Community Calendar for November 11, 2010

Computer Skills and Chess Club for Seniors

New Horizons for Seniors is conducting a program teaching seniors computer skills and a “No Stress Chess Club”. The program will be held Monday to Thursday every week until September 2011 (except holidays) from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Learning Disabilities of Toronto District Office, 121 Willowdale Ave., Suite 203. Participants will learn basic computer and literacy skills, improve problem solving ability, master internet skills, learn strategic planning, increase social skills, reduce isolation and improve well-being.

All services are free. All seniors age 55 and up are encouraged to register. TTC tokens and light refreshments will be provided to participants. To register, visit 121 Willowdale Avenue, Suite 203, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. during workdays or contact Bipul Dev at 416-229-1680.

For more information, call 416-229-1680 or email:

VMBS Customer Appreciation Day

In celebration of the Victoria Mutual Building Society’s (VMBS) 132nd birthday on Sunday, November 14, VMBS will hold a customer appreciation day on Friday, November 12. All are invited to drop in and celebrate.

For more information, call 416-652-8652, ext. 224.

JCA Fundraising Concert

The Jamaican Canadian Association (JCA) will hold a fundraising concert and dance to assist flood victims in Jamaica on Friday, November 12 from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. at the Jamaican Canadian Centre, 995 Arrow Road.

Under the patronage of the Jamaican Consul General, the event will feature entertainment by comedians Marcia Brown, Naggo Morris and Letna Allen-Rowe. Other entertainers scheduled to perform include D’jango, Sonia Collymore-Dawes, Kay Morris, King Ujah, Lady Tremor, Semojrah Naki, KC, Comfort and Dizzy, backed live by Essence of Praise, and more.

Music will be provided by Soul 2 Soul, Massey, Lethal Star, Volume One, and DJ Funky. Sir B of radio station CHRY, Allan Jones of CKLN, Super V of CJIQ and Scabba G of CIUT will serve as emcees. A $10 dollar contribution at the door is requested.

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

Black Educators Discussion

The Canadian Alliance of Black Educators, in collaboration with several community organizations, will present “A Discussion on Fragmentation and Collaboration: African Canadian Organizations and Educational Service Delivery to Black Youth and Families,” on Saturday, November 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The event will be held at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE-UT), 252 Bloor Street West (St. George), Second Floor, Room 2214. Guest speakers include Dr. Njoki Wane, Professor of Education, OISE-UT; Zanana Akande, former teacher, principal, professor and member of provincial parliament; and Dr. Nicole West-Burns, Director, School Services, OISE-UT. All are welcome. Free lunch will be provided. RSVP is required.

To RSVP, email:

African Women, Youth and Students Conference

A conference for African Women, Youth and Students will be held on Saturday, November 13 at The Meeting Place, University of Toronto (Scarborough Campus), 1265 Military Trail, Scarborough, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. The conference, themed, “Get Up! Stand Up! Don’t Give Up the Fight!” will feature speakers from African student organizations, including keynote speaker Abdul-Malik Mohammed of the All African People’s Revolutionary Party. The event is being held to identify strategies to combat the crises plaguing the African community in Canada, and implement a plan of action. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, call 416-825-7900.

Dominica Celebration

The Commonwealth of Dominica Association (Hamilton) will celebrate its 31st anniversary and the 32nd anniversary of Dominica’s independence with a dinner and dance on Saturday, November 13 at the Hamilton Convention Centre, 1 Summers Lane, Hamilton. Brendon C. Browne, High Commissioner, Organization of the Eastern Caribbean States, will be the keynote speaker.

The event will feature entertainment by singer Andrea Henry, formerly of the group Sugar Jones, the CDOA Cultural Dancers, and music by DJ Cliff Hinds.

For more information, call 647-439-4469, 905-383-0787, 905-679-4525, or 905-575-4042.

P.A.C.E. Brunch

The Project for the Advancement of Childhood Education (P.A.C.E.) Canada will hold its annual Adopt-a-School Brunch at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 14, at the Jamaican Canadian Centre, 995 Arrow Road.

Jamaica’s Minister of Education, Andrew Holness, will be the event’s keynote speaker.

The Adopt-a-School program provides assistance to Jamaican basic schools in response to needs identified by local community and educational committees. Through the program, P.A.C.E. Canada has adopted more than 250 basic schools and early childhood institutions in Jamaica and impacted the lives of over 50,000 children.

To acquire tickets and more information, call 416-208-3103.

Zoomers of T & T Meeting

The Zoomers Association of Trinidad and Tobago will hold its next meeting on Sunday, November 14, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Superstore in the Community Room, Upper Level, 3045 Mavis Road (at Dundas St.), Mississauga.

The event will feature a guest speaker from Service Canada, OAS, GIS and CPP benefits information, and more.

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

Writers Workshop

A Different Booklist, 746 Bathurst St., will host a workshop for writers and aspiring writers called “Finding Your Voice Within”, on Tuesday, November 16 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The workshop 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.

A Raisin in the Sun

Due to popular demand, the production of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, performed at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 55 Mill Street, Building 49, in the Distillery Historic District, will be extended to Saturday, November 20.

Additional performances will be held on Wednesday, November 17 at 8 p.m., Thursday, November 18 at 8 p.m., Friday, November 19 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, November 20 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

A Raisin in the Sun examines three generations of a Black American family and their journey to discover love, dignity, courage and hope amidst the tribulations of racial intolerance.

For more information and to purchase tickets, call 416-866-8666 or visit

Interactive Workshop

The United Way of Peel Region’s Black Community Advisory Council and the Black Community Action Network will conduct an interactive workshop for Black community service providers and community members to examine the successes and challenges of working together to engage and enhance the well-being of the Black community. The event will be held on Wednesday, November 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Frank McKechnie Community Centre, 310 Bristol Road East, Mississauga. Complimentary continental breakfast and refreshments will be provided.

RSVP by Monday, November 15 to Suelyn Knight at 905-602-3617 or email:

Church of the Nativity Fundraiser

The Church of the Nativity will hold its annual fundraising gala in the church hall at 10 Sewells Road, Scarborough, on Saturday, November 20 at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, call 416-284-2728 or email:

Caribbean Diabetes Chapter Meeting

The Caribbean Diabetes Chapter of the Canadian Diabetes Association will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, November 30 at 6:30 p.m. at the Anglican Church of the Nativity, 10 Sewells Road, (A half block east of Neilson, north of Sheppard Ave).

The topic of the meeting is “Have you taken care of your diabetes?” Dr. Michael Sarin of Toronto Rehab will be the speaker. All are welcome and free parking will be provided. Attendants are encouraged to bring their A1C results with them.

For more information, call 416-987-0339.

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.

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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