Community Events – December 23, 2009

Share the Blessings Day

The Ethiopian Orthodox Church in Canada Medhane Alem is inviting all to take part in “Share the Blessings Day”, on Christmas Day, Friday, December 25 at 23 Denison Road East, (South of Lawrence, East of Weston Rd., next to CP Rail train tracks) from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The event is being held to share blessings with neighbours, friends and the less fortunate. During the event, church members will give away 500 cups of soup. After 4 p.m., attendees can stay and enjoy food, games, music and camaraderie.

For more information, call 416-248-2835 or 647-248-2481.

Kwanzaa Lecture Series

As part of a Kwanzaa lecture series, Knowledge Bookstore and SankofaInCipher will present “Our Maafa: The Enslavement, The Colonization, The Lynchings – Uprising, Revolts and Revolution”, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 27 at Knowledge Bookstore, 177 Queen Street West, Brampton (West of Highway 10). Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for youth 18 and under.

For more information, call 647-995-2624.

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.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

The Black Business & Professional Association, EFCCC and Metro Fay will present the 11th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration on Saturday, January 16, 2010 at McVety Conference Centre, 50 Gervais Drive, Don Mills, at 6 p.m.

Themed ‘The Dream Resides in You’, the event will be hosted by Rudy Blair of 680AM news and will feature motivational speakers Hamlin Grange, an entrepreneur and former TV host; gifted student Luke Bannis and Justice Betty, author and founder/producer of “I Have a Dream, Canada”. The event will also feature entertainment by a variety of artists and choirs.

Poetry Reading

Guyanese-born Canadian poet and writer Janet Naidu will conduct “An Afternoon of Poetry Reading” on Thursday, January 21, 2010 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Founders Senior Common Room, 305 Founders College, York University. Naidu will read selections from her new collection, Sacred Silence.

For more information, call 416-736-2100, ext. 88705, visit or email:

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.

Guyana Awards Nominations

The Guyana Awards Council (Canada) and the Consulate General of Guyana in Toronto are currently accepting nominations for the Guyana Awards, which celebrate the highest levels of achievement and excellence by Guyanese in Canada. The deadline to submit nominations is Sunday, February 14, 2010. The 2010 Guyana Awards will be presented at the annual Guyana Awards Gala on Saturday, May 29, 2010.

Nominations can be submitted in the following categories: Leadership, Business Excellence, Academic Excellence, Special Achievement, Lifetime Achievement, Community Service (Individual), Community Service (Organization), Youth, Culture and Media, and Community Development (non-Guyanese).

Please contact the Guyana Consulate at 416-494-6040, extension 23, for nomination forms and more information. A complete portfolio of forms and information can also be downloaded from

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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