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Save the Date!! Danforth East Yard Sale

Mark your calendars! The Danforth East Yard Sale will be happening on June 9th.  In the coming months, we’ll let you know how to sign up and add yourself to the big map. In the meantime, take a peak around your living space…  do you have excess stuff you’d like to cull? The Yard Sale is a great way to meet your neighbours and clean house all at the same time. Happy spring!

3rd Annual DECA Young Leader Scholarship

DECA’s 2017 Scholarship Winner Sal Sabila

There are a lot of kids in our neighbourhood with huge potential. Some of them are already volunteering their time to make our neighbourhood a better place. DECA wants to help one of them this upcoming school year through our third annual DECA Young Leaders Scholarship. We’ll be posting the scholarship application soon and asking you to help us spread the word to local students and through our local high schools… Watch for more details on the blog. As always, fundraising for the scholarship will be through awesome neighbourhood events including a brand new Pub Night. You will also be able to contribute for the first time this year by making a donation thru the Danforth East Yard Sale. 


Calling All Artists! Apply Now – Danforth East Arts Fair

Don’t miss out on an incredible opportunity to showcase and sell your work at the Danforth East Arts Fair, taking place on September 15th and 16th, 2018, at East Lynn Park. Our vibrant community is filled with new families, established homeowners and creative folks who are eager to support local artists. Applications are due by March 31st, 2018. For more information or to apply visit the website: http://deca-arts.ca/exhibitors/

Emerging young artists have a sweet opportunity! You may apply for a #FREE booth at the Arts Fair this year. If you are an artist AND a full time student, the Emerging Artist Booth gives you a chance to sell and show your art in an open market. Apply now for this free opportunity! Two young artists will be selected: http://deca-arts.ca/exhibitors/emerging-artist/

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Thanks to guest blogger Michelle Mismash of the Toronto Tool Library for this post.

Hello Danforth East Community!
Michelle here to give you an exciting update on the youth programs at Toronto Tool Library’s Danforth location. In April I wrapped up my time at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. You can now call me Master! This summer, we have been working hard to make our youth programs the best that they can be. We have a new name – TTL Kids! – a delightful new logo, a great slogan, and even a super cool mascot! Now we’re about to launch our fall after-school programs. All part of a day’s work as your Youth Programs Coordinator.

imageAt the heart of the maker movement is the idea that all students are creators. Instead of memorizing and regurgitating facts, Young Makers are encouraged to use their skills and what they know to solve problems while designing and building their own projects. We believe in embracing failure as part of the making process, and allowing Young Makers to take risks on the way to creating something great. Making promotes a growth mindset, enhances critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and acts as a powerful force for inclusion. TTL Kids! is committed to ensuring that all Makers in the making have access to mentors, creative spaces, community, and tools.

While the TTL’s makerspace has a community unto itself, being part the Danforth East Community is very important to us. This summer, I might have met some of you while facilitating activities at the East Lynn Park Farmers’ Market. I loved working with your Young Makers to create D.I.Y. spin-art, build marshmallow catapults, fashion buttons, and craft little brush-bots. In the coming weeks, TTL Kids! will be bringing more engaging activities to the market. Look for our tutorials on making spectroscopes, balloon hovercrafts, and pocket LED flashlights! A big thank you to DECA for making space for us, and a great big thank you to all of you for supporting our efforts with youth programs so far!

Why not continue to inspire your Young Makers with a creative, hands-on after school program this fall? To celebrate the beginning of a new school year, we’re offering an early bird discount of 10% off the Youth Program of your choice. Use the code BACKTOSCHOOL10 at checkout before September 15th. Full descriptions of each program are available HERE.

It’s been a blast of a summer, and we can’t wait to meet our new and returning Young Makers this fall!

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For the third year in a row, the Danforth East (Community) Arts Fair will be giving young artists a chance to show off their talents and gain some valuable experience.

Meet our Youth Booth artists for 2016!

Megan’s Art

Megans art

See Megan’s work at Danforth East (Community) Arts Fair.

Megan is a 16-year-old aspiring artist from Rosedale Heights School of the Arts. She loves to paint vibrant still life works and describes her work as Impressionist Acrylic Paintings.

“What my art says about me is that when I see something I think is beautiful and should be looked at differently, I feel I should paint it,” Megan explains.

Thanks to #DECAF16 sponsors, Megan will have her first opportunity to show and sell her work in a public market space.

Welcome Megan!


PIECES by Anngela and Samanntha


PIECES by Anngela and Samanntha, Youth Booth artists.

Sisters Anngela, who is 15, and Samanntha, who is 13, find their inspiration – and source materials – from water.

“We collect beach glass from Ontario lakes and then wrap them around with wires,” say the sisters. “Also, using store-bought glass as pendants, we paint them or glue papers on the back of the glass. We started making jewelry about a year ago and learned from our mother, who has been voluntarily teaching jewelry classes for a Native Reserve Community near Northern Ontario during summer.”

