Community Listings for May 5, 2011

Patrick Brown’s hilariously scary “Midnight at Puss Creek” brings the classic theater Who-Dun-It to life as Oliver Samuels returns to Brampton and Scarborough for Mother’s Day weekend.

Midnight at Puss Creek will play on Friday May 6, at 8:00 p.m. at Chinguacousy Secondary School in Brampton, 1370 William Parkway East, William Parkway and Bramalea Road, East of Bramalea Road, and on Saturday May 7, at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday May 08, (Mother’s Day) at 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at Sir John A. McDonald C.I., 2300 Pharmacy Road in Scarborough, North of Sheppard, South of Finch.

Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Tickets are also available online @

For more info., call 905-887-3297 or 905-450-5831.

ACHA Lecture

The African Canadian Heritage Association (ACHA) will present a lecture titled “Anti-Slavery Resistance, Revolution and Black Identity” on Saturday, May 7 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Centennial College, 941 Progress Avenue in Room P1-03. The lecture will be presented by Akwatu Khenti. Admission is free.

For more information, call 416-208-3149.

Multicultural Day

The Church of the Nativity, located at 10 Sewells Road, (one block east of Neilson) will hold a “Multicultural Day” on Saturday, May 7 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event will feature free entertainment, entitled “Going North”. In addition, food, drink and arts and crafts will be available for purchase. All are welcome.

For more information, call 416-284-2728.

T & T Zoomers Event

The Zoomers Association of Trinidad and Tobago will present an Indian Arrival Day celebration on Sunday, May 15 from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at The Centre, 6765 Invader Crescent, Mississauga. The event will feature live Indian classical dances, a fashion show, Tassa and Chutney. Admission is free and people of all ages are welcome to attend.

For more information, call 905-275-1634 or 905-502-1267.

Miracle Temple Ministries in conjunction with Faith Health Initiative hostsWorkshop With a Difference’ for seniors 65+ every Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 7 Sheffield St., (Keele & Lawrence), Toronto. There is also a general session every 3rd Saturday on healthy eating, healthy lifestyle, diabetes, hypertension and cancer.

For more information call 416-697-3680 or the church at 416-247-1769.

African Liberation Day

The All-African People’s Revolutionary Party (A-APRP) will commemorate the 53rd anniversary of African Liberation Day on Saturday, May 21 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Lawrence Heights Community Centre, 5 Replin Road (nearest subway station is Lawrence West). The event, themed, “African Liberation Day Lives! Africans at Home and Abroad Must Organize! Organize! Organize!” will feature a drum call, libation, African cultural stalls, a keynote presentation, cultural performances, food, solidarity messages, tributes to African warriors and outreach/calls to join an African organization.

For more information, visit, or call 416-825-7900.

Harbourfront Summer Camps

Harbourfront Centre, located at 235 Queens Quay West, is accepting registrations for its Summer Camps 2011 program. Summer camps will be held from Monday, July 4 to Friday, September 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at various locations at the Centre. Over 43 camps will be held this year, including 22 arts camps, nine Marine Camps, five exploratory camps, six specialty camps and five sports camps. With options of one-, two- or four-week programs and various sessions throughout the summer, camps are designed to accommodate parents’ schedules. In addition, a supervised extended hours program for working parents is available from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Harbourfront Centre also offers a meal plan and a bussing program with 39 stops throughout Toronto.

For more information, call 416-973-4093 or visit

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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