Two more murals about to be painted

Artist Jason Baerg. Source: jasonbaerg.com

Urban Arts will be completing two new local murals this month. One will be under the Lawrence Avenue bridge and the other under the Scarlett Road bridge. These will be viewable by pedestrians and cyclists and will have an indigenous people theme. Cree Métis artist Jason Baerg, and his team of mural painters presented ideas for comments last night at the Weston Library. Both murals will be painted on long and narrow bridge abutments that run under the respective roads with a stylized thunderbird theme for the Lawrence bridge and a sweetgrass theme for the Scarlett location.

The indigenous people theme is particularly appropriate since the Carrying Place Trail ran alongside the Humber for thousands of years before European settlement of the Weston area.

The Carrying Place Trail Plaque at Little Avenue and Weston Road at its unveiling in 2013.

Progress reports will be forthcoming.

Today in Weston May 13, 2017

Today was a busy one in Weston. The Weston Farmers Market was open with a few stalls. Next week will be bigger and better. According to vendors, business was brisk. Everyone I spoke to was pleased with their sales.

Weston Farmers Market begins the second of three seasons at its UP Express location.
Sebastian Capatina from menos.ca with some artisanal olive oil and bread samples.
Emi Burnham from Pinkyz Bath Bombs with some actual bath bombs.

The Farmers Market wasn’t the only activity happening today.

At the Weston Library, Ameer Shaikh (L) and Laurent Ho from ADL Process Electronic Recycling collect old electronics for, well, recycling.
At 2125 Weston Road, (the former St. John’s Anglican) Pastor Felix Ayomike helps out at the barbecue during Victory Assembly’s open house.

Down in the Humber Valley, exercise was on the minds of many.

At the Weston Sports Complex, soccer, tennis and baseball players do their thing.

Paper crane challenge

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The Weston Public Library is trying to fold 1000 paper cranes before the end of the month, and they would like your (or your kids’) help. It sounds like fun:

 In honour of Asian Heritage Month, Weston Branch is attempting to make 1000 origami paper cranes. An ancient Japanese legend narrates that those who makes 1000 paper cranes will be granted a wish by the Gods. While we may not be able to be granted a wish, it certainly would make for an eye-catching display!

Drop in after school between 4:00-5:30 pm Monday through Friday and learn how to fold a paper crane. Challenge ends on Tuesday May 31st.

 

Upcoming events: Weston Library is 100!

The Weston Public Library will be celebrating its 100th anniversary on Saturday, November 22. The party starts at 9 and lasts all day with a street band, an entertainer, police on horseback, a firetruck, a choir—and the official launch of Weston’s Pages of History project. (A hint: you can get a sneak peak, and it looks great!)

Metrolinx will also be having the last of their construction thank-you gatherings that weekend. It will be held at the GO Station Parking Lot, 1865 Weston Rd, on Sunday, November 23 from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.

Doors open this weekend

Volunteers from the York West Active Living Centre spent yesterday morning cleaning up the gardens at the Weston Library to prepare for Doors Open Toronto, which happens this weekend. For the first time (that I can remember) a building in Weston is on the tour. The Weston Public Library is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

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The YWALC also announced summer job openings for two students between 15 and 30. Click on the attachment below for the details.

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Extreme heat alert for Toronto

It’s hot out already, and it’s not even noon. Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Toronto’s Acting Medical Officer of Health, has issued an Extreme Heat Alert until further notice.

The Library is open and air conditioned, as is the Pelmo Community Centre. Weston Lions Pool is fantastic—and was not very busy yesterday, when I was there with the kids. Admission is free, and the water is cold. Bring a pair of flip-flops, though; the change rooms are, well, well travelled.

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Library may not have hours cut

A late-found pot of money means that library hours will probably not be cut While Frances Nunziata was predicting that library hours would have to be trimmed, Rob Ford’s allies on the powerful executive committee voted in the end to soften the tough 2012 budget and preserve library services.

Nunziata earlier told Correire Canadese that

cuts to the library system will not lead to closures… but rather to “the reduction of a few hours of operation.” She emphasizes that “taxpayers cannot pay out-of-pocket.”

In the end, however, City Council will be asked to cut the library budget by $3.9 million, instead of $7 million. According to the Star, library hours will probably not have to be reduced. Council will vote next week on the budget.

The extra money came from a $8.8 million surplus from higher-than-expected property tax revenues in 2011.