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Oware Tournament and Fun Day

The third Toronto International Oware Tournament and Family Fun Day will be held on Saturday, October 15, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Africentric Alternative School, 1430 Sheppard Ave. (west of Keele St.). Presented by MACPRI in partnership with TDSB’s Africentric Alternative School, admission to the event is free and will feature children’s activities, performances, exhibits, an African Market Place, storytelling and free breakfast (only tournament participants pay to register). Donations will be accepted in support of programming at the Africentric Alternative School. A maximum of 256 players can register for the Oware tournament at a fee of $10 each to win the top prize of $300 plus gifts. Participants are asked to pre-register by Friday, September 30.

For tournament registration and more information, call 905-794-9856 or email:


Weekends of Learning at Tropicana

Tropicana Community Services (TCS), located at 1385 Huntingwood Drive, Scarborough, will hold an “Increase Your Success Tutorial Program” on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for Grades 1-12. The program will focus on mathematics and language arts. TCS will conduct a chess program on Saturdays from 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. The organization will also conduct “Saturday Steelpan Classes” for beginners from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., intermediate from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and advanced from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information, call 416-439-9009, extension 260.


Toronto Bathurst Lions Brunch

The Toronto Bathurst Lions Club will hold its 44th Chartered Anniversary Fundraising Brunch on Sunday, October 2 from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Scarlett Ibis Family Restaurant, 1880 O’Connor Drive (just west of Victoria Park). Former deputy police chief Peter Sloly will be the guest speaker. Entertainment will be provided by D’Jango and comedienne Suzanne Coy Zan. Tickets are $35 per person and available at the door. All proceeds from the event will benefit the club’s inner-city youth initiative program.

For more information, call 416-573-2949, 647-833-9079 or 416-656-1069.


Shouters Youth Awards Gospel Concert and Dinner

The Shouters Youth Awards Entrepreneur 28th annual Gospel Concert and Dinner featuring C.O.B.A. will be held on Saturday, November 5 at Momiji Health Care Society, 3555 Kingston Road, Scarborough. The award ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. and will be followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Advance tickets are $40. (Group rates available).

For tickets and more information, call 416-686-1433.


Registration for Mississauga Snow Clearing Program

Applications for Mississauga’s Driveway Windrow Snow Clearing Program are currently being accepted. Residents 65 years of age and older and people with disabilities are eligible to apply for the program, which helps clear snow at the end of driveways after road plowing. The program will run from Monday, November 28, 2016 to Friday, March 10, 2017. The cost of the program is either $200 or free if the applicant meets financial assistance criteria.

Applications for the program are available online or at all community centres, the Recreation Customer Service Centre (located at the Central Library) and the Mississauga Seniors’ Centre. City of Mississauga community centres will be accepting applications until Friday, November 11 at 9 p.m.


National Conversation on Immigration

The Government of Canada is asking Canadians what they think immigration means for Canada, and how we can continue to grow our nation through immigration. Canadians can get involved by providing an online written submission. Other consultation activities include cross-Canada round-table discussions led by the Minister and Parliamentary Secretary, stakeholder engagement by departmental officials and public opinion research. The feedback gathered from Canadians will be used to help guide decisions on how many people we will welcome in the coming years and the future of immigration in Canada.

To submit an online written submission, visit:


Tutoring and Chess Instruction at TCS

Tropicana Community Services (TCS), located at 1385 Huntingwood Drive, Scarborough, is providing tutoring in mathematics and language arts for students in Grades 1-12. TCS is also providing chess instruction for children and adults. Registration is required.

For more information, call 416-439-9009.


Free Parenting Program for Fathers

“Nobody’s Perfect”, a free parenting program for fathers with children age 6 and younger, is currently being held at Ujima House, 1901 Weston Road, Unit 18 every Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Participants will meet other parents of young children; share questions, concerns and ideas about being a parent; learn about child development, safety, health and behaviour; discuss real-life parenting situations; work together with the support of a trained facilitator and discover positive ways of parenting. Childcare, snacks and books are included. TTC tokens can be provided if required.

For more information or to register, call 416-916-2512 ext. 307, or email


Durham CAS Seeks Volunteers

Durham Children’s Aid Society (CAS) is seeking volunteers for the following roles: Parent Mentors – parents to mentor other parents who may need support, in all areas of Durham Region; drivers, especially in the Oshawa-Whitby area; and movers – both drivers and lifters to assist youth moving on to independent living, in all areas of Durham Region.

