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So much to tell you about what we are up to – our birthday parties next month, community-wide scavenger hunt, meet & greet next week, Board meeting and volunteer opportunity!

Happy Birthday to Us!

We have officially announced our DECAde celebrations, our 10th birthday, with a few exciting events. We’ll tell you more, but here are the highlights:

  • celebration at the East Lynn Farmers’ Market at East Lynn Park (1949 Danforth Avenue) from 4-6 pm on September 21st. Formal remarks and a cake-cutting to begin at 5pm.
  • cocktail soirée at The Shore Leave (1775A Danforth Avenue) on Saturday, September 23rd from 7-9 pm (cash bar)
  • self-led scavenger hunt from now to September 21st to encourage individuals and families to explore the Danforth East neighbourhood to find the 10 spots, using our clues.


Free scavenger hunt maps & clues will be available at the East Lynn Park Farmers’ Market on Thursdays or download one here. Completed maps can be dropped off at the DECA table at the Farmers’ Market every Thursday from 3-7pm until September 21st. All completed maps will be entered into a draw, with results announced at The Shore Leave cocktail soirée on September 23rd.


Meet & Greet + Board Meeting

Who should come to our meet & greet on Tuesday? You should! It’s from 7-8pm at Gerrard’s Pizza in the basement (1528 Danforth). You should come if you’re new to the neighbourhood, or you’re curious about what exactly DECA does and who we are (spoiler alert: we’re all volunteers with full lives but we just really love our neighbourhood and we are fun!) or because you are interested in joining our Board or volunteeringin some other capacity. Come for a chat, and it’s up to you whether you’d like to stay for the Board meeting!

You are also invited to join us for our Board meeting from 8-9pm. Same location. Do you have an agenda item? Just let us know!

Click here to email us with any questions or to RSVP. We appreciate it if you let us know you are coming so we can reach you if anything changes and so that we can change to a bigger location if needed. Please also tell us about any accommodation needs. (The room is not accessible but we will find one that is if needed)


Volunteer Opportunity: Still need cooks

We are still looking for volunteer cooks to feed the farmers’ at our East Lynn Farmers’ Market. Some spots have filled since we made our plea last week but lots of spots are still available. Make a simple meal for 10-15 and we pay you a $20 honourarium. Past volunteer cooks have really enjoyed this chance to give back to the people who bring us their fresh local food week after week! Click here to sign up and for more information.


Other ways to get more involved:

Join DECA as a member for $10/household for the year. deca.to/membership/

Interested in volunteering? Click here to sign up and you’ll be added to our volunteer email list!

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The DECA Board is meeting on Tuesday, January 24 from 7:30-9:30pm at Gerrard’s Pizza, 1528 Danforth in their private room in the basement. If you’d like to know more about what we do, who we are and/or how you can get involved, please join us for the meeting. 

If you want to know more about us but the thought of coming to a meeting fills you with dread, a few Board members will be there from 7-7:30pm to meet and greet with anyone who wants to come out! 

If you can, please drop us a line to let us know you’ll be coming by clicking here

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So it finally feels like fall but don’t start your hibernation yet. Lots happening this weekend! 

Danforth East Short Film Festival – Saturday from 8-10pm, $10 

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here or at the door! 2183 Danforth @ Time Capsule Board Game Café. 


DECA is a proud sponsor of the festival. 

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Just Say “Boo!”, Sunday from 3-5pm, free

CareVillage is a newly formed not-for profit that aims to provide East-End Toronto parents with immediate solutions and long-term resources with the goal of building a self-sustaining network, a modern village. 

This Sunday, October 23rd, from 3-5pm at Kaza Family Centre, 1386 Danforth Avenue, they are hosting a family Halloween Event!

– games and activities for kids with fun prizes!

– any opportunity to get a professional photo of your little one in Halloween costume!

– and opportunity to meet local families and build your community!

CareVillage will also be accepting *new and unopened* toiletry and non-perishable food items, as well as hats, mitts, and scarves, that will be distributed to East-End families for their upcoming holiday food and toy drive.  Click here for more info.  

DECA is a proud sponsor of this event too!

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DECA Pride October Mingle, Sunday from 3:30-5:30pm, free

Join DECA Pride at at Time Capsule, 2183 Danforth for a social event for east-end LGBTQ+ people, and any allies who also want to come. Come on your own, with a date, with friends or with your family and enjoy free game-playing, and light snacks courtesy of DECA. 


To be added to DECA Pride’s email list, click here and request to join. This is a DECA-led initiative. 

