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This weekend!

Now, we all know that Silly Goose Kids is an amazing store. Recently, this was verified by Now Magazine readers who named them one of the best Toy Stores in the city! (Many, many of our beloved locals earned nods in the city-wide “Reader’s Choice Best of Toronto” – click here for all of the winners)

The fact that this awesome little store manages to undertake many community events only makes us love them more. Join Silly Goose Kids this Saturday, November 18 for Neighbourhood Toy Store Day where they will be offering 15% off all day along with exciting events, giveaways and activities including a visit from the Gruffalo himself!! (So excited…er, I mean, my kids will be so excited…).

See you there at 2054 Danforth, just west of Woodbine from 9:30am-6:00pm.

 


Another shopping event is happening at the Nooks!

Shop for all of your holiday gifts at the EVERYTHING IS UNDER $50 POP-UP Market on November 18th from 11am-6pm. This is the perfect pop-up to shop for everyone on your list! Featuring a curated selection of hand-made, local and artisanal good (again, ALL UNDER $50! You can’t go wrong!). 2005 Danforth Avenue

Check out their Facebook event for more info.


Add A Little Purr To Your Life: Wag on the Danforth Cat Adopt-A-Thon this Saturday!

Adopt! Adopt! Adopt! Please Toronto Cat Rescue on Saturday, November 18th from 10am – 4pm for an adopt-a-thon with Wag on Danforth! Kittens and cats will be waiting for you in-store to adopt them and bring them home.

*** Special Adoption Fees at the event only! Our adoption fee at the event only is $100 (vs. the standard $175 adoption fee) for cats and kittens over 8 months of age, and $175 for kittens under 8 months of age – payable by cash only. Our fee includes: spay or neuter, vaccination (receive a rabies vaccination, if age appropriate) and includes 6 weeks of free pet insurance. For City of Toronto residents, the adoption fee includes a mandatory City of Toronto cat license that is valid for one year.

Wag is a family-run shop located in the East end of Toronto at Danforth Ave. & Woodbine Ave., Wag is easily accessible via car with street parking or TTC (Woodbine station). 1918 Danforth Ave / (647) 349-8263


Next weekend!

The Danforth Mosaic BIA is hosting an all-day local shopping celebration next Saturday, November 25 concurring with DECA’s 6th Annual Festival of Lights from 5-6pm. Here’s what they have to say about the event:

Make the Holidays special by shopping, eating and playing on Danforth East this Holiday Season!

Join the Businesses of The Danny BIA on November 25, 2017, for Shop Local Saturday – a great opportunity to explore and discover the great businesses that are in this neighbourhood that have everything you need to make your holidays special!

You’ll Love What You Find Here! There will be buskers moving through the neighbourhood between Jones & Westlake from 2pm-5pm to entertain you while you explore our local businesses.

Here’s the Facebook event for more info


One more thing…

Are you coming to our Annual General Meeting & Party on Monday? Hope you can make it, but if not, please do sign up to be a member of DECA. It takes 5 minutes, costs $10/household (per year) and you will feel great about supporting our 100% volunteer run community association. Here’s the link!

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Saturday, June 10th is our 5th Annual #DanforthEast Yard Sale and this year we’ve partnered with the Danforth Mosaic BIA (the Danny) for one great Saturday!

To sign up or ask questions, visit our website by clicking here

Stories on BlogTO and the CBC are predicting that this could be the biggest yard sale in Toronto. 

If you’re not going to sell, then we hope to see you shopping on June 10. It really is going to be one great Saturday!

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A few Canada Day events to tell you about, but first thing’s first. You need to know what’s happening at wonderful Stephenson Park.

DECA is proud to help sponsor the Friends of Stephenson Park (FOSP) 3rd Annual Canada Day Celebration! If you want to know why you should attend, keep reading.

We asked FOSP founder, Peter Woodcock about his work to bring people together around Stephenson Park. Here is what he told us:

When we moved here 6 years ago, Stephenson Park seemed kind of sad and forgotten, and a bit of a hot spot for some undesirable behaviour. Just over 3 years ago, I decided to organize a park group in an attempt to get the neighbours to start coming out and using the park. A group of us brainstormed for ideas of what we could do with no budget.

Our first event was a picnic in the park in 2014. It was Canada Day and Pride weekend, so we decided to celebrate both with donated watermelons from Sobey’s, a huge slab cake from Costco and little Canada & Rainbow flags adorning the entire fence around the park. Kids played in the pool and we had music by neighbour and artist extraordinaire Tak Bui. What more could we want?

The park is slowly becoming more vibrant and more loved. We have music nights, yoga most Saturdays, an amazing ice rink, community clean ups, new trees and organized tree watering.

And here we are, 3 years later, getting ready for our 3rd Annual Canada Day Celebration, which is getting bigger and better each year. This year we will be having more food and music, and an early evening bonfire with marshmallows. We will be selling corn on the cob and having an old-timey lemonade stand to raise funds for permits and other activities throughout the year. And of course, we’ll still have the Costco slab cake!

