Community Listings for August 12, 2010

Eva Smith Bursary

Since 1985, The Eva Smith Bursary has provided financial aid for African Canadian students, the justice system and single parents.

To celebrate its 25th year of supporting youth, the Bursary is calling on all past committee members, volunteers, awardees, community service awardees and friends of Eva Smith to share their experiences.

The Bursary is also seeking volunteers to assist with fundraising, web design and public relations. High school, college and university students are welcome to volunteer.

For more information, call 416-755-8827 or visit

Caribana Art Exhibit

A Caribana Art Exhibit, titled “From the Soul”, is currently available for public viewing at the Royal Ontario Museum until Friday, August 13. Curated by African Canadian artist and activist Joan Butterfield, the exhibition is produced by the Association of African Canadian Artists. The exhibit features over 160 works by African Canadian artists, including paintings, ceramics, sculptures and parade costumes.

For more information, visit

“Jesus in the Park”

“Jesus in the Park,” an event featuring fun for the entire family, will be held from 12 noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, August 14 at Earl Bales Amphitheatre, 4169 Bathurst Street (south of Sheppard Ave. West). The event, emceed by Reverend Pauline Marsh, will feature lots of giveaways. Entertainment will be provided by Junior Gardener, Inspector Lenny, Sonz of Thunder, Jermaine Cowan, Jimmy Lalla, Collington Daley and more. Admission is free. For more information, contact Charmaine McLean 416-317-2893 or Rev. Pauline Marsh at 647-700-5404 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

Toronto African Dance Festival

The eighth annual Toronto African Dance Festival will be held on Sunday, August 15 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. at its new location, Nathan Phillips Square, Queen & Bay Street. The event will celebrate African music, dance and culture. Admission is free.

For more information, call 416-592-0044 or email:

Anniversary Service

The National Evangelical Spiritual Baptist Faith International Centre of Canada will hold its 22nd anniversary service at 10 a.m. on Sunday, August 29 at 63 Mack Avenue, Unit 9 & 10. The service will be followed by a fundraising barbecue at 1 p.m. at the same location.

For more information, call 416-686-1433.

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.

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

Toronto-Cuba Friendship Day

Toronto-Cuba Friendship Day will be held on Saturday, August 28 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Nathan Phillips Square-Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West (at Bay). All are invited to dance to the beat of Pablo Terry and Sol de Cuba, Los Clave Kings, and Sonido Cubano. The event will feature Cuban food, salsa lessons and more. Admission is free.

For more information, call 416-410-8254 or visit

Prenatal Program

Toronto Public Health will conduct a prenatal program called “Having a Baby, Becoming a Parent” at eight community locations across the city. The program is for women three to six months pregnant and will be held in a series of four evening sessions from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. New classes will begin every month. Partners are welcome to attend.

To register, call 416-338-7600.

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: