March 30th, 2017
Sugar Shack TO
Sat. Mar. 11 & Sun. Mar 12
Toronto's Sugar Beach, 11 Dockside Dr.
Sugar Shack TO, in partnership with Waterfront Toronto, is making its comeback this year. Come out and enjoy some traditional cabane a sucre activities. Fresh maple taffy, ice Canvas to paint on, larger than life ice sculpture photo ops, a battle of the chainsaws ice carving demo, giant ice Tic-Tac-Toe, a warming station, sugar shack cuisine at a food market, live music, specialty bar, animal encounters, free hot chocolate & much more! Free general admission.
Riverdale Hub Seed Swap
Sat. Mar. 11, 11 am - 3 pm
1326 Gerrard St. E.
The Riverdale Hub is hosting its first ever seed swap, and seed library branch launch! Come by with seeds saved from your garden, or to share tips and ideas with local gardeners! We'll have a seed swap table where you can browse seeds that we've saved from our organic rooftop garden. Bring any open pollinated or heirloom seeds that you have saved from your garden, and you can trade them with our seeds, or seeds from other gardeners. Support local seed diversity, and organic, non-GMO gardening!
Daylight Saving Time Begins
Sun. Mar. 12
Don't forget to turn your clocks forward an hour!
March Break
Mon. Mar. 13 to Fri. Mar. 17
Older Adults Active Living
Wed. Mar. 15, 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
Applegrove Community Complex (in the Duke of Connaught School), 60 Woodfield Rd.
Applegrove Community Complex will be hosting its 5th Older Adults Active Living and Information. Come and join us for a day of information and learning. The event is FREE and includes a light breakfast and lunch. To register or for more information, please give us a call or send an email.
St. Patrick's Day
Fri. Mar. 17
The longest-running Saint Patrick's Day parade in Canada occurs each year in Montreal, Québec. The parades have been held in continuity since 1824; however, St. Patrick's Day itself has been celebrated in Montreal as far back as 1759 by Irish soldiers in the Montreal Garrison following the British conquest of New France. In Canada, Saint Patrick's Day is an official holiday only in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. In the City of Toronto from 1919 to 1927, the Toronto Maple Leafs were known as the Toronto St. Patricks, and wore green jerseys. In 1999 when the Leafs played on Hockey Night in Canada (national broadcast of the NHL) on St. Patrick's Day, the Leafs wore the green St. Pats retro jersey. Although the baseball season is still in the spring training phase when St. Patrick's Day rolls around, the Toronto Blue Jays wear green uniforms for the occasion.
The Leslieville Flea
Sun. Mar. 19, 10 am - 4 pm
The Fermenting Cellar, Distillery District
Brigid Elmy:
We are a curated market selling vintage, salvaged, up - cycled goods, furniture, antiques, collectibles and work from select artisans. With 50+ vendors and all kinds of unique finds, the Leslieville Flea is a great way to spend a chilly Sunday! Link to map of fermenting cellar:
Spring begins
Mon. Mar. 20
Historical Talk at the Beaches Library
Tue. Mar. 21, 7 pm - 8:15 pm
Beaches Library, 2161 Queen St. E.
Join author Sandra Joyce, who will present a talk entitled "The Lost and Found - British Home Children in Canada".
Weird, Wild and Wonderful (Carnivores, Parasites and other unusual plants)
Tues. Mar 21, 7 pm - 9 pm
Adam Beck Community Centre, 97 Lawlor Ave.
Beach Garden Society
Marilyn Walsh,
Please join us for an informative talk about unusual and intriguing plants. John Alexander and Peter Kaellgren will introduce you to some of our unique botanical curiosities.
Ward 32 ‘Friends of Parks’ Social
Wed. Mar. 22, 7 pm
Rorschach Brewery, 1001 Eastern Ave.
