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Being spoiled with this summer weather makes a person want to get out and see what’s going on.  This weekend there are a few things to check out…


Happy 6th Birthday, Silly Goose!

Silly Goose Kids is celebrating their sixth year of business.  Stop by with your kids for some free face painting, crafts, and cake!  While you’re there, buy some great little gifts and toys tax free – this weekend only.

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Honouring Community Builders: Unveiling Two New Laneway Signs

Angelone Lane and Paul Estrela Lane signs are being unveiled this Saturday, September 23rd at 10 a.m.  Join Councillor Davis and community members for light refreshments and to celebrate the contributions of these two amazing community-builders!

We’ll be gathering behind the Pizza Nova at Woodmount and Danforth.

DECA is so pleased to see our laneway naming efforts come to fruition (initiated at our laneway crawl last summer).  Thank you to Councillor Davis!


Let’s Celebrate Our Birthday

Come over to the Shore Leave on Saturday from 7-9 p.m. to continue the celebration of #DECAde (our 10th birthday) with some good tunes and a toast to ten years of awesome, volunteer-powered, community-building fun.

We are providing snacks. Cash bar.


Get Wet!

The City announced that splash pads will stay open through this weekend due to the unseasonably warm weather.
In our area and general vicinity, you can find splash pads at Gledhill Park, Stan Wadlow, Aldwych Park, Cassells Avenue Playground, Dieppe Park, Greenwood Park and Woodbine Park.
For a full list of splash pads, click here.


Get Artsy!

Victoria Wallace and Deanna Hutton are hosting a joint art show at STUDIO by the Nooks from Sept 22-27. 
Peruse their gallery of recent encaustic and acrylic artworks, watch a live demonstration or sign up for an acrylic transfer workshop!  The weekend schedule is below:

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A collection of recent encaustic and acrylic artworks

Friday, September 22nd
Opening Night Party!

Saturday, September 23rd, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Encaustic demonstrations

Sunday, September 24th, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Acrylic demonstrations


Have a great weekend everybody!

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Come Out Thursday & Saturday To Celebrate!

You may have heard a few times already that DECA is turning ten this year. Well, it’s finally time to celebrate, and you have two chances to get in on the fun.

Come out THIS THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 4 to 6 pm, to the East Lynn Farmers’ Market and soak up the sun while listening to the sweet sounds of Sonshine & Broccoli (4:15-4:55 pm). Short speeches and CAKE come next. Finally, sit back and enjoy the talented Captain Cowboy and the Money Maker (5:20-6:00 pm). And don’t forget to hand in your completed scavenger hunt sheet to the DECA tent for your chance to win fabulous prizes at…

…SATURDAY night’s party at The Shore Leave, (a.k.a. Toronto’s best Tiki bar), 7-9 pm! Delicious snacks are on us, and the music will be guaranteed to get you smiling (if not dancing)! Stay tuned for the scavenger hunt prize draws, renew your membership (or join!), and toast our amazing neighbourhood, and all the work put in over the past ten years to make it even better.

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Want to make the most of this unexpected summery weather? Here are some suggestions!

Danforth East Arts Fair, East Lynn Park, Sat & Sun, 10am-5pm

I know you know but here’s the poster again anyway because honestly, our 100% volunteer-run, juried (meaning the vendors were selected as the cream of the crop among many applicants) arts fair is such an amazing event. You must go.

While you’re there, don’t forget to post some pics to social media using #DECAF17


Rikki Nicks Concert, Stephenson Park, Sat 7-9:30pm

How fun is this? Awesome Fleetwood Mac cover band, plus food, wine and beer available for purchase from Sauce, Hooked and Tuana!?!

Stephenson Park is by Main and Danforth, more or less behind Sobey’s. Kudos to Councillor McMahon and Friends of Stephenson Park for organizing.

If you live in the area and want to help our with Friends of Stephenson Park, email us and we will put you in touch or contact them via their Facebook page. They really need volunteers, especially for the winter ice rink effort.


August Kinn Grand Opening, Sat 10am-6pm, 1374 Danforth

A lovely new store for baby things has opened between Coxwell & Greenwood. Visit them today for their grand opening event! They will have door prizes and other fun stuff so check it out.


Other DECA Events

Okay fine, we *just* posted yesterday about our scavenger hunt and the impressive prizes available, plus our two fun #DECAde birthday parties happening on Thursday (Sept 21) and on Saturday (Sept 23) so here’s a link to that post in case you missed it.

Do you love what DECA does? Support us by buying a $10/household membership. Click here! We are also looking for volunteers for events, our Board and for whatever your great idea is!


Even more events later this week!

WAX + WATER 

A collection of recent encaustic and acrylic artworks by Victoria Wallace and Deanna Hutton. September 22-27, 2017 at STUDIO by the Nooks – 1912 Danforth Ave, 1 1/2 blocks west of Woodbine

OPENING NIGHT PARTY – Friday, September 22 from 6-9pm.

