Community Listings for September 16, 2010

Colombia Diaspora Festival

The Vibrant Colombia Diaspora Festival will be held from Friday, September 17 to Sunday, September 19 at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West. The festival is being held to bring together people of Colombian descent, along with members of other communities to celebrate shared ancestry, history and spiritual heritage.

For more information and a full schedule of events, call 416-973-4000 or visit

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.

Friends of UNC Canada Meeting

Friends of UNC Canada, the Canadian affiliate of the United National Congress of Trinidad and Tobago, will hold an information and social evening at 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 18, at the Emmanuel United Church Recreation Room, 420 Balmoral Drive, Brampton.

The meeting will update the party’s members and supporters as well as nationals of Trinidad and Tobago on the UNC’s activities since the May 24 general elections, in addition to answering questions about current political issues. The event will also provide an opportunity for supporters and nationals to join and assist the organization.

For more information, email:

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. 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.

JCA Seniors Brunch

The Jamaican Canadian Association (JCA) will present its annual “Seniors Appreciation Brunch” on Sunday, September 19 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the JCA Centre, 995 Arrow Road. The cost to sponsor a senior is $20. Admission is $25 for adults, $15 for children age 12 and under.

For more information, call 416-746-5772 or email:

JCA Open House and Information Fair

The JCA will hold an open house and information fair on Tuesday, September 21 from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 995 Arrow Road. Information will be provided about immigration and settlement, seniors’ programs, youth advocacy, conflict with the law, women’s services, volunteering, parenting, hall rental and employment. Special forums will be held at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

For more information, call 416-746-5772, email: or visit:

Africentric Theatrical Production

The theatrical production African Women are as Strong as the Baobab Tree, will be performed Wednesday to Saturday from September 22 to October 2 at the Berkeley Street Theatre (Downstairs), 26 Berkeley St. at 8 p.m. nightly. Saturday shows will be held at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. A preview show will be performed on Tuesday, September 21 at 8 p.m.

The play chronicles an African women’s resilience as she struggles to provide for her family after enduring an abusive relationship with her husband. Tickets are $15-$25.

For more information, call 416-368-3110 or email:

Dan Hill Symposium

A symposium on the life and work of Dr. Daniel G. Hill will be held on Saturday, September 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Founders Assembly Hall, Founders College, York University, 4700 Keele Street.

Dr. Hill was the first director of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, a pioneer in the field of African Canadian history and a social activist. The event is being presented by the Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on the Global Migrations of African Peoples, the Ontario Black History Society and York University.

For more information, call 416-736-2100, ext. 33058.

TPS Information Session

The Toronto Police Service Employment Unit Recruiting Section will host a female focused general information session from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Sunday, September 26 at the Toronto Police College, 70 Birmingham Street, Etobicoke.

During the event, members of the recruiting section will give a presentation outlining all aspects of the Service’s hiring procedures, which includes required testing, the application process, interview mentoring, and what to expect on the job. Registration for the event is not required.

For more information, call 416-808-7149.

T&T 50 Plus and Seniors Meeting

The Trinidad and Tobago 50 Plus and Seniors Association will hold its monthly meeting on Sunday, September 26 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Birkdale Community Centre, 1299 Ellesmere Road.

For more information, call 647-401-1608.

Caribbean Diabetes Chapter Meeting

The Caribbean Diabetes Chapter of the Canadian Diabetes Association will hold its next meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 29 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, an urologist at Toronto Western Hospital.

Parking is free and everyone is welcome.

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

Summit on African Women, Youth and Students

“African Women, Youth & Students: Get Up! Stand Up! Don’t Give Up the Fight!” is the theme of a conference addressing crises in the Black community and will be held from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 2 at the University of Toronto (Scarborough Campus), 1265 Military Trail, Scarborough.

Topics that will be addressed at the event are crime, racism in the education system and job sector and poverty. The event will feature speakers from African student organizations, including keynote speaker, Abdul-Malik Mohammed of the All-African People’s Revolutionary Party (AAPRP) in Maryland, USA.

The event is being presented by the AAPRP, the Association of Part-Time Undergraduate Students and Peoples of African Ancestry for Knowledge of Self.

For more information, call 416-825-7900.

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.

Dr. Nadine Wong Book Launch

A book launch for What if your hair could speak what would it say, by Dr. Nadine Wong, will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 2, at Victory Sanctuary of Praise, 3718 Kingston Road.

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.

Anti-Racism Conference

The public is invited to join Charles C. Smith, editor of Anti-Racism in Education: Missing in Action, along with other prominent thinkers, to discuss the role of education in fighting racism on Monday, October 4 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus, 1265 Military Trail, Room AA-160 (Council Chambers).

For more information, call 416-208-4769, or email:

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, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Everyone is invited to attend.

For more information, call (416) 746-5772.

Wellwood Walk/Run for Colorectal Cancer

The 12th Wellwood 1K/5K/10K Walk/Run for Colorectal Cancer Awareness will be held on Sunday, October 17 at McMaster University. The Kids 1K race will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the 5K and 10K races will be held at 10 a.m.

All children will receive medals and the first 100 pre-registered kids will receive shirts. Shirts will also be given to the first 300 pre-registered 5K and 10K walkers and runners. Teams are encouraged to participate. Numerous pledge prizes are available, including prizes from the Toronto Maple Leafs Alumni Association, Vineland Estates and the Hamilton Bulldogs.

Registration and kit pick-up will take place on Saturday, October 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Runner’s Den in Westdale, located at 860 King Street West, Hamilton. Race day registration or pre-registration pick-up will be conducted in the McMaster University Student Centre from 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. Registration and pledge forms are available online at

For more information, call 905-667-8870 or email:

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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