Community Calendar for September 30, 2010

Africentric Theatrical Production

The theatrical production African Women are as Strong as the Baobab Tree, will be performed Thursday, September 30 to Saturday, October 2 at the Berkeley Street Theatre (Downstairs), 26 Berkeley St. at 8 p.m. Saturday shows will be held at 2 p.m. and 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:

Toronto Sickle Cell Conference

The Toronto Sickle Cell Conference will be held on Friday, October 1, and Saturday, October 2 at the Crowne Plaza, 33 Carlson Court. All are welcome to attend. Breakfast, lunch and refreshment will be provided on both days.

For more information, call 416-745-4267 or visit

Writers Workshop

A Different Booklist, 746 Bathurst St., will host a series of workshops for writers and aspiring writers called “Finding Your Voice Within”, on Tuesday, October 12, Tuesday, October 19, Tuesday, November 9 and Tuesday, November 16 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The workshops will address the writing and publishing process and will be facilitated by author, sociologist and scholar, Dr. Althea Prince. Students, business professionals, aspiring writers, and writers seeking new ways to boost motivation are encouraged to attend. The cost is $40.

For more information, call 416-538-0889.

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.

Discussion with Candidates

Six municipal election candidates will visit the African Canadian Heritage Association program on Saturday, October 2 to discuss their platforms and encourage members to vote in the upcoming municipal election. The event will be held at Centennial College-Progress Campus (at Progress and Markham) in Room P1-03 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The following candidates will participate in the event: Leon Saul (Ward 42), George Singh (Ward 42), Sharon Joseph (Ward 7), Murphy Browne (Trustee Ward 14), Dionne Coley (Trustee Ward 22) and Cadigia Ali (Ward 2). All are invited to attend and participate.

For more information, call 416-208-3149.

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.

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:

Film Screening

The department of Caribbean Studies at New College, University of Toronto, will conduct a screening of the film Poto Mitan on Thursday, October 7 at 6 p.m. at the Sidney Smith Building, 100 St. George St., Room 2102. The event will also feature a discussion with the film’s director, Mark Schuller.

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:

Call for Applications

Applications are currently being accepted for DiverseCity Fellows’ one year program for individuals who are committed to enhancing their leadership abilities and addressing issues that are critical to the future of the GTA.

Fellows will participate in interactive learning sessions, networking events and a mentoring relationship with an experienced city-builder. Applicants are encouraged from individuals in the public, private and non-profit sectors throughout the GTA. The deadline to submit applications is Friday, October 8 at 5 p.m.

For more information, visit or email:

Mayoral Debate at JCA

A mayoral debate will be held at the Jamaican Canadian Association headquarters, 995 Arrow Road, North York, on Wednesday, October 13, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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

Remembrance Mass for Maurice Bishop

A mass will be on Sunday, October 17 at 12 p.m. in remembrance of the late Grenada Prime Minister Maurice Bishop and the seven victims who were assassinated in Grenada on October 19, 1983. The mass will be held at Our Lady of Good Counsel, Roman Catholic Church, located at 867 College Street (at Ossington).

For more information, call 289-389-7204, visit or email:

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:

Roshini Kempadoo Public Lecture

The department of Caribbean Studies, New College, University of Toronto, is inviting the public to attend a lecture with Roshini Kempadoo on Wednesday, October 20 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Jackman Humanities Building, Room 100A (170 St. George St., corner of St. George and Bloor).

Kempadoo is a London-based photographer, media artist and Reader in Media Practice at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of East London. She is currently researching decolonization and resistance in Trinidad and Mauritius for “Domino Effects”, a photographic and multimedia artwork; and contemporary economic migration to southern Europe. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, visit

Book Launch

The department of Caribbean Studies, New College, University of Toronto and A Different Booklist will present a book launch with David Austin, author of You Don’t Play with Revolution: The Montreal Lectures of C.L.R. James, at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 26, at WGSI Lounge, Wilson Hall, New College.

Discussion of Mittelholzer’s Work

The department of Caribbean Studies, New College, University of Toronto and A Different Booklist will present readings and a discussion of author Edgar Mittelholzer’s work with Frank Birbalsingh, Colin Rickards and Nancy Rickford on Wednesday, October 27 at 6:30 p.m. The location is TBA.

Racism Conference

The department of Caribbean Studies at New College, University of Toronto will conduct its annual “Racism and National Consciousness Conference: Haiti, Cuba, Venezuela and the Latin American Revolution” at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 30 at Wetmore Dining Hall, New College, 40 Willcocks Street. Featured speakers include Arnold Itwaru, Roger Annis of the Canadian Haiti Action Committee and Mario Joseph.

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.

Olive Branch of Hope Luncheon

The Olive Branch of Hope, Peel Region Outreach, a breast cancer support organization, will hold its third annual “Celebrate Life” luncheon on Sunday, November 7 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Century Gardens, Main Auditorium, 340 Vodden St. East, Brampton.

For more information, call 416-256-3155, 905-455-7242 or visit

Dominica Celebration

The Commonwealth of Dominica Association (Hamilton) will celebrate its 31st anniversary and the 32nd anniversary of Dominica’s independence by holding a dinner and dance on Saturday, November 13 at the Hamilton Convention Centre, 1 Summers Lane, Hamilton. (Entrances: Main St. across from City Hall and King St. across from the Sheraton Hotel). A cocktail hour will be held at 6 p.m. and will be followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Brendon C. Browne, High Commissioner, Organization of the Eastern Caribbean States, will be the keynote speaker. The event will feature door prizes, music by DJ Cliff Hinds and more. Semi-formal attire is required. Tickets are $60 (advance sales only).

For more information, call 905-383-0787, 905-679-4525, 905-383-7814 or 905-575-4042.

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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