More good things happening

My blogging break is hard to maintain when I see so much happening! Read to the end so that you don’t miss info about the upcoming public consultation for the Danforth Avenue planning study.

Oh, and a quick update to a previous post – DECA Connects discussion on empathy has been a postponed to the new year – stay tuned for details.

“Adopt a Family” Holiday Hamper Program

At this time of year, we always remind you to shop local and support local businesses. But we also have neighbours who are in need, and what better way to support them than through helping to fulfill their wish lists?

Three ways to help: make a cash donation, (get a tax receipt for anything over $25) volunteer during the week of Dec 17 to help pack or deliver the hampers, or “adopt” a family – get their wish list and shop for gifts for them (get a group together with friends, family or colleagues to make it easier!). Keisha, the coordinator, is aiming to “adopt” 100 local families this year. If you can help, here’s how to get in touch:

Keisha Cooke
Family Resource Coordinator
Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services, 91 Barrington Avenue
416-698-1626, ext.  204

Holiday in the Hood

Today from 10am-3pm! Check out Holiday in the Hood, Earl Beatty’s annual holiday craft and bake sale – this event is fun for everyone (even if you are not part of the EB community).

Little Robot Friends at Silly Goose

Come see for yourself what Little Robot Friends are all about. Sunday, December 10 from 2-5pm.

Old’s Cool Tree Lighting

December 9 from 5-8pm – check out the poster for the details of the festivities!

Planning Study Consultation, Monday Dec 11, 6:30-9:30pm

The City is holding the 4th Community Consultation Meeting on the Danforth Avenue Planning Study on Monday, December 11th at Hope United Church, 2550 Danforth Avenue, from 6:30-9:30pm.

The objective of the meeting is to review and obtain feedback from the community on the built form (building height, scale, and massing) analysis and engage in discussion about future development along our stretch of the Danforth.

DECA’s Visioning group has been working to prepare for the study for many years leading up to its launch and we continue to be a strong voice. Strong and vibrant communities have active participants. We encourage you to come out and participate and help shape the future of our neighbourhood.

For more info click here

Artisans at Work – Dec sales and events

Owner Tara Shelton has announced that she’s closing her shop at Woodbine & Danforth at the end of January. Stop on before then to pick up something lovely. Events and sales are happening too – check out the poster!

Festival of Lights pics and thanks!

Thank you to everyone who came out to kick off the holiday season at DECA’s 6th annual Festival of Lights a few weekends ago! The forecasted rain held off, we filled two big barrels full of food and a jar full of cash for Community Centre 55‘s holiday food drive, and Santa even joined in the sing-along this year!

A huge thank you to the dozens of volunteers who work behind the scenes and at the festival to make the event happen. Thanks to The S.P.A.C.E.Pegasus Studios, Ben from Zero Gravity Circus, and The Music Project Choir for entertaining us so delightfully before we hit the lights. And a big thank you to Parks Supervisor Colette for helping get the East Lynn tree lighting display increased from two to five fabulous trees this year.

Thanks to our lead sponsors MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith and MPP Arthur Potts, and contributing sponsors Councillor Mary Margaret McMahonSugar MoonTrust Realty Group, Danforth EastBMO Bank of MontrealSauce on the DanforthCelena’s Bakery, and The Danny: Danforth Mosaic BIA.

Finally, here are some pictures courtesy of Nicole Bergot-Browning and Bruce Reeve to remind you of the evening. (If anyone knows the boy who assisted in the circus act, tell them to contact! Bruce took an amazing photo of him balancing spinning plates and a ball that his family will want to frame.)

Happy holidays, Danforth East!