Toronto in Time – Free App

Posted on December 7, 2012

 

 

Toronto in Time is a free mobile app for iOS and Android that highlights the history of Toronto through “then and now” photos, slideshows, trails, and historical stories for more than 150 sites! Users can meet a cast of characters that includes the inventors, artists, entrepreneurs, bank robbers, visionaries and dreamers who have enriched Toronto’s history. Users with or without a mobile device can discover all the features of Toronto in Time online. This project is a partnership of the Historica-Dominion Institute, the City of Toronto’s Museum Services, and Heritage Toronto

Through Toronto in Time, discover the story of the club that hosted the Rolling Stones, U2, and Marilyn Monroe; explore where soldiers of the War of 1812 lie buried; stand on the site of a 17th century First Nations village, and much more. Meet a cast of characters that includes inventors, musicians, entrepreneurs, bank robbers, artists, visionaries and dreamers who paint the rich portrait of Toronto’s history.

Search stories by theme, neighbourhood, map, or follow specially curated trails. Read introductions to themes and trails and share stories with friends on Facebook and Twitter. Suggest story ideas for future upgrades on our Facebook page.”

 

Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden – Landscape Design Presentation

Posted on December 7, 2012

 

Come out on December 12, 2012, at 7pm to Fern Public School, 128 Fern Avenue, (one half block east of Roncesvalles), to see a presentation for the proposed design for the Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden.  Taking the input from the previous meetings, a landscape design will be presented for the concrete triangle immediately south of where Roncesvalles Avenue and Dundas Street West connect

There has been a tremendous amount of work done by the community to get the proposal to this point and thank you to all the partners including:  Roncesvalles Village Historical Society, the Horticultural Societies of Parkdale and Toronto, the Roncesvalles Business Improvement Area, Roncy Works (formerly Roncesvalles Renewed), Roncesvalles Mcdonnell Residents Association (RMRA), the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, Toronto Public Space Initiative, NAK Design Strategies, the 1812 Binational Peace Garden Trail Network, the City of Toronto’s Museum Services, Public Realm Services in the city’s transportation department and our office.

 

 

To see a .pdf version of the poster click:

DPRG Poster

 

To learn more about the Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden Group see:

http://www.dundasroncesvallespeacegarden.ca/about-us/

 

To read an article from Inside Toronto about the initiative:  

http://www.insidetoronto.com/news-story/1376681-plans-for-peace-garden-to-be-unveiled-dec-12/#.UL5_VCApzLs.twitter

 

 

MP Peggy Nash – Holiday Open House

Posted on December 7, 2012

 

 

Come celebrate the holiday season!

Peggy Nash’s Open House

 

Sunday, December 16, from 2 to 4 pm

Peggy’s Constituency Office

1596 Bloor Street West

Everyone welcome!

 

Please feel free to bring along non-perishable food items, which will be donated to a food bank.

PARC – Toronto's First Tool Library – Call For Donations

Posted on December 7, 2012

 

 

What is a Tool Library?

A tool library works (and sounds!) like a regular book library. Tool libraries loan specialized tools to community members who are interested in renovations, repairs and maintenance, building projects and community events.

Parkdale’s Tool Library will open at PARC, 1499 Queen Street West, in early 2013 and we need your help to get started! We are currently accepting donations of hand and electric tools, if you have any idle tools in your home please let us know! A donation to the Tool Library is a donation to the whole community!

Sincerely,

Your friends at the Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre (PARC) and the Institute for a Resource-Based Economy (IRBE)

Have Tools to Donate?  Contact Us!
Tel: (647) 965-5604

To learn more about PARC please see:  http://parc.on.ca/

 

 

PARC – Toronto’s First Tool Library – Call For Donations

Posted on December 7, 2012

 

 

What is a Tool Library?

A tool library works (and sounds!) like a regular book library. Tool libraries loan specialized tools to community members who are interested in renovations, repairs and maintenance, building projects and community events.

Parkdale’s Tool Library will open at PARC, 1499 Queen Street West, in early 2013 and we need your help to get started! We are currently accepting donations of hand and electric tools, if you have any idle tools in your home please let us know! A donation to the Tool Library is a donation to the whole community!

Sincerely,

Your friends at the Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre (PARC) and the Institute for a Resource-Based Economy (IRBE)

Have Tools to Donate?  Contact Us!
Tel: (647) 965-5604

To learn more about PARC please see:  http://parc.on.ca/

 

 

PFR: Registration for winter skating/swimming lessons and March break camp

Posted on December 7, 2012

 

 

Reminder: registration for winter skating/swimming lessons and March break camp begins online at 7:00 am on Saturday, December 8.

