Community Listings for May 26, 2011

Camp Jumoke Turtle Walk

Camp Jumoke will conduct its 17th annual “Turtle Walk” to raise funds to send children with sickle cell disease to summer camp on Saturday, May 28 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Registration will be held on May 28 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The walk, which will be led by Toronto Police Service Deputy Chief Peter Sloly, will begin at Queen’s Park, north end (Wellesley St. and University Ave.), and proceed for six kilometres through downtown Toronto. It will conclude at Queen’s Park.

Camp Jumoke is a non-profit charitable organization that is dedicated to enriching the lives of children living with sickle cell disease. The walk will feature fun, food and entertainment for the entire family, including a Children’s Village, a Toronto Zoo animal display and a “Kids Idol” competition. The event will be co-hosted by CP24’s Nathan Downer, Canadian Idol judge Farley Flex and Michelle Hughes.

For pledge forms and/or more information, call 416-410-2995 or visit

Caribbean Junior Folklore Dance Festival

The 12th annual Caribbean Junior Folklore Dance Festival will be held on Saturday, May 28 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Senator O’Connor College School (Catholic Secondary School), 60 Rowena Drive, North York. The event, organized by Martin Scott-Pascall of Dance Caribe Performing Company, will provide an opportunity for children and youth to showcase their talents in various dance genres. Participants will be classified by the following age groups: 12 and under, 13 to 15, and under 21.

For more information and to find out the registration deadline, call 647-855-8706 or visit

Scholarship Award Program

The Sr. Kathleen Jackman Memorial Scholarship Award Program at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church 12th Annual Awards Ceremony and Fundraising Celebration will be held on Saturday, May 28 at St. Augustine’s Parish Centre at 6:30 p.m. Justice Irving Andre will be the keynote speaker.

For more information and tickets, call 416-519-3672, 416-393-5342 or 905-882-9486.

Memorial Cricket Match

A cricket match in memory of Grayson Shillingford will be held at 12 p.m. on Sunday, May 29 at Caledonia Park (Caledonia, north of Lawrence). Among the four teams participating is the Kaisoca Ladies Cricket Team. The 20/20 Tournament is being organized by Nationals Sports and Social Club.

For more information, call 416-301-5279, 416-857-9961, or email: or

ACHA Fundraising Brunch

The African Canadian Heritage Association’s (ACHA) 20th annual fundraising brunch will be held on Sunday, May 29 at Centennial College, 941 Progress Ave., from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The brunch will feature ACHA student performances, in addition to performances by TC3, Greybeard and Associates, young community poets and an African Marketplace.

For more information, call 416-208-3149 or visit

Anniversary Celebration

The Alexandra School Old Scholars Association will celebrate its first year anniversary at The Church of the Epiphany, 700 Kennedy Road, Scarborough, on Saturday, June 4 at 6 p.m. The event will feature music, folk songs, performances by steel pan artist Joy Lapps, vocalist Smokey Burke, a fashion show, art display, dance and food.

For more information, call 905-302-6417.

Father’s Day Brunch

Queen’s College of Guyana Alumni Association (Toronto) will hold its annual Father’s Day Brunch on Sunday, June 12, Cedarbrook Community Centre, 91 Eastpark Blvd., Scarborough (off Markham Road, South of Lawrence Ave. East). Themed “Celebrating 20 Years (1991-2011)” the event will be held from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Brunch will be served from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The event will feature Guyanese cuisine, door prizes, plus entertainment for all ages. Tickets are $25, $15 for children under 12.

For tickets or more information, call 416-693-5011, 416-686-8835, 416-822-2526, 905-472 1576, or 905-571-3571.

Registration for Canada Cup T20

Registration is currently being held for the 2011 Canada Cup T20 U15 and U19 junior championship. Organized by the Canada Cricket Club, the Canada Cup T20 will be held from Monday, August 8 to Friday, August 12 at Elson Cricket Ground (Markham Road and Steeles).

For more information and/or to register, visit (register now section),, or call 416-830-4135.

Census Reminder

Statistics Canada would like to remind all Canadians to complete their 2011 Census questionnaire. For those who have not yet responded, the census can be completed online at by using a secure access code. Or, it can be completed by a paper questionnaire.

Information on how to complete the census, including the secure access code, can be found in the yellow census package received by each household or by calling the Census Help Line at 1-877-777-2011. TTY users may call 1-866-753-7083.

Census information is important for all communities and is vital for planning services, such as schools, daycares, police and fire protection. Information provided on census questionnaires is kept strictly confidential.

For more information, call 613-951-4636.

Harbourfront Summer Camps

Harbourfront Centre, located at 235 Queens Quay West, is accepting registrations for its Summer Camps 2011 program. Summer camps will be held from Monday, July 4 to Friday, September 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at various locations at the Centre. Over 43 camps will be held this year, including 22 arts camps, nine Marine Camps, five exploratory camps, six specialty camps and five sports camps. With options of one-, two- or four-week programs and various sessions throughout the summer, camps are designed to accommodate parents’ schedules. In addition, a supervised extended hours program for working parents is available from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Harbourfront Centre also offers a meal plan and a bussing program with 39 stops throughout Toronto.

For more information, call 416-973-4093 or visit

ROM Exhibit

The Royal Ontario Museum, located at 100 Queen’s Park, is presenting Water: The Exhibition until Monday, September 5. The exhibition will feature cutting-edge technology, multimedia installations, hands-on exhibits, live animals and cultural artifacts to show the importance that water plays in our lives and the need to protect it. The exhibit will be displayed in the Garfield Weston Exhibition Hall on Level B2 of the ROM’s Michael Lee-Chin Crystal.

