Living The Good Life

Lots of ways to live well in today’s post, staring with a fabulous review of Caketown Cafe on  blogTO.  Click on the picture to go to the review…

Equinox Holistic Alternative School (JK-Grade 7) is hosting an open house on Thursday, January 20th at 6 p.m.  This school at 151 Hiawatha Rd. makes “connections between the community, earth, soul, subject and the mind and body, also striving to restore balance between analysis and intuition.”  They are looking to fill spaces for September 2011 in JK/SK and Grades 6 & 7.  Call 416-393-8274 for more information.

Monday Night Ball Hockey

Does your Monday night need a little excitement? Toronto Parks & Rec runs a really fun, energetic ball hockey game every Monday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the gym at Gledhill Public School. It’s open to boys and girls aged 6 to 9 – no hockey experience required!  The league runs until March 7 and is only $15 for the entire season. It is non-competitive and the kids absolutely love it. There is a chance that the city will cancel the league, if more kids don’t enrol asap. Save our ball hockey and sign up now: the parks & rec code is 1725012.

Maria Ryan (above) has been a musician for more than 30 years and a music teacher for more than 12 years.  She’s new to the neighbourhood by way of Buffalo and is now offering guitar and violin lessons in the Danforth and Coxwell area.  She says her goal is to “help students fulfill their potential as musicians whether that means strumming tunes around the campfire or playing professionally (and everything in between).”  Lessons are tailored to your taste in music and she takes a nurturing and relaxed approach to lessons to enjoy making music.  Fore more, check out her facebook page (Music Lessons with Maria) or by clicking on the photo above.  Or contact her at mariatheo74(at)

Ward 32 Constituency List

If you would like to be on Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon’s e-bulletin list, send your contact information to or 416-392-1376.


Update – Bike Social

The location of the biking meeting has been changed to Remarks Bar & Grill so that people can attend both the budget consultations and the bike meeting!

East End Bike Social

Come meet other cyclists in the east end and talk about things that are planned for 2011 bike-wise.  This is an informal event that is open to all.

Wednesday, January 19th 6-10 p.m.

Remarks Bar & Grill 1026 Coxwell – north of Cosburn

Contact Tom Flaherty for more info at

Mark Your Calendars

DECA Meeting

If your new year’s resolution was to get more involved in your neighbourhood, meet your neighbours or drink more beer – you’re in luck!  The next DECA executive meeting is Tuesday, January 25th at 8 p.m.  If you would like to come, let me know and I’ll send you the details.

East End Bike Social

Come meet other cyclists in the east end and talk about things that are planned for 2011 bike-wise.  This is an informal event that is open to all.

Wednesday, January 19th 6-10 p.m.

Remarks Bar & Grill 1026 Coxwell – north of Cosburn

Contact Tom Flaherty for more info at

Councillor Coffee Talk

Join ward 32 councillor, Mary-Margaret McMahon to find out more about how Toronto’s city budget works and have a great cup of coffee at the same time.

January 22nd, Red Rocket Coffee, 1402 Queen St. E. 9-11 a.m.

January 22nd, Juice & Java, 2102 Queen St. E. noon-2 p.m.

January  22nd, Grinder, 168 Main St. 3-5 p.m.

January 23rd, Caketown, 2039 Danforth Ave. 10 a.m. – noon

For more info, contact 416-392-1376

Doggie Swap Meet

If your dog wouldn’t be caught dead in the plaid winter ensemble that aunty mabel gave or if you are in need of a new coat, toy or extra leash, perhaps you need to attend the Merrill Park Dog Association Doggie Swap Meet (meat?).  Laura Taylor is organizing the first doggie swap meet on January 23rd from 10:30 – noon.  There will be hot drinks and muffins.  Contact or

Business Training Series

The Danforth Mosaic BIA and Woodgreen Community Services are hosting a business training series of workshops by Elizabeth Verwey from Small Office Mentors.  The sessions are free to Danforth Mosaic BIA members and $100 for others.

Four workshops will cover business communications, cash flow and money matters, networking and sales strategies and planning for business growth.  Once business owners complete these four workshops, they qualify to apply for a micro-load from Alterna Savings.

Workshops are happening February 2/9/16/23 as well as Mondays in June and Wednesdays in October.

Telling Stories

The Open Door East End Arts Collective is a group of artists from Toronto’s east end who “love their neighbourhood and the arts with equal passion.”  This trio is launching a storytelling festival at St. David’s Anglican Church right across from Donlands subway station from  January 23rd  – April 17th at 3 p.m. in the parish hall.

Sunday January 23rd is the festival opener featuring Dan Yashinsky, Brian Katz and Rainos Mutamba (Dan Yashinsky was a performer at the East Lynn Farmers’ Market and he was fabulous).  Admission is pay what you can with a suggested minimum of $5/person.  For more info, call 416-469-2878 or look here.

Celena’s Bakery – was featured on blogTO this week and we thought you should check it out.


If you got a beautiful piece of art for Christmas and are wondering how to frame it, Ciraco’s (1946 Danforth) 15% off custom framing sale has been extended until the end of the month.

In December I told you about a local business, CareerFitmom. Turns out, DECA member, Jennifer D. Foster wrote a profile on owner, Beth, this fall about trying to find the balance between career and motherhood.

2011 Budget

Nothing says a good time like sitting around talking about the city budget.  The fierce debates.  The gut-busting guffaws.  The tears.  Um…maybe that’s just at my house?  On Wednesday, January 19th councillors will be hosting public consultations on the proposed budget.  This is your chance to get involved, learn more and give your two cents (less 2%).  It’s from 6-9 p.m. at the East York Civic Centre at 850 Coxwell.  For information on how to make a deputation, check out this link.