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The DECA Board is meeting on Tuesday, February 27 from 7:30-9:30pm at Gerrard Pizza, 1528 Danforth in their private room in the basement.

Why come to a meeting? Lots of reasons! Perhaps you’d like to get involved. Perhaps you want to hear more about us. Perhaps you’d like to meet some neighbours. Whatever your reason, we look forward to meeting you!

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!
Please drop us a line to let us know you’ll be coming by clicking here. That way, if there is a snowstorm and we need to cancel, we will be able to let you know. In any case, feel free to join us at the last minute – all  welcome.


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Family Day events!

Lots happening in and around the neighbourhood for Family Day!

Monarch Park Stadium

For more details and to purchase tickets, click here: http://www.monarchparkstadium.com/programs-events/community-news-events/179-family-day

Free Activities at Stan Wadlow Clubhouse

Crafts, sculpting, bingo and hot chocolate! 373 Cedarvale (behind the arena)

MPP Potts’ Skate Day

Please join MPP Potts for a Community Skate at Ted Reeve Arena, on Family Day, February 19th. Free hot chocolate and snacks from 11 AM to 1 PM. Everyone Welcome! ⛸️175 Main Street

Winter Stations – Along the beach

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2017 Winter Stations

Winter Stations Design Competition transforms lifeguard stations into playful art installations. Winter Stations features works from the winners of the International Design Competition and celebrates Toronto’s winter waterfront landscape.

This year’s theme is RIOT!

February 19 – April 1, 2018.




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Do you feel love in the air? Whether or not you are pro- or anti-Valentine’s Day, getting out and enjoying the neighbourhood is a great way to embrace February.

We put a call out on our Facebook page for Valentine’s Day events – see below for what we heard back. But first, be sure to get your skates ready for the Friends of Monarch Park annual community skating party, happening tomorrow (Sunday, February 11) at 3pm.

Here are some Valentine’s Day ideas for everyone, whether you are celebrating or not! Shopping and dining locally boosts our local economy and keeps our neighbourhood vibrant and thriving. Stores we love don’t stay open unless we support them so check out these or other shops and show how much you #LoveDanforthEast!

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Fresh Paint Studio + Cafe, 1849 Danforth

Fresh Paint + Fresh Beer Night – an evening of painting with a beer sampling with Muskoka Brewery. February 14th, 6:00-8:00pm. $48/person includes cavas, paint and beer!

Valentines Day Wine and Painting

To learn more and to buy tickets, visit: http://freshpaintstudio.ca/…/valentines-day-paint-night-2/

Dickie’s Cooking School, 87 B Cedarvale Ave (just off Danforth)

Be My Valentine! (February 14, 2018) 2 hours @ $70.00

What are you doing for Valentine’s? How about drinking, eating and cooking in a super chill kitchen? In this two-hour workshop, you will make (and then eat) appetizers, two cocktails and they will provide dessert. The menu is flexible and can accommodate gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and vegetarian options. Please outline any sensitivities or restrictions when you register. http://dickiescookingschool.com/index.php/class-schedule/

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Melanie’s Bistro, 1870 Danforth Ave

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Offering a special Valentines Prix Fixe Menu 3 courses starting from $45  Two seatings: earlier between 5 and 6 and later at 7.30 or 8 pm. Call now for a reservation: 416-422-1870

VII Design + Gifts, 1434 Danforth Ave

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Find the perfect Valentine’s Day gift! You will find lots of heart pillows – both square and heart-shaped, as well as LOVE pillows on sale – other great gifts (silk velvet scarves, earrings and necklaces by local artisans, Wendy Tancock t-shirts, handcrafted wood pens and shaving stands) – and they have a selection of local artist Gordana Olujic’s HEART art.


Oaks ‘n Acorns, 1856 Danforth

Bake & Craft workshop – live footprint keepsake cards and yummy cookies to share with those you love! $31

Visit their Facebook page for more info

Right Side Boutique, 2097 Danforth (just east of Woodbine)

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day at The Right Side Boutique this year! On February 14th, this is special event that you and your sweetheart won’t forget. The event will feature:

*A couples yoga session led by Denise Kam
* Temporary tattoos
*Guided essential oil relaxation therapy with Jill Kovacs
* Valentine’s Day treats (including gluten free vegan brownies)

Stop by the store or email us at info@therightsideboutique.ca to register! Tickets are $20.

