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West-End YIMBY Event – May 22

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The West-End YIMBY (Yes in My Backyard) Festival at the Gladstone Hotel is an event for people and groups involved – or looking to become involved – in grassroots, locally driven community development in West-End Toronto. It’s a social space for people and groups to gather, exchange ideas, and establish connections to effect change and strengthen their networks.

Typically a citywide event, for this edition of the festival, the Gladstone Hotel has teamed up with Shape My City to create a local version in West-End Toronto. They are bringing together a range of socially-engaged local organizations to foster a neighbourhood network committed to affecting positive change and building community. 

The West-End YIMBY is a place to learn about the organizations building community in our neighbourhood, and find out how you can get involved. Come find out what your neighbourhood is up to!

Drop by the Parkdale Residents Association table.

Date: Sunday, May  22nd
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Place: 1214 Queen St. W. – Gladstone Hotel

Heyday, Demise & Future of Sunnyside – May 19

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The Sunnyside Historical Society (serving Parkdale, Roncesvalles, Brockton and First Nations Villages) is holding an event covering the history of Sunnyside Beach. Once one of the major beach front amusement attractions for Torontonians during the 1920-1950s. There will be historical pictures, humorous skits and dramatizations.

Date: Thursday, May  19th
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Place: 1303 Queen St. W. – Parkdale Library

Spring Into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival – May 7th

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The 4th annual Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival! This season will introduce you to new businesses and re-discover some of the old gems; offering special deals, discounts, gift with purchases, come out & support our thriving business community. Step into places you’ve read about and never had a chance to discover like; Old Trunk Antiques & Contrast Living, Love & Greed and Passion for the Past, Glory of India and Himalayan Kitchen, BAND Gallery, West End Comics and Cadillac Lounge, Mata and Mother India, Parkdale Flea and 4 Your Hair Extensions, The Well, PARC and so many more!

Parkdale has so many incredible community organization’s, artists and crafters, and we’re excited to share the stage with them. Stay tuned for exciting local artisans presenting interactive fun for the whole family and weekly attraction and partner announcements. Plus, this year we hope to bring a few side road closures with added community activities – Stay posted via #springintoparkdale on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

See you Saturday from 11am-6pm Parkdale!

Jane’s Walk in Ward 14 – May 7 & 8

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Join one of the many Jane’s walks taking place across Toronto.

Of interest in Ward 14 are:

Take a Walk on the Sunnyside
Sunnyside Amusement Park was bigger than NYCs Coney Island in its day. It drew thousands of holidaymakers. What happened and why?

May 7th, 10:00 AM
Meet at Beaty Ave. Parkette – south side of King St.

The Tibetan Experience in Gentrifying Parkdale
Organized by the Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust, this walk focuses on the Tibentan experience and response to gentrification in Parkdale.

May 7th, 1:00 PM
Meet at Cowan Ave. and Queen St., PNLT table

Let’s Walk Together
This walk is for Residents and Visitors of the Parkdale Community and is dedicated to the refugees and refugee supporters.

May 7th, 1:00 PM
Meet at Romero House, 1558 Bloor St. West

Multisensory Tour
A well-designed place doesn’t just look good; it feels good to the senses. Come discover Toronto’s multi-sensory spaces.

May 8th, 9:30 AM
Meet at north east corner of Dufferin & Queen

Ward 14 Environment Day – Apr. 23

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Ward 14 Environment Day is on Saturday, April 23rd from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Come out to Sorauren Park along Wabash Ave south of Dundas St W and join in to Reuse, Recycle, and Safely Dispose!

Bring your used or unwanted electronics, household hazardous waste, fluorescent bulbs, unused medications, batteries, propane tanks, and oils to be safely removed.

Please do not bring: construction waste, gasoline, garbage, wood, cassette and videotapes, commercial/industrial hazardous waste and scrap metal.

