen, dress-up in the Discovery Gallery and enjoy hands-on activities.

Regular admission applies.


Kith, Kin and Kimchi at Gibson House Museum 

Saturday, October 20, Noon to 5 p.m.

Join us as we celebrate the traditions of two communities: the 1850s Willow Dale settlement and North York’s vibrant Korean neighbourhood. See (and taste) how the two cultures approach preserving and learn about Korea’s signature dish, Kimchi. This year we are featuring the work of two Korean artists. Children are encouraged to contribute to a wall of public work using pencil and paper to explore the themes happiness and hope, which will add to the exhibit Living in Today by artist Joung-Yoon Lee. In her exhibit she explores one’s relationship to the past, present and future and the questions: are you happy, joyful and full of hope? Also featured in the Museum are textile works by another guest artist from Korea, Jung-Hee Rhee.


Kimchi and Pickle Making Workshop at Gibson House Museum

Sunday, October 21, 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Join Kimchi expert, Bong-Ja Lee, to learn traditional Korean preserving. Compare these methods with Mrs. Gibson’s historic pantry pickling. Explore the science and flavours of these two preserving traditions. Take home a container of Kimchi and a jar of Mrs Gibson’s pickles.

Pre-registration and pre-payment required. $25 plus tax.


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Four Villages Community Health Centre – Community Garage Sale

Posted on September 14, 2012


“Due to the rain over the weekend Four Villages Community Garage Sale was postponed. It has been rescheduled for Saturday September 22nd. Check out the flyer for more info or call Leah 416-604-0640 x 6416 “

To learn more about Four Villages Community Health Centre see:



Dundas West and Dorval Community Gardens and Chelsea Park

Posted on September 14, 2012



Dundas West and Dorval Community Gardens Event, Sunday, September 16, 2012   10am-12pm, @ Dorval Rd. & Edna Rd.



GARDEN CLEAN-UP – It takes a neighbourhood to care for a community garden so come out with friends and family to dig some weeds (like the big one below!), pick up garbage, remove hoses and get the gardens we all get to enjoy, ready for winter.
KIDS MOSAIC MAKING – Kids aged 5+ can make a beautiful mosaic garden stone at our art tables. Space is limited so sign-up now! It’s a fundraiser for the gardens, so you contribute to the garden costs with the $10 fee, and your kids learn and create. Email Karen at to sign-up.


POT LUCK AND FUNDRAISING RAFFLE – Connect with your neighbours at a pot luck lunch at 1pm after the gardening. Let others know what you’ll bring by posting below, or if you don’t have a facebook account, email and we’ll post for you. Bring your 2nies and fivers to buy raffle tickets and win some great prizes from local businesses!


To learn more about this event or about the West Bend and how you can get involved in your community please see:

on the web:

Parkdale BIA Looking For Volunteers For 'Leitmotif'

Posted on September 14, 2012




“If you love Parkdale + Volunteering + The Arts = The Parkdale Village BIA is looking for volunteers to lend a hand during the Leitmotif – Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Sat Sept 29 – in Parkdale!! Shifts are short & sweet!!

For more info, ask us here or email the fabulous”



Parkdale BIA Looking For Volunteers For ‘Leitmotif’

Posted on September 14, 2012




“If you love Parkdale + Volunteering + The Arts = The Parkdale Village BIA is looking for volunteers to lend a hand during the Leitmotif – Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Sat Sept 29 – in Parkdale!! Shifts are short & sweet!!

For more info, ask us here or email the fabulous”



Weekend Events With Road Closures In Toronto

Posted on September 14, 2012



“Weekend events with road closures in Toronto:

Three special events in Toronto this weekend will involve road closures. Residents and visitors are encouraged to come out and enjoy these events. Businesses in the areas 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:


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 website can be accessed at:


Bloor West Village Ukrainian Festival
Friday to Sunday closures
• Bloor Street from Jane Street to Glendonwynne Road will be closed from Friday, September 14 at 9:30 a.m. to Sunday, September 16 at 11:59 p.m. Runnymede Road will be open to traffic during the event.
• A series of other road closures involving local roads will take place in the area to accommodate this event.

Polish Festival
Saturday and Sunday closures
Roncesvalles Avenue from Grafton Avenue to Boustead Avenue will be closed in both directions from Saturday, September 15 at 6 a.m. to Sunday, September 16 at 11 p.m.

Toronto 5K Race
Sunday closure
A series of road closures will take place in the area bounded by St. Clair Avenue to the north, Christie Street to the west, Davenport Road to the south, and Russell Hill Road/Macpherson Avenue to the east from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 16.”

City of Toronto Seeking Citizen Appointments to Waterfront Toronto and Toronto Hydro Boards of Directors

Posted on September 14, 2012



“The City of Toronto is seeking three Toronto citizens to serve on the board of directors of Waterfront Toronto and eight Toronto citizens to serve on the board of directors of Toronto Hydro.

“We’re inviting residents to contribute their skills, experience and knowledge to the boards of two Toronto agencies,” said Mayor Rob Ford. “The City relies on the valuable input of residents on these boards.”

Waterfront Toronto is an independent corporation, without share capital, comprised of the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario, and the City of Toronto as partners. Waterfront Toronto’s mandate is to lead and oversee Toronto’s waterfront revitalization activities in a designated area from Coxwell Avenue to Dowling Avenue.

Citizen members appointed by City Council to the 13-member Waterfront Toronto board will apply their knowledge, skills and experience to draw private-sector investment and achieve significant environmental improvements, social and public realm benefits, and economic activity through revitalization of the Toronto waterfront.

Toronto Hydro Corporation is a business corporation wholly owned by the City of
Toronto and subject to regulation by the Ontario Energy Board and the Ontario Securities Commission. Toronto Hydro and its two affiliates have a combined workforce of about 1,600 employees, assets of approximately $3.5 billion and annual revenues of approximately $2.8 billion. The main business of Toronto Hydro Corporation is the distribution of electricity to the citizens of Toronto.

The Board of Directors of Toronto Hydro is comprised of eight citizen members, two Councillors and one Mayor representative. The Board of Directors is responsible for supervising the management of the corporation’s business affairs, including: approving the overall business strategy; approving any dividend payment or distribution of capital; approving the financing strategy; ensuring the corporation follows shareholder direction; and appointing officers of the corporation and the subsidiaries’ boards of directors.

Appointments to these boards will conform to the general eligibility requirements of the Public Appointments Policy; appointees will be interviewed by a Corporation Nominating Panel and recommended for approval by City Council.

The citizen appointees will serve on the board for two years plus a renewal term of two years, or until their successors are appointed. Citizens appointed to these boards should have directorship and executive-level experience and have experience with one or more large organizations.

Information about the appointments process, specific requirements and a copy of the application form are available on the City’s website at

Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, September 24, using one of the following methods:
• EMAIL (preferred) Waterfront Toronto applications to
• EMAIL (preferred) Toronto Hydro applications to
• Fax applications for Waterfront Toronto and Toronto Hydro to 416-531-3130
• Mail or in person to NAFOR Inc., 5700-100 King St. W., Toronto, ON M5X 1C7

The City encourages applications from candidates reflecting Toronto’s diverse population.”



September 2012