PIECES will be on display and selling their jewelry at the 2016 Danforth East Art Fair, thanks to the generosity of this year’s sponsors.

Welcome Anngela and Samanntha!



The Youth Booth gives young artists an opportunity to bridge the academic world of artistic study with professional practice.This is an excellent opportunity to network with established artists in the community as well as to develop personal portfolios for the future.

The 8th annual Danforth East Arts Fair runs Sept. 17-18 in East Lynn Park. Visit http://deca-arts.ca/ for more info.

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Welcome to 2015 Danforth East! It’s that time of year again – resolution time. January seems like a prime time to focus on self-improvement. We’re fortunate to have many organizations and businesses in the neighbourhood offering options to improve our minds and bodies.  Here are two upcoming events that may be of interest to you and your families.

One Year Anniversary for Ankh Yoga


Family Literacy Day At Danforth/Coxwell Library 


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The Danforth/Coxwell Library Branch is hosting an event to bring out the inner author in our teenagers.  The interactive discussion, featuring author Eve Silver, takes place this coming Tuesday, December 9th from 4:00-5:00 p.m.  See the poster below for all the details.

Focus on Youth ft. Eve Silver 2014

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By Danforth East Arts Fair organizers

This year for the first time, Danforth East Arts Fair is hosting a free Youth Booth for talented young artists, thanks to generous community sponsors Bosley Real Estate and Pegasus Studios.

Young Danforth East Arts Fair artist Juliette Leach, 13, explores the beauty of nature in her work.

Young Danforth East Arts Fair artist Juliette Leach, 13, explores the beauty of nature in her work.

Thirteen-year-old Juliette Leach will be displaying her work Sept. 13-14 in East Lynn Park at the Youth Booth along with fellow young artist Stella Racca.

“The work I am showing in the arts fair is fine art that exhibits beauty in nature or presents my take on conflicts in society,” Juliette explains.

The active teen, who enjoys soccer and sailing along with reading, acting and playing the bass guitar, draws artistic inspiration from multiple sources. “I am inspired by nature, conflict and my general surroundings, but I have also been inspired by different famous artists such as Vincent Van Gogh or Frida Kahlo.”

What does the future hold for Juliette? “I would love to pursue a job involving creativity and have thought about becoming a graphic designer, high school art teacher, scientific illustrator or an architect.”

Continue the conversation with this promising young artist at the 2014 Danforth East Arts Fair (DEAF14), which takes place Sept. 13-14 in East Lynn Park. And feel free to continue the conversation on social media: #DEAF14 is on Twitter (@DECA_Arts) and Facebook along with Instagram and Pinterest.

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The Tool Library is launching a special week for young makers during the week of July 21st, next week. They’ll have lots of drop-in programs ranging from Marshmallow Catapult’s to 3D Printing.

Read all the details below or check out their website.

Workshop list:

Monday, July 22:

  • 9am-1 p.m. – Marshmallow Catapult Build: Young makers are introduced to our full woodworking shop through the building of something completely useful. Ages 8-12. $25
  • 2-4 p.m. – Duct Tape Craft Class: Use colourful duct tape to craft items such as jewelry and wallets.  Ages 8-12. (also available July 24). $15
  • 4-6 p.m. – 3D Print Your Minecraft: Learn how to make 3D models in TinkerCAD and export those models to minecraft. Then learn how to export minecraft models as 3D printable .stl files, and take home a print of one of your creations! Ages 9-13. $25

Full day price: $60


Tuesday, July 23:

  • 9a.m. -1p.m. Monster Making: Through simple sewing techniques, make a cuddly monster that is sure to keep all other monsters at bay.  Ages 7-12. $25
  • 2:30 -5:30 p.m. Kids’ Growing City Gardening Project – Learn about local healthy food and take home a craft that grows! Ages 4-6. $25

Full day price: $50


Wednesday, July 24:

  • 9a.m. – 11a.m. Bubble Bot Build – Using basic electronics, build a bot for blowing bubbles. Ages 8-12. $20
  • 11 a.m. – 1p.m. Egg Parachutes – Try your hand at simple design by making a parachute to rescue an egg from its drop! Ages 8-12. $15
  • 2p.m.-4p.m.Duct Tape Craft Class: Use colourful duct tape to craft items such as jewelry and wallets. Ages 8-12. $15
  • 2p.m. – 4p.m. – Sculpt, Scan, Print! – Sculpt a small model with clay, make a 3D scan, and 3D print a copy of your creation.  Ages 6-10. $25

Full day price: $60


Thursday, July 25:

  • 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Maker Craft Day – A day filled will activities from button making to do-it-yourself  LED flashlights! Ages 7-12. $50

For more information please contact:  Michelle at (647) 386-091 or michelle@torontotoollibrary.com


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