Our Scholarship Winner!

For the past three years, DECA has presented a $2,000 Young Leader Scholarship to a high school student entering post-secondary who is involved in supporting/improving their communities. It is with great pleasure that we introduce to you our DECA 2018 scholarship recipient, Tafriha Islam, who was a Grade 12 student at Danforth Collegiate and Technical Institute.

This incredible young woman has tutored young girls in her Regent Park Community since she was in Grade 9. She is dedicated to building a safe and healthy community and is always the first one to sign up for volunteering in different community programs and events such as Regent Park Film Festival, Sister2Sister, Regent Park Youth Ambassador, Art Heart, Artscape, and Sunday in the Park.

Tafriha created a Bengali school with her parents in the basement of their apartment for children ages 4-12 where her mother and her taught the young students how to read and write in Bengali. During this time, she also created a henna business to fundraise for Syrian refugees. Last summer she worked with CultureLink Settlement Community Centre to develop, write, and perform an original play about shifting cultural identities, entitled Unsettled. This group of young leaders/performers tackled many complex issues faced by many immigrant families and received many high praises from the community.

Tafriha Islam, DECA 2018 Scholarship Recipient
Tafriha Islam, DECA 2018 Scholarship Recipient

Drum roll please…. congratulations Tafriha! And thank you for sharing your thoughts, concerns and future plans with us:

What do you like most about the Danforth East community?

I love that this community always makes an effort to give back. There are so many support systems for the youth in our community. I have never seen such raw thoughtfulness in any community like ours.

I also love how our community has many small businesses to enjoy, and always holds the best events! There truly is never a dull moment.

What concerns you most about the future in our neighbourhood?

After the tragic event that occured recently, my biggest concern about our community is safety. As a community, I think it is important that we all take preventative measures to keep this community violence free. Even though no place is immune to crime, team work with our neigbours can really make a difference to minimize it. We should also continue to support each other in times of hardship and stay strong.

How are you spending the summer?

This summer I dipped my toes into the business world. I am currently working at a marketing and advertisement agency called “Bob’s Your Uncle” as an accounts intern. Some of our clients include IDC, Popeyes, BOSCH, and many more. I am learning new things everyday and this experience is helping me gain a lot of soft skills.

Tafriha Islam, DECA 2018 Scholarship Recipient

How are you feeling about the upcoming school year?

I’m feeling a mix of emotions for the upcoming year. I’m attending Schulich School of Business at York University. Coming from a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) background, I’m very excited to learn more about business. Though I am nervous for the transition from High School to University, I am lucky to have an amazing support system. Overall, I have an overwhelming feeling of happiness for this amazing journey ahead.

Scholarship presentation at the market

We also invite you to meet Tafriha this Thursday at the Farmers’ Market. Come cheer her on as she officially receives the DECA scholarship.

Thanks to everyone who danced the night away with us at the DECA Retro Dance Party in May. You helped to support this incredible young leader’s post secondary education!

Market Abundance!

It’s the height of market season, with fresh veggies, fruit and baked goods in abundance. New this week we have scones and tarts! Also, Windswept Cidery will be returning this week. It’s also prime-time in Ontario for cherries.

Come down to stock up, and bring the kids for a bunch of fun activities this week!

In the Kids’ Tent, we are welcoming back the team from Fresh Paint to run crafts from 4:30-6:15. Outside the tent, we will alternate between drama and yoga: Isabelle from Ankh Yoga will lead two 20-minute kids’ yoga classes at 4:00 and 5:00, and the Guerilla Ruffians will improvise comedic performances with Shakespearean text at 4:30 and 5:30.

We’re looking a few more volunteer cooks summer.  We love to show the farmers how much our community appreciates the market and the distance many of them drive over the dinner hour with a nice hearty, home cooked meal.  If you are interested in helping in this way, sign up to be one of our culinary volunteers.

The East Lynn Farmers’ Market runs every Thursday from 3-7:00 p.m. between June 7 – October 11 at East Lynn Park, located on the south side of Danforth Ave, just west of Woodbine Ave. Stay up to date by visiting the East Lynn Market Facebook page or by following us on Twitter.

Community meeting tonight: Redeveloping the TTC and Library Danforth & Coxwell Site

CreateTO and the City of Toronto are beginning the process to redevelop the Danforth Garage 5 acre site, located at Danforth and Coxwell. Come out tonight to the first public meeting and learn more about the Danforth Garage Master Planning Study process, meet the city’s team, and provide feedback on the Draft Guiding Principles.

Date: Tuesday July 17, 2018

Time: Open House 5:30-6:30pm

Presentation & Discussion 6:30-9:30pm

Location: Hope United Church, 2550 Danforth Ave at the corner of Main.

The Danforth Garage site’s anchor tenants are the TTC, the Toronto Police Services, and the Toronto Public Library. The purpose of the study is to create a a master plan that accommodates the needs of the three anchor tenants, as well as the local community. This site could become a catalyst for regeneration and place-making in our community.

Bring your neighbour and find out more tonight!