For more information, call 905-433-1551, ext. 2412, or email:


Tropicana Community Services Programs

Tropicana Community Services (TCS) is conducting registration for “YouthSTART”, a social skills and anger management program for youth between the age of 9-13, which will be held on Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.; “Defy Your Label”, a skill development program for girls 8-13 years of age, which will be held Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.; a chess program for people of all ages on Saturdays from 1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Steelpan classes from 1:30 to 4 p.m. All programs will be held at the TCS head office, located at 1385 Huntingwood Drive, Scarborough.

For more information, call 416-439-9009


Academic Assistance and After School Program for Youth

Whyy Mee Family Counselling Foundation of Toronto, located at 70 St. Clements Ave. at Briar Hill and Duplex, (north of Eglinton Ave., off Yonge St.) is enrolling students for its Second Chance and after-school program. The Foundation’s Second Chance program has helped many students improve their grades. The program consists of free after school tutoring in Math, Science, English, and exam preparations with etiquette and social skills (ESL included). Classes are arranged according to school schedule and parental working hours. Special tutoring at home or weekends may be arranged. Trained mentors and professionals are available. Volunteers are also welcome.

For more information, call 416-481-5462 or email:


Tropicana’s tutorial program

Volunteer Tutors are needed on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The subjects are Math and Language Arts.

If interested, please contact Terrence or Natasha at 416-439-9009.


Celebrate Recovery

Celebrate Recovery is held every Thursday evening from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Rosewood Church of the Nazarene, 657 Milner Ave., Scarborough. A light dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. and a meeting is held at 7 p.m. You can recover from your hurts, habits and hang-ups!

For more information, call 416-459-1462.


Seniors Program: A Tale of Life

The Learning Disabilities Association of Toronto is seeking participants for its new program, A Tale of Life, which engages seniors through various autobiographical and memoir activities. Participants will develop a family tree and prepare one’s own life tree, documenting it in a computer database to share with other participants, younger generations and family members; interact in group activities with a strong focus on culture and heritage through arts and crafts, music and food; and engage in nostalgic story sharing and storytelling. Sessions are held Monday to Thursday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 121 Willowdale Ave. (just east of Yonge St., north of Sheppard Ave.)

For more information, call 416-229-1680.


Adult Support Group

The Learning Disabilities Association of Toronto is seeking participants for its Adult Support Group for adults with learning disabilities (LD) and/or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder AD(H)D. Participants will socialize and hopefully develop new relationships with other adults that share the same issues and experiences. The program will provide guidance and support for issues such as disclosure (pros and cons), and encourage self-advocacy in everyday life situations including work and/or education, social skills and effective communication through a facilitator. The first session will begin on Monday, September 9 and meetings will be held every other Monday. All sessions will be held on at 121 Willowdale Ave., Suite 203. (just east of Yonge St., north of Sheppard Ave.)

For more information, call 416-229-1680.


Alumni Associations of Guyana Membership Drive

The alumni associations of Guyanese secondary institutions Bishops’ High School, St. Joseph’s High School St. Rose’s High School, St. Stanislaus College and Queens’s College are partnering to promote membership growth and increased alumni participation. The Associations welcome new members.

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Help Wanted

The Central West Local Health Integration Network (CWLHIN) is seeking citizens interested in service on the CWLHIN Board of Directors for the position of Director. Members of the Central West LHIN Board of Directors are responsible for directing its affairs in accordance with applicable legislation, approved strategic and business plans, accountability agreements with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the directions and policies established by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. For more information, visit

To apply for the position, visit


Youth-Led Initiative

The One World Music Program, a youth-led multicultural music program in Jane and Finch, is seeking volunteers, celebrity guests, promoters and prizes/incentives for participants. The program was founded to apply musical arts to improve communication within the community and surrounding areas.

The goal of the initiative is to sponsor a youth from a developing country and invite him or her to experience life in Canada. The Jane Finch Concerned Citizens organization and the Third World Neighbourhood Coalition are assisting the initiative, led by Winston LaRose and Steve Fullington.

For more information, email:


Seniors’ Workshop

Miracle Temple Ministries Seniors’ Workshop features craft classes, knitting, sewing and crochet. Learn to make your own hand bags, etc. Exercise and computer classes will be coming soon. Workshops take place at 7 Sheffield St. every Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, call: 416-697-3680 or 416-247-1769.


Counselling Programs

Discover programs for all ages on Building Communities of Faith, Giving Hope and Love, Mentoring, Christian Counselling, Christian Teaching, Discipleship, Fasting/Prayer and more. Counselling is available by appointment only. The programs are located at Elmhurst Plaza, 2428 Islington Ave., Unit 22 (lower floor of Stitches store), and they run Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information and/or to register, call 647-927-5947.


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 (SCAO) 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.


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 Road and Finch Avenue).

For more information, call 416-556-5684 or email the Cricket Club at


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 a volunteer driver to help get seniors around.

For more information, call 416-255-5969 or visit


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, or email: or

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