Happy Birthday oaks ‘n acorns! Friday, Jan 23

We have seen so many wonderful businesses open in our neighbourhood in the past few years, and oaks ‘n acorns is one of our favourites. Winnie asked us to post the info about their upcoming birthday party, and it’s our pleasure to oblige:

We are excited to announce that we have now been in the lovely neighbourhood for 2 years!
We will be celebrating this grand event next Friday Jan 23 from 9:00am – 3:00pm with lots of super fun activities such as:
Face painting
Disco Party
Open Craft Table
Open Gym
and of course CAKE and amazing prizes
We hope to see you all at our party, thanks again for all your support these last 2 years.
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Thanks you oaks ‘n acorns for recognizing the potential of our neighbourhood and for continuing to help us realize it. Here’s to many more birthdays!

Merrily, merrily Shop Re-opens Saturday

Merrily, merrily Shop Re-opens Saturday

Handmade whale
Handmade whale ready to take home from Merrily, merrily.

Happy news for the parents and grandparents and aunts and uncles of Danforth East! Merrily, merrily is re-opening their pop-up shop – this Saturday, January 10 at 10am – in their new home: 1854 Danforth Ave (right near Oaks ‘n’ Acorns). They’ll be popping up for 6 months (and if we’re lucky, they might just decide to make this their forever home).

The store hours will be 10 to 6, Tuesday – Saturday, and 11 to 4 on Sundays.

If you haven’t checked them out online yet (merrilymerrily.ca), Moxie and Jane carry gently used and very lovely clothing and goods for children, and they sell unique handmade and upcycled pieces by members of our own community. Isn’t the denim whale totally charming? In the upcycled category, they also have reversible, full-body bibs; cool superhero aprons; and neck-cowls made from hockey socks (does it get more Canadian than that kind of cold-weather, artful ingenuity?!).

They’re a consignment shop so your purchases also help out other parents in the neighbhourhood. Jane and Moxie say they are always looking for wooden toys and puzzles, classic books, Padraig slippers, Toms, Converse, Bogs, designer clothing and any other baby and children’s clothing or linens in pristine, like-new condition — so if you have any of those, you have an extra reason to pop in for a visit!

Merrily, merrily pop-up shop
1854 Danforth Ave
10 to 6, Tuesday – Saturday, and 11 to 4 on Sundays

Festival of Lights: Pictures & Thank You!

A HUGE thank you to Angela Matich and her crew of volunteers for putting together Nov. 29th’s wonderful Festival of Lights. Thanks too to the approximately 1000 (!) of you who came out to East Lynn Park to help celebrate the season and light up the park Danforth East-style! The amazing turnout blew our estimates out of the water, so the hundreds of loots bags (courtesty of Art CaveKids Fun TownOaks & AcornsPegasus Studio & Silly Goose Kids–be sure to check out Silly Goose’s author event with Helaine Becker this Sunday at 10:30. Free cider!) went mighty quickly. So did the 300 cups of delicious hot chocolate donated  by Melanie’s Bistro and the yummy treats provided by Celena’s Bakery. Next year we’ll have more supplies on hand so no one goes empty-handed.

Thank you to the Pegasus Studio Dancers, the East End Music Project Choir for entertaining us, and to Show Pro for the sound equipment. The Zero Gravity Circus Fire Artist and LED Hula Hooper lit up the night spectacularly.

A big special thanks to our key sponsors who made this event happen: Sugarmoon (Catch their open house tomorrow, Dec. 10, 11-8pm!) and Corinne McCabe – Bosley Real Estate Broker.

Here are some beautiful shots of the festivities courtesy of local shutterbug Bruce Reeve and DECA’s Sheri Hebdon so you can relive the fun or see what you missed (and mark your calendars for next year!).

Zero Gravity Circus Fire Artist wowing the crowds.
Zero Gravity Circus Fire Artist wowing the crowds.
Pegasus Dancers kick the party off.
Pegasus Dancers kick things off.
Crowds gather to sing along with the East End Music Project.
Crowds gather to sing along with the East End Music Project.
Organizer Angela Matich handing out free treats.
Organizer Angela Matich handing out free treats.
Zero Gravity Circus' LED Hula Hooper lit up the night.
Zero Gravity Circus’ LED Hula Hooper lit up the night.
Fire artistry at its finest.
Fire artistry at its finest.
Hooray for Hula Hoops!
Hooray for Hula Hoops!


Feelin’ hot hot hot! Summer fun!

Last day of school makes it official – summer is here! What are your plans? How about music and beer at the park on Wednesdays in July courtesy of the Danforth Mosaic BIA? How about some awesome workshops at Oaks ‘n Acorns? Read on for more info!

(If you missed our first post full of summer activities for all ages, read it here)

Happy happy World Pride weekend to all who celebrate, and happy Canada Day!

Wednesdays in July – Music in the Park!

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Oaks ‘N’Acorns workshops!

garden workshopbake and craft workshop

superhero workshoptea party workshop

Dance Mobs this Sunday, May 4 – come watch!

DECA & Pegasus Studios Hosts Dance Flash Mob To Celebrate International Dance Day 

Details: Sunday May 4th
Locations & Times: Robertson Parkette (SW corner of Danforth and Coxwell) @ 1:45 p.m.; Danforth and Greenwood @ 2:00 p.m.
Duration: 4 minutes at each location

On Sunday May 4, Pegasus Studios and DECA are partnering to host the first annual Dance Flash Mob held in Robertson Parkette on the south-west corner of Danforth and Coxwell, and then again at Danforth and Greenwood Ave

The 75 participants will gather just prior to 1:45 p.m. at the first location and 2:00 at the second location.  They will be dancing to a National Ballet School choreographed routine to Crabbuckit. Parents and students of Pegasus Studios, as well as many members of the community will be coming together in celebration of International Dance Day.

The Dance Flash Mob will also coincide with the kick off to Jane Jacob’s Community Walk by East End Arts as well as the launch of the Art of the Danforth.

Special thanks to the local businesses sponsors – thanks to them, the dancers will be sporting fancy t-shirts that will make them easy to spot!

LEN: Democratic Purveyors of Fine Art and Beautiful Things,
FlyGirl Fitness,
Ages & Stages,
Oaks ‘n Acorns,
Dianna Kennedy from Remax Hallmark,
Counterbalance Studio Pilates,
Pose Hair Design,
The Canine Social Company

Special thanks to DECA Board member Jane Davis-Munro from Pegasus Studios, who donated the rehearsal space and hours of her own time to make this event happen!  

Construction Info Night and Easter Event!

Bulldozers & Bunnies!

A friendly reminder that Wednesday, April 16 is the Danforth Avenue construction open house night!  Here’s the post about it for more details – you might want to check it out if you live near or drive on Danforth Avenue, east of Woodbine.

For more information, click here for our details post about it.

Oaks & Acorns – Easter fun this Friday

Wondering what to do this Friday? Here’s a great option from our friends at Oaks ‘n Acorns.

2014 GoodFriday Easter Event