For those that can’t make it to the Opening, the Gallery will be open the following days/times.
Friday, Sept 22.……….6pm-9pm – Opening Night Party
Saturday, Sept 23.…..11am-7pm – encaustic demonstrations
Sunday, Sept 24.…….11am-5pm – acrylic demonstrations
Monday, Sept 25.…… 11am-5pm – gallery open
1pm-4pm – *Acrylic Transfer Workshop by Victoria
Tuesday, Sept 26.……11am-7pm – artists painting in the gallery
Wednesday, Sept 27..11am-5pm – artists painting in the gallery

*Acrylic Transfer Workshop – $75 includes all materials – max 8 participants.  To register, please contact Victoria at victoriawallaceartist@gmail.com.

Now Magazine Readers’ Poll

It’s a big deal for our locals to win these “best of” awards so take time to vote and show everyone in this city what #DanforthEast has to offer. Voting closes this Thursday (September 21) at 11pm so do not delay.

To make it easy, our friends at Moberly consolidated all of our local nominees here:

http://www.moberlynaturalfoods.com/2017/07/21/now-best-toronto-find-danforth-east-businesses-nominated/


That’s all for now!

We Just Upped The Ante On Our ‘Hood Hunt!

Have you completed our fun neighbourhood-wide scavenger hunt yet? No? There’s almost a week left to play and how about THIS for some incentive: we’ll be drawing one winning form at our Sat., Sept. 23 DECAde party (birthday party details at the bottom of this post). And what an amazing prize pack it is! Pick up a form at the Danforth East Arts Fair’s DECA booth this weekend, Sept. 16-17, or print off your own copy.

A huge thank you to our fabulous local businesses who have donated to the DECAde prize packs so far:

 

Be sure to turn in your form by next Thursday, Sept. 21, either by dropping it off at the DECA booth at the East Lynn Farmers’ Market, or by taking a picture of your completed form and send it to volunteer@deca.to.

You may just learn some interesting new things about 10 unique places in our community (such as why the valu-mart at Danforth & Woodbine has such a wacky layout. Psst…that may just be the answer to one of the clues.)

PS. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for our two DECAde birthday parties as well!

THURSDAY, SEPT. 21, 4-6 pm
East Lynn Farmers’ Market (1949 Danforth Ave., 1 block west of Woodbine Ave.)
Family friendly fun at the market! Cake and remarks at 5 pm.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 23, 7-9 pm
The Shore Leave (1775 Danforth Ave., 3 blocks west of Woodbine Ave.)
This will be so. much. fun. So don’t miss it! Enjoy some delicious bites on us, and hand in your completed DECAde Scavenger Hunt form to be entered into the draw to win the DECAde prize pack!

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Despite the beautiful sunny days, the mornings are crisp and daylight hours are slowly shortening which means that the most plentiful harvest time is here and the farmer’s bounty is at its best!

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Today at the East Lynn Park Farmer’s Market the first Ontario apples are in season! Did you know that over 20 different varieties of apples are grown in Ontario? The apple growing region stretches along Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake Huron, and Georgian Bay because the large bodies of water help moderate the temperature and make Ontario ideal for apple growing. Gala arrive in early September, followed closely by Honeycrisp, Jonagold, and McIntosh. Come October apples of all types will be ready to eat. Biting into a fresh, crunchy apple truly one of our favorite parts of fall, not to mention the apple pie, apple crisp, apple turnovers, and apple cider!

So come and out and stock up on apples, enjoy the sunny weather, and prepare for the Danforth East Arts Fair this weekend and our #DECAde Celebration at the market next week!

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The East Lynn Farmers’ Market runs every Thursday from 3-7:00 p.m. between June 1 – October 19 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 or by following us on Twitter.

East Danforth + arts and culture = the massive talent about to descend on #decaf17, THIS WEEKEND, September 16-17, 10-5 pm! Before you head out on Saturday or Sunday to take in the dozens of local artisans, food and entertainment, we want you to meet some of the people who make our arts fair possible. Our sponsors know very well what happens when art meets community:

Trust Realty Group 

Picture1Instead of using “canned artwork” when staging homes, Trust Realty Group’s Danforth East Specialist, Juliette Fergus, has chosen to partner with local artists to showcase “fresh, vibrant work that is also available for sale.” In the words of Juliette, “It’s a match made in heaven, really. Listings have empty walls just aching to become gallery space. Our ‘travelling gallery’ has allowed families and those who might not venture out to a formal gallery an opportunity to be exposed to exciting works.” Be like Juliette; adorn your home with local art!

Fresh paint Studio + Café

freshpaintFresh Paint Studio + Café understands the importance of nurturing the creative minds of even our youngest of neighbours. Fresh Paint adds a little creative spark to our community, offering workshops and drop-in sessions for all ages and artistic abilities, year-round at its Danforth location. “It is so rewarding,” says owner and artist Roxanne Tracey, “to be a spark or a catalyst to help someone else to open up and share their creative voice.” Be sure to sign up for one of her live demos at the fair!