For more information, visit

Workshops for Seniors

Miracle Temple Ministries in conjunction with Faith Health Initiative hosts ‘Workshop With a Difference’ for seniors 65+ every Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 7 Sheffield St., (Keele & Lawrence), Toronto. There is also a general session every 3rd Saturday on healthy eating, healthy lifestyle, diabetes, hypertension and cancer.

For more information call 416-697-3680 or the church at 416-247-1769.

Wellwood Cancer Support Programs

Wellwood is conducting a quilting group for individuals affected by cancer on Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Wellwood Juravinski House, 501 Sanatorium Road, Hamilton. Wellwood is dedicated to helping people live well with cancer and offers supportive care programs to individuals diagnosed with cancer, as well as their families.

For more information on the quilting group or other Wellwood programs, call 905-667-8870 or visit

Computer Skills for Seniors

Learning Disabilities Association of Toronto, a non-profit registered charitable agency, is conducting “Computer Skills for Seniors,” a program to help teach basic computer and Internet skills to seniors age 50 and older. The program will be held Monday to Thursday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Learning Disabilities of Toronto District Office, 121 Willowdale Avenue. Participants are not required to attend every class. Support is provided on a one-on-one basis, and seniors from a non-English speaking background are encouraged to participate. Light refreshments and TTC tokens will be provided to participants.

For more information, call 416-229-1680, or email:

Diabetes Information

Free diabetes information will be provided at Rexdale Community Health Centre, 8 Taber Road, Etobicoke.

For more information, call 416-744-0066.

Prenatal Program

Toronto Public Health is conducting a prenatal program called “Having a Baby, Becoming a Parent” at eight community locations across the city. The program is for women three to six months pregnant and will be held in a series of four evening sessions from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. New classes will begin every month. Partners are welcome to attend.

To register, call 416-338-7600.

Black Youth Helpline

Black Youth Helpline, a registered charitable organization serving all youth, provides ongoing culturally appropriate professional assessments, support and guidance for youth with complex needs. The organization is focused on identifying, understanding and addressing the root causes of problems.

Strong emphasis is placed on addressing the needs of Black youth and their parents in a culturally appropriate manner.

To access the organization’s supports, youth, parents, schools and other youth-serving partners can contact the helpline at 416-285-9944 or by email at:

For more information, visit

Volunteers Needed

The Sickle Cell Association of Ontario is a volunteer-based, non-profit organization whose mission is to provide education and support to those affected by sickle cell and other red blood disorders. The SCAO is currently looking for volunteers with a range of skills and experience working with the community and managing funds for its Board of Directors.

Please apply in writing, with cover letter and curriculum vitae as soon as possible, to or 3199 Bathurst St., Suite 202, Toronto, ON, M6A 2B2.

Prenatal Program

Toronto Public Health is offering free prenatal classes for women three to six months pregnant, in a series of four evening sessions (from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.) at community locations throughout the city. Partners are welcome.

To register, call 416-338-7600.

Cricket Club Practice Schedule

The North Star Cricket Club will hold indoor practices for youths ages 17 and under every Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 130 Melford Drive, Unit #5 (Corner of Markham Rd./Finch Ave.)

For more information, call 416-556-5684, or email:

Young Mothers Group

The Brampton West-Mississauga Ontario Early Years Centre (OEYC) invites young mothers (up to age 22 with a child or children up to age 6) to join its Young Moms Group. The group provides young mothers and their children with the opportunity to participate in various activities, play games, network and have fun. Meetings are held every Thursday from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the OEYC, located at 57 Mill Street North, Unit 105. Snacks and one bus ticket per person are provided.

For more information, call 905-452-1973.

Volunteers Needed

ESS Support Services needs volunteers to help in the Adult Day Services program that runs Monday to Saturday. If you are available once a week from approximately 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. become a volunteer who assists with meals, crafts, games and exercises. A more flexible schedule is also available as Volunteer Driver to help get seniors around.

Please call 416-255-5969 or visit, to volunteer.

African Canadian Mental Health Support

The Krasman Centre, a community mental health organization serving York Region and South Simcoe, runs a support group every second Thursday for African-Canadians who live with a diagnosed or undiagnosed mental health issue. No fees are required for any of the services provided. The Krasman Centre is located at 10121 Yonge Street, (one block north of Major Mackenzie Drive), Richmond Hill.

For more information, call 905-780-0491, ext. 115.

Volunteer Tutors Sought

The Adult Literacy Program at St. Christopher House is seeking volunteer tutors to help adults learn to read, write or perform basic math. Ideal candidates should enjoy working with people and live or work in downtown/west Toronto.

St. Christopher House, located at 248 Ossington Avenue (Dundas St. West), comprises a team of volunteers, participants and staff which develops programs in response to community needs and promotes socio-economic conditions in which individuals and families can thrive.

For more information, call 416-539-9000, or email:

Free Women’s Workshops

The Multicultural Inter Agency Group of Peel is offering free workshops for women from the African and Caribbean communities. The workshops’ objectives are to maintain family relationships, provide safety and self-support tips, improve life skills and build capabilities.

Child care will be provided and light refreshments served. In addition, a draw on participant’s names will be held. Limited seating is available.

For more information, call 905-270-6252 or email:

Free Soccer Clinics

B’ELKA Enrichment Centre and the Vaughan African Canadian Association are conducting free soccer clinics for youth taught by dedicated soccer players, including professionals. A clinic is now underway at Beverley Heights Middle School (Keele and Wilson) and pre-registration is currently being held for a free clinic which will be held in Vaughan. The program is open to all Vaughan residents.

To register, email:

Visions of Science Clubs

“The Science Zone,” a free 10 week forensic science program for youth from Grades 5 to 8, will be conducted by Visions of Science Network every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, call 416-266-6464, 647-887-1294, visit,, or email: or

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