Thursday, 21 April 2011

Election Debate We had a terrific election meeting on Thursday night. The four people looking for our votes in this riding are all very impressive. They presented reasonable ideas and did so in a civilized fashion (too bad the whole campaign across the country isn’t being run as well.) The questions from the audience were important and the answers were knowledgeable. More than two hundred people crowded into the room. CTV covered the event and made it part of their 11 o’clock newscast. Central Neighbourhood House were great hosts. Congratulations to Kevin Moore (Conservative), Ellen Michelson (Green), Bob Rae (Liberal) and Susan Wallace (NDP)

Election questions? Go to and enter your postal code. Your local information will appear. It's a good website where you can find the answer to a lot of your questions.

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Easter Egg hunt Hosted by the Easter Bunny in person! Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton) is having a family event on Saturday April 23 from noon to 3 pm. There'll be an Easter egg hunt, a colouring contest, a chance to Pin The Tail on the bunny and lots more. Pancake plates for the kids are only $3.99. Mom and Dad can have lunch and a Czar while Erin and her friends take care of the little bunnies.

Easter at Kendall & Co The staff at Kendall & Co have been wolfing down chocolate Easter eggs and they've finally decided to share the goodies. So, take a look at the photo and guess how many eggs are in the picture. If you're right (or the closest), you'll win the heart shaped box. Email your answer to The storewide sale is now happening - up to 50% off home accessories, serving ware and garden decor. 438 Parliament across from Spruce.

Easter at The Epicure Shop Patty has filled Epicure with eggs, hot cross buns, homemade gingerbread and shortbread cookies,jelly beans and cupcakes. She's got ceramic chicks stuffed with chocolate eggs, lunch boxes, homemade pies and tarts. Chocolate Clare's excellent chocolate Easter eggs are in store as well. Closed Friday and Sunday. 473 Parliament.

Celebrate our youth Central Neighbourhood House is hosting its Spring Concert with young performers from St James Town, Cabbagetown and Regent Park on Thursday April 28, 7 to 8:30 pm. The children will perform musical, dance, drama and spoken word pieces. There'll be 100 pieces of art to celebrate CNH's 100th anniversary. Lord Dufferin School (350 Parliament). Free admission.

Successes at Caroline's Caroline Murphy is proud to announce two great recommendations for her new menu - Caroline's has made it onto the Toronto Life 2011 list of recommended restaurants and onto NOW Magazine's list of 100 top brunch spots. By the way, her entire menu is now available for home delivery. Her patio in the back is now open and she has a supply of shawls to warm everyone until Spring temperatures finally arrive. . 554 Parliament

Cave Spring visits JAMcafe Save this date - Thursday May 5, 6:30 pm. Joe and Av are hosting Cave Spring, one of Ontario's premium wineries. This'll be another of their excellent pairings - Av's delicious hors d'oeuvres will be matched with a variety of Cave Spring wines. Menu details and wine selections will be announced soon. Call (416) 921-1255 for information and reservations. It's a good idea to book ahead. Their last wine tasting sold out and no doubt, this one will be popular too. JAMcafe is regularly open for dinner from 5 pm, Tuesday to Sunday. 195 Carlton.

Lunch at Young Thailand Cabbagetown suddenly has a lot of good lunch destinations and we can happily report that Young Thailand (446 Parliament) has a very good selection. Lunch is available from Monday to Saturday. For more information about menus, takeout and delivery services and hours, visit their website:

Yoga at the Me To We Store Welcome the Spring with some detoxifying and rejuvenating twists and bends. Move through these gentle yoga poses to open up to Spring. Three classes are scheduled: Saturday April 30 at 10 am, Monday May 9 and Monday May 17 both at 6:30 pm. Bring your own mats and water bottles. You can register at Classes are $10 and they happen at the Me To We Store (223 Carlton).

Learn to bead like Kenyan Mamas On Saturday April 30 from 1 to 3 pm, the Me To We Store (223 Carlton) will host a workshop on beading where you can learn the crafty skills of Me To We artisans. It's part of their Mother's Day campaign, From My Hands to Your. The workshop is $5 and you can register (and see a video on Kenyan beading) at

Cabbagetown artists Here's a Festival heads-up. For the third year, we'll be offering free display space to visual artists who live in the Cabbagetown area. You can use the opportunity to sell your art or to display it proudly. It's proven to be a pleasant success for the past two years. Our Carlton booth space is surrounded by music, good food and other great attractions. This year, you're welcome to join us on Saturday September 10 from noon to 6 pm. Call or email Doug to be registered: , (416) 921-0857.

Save this date The Hike for Hospice happens on Sunday May 1 in Riverdale Park. There’s a two km leisurely stroll through Cabbagetown and a 5 km challenge in Riverdale Park. Check in is at 10 am, the hike starts at 11 am and lunch is at noon. It’s a fundraiser to help Alliance Hospices, an in-home palliative care service for people with life-threatening illness and their families. It’s a pleasure to report that many Cabbagetown businesses have already offered their support. For more info,

Congratulations to the Kiwanis Boys & Girls Club
Many of us know that the Kiwanis Boys & Girls Club occupies the old church premises at Sackville and Spruce. It's being renovated and the club's offices have moved temporarily to the Filipino Centre (599 Parliament.) They've just celebrated another successful year with their annual cocktail fundraiser featuring CBC's Luba Goy. The event earned over $23,500 for the after-school programs in Regent Park and Trinity Bellwoods. Congratulations for the fine work. Photo: Gord McElroy