Inspire and be inspired. Come out and meet other community builders. For more information & RSVP, contact
Earth Hour
Sat. Mar. 25, 8:30 - 9:30 pm
Earth Hour is a worldwide grassroots movement uniting people to protect the planet, and is organised by WWF. Engaging a massive mainstream community on a broad range of environmental issues, Earth Hour was famously started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007. Since then it has grown to engage more than 7000 cities and towns worldwide, and the one-hour event continues to remain the key driver of the now larger movement.
Beaches 5th Annual Earth Hour LIGHTS OUT!
Sat. Mar. 25, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Kew Gardens Park
Beaches Living
Let's celebrate together at the 5th annual Earth Hour LIGHTS OUT! event. Music, Dance, Candle Lights and Paper Lanterns. Visit for event updates.
'The Spring Has Sprung' Exhibition
Fri. Mar. 31, 6 pm - 8 pm
The Ben Navaee Gallery, 1107 Queen St. E.
Join us for the Opening Night Reception of the "Spring Has Sprung". The Exhibition runs from March 31st until May 4th.
Beaches Spring Sprint
Sat. Apr. 1, 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Boardwalk and Balmy Beach Club
Beaches Recreation Centre Advisory Council
30th Anniversary Spring Sprint, 5 km run/walk for adults at 9:30 am; 2 km run for kids/seniors at 10:30 am. Awards following at the Balmy Beach Canoe Club. Registration will take place at the Beaches Recreation Centre late March and beginning of April. No registration day of the race. To volunteer please send an email to
Scarborough Seedy Saturday and Green Fair
Sat. Apr. 1, 11 am - 4 pm
Blessed Cardinal Newman Catholic High School, 100 Brimley Road (south of Kingston Rd.);
Join us at this popular heirloom seed exchange/sale, gardening and environmental event. This year will focus on Bio/Diversity and Seeds. Learn how to live more sustainably, exchange seeds with other seed savers, buy heirloom and organic seeds or attend our great workshops on Seeds, Gardening and more. Have a gardening question? Come and talk to our gardening experts!
Historical Talk at the Beaches Library
Tue. Apr. 11, 7 pm - 8:15 pm
Beaches Library, 2161 Queen St. E.
Join historian David Fuller who will present a talk about The Battle of Vimy Ridge on the occasion of it's 100th anniversary.
Good Friday
Fri. Apr. 14
Beaches Lions Club 51st Annual Easter Parade
Easter Sunday, Apr. 16, 2 pm - 4 pm
Queen St. E., from Munro Park to Woodbine Ave.
Toronto Beaches Lions Club,
Richard Bourdeau: 647-527-0266;
Everyone loves the Easter Parade. The event, now in its fifth decade, attracts thousands of people from all over the city. Don't forget your Loonies for the Lions, to support local charities. Applications for the parade can be found at the Beaches Lions Website.
Easter Sunday (Western)
Sun. Apr. 16
Easter Monday (Western)
Mon. Apr. 17
Japanese Maples
Tue. April 18, 7 pm - 9 pm
Adam Beck Community Centre, 97 Lawlor Ave.
Beach Garden Society
Marilyn Walsh,
Don't miss this exciting talk by Marion Jarvie who will be sharing her wisdom about the care of Japanese Maples.
Run to Quit - Walk/Run to a Smoke-Free Life
Fri. April 21, 6:30 pm
The Running Room Beaches, 1977 Queen St. E.
Canadian Cancer Society and The Running Room
(416) 693-1530
Looking to quit smoking in 2017? Run to Quit is an innovative quit smoking program that pairs the quit smoking expertise of the Canadian Cancer Society with Running Room Canada's Learn to Walk or Run 5 km clinics. This year, walk or run to a smoke-free life by joining Run to Quit.
Earth Day
Sat. Apr. 22
The Leslieville Flea
Sun. April 23, 10 am - 4 pm
The Fermenting Cellar, Distillery District
Brigid Elmy:
We are a curated market selling vintage, salvaged, up - cycled goods, furniture, antiques, collectibles and work from select artisans. With 50+ vendors and all kinds of unique finds, the Leslieville Flea is a great way to spend a chilly Sunday! Link to map of fermenting cellar:
CHOIR! Poppin' Through the Decades
Sat. Apr. 29, 7 pm - 9:30 pm
Forward Baptist Church, 1891 Gerrard St. E.
