How Can I Help?

Featured artist: Audrey Cooper

Art of the Danforth 2012 will be a month long festival that presents a variety of free public art displays and activities to, for and by the community of East Toronto. There will be more than 50 public and commercial venues along or within walking distance from Danforth Avenue, Greenwood to Woodbine from May 20 – June 10, 2012. The goals of Art of the Danforth are to:

•  encourage foot traffic along Danforth Avenue
•  increase community engagement
•  showcase local artistic talent
•  bring together people from various backgrounds, cultures and interests in the creation and appreciation of art.

Art of the Danforth is in the midst of recruiting volunteers to help out during the actual event.  If  you are interested in helping out, you can get more info and sign up at

East Lynn Farmers Market

The East Lynn Farmers Market turns five this summer. In that time, every Thursday,  we’ve brought you fresh food, kids’ games, crafts, activities, music, and five festivals over the summer, including the fabulous movie-night-in-the-park and our strawberry-square-dance. A crew of seven volunteers – six women plus one grade school girl – have miraculously managed to pull this off for five years now, and they are feeling burnt out.

We need your help!

This summer, we’d like to have someone at our DECA booth every Thursday with community volunteers each on two-hour shifts, the first from 3 to 5 pm and the second from 5 pm to 7.

Manning the booth is easy and it’s a great way to meet

your neighbours. Your jobs would include: helping set up the kids’ play area and craft table; helping farmers with odd jobs; setting up the DECA table and answering questions. If you are on the later shift, you would also serve the farmers’ their dinner (volunteer cooks arrive with meals every week), and help take down both the DECA booth and the craft/face-painting areas.

Plus, you’ll be able to play on the giant Scrabble board Farmers’ Market devotee Shelley Darling has made this winter and try on our new broccoli costume!

If you’ve always wanted to help out and never found the right window, this is your chance.

Please email Catherine Porter at Catherine_porter(at) Let me know which Thursday from June 7 to October 25 you’d like to cover and which slot, 3-5 pm or 5-7 pm, and I’ll pen you into our calendar.

If you’d like to join the roster of neighbourhood cooks for the market this summer, email Shelley Darling at

Thanks so much. We look forward to another amazing summer at the market.


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