Upcoming events

The Friends of Smythe Park Community members working with the city’s InTO the Ravines program and other community groups have organized a couple of great events for the coming weeks. On July 23 at 2 p.m. there’ll be Kids and Caterpillars:

A hands-on introduction to caterpillars and butterflies with real, big caterpillars. Look, hold, touch! Look for butterflies. Ontario Naturalist, outdoor children’s educator and retired middle school science teacher Don Scallen will bring his large Saturniidae moth caterpillars, including cecropias, prometheas and lunas to show children aged 3-10. He will talk about their life cycle and how to rear them, and will give children (and caregivers!) the opportunity to hold the caterpillars and admire them up close. After his talk, he’ll take children and caregivers on a walk to look for butterflies, caterpillars and caterpillar plants. Join us for this entertaining and informative hands-on afternoon in the park. And, free popsicles!

On August 6, they’ll be hosting Turtles for Families, a “turtley awesome afternoon in Smythe Park” (this dad approves that pun!)

Join us for a turtley awesome afternoon in Smythe Park. We will meet at the playground and take a gentle car-free walk through the woods to the ponds. Children will look for basking and swimming turtles, predated and protected nests, and learn how to identify and protect these wonderful park inhabitants. Then outdoor artist and school art teacher Alexandra Iorgu will guide families to make their own clay turtles. Our turtles will form a public display to highlight our park’s special local role in Toronto’s biodiversity. Come enjoy hands-on learning and creating together outdoors. And, free popsicles! 

Upcoming events

The Weston Artist’s Good Food Market and Mighty Brave Productions + Haus of Dada will be hosting “Intangible Adorations Caravan” on July 13. It is free and at Weston Common.

A multi-sensory interactive experience with robust accessibility built into each performance, the show presents a threadbare Victorian Caravan as a deceptive cover for a world of mobile Cinema, aerial wizardry and shared ritual.

 As a Mad and disabled artist, creator Lisa Anita Wegner is committed to the idea of public art that is truly accessible, and to eliminating barriers of poverty and disability that too often get in the way of underserved communities experiencing art. Lisa’s work explores the possibilities of Madness and disability as a source of communal activation, and Intangible Adorations Caravan specifically aims to reclaim the performing caravan not as a site of display, but rather as a site of world-dismantling potentiality.

Toronto Nature Stewards are looking for people to help clean up and remove invasive plants from the Topham Pond area, as well as Weston Lions Park. The Topham Pond group meets Thursday mornings, while the Weston group meets at various times.

Upcoming events

The Weston Artists Good Food Market launches this Wednesday, May 25, at the Weston Common.

Now in its second year, The Weston Artists Good Food Market aims to bring the residents of Weston together by forming a community hub, with fresh produce, engaging activities, community programming, and local artists and artisans. The market will be held at Artscape Weston Commons, 34 John St. Wednesdays 4 – 7 pm, May 25th – Sept 7th.

A Good Food Market is not a farmer’s market, it is a program run in conjunction with Food Share Toronto and community members in order to increase access to high quality, affordable produce in neighbourhoods where it might not otherwise be available. Food Share delivers fresh produce sourced from local farmers and from the Ontario Food Terminal (local and imported).

We have many local vendors lined up as well as the Junction’s Indie Alehouse. We hope to see you all there!

The Humber River Pals will be hosting a cleanup at Weston Lions Park next Sunday, May 29th from 10 am until noon. A guide will also be showing registrants how to identify and remove invasive plants.

UrbanArts will be having a grand reopening this weekend.

They’re also launching a zine-making workshop that sounds pretty neat.