DECA Community Cocktail Party – Monday Night!

Can’t wait to see you on Monday  night at Melanie’s Bistro for our third annual Community Cocktail Party (and AGM, but I promise that part is very short and very sweet and then we get right back on with the food, wine and fun).  6-9 p.m.  1870 Danforth Ave. CASH BAR

DECA Memberships & AGM

Hi DECA-ites!

Remember that the DECA Community Cocktail Party (and, shhhhh, AGM) is this Monday from 6 – 9 p.m. at Melanie’s Bistro.  The food will be fantastic. The people will be witty, charming and entertaining and the bar will be cash only.  That is a terrific place to buy or renew your membership. It’s only $10/year/family.

If you have recently received a message from ‘’ – that’s not spam, that’s us!!  It’s DECA. Don’t delete us.  You can buy your membership there as easy as 1, 2, credit card.

Why should you fork over $10 to be an official member of DECA? Well, just for starters, here are the top five ways that DECA has improved your neighborhood this year:

1 – We bring you the weekly farmers’ market in East Lynn Park.

2 – We are transforming stores on the Danforth, from drab to dynamite.

3 – We hosted the third annual Danforth East Arts Fair in September.

4 – We repainted the East Lynn pool this spring. We are improving your parks.

5 – We kept you up-to-date with our blog:

We are your neighbors. Join us! If you can’t come to the party, sign up on our website:

If that’s not worth 10 bucks, then should join the board and tell us what you can do.  Want to know more about that?  I’m at natasha.granatstein(at), let me know.




DECA Community Cocktail Party

Join us on Monday, November 21st for our third annual Community Cocktail Party (and Annual General Meeting, but I promise that part is extremely short and sweet).  It’s at Melanie’s Bistro (1870 Danforth) so that means there will be wonderful food and drink. 6-9 p.m.

Cocktail Party, Wine And Cheese, La-Tee-Da

DECA Community Cocktail Party

Thanks to everyone who came out on Monday to another great party.  Thank you ever so much to our fabulous hosts, Melanie Ferreira and staff of Melanie’s Bistro, for wonderful food and drink.  14 people were elected to the 2011 DECA executive board.  There was a change for the time being to make the vice-chair position into a co-chair position and I’m delighted to have Sheri Hebdon as my new co-chair.  There was a lot of fierce campaigning leading up to the vote…accusations of dirty politics and vote-rigging, but when the dust settled, here’s how it all netted out:

Co-chairs – Sheri Hebdon, Natasha Granatstein (that’s me)

Secretary – Alison McMurray

Treasurer – Lorraine Cheng

Members -At-Large – Angela Matich, Catherine Porter, Mary Cowan, Peter Schmiedchen, Sarah Kiriluk, Rachel Jolicoeur, Steve Wickens, Shelley Darling, Anita Schretlen, and Melissa Peretti.

Thank you so much to Brian Spratley, David Gardner, Colleen Clarke and Mary-Margaret McMahon who are leaving the board this year.

The board won’t meet again until 2011 and you certainly don’t have to be a board member to come to the meetings.  I usually post the note here to let people know when the meetings are happening.  You’re welcome to come and we’d love to have you.

Woodbine Avenue Gallery

This gallery is at 1175 Woodbine, just north of Sammon.  It is featuring and selling paintings by Peter Crighton, Friedbert Renbaum and nancy Joy Wilson.  The wine and cheese opening is tonight (Thursday, Nov. 18th) from 6 – 10 p.m. and the show continues all weekend 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Now, wouldn’t that brighten up your rainy Thursday evening?  You could stop in for some wine, cheese and art, then you could cross the street to Nutralicious Kitchen and get a fabulous prepared meal for dinner, then you could go home and feel smug about how lucky you are to live in such a cool neighbourhood.

Parking On Your Driveway

Driveway parking came up in both of the debates DECA held before the municipal election.  That made me think you might be interested in this story from yesterday’s Toronto Star.