Monarch Park Tree Tour today @ 6pm

Tonight at 6:00 p.m. Amanda Gomm, Manager, Volunteer & Community Engagement, LEAF, and Councillor Paula Fletcher, Ward 30 Toronto-Danforth, will lead a guided tree tour through the Monarch Park neighbourhood in Toronto’s east end. Tour participants will explore this section of the tree canopy and learn about initiatives by local community members. Stresses faced by Toronto’s trees and benefits of a healthy urban forest will also be discussed.

Meet at Monarch Park, 115 Felstead Ave. (At the corner of Gillard Ave.)

To learn more about Ward 30 Toronto-Danforth or the urban forest follow Councillor Fletcher (@PaulaFletcher30) and LEAF (@LEAF) on twitter.

Vivacious Veggies

A guy walks into the doctor’s office. A banana stuck in one of his ears, a broccoli stem in the other ear, and a carrot stuck in one nostril. The man says, “Doc, this is terrible. What’s wrong with me?” The doctor says, “Well, first of all, you need to eat more sensibly.” 

If you also need to eat more sensibly, you’re in luck. The East Lynn Farmers’ Market opens Thursday, June 7 from 3-7 p.m.  A sure sign that the market is near is when you start seeing your favourite fruit and vegetables loitering around at the subway station.

The Earl Haig Community Festival

Come one, come all Thursday, May 31st, 3:30-7 p.m. rain or shine. There will be BBQ items, baked goods, cake walk, spy-catching (don’t tell CSIS), crafts, silent auction and other delicious and creative items. Earl Haig is just south of Danforth and Coxwell with a nice big green space (how do they keep their grass so green?) and a great playground.
 Gledhill Neighbourhood Tree Tour

Join LEAF for a closer look at the trees surrounding Gledhill school and residential neighbourhood. You’ll learn about the special benefits of trees in schools, biodiversity, tree identification and care. You will never look at trees the same way again.  Meet in front of Gledhill Junior Public School at 2 Gledhill Ave. (east of Woodbine, north of Danforth). Saturday, June 16, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. $5 donation please.

Wednesday Update

This week at the market…

In addition to the tasty delights of farm fresh meat, produce and honey (as if that weren’t enough)…

  • Sell out sale – we’re selling off the last of the Klean Kanteens from $5 – $10 and the Simply in Season cookbook $15.
  • Soap-making by Simply By Amanda – local artisan and soap-maker.

Tree Trauma

Speaking of East Lynn Park, you may have noticed that a couple of trees in the park were damaged this winter.  Two Ash trees were vandalized and burned  by people who set the sledding-safety haystacks on fire.  One of those trees is going to be removed and the other will be pruned.  It’s too bad to lose a big beautiful tree in our local park and serves as a reminder that we should all be vigilant about calling the police when we see people in the park doing naughty things.

Tree Tour

Speaking of trees, 13 folks joined in on the LEAF tree tour last week – taking notes and photos and learning more about the trees in our neighbourhood.  A few of them signed up to join DECA Woods – the team of DECA members who are working with U of T to survey our neighbourhood tree canopy and determine how best to keep it strong and healthy.  Want to know more?  Contact Mary-Margaret at

DECA Bikes

Along with some of our DECA Bikers, Gledhill Public School is organizing a bike rally for its students on June 16th and 17th.  Students will take part in a ‘fun-packed’ morning of bike safety and maneuvering exercises as well as signalling, stopping, turning and other safe-biking skills.  Why am I telling you this?  Because if you would like to arrange such a bike rally at your school, DECA Bikes would like to help.

Contact Jamie at, Mary-Margaret at or talk to them at the DECA Bikes booth at the East Lynn Farmers’ Market.  Don’t forget to bring your bike to the market for tune-up help and any matter of biking advice. (Oh and Mary-Margaret wants you to know that you can now get CAA service for your bike.)

DECA Bikes works with a few other east-end bike groups to advocate for biking and tonight (June 9th) that group of East End Cyclists is meeting at the East York Civic Centre at 7 p.m.   Want to know more or get involved?  Go forth to East York Civic Centre and prosper.

Earl Haig Family Resource Centre – Best Ever Garage Sale

This Saturday (June 12th) you’ll want to make your way to the GEHA (Greater Earl Haig Area) for the garage sales supporting the Family Resource Centre at Earl Haig School.

The centre is a drop-in for all families with young children and is a great place for parents and caregivers to go with young children to sing, do activities, visit with other adults and play.  Families on neighbouring streets are raising money to keep the centre open for another year.

The garage sales on Currie, Earl Haig Ave and Hillingdon will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will be followed by a kids’ bike parade at noon.  For more, contact Natlie at

Sports For Kids

First – I notice that Goodlife Fitness is offering free summer memberships for teens 14-17 for July and August during the day.  There is a Goodlife at Coxwell and Gerrard.  There is bike parking inside the club and a bus stop outside the front doors.

Second – If you miss out on the registration (tomorrow) for the City of Toronto summer programs, there is always Jack of Sports – now offering swim and summer camp programs at Monarch Park indoor pool.

Last Day Music Fest

Save the date – Friday, June 25th is the Last Day Music Festival.  This, rock and roll show will take place in the St. Brigid’s school yard (Glebeholme and Woodmount) from 7 – 10 p.m.  And get this?  The bands are seriously good bands – all made up of kids.  Want to see some great music performed by some young people with talent?  The whole thing will be hosted by 102 The Edge’s – Darrin.  Funds raised will go to support outreach projects at St. Brigid’s Catholic Church.

Enjoying (and not enjoying) Your Neighbourhood

A miscellany of things to tell you about today…

Jack of Sports provides swim lessons and summer camps at various places around the city.  Now, it’s moving into our neighbourhood – at Monarch Park Collegiate (west of Coxwell, south of Danforth).   They run the Red Cross swim program.  It costs $160 for 10 lessons of 1 hour each and lessons will be starting at the end of June.  They’re also planning on offering summer camps.  For more info call 416-489-4777 or

Environment Days

The Ward 31 Environment Day is Saturday, June 5th from 10-2 at Stan Wadlow Park at 373 Cedarvale Ave. Pick up free compost, buy native plants, exchange broken green bins and kitchen catchers, buy a rain barrel or water saver kit, learn about the city’s environmental programs, get free seeds, drop off hazardous waste and special recyclables, and much more.

Red Sable

Check out the paintings by Lisa Crouch, Ana Gribbons and Cynthia Noel during the month of June at Red Sable at 1765 Danforth.  The opening reception is Saturday, June 5th from 1 – 4 p.m.  Red Sable is open Thursday and Friday  11-6 and Saturday 12-5.  Call 416-436-3733 for more info.

Tree Tour

Want to learn how to distinguish a sugar  maple from a silver maple?  Join Lauren B  own from LEAF (Local Enhancement and  Appreciation of Forests) and learn how to  identify trees, the benefits of trees, the  challenges our urban forests face and ways    to help.

Meet on Sunday, June 6th at the Grinder  Cafe at 126 Main St. (south of Danforth).    The tour will take place from 1 – 3 p.m. Fore  more information, contact Mary-Margaret  McMahon at

Car Wash

A group of people who live near the car wash at Aldridge and Danforth are getting very frustrated with the noise of the car wash and the noise and exhaust of the cars idling in the back lane waiting to use the car wash.  Linda has posted about it here on the blog and the residents there looking for any advice people may have about how to proceed.  They’ve formed a committee called the West Lynn – Aldridge Peace and Enjoyment Committee (because they’ve lost the peace and enjoyment of their yards).