Halloween fun for adults, kids, and doggies

So much local Halloween fun coming up!

Danforth East Costume Swap on 18Blocks

18Blocks.com is an online community bulletin board recently started by a couple of locals. To kick off the Danforth East page, there’s a virtual costume swap happening now! Have a gently used costume to spare? Looking for a new one? Join in! The site is easy to use and looks like a fun and useful way to connect with your neighbours. We’ve already added a notice for our Nov. 1 Pumpkin Parade. Check out 18Blocks here and start swapping!

Howl-o-Ween at Merrill Park, October 25, 1:00-3:00pm

MPDA_Oct_16_2014 Poster

The Merrill Park Dog Association Annual Howl-o-ween event is this Saturday!

This year they have amazing prizes provided by local businesses including The BoroughMelanie’s BistroWag on the DanforthThe Canine Social Company and Carter’s Ice Cream.
The weather is supposed to be sunny and 15 degrees or higher. It should make for a lovely day!

Halloween Swap Costume Build at the Tool Library, October 26, 10:00am-4:00pm

BOO! The Tool Library is having a COSTUME SWAP & mask making festivities on October 26th from 10am-4pm at 1803 Danforth Ave! Check out all the details and sign up here.


halloween swap


Art Cave Halloween Spooktacular, October 31

Don’t forget to drop by ArtCave this Halloween (155 Lamb Avenue, near Danforth & Coxwell) for treats, tricks, crafts and a spooky photo booth! The best costume wins a voucher for a free class! Hope to see you there!

Art Cave Spooktacular


Anything we missed? Let us know on our Facebook page or via Twitter @DECAdiaries

Market this week

Summer may be over but the weather for THIS Thursday is looking very, very nice. And for the next few weeks, Thursdays are still market days!

If the locally grown/produced bread, cheese, wine, apples, potatoes, greens, meat, etc., doesn’t make you want to rush the park at 3:00pm (or 6:00pm for many of us), then maybe these special visitors will:

  • Our community group will be the Merrill Park Dog Association, who will be chatting about how to foster healthy relationships between kids and dogs. This will be a hands-on demonstration at 4:30pm with some friendly, kid-loving dogs.
  • Our Wellness Guest this week will be The Kennedy Chiropractic Wellness Centre.  They have been providing natural health and wellness-lifestyle care to the East York Community for over 60 years, and are excited to provide East Lynn Park Farmers’ Market patrons a Free individual evaluation, which they explains will use their “state of the art computerized Postural Analysis equipment, that clearly demonstrates the effects of stress on the body.” www.KennedyChiro.ca

Whether you come with the family, the dog, and a picnic blanket, or you are running through on your way home, please try to stop by and buy a few things on Thursdays. Our farmers make long trips to keep bringing us their fresh and delicious fruit and vegetables, and other delicious things – all we have to do is buy and enjoy them.

The East Lynn Farmers’ Market runs every Thursday from 3-7:00 p.m. between June 5 – October 16 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.




More Market Yum & Fun!

We have our first scrumptious submission to the photo contest. Thanks Joe for sending it in!

Fresh from the fields
Don’t forget to send your best market pictures to events(at)danfortheastcommunityassociation.com.

This week, Mrs. Darling will be doing crafts at 4:30 while Pegasus Studios will run a pre-school dance activity at 4:30.

And if you’re looking for information on eating organic, or on a certain local dog park (but not an organic dog park), representatives from the Organic Council of Ontario and from the Merrill Park Dog Association will be at the market to answer all your questions.

And here’s a teaser for next week: It’s the FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL!!!! July 18th promises not to disappoint. We have four food trucks confirmed – Crossroads Diner, Corrado’s, Feisty Jacks and Buster’s Sea Cove. Bring your appetites!

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. Stay up to date by visiting the new East Lynn Market Facebook page.

Pet owners, take note!

It’s a dog’s life in Danforth East…

The Canine Social Company – New Store!

This weekend marks the grand opening for The Canine Social Company, our neighbourhood’s newest business located at 1872 Danforth Avenue.

10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday

Check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CanineSocialCompany

Some highlights:

  • Complimentary Canine Social Company bandana
  • From 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday there will be $5 nail trims with 100% of the proceeds benefitting TEAM Dog Rescue
  • Other surprise treats in store!

Fun Fact: This was one of the empty storefronts that DECA fixed up for one our pop-up shops and look, it’s now RENTED!!  

Wag on the Danforth – One of our favourites!

At 1918 Danforth Avenue (across from East Lynn Park), our friends at Wag have all of your pet needs taken care of.  Whether you have a dog, cat, bird or other small animal, at this lovely, family-run business you will get advice, friendly service and personal service that is unbeatable.

Best of all, your stinky dog problem can be solved here for the low price of $10, which includes a bath, shampoo and towel.  See the poster below for more details, and visit their website and facebook page for more info about them.

Also, home delivery for pet food???  That’s GENIUS!