The Nooks, 1912 Danforth Ave – TODAY!

Find your perfect gift and from 7:00-9:00pm, make a night of it!

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Visit their Facebook page for more info on this and other events.

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Wednesday night – take your pick…improve your space or learn to wear your baby? Either way, get out and take part in these great local workshops!

On Wednesday, January 24 from 7-8:30pm, come to Fresh Paint Studio and Cafe (1849 Danforth) and join professional organizer Cherie Cox, interior designer Melissa Peretti, and mortgage broker Lisa Okun to talk about how to love your home – tips, trends and great info. $5 – includes a chance to win a raffle prize.

Buy tickets and get more info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/179268622667199??ti=ia

Or register for a Babywearing workshop at Silly Goose Kids on Wednesday, Jan 24 from 7-8:30pm! Be sure to follow them for all of their events and workshops!

Email Leigh to register by clicking here.

Also, don’t miss the Saloman Sample Sale on this weekend!

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Thanks to DECA’s Visioning Committee for these important updates!

The future of the Danforth TTC Garage site at Danforth & Coxwell (south/east corner) is now being determined after years of planning and visioning by many, including DECA’s Visioning Committee.

On the 24th of January, City Council will be asked to vote on a proposal to locate the future station for the Amalgamated 54/55 Police Division at the Danforth TTC Garage site at Coxwell & Danforth.

If approved, this site will be developed to house expanded TTC uses, a police station, a library as well as other cultural and public uses, which will be determined as part of the Master Plan process.


DECA looks forward to being part of the process, along with the Danforth Mosaic BIA and others in the community in working with the city and the police to realize this important city-building project in our neighbourhood.

Stay tuned!

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Our local politicians are hosting their annual New Year’s events this weekend on Saturday and Sunday – see you there!

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Happy New Year!

At our recent Annual General Meeting, the DECA membership elected a stellar Board for 2018:
Gay Stephenson & Loreen Barbour (Co-Chairs)
Audrey Kvedaras (Vice Chair)
Anita Schretlen (Treasurer)
Nicole Bergot-Browning (Secretary)
Alison McMurray
Jennifer Scott
Amanda Olsen
Melissa Peretti
Rebecca Green
Brad Bradford
Lorraine Cheng

Here is a message from incoming co-Chairs Gay & Loreen:
One of the many things to love when you get involved in our neighbourhood is that it makes the world feel like a brighter place. Gathering with neighbours to work on local happenings or projects has a way of harnessing good energy and comes with the benefit of getting to know more of the people who live across the street, around the corner, or down the block.

In the coming year, DECA would like to build even more opportunities for us to connect with one another. We’d like to meet you! We’re will be continuing to host “meet and greets” before Board meetings, building on this initiative from the past couple of years. Half an hour before the meeting begins, come chat with us! Watch this blog and Facebook for meet and greet dates and times for the new year. (Hopefully you are reading this because you are a blog subscriber!) Better yet,  if you haven’t already, join DECA as a member. It’s only $10 per/family per year and you can do it online here.

Did you know that everything DECA does began as someone’s idea? From vision to reality with the support, energy and dedication of many others! Initiatives like the Farmers’ Market, the Danforth East Arts Fair, Pumpkin Parade, Festival of Lights, DECA Pride, Visioning Committee, DECA Connects, Business Revitalization Team, Pop-up Shops, Laneway Crawl and more- they all started as an idea in someone’s head.

So as we go forward into 2018, we look forward to meeting with you, sharing time and inspiration. Perhaps you, or one of your neighbours have the next big (or small) idea for our neighbourhood? We want to hear them all so let’s get to know one another in the new year! And don’t forget to let us know if you’re hosting an event in the ‘hood and we’ll help spread the word. We are entirely volunteer run so the easiest way to alert us is by tagging us on social media.

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