Activities galore!

Fall is that magical time of year when the leaves change, the days darken, and we all have to think about what kinds of activities we are going to undertake for the year. (If you are like me, you were frantically trying to sign up your kids for swimming lessons this morning at 7am!) Here are a few options in the neighbourhood…

East End Music Project
(non-profit music program for kids on Tuesdays)


Miranda from the East End Music Project sent this note along:

I run the East End Music Project (I do this out of LOVE as a volunteer), which is a very cool social purpose music school in the East End.

The project is taught by professional musicians and educators with instruction at a very high level. The social purpose part of it is that all the class fees are geared to income. Our focus is on collaboration and working together in the classes. It is a fabulous opportunity. I have a couple of spots available because I’ve hired more teachers to increase our capacity. We would love to have your families join us.

If you’ve ever thought about music lessons, this is a great way to get involved in a social purpose enterprise, support local musicians, and participate in something really special. Your kids will also get a stellar music experience. All classes are subsidized. No restrictions on who can apply! Check out to see what classes still have availability. Thanks!

Are you ready to sing?

Some locals, Sarah and Damaris, are starting a new choir and would like YOU to join! Registration form is here and some additional details are below.

choir poster-01

Pegasus Studios

SO many classes, so little time. What can we say about Pegasus? It’s music, dance, art, choir, yoga – stuff for kids, adults, kids and adults together – if you don’t know about this neighbourhood institution, you should.


We have been so lucky to have so many new fitness-related businesses open up in this neighbourhood (coinciding nicely with the bakeries, ice cream shop and restaurants!). Here are some of them:

Fly Girl Fitness

Bomb Fitness

Ankh Yoga

Legacy Indoor Cycling

Counterbalance Studio Pilates

Career Fit Mom

Dragonz Martial Arts (adult and kid classes available)

Bell’s Martial Arts (adult and kid classes available)

Monarch Park Stadium (adult and kid classes/activities, running track)


One more thing….

Our next DECA Board meeting will be next Monday, September 21 starting at 7:30pm. If you’d like to join us, drop us a line here and we can let you know where we’re meeting. Last time we enjoyed an hour at the beginning to meet & greet, but this time we will get right to it a 7:30pm because we have a lot to cover. All are welcome!

East Lynn Farmers Market, Volunteer for #DEAF14 & Pole Walking

East Lynn Park Farmers’ Market

The photos can speak for themselves!  The is truly something special about the people who hang out at East Lynn Park on Thursday afternoons.

This week’s wellness guest is Mary Ganzon of Counterbalance teaching a 3D workout at 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. It is a workout that can be with you for your lifetime. Both sessions will be a half hour long. Come and talk to her about the programs at the studio!

CareerFit Mom is providing entertainment at the Market this week. Workout with your kids (ages 2 & up). Parents get a sweat-session while children engage in developmental exercises. Everyone has fun exercising together using unique moves, toys and games that brings out the kid in everyone! Drop in whenever you can – you’ll see Beth and her crew frolicking around near the north/east side of the park!

The East Lynn Farmers’ Market runs every Thursday from 3-7:00 p.m. between June 5 – October 9 at East Lynn Park, located on the south side of Danforth Ave, just west of Woodbine Ave. Stay up to date by visiting the East Lynn Market Facebook page.


Volunteers Needed for Arts Fair

By now you’ve likely made sure your weekend plans involve stopping by the Danforth East Arts Fair. But if you have two hours to spare, the organizers are looking for volunteers for a variety of different roles – everything from sitting in a chair and talking to shoppers to helping the artists with set up and take-down of tents and supplies.  Please click to find out more about volunteer openings.


Nordic Pole Walking Demo

Ever wonder about those people you see walking around with ski poles in the summer? Well you can get all your questions answered this Saturday in Monarch Park.  Learn about the benefits of this low-impact for of physical activity with a nordic pole walking demo and clinic put on by Cool East Market  (1390 Danforth Ave).  See their flyer below for all the details.

nordixx pole demo


Farmers’ Market: An Apple a Day!


The apples are starting to come out!  Be sure to pick up a basket this week.  They’re perfect for lunches!


Did you see the orange cones at East Lynn Park this week?  The path is being widened!  The new concrete path will be 8 feet! I think we can all agree that with the amount of people, strollers and dogs at events like the farmers market, Danforth East Arts Fair and Pumpkin Walk that a new and wider path will be welcomed by everyone. A big thank you to the City Staff and Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon for getting this much needed improvement done for our park.

Crafts with Mrs. Darling

Mrs. Darling (aka Melissa Peretti)  will be back at the market this week with another creative craft at 4:30 p.m.  If you’re already worried about where your little one’s creative and imagination outlet during the off season, you should look into her children’s arts and crafts classes being offered at Artisans at Work this fall.  Check the Mrs. Darling  website for all the details.


Back to School Health Tips from ND Nana

Naturopathic Doctor Nana Jokura of Accept Wellness will be offering free tongue and pulse diagnosis and discussing ideas for back to school health. She will also be offering pay-what-you-can acupuncture (3:00-7:00 pm).

PlayFit with Beth from Career Fit Mom

Beth  will run a drop in PlayFit class starting at 4:30 p.m.  This is similar to the class she’ll be doing at oaks ‘n acorns starting next Saturday in case you wanted a free preview.  Here’s a description of the activity.