Larissa Haluszka-Smith,
All friends and neighbours are invited to CHOIR!'s spring concert. We will be "Poppin' Through the Decades" with a selection of popular music from the 20th and 21st centuries. Also featuring selections from Kids' CHOIR! his is a FREE concert, contributions to L'Arche Toronto are welcome.
Spring Beach Studio Tour 2017
Fri. May 5, 6 - 9 pm; Sat. May 6, 10 am - 6 pm; Sun. May 7, 11 am - 6 pm
From west of Woodbine Ave. to east of Victoria Pk. Ave.
Beach Studio Tour artists
Lucille Crighton, 416-694-4046;
Come visit 22 artists @ 12 studio sites - paintings, hand-woven fashion, glass art, ceramics, photography, sculpture, jewellery, handbags, home decor and more. Brochures (with map) are available at most local shops and on our website. Come explore our vibrant, artistic neighbourhood. Self-guided, FREE admission.
Mother's Day
Sun. May 14
Happy Mother's Day!
Victoria Day
Mon. May 22
Happy Victoria Day!
Small Paintings for Small Spaces
Fri. May 26, 3 pm - 8 pm; Sat. May 27 & Sun. May 28, 10 am - 5 pm
Gardener's Cottage in Kew Gardens
The Beach Guild of Fine Art;;
The Beach Guild of Fine Art presents its annual Spring Show and Sale at the historic Gardener’s Cottage in Kew Gardens. The show features small paintings by over 40 artists and affordable art (under $350). Gift basket lucky draw and free admission. Visit website for more information.
Father's Day
Sun. June 18
Happy Father's Day!
Mosses and Sedges for the Shade Garden
Tue. June 20, 7 pm
Adam Beck Community Centre, 97 Lawlor Ave.
Beach Garden Society
Marilyn Walsh,
Frank Kershaw will be sharing his extensive knowledge about the use of mosses and sedges for shade gardens.
First Day of Summer
Wed. June 21
Today marks the official first day of summer.
St. Jean Baptiste Day (Que.)
Sat. June 24
Happy Canada Day!
Sat. July 1st
Did You Know? -- not till October 27, 1982, July 1st which was known as "Dominion Day" became "Canada Day". The July 1 holiday was established by statute in 1879, under the name Dominion Day. For more information about the history of Canada Day, visit Canadian Heritage website at
Canada Day Fireworks at Ashbridges Bay
Sat. July 1st, after 9:30 pm
Ashbridges Bay Park
City of Toronto, 311
Canada’s birthday is celebrated every year with fireworks on the expanse of the Beach at Ashbridge’s Bay Park.
Independence Day (U.S.)
Tue. July 4
Civic Holiday in Canada
Mon. Aug. 7
Canada wide
In Canada, Civic Holiday is in most cases the first Monday of August. Civic Holiday in Canada is not a statutory holiday. A bill has been attempted to be passed in the House of Commons but it has always been unsuccessful. If an employer wants you to work, it is a work day.
Labour Day
Mon. Sept. 4
Canada celebrates Labour Day on the first Monday of September and is the last long weekend of the summer – the last time families can take their children on a short vacation before school starts again. If you can't get out of town – be a tourist in your own town.
First Day of Autumn
Fri. Sept. 22
Thanksgiving Day
Mon. Oct. 9
The history of Thanksgiving in Canada goes back to an explorer, Martin Frobisher, who had been trying to find a northern passage to the Orient. He did not succeed but he did establish a settlement in Canada. In the year 1578, he held a formal ceremony, in what is now the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, to give thanks for surviving the long journey. This is considered the first Canadian Thanksgiving, and the first Thanksgiving to have taken place in North America.
Tue. Oct. 31
The Celts believed that every year on the last day of October, the souls of the dead visited the earth.
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