Items of Interest

Cowanation

Street Sale and Kid’s Fair

Saturday May 30

(rain date May 31)

All day – or while the good stuff lasts!

Come and check out Parkdale’s greatest annual treasure trove

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St. Joseph’s Health Centre invites you Celebrate Safe Kids Week

May 25 – 29

“Kids Summer Safety: What Families Need to Know”

See attached flyer for more information:

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Doors Open Toronto celebrates its 10th anniversary by opening 175 doors

This weekend, Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24, Doors Open Toronto invites residents and visitors to explore up to 175 buildings from heritage landmarks to modern structures, including the 1850s Don Jail and a restored five-pin bowling alley. Many of the buildings are not usually open to the public, and admission to all buildings is free.

Dates: Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24

Times: Most buildings are open on one or both days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with exceptions. Please confirm times for each venue. No pre-registration or tickets are required.

Locations:

Numerous locations; highlights include:

o BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir – last year’s most popular site

o Art Deco gem the Carlu at College Park

o pre-1834 sites such as Fort York National Historic Site, Black Creek Pioneer Village, and Campbell House

o Union Station, the site of readings, performances and spontaneous theatre presented by Diaspora Dialogues

o Drake Hotel, with intimate readings by authors in a newly restored suite

Visit www.toronto.ca/doorsopen for a full list of buildings. The Doors Open Toronto weekend information headquarters is located at City Hall, 100 Queen St. W. (Doors Open Toronto hotline 416-397-5023, only on Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

In addition to the building tours, Doors Open Toronto is celebrating its 10th anniversary with the finale of Lit City – Toronto Stories, Toronto Settings. About 40 venues are hosting Lit City readings and events. Visit www.toronto.ca/doorsopen for details.

Doors Open Toronto is produced by the City of Toronto and sponsored by the Toronto Star.

Media sponsor: CBC; program sponsor: Woodcliffe

Toronto is Canada‘s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto‘s incorporation as a city. Toronto‘s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Water-efficient lawns and gardens

Toronto Water is hosting seminars at selected stores across the city on the topic of water-efficient gardening. You can learn how to create a beautiful outdoor space while saving water. Toronto residents can sign up for a free WaterSaver lawn and garden consultation while there. Details: http://www.toronto.ca/watereff/

Hundreds of events highlight Bike Month 2009

Bike Month 2009, featuring more than 150 events and activities that promote cycling in the community, will take place in Toronto from May 25 to June 25. Whether it’s a bike tour, an art exhibit or the thrilling Toronto Criterium bike races, Bike Month offers something for everyone.

“Bike Month is a celebration of the culture of cycling in the City of Toronto,”said Mayor David Miller. “As we continue to improve our cycling infrastructure by adding to our bikeway network, I encourage Torontonians to consider biking as a healthy, viable transportation alternative.”o:p>

Again this year, the official launch of Bike Month is the marquee event – the 20th annual Group Commute through the streets of Toronto, on Monday, May 25. Cyclists will converge from various points around the city and meet at Yonge and Bloor for a mass group ride to Nathan Phillips Square. Once there, participants will enjoy music, open air booths, demos and a free pancake breakfast. The City’s new pedal-powered EcoCabs, which are sponsored by the City’s Live Green Toronto program will also be on site offering free rides. The event at Nathan Phillips Square begins at 8:30 a.m.

“Riding a bike promotes a healthy lifestyle, helps the environment since biking produces zero harmful emissions that lead to climate change and it reduces our dependence on vehicular traffic,”said Councillor Adrian Heaps, Chair of the City’s Cycling Committee.

Other major events during Bike Month include the following:

• Wednesday, May 27 – Bikeway Network event. The City of Toronto will be outlining cycling infrastructure plans for 2009 and beyond.

• Thursday, May 28 – Toronto Bike Policy Summit. Presentations will feature international and Canadian best practices that address the value of cycling for transportation, health, tourism, recreation, economic development, energy conservation and the environment.

• Friday, May 29 – The Toronto Criterium at St. Lawrence Market. The City of Toronto, Transportation Services, is partnering with the Bicycle Trade Association of Canada and ZM Cycle Fitness Ltd. to present a bike race in the St. Lawrence Market area.

For more information about any Bike Month activities, call the City Cycling office at 416-392-7592 or visit www.toronto.ca/cycling/events.