So much local Halloween fun coming up!

Danforth East Costume Swap on 18Blocks

18Blocks.com is an online community bulletin board recently started by a couple of locals. To kick off the Danforth East page, there’s a virtual costume swap happening now! Have a gently used costume to spare? Looking for a new one? Join in! The site is easy to use and looks like a fun and useful way to connect with your neighbours. We’ve already added a notice for our Nov. 1 Pumpkin Parade. Check out 18Blocks here and start swapping!

Howl-o-Ween at Merrill Park, October 25, 1:00-3:00pm

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The Merrill Park Dog Association Annual Howl-o-ween event is this Saturday!

This year they have amazing prizes provided by local businesses including The BoroughMelanie’s BistroWag on the DanforthThe Canine Social Company and Carter’s Ice Cream.
The weather is supposed to be sunny and 15 degrees or higher. It should make for a lovely day!

Halloween Swap Costume Build at the Tool Library, October 26, 10:00am-4:00pm

BOO! The Tool Library is having a COSTUME SWAP & mask making festivities on October 26th from 10am-4pm at 1803 Danforth Ave! Check out all the details and sign up here.


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Art Cave Halloween Spooktacular, October 31

Don’t forget to drop by ArtCave this Halloween (155 Lamb Avenue, near Danforth & Coxwell) for treats, tricks, crafts and a spooky photo booth! The best costume wins a voucher for a free class! Hope to see you there!

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Anything we missed? Let us know on our Facebook page or via Twitter @DECAdiaries

Heroes vs Villans – this Saturday, October 25 from 7:00-11:00 p.m.

East End Children’s Centre’s Kimbourne site, 200 Wolverleigh Blvd.


$30 at the door, or buy advance tickets by clicking here (save a couple of $$).

An Adventure of an evening that will include delectable edibles, creative cocktails, silent & live auction and dancing! Give our wheel a super spin to win fabulous prizes! Guests are invited to dress as their favourite hero or villain!

Live Auction the following:

  • Tickets to Stevie Wonder at ACC Nov 25 – premium seats
  • Tickets to Usher at ACC Nov 2 – premium seats
  • Tickets to Leafs vs Arizona Jan 29 – premium seats
  • A week’s accommodations in a condo on Palm Island, Fla
  • A Private Party for 10 at Brass Vixens
  • A Dance Birthday Party for 12 children at Pegasus Dance Studio


This year is the fifth anniversary of DECA’s magical Pumpkin Parade in East Lynn Park – and it falls on a Saturday!  If the weather’s right, we could be in for a record-setting, spectacular display.

As always, we’re looking for volunteers to help. Extra cleanup help after the parade will be especially welcome this year….skip the gym and toss pumpkins instead!

  • Greeters –  During the parade, volunteers will help their neighbours place and light their pumpkins. We’ll need three or four of these volunteers.
  • Haulers –  After the parade, volunteers will load pumpkins into dumpster bins on site.  If you have a wagon or wheelbarrow (or bike trailer?), you’re like pumpkin-hauling gold. For this job, the more the merrier. (roughly 9-10 p.m.)
If you’re available to help out with this fun event, please contact Heather Bean by clicking here.


It’s been an incredible 2014 season at the East Lynn Farmers’ Market. Each week we were offered great food from friendly farmers, along with a blessing from the weather gods with the majority of Thursday’s being rain-free. But now it’s time to say good-bye and thank you as this will be the last week of the farmers’ market for 2014.


We would like to send out a HUGE DECA thank you to all the volunteers who made the market happen each week.  These amazing people donate their time to help set up tables, paint children’s faces, cook and serve dinner for the farmers, answer questions and promote DECA, run children’s activities and clean up the tents and tables afterwards. We hear from a number of farmers that our market is their favourite and no doubt it’s because of the great vibe that gets created by the volunteers and, or course, the shoppers!

Please be sure to come by to stock up your freezers and cellars and to say farewell for the season!

The East Lynn Farmers’ Market runs every Thursday from 3-7:00 p.m. between June 5 – October 16 at East Lynn Park, located on the south side of Danforth Ave, just west of Woodbine Ave. Stay up to date by visiting the East Lynn Market Facebook page.

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Ward 16 Public School Trustee All Candidates Meeting next Monday, October 20 from 7:30-9:00 at Gledhill Public School!

Originally posted on The Gledhill Guardian:

Want to learn more about the role of School Trustee? Interested in hearing what Trustee candidates have to say about their plans and platforms?

We hope many of you can make it out to the Ward 16 Public School Trustee All Candidates Meeting next Monday, October 20th from 7:30-9:00. The meeting will be held in the in student lunch room in the basement of Gledhill. For more information, please see the attached poster.

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A great opportunity for small business owners and others who could benefit from some professional photography advice – Monday, October 20 from 9-12, and 1-4


We’re all busy people with full plates and packed agendas. But we have a big decision to make in a couple of weeks, and here is why you need to care about the upcoming election, and what you can do to inform yourself.

Step 1: Vote

While Danforth East is our section of the world, we live in a city with many, many neighbourhoods woven together. What happens there affects here. (If you take the subway, you are intimately aware of this fact.) We are ONE city and we need to pay attention. Transit, childcare, taxes, services, housing, parking, development, parks – what matters to you?

On October 27, 2014, we will have an opportunity to cast three votes: City Councillor, School Board Trustee , and Mayor. Please do whatever you can to actually go and vote. It’s important. Put it in your calendar

If you already know what boxes you’re going to check on election day then you may as well get it done early.  Advanced polls are open from October 14 (tomorrow!) to Sunday, October 19 between 10:00am-7:00pm.

Need info about where to go to vote? Click here, put in your address in and click on the “Where do I vote” tab at the top.

Step 2: Get involved

There are many ways to get involved, and not all of them involve knocking on doors. Although if you are into that, your fave candidate would likely appreciate a few hours of your time! You can also offer to do some phoning or drop some leaflets.

Is there an issue that matters to you more than anything? If so, send the candidate an email or a tweet, or call them and ask what they think. Look at their websites. Drop by their campaign office and meet their staff, and get a sense of the who they are and what kind of leader/representative they would be.  Take your kids with you and ask their opinion!

Municipal politicians have to raise their own funds for their campaigns so they rely on volunteers and donors to make it all happen.  We all have an opportunity to really make a difference.

Here are the links to the list of candidates in all four wards that DECA covers:

Step 3: Come to the Ward 31 Debate on Wednesday

DECA is expressly non-partisan. We do not take sides, because we truly can and will work with anyone. We currently have very good relationships with the Councillors who represent most of us in Wards 31 and 32 (we also creep over into Wards 29 and 30) and we’re not shy to say it. At the end of the day, we want to work with the person who we all collectively decide is the best person for the job – which gets back to that need to vote!

In the spirit of facilitating a conversation, we’ve organized a Ward 31 debate scheduled for this Wednesday, October 15 (see poster below). We will not take questions from the floor that night to ensure that the short time we have with the candidates is spent on issues that matter to many rather than individuals.  If you have a burning question for the candidates, email: ward31debate@gmail.com

We’re still looking for a few volunteers to help at the debate. If you are able to lend a hand, please contact debate organizer David by email at ward31debate@gmail.com




(In a perfect world, we would have organized debates for all wards and in all categories, but we simply do not have the capacity for that. It’s a lot of work! One is better than none, right??)

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