PlayFit for Parents & Tots is all about getting Fit and having Fun together by using GAMES & PLAY. Your tot’s will have a blast playing games, and hiding under the parachute – having no idea that all this fun is being generated by the lifts and squats of parents burning calories!  This class is designed to be a truly fun exercise program for you and your child, as well as improving your child’s developmental skills while expending some of that excess energy.

Beth will also be handing out FREE athletic gear from a well known retailer so please drop by for free sports bra and/or athletic shorts.

The East Lynn Farmers’ Market runs every Thursday from 3-7 p.m. between June 6 – October 17 at East Lynn Park, located on the south side of Danforth Ave, just west of Woodbine Ave. Stay up to date by visiting the new East Lynn Market Facebook page.

Sampler fitness day fundraiser and fall arts and crafts

Here are just a few of the awesome things going on in the neighbourhood in the coming weeks.  (Notice that both CareerFit Mom and Mrs. Darling’s are former DECA Pop-Up Shops?  Go team!!)

Sampler Fitness Day Fundraiser

2013_Career Fit Sampler

Visit for more information.

Colour Creative – Fall Schedule



Visit for more information.

Mrs. Darling’s Imaginarium – Fall Schedule!


Visit for more information.

Pssst…Do you know that this year’s Danforth East Arts Fair is on September 14 & 15?  It’s right around the corner!  Watch this space for more details, but in the meantime, visit their website at, or check out their Facebook page. There is a lot of exciting news to keep up with!

Farmers’ Market Awesomeness

If you made it to the market last week, then there is no need to tell you how awesome it was. If not, here’s a few pics of what you missed. Thanks to everyone who helped make the Grand Opening Celebration so much fun!

market 4 marekt 3 market 2 market

There is no shortage of fun this week either. In celebration of their upcoming collaboration, Beth from CareerFit mom and Winnie from Oaks & Acorns will be teaming up to celebrate with some PlayFit! (CareerFit Mom fitness classes, career workshops and more will be offered at oaks n’ acorns starting in September). Drop by to see them with your little ones for fitness games and drills… they’ll have obstacle courses, agility/coordination challenges and role playing activities. This sounds like the perfect way to have them burn off some extra energy before bedtime.

There will also be a representative from Sure-Close Food Containers with information about kitchen container systems for food scraps.

*New* Market Facebook Page
To stay up to date on all the latest and greatest market news, be sure to ‘like’ the new East Lynn Market Facebook page.
The East Lynn Farmer’s Market runs every Thursday from 3-7 p.m. between June 6 – October 17 at East Lynn Park, located on the south side of Danforth Ave, just west of Woodbine Ave.

Danforth Gems

I promised this post (ahem) a little while ago so here is what I know about what is going on in our little world.

First  – I don’t know what is happening with the former CIBC building on the corner of Woodbine and Danforth.  It’s been sold.  And I believe it is available for lease.  All rumours you’ve heard about random coffee chains do not seem to be true.

Career Fit Mom – The spring sessions of these mom and babe group fitness classes begin next week.  Beth is running programs at Eastminster Church at Chester and Danforth, in East Lynn Park at Woodbine and Danforth, in Cassels Park at Woodbine and Gerrard and in Taylor Creek Park at Woodbine and Cosburn.  There are a number of different types of classes from drop-ins to stroller fit to play fit.  Learn more about the fitness coaching and the job coaching at

Patisserie La Cigogne – This Bayview Ave. bakery is opening a second location at Danforth and Monarch Park.  From the website: At Patisserie La Cigogne, we strive to bring the quality and freshness of Alsatian delicacies to you each day. French master pastry chef Thierry Schmitt crafts traditional French desserts, croquembouches, wedding cakes, pastries, breads, chocolate and other sumptuous French fare . These delicacies, combined with the cafés friendly atmosphere and service, keep La Cigogne’s devoted clientele coming back for more. It is set to open mid-May and offers an array of yummy things from sandwiches and quiches for lunch to wedding cakes,  truffles and pate. Yay!

Cyclepath – Jennifer tipped me off about the Patisserie La Cigogne and she sent me this note about the wonderful bike store on the Danforth just west of Coxwell:

I bought a new bike from The Cyclepath on Danforth this past weekend (before the snow).  The staff and service there are fantastic!  Carlos and Christine, the owners have made a real investment in our community by buying their building and setting up an amazing new store.  I hope that DECA members and the rest of the community will repay that loyalty.

Bistro Camino – Last fall I wrote about Bistro Camino at Danforth and Dawes Road.  Lillian wrote me to tell me she tried it out and here’s her review…

If you haven’t hiked along the Danforth to Dawes Road for fine dining of late, hike now.   Dinner at Bistro Camino is always good, but last weekend was the first time I enjoyed their ‘four hors d’oeuvres’ plate.  If I counted correctly, it actually worked out to be seven types of appetizers all artfully arranged.  It included an absolutely delicious parsnip soup, wonderful smoked salmon, wonderful beef carpaccio, tomato and bocconcini on a skewer, escovitch fish, a tiny spring roll filled with duck and mini pot-stickers that were (I think?) filled with shrimp.  This fabulous presentation was part of a $25 set-price meal that also included a main entree of shrimp Americano with rice and a really nice assortment of vegies, and then a beautiful Pear Helene for dessert.  I have a feeling that that appetizer plate alone would go for $25 in some places downtown.  Good wine as well.  This place is a true neighbourhood gem.