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Halloween Swap, Sunday from 11am-4pm 

Bring any halloween related costume or accessory and receive swapping tickets for each item (10 tickets max). Items are worth between 1 and 3 tickets each, depending on size and condition.

The Sharing Depot is located at 1803 Danforth Ave and they promise to be haunting the place from 11am-4pm – bring your spooky items down and swap with your neighbours for new spooky items!


For more info about the swap click here. Learn more about the Sharing Depot here!

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DECA Board Meeting, Monday from 7:30-9:30pm

Drop us a line at info@deca.to if you’d like to come!

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 Save the date!

Our Annual General Meeting will be on November 21 from 6-9pm. Stay tuned for details. 

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Since I’m writing this post in the wee hours of the morning, let’s start with coffee.

Press Coffee Books Coffee Vinyl at 2442 Danforth is offering a free muffin or croissant (while supplies last!) with a coffee purchase on weekdays until Oct 15. A warm, cozy room full of books and records where you can buy serves coffee, tea and snacks! Friends, this is the stuff dreams are made of!

Whether you are on mat leave, working from home, or you just need a good cuppa on your way to the office, Press is worth a visit.

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Follow Press on Facebook and Twitter (@PressDanforth) to catch their hilarious daily signboards!

On Friday, September 23, join the Friends of Stephenson Park and Councillor McMahon for a free concert with the Practically Hip (yes, a Tragically Hip cover band). Summer may officially end on Thursday but this outdoor concert will stretch out the summer fun until at least the end of the week!

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This weekend on Saturday and Sunday at Old’s Cool General Store, 250 Westlake @ Lumsden, they are having their weekly fresh from the farm market, and will be opening up their big side door and selling everything inside. Here’s the event listing for all the details. Make sure to ask Zahra about the storied history of this space  (spoiler alert: it was used as a rehearsal space for some legendary musicians).

Also this weekend, come celebrate Silly Goose Kids’ 5th Birthday! Lots of events, giveaways and no tax all weekend. Congratulations to Shamie and Tracey on reaching this huge milestone! 2054 Danforth

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On Tuesday, September 27, the DECA Board will meet at Time Capsule, 2183 Danforth, from 7:30 until about 9:30pm. If you would like to join us, click here to RSVP by email. We will hold space on the agenda for any questions or ideas that our visitors have, but no pressure at all as listeners are also most welcome.

 

 

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Fall is that magical time of year when the leaves change, the days darken, and we all have to think about what kinds of activities we are going to undertake for the year. (If you are like me, you were frantically trying to sign up your kids for swimming lessons this morning at 7am!) Here are a few options in the neighbourhood…

East End Music Project
(non-profit music program for kids on Tuesdays)

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Miranda from the East End Music Project sent this note along:

I run the East End Music Project (I do this out of LOVE as a volunteer), which is a very cool social purpose music school in the East End.

The project is taught by professional musicians and educators with instruction at a very high level. The social purpose part of it is that all the class fees are geared to income. Our focus is on collaboration and working together in the classes. It is a fabulous opportunity. I have a couple of spots available because I’ve hired more teachers to increase our capacity. We would love to have your families join us.

If you’ve ever thought about music lessons, this is a great way to get involved in a social purpose enterprise, support local musicians, and participate in something really special. Your kids will also get a stellar music experience. All classes are subsidized. No restrictions on who can apply! Check out www.eemp.ca to see what classes still have availability. Thanks!

Are you ready to sing?

Some locals, Sarah and Damaris, are starting a new choir and would like YOU to join! Registration form is here and some additional details are below.

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Pegasus Studios

SO many classes, so little time. What can we say about Pegasus? It’s music, dance, art, choir, yoga – stuff for kids, adults, kids and adults together – if you don’t know about this neighbourhood institution, you should. www.pegasusstudios.com

Fitness

We have been so lucky to have so many new fitness-related businesses open up in this neighbourhood (coinciding nicely with the bakeries, ice cream shop and restaurants!). Here are some of them:

Fly Girl Fitness

Bomb Fitness

Ankh Yoga

Legacy Indoor Cycling

Counterbalance Studio Pilates

Career Fit Mom

Dragonz Martial Arts (adult and kid classes available)

Bell’s Martial Arts (adult and kid classes available)

Monarch Park Stadium (adult and kid classes/activities, running track)

 

One more thing….

Our next DECA Board meeting will be next Monday, September 21 starting at 7:30pm. If you’d like to join us, drop us a line here and we can let you know where we’re meeting. Last time we enjoyed an hour at the beginning to meet & greet, but this time we will get right to it a 7:30pm because we have a lot to cover. All are welcome!

