Thursday, 26 April 2007

Spring cleaning

Another great success!
For the second year in a row, our local Clean-up Day was a huge success. Mountains of trash were gathered up as businesses and residents cleaned up the lanes, yards and hidden little corners where this stuff collects.
You can see how big the piles were at Spruce Street and at Amelia in these photos.
The BIA together with the Don Vale Cabbagetown Residents Association organized this drive. The guys from our BIA crew polished up the laneways and then swept the collection areas after the trucks were finished.

Film Festival Fundraiser
The Stonegrill on Winchester is home this weekend for the first Cabbagetown Short Film & Video Festival fundraiser. It happens on Sunday, April 29 from 2 to 5 pm, at 51B Winchester Street. See some movies, meet your friends and experiment with the fine food that the Stonegrill has to offer.

The Sale is Happening Right Now
Last week, we told you about the Eclectisaurus sale at 249 Gerrard Street East. Details are now available: 50% off on vintage textiles and clothing, 35% off on jewelry, hats, scarves, belts and shoes, 25% off on vintage glass, ceramics and kitchenware. Plus savings of 15% to 50% on furniture, art, prints and lighting. Don’t miss it.

“We’re Funny That Way”
Heather Mackenzie from Big Momma’s Boy organized our restaurants to support “We’re Funny That Way” at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. This gala is a giant fundraiser on behalf of gay and lesbian causes across the country. Our restaurants have catered it twice and Heather reports that this year, “It was a huge success … everybody was raving.”
Thanks to Big Mamma's Boy, Ben Wicks & Left Door, Brass Taps, Chapter Eleven, Cranberries, House on Parliament, Margarita’s, Peartree and Stonegrill.

Forsythia Festival
In just one week, the 36th annual Forsythia Festival kicks off in Riverdale Park at Sumach and Winchester Streets. Sunday, May 6 at 10:00 am. The Parade marches off to Wellesley Park at 10:30. Face painting, picnic food, fire trucks, karate, and highland dancing are among the highlights.

Kids Soccer is a Cabbagetown Tradition
The Cabbagetown Youth Centre needs community support for its evening soccer league. Community sponsorship has enabled children who would otherwise not have the opportunity to participate in an evening soccer league. Approximately 300 children participate every year in four age groups (there are 4 teams in each group.) You can support them with one payment or a series of smaller installments. Call June Charles, the Coordinator at the CYC at 416-960-1032.

Have you ever wondered?
How do we get so many posters glued to poles, newspaper boxes and storefronts? Well, these pictures show two fine young people doing the deed on Saturday afternoon. While the rest of us were cleaning up the street, they decided to add to the clutter.
No doubt, their cause is worthy. But what kind of bad judgment leads them to cover every flat surface available on the street? When asked, they could only reply that the government would pay to take them down.
If you know someone in the teachers’ union, CUPE, the CAW, the Labour Council or any of the other endorsing organizations, please ask why their group supports this sort of thoughtless damage.