Community Listings – September 9-10

Canada Cup T20 Final

Sri Lanka will play the West Indies in the Canada Cup T20 cricket tournament championship match on Friday, September 10 at 3:30 p.m. at the Elson Cricket Grounds, located at Elson Road and Markham Road. (Elson is just north of Steeles Avenue).

For more information, visit

Jesus in the City Parade

The 11th annual Jesus in the City Parade will be held this Saturday, September 11, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Held to spread a message of love, joy, peace and hope among members of churches representing a variety of denominations and ethnic groups, the parade will feature live bands on floats, Biblical costumes and dancers. The parade will begin at Queen’s Park, and will proceed along Bloor St., Yonge St., College St. and conclude in Queen’s Park. Following the parade, a concert will be held in Queen’s Park.

For more information, call 416-497-1768 or email:

ACHA Registration

Registration for the African Canadian Heritage Association’s (ACHA) 2010-2011 program year will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 11 at Centennial College-Progress Campus, 941 Progress Avenue, in the students’ cafeteria. ACHA has been teaching family, community and heritage programming in Toronto’s Black community since 1969.

For more information, visit

Barbados Nurses Anniversary

The Barbados Nurses Association will celebrate its 20th anniversary at 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 11 at the North York Memorial Hall, Burgundy Room, 5110 Yonge Street. Kay McConney, former Consul General for Barbados in Canada, will be the guest speaker.

For more information, call 416-240-0172, 416-421-5704, or 905-239-3913.

Congress of Black Women Meeting

The Congress of Black Women of Canada-Oshawa Whitby Chapter will meet at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 11 at the Colonial Retirement Residence, 101 Manning Road. Visitors and new members are welcome.

For more information, email: or call 905-409-4309.

Zoomers Meeting

The Zoomers Association of Trinidad and Tobago in Canada (ZATTIC) will hold its next meeting on Sunday, September 12 at 1:30 p.m. in the community room at Loblaws Superstore, 3045 Mavis Road, Mississauga. (Located at the southeast corner of Mavis and Dundas Street West) The community room is located on the mezzanine level of Loblaws.

Kate Dedok, senior audiologist, will be the guest speaker. New members are welcome.

Refreshments will be served.

For more information, call 905-275-1634 or 905-670-8438.

Caribana Town Hall Meeting

Members and Supporters of the Caribana Arts Group (CAG), formerly the Caribbean Cultural Committee (CCC), the founders and owners of Toronto’s Caribana, are urged to attend a town hall meeting on Saturday, September 18, at Metro Hall, 55 John Street (John & King Street West), Toronto, beginning at 1 p.m. to discuss the future of this community treasure.

Toronto Hair and Beauty Show

The Toronto Hair and Beauty Show will be held on Sunday, September 19 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, 6 Garamond Court, Toronto. The event is Ontario’s largest hair show dedicated to Black women and men who choose to wear their hair natural. It provides an opportunity for professional hairstylists, cosmetology students, salon owners and consumers to meet and exchange information about natural hair care, health and beauty tips and products. The show also provides a venue for stylists and consumers locally and abroad to show the versatility and numerous styles of natural hair.

The show will feature a fashion show, hair styling competitions, live entertainment, giveaways, and a natural hair showcase by local salons and vendors.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors. Children age 12 and under will be admitted free. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

For more information, visit

Fundraiser with Dr. Keith Mitchell

Dr. Keith Mitchell, leader of the opposition New National Party in Grenada, will be the guest of honour at a fundraising luncheon and town hall meeting on Sunday, September 19 at Ellas Banquet Hall, 35 Danforth Road (west of Warden Avenue). During the event, Dr. Mitchell will provide an update on the present situation in Grenada under the Tillman Thomas administration. The luncheon will be held at 1 p.m. and the town hall meeting will be held at 2:45 p.m. Admission to the luncheon, which will include a cash bar, is $35 per person. Admission to the town hall meeting is free.

For more information, call 647-456-3743 or 289-389-7204.

Caribbean Diabetes Chapter Meeting

The Caribbean Diabetes Chapter of the Canadian Diabetes Association will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, September 29, 2010, 6:30 p.m. at the Anglican Church of the Nativity; 10 Sewells Rd (1/2 block east of Neilson, north of Sheppard Ave).

The topic is Sexual Dysfunction and Diabetes with special guest speaker, Dr Magdy Hassouna, a urologist at Toronto Western Hospital.

Parking is free and everyone is welcome.

For more information, contact Kathy Nelson at 416-987-0339.

TCCF Anniversary Gala

During the past decade, the Children Caribbean Foundation (TCCF) has raised over $700,000 to provide care for critically ill children from Caribbean nations.

The TCCF will hold its 10th anniversary gala on Saturday, October 2 at Empire Banquet Hall, 246 Brockport Drive, Toronto. Dinner will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be preceded by cocktails at 6 p.m. The event will feature entertainment, a cash bar, and a raffle. Formal dress is required.

For tickets and more information, visit or call 416-498-9962, 416-578-3209, 905-840-6484, or 905-672-2287.

Caribana Appreciation Event

The Caribana Arts Group (formerly Caribbean Cultural Committee) will hold its annual appreciation brunch & show at 12 p.m. on Sunday, October 3 at the Scarlet Ibis Family Restaurant, 1880 O’Connor Drive. During the event, plaques will be presented to Sam Cole, the first chair of Caribana and Margaret Ayoung, past Chair of the King and Queen Committee, for their service.

The event will feature door prizes, raffles, stand-up comedy by Marvin ‘Trini’ Ishmael, Steel Pan music by Pan Man Pat, a saxophone solo by Skel, Calypso by King Cosmos and dance by Dance Caribe. Music will be supplied by DJ Gus. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

For more information, call 416-573-2949, 416-783-4642, 416-266-2150 or email:

Choir Performance

The choir of the Barbados Ex-Police (Toronto) Inc. will present “An Evening of Music” on Sunday, October 3 at the Church of the Epiphany (Anglican), 700 Kennedy Road, Scarborough (South of Eglinton Avenue). Admission is $15. Part of the event’s proceeds will benefit the organization’s scholarship fund.

For more information, call 416-445-8686, 905-471-8519, 905-428-9316, 416-519-1449.

Mask Making Workshops

A series of mask making workshops for Black women and other women of colour will be held every Thursday from October 7 to December 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre, located one block east of Spadina, north of Queen Street).

The workshops are presented by Black Lily Arts, a registered collective which provides free art workshops to women in communities who don’t have access to the creative arts. Tokens and snacks will be provided at each workshop.

For more information, call 416-597-1171, ext. 224, or email:

JCA’s Mayoral Debate

The Jamaican Canadian Association (JCA) will host a Mayoral Debate at its community centre, 995 Arrow Road on Wednesday October 13, 2010 from 6:30-8:30pm.

Everyone is invited to attend.

For more information call (416) 746-5772

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.

Diabetes Information

Free diabetes information will be provided at Rexdale Community Health Centre, 8 Taber Road, Etobicoke.

For more information, call 416-744-0066.

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

Prenatal Program

Toronto Public Health is conducting 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.

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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