We’re about half way through the 2015 farmers market season. What a perfect time to give a shout-out to our many amazing volunteers. Every week we have a crew of people donating their time to help make Thursday evenings so enjoyable – DECA booth volunteers, people helping with set up and clean up, face painters and cooks. And this year we’ve also had volunteers join the social media and graphics team. To all of you – THANK YOU!  If you’re interested in learning more about volunteering with us, send us an email.

Team Crofts bringing dinner for the farmers.

Team Crofts bringing dinner for the farmers.

Do you have any ideas to make the market better? Leave a comment on this post.

It seems we may have a slight break from the heat tomorrow – calling for ‘only’ 29C.  Perfect weather for cooking some corn on the BBQ? Maybe some fresh peaches for dessert? We’ve got plenty!

Face-to-Face games will also be at the market with fun games for all starting at 3:30 p.m.


Wellness Booth: 

Understanding how to raise a child with a healthy attitude towards food and their body can be a challenge. Join Kelly for a discussion on nutrition, mental health, and eating disorders, and learn how to help your child navigate our diet-obsessed world as healthily as possible. She’ll be set up from 4:00-6:30 p.m.

Kelly Boaz. Holistic Nutritionist, specializing in eating disorder recovery and food freedom.

Kelly Boaz. Holistic Nutritionist, specializing in eating disorder recovery and food freedom.

The East Lynn Farmers’ Market runs every Thursday from 3-7:00 p.m. between June 4 – October 15 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.

There’s too much going on today to not blog, so here it is!

Big morning at Stephenson Park!

10am Yoga – $5 suggested donation (this happens most Saturdays in the summer, depending on weather)

10-noon – Danny’s Urban Fairies

Remember when we told you about Danny’s Urban Fairies? Well, they are coming to the park and bringing loads of fun! Free crafts and temporary tattoos, Roller Derby Girls and a sponge water fight at 11! (Don’t forget swimsuits for the wading pool!)

Stephenson Park Fairy Poster July 25th

Wag on Danforth Cat Adopt-a-Thon

Join Toronto Cat Rescue at Wag and find a new friend! 10am-4pm

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You may have read that Toronto Cat Rescue is taking care of more than 60 cats found in a home, many of whom need veterinary or foster care. Click here for that story, which will also connect you to donation info.



Christine Hibbard, owner of  Looking Glass Adventures, DECA's latest "escape room" pop-up that's opening Aug 1 at 2200 Danforth Ave.

Christine Hibbard, owner of Looking Glass Adventures, DECA’s latest “escape game” pop-up that’s opening Aug 1 at 2200 Danforth Ave.

From guest blogger Tina Scherz:

Looking Glass Adventures is DECA’s latest pop-up shop set to open Aug 1st. But if you’re excited to visit this new store, we have a little twist for you: you’ll have to make an appointment. The first of its kind along Danforth Ave, Looking Glass Adventures is an escape game where participants must solve a series of clues and puzzles to unlock the door. It’s a real life adventure game right in our hood!

Located in the basement of Bell’s Martial Arts at 2200 Danforth Ave, Christine Hibbard and her team have been busy renovating, setting up the game and getting everything ready  — all behind closed doors. Details of the set-up have been kept under wraps, so as not to reveal too much.

Christine only recently discovered the phenomenon that is escape games, visiting her first one in February with a friend. She quickly became hooked and has since participated in games across the city. She knew she wanted to bring the experience closer to home, having lived in the neighbourhood for 20 years, and she committed to finding a space along Danforth Ave.

Her persistence paid off: the pop-up shop project was thrilled to introduce Christine to Tristan Bell of Bell’s Martial Arts, who had an empty basement he wanted to fill, and as an added bonus, he got the concept.  “Tristan has been so amazing, while I had to explain the business plan to many property owners, Tristan is a puzzle/game guy, he was onboard right away,” Christine says. “He’s even put up with my drywall dust.”

So you might be asking yourself: what’s involved in an escape room game? Participants have 60 minutes to escape from the presented scenario (in this case a locked room.) If locking yourself in a basement room makes you nervous, Christine assures me that she has designed this game with families in mind. Hints are available to help you get through the adventure via a two-way radio, and the story line on which the game is based is not scary or gory. Of course, there are some surprises — it wouldn’t be a true adventure without them  — and you will have to bring your problem solving skill with you. Thinking outside the box is required.

Looking Glass Adventures will be open evenings and weekends throughout the month. Games must be pre-booked from their website: www.lookingglassadventures.com. If you want to book a game during a time slot that isn’t listed on the website email Christine directly to make arrangements. What a great way to spend a hot/muggy afternoon or evening this summer — did I mention the room is air-conditioned? This activity also makes a great team building initiative, and Christine is in the process of tailoring the game for kids’ birthday parties.

