Community Listings for March 17, 2011

Health and Wellness Seminar

Faith Hope Love Outreach International will conduct a Health and Awareness seminar on Saturday, March 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 30 Milford Avenue (Keele/Lawrence, one block south of Lawrence). David Wheeler will be the main speaker. In addition, a prayer and fasting service will be held every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the same location. All nationalities are welcome.

For more information, call 647-927-5947, or email:


Sickle Cell Treatment Forum

Dr. Ian Quirt, Hematologist, will conduct a forum on utilizing stem cell and gene therapy to help individuals with sickle cell anemia. The event will be held on Saturday, March 19, from 4:15 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Carmine Stefano Community Centre, 3100 Weston Road. A complimentary admission fee will be charged and light refreshments will be served. Please arrive by 4 p.m.

To attend, RSVP at

CBW (Scarborough) Meeting

The Congress of Black Women of Canada (Scarborough Chapter) will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, March 24 at Holy Spirit Catholic School, 3530 Sheppard Ave., (major intersection: Sheppard and Birchmount) from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

For more information, call 416-274-2748, 416-299-3837, 416-292-0362.

Pastor George Ramocan to speak

The Church of God International is inviting all to the presentations “The Untold Gospel” and “God’s Plan of Salvation for Mankind,” featuring Pastor and Jamaica’s Consul General to Toronto, George Ramocan, on Saturday, March 26 at 2737 Bayview Ave. (Bayview & 401-enter on Truman Ave.). “The Untold Gospel” will be conducted from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Following the presentation, a lunch break will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. “God’s Plan of Salvation for Mankind” will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

CBW (Ajax-Pickering) Event

The Congress of Black Women of Canada Ajax-Pickering will hold an event at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 26 at the Rembrandt Banquet Halls, 930 Progress Ave., Scarborough. The event will be preceded by cocktails at 6.

For more information, call 416-325-5306 or 905-428-0264.

Orthodox Celebratory Procession

The Medhane Alem Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church invites all to its annual celebratory procession of the Tabot (Ark) on Saturday, April 2, 23 Denison Road (Jane and Trethewey) at 8 a.m. Visiting clergies and guests from outside Toronto will participate. Refreshments will be served after the service.

For more information, call 416-248-2835.

Grenada Ass’n Meeting, Election

The Grenada Association Toronto will hold a general meeting and election of officers on Saturday, April 2, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at OISE, 252 Bloor Street West (at St. George). A membership fee is required in order to have voting privileges. Membership is open to individuals and their immediate families who are of Grenadian heritage residing in Canada.

For more information, call 416-653-2722.

Celebrity Chef-Men Who Cook

The United Achievers’ Club of Brampton will conduct its 15th annual “Celebrity Chef – Men who Cook” fundraising event on Saturday, April 2 in the auditorium of the Century Gardens Recreation Centre, 340 Vodden Street East, Brampton. The event will begin with a social hour and entertainment at 6 p.m. and will be followed by food sampling at 7 p.m. and dancing at 10 p.m. Proceeds from the event will be used to fund scholarships for graduating secondary school students who have been accepted to colleges and universities and other youth and community initiatives. One-third of the event’s net proceeds will be donated to the Paediatric Program (Sickle Cell Disease support), Brampton Civic Hospital (William Osler Health System). Tickets are $40 each. Semi-formal dress is required.

For more information, call 905-454-4956 or 905-459-1942.

ROM Exhibit

The Royal Ontario Museum, located at 100 Queen’s Park, is presenting Water: The Exhibition until Monday, September 5. The exhibition will feature cutting-edge technology, multimedia installations, hands-on exhibits, live animals and cultural artifacts to show the importance that water plays in our lives and the need to protect it. The exhibit will be displayed in the Garfield Weston Exhibition Hall on Level B2 of the ROM’s Michael Lee-Chin Crystal.

For more information, visit

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.

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

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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