Archive for the ‘Fitness’ Category

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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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)


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


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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During these dull, dreary days of January there is still alot happening in the Danforth East area to lighten your mood.  Read all about a local fitness offering, a pop-up outdoor gear sample sale and two photography workshops on the posters below.

Here is a note  from Beth of CareerFit Mom with more details on the Karma fitness classes:

Feel good through exercise while also doing good with your donation!  Try out a class, fit in a workout during our term turnaround and introduce others to CareerFit Mom classes, all while supporting a great cause!

I am hosting a selection of drop-in classes at oaks ‘n acorns between Jan. 21st and Jan. 31st. My team of instructors and I are donating our time to spread good health and happiness to you, our valued community of exercisers. All class proceeds will be donated to The Neighbourhood Centre which supports local families in need.

Please join us at these super fun workouts – Pay What You Can (suggested donation is $10 at the door) – Pre-Registration is Required and Space is Limited!  Register at www.oaksnacorns.com/karma-classes or call the studio to book (416.425.3213)

2015_CFM Karma

 Salomon Sample Sale


Photography Workshops


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East Lynn Park Farmers’ Market

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The photos can speak for themselves!  The is truly something special about the people who hang out at East Lynn Park on Thursday afternoons.

This week’s wellness guest is Mary Ganzon of Counterbalance teaching a 3D workout at 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. It is a workout that can be with you for your lifetime. Both sessions will be a half hour long. Come and talk to her about the programs at the studio!

CareerFit Mom is providing entertainment at the Market this week. Workout with your kids (ages 2 & up). Parents get a sweat-session while children engage in developmental exercises. Everyone has fun exercising together using unique moves, toys and games that brings out the kid in everyone! Drop in whenever you can – you’ll see Beth and her crew frolicking around near the north/east side of the park!

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.


Volunteers Needed for Arts Fair

By now you’ve likely made sure your weekend plans involve stopping by the Danforth East Arts Fair. But if you have two hours to spare, the organizers are looking for volunteers for a variety of different roles – everything from sitting in a chair and talking to shoppers to helping the artists with set up and take-down of tents and supplies.  Please click to find out more about volunteer openings.


Nordic Pole Walking Demo

Ever wonder about those people you see walking around with ski poles in the summer? Well you can get all your questions answered this Saturday in Monarch Park.  Learn about the benefits of this low-impact for of physical activity with a nordic pole walking demo and clinic put on by Cool East Market  (1390 Danforth Ave).  See their flyer below for all the details.

nordixx pole demo


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Remember to come out THIS SATURDAY, April 12 to our community party, Danforth East Dreams! Stop by 12-4 pm to 1811 Danforth Ave. for a few minutes on your way to the park or stay for the whole afternoon.  FREE drinks & treats from Melanie’s Bistro, Moberly Natural Foods & Beau’s! FREE bike tune-ups from 32 Spokes! FREE kids’ activities from Mrs. Darling’s Imaginarium for Boys & Girls! FREE repairs next door from 11-3 pm at the Repair Cafe! We also have amazing door prizes from LEN, Rebel Therapy Yoga, Air Zound bike horns and Ankh Yoga!

We’ll have lots of cool ways to share your ideas for improving the hood. So start dreaming and tweet your ideas now using #DEdreams and we’ll use your tweets tomorrow.

Special thanks to the owners of 1811 Danforth, Haig and David, for the use of their space for the day.

Ultimate Frisbee Returns to Stephenson Park

If this gorgeous weather has inspired you to get outside, why not try ultimate at a local park? REC Athletics’ Spring 2014 Ultimate Frisbee League begins May 7, 2014 at Stephenson Park. It’s co-ed, fun and you can register now as an individual or a team at www.recathletics.com.




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Looking for your chance to tell the City what you think about their plan for traffic congestion?

Looking for a new place close by to work out (where they also have child care!)?

Looking for a fitness or dance class (adult or child) but want to try one first before committing?

All of the above?  Keep reading!  We’ve got you covered.

Event: Feeling Congested? – Tomorrow, October 3, 2013

A note from Councillor Janet Davis’ office:

The City of Toronto Planning Division is currently undertaking consultations related to an update of the transportation policies within the Official Plan. Updating these policies will help the City to deal with congestion on streets, sidewalks, and transit. This consultation process has been branded Feeling Congested? You can visit http://www.feelingcongested.ca for more information.

As an important stakeholder in Ward 31 Beaches-East York, we would like to invite you to participate in a focus group session to learn about and discuss some of the changes that Toronto City staff are proposing. The event is part of a series of focus groups that are happening in wards across the city.

The session will focus on two things: the concept of developing a transportation network, and a proposed new structure for making decisions around prioritising transportation projects within that network. This structure uses a set of eight criteria that are each broken down into a series of indicators.

You will learn how the criteria have evolved over the course of the Feeling Congested? process, and see how they can be applied differently in order to achieve a variety of outcomes.

In addition, you will be given the opportunity to review and comment on the indicators (or measures) associated with each criterion, and ask questions of staff or Councillor Davis.

Space at this event is limited, so click here to sign up today!

East York Civic Centre (Committee Rm A)
850 Coxwell Avenue
Thursday, October 3, 2013 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

BOMB Fitness Opening

Sunday, October 6th
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
1502 Danforth Avenue (between Monarch Park & Coxwell Avenue)

Free classes, prizes, huge membership discounts, a nutrition stall and a kids area (where the kids can be while parents work out!)

Further details and class timetable can be found at http://www.bombfitness.ca/events.html

Opening Party-1

Pegasus Studio – Free dance, art and fitness classes next week

Try a Class



Don’t forget about the Home Safety Audit tomorrow after the Farmers’ Market – details in yesterday’s post.

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Another fitness post? Well, what can we say? There’s always news to tell! Here goes:

Pegasus/Flygirl Fitness Sampler – Thursday September 5

Dance schools are not just for dancing! Check it out! Sampler classes are FREE!

Sept. Open House poster

Free Yoga – Sunday September 8

From 2:00-3:00 p.m. at Stephenson Park (south of Danforth, just west of Main) this Sunday, where Kevin McDonald (self-proclaimed “Leader of the Male Yoga Revolution”!) will be leading a free yoga session for anyone and everyone. It will be geared for people at moderate+ levels, but it’s a park, so if you are a beginner, I say go anyway! 🙂

What to bring: yoga mat or beach towel, comfy clothes that you can sweat in, water bottle, sense of fun! If it rains, the session will be cancelled. (Don’t judge, it’s totally legit to cancel if it rains!)

Bomb Wellness is moving October 1

And the best part is, they are moving eastward into a bigger space that happens to also be in DECA territory, closer to Coxwell Avenue! Read all about it in their blog post: http://www.bombwellness.com/2/post/2013/07/bigger-and-better.html They are a neighbourhood favourite so if you haven’t checked them out yet, please visit their website or facebook page for more info.

Do you want to come to the next DECA Board Meeting?

Okay fine, this one has nothing to do with fitness. Unlike fitness classes, DECA Board meetings are actually right up my alley – sitting, usually with a glass of wine in hand, laughing and learning with friends/neighbours while slowly making amazing changes in our community. Sounds pretty awesome, right? Maybe you won’t work up a sweat, but if coming to our Board meeting is of interest to you, please email Anita here for more information and details. The next one is this Thursday, September 5 @ 7:30 p.m and it will be held at one of our local, licensed establishments.

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