Community Listings for April 22, 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: April 22, May 27, and June 24.

Church of the Nativity Festival

The Church of the Nativity will conduct a flower festival, showcasing gardening and floral arrangement presentations, on Friday, April 23 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, April 24 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The event will also feature a silent auction and a tea party, which will be held on April 24 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The event will take place at 10 Sewells Road (off Neilson Road, north of Sheppard Ave. East, Scarborough). Tickets are $7 for one day, $10 for two days and $5 for the tea party.

For more information, call 416-284-2728.

Muhtadi Drumming Festival Fundraiser

A fundraiser for the 11th annual Muhtadi International Drumming Festival will be held on Friday, April 23 at the Berkeley Church, 315 Queen Street East (at Berkeley, east of Jarvis). Doors open at 7 p.m., showtime is 8 p.m. The event will feature drumming performances and music sets by Mista Gems of Overproof Radio 91.9 FM.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will go directly towards the cost of producing the festival, which will be held on Saturday, June 5 and Sunday, June 6. The theme of this year’s festival is “Celebrating Women in Rhythm”, and will feature talented female percussionists representing an array of cultures.

For more information, call 416-504-3786 or visit

Movie and Panel Discussion

The African Canadian Heritage Association will present the movie, Rasta: Then and Now, on Saturday, April 24 at Centennial College, Progress Campus from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Room P1-03. The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion, led by Patricia Marie Scarlett, the film’s executive producer.

For more information, visit

T&T 50 Plus and Seniors Meeting

The Trinidad and Tobago 50 Plus and Seniors Association of Canada monthly meeting will be held on Sunday, April 25 at Birkdale Community Centre, 1299 Ellesmere Road from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, call 647-401-1608.

Free Cricket Coaching Sessions

The North Star Cricket Academy will hold a free cricket coaching session every Saturday and Sunday until Sunday, April 25 at Markham Road/Finch Avenue. Kids ages 8 to 15 are welcome. Saturday sessions will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday sessions will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, call 647-701-6786, or email:

Dance Events Schedule

In conjunction with International Dance Day 2010, “Dance in my Hood”, a series of dance events, will be held throughout the GTA, beginning with a performance at Pearson Airport on Thursday, April 29.

For more information, call 416-504-6929, ext. 28.

JCA Walkathon

The Jamaican Canadian Association (JCA) will host its annual Walkathon, themed “Walking for a Brighter Future”, on Sunday, May 2 at 10 a.m. Registration and breakfast will begin at 8 a.m. and an interfaith service will be held at 9:30 a.m.

The JCA is holding the event in collaboration with the Black Business and Professional Association, the Alliance of Jamaican Alumni, Tropicana Community Services, the Spelling Bee of Canada, PACE Canada, and the Ontario Black History Society. Proceeds from the event will support the JCA’s scholarship fund, Saturday morning tutorial program and building fund. Proceeds will also support initiatives of the other community organizations involved.

Participants are asked to pledge a minimum of $100.

To make a contribution, pledge, or acquire more information, call 416-746-5772 or email:

International Dance Day

In celebration of International Dance Day 2010, DanceTO will present free dance activities at Yonge-Dundas Square (southeast corner of Yonge and Dundas) on Sunday, May 2, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The event will feature performances, interactive dance presentations, open classes and information on a variety of dance styles and traditions. Admission is free.

For more information, call 416-504-6929, ext. 28.

International Food Bazaar

The 12th annual International Food Bazaar will be held on Sunday, May 2 at 1 p.m. at the Islamic Forum of Canada, 200 Advance Blvd., Brampton. Come and enjoy delicious foods from Jamaica, Trinidad, Barbados, Bangladesh, Africa, the Middle East and more. Tickets are $8, which entitles patrons to one tray of food.

For tickets, call 905-790-8859, 905-840-5714, 905-458-7395 or visit

Seeking Nominations for Human Rights Awards

The City of Toronto is seeking nominations for the 2010 Access, Equity and Human Rights Awards. The awards recognize the outstanding contribution of residents in building an inclusive and equitable city. All are encouraged to nominate somebody in their community. Nominees must be residents of Toronto. Nominations must be submitted by Monday, May 3.

To acquire nomination forms, call 416-338-0889 or visit

Carassauga Festival

The BMO Bank of Montreal Carassauga Festival of Cultures will be held from Friday, May 28 to Sunday May 30 at the Hershey Centre, 5500 Rose Cherry Place, Mississauga and cultural centres throughout Mississauga.

The opening ceremony will be held on May 28 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Festival hours are May 28 from 7:30 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, May 29 from 1 p.m. to midnight and Sunday, May 30 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Admission passports are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. The price of one passport entitles entry to all pavilions and the new Kids Zone for the duration of the festival. Admission is free for children age 12 and under.

To acquire a list of pavilion locations and participating passport outlets, visit or call the festival hotline at 905-615-3010.

Camp Jumoke Turtle Walk

Camp Jumoke will hold its 16th annual “Turtle Walk” to raise funds to send children with sickle cell disease to summer camp on Saturday, May 29 at 12:01 p.m. Registration will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on May 29. The event will begin at the north end of Queen’s Park and will proceed for 6 kilometres through downtown Toronto. The event will feature entertainment for the entire family.

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

Seeking Volunteers

Caribbean Online Music, a community internet radio station dedicated to providing a forum for DJ’s, talk show hosts, cultural/motivational speakers, dub poets etc., is seeking dedicated volunteers willing to gain exposure and experience.

For more information, call 647-241-5465, toll free at 1-866-291-2579 or visit

Dr. Dei Book Releases

University of Toronto professor Dr. George Dei has released four new books: Teaching Africa, which offers critical perspectives to the study, learning and teaching of Africa and the African experience; and Learning to Succeed, a collection of pieces about high academic achievers in the Canadian school system. The other books, Fanon and Education: Thinking Through Pedagogical Possibilities and Fanon and the Counter-Insurgency of Education, examine the implications of the ideas of the late author and philosopher, Fritz Fanon, for rethinking education in North America.

Miss Creole Pageant

Miss Creole Canada is accepting applications for the second annual Miss Creole Canada pageant. Applicants must be of French-Creole heritage (Dominica, St. Lucia, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Haiti) and be between the ages of 18-26.

For more information, call 416-270-2356, 416-402-4231 or visit

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:

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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