Community Listings for October 28, 2010

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.

UMOVE Walk and Rally

UMOVE (United Mothers Opposing Violence Everywhere), a non-profit organization comprised of mothers who have lost a child to violence, will conduct a “Stop the Violence” walk and rally on Sunday, October 31. The walk will begin at 1 p.m. at Queen’s Park (main entrance) and will conclude at Dundas Square, where a rally will be held until 5 p.m.

Participants are encouraged to bring a pair of running shoes to honour loved ones lost by violence. Running shoes brought to the event can be donated if desired.

For more information, call 416-866-3365, 416-627-6365, or 416-819-8628.

Community Symposium

The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Association of Toronto will conduct its annual Community Symposium on Sunday, October 31 at 2:30 p.m. at York Civic Centre, 2700 Eglinton Avenue West. Sophia Young, a member of the Women’s National Basketball Association’s San Antonio Silver Stars, will deliver the keynote address.

For more information, call 6470-519-4490, 416-282-4557 or email:

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:

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, 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.

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:

Visions of Science Clubs

“The Science Zone,” a free 10 week forensic science program for youth from Grades 5 to 8, will be conducted by Visions of Science Network every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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

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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