Community Listings for October 7/10

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.

Men’s Convention

The Church of Pentecost Canada will hold its national men’s convention on Thursday, October 7 and Friday, October 8, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, October 9, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, October 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 2256 Sheppard Ave. West, North York (Sheppard/Arrow Road). The October 9 session will feature workshops on stress management, starting your own business and parenting. Following the workshops, a praise and worship session will be conducted.

For more information, call 416-745-0242 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:

Congress of Black Women Fundraiser

The Congress of Black Women of Canada-Oshawa Whitby Chapter, is inviting all to a fundraiser featuring old school, lovers rock, ska and soca on Saturday, October 9, at the Whitby Masonic Centre, 203 Cochrane Street, Whitby. Music will be provided by DJ Bart. Admission is $15 at the door. Doors open at 8:30 p.m.

For tickets and more information, call 905-409-4309, 905-706-9528 or email:

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.

JCA’s Toronto Mayoral Debate

The Jamaican Canadian Association (JCA) will present a mayoral debate on Wednesday, October 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Jamaican Canadian Centre, 995 Arrow Road, (Finch Ave. West & Hwy 400) North York. The debate, featuring candidates Rocco Achampong, Joe Pantalone, Rob Ford and George Smitherman will be moderated by former Toronto Star reporter Philip Mascoll.

The mayoral election affects all residents of Toronto, and your vote is vital. The JCA is encouraging all to attend, especially members of the city’s Caribbean community, and learn about each candidate’s platform. Participants are encouraged to ask the candidates questions and offer them suggestions to benefit Toronto’s Caribbean community and the city in general.

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

Visions of Science Clubs

Visions of Science Network for Learning, is launching “The Science Zone,” a free 10 week forensic science program for youth from Grades 5 to 8 every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., beginning October 16.

Participants will conduct science experiments, learn about forensics, go on a field trip to the Ontario Science Centre and create their own science project for the Science Fair at Ryerson University. Membership is free and walk-ins are welcome. Registration is ongoing.

Club meetings will be held at the following locations, Humberline (TCHC), 10 Humberline Drive, Basement Youth Room, Etobicoke; Firgrove Community Centre (TCHC), 11 Bluegrass Way, North York; Kingston & Galloway (TCHC), Main Lobby Recreation Room, 4301 Kingston Road, Scarborough; Victoria Park (TCHC), 2743 Victoria Park Ave. (North of Sheppard Ave. East), Scarborough; Bleeker Junior & Senior Club (TCHC), Youth Room, 325 Bleeker St., Toronto; Crescent Village Club, 138 Yorkland St., Richmond Hill.

For more information, call 416-266-6464, 647-887-1294, visit,, or email: or

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:

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:

Zoomers Association Meeting

The Zoomers Association of Trinidad and Tobago in Canada (ZATTIC) will hold its next monthly meeting on Sunday, October 17, at 1 p.m. at the corner of Mavis & Dundas, Mississauga, in the Loblaws Superstore, Upper Level (in the community room).

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

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.

Guyana Christian Charities Bake Sale

Guyana Christian Charities (Canada) Inc. will hold its annual bake sale on Sunday, October 31 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church Hall, 1490 Markham Road (north of 401, entrance is west of Markham Road on Milner Avenue). Admission is free. Funds generated by the sale will be used to aid several charities in Guyana and support medical requests from patients being treated in Canada.

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

A&B Independence Church Service

To commemorate Antigua and Barbuda’s 29th anniversary of independence on Monday, November 1, a special Service of Thanksgiving will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 7 at Asbury and West United Church, 3180 Bathurst St.

The staff of the Consulate General of Antigua and Barbuda in Toronto and the Independence Church Planning Committee are extending an invitation for all to join the celebration.

Reverend Conrad Huggins of the Glad Tidings Pentecostal Church will be the special guest pastor. A special offering will be collected for the Antigua and Barbuda Emergency Relief Fund.

For more information, call 416-961-3143 or email:

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.

Mask Making Workshops

A series of mask making workshops for Black women and other women of colour will be held every Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. to December 16 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:

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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