Stephenson Park is a pretty darn amazing park, and I am so happy when I hear someone say how much it has changed. Kids laughing and playing is an amazing return on investment. No man is an island or a park. All the success comes down to all the people in our neighbourhood that come to Stephenson Park.

Peter and Joey after Saturday morning yoga in the park. Photo credit: Mary-Margaret McMahon


Other Free Canada Day events

East York Canada Day Parade & Festival at Stan Wadlow, including fireworks! 
Note: they are also looking for volunteers.

Danforth Mosaic BIA – The Danny Loves Music Canada Day concert at East Lynn Park from 6-9pm, Julian Taylor Band (beer, wine & food can be purchased on site)

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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!

Mels

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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Movie Night Magic!

Who had a blast watching a movie under the stars last night? I did! And so did about 150 of your neighbours.  The rain held off during the day so bums could stay dry as we all took in the comedic genius of Rob Reiner’s Princess Bride.

Thank you to Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon for not only sponsoring the evening but also popping all popcorn for movie goers to enjoy!

We also want to give a special shout out to local environmental steward Bruce Crofts.  We’ve mentioned how thankful we are of Bruce’s wife Susan for her tireless work watering the trees by Valu-mart.  Well, after the market yesterday we were surprised at the amount of litter in the park.   Bruce went home and got his special litter bag and poker stick and spent the evening cleaning up the park.  Thank your commitment to making our neighborhood clean and beautiful, Bruce!

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Mosaic BIA Summer Festival Community Picnic

A reminder that the Mosaic BIA will be hosting their Summer Festival Community Picnic this Sunday at East Lynn Park.  Check the  full listing of activities below!

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DECA Is Pinning!

Before we get to the round-up of weekend fun, a head’s up for Pinterest fans–DECA is now on Pinterest thanks to volunteer extraordinaire Vicki Ziegler. Our boards are a celebration of the east end businesses, resources, events and stories about the ‘hood. We’re aiming to include everyone eventually, but in the meantime you can help by sending us ideas and links for us to pin at info(at)danfortheastcommunityassociation.com.

Check out our Pinterest account here. While you’re at it, you’ll also want to check out our Facebook page for up-to-the minute events and happenings. And if you like your news in 140 characters, we’re here for you too on Twitter.

Thursday: Movie Under the Stars

A reminder that it’s our annual movie night on Aug. 22 in East Lynn Park, featuring the classic The Princess Bride. Come for the Farmer’s Market and stay for an evening of fun with your neighbours, plus Westley, Buttercup and the R.O.U.S. The action starts when the sun goes down, at 8:30 pm.

Friday: Healthy Lunches and Ca$h Mob!

Back-to-school is glimmering on the horizon (yikes) and Oaks ‘n Acorns is helping you get prepared. Join Nana Jokura of Accept Wellness at 10:30 am, Aug. 23 for a workshop on healthy lunches. Cost is $25. RSVP required at Oaks ‘n Acorns.

Healthy Lunches Workshop

Later on Friday, join us for our first ever CA$H MOB! We’ll be mobbing a local business, having fun and heading out for some refreshments at a local watering hole afterwards. The rules are simple:

1) bring $20

2) meet 3 new people

3) have fun

Meet up at 6:45 pm by the doors of Coxwell station when the top secret “mobbing” destination will be revealed.

CA$H MOB

Saturday: Check out the Pop-up Shops

There isn’t actually an event planned for Saturday, but if you haven’t yet, why not check out the pops before these temporary shops are gone?

Sunday: Annual Summer Festival

The perfect way to end the weekend–at the Danforth Mosaic BIA‘s annual Summer Festival & Community Picnic! Head to East Lynn Park from 1-6 pm on Aug. 25 for games, food, coffee, art exhibitions, music and a raffle draw for 2 bikes!

Mosaic Community Picnic

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BIA Meeting Information

We got a few comments on our recent Cozy Cafe post that conveyed some frustration about landlords, the BIA, and what to do about our empty storefronts.  DECA is really taking on this problem, and our February pop-ups are being announced one-by-one on our Facebook page, which is also linked to our Twitter account! (We’ll post about them here too, but all in good time.)

You may or may not know this, but for many years, DECA has worked with the Mosaic BIA.  We have consistently appointed one Board member to be the BIA liaison to attend their meetings and flow information between the BIA and our Board, just to keep apprised of what we’re all up to.

Recently, we asked ourselves why we have never used DECAdiaries to let all of you know when the BIA will be meeting. The answer?  No reason at all!  So, here are the details of their next meeting:

Monday, February 4 at 7:00 p.m.
Toronto Model Photography, 1840 Danforth Avenue
(This is the business owned by BIA Chair, Jason, where the BIA will now have their office)

There is also a new BIA-DECA sub-committee, that the BIA formed.  Our liaison, Susan, is co-chairing it and she would welcome any new members!

If you want any further information about the BIA, the BIA-DECA sub-committee, or Monday’s meeting, please email Susan by clicking here.

(Remember, we are not the BIA – so if you go to the meeting, you are not going to a DECA meeting!)

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