The pop-up project is thrilled to welcome this newest business to the hood. It is sure to draw people to our area from across the city, which means more people on the street, supporting this and other local businesses  — exactly what the pop-up project set out to do.

We hope you all had fun shaking your jazz hands at the East Lynn Park Farmers’ Market’s Jammy Jazzfest last week. Thank you again to D on D Dental (1684 Danforth Avenue) for sponsoring the event.
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We have another great instalment of the Farmers’ Market planned for this week…
Wellness Booth
Join Ankh Yoga (2017 Danforth Avenue) for a chance to meet some of their teachers, talk about what yoga really means, how it may be incorporated into your life to increase vitality, happiness and overall life enjoyment. They will be offering information about their classes and will give one-on-one “mini personal sessions” for you to have a mindful experience.

Community Booth
Pop by to meet some of the nurses from the ER at Toronto East General Hospital and chat about healthy living.
Kids Activity
oaks ‘n acorns (1856 Danforth Avenue) will be rockin’ some arts and crafts fun! Come by their station to decorate and fly your own paper kite and play with their energetic staff. They will also have information available about their Fall Term programs.
The East Lynn Farmers’ Market runs every Thursday from 3-7:00 p.m. between June 4 – October 15 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.

Councillor McMahon’s Movie in the Park @ Stephenson Park

Tuesday, July 21 @ 8:30pm

Movie:  Jupiter Ascending 


Hirut Hoot – July 31, 9pm $5

2050 Danforth Avenue (at Woodbine)

Here is the comedy listing for Hirut Hoot, Friday July 31, 9pm. It is a lineup of pros and up and coming comedians.

With comedians: Jennifer McAuliffe, Frank Spadone, Todd Graham, Lisa Dickie , Sandra Battaglini, Camille Cote, Mini Holmes & George Westerholm

Hosted by: Carolyn Bennett

Hirut Fine Ethiopian Cuisine

Thank you for supporting Canadian comedy, and the Danforth East neighbourhood!

The park will be hopping with activity this week for the Jammy Jazzfest. Check out the poster below for all the details, including freezer jam demos, jazz performance and activities from Pegasus Studios. and musicians from the Beaches Jazz Festival.  Also, Young Ruffians will be running a Shakespeare in the park activity for kids at 3:30 pm.


Last week we had a case of the missing jazz musicians. Our apologies to those who came listening for music and heard none. But rest assured, we have assurances from the Beaches Jazz that the musicians will be there this week.  D on D Dental Logo 1-01

The folks at D on D Dental (1684 Danforth Avenue) will be at the park with information and activities on oral health – colouring pages and fun prizes will be up for grabs!

Wellness Booth

image02Nana Jokura, Naturopathic Doctor from Accept Wellness is offering Free Tongue and Pulse Diagnoses from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. The Free Tongue and Pulses Diagnosis is to see what might be out of balance with your health. Learn about how naturopathic medicine and acupuncture can help you with stress, energy, digestion and sleep.


The East Lynn Farmers’ Market runs every Thursday from 3-7:00 p.m. between June 4 – October 15 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.

Have you seen the glimmer of fairy wings as you head to your favourite park or a fairy door appear in one of your favourite shops on The Danny?

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Gerrard Pizza: Artist: Melinda Fraser

Danny’s Urban Fairies are summering right here on the Danforth from July 15th to August 30th, 2015! Tucked away in 50+ neighbourhood businesses you will find one-of-a-kind fairy doors. Each lovingly handcrafted by a local artist.

As if the arrival of our fairy friends wasn’t enough excitement, the community will be hosting a series of fairy themed events including, neighbourhood water fights, tea parties, movie nights, pub/food crawls, as well as a saucy fairy burlesque! This summer is all about having fun and using your imagination on The Danny. Take a stroll and discover all the mischief our fairy friends are causing along Danforth East.

Check out Danny Urban Fairies website for more details or join their Facebook page to keep up to date with events and promotions.

To kick off the celebrations, Danny’s Urban Fairies will be launching at The Danny Loves Music festivities this Wednesday, July 15th from 6 pm to 9 pm. Visit their tent to receive a FREE temporary fairy tattoo and to make a fairy craft. Don’t forget to pick up your map listing all the fairy door locations.

There is also going to be a Merrill Dog Park Association fairy dog parade this Saturday, July 18th starting at 10 am at Merrill Bridge Road Park. The parade will be going to the Woodbine Animal Clinic, The Canine Social Company and Wag on the Danforth to pick up some special fairy surprises along the way. Both pet and non-pet owners are welcome to join the parade.

Don’t forget to enter Danny’s Urban Fairies Facebook Contest this summer to win a $500 gift certificate variety prize package.

This is going to be a fun and magical summer in our part of Toronto.

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