More info is available at www.danforthgarage.com

Brain games, bike tune-ups and so much more at the market!

We are excited to have four local organizations at the market this week.

  • Fresh Paint Studio will be in the Kids’ Tent with a spin art activity and pet rock painting from 4:30pm-6:15pm.Fresh Paint Studio + Cafe is a creative community space focused on nurturing creative ideas and sparking artistic imagination in both kids and adults. You can find them on Instagram and Twitter: FreshpaintstudioTO and on Facebook
  • East End Family Wellness will be in our Community Wellness tent. Recently opening their doors at 1250 Woodbine Ave, this clinic offers chiropractic, massage therapy and naturopathic care. From newborns to grandparents, they will provide you with knowledge, resources, and a variety of services that allow your family to grow and thrive.  Stop by their tent to check out a few of the fun exercises they’ve brought to help with brain development for kids and the young at heart!  Also be sure to fill out a ballot for their gift basket giveaway!Find them at on Facebook or on their website
  • The Neighbourhood Unitarian Universalist Congregation, a multi-faith spiritual congregation will be in attendance as well. They are online at NUUC.ca
  • Ward 32 Spokes will be on hand from 3-6:30 to do light tune-ups on your bike.
And finally, here is some inspiration for your market dinner care of market organizer Rebecca: Salad strawberries from Godelie, arugula from Schoolgrown, spinach and ricotta crepes, fresh bread with fennel hummus and a rose from 13th Street.
Market meal inspiration.
Send us your market meal via Facebook or leave a comment below and we’ll share in one of our upcoming blogs.
The East Lynn Farmers’ Market runs every Thursday from 3-7:00 p.m. between June 7 – October 11 at East Lynn Park, located on the south side of Danforth Ave, just west of Woodbine Ave. Stay up to date by visiting the East Lynn Market Facebook page or by following us on Twitter.

Danceforth all day street party: Saturday July 7th!

This Saturday July 7th, from 10am to 10pm, you are in for a treat! Grab a friend or two and head down to Danforth Avenue to enjoy a neighbourhood street party. Leave your car at home! 👣 🚲 Danforth Avenue will be closed all day/evening between West Lynn Avenue and Woodbine. Bring a chair and a water bottle and plan to stay… cause we’ll be dancing, 🎵 dancing in the street 🎶.

This day long party kicks off with a Teddy Bear 🐻 Picnic hosted by DECA from 10am to noon. Bring a blanket, and a snack, or pick up some street food from Face to Face Games. Don’t forget your favourite bear 🐾. We’ll have free activities: Games & prizes 🍭, stories and face painting! We’ll also have a free water bottle refilling station. And just for fun, there will be a puppet show at 11:30 am, courtesy of the Danforth Mosaic BIA and a giant bubble demonstration one the sidewalk outside Silly Goose from 11am-noon. To find the Teddy Bear Picnic, look for a life sized bear and grass sprouting on Danforth 🌸. We will be picnicking on Danforth Avenue!

Check out the day’s jam packed schedule:

10am – noon: Teddy Bear Picnic
11:30am: Puppet Show
1:30pm: Pink Room Dancers
2-5pm: Ward 32 Spokes Free Bike 🚲 Tune Ups

There’s also a Sidewalk Sale, Beer 🍺 Garden, Bouncy Castle, Live Mural Painting Event, and more!

12pm noon: Tommy Hawks & The Outlaw Surfers
2:30pm: Viper’s Cloud
5pm: Quincy Bullen Band
8pm: Kilowatt Band

This family-friendly community event will be fun for all ages – everyone is welcome to come dance and picnic on the Danforth!

Presented by Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon, Danforth Mosaic BIADanforth East Community Association – DECASauce on the Danforth, and East End Arts.

Please feel free to share this blog post or the Facebook Event Page. The more the merrier!

Local events not to miss – today and upcoming

Didn’t want today to pass without reminding you about the East York Canada Day Festival – midway, beer garden, and the parade! There are many other things happening locally as well, so read on and mark your calendars. Please see posters and links below for info!

East York Canada Day Festival

For more info visit: http://www.eycdc.ca or https://www.facebook.com/events/464965103901816/?ti=icl

The Danny Loves Music Concert Series – Wednesdays

The Danny Loves Music Series in East Lynn Park is back, every Wednesday in July from 6pm – 9pm! Free! Local food and drink for sale as well. – July 04: The Pursuit of Happiness – The Danny Loves Music Series- July 11: Soular – The Danny Loves Music Series- July 18: Alex Pangman & Her Alleycats – The Danny Loves Music Series- July 25: The Silver Corderos – The Danny Loves Music Series

Charlie Hope Concert – July 15

Juno award winner Charlie Hope is back touring in Canada this summer and Silly Goose Kids is thrilled to be hosting a concert with her! Get your tickets in store (2054 Danforth) or by calling 647-341-4400.

Danceforth – July 7

Save the date for this street festival happening on Danforth between Woodbine and West Lynn from 10-10! Read the event details here.

Nooks Makers’ Market – July 8