Community Listings for April 29-10

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

Dudley Laws Day 2010

The 2010 Dudley Laws Day celebration will be held on Sunday, May 2, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lawrence Heights Community Centre, 5 Replin Road. The event is being held to provide an opportunity for people to gather with family, friends and community to honour Dudley Laws and this year’s Dudley Laws Youth Scholarship Award winners. The event will also feature performances by a variety of dancers and artists. Admission is free. Donations to the Dudley Laws Youth Scholarship Fund will be accepted at the door.

For more information, call 416-657-8889, visit or email:

Seeking Nominations

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

Krumping Out Crime

The 4Life Foundation and the Toronto Police Service will present the first annual “Krumping Out Crime” finals, on Thursday, May 6 at 190 Railside Road, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. During the event, students will participate in a dance competition and will be acknowledged for their academic achievements. The program is geared towards at risk youth who may require academic tutoring or guidance in social aspects of their lives. It features mentors who teach a style of dance where youth would be able to release energy and learn teamwork, leadership and fellowship.

For more information, call 416-808-7826.

Multicultural Caravan Day

The Church of the Nativity will hold its annual Multicultural Caravan Day on Saturday, May 8 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 10 Sewells Road, Scarborough (one block east of Neilson). The event will feature exhibits from a variety of nations. Arts and crafts and food and drinks from different countries will be available for purchase. Patrons are encouraged to dress in their national colours and participate in a “clash of the generations”.

For more information, call 416-284-2728.

Hamilton Celebration

The Hamilton Caribbean Women’s Group (HCWG) will celebrate its fifth anniversary by holding a banquet dinner, dance and silent auction at the Hamilton Convention Centre, 1 Summers Lane, Hamilton, on Saturday, May 15 at 6 p.m.

The HCWG is a non-profit organization serving the Hamilton-Wentworth community and has been involved in initiatives such as health symposiums related to Sickle Cell disease and colorectal cancer, as well as handing out Christmas baskets to the Interval House of Hamilton. During the event, a scholarship will be offered to a student in the Hamilton-Wentworth community.

The Consul General of Jamaica, the Mayor of Hamilton and other area dignitaries will be in attendance.

For more information, call 905-385-5232.

Appreciation Awards

The Toronto chapter of the Queen’s College of Guyana Alumni Association will hold its annual appreciation awards on Sunday, May 16 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Scarborough Village Community Centre, 3600 Kingston Road (northeast corner of Kingston Road and Markham Road). The event will feature guest speaker Dr. Frank Birbalsingh, Senior Scholar and Professor Emeritus, Department of English, University of York; who will speak on “Guyanese Literature”. Admission is free and complimentary refreshments will be served.

For more information, visit:

CBW-Scarborough Meeting Dates

The Congress of Black Women of Canada, Scarborough Chapter, will hold monthly meetings on Thursday May 27, and Thursday, June 24.from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Holy Spirit Catholic School, 3530 Sheppard Avenue East, Scarborough.

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

Scadding Court Summer Day Camp

The Scadding Court Summer Day Camp will be held from Monday, July 5 to Friday, August 20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Scadding Court Community Centre (SCCC), 707 Dundas Street West. Extended hours are available.

Activities will include cooking, swimming, trips, sports, arts and crafts, gardening, reading and more. The cost is $75 per week plus SCCC membership inside the community catchment area and $85 per week outside the community catchment area. Limited subsidies are available with proof of income.

For more information, call 416-392-0335.

Festival Bana Y’Afrique

The 11th annual Festival Bana Y’Afrique, a free outdoor celebration of African music and culture for the entire family, will be held on Saturday, July 24 and Sunday, July 25 from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Metro Hall Square (by John Street and King Street West).

This year’s celebration will feature performances by local and international African music groups and traditional dancers. The event will also feature children’s activities, theatre and a marketplace where patrons can purchase crafts and clothing and sample traditional African foods.

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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