DECA Has You Covered From Thursday To Sunday

This week, sample some delicious, home made bruschetta at the East Lynn Farmers’ Market.  It doesn’t get any fresher or tastier than this…

BAGUETTES from:

Tara Monkton of Monkton Organic Farms & Bakery in Berkeley, Ontario, GROWS the wheat, MILLS it into flour, and BAKES the bread.  (The Little Red Hen!)

TOMATOES, BASIL, ONIONS from:

Murray of Bosco Farms in Waterford, Ontario – the friendly guy on the corner as you walk into the market.

GARLIC from:

Josh of Belanger – the new father who is still serving up great produce even with sleep deprivation

ALL WHIPPED UP BY: Iron Chef Jimbo – Pick up Jimbo’s not-so-secret recipe and then shop for your local, fresh ingredients to make your own at home and impress your friends and family.

East Lynn Park Farmers’ Market is becoming the hub of the neighbourhood.  Thursdays 3 – 7 pm!  The market has been integral in creating community.

Did you know?

  • Neighbours cook for the farmers (all 32 of them!) each week
  • High school students get their volunteer hours delivering pumpkins,making caramel apples, putting up tents, etc.
  • Young entrepreneurs learn business skills selling lemonade on the corner
  • Woodbine Heights Baptist Church Food Bank collects leftover perishable produce from our farmers
  • New moms who have been isolated at home come out and connect with other new parents
  • Seniors who have felt lonely at home are now hob-knobbing in the park with others every Thursday afternoon
  • Many local businesses are being promoted by showcasing their wares at our festivals and doing demonstrations or providing services for shoppers

Join the fun and community camaraderie at the East Lynn Park Farmers’ Market.  Only five Thursdays left!

WARNING:

DECA's Neighbourwoods Team

A wild group of tree huggers is loose in your neighbourhood.  They carry bizarre equipment and can be seen staring at the same tree for long periods of time.

Do not fear, it is DECA’s new Neighbourwoods Team doing a tree inventory.  They have been trained by University of Toronto forestry professor, Andy Kenney.  They started in the pocket south of Danforth – east of Woodbine – west of Westlake.

They measure the trees, determine the species and the health of the tree.  Eventually, U of T forestry students will compile the data and help us develop a stewardship plan.  Many of our beautiful tree-lined streets have a geriatric tree canopy so we are working to figure out ways of maintaining these trees, planting new ones, and teaching homeowners how to care for their trees.

If you would like to get involved, contact Mary Margaret McMahon (who else would be heading up this project?) at spargy@rogers.com 416-693-9276.

Solar Neighbourhoods

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The Solar Neighborhoods program is aimed at residents in wards 29, 30, 31 and 32 (that’s us).  It provides an additional $1,000 discount to homeowners who install solar water heating systems.  According to the City of Toronto, installing a solar heater on your roof will reduce your energy use and save you money.  There are, apparently, more than $4,000 in financial incentives available through the solar neighborhoods pilot program.

Toronto East General Hospital Breastfeeding Clinic

On behalf of all of us parents who have visited the TEGH Breastfeeding clinic, let me take this opportunity to say thank you.  We’re lucky to have such an amazing resource in our community.  It can’t be easy to listen to crying babies all day (to say nothing of the mothers) but we appreciate the dedication of the caring staff who are there when we need them.  Unfortunately they won’t be there quite so often beginning October 13th. Budget cuts mean the clinic will be closed Wednesdays and Sundays.  All other days the clinic will be open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  I bet whoever made that decision never felt the agony of a bad latch.

What Are You Doing This Weekend?

Saturday, October 3, 2009 – Noon

Toronto’s newest skateboarding park will officially open this Saturday at Lakeshore and Coxwell.  The opening ceremony happens at 1 p.m. followed by professional demonstrations, best trick contest, amateur jam, prizes and a live performance by Hostage Life.

Sunday, October 4, 2009 – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Toronto Fire is once again hosting an open house at it’s training centre at 895 Eastern Avenue.  Families will find displays, a mini combat challenge, fire safety videos, junior firefighter photos, live firefighting demonstrations, fire truck display, bouncy fire truck, BBQ and much more.  I’ve been to this event for the past few years and it never fails to impress the junior firefighter in my house.


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