Friday, 14 May 2010

Silent Auction for Haiti

The Cobourg (533 Parliament), Friday, May 14 from 8 pm. $5 admission at the door. Maison enfants espoir is a small orphanage caring for 57 children in the Santos district of Port au Prince. It was badly damaged in the quake and now the children live and sleep outdoors beside the building. The silent auction is being organized by Becca Reed to support the orphanage. For all the details about the stuff that’s up for grabs, the auction times and the orphanage, click here:

Greenhouse Garden Party & Flower Tasting
Green Thumbs Growing Kids (6031/2 Parliament) is a Cabbagetown agency that introduces children to the pleasures of gardening. Kids learn how to grow their own food at home and in school gardens. On Sunday May 16, they’re hosting a party at Allan Gardens Conservatory from 1 to 4 pm. There’ll be good food prepared by chef Anne Sorrenti, a silent auction, free seeds, mocktails and music. It’s a fundraiser. Tickets are $50 (kids are free). Find out how to buy a ticket at or call (647) 348-5437

Introducing the new RBC staff

Jasmina (left) is the new manager at the RBC branch and Sasha is an account executive.
The Royal Bank has opened its branch at Dundas and Parliament as part of the revitalized Regent Park and it will serve Cabbagetown business and residential customers. The manager is Jasmina Zdravkovic. She’s returning to Cabbagetown after an earlier stint here and understands our neighbourhood well. The branch is open Monday to Wednesday from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, Thursday from 9:30 to 8, Friday 9:30 to 6 and Saturday 9 to 3. There is, as well, a bank machine on premises that can handle deposits and withdrawals. Parking is convenient throughout the area. We have long wanted additional banking services here and the new RBC is especially welcome. 480 Dundas E.

Sharon has summer jewelry

Sharon (503 Parliament) is featuring colourful summer jewelry made from stone, shells and natural fibres. She has earrings from $12.99/set. The beautiful turquoise necklace that she’s wearing in her picture is made from shells and natural fibres – the earrings and necklace are $34.99.

The Epicure Shop
Patty has Cendrillion cheese from Quebec in stock (it’s the world’s best cheese). She’s offering it on special this weekend at $6.99. Her two-year old parmesan reggiano is also on sale at $3.99/100 g. 473 Parliament.

Spring plants at Fairway
The outdoor yard at Fairway Market (520 Parliament) is now full of young plants for your garden – annuals, herbs, perennials are all on display and ready for you and there are lots of preplanted hanging baskets and special arrangements. They have tons of potting soil and other essential supplies. The spring planting season is finally here and Fairway is ready. You can buy a ticket for the Cabbagetown Garden Tour here as well.

Barracuda has planters
Gerry has his full line of outdoor planters and garden accessories in stock, including the very popular Gramercy and Delano styles. Several lines are on sale at discounts from 20 to 40%, including Santa Clara, Festonada and Madison planters. 527 Parliament.

Peter’s Cajun Pizza
Peter has arrived in Cabbagetown. His fans will fondly remember his previous store at Dundas and Parliament. He’s located in a bright inviting spot across from Anniversary Park at 415 Parliament. The small patio at the rear is now open. You can see all his menu selections at his website, During the week, he’s open from 11 am to 2 am. On the weekend, 3 pm to 2 am. Call (416) 368-8099 for delivery.

Wine and cooking
Two of our restaurants are continuing with special events through next week.
JAMcafe (195 Carlton) is hosting a wine tasting that features seven Phelps Creek Vineyard wines from Oregon. Food specially prepared by Av Atikian will match the wines and bring out their best features. Click here for details: JAM has become very adept with their wine presentations and many of their tastings are sold out early. Be sure to book your table as soon as possible. Thursday May 20, from 6:30 pm. (416) 921-1255 for reservations and more information.
Provence Delices (12 Amelia) is holding its fourth class in its current “Cooking with Elie” series. Each event is practical and direct. You can enjoy a lesson, do hands-on techniques and then sit down and eat the fruits of your labours. This week’s class deals with “starters” – soup, escargots and tuna salad. Monday May 17, 6:30 pm, (416) 924-9901.

Andrew brings colour to Kendall
Andrew works on bouquets and planters at Kendall & Co (438 Parliament). He refreshes the selection and flowers on display there. You’re invited to see the new nature inspired home décor accessories and purchase a ticket for the Cabbagetown Garden Tour.

John at The Hair lift Group
A while ago, we introduced John Judge who’s a new person at The Hair Lift Group (503B Parliament). He said then that he does “just about everything” especially colours and cuts. John has asked us to announce his current special – complimentary face framing highlights with every cut.

Prestige office space available
Kentridge Johnston have very attractive offices available with shared amenities in their beautifully restored heritage building. Bright sunny space with two separate offices – it can be subdivided into smaller offices of 500 and 600 square feet. Boardroom, kitchen, fax and copy facilities available. 185 Carlton Street. June 1. Contact (416) 323-1444 or

Nest Redux at TDT
Christopher House and ten of the TDT dancers take a fresh look at House’s seminal work, Nest. May 21 and 22 at 8 pm, May 23 at 2 pm, May 26 to 29 at 8 pm, Winchester Dance Theatre, 80 Winchester, $26 for adults, $20 for seniors, students and CADA. (416) 967-1365 and

Coming up soon –
Mark your calendars. Spring is a very busy time throughout Cabbagetown.
“Carts of Darkness” – a movie night invitation at 55 Bleeker St, Recreation Room. Monday May 17 at 6 pm, light refreshments. The Anti-Ableism Committee and TCHC present Murray Siple’s absurd, amusing and moving story of bottle pickers who expand into shopping cart racers. No cover charge.
Don Vale Cabbagetown Residents Association – 2010 annual meeting. The association’s annual business meeting with an election of officers, treasurer’s report and more. Special guest speaker is Amanda Gomm from LEAF who will discuss the state of our urban forest and action that we can take to enhance it. Wednesday, May 26, 7 pm at Riverdale Farm.
Annual Family Fun Fair – Winchester School, 15 Prospect St. There’ll be games, prizes, face painting a dunk tank, bouncy Castle, garage sale, silent auction, French café, delicious Halal lunch and much more. If you want to donate items for the silent auction or the garage sale, call Gwen (416) 368-0129 or Pam (416) 944-9944. Saturday May 29, 11 am to 3 pm.