Community Listings for December 9, 2010

Good Citizenship Awards

MPP Tony Ruprecht will present the “Good Citizenship Award for Juniors” on Thursday, December 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Queen’s Park Legislative Building, Rooms 228 and 230. The awards, founded to encourage responsible citizenship among youth, are given to students who have demonstrated kindness, respect for others, are helpful towards other children and the elderly, and conducted themselves in a responsible manner.

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:

Zoomers Christmas Party

The Zoomers Association of Trinidad and Tobago will hold its annual Christmas party on Sunday, December 12, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Loblaws Superstore, 3045 Mavis Road (at Dundas), Upper Level, Community Room, Mississauga. During the event, toys for needy children will be provided, along with Christmas hampers for needy families. The party will also feature live Parang music and Trini finger food. Admission is free.

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

ACHA Annual Kwanzaa Show

The African Canadian Heritage Association (ACHA) will hold its annual Kwanzaa show on Sunday, December 12 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Africentric School, 1430 Sheppard Avenue West. The show will feature children and youth group performances, music, drumming, spoken word, food and an African Marketplace. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. All donations will benefit the Africentric School.

For more information, call 416-208-3149.

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:

Computer Skills for Seniors

Learning Disabilities Association of Toronto, a non-profit registered charitable agency, is conducting “Computer Skills for Seniors,” a program to help teach basic computer and Internet skills to seniors age 50 and older. The program will be held Monday to Thursday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Learning Disabilities of Toronto District Office, 121 Willowdale Avenue. Participants are not required to attend every class. Support is provided on a one-on-one basis, and seniors from a non-English speaking background are encouraged to participate. Light refreshments and TTC tokens will be provided to participants.

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:

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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