Today is the last day to visit Weston Road Flows, the art and audio installation at UrbanArts’ 5 Bartonville location.
In other news, UrbanArts will soon be reopening in Weston; they picked up the keys this week to their Weston Common Cultural Hub location.
WE GOT THE KEYS! Many of you know that this long-awaited project has been 10+ years in the making. Well..it’s here now and we are finally moving into the brand new Artscape Weston Common Cultural Hub. Stay tuned for the exciting programming we have planned for the new space! pic.twitter.com/ry667GkL9a
If you want to get an idea of what the rental suites will be like when the new apartment building on John Street opens early next year, head down to the model suite at the end of John Street just before the footbridge.
Property managers Rhapsody are positioning the apartments as, ‘Resort style rental living with access to everywhere’. Suites in the building range from ~400 sq ft studios at $1383 monthly to ~ 11oo square feet 2 bedrooms for $2463 monthly. The model suite shows very well and will be retained so that prospective residents can see the features without bothering existing occupants. All suites come with stainless kitchen appliances, quartz countertops and a stacked washer – dryer. Building amenities include a gym, urban cafe, media room / resident lounge and pet lounge. Another big selling point of the building is the 7-minute walk to the Go Train and UP Express.
The Leasing Centre is open from 10-6 weekdays and 10-5 on weekends.
Weston’s much anticipated Hub seems to be approaching readiness. Occupation is set for later this year and the artist residences are taking shape. In addition, the adjacent 30-storey apartment building is also approaching completion with glazing well under way.
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Have you ever wanted to try clogging? How about belly dancing or even tap dancing? At the York West Active Living Centre, you can try these and so much more!
The York West Active Living Centre offers a variety of classes and social outings for people 55 years old and up. The fully accessible, air-conditioned facility is located at the corner of Weston Road and Lawrence Avenue.
In addition to dance classes, the centre provides fitness and educational classes including Zumba, Pilates, computer courses, Spanish and Italian language courses and a watercolour painting class.
I spoke to Suzanne Teixeira, Executive Director of the York West Active Living Centre about the centres’ commitment to promote, encourage and support healthy, independent living. “Some members are very involved at the center; participating in different fitness classes and trips. For others, knowing they belong to the Centre is enough,” she said.
Dancing with Parkinson’s is easily one of the most inspiring programs offered at the centre. Instructors guide individuals with Parkinson’s and other neurological ailments through a specialized dance that empowers them and encourages them to explore movement and music in ways that are stimulating and creative.
A non-profit organization, the centre uses money it receives from the small membership fee it charges and grants to fund the programs and pay for equipment including its two vans which play a vital role in bringing people to the centre. “A lot of our members are no longer driving, so we have two minivans that are used to bring members to and from the Centre. We also use these vans for social outings,” said Ms. Teixeira.
This Friday, June 29th, the York West Active Living Centre will be holding a Canada Day Lunch from 12 PM to 1:30 PM.
The event is open to both members and non-members who are 55 years young and older. Both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options will be available along with coffee, tea, and dessert. The cost is $10.00.
Ujima House at the corner of Weston Rd. and Lawrence Ave. holds a treasure-trove of resources for young and potential fathers. Ujima is a Kwanzaa principle that means Collective Work & Responsibility (To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers’ and sisters’ problems our problems, and to solve them together).
Officially opened on June 21, 2011, Ujima House is a non-profit organization that focuses on meeting the needs of African-Canadian men. However, the centre warmly welcomes men of all ethnic backgrounds.
The only father-focused centre in Canada, services include one-on-one mentorship, parenting courses, supervised visitation areas, cooking lessons and help with legal matters.
I spoke to Ed Gough Jr., Program Coordinator at the centre about why the centre was created and the impact it has had on members of the community. “A lot of fathers feel like they are not being listened to or heard,” he said. “Many of the men who come here did not have stable, supportive father figures in their lives. Ujima House provides a safe environment for men to talk, share experiences, and learn from one another on how to become a better father for their children. When men feel safe, they are bound to open up.”
As social stereotypes surrounding the roles men and women play in raising children continue to erode, it is encouraging to know that a place like Ujima House exists.
Quickly approaching their 10 year anniversary, the centre is focused on expanding the services it provides to men beyond the Weston community. One initiative the centre hopes to have up and running by September 2018 is a series of free webinars and talks. Not only will this help to young and potential fathers outside the Weston community, it will also allow people who are not able to visit the centre access resources anytime they need it.
This Sunday, June 17th, 2018, Ujima House is hosting a Fathers’ Day Celebration. The event will take place from 11 AM-5 PM. Activities include an Annual General Meeting (11 AM-12 PM), drumming, and a Daddy Olympics which include a diaper changing competition. All are welcome!
Ujima House is located at 1901 Weston Road #18, York, ON, M9N 3P5.
This week’s letter comes from ‘Anonymous’ and comes up with an excellent idea about the Weston Farmers Market that is obvious in hindsight.
As the new Weston Hub moves closer to opening day and its new facilities are taking shape on the ground rather than on paper, it’s becoming harder to imagine the Weston Farmers Market shoehorned into its future designated space.
There are plans to have landscaping in front of the rental tower building and along the walkway to the footbridge that will eat away precious available space and although there has been a suggestion that the market be allowed to spill over onto adjacent John Street, it is clear that traders will have to scale back their stall space. This may make Weston’s market not worth the bother.
Another factor is the noise. Traders begin setting up the market from 5 am. This is a noisy process and may disturb homes overlooking the site.
What’s the solution – well, that’s proposed in the letter of the week.
“I wonder if the folks at Weston Lions Arena were asked to share their lot for the neighbourhood market?
Way back in the olden days, was it not known as the Fair Grounds?
Wouldn’t that be a nice venue – right in the river valley, away from the very tired looking Main Street area.” – Anonymous
The idea is worthy of consideration. The space is huge, further away from residences and as the arena is closed from April until October, it is a natural fit with the market. Adjacent to the parking lot is nature in all its glory, a splash pad, playground, tennis courts, soccer field and during July and August, the open air pool is open, there adding to the festive atmosphere. As an added bonus there is plenty of parking.