Community Listings for July 15-10

Health Workshop

A workshop titled, “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions,” will be held on Thursday, July 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. The workshop will be held for adults of all ages with chronic conditions and caregivers who want to better manage their conditions. Participants will receive a copy of the book “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions.”

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

The Golden Seed: a Theatrical Production

The Golden Seed, a theatrical production written and directed by Ras Leon Saul, will be performed on Friday, July 16 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, July 18 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the York Woods Library Theatre, 1785 Finch Avenue West.

The Golden Seed is a coming-of-age action drama/about an 18-year-old mixed-race Canadian singer’s quest to find her true identity. Admission is $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at

For more information, visit or call 416-333-2724.

Racial Profiling Forum

The Colour of Change Network will present a racial profiling forum on Saturday, July 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the University of Toronto-OISE, 252 Bloor Street West, Room 5-170.

Savannah Festival of Rhythms

The eighth annual Savannah Festival of Rhythms will be held on Sunday, July 18 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Rose Theatre Brampton, 1 Theatre Lane, (Queen Street and Main Street), Brampton. Admission is free. Among the artistes scheduled to perform are Victor Jones (widely known as the drummer for Chaka Khan) and his band Cultur-Versey, the Latin band Plataforma, and keyboard artist Eddie Bullen.

For more information, call 416-461-5255.

Girls in Transition Initiative

The Congress of Black Women of Canada, Ontario Region, is seeking young Black women between the ages of 13 to 18 for inclusion in their Girls in Transition Initiative, which will be held at Blessed Mother Teresa Catholic Secondary School, 40 Sewells Road, from Monday, July 19 to Friday, July 23 from 9 a.m. to 2p.m.

The initiative seeks to foster the development of organizational, leadership, self-esteem, communication and academic, interpersonal and intrapersonal skills. It will include guest speakers and presentations. Participants will also have the opportunity to make new friends. The program is free and food and supplies are provided.

To acquire more information or to register, call 416-299-3014 or email: or

Alzheimer Society Info Session

The Alzheimer Society of Toronto will hold a general information session on Wednesday, July 21 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Tuesday, July 27, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.; and Wednesday, August 11, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 20 Eglinton Avenue West, 16th floor. All are welcome to attend.

To register for the event, call 416-322-6560 or email:

CPR and First Aid Training

Live Savers 101 will conduct a CPR and first aid training course on Saturday, July 24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Islington Evangel Centre, 49 Queen’s Plate Drive, Etobicoke. The cost is $50 per person plus tax.

To register and reserve a spot, call 416-747-7208, ext. 258.

People of Colour Book Club

The People of Colour Book Group will hold its inaugural meeting on Saturday, July 31 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Red Lobster, 20 Dundas St. West. The group is comprised of people age 35 and over who enjoy books and films by and about people of colour. The topic of the first meeting is the book, Push, by African-American writer Sapphire. Membership is free.

For more information, visit

MuslimFest 2010

The seventh annual MuslimFest will be held from Saturday, July 31 to Sunday, August 1 at the Mississauga Living Arts Centre, 4141 Living Arts Drive, Mississauga.

The festival, celebrating the best in Muslin arts and entertainment, will feature fun for the entire family, including over 50 Canadian and international artists, a food bazaar, hands on interactive workshops, theatrical performances, a film festival and a carnival.

For more information, call 1-877-994-3292, or visit

Anniversary Celebration

The Stewart Memorial Church’s 175th anniversary celebration “Homecoming” Arts 7 Craft Show will be held on Saturday, August 14 and Sunday, August 15. The event will be held in the large outdoor parking area adjacent to the church, located at 114 John Street North, Hamilton. Vendors are also needed.

For more information, call 905-522-9755, 905-388-6110. Vendor applications are available at

Scadding Court Summer Day Camp

The Scadding Court Summer Day Camp is being held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Friday, August 20, 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.

Summer Day Camp

The Congress of Black Women of Canada Mississauga Chapter is currently conducting its fourth annual summer day camp for kids ages 6-12 until Friday, August 20.

The camp, located at Eglinton and Rathkeale, will feature experience counsellors. Campers will participate in arts and crafts, games, reading and arithmetic and a variety of educational activities. Campers will also go on field trips. Weekly and full registration is available. Discounts for early registration as well as multiple children are available.

For more information, call 905-819-8361.

Taste of the Caribbean African Food Expo

The Taste of the Caribbean African Food Expo (TCafe), celebrating food, culture and health, will be held on Sunday, August from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Jamaican Canadian Association, 995 Arrow Road, North York. Admission is free.

Held in partnership with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, the event aims to promote nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. Topics that will be addressed at the expo are the proliferation of diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease and prostate cancer in the Black community. During the event, patrons will have the opportunity to dialogue with healthcare experts in these fields.

The expo will also include live healthy cooking demonstrations and heart-healthy foods from participating community restaurants. TCafe will also provide onsite blood sugar, blood pressure and heart monitor clinics staffed by medical volunteers from Toronto Public Health. Food samples and meals will be on sale during the event.

Youth Leaders Program

The Boys & Girls Club of East Scarborough is conducting registration for its “Youth Leaders Program” which is currently being held until Friday, August 27.

The program, held for youth between 14-16 years of age, has four themes: health, civics, world issues and art & technology. The program will include life skills, resume and interviewing techniques, workshops, volunteer hours and placement opportunities, along with guest speakers.

Registration is encouraged as quickly as possible due to limited capacity. The price of the program is $30 per week or $195 for the entire 8 weeks.

For more information, contact Monique Habbib or Doug Daly at 416-281-0262, extension 200, or via email at: or

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.

Black Youth Helpline

Black Youth Helpline, a registered charitable organization serving all youth, provides ongoing culturally appropriate professional assessments, support and guidance for youth with complex needs. The organization is focused on identifying, understanding and addressing the root causes of problems.

Strong emphasis is placed on addressing the needs of Black youth and their parents in a culturally appropriate manner.

To access the organization’s supports, youth, parents, schools and other youth-serving partners can contact the helpline at 416-285-9944 or by email at:

For more information, visit

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.

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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