Community Listings for Dec. 1, 2011

Basdeo Panday tribute

Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Basdeo Panday, this Saturday, December 3, at The Centre, 6765 Invader Crescent, Mississauga. The special dinner event is being billed as a Living Tribute to Panday, who was the country’s prime minister from 1995 to 2000 and the first leader of East Indian heritage. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m.

For tickets at $45 each or $400 for a table of 10, please contact Nirvan Balkissoon, 905-362-0320; Krishna Nankissoor, 416-728-2496 or Farouk Hydal at 647-271-6358.

For more information go to or e-mail:

Laaf N Nyam

The Excelsior School Alumni Association (ESSA), Toronto Chapter, will hold its 3rd

annual fund-raising “Laaf N Nyam” Brunch on Sunday, December 4, 2011 at the

Woodbridge Banquet Hall, 4000 Steeles Avenue, Woodbridge, Ontario, featuring a feast of Jamaican fare and entertainment by Jay Martin, Michelle Hylton and Rhoma Spencer.

For tickets contact ESSA at 416-671-0625.

Celebrate Human Rights Day

Find out what you can do to invest in Human Rights education. Hear presentations from Human Rights advocates; view a video on Human Rights; enjoy entertainment and a chance to win prizes and awards at the Ontario Science Centre, 770 Don Mills Rd., Tuesday, December 6, 7 to 9 p.m.

For more info., contact Nicole Crellin at or call 416-388-2542. Website:

Art Starts AGM

Art Starts will hold its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, December 7th. at its office in the Yorkdale Community Arts Centre, on the lower level of the Yorkdale Shopping Centre (take the elevators beside the Home Outfitters down and
Art Starts is just through the set of double doors).
Doors open at 6 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.
A potluck dinner will follow the meeting so participants are encouraged to bring a dish to share. There will also be a display of art created by the staff.
For directions call the office at (416) 656-9994.
ACHA’s Kwanzaa event

The African Canadian Heritage Association’s annual Kwanzaa Show will be held at the Africentric School at 1430 Sheppard Ave. West, on Saturday, December 10, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

The Africentric School and the African Heritage Educators Network will join forces with ACHA to present and celebrate Kwanzaa with interactive displays, stage performances, African drumming and a marketplace, along with a Kwanzaa feast. Admission is free to this family event. Please contact 416-208-3149 for more information.

Caribbean Cook-off

The organizers of the annual Jerk Food Festival (JERKFEST) will host the 1st Annual Caribbean Cook-off Competition showcasing the signature dishes of Caribbean restaurants across the Greater Toronto Area on December 10 at Burnhamthorpe Community Centre, 1500 Gulleden Dr., Mississauga.

The Caribbean Cook-off Competition will provide a chance to sample scrumptious dishes and assist in choosing the winner of the competition. The winner will receive $500.00 cash and a basket of groceries. There will also be prizes in four categories – best jerk chicken; curried goat; oxtail & veggie dish/soup.

Admission is Adults $20.00 and Children $10.00. Parking is free.

For more information contact Anthony Plummer at (416) 993-5123 or

Computer Skills for Seniors

The Learning Disabilities Association of Toronto District has successfully passed its one-year landmark with the Computer skills for seniors program. LDATD continues to train individuals who have no previous computer skills. All services are free of charge but a $10 contribution per month is greatly appreciated. We do provide light refreshments. The program runs every Monday to Thursday from 1- 3 p.m. except statutory holidays at 121 Willowdale Avenue, Suite 203. Please contact Bipul Dev at 416-229-1680, or e-mail: to sign up.

Workshop With a Difference

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.

Free Clinical Course

Dr. Harrionson Mungal PhD, counselor at Age to Age Clinic in Mississauga, is offering a free course to the community for those interested in counseling. The course, entitled Psychotherapy 1, usually costs $480.00. It is a commitment of 15 weeks of teaching and 15 modules to cover in the field of psychotherapy. Students will receive a completion of course certifying the amount of hours attended. The course will commence in January 2012. All Students are required to register in order to guarantee one of the 50 seats. Classes will take place at 5750 Timberlea Blvd, Suite 7, Mississauga every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

For more information visit

Bridging Course for Women

York University is offering a Bridging course for women aged 21 and older, who are permanent residents of Ontario and are comfortable in both written and spoken English. The course will be held on Tuesdays beginning January 24 to April 17, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Beatrice House, 177 Caledonia Road (Caledonia and Rogers), Second Floor. Course fee is $150.00 plus the cost of books. Enrolment is limited. An information and registration session will be held at Beatrice House on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. For further information, call Celeta Irvin at the School of Women’s Studies, York University at 416-736-2100 ext. 77818.

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.

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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