DECA Party and Much MUCH More

So much to talk about, so little time in front of my computer.  Yup, instead of sending out DECA diaries I’ve been enjoying the fall weather with my brood, but that means my list has grown the length of my arm.  So stick with me here folks, we’ll get through this together.

1. First – mark your calendars for Monday, November 23rd.  That’s our first annual DECA cocktail party. I know you can’t bring yourself to attend another meeting, but can you convince yourself to come on out for a glass of very well-priced wine and some delicious treats (on us) from Melanie’s Bistro?  I thought so.  Watch this space for more information, but for now, doors will open at 7 p.m. at Melanie’s and I expect to see you there.

2. What do you care about more: buildings or parks? On Monday, November 2nd you have your choice of community meetings.  The first is about the Big Hole at Danforth and Woodbine.  The meeting to tell us all more about the development plans for 2055 Danforth and the meeting will take place at the Danforth Mennonite Church  (2174 Danforth) at 7 p.m.

The second is an opportunity to share your ideas and learn more about the fabulous Taylor Creek Park with city officials and Councillor, Janet Davis.  It’s at the Stan Wadlow Clubhouse at 373 Cedarvale Ave. at 7 p.m.  For more information call the Councillor’s office at 416-392-4035 or

3. Garlic.  Have you decided against the seasonal flu shot and the H1N1 vaccine?  Well then you should definitely invest in some garlic to ward off those evil germs.  It’s, apparently, been a bad year for Ontario garlic.  East York and East Lynn Farmers’ Markets are both sold out.  We are placing bulk orders from Loon Song Garden in Little Current (Manitoulin Island).  We’re ordering one order a month for the next few months.  $10 per pound.  There are 18-19 heads per pound.  Contact Mary Margaret to place your order at or 416-693-9276.

4. The Woodbine Heights Baptist Church is hosting it’s Roast Beef Dinner and Fall Fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 14th at 6 p.m. Enjoy a meal by a professional chef and then stay on for the silent auction.  They’ve got everything from baked goods to babysitting…computer help to dinner parties.  Tickets are $20.  Children 12 and under are free.  For more info call 416-467-8987.

4. Post Office Petition? Looks like we’re not the only community losing it’s post office.  The Star’s Joe Fiorito writes about how the community in the Junction saved its local post office one signature at a time.

Oakcrest Park

5. Oaks in Oakcrest. Thank you very much to DECA’s own Mary Margaret McMahon and her insatiable appetite for trees.  She harassed, pestered, cajoled, pleaded, begged and whined to Toronto Parks for two and a half years and finally there are three red oak trees in Oakcrest Park.  These are only the latest trees Mary Margaret has convinced the city to plant in our neighbourhood.  She also worked with Target Park, LEAF and the East Toronto Climate Action Group to plant a native species garden on Strathmore Ave. beside the Woodbine subway station.  Below are the before and after pictures.





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0 comments to “DECA Party and Much MUCH More”
  1. I noticed the three new oak trees in Oakcrest Park this week. They look great! Thank you Mary Margaret. Appreciate all of your green work in our neighbourhood.

  2. I feel more like I’m part of a community now thanks to you Deca Diaries we have lived on Coleridge Ave for 16 yrs and I feel a connection to the community thanks from Will Kennedy

  3. Native species garden is stunning, a pleasure to watch bloom and grow. What a difference it makes on this otherwise desolate side of the street. Appreciate the labels identifying the plants too.

    Thank you to everyone involved!

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