Community Listings for June 17, 2010

Canadian Black Caucus Mayoral Debate

The Canadian Black Caucus is holding a mayoral debate on Saturday, June 19 at the North York Central Library, Second Floor, 5120 Yonge Street, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The event is being held to help members of the Black community express their concerns, learn about the mayoral candidates and their platforms and create an opportunity for young Black adults to join a campaign. Following the event, candidates will be signing up individuals to be a part of their campaign team.

To acquire more information and RSVP, contact:

Meeting with Grenada Minister of Foreign Affairs

The public is invited to attend a meeting with Peter David, Grenada Minister of Foreign Affairs, on Sunday, June 20 at East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Avenue, (northeast corner of Coxwell & Mortimer Ave.) from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Discussions will focus on the Office of Diaspora Affairs (ODA), which was recently established under the supervision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs-Grenada. The ODA was established to identify the impact and leveraging of the Diaspora in terms of knowledge and skills transfers and improving its global commercial interface.

For more information, call 416-595-1343.

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, an 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 (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. Admission is free.

Health Workshops

A series of workshops titled, “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions,” will be held for adults of all ages with chronic conditions and caregivers who want to better manage their conditions every Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. until July 15. The workshops will be held at the Bridlewood Library in Bridlewood Mall, 2900 Warden Avenue, Scarborough. Participants will receive a copy of the book “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions.”

To register, call 1-866-971-5545 or visit

Visions of Science Contests

Visions of Science Network for Learning and the Canadian Multicultural Inventors Museum will celebrate the fifth anniversary of its “IMAGINE” sci-fi/fantasy short story and art competition by holding a multicultural short story and art poster contest that’s open to youth from Grades 6-12. Contestants can write about any topic or theme. Submissions must be 1,600 words or less. The art poster contest will be open to students from Grades 9-12. The theme is “The Mask”. The required poster size is 11″ x 17″. First prize is $200, $100 will be awarded to the second prize winner and third prize is $50.

In addition, an IMAGINE poster contest for Grade Five students will be held. Contestants can submit solo entries or team up in groups of up to three people. The theme is “How Alien Organs Work”, and the mandatory poster size is 11″ x 17″. Winners will receive Kisco Freezies popsicles. The deadline for all IMAGINE contests is October, 2010.

For more information, visit for contest rules and regulations.

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.

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:

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:

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