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Hello Neighbours!

As we head into a couple of days of heat advisory, a small reminder to please check on vulnerable neighbours, take extra care with kids and pets, and please please please water your trees. Buckets full of water for the trees please. (If you have a moment to spare, please water some trees at a park or in a schoolyard!)

And now for the news…

Merrily, merrily is here to stay!

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Another one of our pop-up shops has just become a permanent store on at 1854 Danforth (beside Oaks ‘n Acorns) – congratulations to Merrily, merrily!  If you haven’t been yet, they are a go-to for new, nearly new and handmade goods for babies, kids and even moms-to-be. It’s a lovely shop, and they have even more stuff for sale online: www.merrilymerrily.ca.

Could this get any better? Yes! They are a consignment shop, so every purchase puts money in the pockets of your neighbours as well as these local mompreneur owners. Win-win! And don’t forget the summer pop-up promo on until August 31 with current and former pop-up shops, which will save you the tax at Merrily, merrily (click here for more info on the promo).

Gentle reminder: Permanent stores are only permanent as long as we support them. SHOP LOCAL!

Speaking of awesome local shops…

Face to Face Games is celebrating their 1st Birthday!

This Tuesday, August 18 please visit Face to Face Games to enjoy 10% off everything in the store and buy-one-get-one-free lemonades all day long.

2077a Danforth (above Pizza Pizza, @ Woodbine)

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Face to Face Toronto’s awesome cafe

A few things you should know about this amazing shop:

  1. It is packed every night. Packed.
  2. They have an amazing cafe full of fresh, healthy and very affordable meals, snacks, coffee and their signature house-made lemonade and iced tea. Seriously. You need to try it.
  3. The owners want the space to be as much a neighbourhood drop-in as a shop. There are games on hand available to play for free (they have games for all ages) and they encourage people to bring along their favourite game from home to play as well. No catch, just a sincere interest in wanting to be a place where people gather.

Go there on a date, with your friends, with your kids, or go theire by yourself. You’ll love it!

Board games to Board meetings…and who doesn’t LOVE a good Board meeting?

DECA Board Meeting

This Tuesday, August 18 will be he next DECA Board meeting. Do you want to join us? We are trying something new this time, and will spend 7:30-8:30 with no formal agenda to give us a chance to chat with anyone who chooses to join us. Come and say hi and have a beverage with us (not on us)! If you want to stay for the actual meeting, you’re welcome to do so but you don’t have to. We thought this might be a better way engage with potential volunteers and others than our usual meeting-only approach.

If you want to come, please RSVP by clicking here and we can provide the details. (We do this so that we know who is coming and can ensure that we meet in a big enough space to accommodate!)

And last but not least…

Free Movie for Teens at Danforth/Coxwell Library: Insurgent 

Next Wednesday (Aug 26) for teens 13+ including free popcorn and door prize!

Movie Night ft. Insurgent

And it’s Movie Night this week at the Market: How to Train Your Dragon 2!

 

 

Stay cool, East Enders!

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Donate prom clothes! April 17th deadline 

This is a wonderful initiative and thanks to DECA member Diana Gibbs for sending this along:

The New Circles’ annual Prom Boutique Clothing Drive is now in high gear and they need your fancy clothes! The boutique is the largest in the city serving girls and boys and expects over 500 youth this year.  Working with schools across the city, the program ensures that the financial barriers do not prevent students participating in the big day.    

In This Closet (1765 Danforth) is kindly offering to be a drop-off site for east-enders and will accept your donations until April 17th.   Don’t leave your fancy clothes to languish in your closet. Bring them to In This Closet and put them to work.  Let’s make sure all our graduating youth can celebrate this milestone event in style.    

Looking for:

  • New or gently used suits, shirts, ties/bow-ties, shoes
  • New or gently used formal or cocktail dresses, shoes, evening bags and jewelry

Urgently needed:

  • Prom wear for young men
  • Prom wear for women in sizes 10 – 22
  • New make up and nail polish
  • New toiletries for men and women

Click here for more info on this project.

  

Free Creative Writing Workshop for 9-11 yr olds beginning April 25
(registration required)

 

Beauty Now April Promotion – 20% off April 14-30th

 

DECA Board Meeting

Sounds kind of boring, right? But it’s not! Our meetings are the main way that we regularly engage with members and guests and we’d love to see you there if you want to come. We’re meeting Monday, April 13 @ 7:30pm

Email us at info@danfortheastcommunityassociation.com so we can give you the rest of the details.

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