 

To find out more information please see:

http://www.toronto.ca/parks/torontofun/to_fun_regmethods.htm

 

Colbourne Lodge Upcoming Events and High Park Winter Camp January 2-4, 2013

Posted on December 7, 2012

 

 

Christmas Wreath-Making Workshops – For Adults
Saturday, December 1 at 2 p.m., Sunday, December 2 at 10 a.m., Thursday, December 6 at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, December 8 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Start your Christmas preparations by creating your very own Christmas wreath using nature’s bounty. This 2 hour workshop is now a popular pre-Christmas get-together activity for groups of friends and families. Set in picturesque High Park, the house offers a cozy historic ambience for this seasonal craft. A tour of the decorated parts of the house and light refreshments are included. Pre-registration & pre-payment required. $30 plus tax.

Christmas Centrepiece Workshops – For Adults
Sunday, December 9 at 10 a.m.; Saturday, December 15 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, December 16 at 10 a.m.
Create your own Christmas Centrepiece using natural materials. This 2-hour workshop is a great pre-Christmas get-together activity for groups of friends and families. Set in picturesque High Park, the house offers a cosy historic ambience for this seasonal craft. A tour of the decorated parts of the house and light refreshments are included. Pre-registration and pre-payment required. $32.50 plus tax.

Christmas Trimmings Workshops – For Kids 6 to 10 years old
Saturday, December 22 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Get a few errands done when you drop off the kids who’ll make a Christmas ornament to take home. A visit to the decorated parts of the house and light refreshments are included. Pre-registration and pre-payment required. $20 plus tax.

Christmas Cookie Creation for Children – For Kids 8 to 12 years old
Sunday, December 23 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Drop off the children, who will have fun making unique and tasty treats for the holidays in this historic baking workshop that uses a Canadian gingerbread recipe from the 1830s. While their cookies bake, participants will tour the house and discover Victorian Christmas traditions and stories. Later, they will take home the Christmas cookies they’ve made. They might even want to save a few for when Saint Nick comes to visit! Pre-registration and pre-payment required. $22.50 plus tax (includes supplies and a dozen cookies).

Christmas in the Park
From Saturday, November 24 to January 6,
Tuesdays to Sundays, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Closed Mondays, Dec 25, 26 and Jan 1

Discover the magic of Christmas in the winter wonderland surroundings of High Park and enjoy a tour of Colborne Lodge, the picturesque home of the founders of High Park, which is decorated for a Victorian Christmas. You will discover festive traditions, decorations and foods enjoyed during the 19th-century in Toronto. Toast the season with a glass of hot mulled cider by the wood stove and nibble on special holiday treats. Holiday admission prices apply: Adults $7.08, Seniors $4.42, Youths $3.81, Children $4.42 (plus tax)

 

For more information on all these events please see:

http://www.toronto.ca/culture/museums/christmas-events/index.htm

 

 

High Park Winter Camp January 2-4, 2013

If you are looking for something for your kids to do during the second week of the school holiday break before school resumes on January 7, we have just the thing for you and your kids! Colborne Lodge Museum will be hosting a High Park Winter Camp on the weekday mornings of January 2-4 from 9 to 12 pm. Children ages 6 to 10 can participate in a variety of fun and interactive indoor and outdoor activities centred on Colborne Lodge and High Park. These include exploring Colborne Lodge and its history, cooking using Victorian recipes, crafts, nature activities and games.

Participants can be registered for one to all three mornings. The cost is $17.50 plus tax for one morning session, $35 for two mornings or $52.50 for all three mornings. A mid-morning snack will be provided to participants. Enrolment is limited to only twelve participants, so book early to avoid disappointment.

To register and pre-pay, please call the museum at 416-392-6916

Colborne Lodge, City of Toronto Museums
Phone: 416-392-6916
Fax: 416-392-0375
E-mail: clodge@toronto.ca

 

Toronto Public Library – Upcoming Events In Ward 14

Posted on December 7, 2012

Parkdale Public Library

(1303 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M6K 1L6, 416-393-7686)

 

Card Making – Fri Dec 07, 2012, 4:00 p.m., Parkdale Auditorium

 “Join us for a card making event!Create your own greeting cards! Drop-in. For children ages 6-13”

 

Peer Tutoring – Fri Dec 07, 2012, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Parkdale Program Room

“In the Peer Tutoring Club, youth get help with their home work assignments or any other academic assistance from their volunteer peers tutors and the youth worker. In partnership with the Parkdale Community Information Centre.”

