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(By #DEAF14 volunteers)

The Danforth East Arts Fair is turning six this year! To count down to the Fair, which takes place this weekend, (Sept. 13-14) the organizers have prepared a list of the Top Six reasons to visit East Lynn Park.

  1. It’s FREE! As always, the Danforth East Arts Fair is free to attend for the whole family.
  1. New exhibitors: We have a number of new exhibitors offering unique products and services, including papier-mache artist Pulp Culture, fine furniture makers Gunn Woodworks and Jujumama Designs, maker of handpainted children’s growth charts. As well, you can treat your taste buds to “happy meat” sandwiches and other savoury snacks from new food vendor Stock in Trade.
  1. Youth Booth: Also new this year is the #DEAF14 Youth Booth! Thanks to generous community sponsors Bosley Real Estate and Pegasus Studios, talented young artists Stella and Juliette will get a chance to sell their wares as artists.
  1. Returning favourites: Many of your favourite exhibitors, including Henna Planet, Heart’s Haven, Lynn’s Lids and Bijouxbead are back again this year. As well, Celena’s Bakery will once more cross the Danforth to bring their delicious pastries, coffee and more to East Lynn Park!
  1. Live entertainment: Throughout the weekend, check out live performances, activities and demos from talented locals. Children’s activities and crafts will be happening on-site all day, including face painting and artist-led workshops. And a soundtrack of live acoustic music will serenade you as you go from booth to booth.
  1. Best one yet: We say this every year, but it’s always true! This year’s Danforth East Arts Fair is shaping up to be our best ever. So be sure to join us 10 am to 5 pm this Saturday and Sunday at East Lynn Park.

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The 2014 Danforth East Arts Fair (DEAF14) takes place Saturday and Sunday in East Lynn Park. And feel free to continue the conversation on social media: #DEAF14 is on Twitter (@DECA_Arts) and Facebook along with Instagram and Pinterest.

Volunteers needed! Sign up here to help out for a couple of hours and help make the sixth annual fair a success!

East Lynn Park Farmers’ Market

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The photos can speak for themselves!  The is truly something special about the people who hang out at East Lynn Park on Thursday afternoons.

This week’s wellness guest is Mary Ganzon of Counterbalance teaching a 3D workout at 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. It is a workout that can be with you for your lifetime. Both sessions will be a half hour long. Come and talk to her about the programs at the studio!

CareerFit Mom is providing entertainment at the Market this week. Workout with your kids (ages 2 & up). Parents get a sweat-session while children engage in developmental exercises. Everyone has fun exercising together using unique moves, toys and games that brings out the kid in everyone! Drop in whenever you can – you’ll see Beth and her crew frolicking around near the north/east side of the park!

The East Lynn Farmers’ Market runs every Thursday from 3-7:00 p.m. between June 5 – October 9 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.

 

Volunteers Needed for Arts Fair

By now you’ve likely made sure your weekend plans involve stopping by the Danforth East Arts Fair. But if you have two hours to spare, the organizers are looking for volunteers for a variety of different roles – everything from sitting in a chair and talking to shoppers to helping the artists with set up and take-down of tents and supplies.  Please click to find out more about volunteer openings.

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Nordic Pole Walking Demo

Ever wonder about those people you see walking around with ski poles in the summer? Well you can get all your questions answered this Saturday in Monarch Park.  Learn about the benefits of this low-impact for of physical activity with a nordic pole walking demo and clinic put on by Cool East Market  (1390 Danforth Ave).  See their flyer below for all the details.

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East Lynn Park Farmers’ Market:

Fresh fruit is still in season!

Fresh fruit is still in season!

Local Deal AlertMelanie’s Bistro is waiving the corkage fee on B.Y.O.W on Thursday’s.  All you have to do is buy your wine from the market and purchase an entree. What a wonderful idea!

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Visit the Community Booth this week where realtor advocate, Deb Dorsey, shares the value of our neighbourhood, providing sales statistics for each street.  She’ll be offering tips on a home tune-up and what needs to be done  to prepare it for sale, in order to achieve the best return on your investment.

The Wellness Booth this week will be Ankh Yoga & Origin Wellness.

