Community Listings for February 10, 2011

Cultural Event

Cultural Expressions Art Gallery will host a special Black History Month event for the community of Ajax-Pickering on Feb. 12 from 4-7 p.m. This, the gallery’s fourth annual event, is expected to be an insightful yet entertaining retrospective through music.

It will be held at the Ajax Town Council Chambers, combining specially featured art and artists with musical entertainment by The Heritage Singers and Soul Influence.

Ajax Council Chambers is located at 65 Harwood Ave. S. For people travelling from outside the area, Harwood is west of Salem Ave. and east of Westney Rd.

The event is free and open to everyone.

For more information call the gallery at 905 427-2412.

Celebrating Black Love

The Ghana 2010 Planning Committee and AHEN will present “Black Love: A Celebration of Faith, Testimony, Commitment and Enduring Passion within the African Canadian Community” on Saturday, February 12 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Oceans, Weston Road and Hwy. 401. The event will feature discussions, testimonials from Black couples in long-lasting relationships, musical performances and spoken word. Tickets are $20. All proceeds will benefit the Ghana 2012 initiative, a program that will send 25 Black male youth to Ghana in 2012.

For more information, call 416-652-0043 or 416-941-9519.

Boonoonoonos Brunch

The Jamaican Canadian Association will hold its 12th annual Boonoonoonos fundraising brunch and special tribute for retired Deputy Police Chief Keith Forde on Sunday, February 13 at 1:30 p.m. at the Jamaican Canadian Centre, 995 Arrow Road. The brunch will be preceded by a meet and greet at 12:30 p.m. The event, hosted by Marcia Brown and Danae Peart of CHRY and held under the patronage of Jamaican Consul General George Ramocan, will feature various Jamaican and Barbadian cultural activities, including “The JCA Boonoonoonos Idol Competition”. Tickets are $50 per person.

For tickets or more information, call 416-746-5772.

Black History Month Service

Christ Church Scarborough Village, located at 155 Markham Road (south of Eglinton) will hold a service in honour of Black History Month on Sunday, February 13 at 4:30 p.m. Stanley Grizzle will be the guest speaker.

TPS Youth in Policing Initiative

The Toronto Police Service is currently recruiting youth for the 2011 summer Youth in Police Initiative. Nearly 150 people from Toronto’s designated priority neighbourhoods have participated in the program since 2006. This year’s application deadline is Friday, February 18.

For more information, visit

Black History Month Concert

Peel United Cultural Partners (a collaboration of the United Achievers’ Club and Congress of Black Women of Canada, Brampton Chapter) will hold its 10th annual Black History Month Concert on Saturday, February 19, from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Lester B. Pearson Theatre-Brampton Civic Centre, 150 Central Park Drive, Brampton.

Member of the Order of Canada and Baseball Hall of Famer Ferguson Jenkins will be the keynote speaker.

Special musical guests include The Gospel Trumpet Player-Dave Brown and inspirational singer Patricia Russell. Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for children age 10 and under.

To purchase tickets, call 905-455-6789, 905-459-1942, or 905-789-1551.

Camp Jumoke Ten-Pin Bowl-a-Thon

Camp Jumoke will hold its eighth annual “Ten-Pin Bowl-a-Thon” on Saturday, February 26 at Playtime Bowl, 33 Samor Road, (off Dufferin, north of Lawrence) from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Registration will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Camp Jumoke is a non-profitable charitable organization dedicated to sending children with sickle cell disease to summer camp. The goal of this year’s fundraiser is to raise $24,000.

For more information and/or to register and pledge, call 416-410-2995 or visit

U of T Open House for aspiring Law School Students

The University of Toronto will conduct an open house for students from under-represented communities aspiring to enter law school on Friday, March 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Flavelle House, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, 78 Queens Park Crescent West.

The event, themed “See Yourself Here: An Open House”, will provide a forum for participants to learn about the law school admission process and the legal profession. Participants will have the opportunity to attend speaker sessions, educational workshops and a networking reception with legal professionals.

To register, visit

Seeking Manuscripts for Helen Sissons Award

P.A.C.E. (Canada) is accepting submissions of an original unpublished manuscript for the Helen Sissons Award. The winner of the award will receive $1,000. Submitted stories must be aimed at children up to age seven and reflect the diversity of the world’s population. Canadian citizens/landed immigrants are eligible. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, March 24, 2011.

For more information, visit, call 416-208-3103, 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:

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:

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

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