 

Friday Movie Nights at Parkdale – Fri Dec 07, 2012, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Parkdale Auditorium

“Parkdale Library will be holding Movie Nights! Sit back, relax and enjoy a movie on the big screen. For more information, call 416-393-7686.”

 

Saturday Stories – Fri Dec 08,  10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Parkdale

“A program for the whole family. Rhymes, songs and stories. Saturdays, ongoing. Taking place in the children’s picture book area.”

 

Robin Hood and the Dragon Puppet Show –  Thu Dec 27, 2012, 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m., 45 mins, Parkdale Auditorium

“Applefun Puppetry has been performing interactive puppet shows for libraries throughout Ontario for over 12 years. Join us for a great puppet show that is sure to keep your kids entertained! Drop-in.”

 

 An Afternoon of Crafts – Fri Dec 28, 2012, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Parkdale Auditorium

“Join us for an hour of winter arts and crafts! For ages 6-12 years. Drop-in.”

 

For more information on the Parkdale Branch please see:

http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMLIB073&R=LIB073

 

High Park Public Library

(228 Roncesvalles Ave., Toronto, ON M6R 2L7,  416-393-7671)

 

 

Saturday Writers – Sat, Dec 08 – 9:30 a.m. -11:00 a.m., High Park Community Room

“Read from and discuss works in progress. Prose, poetry, essays welcome.”

 

Book Discussion – Wed, Dec 12,  7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., High Park Community Room

“Lively discussion of selected books.”

 

Roncesvalles Village Historical Society – Thu, Jan 03, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., High Park Community Room

“The RVHS documents, preserves and promotes the history of the Roncesvalles area.”

 

Personal Finances for Older Women – Wed Feb 06, 2013, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., High Park Community Room

“A Woman’s Guide to Money Matters with financial advisor Bernardine Perreira.”

 

For more information on the High Park Branch please see:

http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMLIB049&R=LIB049

 

New Online Resource for Toronto's Middle Childhood Programs

Posted on December 7, 2012

 

 

New online resource for Toronto’s middle childhood programs

“The City of Toronto’s website has a new online locator to help parents and guardians of children from 6 to 12 years of age find before-school and after-school programs in Toronto. This new resource marks the first phase of the City of Toronto’s Middle Childhood Strategy.

The locator can be found at http://www.toronto.ca/children/middlechildhood_map.htm.

The locator is designed to search for locations for licensed school-age child care programs, full-day kindergarten before and after school programs, and after school recreation care (ARC) programs. The locator will continually be expanded to search for more categories.

“According to the latest census, there are almost 180,000 children aged 6 to 12 in Toronto,” said Councillor Jaye Robinson (Ward 25 Don Valley West), Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee. “Parents and caregivers with children in this age group can now rely on an easy-to-use online locator to find programs in their area that suit their needs.”

The City of Toronto’s Middle Childhood Strategy aims to achieve five goals:
• develop a comprehensive and integrated system of services for children 6 to 12
• improve the planning and coordination of local programs
• increase the quality of programs
• raise public awareness of the availability of programs for this age group, and
• support research and share information.

Further initiatives as part of the Middle Childhood Strategy addressing the quality and consistency of programs for children in their middle childhood years will be introduced in 2013.

Information about the strategy:
http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2012/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-50756.pdf

New Online Resource for Toronto’s Middle Childhood Programs

Posted on December 7, 2012

 

 

New online resource for Toronto’s middle childhood programs

“The City of Toronto’s website has a new online locator to help parents and guardians of children from 6 to 12 years of age find before-school and after-school programs in Toronto. This new resource marks the first phase of the City of Toronto’s Middle Childhood Strategy.

The locator can be found at http://www.toronto.ca/children/middlechildhood_map.htm.

The locator is designed to search for locations for licensed school-age child care programs, full-day kindergarten before and after school programs, and after school recreation care (ARC) programs. The locator will continually be expanded to search for more categories.

“According to the latest census, there are almost 180,000 children aged 6 to 12 in Toronto,” said Councillor Jaye Robinson (Ward 25 Don Valley West), Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee. “Parents and caregivers with children in this age group can now rely on an easy-to-use online locator to find programs in their area that suit their needs.”

The City of Toronto’s Middle Childhood Strategy aims to achieve five goals:
• develop a comprehensive and integrated system of services for children 6 to 12
• improve the planning and coordination of local programs
• increase the quality of programs
• raise public awareness of the availability of programs for this age group, and
• support research and share information.

Further initiatives as part of the Middle Childhood Strategy addressing the quality and consistency of programs for children in their middle childhood years will be introduced in 2013.

Information about the strategy:
http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2012/cd/bgrd/backgroundfile-50756.pdf

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