The Swanek Park Neighbour’s Night Out is tonight at 7:00. Residents will certainly be talking about the proposal to move St John the Evangelist school into the park and the accompanying demolitions, but city planners will also be presenting an alternative vision of the space.
The Catholic board has also called a meeting to discuss the issue—and while it’s the same issue, and at the same time, and on the same day, it’s in a different place. Their counter-meeting will be held at St John the Evangelist; the announcement says that board staff and the trustee will be answering questions about the new school site.
The Swanek Park meeting will be at 7:00 at the Queenslea St entrance. The city planners’ presentation will be at 7:30.
The TDCSB meeting also starts at 7 in St John the Evangelist Elementary School at 23 George St.
Tomorrow is the last day to catch a documentary installation about Weston.
Weston Public is being shown at the Beaver Hall Gallery as part of the Ryerson graduate school of documentary media exhibition. Sarah Sharkey Pearce created Weston Public to explore youth’s experiences in Weston and Mount Dennis.
The trailer (for the whole exhibition, not just her documentary, unfortunately) is below:
Beaver Hall Gallery is at 29 McCaul St downtown. The gallery is open from 12 – 7 and admission is free.
Last night, more than 700 burgers and hotdogs were served up to residents of Weston by volunteers for Neighbour’s Night Out. According to Dave McBride, an organizer, Weston usually has the largest turn-out of any Neighbour’s Night Out in the city, and this year it showed. Elm Park was packed with kids having a blast, and the line-ups for the food were enormous. That should have been no surprise: hamburgers were only $2 with a drink! They were good, too: President’s Choice low-fat Angus beef.
Your humble correspondent never ceases to be amazed by how cheap desserts are in Weston. Frontlines community drop-in centre was selling cookies and treats at bargain prices. He and his daughter binged on several delicious chocolate chip cookies.
While your reporter faced threats to his waistline, the dangers were nothing compared to those of the chefs fending off hundreds of hungry visitors while labouring over a smoking grill. The community owes thanks to them and the other volunteers, organizers, and supporters.
Despite the light rain, it couldn’t have been a better weekend in Weston..
The market was jumping, and not just in the two bouncy castles. At least four different entertainers worked the crowd with everything from accordions to Elvis. Business looked brisk for the vendors too, as one would expect in strawberry and asparagus season.
The Queens Drive 23rd annual yard sale packed both sides of the street with visitors. There were odds and ends and antiques for sale, and several young entrepreneurs were raising money for charity—at one stand, lemonade was 25¢ and cookies were 10¢, and the proceeds went to juvenile diabetes.
Elizabeth Laregina, Cher Dawson, and Gemma were also raising money for a cause. They were selling flowers in support of Weston Memorial Public School. Laregina said that they had raised over $500 from the sale of donated flowers.
Cher Dawson dug many of the plants for sale from her own garden. She has been selling them for “going on 10 years”, and said “I just love gardening, and I love nature… I like to help out the school”.
Gemma told my daughter, “It’s a great school. You’ll love it.”
Heavy rain stopped just in time for the Weston Memorial Fun Fair last night. Hundreds of people came out to play games, bounce in the air castles, and support their local school.
Libby Sestito, the school’s office administrator, said that the fair was “really great. It was very well attended, even though we thought we were going to get poured on. It was really unbelievable.”
According to Ms Sestito, the parents’ council estimates that they raised around $5000. The money will likely go toward computers for the computer lab.
Kids and adults had a great time racing in the potato sack race, and watching the staff and teachers race as well. The hotdogs were popular, and the animal encounter was a hidden gem. Kids (and their chaperones!) could get up close and pat snakes, rabbits, and exotic animals like the bearded lizard, chinchilla, and skinny pig. The animal keepers were wonderful with the delighted crowd of little ones.
Finally, your correspondent can attest that the cupcakes were a steal at 50¢. Delicious!