If you require a replacement Green Bin to last until the arrival of the forthcoming new bins can exchange theirs for a reconditioned replacement.

Donate to schools for reuse:
*    Yarn, knitting needles, sewing notions, buttons and keys
*    Children’s books, musical instruments
*    CD’s, CD cases, 35 mm cameras
*    Costume jewellery including broken, old watches
*    Arts and crafts supplies (pencils, crayons, markers, etc.)
*    Corks, cork boards, clipboards
*    Dress up clothing (costumes, prom dresses, uniforms, etc.)

Donate for reuse:
*    Sporting goods (skates, hockey equipment, bikes, rackets, etc.)
*    Books (excluding school/university curriculum books)
*    Eyeglasses, walking aids, hearing aids, etc.
*    Small household items (dishes, ornaments, kitchen utensils, artistic drawings, games, etc.)
*    Textiles in good condition (clothing, linens, etc.)
*    Non-perishable foods will be donated to a food bank

All donated items must be in very good condition.

Leaf compost (limited to one cubic metre per household) is available for pickup as well, while supplies last.

In addition to the above available compost, Councillor Perks has arranged for three (3) additional compost drop locations:

*    April 28th – Masaryk Cowan Community Centre; 220 Cowan Ave at 3:00 pm
*    May 14th – Indian Road Crescent Public School parking lot at 8:00 am
*    May 14th – The corner of MacDonnell Ave and Wabash Ave at 10:00 am

Public Meeting 57 Brock Ave. Development – April 21

Pre-Application Meeting for  57 Brock Avenue – The Beer Store location.

The developer of 57 Brock Avenue, Block Developments, will be holding a pre-application meeting to discuss their proposed plans for this site.

The developer is proposing a 7 storey residential condominium. Details will be available at the community meeting. Councillor Perks and City Planning staff will be in attendance. If you are unable to attend the meeting and are interested in providing comment and/or receiving more detailed information, please email Councillor Gord Perks office at councillor_perks@toronto.ca.

Date: Thursday, April  21st
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Place: 1303 Queen St W. – Parkdale Library (basement auditorium)

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Vote For Your Favourite Fruit Tree At Masaryk Park

Masaryk Park is getting 3 new fruit trees!

Greenest City‘s application for 3 new fruit trees at Masaryk Park was one of the winners. Big thanks to TreeMobile Toronto and Orchard People for this amazing initiative!

You can VOTE here for what fruit you would most like to see in your park!
http://greenestcity.ca/vote-for-your-favourite-fruit-tree/
or vote on Greenest City’s Facebook Page
https://www.facebook.com/GreenestCityToronto/

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Parkdale Roncesvalles Cycling Town Hall – Thurs. April 7th

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Have your say on how to make cycling better and safer in our neighbourhood. Make your voice heard, learn about the City of Toronto’s Ten-Year Cycling Network Plan, and see what the Cycle Toronto Ward 14 Advocacy Group is doing to improve cycling conditions.

Bring ideas, feedback, and friends for a Q&A with:
– Councillor Gord Perks
– MPP Cheri DiNovo
– MP Arif Virani
– Toronto Cycling Planner Christina Bouchard

… followed by a social at a nearby pub TBA!

FREE for all at an accessible venue – including delicious refreshments and a prize draw! Hosted by Cycle Toronto Ward 14 Advocacy Group.

Date: Thursday, April  7th
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Place: 1303 Queen St W. – Parkdale Library (basement auditorium)

King/Queen/Roncesvalles Intersection Reconstruction – Feb. 23rd

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The RMRA for their upcoming meeting will be discussing the City’s plans for the intersection of King/Queen/Roncy. For Parkdale this is the Western Gateway into our neighbourhood. Come to the meeting to discuss how the local residents and businesses can have some influence on the TTC and City’s plans. http://rmra-to.org/

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 23rd
Time: 7:00-9:00 PM
Place: 128 Fern Ave. (Fern Avenue Public School – auditorium)