Community Listings for February 17, 2011

Workshops for Seniors

MTM/FHI will conduct a workshop for seniors age 65 and over every Friday at 7 Sheffield Street (Keele and Lawrence) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A general workshop on healthy eating, diabetes, healthy lifestyle and hypertension will be held every third Saturday. In addition, a craft day and fellowship will be held every Friday from 11-3 p.m.

For more information, call 416-247-1769.

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.

DOMA Black History Month Celebration

Durham Outreach Multicultural Association (DOMA) will present “An Evening in Concert,” to celebrate Black History Month on Saturday, February 19 at 7 p.m. at Pickering Village United Church, 300 Church Street North (One block north of Kingston Road/Hwy #2) Ajax.

The event will feature performances by instrumentalists and gospel soloists. Guest speaker Michel A. Bell, founder and President of Managing God’s Money, will speak on the topic of “Debt-Free Living”. Patrons are encouraged to come early to take advantage of sales on arts, books, jewelry, artifacts and ceramics, which will be on display from 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

A $10 donation is suggested for adults, $5 for students. Proceeds will be used to aid community projects after expenses.

For more information, call 647-379-7703.

African History Month Celebration

African Youth Unite will present an African History Month celebration titled “Islam in Africa,” on Sunday, February 20 from 3:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Oakwood Village Library, 341 Oakwood Avenue (at Rogers Road). Dr. Afua Cooper and Sheikh Abdullah Hakim Quick will take part in the event, which will also feature arts and crafts, book displays, children’s activities, cultural performances, food and refreshments.

For more information, email:

Black History Month Celebration

RESQ Youth International, a non-profit charitable organization, will hold a Black History Month celebration on Sunday, February 20 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Century Gardens Recreation Centre, 340 Vodden Street East (at Rutherford Road North), Brampton. Participants will be able to meet the winners of the organization’s youth competition essay contest. Spider Jones will be the keynote speaker.

For more information, call 905-451-0953 or email:

Family Day Event

TC3 (The Toronto Children’s Concert Choir and Performance Company)/Frontline will hold a Family Day on Monday, February 21 at Weston Park Baptist Church, 1871 Weston Road (near Lawrence Avenue West). The event will consist of two “African Drum or African Dance” sessions, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.; an “African Drum or Hip-Hop Dance” session from 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m., and an “African Drum or African Dance” session from 1:30 pm. to 2:15 p.m.

The registration cost is $5 per person, per session. Participants are encouraged to register as soon as possible.

For more information, call 416-244-7017, email: or

BHM celebration hosted by Mike Colle

Mike Colle, MPP for Eglinton-Lawrence, will host a celebration in honour of Black History Month on Wednesday, February 23 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Fairbank Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 75, located at 31 Shortt Street (one block west of Dufferin Street and Eglinton Ave. West intersection). The event will include a presentation by Colle on the untold story of the builders of the Panama Canal, music and entertainment.

For more information, call 416-325-4091 or email:

Sickle Cell Association BHM Event

The Sickle Cell Association of Ontario (SCAO) will host a free Black History Month event at the Toronto Public Library, 40 Orchard View Blvd. (near Yonge and Eglinton) on Friday, February 25, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event will consist of presentations and discussions about the past, present and future of Sickle Cell Anaemia. The main presenters will be Zacharie Liman-Tinguiri, President of SCAO and Lillie Johnson, Order of Ontario honouree.

For more information, call 416-789-2855.

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

Congress of Black Women of Canada Forum

The Congress of Black Women of Canada (Scarborough Chapter) will hold a forum titled “Educating our Children: Parenting strategies for dealing with the educational system,” on Saturday, February 26 at 5 p.m. at Toronto Police Services 42 Division, 242 Milner Avenue (near the intersection of Markham and Milner).

For more information, call 416-274-2748 or 416-299-2937.

T & T 50 Plus and Seniors Association BHM Celebration

The Trinidad and Tobago 50 Plus and Seniors Association will hold a Black History Month celebration on Sunday, February 27 at 1 p.m. at Birkdale Community Centre, 1299 Ellesmere Road, Scarborough.

For more information, call 905-477-6002.

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

Consulate General of Jamaica Announcement

The Consulate General of Jamaica, located at 303 Eglinton Ave. East, will be closed on Monday, March 7, to facilitate staff training and development. The Consulate will reopen on Tuesday, March 8, at 9 a.m. The Consulate apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.

While the Consulate is closed, the offices of the Jamaica Information Service, the Jamaica Tourist Board and JAMPRO (Jamaica Trade and Invest) will carry out normal operations.

International Women’s Day Celebration

“Singing Her Praises…Celebrating Women,” a celebration of International Women’s Day, will be held on Friday, March 11 at 6 p.m. at Michelangelo Banquet Centre, 1555 Upper Ottawa St., Hamilton. The event will feature music, dance, spoken word, a cash bar, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. Part of the proceeds will be contributed to the Wellwood Centre’s support programs for women with gynaecological cancers. Tickets are $45.

For more information, call 905-527-5651, 905-531-2107, or visit

Wellwood Cancer Support Programs

Wellwood is conducting a quilting group for individuals affected by cancer on Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Wellwood Juravinski House, 501 Sanatorium Road, Hamilton. Wellwood is dedicated to helping people live well with cancer and offers supportive care programs to individuals diagnosed with cancer, as well as their families.

For more information on the quilting group or other Wellwood programs, call 905-667-8870 or 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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