Community Listings for November 18, 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:

Free Soccer Clinics

B’ELKA Enrichment Centre and the Vaughan African Canadian Association are conducting free soccer clinics for youth taught by dedicated soccer players, including professionals. A clinic is now underway at Beverley Heights Middle School (Keele and Wilson) and pre-registration is currently being held for a free clinic which will be held in Vaughan. The program is open to all Vaughan residents.

To register, email:

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 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

T & T 50 Plus Seniors Dinner & Dance

The Trinidad and Tobago Fifty Plus and Seniors Association will hold its annual Christmas Awards Dinner and Dance on Saturday, November 20 at the QSSIS Banquet Hall, 3474 Kingston Road, Scarborough, at 5 p.m.

For more information or to RSVP, please call 416-493-1047.

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:

Queen’s College of Guyana Alumni Event

The Toronto chapter of the Queen’s College of Guyana Alumni Association will hold a literary event themed “A Literary Journey,” on Sunday, November 21 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Tall Pines Community Centre, 64 Rylander Boulevard, Scarborough. Admission is free. Complimentary snacks and refreshments will be provided.

For more information, call 416-267-7227 or visit

Film Screening

The Royal Ontario Museum’s Institute for Contemporary Culture (ICC) will conduct a screening of the film Fold Crumple Crush -The Art of El Anatsui, on Wednesday, November 24 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Signy and Cléophéé Eaton Theatre, Royal Ontario Museum, Level 1B, President’s Choice School Entrance. The film is a documentary on the art and life of El Anatsui, and will be followed by a question and answer session with director Susan Vogel. Tickets are available at the door. Ticket prices are $12 for general admission, $10 for ROM members, $8 for friends of the ICC.

For more information, call 416-586-5524 or email:

Congress of Black Women Meeting

The Congress of Black Women of Canada, Scarborough Chapter, will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, November 25, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Holy Spirit Catholic School, 3530 Sheppard Avenue East, Scarborough (behind the Church).

For more information, call 416-274-2748.

Tropicana Party

Tropicana Community Services will present “D’ Ultimate Lime” on Saturday, November 27, at 9 p.m. at the D’Pavillion Restaurant and Lounge, 3300 Lawrence Ave. East, Unit 1 & 2 (Lawrence Ave. East at Bellamy Road, northwest corner), Scarborough.

Tickets are $10 per person. Patrons are encouraged to buy tickets in advance.

To buy tickets and/or acquire more information, call 416-439-9009 ext. 238, 416-913-3387, or email:

Church of the Advent Celebration, Book Launch

The Church of the Advent will begin its year-long 100th anniversary celebration on Sunday, November 28, by conducting a service at 10:30 a.m. featuring guest preacher Archbishop Terence Finlay and a book launch for At the Edge: 100 Years of Life at ‘The Advent’ 1911-2011, a documentary narrative of the parish by the Rev. Jonathan M. Eayrs. Both events will be held at the Church of the Advent, located at 40 Pritchard Avenue (east of Jane, one block north of St. Clair Ave. West).

For more information, visit

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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