Merrill Park Dog Association Annual Meeting – 7-8:30 p.m. June 3rd

See poster for more specifics, and visit their website for even more details: http://merrilldogpark.wordpress.com/

MPDA May 13th Poster

Dressed up Doggies, Mrs. Darlings, and 54 Division


You know how on Saturday mornings, your dog can sense that you’re not going to work and will therefore give you their best sad eyes that scream “take me with you!”??

Well this Saturday, October 27 from 10:30 a.m. – noon, you get to be doggie parent extraordinaire!  Dress up your pooches and bring them to the Merrill Park Dog Association annual Howl-o-Ween festival! (Because what does a dog love more than dressing up in costume?)

Enjoy the festivities in the park and help raise money for Speaking of Dogs.

* Dog Costume Contest * Mummy Wrap * Poop Toss * Bobbing for Balls * Prizes!!! * Beverages and Snacks * And more…

(Rain Date: Sunday, October 28th)

Click here for more info, or if you might want to volunteer to help out!



Did you pop in to the pop up over the weekend?  Could you feel the buzz?  Well, next weekend, October 27 & 28, a new business will occupy the space at 1948 Danforth.  Yet again our neighbourhood has a chance to show landlords and businesses how willing we are to show up, shop local, and renew East Danforth. 

Many of you already know Mrs. Darling from the craft tent at the East Lynn Farmers’ Market, but just wait until you see what she can do with a whole store for two full days! See below for more details. Note that some activities require advance registration, so plan ahead to avoid disappointment!

Pop up What??

A one-weekend only, temporary studio where young creatives 4-14 can explore many mediums and material in workshop format. 20 participant to a class and 4 facilitators to help imagination became reality. Jewelry making, paper crafts, edible art, DIY, paper mache, fibre arts, group art, upcycling and re purposing – they will learn that they can create something beautiful from almost anything. There are also two drop in studio times where craft ideas and materials are ready to go, and families could mingle, create and play together.

Saturday, October 27, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m

9am-12pm   Drop in. Animal masks, all ages. Duct tape wallets and flower accessories with Martina Rocks!  Best for ages 8+. ($10 for both activities) Group canvas in honour of Stella Bruner Methven. (Free)

1-2pm     Paper mache taxidermy, Narwhals. Best for ages 6+. (pre-registration required, click here). ($15)

2-3pm     Framed silhouettes (pre-registration required, click here). ($15)

3-4pm     Chanel inspired Peter Pan collar necklace and graffiti bracelets (pre-registration required, click here). Necklace best for ages 8+. ($15)

4-6pm     Wooden spoon puppets. Dramatic story time (pre-registration required, click here). ($15)

Sunday, October 28, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m

9am-12pm  Drop in. Fantasy make overs! Fairies, princesses, pirates and super heroes oh my! Wear your favorite alter ego costume and make, new accessory and get a little hair and “make-up” done. ($10)

1-2pm    Glittered tee shirts (pre-registration required, click here). Best for ages 5+ ($15)

2-3pm    Mini monster and bunny stuffies (pre-registration required, click here).($15)

3-4pm    Candy sushi to eat and candy bracelets to wear (pre-registration required, click here). ($15)

4-6pm    Dress up and dramatic story time. Play and be silly while acting out a favorite children’s story (pre-registration required, click here). ($15)

Mrs. Darlings Imaginarium for Girls and Boys – A place to play with art and discover the art of play. To explore, make believe, and follow where ever their imaginations take them. Mrs. Darling encourages the inspired magic with drop in times, where children and their parents can mingle and create, with facilitators to guide and encourage, as well as classes for more elaborate projects and intimate instruction. 

54 Gets Friendly on Facebook
As you  may know, there are ongoing discussions about possibly closing 54 Division. To keep updated about news and events, please join the new Friends of 54 Division facebook group.

Community Clean Up and More

There are a bunch of community clean-ups happening on Saturday including two that I know about in within the DECA zone…

Merrill Bridge Road Park 

The Merrill Dog Park Association is hosting a clean up on Saturday, April 21st between 10 am and noon. Socialize with neighbours, enjoy a warm cup of coffee and a fresh donut while tidying up the park and adjacent ravine. Don’t forget to bring your gloves and garbage bags.

Earl Beatty Community Centre

Join the Earl Beatty Community for the annual Community Clean Up Day on Saturday, April 21st from 10 a.m. to noon. Meet at the front of the school and from there teams will scour the area around the school and community centre: north to Milverton, south to Danforth, west to Coxwell, east to Glebemount and the streets in between. We also tidy the school yard, our nearest green space.

Councillor Janet Davis’  Community Environment Day – Sunday, April 29, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

At the parking lots of the East York Memorial Arena, across from the Stan Wadlow Clubhouse, 373 Cedarvale.

Re-use, recycle and safely dispose your unwanted items at Councillor Davis’ Community Environment Day. City staff will be on hand to take your recyclables and provide free compost as well as the following community groups:

  • East York Garden Club will be selling plants
  • East York Community Garden will offer seed-planting to children
  • Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests (LEAF)
  • Danforth East Community Association (DECA) (That’s us!)
  • Toronto Water
  • LiveGreen
  • Women’s Healthy Environments Network (WHEN)