Pumpkin Parade

On the day after Halloween, bring your pumpkins to the Danforth East Community Association Pumpkin Parade at East Lynn Park.  Lit pumpkins will line the park’s walkway and playground.  Please bring your own candle; lighters will be available at the park.  Monday, November 1st – 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.


A Cluster Of Danforth Gems

Plank Road Market

Many of you will know that the inaugural project of DECA’s Business Revitalization Team was to help what was ‘Michael’s Meats’ re-invent itself as Plank Road Market.  Now Roger and Julie have bought a building (instead of renting) just west of the old location at 1716 Danforth (across from McDonalds) and have opened a new and beautifully- improved Plank Road Market.  You’ll think you’re shopping in Yorkville it’s so pretty.  They are having a grand opening this Sunday, October 31st around noon for a BBQ and live entertainment.

From our favourite local shopper , Pat, a visit to Jenny’s Floral Boutique and WAG on the Danforth.

I stopped in at Jenny’s,  the new florist shop (1898 Danforth).  She made me a beautiful bouquet–terrific presentation–for $15 plus HST. Jenny is originally from Hungary and had a floral shop there. This is her first Canadian venture and I certainly wish her well. The shop is bright and clean and very nicely decorated.

Also, a shout-out to WAG on the Danforth. In addition to offering an outstanding selection of well-chosen pet supplies, Ruth is a fount of information on all things cat and dog-related. Very reasonable prices too. Makes shopping locally a treat and a bargain.

Looks Matter

I’ve noticed a few long-time businesses who have recently put up new signs, Seb’s Cappuccino (1928 Danforth) and Everybody’s Hair (2144 Danforth).  One thing we’ve learned through the Business Revitalization Team is that signage is darn expensive.  But, it is so incredibly important both for drawing in customers and for improving our streetscape.  So thanks guys, for the new signs.

Friday Night Hallow’s Eve Fun

If a municipal election campaign that goes on for more than a year isn’t enough to scare the pants off you, try this…

The Earl Beatty Community Centre is presenting it’s third annual haunted house (cue spooky music).


Friday October 29th, 6-9 p.m.
Earl Beatty Community Centre Gymnasium (455 Glebeholme Blvd.)
$2.00 (14 & UNDER) $3.00 (15 +)

Please donate a non-perishable food item for the Daily Bread Food Bank. Recommended for ages 8 and up, children under 9 must be accompanied by an adult. Proceeds to the Earl Beatty Community Centre Advisory Council for community centre programs.

How To Train Your Dragon – Movie Night

Once you’re finished sliding your hands into cooked spaghetti and mushy grapes, walk east and buy your popcorn to watch How To Train Your Dragon.

Friday, October 29th, 7 p.m. – approx 8:45 p.m.

Salvation Army (107 Cedarvale, behind Gledhill school and across from Valu-Mart)

$3 adults, $2 children (2 yrs and under are free)

Refreshment bar: popcorn, drinks, chocolate bars etc.

All proceeds to the Kidzone After School Program run out of the Salvation Army.


Last Chance Market Day + Mary-Margaret McMahon

East Lynn Farmers’ Market

Thursday is the last day of the 2010 East Lynn Farmers’ Market.  What an amazing season this has been.  Nearly every Thursday was blessed with beautiful weather and we had a terrific slate of farmers this year.  Whether you were looking for meat, bread, cheese, fruit or vegetables, it was all there to be had.  We also had fun family activities at 4:30 p.m. all summer long and great music too.

Who Is That Lady In The Pea Costume?

If I’m really being honest here, there was a little part of me that was kind of hoping Mary-Margaret McMahon wouldn’t win as Ward 32 Councillor on Monday night.  It was completely and totally selfish.  You see,  a whole lot of what DECA has achieved over the last three or four years is because of, or has been helped along by Mary-Margaret: whether it was getting trees planted or surveying the tree canopy or organizing the DECA Learns series of re-skilling workshops or helping organize the the DECA Bikes team, or as an ever-energetic member-at-large on the executive committee and of course, as one of the pillars of the East Lynn Farmers’ Market.

Well, we couldn’t let her leave without a little hurrah – so please join us tomorrow at the East Lynn Farmers’ Market at 5:30 p.m. where we’ll raise a metaphorical glass to the wacky lady in the pea suit who’s undeniable energy has helped make the market and our community a much more vibrant place to live.

The. Final. Two. Weeks.

It’s the last two weeks of the East Lynn Farmers’ Market.  When other markets are long since closed, you can count on us to keep bringing you fresh, local produce with finesse and flare right to the end of October.  You’ve only got two more weeks to get your honey and your bread and your cheese and fill your freezer with farm-fresh produce.  You’ll thank me in February when you’re eating tomato sauce that you made in October.  I’m just sayin’…

Pumpkin Parade

The pumpkin parade will happen from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. on Monday, November 1st. You can bring your pumpkins to East Lynn Park as early 5:30 p.m.  You may want to bring your pumpkin a little earlier and come a little later if you can swing it, but even if you come at 8 p.m. bring your pumpkin with you.  It’s all good.  And hey – tell all your friends.  It’s going to be super cool.  And – we could still use an extra hand or two.  If you can help, let me know.


What’s scarier – politicians or pumpkins?

Ward 32 Debate – Tuesday

The hottest ticket in town is brought to you by your friends at DECA.  Tuesday night at 7 p.m. be at the Kimbourne Park United Church at 200 Wolverleigh Blvd. (East of Coxwell, two blocks north of Danforth) for the last Ward 32  debate.  See all the jibs, jabs and jellyfish  – and see the debate too.  Hosted by the Globe and Mail’s Jeff Gray, it promises to be fun for all ages.  Pay attention to the parking signs o.k.?  O.k.

Halloween – Boo!

Carlos Osorio/Toronto Star


I hope you’ve started your planning for your Jack-O-Extravaganza because this year, there is more at stake than just kids passing by your pumpkin looking for candy.  This year, you’ve got to get your carved pumpkin over to East Lynn Park on November 1st for the DECA Pumpkin Parade.  We’re going to line the path with pumpkins, light them up and bask in the spoooooky glow.  The fabulous Heather Bean is putting the whole thing together and she could use a few extra hands that night.  Can you help?  Let me know.

It’s My Party – Halloween Store

It’s My Party – the party store further west on the Danforth has opened a temporary Halloween clearance shop at 2206 Danforth near the Honda dealership.  They’ve got costumes and decorations and sales galore.  Also, I’m guessing, lots of gore.