Toronto Honda

hondaToronto Honda is a long-time fixture in our thriving Danforth East community, having been in its current location for as long I have been alive (so really not very long at all )—since 1979! Toronto Honda knows the value of supporting community events such as the Danforth East Community Arts Fair, having generously sponsored our fair for the past four years. Let’s drop by the Toronto Honda booth and give them a big #decaf17 thank you on Saturday and Sunday.

Cultural Hotspot

hotspotFrom May through October, 2017, The City of Toronto’s Cultural Hotspot initiative shines a spotlight on arts, culture and community in East York/East End. DECAF17 is proud to be among the grassroots, community projects supported in the Cultural Hotspot’s fourth year. This initiative has generously sponsored all of this year’s local musical talent (check out the fantastic line up)! Visit toronto.ca/culturalhotspot for details and to find out about other amazing events, activities, restaurants and more.

DeSerres

DeSerresArt-lovers: DeSerres has found a way to support the Danforth East Arts Fair in one way or another since the fair’s very beginning. This year it is making kids’ activities possible (check out the events to plan your trip!), so bring all your littles and enjoy some fun in the park .

Danforth East Community Association

DECAartsDid you know DECAF is entirely driven by volunteers? It was born from its parent community association, DECA, and founded by Mary Cowan in 2008. For the past five years, Melanie Ramsey has donated her time directing the fair (and even longer in other capacities), with the co-ordination help from DECA liaison, Melissa Peretti. To become a member or become a volunteer for DECA on the arts fair or another DECA committee, visit http://www.deca.to/membership. A big #decaf17 shout-out to all the volunteers helping to make this year’s fair so special.

For detailed information about the fair visit www.deca-arts.ca 

See you at the fair, rain or (fingers crossed) shine!

With the start of classroom learning and the slow approach of winter it is time to find new ways to keep your kids challenged, entertained, and building new skills. Luckily there are many types of leagues, lessons, and classes available in the ‘hood for kids of all ages (and some for adults too!).  We have likely missed some great options but this is hopefully this can help you plan ahead. We know that some places have specific registration dates so by now classes may be full while for others, registration may not have opened yet –  we still wanted to have as much info in one place as possible!

If your kids are into music and want to learn an instrument, perhaps they could try piano lessons at the Galloping Goat Music Studio or guitar lessons at the 12th Fret. Or perhaps they want to participate in a larger music program they could try the East End Music Project, the Upper Beaches Music School or Elite Music Academy. Maybe your kids aren’t quite old enough for structured music lessons and you just want them to learn to enjoy music and dance then you might want to try Oaks ‘N Acorns or Rainbow Songs. If your kids want to forget making music and learn to dance then Pegasus Studios,  The S.P.A.C.E or Toronto Dance Company might be the place for you.

Maybe your kids like creative activities, but music isn’t their thing, then try the classes at the Artcave, Create Art Studio, or Fresh Paint Café. For a different type of creativity the Toronto Tool Library has many maker activities and The Cube, which is not quite in the DECA boundaries, has coding lessons for kids. Also don’t forget the Toronto Public library has a large selection of workshops and regular programs for kids.

If your kids want or need some intellectual support for school activities there are even tutoring services available in the ‘hood. Kumon Math and Reading Centre or Miss Math Tutoring might be able to provide the academic help your child needs.

For active kids who need to run there are a plethora of sports and physical activities in the ‘hood. For soccer, East York Soccer has the most leagues in the area, but Cherry Beach Soccer has leagues in the area and both Little Kickers and Monarch Park Stadium offer soccer lessons for little kids. Monarch Park Stadium also has baseball, floor hockey, and basketball leagues for kids. Hockey, baseball, and basketball leagues in the area are run by East York Skating, East York Baseball, and Toronto Lords Basketball OBA. East York Gymnastics rounds out the East York sports offerings, while Jack of Sports and Beaches Swim School offer swimming options year round. Last but not least, don’t forget about all the activities offered in the area by the City of Toronto.

Last, but not least, martial arts are always a good way for kids to burn some energy, build strength, and learn confidence. Dragonz Martial Arts, Sam Lumpini, Bell’s Martial Arts, Centerline Martial Arts, and Desantos Martial Arts all offer kids’ lessons and a variety of fighting styles.

No matter what kind of experience you want for your kids, don’t forget to check out all the wonderful selections close to home!

City of Toronto Program Registration – tomorrow!

Registration for the City’s recreation programs begins at 7 a.m. on September 13 for Toronto and East York. Visit toronto.ca/torontofun or refer to the printed Fall/Winter FUN Guide to browse and choose programs. You can register online at toronto.ca; by phone (Touch Tone Registration (TTR) is available at 416-338-0000. Operator Assisted Registration is available at 416-338-4386); or in-person at select locations. A list of these locations is available here, by calling 311 or by speaking to staff at a City community recreation centre. **Remember you need a family number and client numbers for each child ahead of time! Use the above contact info to find out more**

 

 

 

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