Community Listings for September 29, 2011

Book Discussion

A discussion of the book Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, by Manning Marable, will be held on Saturday, October 1 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at A Different Booklist, 746 Bathurst Street. The event will be hosted by radio commentator Norman “Otis” Richmond, along with special guest (from Skype) William Sales, author of the book from Civil Rights to Black Liberation: Malcolm X and the Organization of African-American Unity.

For more information, call 416-538-0889.

Malvern Cricket and Social Club Event

The Malvern Cricket and Social Club Inc. will hold its 30th Annual Awards Presentation and Banquet on Saturday, October 8 from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Rembrandt Banquet Centre, 930 Progress Ave., Scarborough (Markham Road and HWY 401). Cocktails will be served at 6:00 p.m. and dinner will be provided at 7:30 p.m. Held under the patronage of Consul General of Barbados Dr. Leroy McClean, the event will feature a silent auction, cash bar, live entertainment by Pan Man Vince and music by DJ Nite Rider. A door prize will be awarded, courtesy of the club and Marville Travel Limited. The dress code is semi-formal. Admission is $65.

For more information, call 416-445-5381, 416-844-1349, 416-335-9657, or 416-289-0866.

Grenada Association Meeting

The Grenada Association-Toronto is extending an invitation to the community to attend and participate in its annual general meeting on Saturday, October 15 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at York Civic Centre, 2700 Eglinton Avenue West.

For more information, call 647-669-5178 or email:

Antigua and Barbuda 30th Independence Events

The Consulate General of Antigua and Barbuda and the Antigua and Barbuda Independence Planning Committee will hold the following events to celebrate the nation’s 30th anniversary of independence:

“Telling our Stories-an Evening Showcasing Antigua’s and Barbuda’s Writing,” featuring Antiguan and Barbudan writers Dr. Althea Prince, Joanne C. Hillhouse and more, will be held on Friday, October 21 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at William Doo Auditorium, University of Toronto, 45 Willcocks St. (corner of Spadina and Willcocks, south of Harbord).

“Caribbean Roots…Canadian Branches -Reflections on our Caribbean Heritage and Development,” on Saturday, October 22, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at William Doo Auditorium, University of Toronto, 45 Willcocks St. The forum will feature a keynote address by Minister of Education, Youth and Gender Affairs Dr. Jacqui-Quinn Leandro, panel presentations by Executive Director of the Board of Education D. Gisele Isaac, community leaders from across Canada, youth activists, and health and youth education professionals. Registration is required. To register, call 416-961-3143, email: or visit

“Flag Raising Ceremony – a Cross-Culture Event,” will be held on Friday, October 28 at 12 p.m. at Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto City Hall.

The annual Thanksgiving Church Service will be held on Sunday, November 13 at 4 p.m. at the Anglican Church of St. Jude Wexford, 10 Howarth Avenue (closest main intersection: Lawrence and Victoria Park). The service will be followed by a meet-and-greet reception.

“Anniversary Independence Banquet,” hosted by the Antigua and Barbuda Association of Toronto, will be held on Saturday, November 19 from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. (dinner at 7:30 p.m.) at St. Clemens of Ohrid Banquet Hall, 76 Overlea Blvd. For ticket information, contact 416-749-2944, 905-846-9387 or 416-570-5002.

Black Youth Symposium

A symposium for Black youth between the ages of 18 and 30 will be held on Saturday, October 22 at the Monte Carlo Inn (Warden and Dennison) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration is required and will be held at 8:30 a.m. Organized by Destiny Community Outreach Program, the event is being held to empower young African Canadians to realize their goals. Among the topics that will be addressed are life skills, financial literacy and civic responsibility.

To register and acquire more information, call 905-604-3480, email: or visit

Computer Skills for Seniors

Learning Disabilities Association of Toronto, a non-profit registered charitable agency, is inviting seniors to join its Computer Skills Club. Members will learn essential computer and basic Internet skills and socialize with their peers. 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, Suite 203. Light refreshments will be provided to participants. Membership is free. A $10/month contribution is welcome.

For more information, call 416-229-1680, or email:

Miracle Temple Ministries in conjunction with Faith Health Initiative hosts ‘Workshop 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.

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

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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