Community Events — December 2-09

Tribute to Madeline Blackman

Members of the Antigua and Barbudan community will host a banquet in honour of the career and service of Madeline Blackman, Consul General of Antigua and Barbuda, on Friday, December 4 at the Toronto Don Valley Hotel & Suites (formerly the Crowne Plaza), 1250 Eglinton Ave. East (Don Valley and Eglinton). Dinner will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be preceded by cocktails at 6:30. Tickets are $65 per person. Proceeds will go towards an endowment to be established in Ms. Blackman’s name.

For more information and/or tickets, call 416-961-3085, 416-298-7706, 416-533-5266, 905-890-7005, 905-731-6346, 905-787-9149.

Olde Tyme Country Wedding

The Heritage Singers will present Olde Tyme Country Wedding, an original, home-grown production this Saturday, December 5, at 8:00 p.m. at Glenforest Secondary School, 3573 Fieldgate Drive, Mississauga.

Tickets are $30 and are available at the regular community outlets. (Part of the proceeds will benefit P.A.C.E. (Canada) and Canadian Friends – St. Thomas Health Care).

Christmas Event

The Caribbean Chorale of Toronto will present “Christmas is Coming” on Sunday, December 6 at 6 p.m. at St. Paul’s L’Amoreaux Anglican Church, 3333 Finch Ave. East. For more information, call 416-287-0455, 905-619-4235, 905-475-5603.

R.A.P. Meet & Greet

The Reunited African People (R.A.P.) Social Club will hold a fundraising event on Saturday, December 12 at 344 Bloor Street West, Suite 404 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The event is being held to provide information about its recreation pilot training program, geared to African Canadian youth. The event will feature keynote speakers, a special aviation exhibition and refreshments.

For more information, call 416-761-1304, email: or visit

ACHA Kwanzaa Show

The African Canadian Heritage Association (ACHA) will hold its annual Kwanzaa Show and African Marketplace on Sunday, December 13 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Tropicana Community Centre, 670 Progress Avenue, Scarborough. The event will feature ACHA student performances, African drumming and dancing, spoken word and a communal Kwanzaa lunch.

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

T & T 50 Plus Christmas Party

The T & T 50 Plus & Seniors Association of Canada, Chapter 2, will hold a Christmas party on Sunday, December 20 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the mezzanine level in Loblaws Superstore, 3045 Mavis Road (corner of Mavis and Dundas) Mississauga. The event will feature live parang music and T & T finger foods. Admission is free.

For more information, call 905-275-1634 or 905-507-8442.

Harbourfront Exhibitions

Harbourfront Centre is currently displaying eight visual arts and architecture exhibitions until Sunday, January 3, 2010 at York Quay Centre. The exhibitions will include paintings, drawings, glasswork, photography, video, performance and mixed media installations and skateboard decks. In addition, the current architecture exhibit, A Question of Place, will continue until January 3, 2010.

CBW-Scarborough Meeting Dates

The Congress of Black Women of Canada, Scarborough Chapter, will hold monthly meetings every Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Holy Spirit Catholic School, 3530 Sheppard Avenue East, Scarborough, on the following dates: January 28, 2010, February 25, 2010, March 25, 2010, April 22, 2010, May 27, 2010 and June 24, 2010.

Seeking Manuscripts

P.A.C.E. (Canada) is requesting submissions of an original unpublished manuscript for the Helen Sissons award, consisting of $1,000. All submissions, geared to children up to age seven, must reflect the diversity of the world’s population. Canadian citizens and landed immigrants are eligible and the deadline for submissions is March 31, 2010.

For more information, call 416-208-3103, visit, or email:

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:

Empowering Women

Black Youth Helpline has developed a focus on single women to help strengthen women’s lead roles in their personal, family and community life.

The “Empowering Women” Project provides support, counselling, coaching, guidance training and regular networking opportunities. Parents benefit from 1:1 or group support; networking sessions; telephone counselling or volunteer opportunities to share their own experiences to benefit other parents.

To register, call 416-285-9944 or email:

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.

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:

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