Today in Weston – Cruickshank Park tree planting

Workers from Toronto and Region Conservation Authority in conjunction with City of Toronto Parks were at work today at the Lawrence Avenue entrance to Cruickshank Park planting red oak trees. These native trees need lots of room and will provide welcome summer shade in years to come. According to Metrolinx spokesperson, Manuel Pedrosa, the trees donated by Metrolinx are marker trees to represent the ones recently planted in the Humber Arboretum.

There will be an official ceremony tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. at the Lawrence Avenue entrance to the park.

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St Phillips bridge mural almost complete

Three professional artists, Dan Bergeron, Emanuel Ciobanica and Gabriel S. are hard at work on a mural which will adorn the underside of the bridge along St Phillips Road. The mural, was designed through a collaboration of the artists with community input. It is already a spectacular work of art that according to Ms. Ciobanica will be completed well before the official opening.

Emanuel Ciobanica at work.

Emanuel Ciobanica at work.

A cherry picker is needed to tackle tall sections and the underside.

A cherry picker is needed to reach tall sections and the underside.

The swirl represents a stylized Hurricane Hazel, part of our local history.

The swirl will stretch across the underside of the bridge and represents a stylized Hurricane Hazel; part of our local history.

The official opening ceremony will be held on Saturday May 30 at 1:00 pm.

The ‘changing’ face of Weston

Here are two views of the same store at 1940 Weston Road taken just weeks apart.

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‘Stein’s Hardware’ back in February.

 

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Bargain Stop on May 9.

There is no historical answer to this except that Weston for some reason is a popular place to make movies and in February, Bargain Stop had a makeover to emerge (briefly) as a hardware store.

TC3’s Spring Concert – June 6.

The Toronto Children’s Concert Choir and Performing Arts Company (TC3) is having its annual Spring Production and fundraiser on Saturday June 6th 2015, 7:00pm at the Jane Mallett Theatre in the prestigious St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts.

TC3 operates out of Weston and rehearses in the Weston Park Baptist Church at Lawrence and Weston.

This year’s concert, entitled “Get Ready”, is a celebration of gospel, cultural and inspirational music, African, Hip Hop and contemporary dance and African drumming. TC3’s young people are not only known for their talent but for their song writing creativity and ability to add a gospel touch to popular musical selections.

Special guests include Joy Lapps, known as the Princess of Pan and MC: Clairmont Humphrey, Streaming Praise Radio. Get Ready announces the beginning of an exciting season for TC3 as it begins a year of Anniversary celebrations: 15 years of changing the lives of youth!

Early bird tickets can be purchased at a discount of $5.00 off until and including Saturday (ignore the deadline on the poster).

For ticket information call 416-939-1702

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City Cycling Survey Seeks Submissions

In Weston we can cycle down to Lake Ontario and beyond on what’s now called the Pan-Am Path. Travelling north isn’t so smooth as there is a gap between St Phillips Road and Cardell Avenue involving a life-threatening trip along Weston Road.

The gap between St Phillips and Cardell Avenue. Taken from Pan Am Path site.

The gap between St Phillips and Cardell Avenue. Taken from Pan Am Path site.

The City is working on bridging the gap plus it is committed to adding 100 Km of protected lanes and 100 km of bicycle boulevards by 2018.

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The entire Pan Am Path. From Pan Am Path site.

In addition to this, they are working on a 10-year plan to improve Toronto cycling facilities and would like citizen input in order to steer their priorities.

It’s probably a good idea for Weston residents to express their views. Take the survey here.

Farmers Market Opens for 2015 Season

In spite of the construction, Weston Farmers Market opened for the 2015 season today with beautiful warm sunny weather. Here are a few of the sights from today’s low-key launch.

Grandpa Ken has sold delicious peameal bacon sandwiches at the Farmers Market for 31 years. He's a grandpa many times over. Helping out is a granddaughter and her friend.

Grampa Ken has sold delicious peameal bacon sandwiches at the Farmers Market for 31 years. He’s a grandfather many times over. Helping out is one of his granddaughters (L) and her friend.

Zuzu Montezuma (L) and friend work the Eli's Body Shop booth.

Zuzi Montezuma (L) and friend work the Eli’s Body Shop booth.

Rob Heidenreich with his gourmet dips and offered some delicious free samples.

Rob Heidenreich with his gourmet dips and some delicious free samples.

A satisfied customer takes home some.

A satisfied customer takes home some fresh asparagus.

While customers and traders were thin on the ground today, the consensus is that Weston Farmers Market is one of the best.