The East Lynn Farmers’ Market runs every Thursday from 3-7:00 p.m. between June 5 – October 9 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.

 

 Danforth Mosaic BIA Looking for Input

The Danforth Mosaic BIA marketing committee wants your help! Participate in a one hour workshop on Thursday, Sept 11, 7pm @ Red Rocket Coffee to help define what makes our hood special. Refreshments will be served. More information on attached poster, including RSVP details.

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By Danforth East Arts Fair organizers

This year for the first time, Danforth East Arts Fair is hosting a free Youth Booth for talented young artists, thanks to generous community sponsors Bosley Real Estate and Pegasus Studios.

Young Danforth East Arts Fair artist Juliette Leach, 13, explores the beauty of nature in her work.

Young Danforth East Arts Fair artist Juliette Leach, 13, explores the beauty of nature in her work.

Thirteen-year-old Juliette Leach will be displaying her work Sept. 13-14 in East Lynn Park at the Youth Booth along with fellow young artist Stella Racca.

“The work I am showing in the arts fair is fine art that exhibits beauty in nature or presents my take on conflicts in society,” Juliette explains.

The active teen, who enjoys soccer and sailing along with reading, acting and playing the bass guitar, draws artistic inspiration from multiple sources. “I am inspired by nature, conflict and my general surroundings, but I have also been inspired by different famous artists such as Vincent Van Gogh or Frida Kahlo.”

What does the future hold for Juliette? “I would love to pursue a job involving creativity and have thought about becoming a graphic designer, high school art teacher, scientific illustrator or an architect.”

Continue the conversation with this promising young artist at the 2014 Danforth East Arts Fair (DEAF14), which takes place Sept. 13-14 in East Lynn Park. And feel free to continue the conversation on social media: #DEAF14 is on Twitter (@DECA_Arts) and Facebook along with Instagram and Pinterest.

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You have probably already heard by now that our friends the Greenwood Community Association (the residents’ association to the west of DECA) have organized a mayoral debate for Sept 2. Click here for our earlier post about it. 

A few updates that we thought you should know:

  • David Sodnacki is attending
  • Rob Ford is not attending (he evidently cancelled today with no reason given)
  • The venue, Kimbourne United Church, has limited seating so plan accordingly. The debate is scheduled to begin at 7pm sharp.
  • DECA is not organizing this event, so if you have questions or comments, please contact the folks at Greenwood Community Association any way that you’d like:

 

PS: Best of luck to all the kiddos and teachers heading back to school on Tuesday!  

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It’s the week before school starts and/or the end of holidays for many in our neighbourhood so naturally we start to get excited (or full of fear) about packing lunches.  To get kids back in the swing of eating healthy lunches and learning, why not review this list with your little one this week: 10 Things you can Teach your Kids at a Farmers’ Market.

Then join our pals at Silly Goose Kids  who are bringing all kids of fun this week.  There will be stories, songs and circle time.  Fun starts at 4:30 p.m.  This will also be the last week for the wading pool at East Lynn Park so be sure to pack a suit and towel to cool off.  We’ll also welcome information from ZooShare, AutoShare and the Merrill Dog Park Association.

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Wellness Booth

Pegasus Studios will be at the Market this Thursday from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. Dancing makes you Happy!  Experts say that dancing has many valuable health benefits;

  • Strengthens bones
  • Builds essential muscles
  • Boosts mental health
  • MAKES YOU HAPPY!

Children and adults can join them to learn a line dance to the hit song “HAPPY” by Pharrell Williams.  Show off your dancing skills at your next party or in your kitchen with your family.

The East Lynn Farmers’ Market runs every Thursday from 3-7:00 p.m. between June 5 – October 9 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.

 

Join your neighbours and mayoral candidates Olivia Chow, Rob Ford, and John Tory as they discuss transit, safety and policing, and their broad vision for the city.  Our neighbours to the west, the Greenwood Community Association, have organized a Mayoral Forum to be held on September 2nd at 7:00 p.m., Kimbourne Park United Church (200 Wolverleigh Blvd).  

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Due to capacity restrictions, the organizers are asking that only residents of DECA or the Greenwood Community Association attend this forum.

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