Feel The Love Baby

Well, thanks to all of you who joined us at the Community Cocktail Party last night. Melanie of  Melanie’s Bistro was a wonderfully gracious hostess, as always and it was a treat to meet some new people in the neighbourhood.

Sugar Moon

We were extremely pleased to announce a very generous donation from one of our local businesses. Sugar Moon Body Sugaring and Esthetics Boutique has donated $1000 to DECA this year. Owner, Paola Girotti, is incredibly community-minded and an ardent supporter of the work our community association is doing to make our neighbourhood more vibrant, walkable and safe.  Paola was a bit of a pioneer in this neighbourhood by opening her gorgeous little salon first just east of Coxwell and now just west of Coxwell. She’s a big believer in shopping local and supporting local businesses and just as a big a believer in community. Thank you Sugar Moon.

Woodgreen Child Care Centres 

Woodgreen Community Services is one of the largest social service agencies in Toronto -operating almost exclusively out of the east end. It provides service to 37,000 people every year. It runs 10 child care programs in east Toronto serving 820 children and their families. Why am I telling you all this? Because Woodgreen provides a lot of services in our neighbourhood and as the Christmas season starts sneaking up on us, there is a toy drive to support the Woodgreen child care centres.

The fabulous new toy store – Silly Goose Kids – is helping out this year by:

  • selling donation gift cards in $10 denominations
  • giving customers the opportunity to donate their ‘golden egg’ points to the toy drive
  • charging $1 for gift wrapping with all profits going to the toy drive

The event is being sponsored by realtors Duncan Fremlin and Karen Laing.  Local residents supporting local toy store and local real estate agents and all helping local social services agency.  Love it.

Art & Craft Show At LucSculpture

T’is the season to really show your support for your local businesses by shop shop shopping local. It’s getting easier and easier to do it every year. First stop? the LucSculpture sale featuring sculpture, paintings, drawings, photography, post cards, pottery, jewellery and crafts from local artisans. The sale is on now, but the official opening reception day is Saturday, December 3rd from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. For more info visit www.lucsculpture.com.

And – hey – I want to know what how you are shopping local.  What are you buying and where?  Post it on the blog or e-mail me and I’ll post it! natasha.granatstein(at)gmail.com

Local Arts Services Organization

There is a move afoot to look at the feasibility of starting a local arts service organization in East York. There is a public meeting to discuss it on Tuesday, December 6th from 3 – 5 p.m. at 3079 Danforth (near Victoria Park subway). To find out more, contact Liz Swan at eswan(at)toronto.ca.

DECA Community Cocktail Party

Join us on Monday, November 21st for our third annual Community Cocktail Party (and Annual General Meeting, but I promise that part is extremely short and sweet).  It’s at Melanie’s Bistro (1870 Danforth) so that means there will be wonderful food and drink. 6-9 p.m.

Thank You

Congratulations to our amazing team of volunteers, led by the unshakable Mary Cowan, on a very successful Danforth East Arts Fair this weekend.  The vendors were happy, the shoppers were happy and  most importantly, a whole bunch of people either came from near and ran into their neighbours while enjoying a beautiful afternoon at the park or they came from far and discovered our amazing little neighbourhood.  A more exhaustive list of thank yous to come.  But let me send out the biggest thank you to you – for coming out – and making is a success.  See you there next year – same time – same place.

DECA All Candidates Debate

We’re in the midst of pulling together a few all candidates debates for the municipal election.  We’re still confirming the final details so watch this space for more information.  In the meantime, the Beach Metro News and Community Centre 55 are hosting a debate for Ward 32 (south of the Danforth) at the St. John’s Norway Church at at Woodbine and Kingston Rd. from 7 – 9:30 on September 23rd.  Questions can be sent in advance to editor@beachmetro.com.

Also, we thought you’d like to know that as a ward 32 candidate in the upcoming municipal election, Mary-Margaret McMahon has resigned her seat on the DECA executive.

Save The Date

DECA’s 2nd annual Community Cocktail Party is tentatively scheduled for Monday, November 15th at Melanie’s Bistro.  Last year’s party was rockin’.  No kidding.  Apparently we (o.k. with Melanie’s superb help) know how to throw a party.

Graphic Designer Wanted

Are you a graphic designer who can volunteer a wee bit of time to DECA to design a little poster?  Let me know at natasha.granatstein@gmail.com