Community Listings for November 25, 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:

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.

Student and Parent Conference

The Alliance of Educators for Black Students will present a student/parent conference titled “Why School?” on Saturday, November 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Maple High School, 50 Springside Road, Maple, Ontario. Aimed at students in Grades 6-12, the conference will provide information on how students can engage and succeed at school. It will also help educate parents on how to advocate for their child. Registration will begin at 9:15 a.m. on November 27. Free child care and a light lunch will be provided.

For more information, call 905-417-9444.

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 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 a 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.

Tallis Choir Performance

The Tallis Choir of Toronto will present Gabrieli: Midnight Mass of 1605, on Saturday, December 4 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Church, 141 McCaul Street (at Dundas). The event will recreate Christmas Eve in the ducal chapel of San Marco in Venice in 1605 and will feature Giovanni Gabrieli’s Mass for Twelve Voices. The program will also feature a selection of Gabrieli motets, including Hoide Christus Natus Est, O Magnum Mysterium and O Jesu Mi Dulcissime. In addition, the Tallis Choir will be joined by period brass and strings.

Admission is $30 for adults, $25 for seniors, and $10 for students (at door only).

For more information and/or tickets, call 416-286-9798, email:

Christmas and Kwanzaa Fair or visit

Women of Promise Support Services and Tropicana Community Services will present a Christmas and Kwanzaa fair on Sunday, December 5 at Tropicana Community Services Community Room, 670 Progress Avenue, Unit 14-16, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The event will feature arts, crafts, books, gifts, music, story telling, Afrocentric clothing and more.

Proceeds will benefit Women of Promise Support Services, the Africentric School and Tropicana’s Centre of Excellence campaign.

For more information or to reserve a vendor table, call 416-365-9827, 416-439-9009, ext. 225, or email:

Caribbean Diabetes Meeting

The Caribbean Diabetes Chapter of the Canadian Diabetes Association will hold a free meeting on Wednesday, December 8 at the Anglican Church of the Nativity, 10 Sewells Road (A half block east of Neilson, north of Sheppard Ave.) The church can be accessed by taking Neilson bus #133 or Nugget bus #131.The topic of the meeting is “Learn How Diabetes Can Cause Kidney Disease.” The speaker is Dr. Sheldon Tobe, kidney specialist at Sunnybrook Hospital. All are welcome to attend and free parking will be provided.

For more information, call 416-987-0339.

SCAGO Potluck Christmas Party

The Sickle Cell Awareness Group of Ontario (SCAGO) Parents Support Group, in collaboration with Sickle Cell Miracle Network, will hold a Potluck Christmas Party on Saturday, December 11 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Carmine Stefano Community Center, Multi-Purpose Room B, Second Floor (elevator & parking available), 3100 Weston Road (Weston & Sheppard intersection). The event will be moderated by Doreen Alexander and Evelyn Akinbinu. Guests are encouraged to bring refreshments for the potluck. Free gifts will be given to parents and individuals living with Sickle Cell Disease.

For more information, call 647-849-1200, or email:

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:

Diabetes Information or

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.

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:

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

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