Cabbagetown has so much to give thanks for this Thanksgiving. Our community is a rich, diverse neighbourhood filled with amazing people doing fun and wonderful things, some of which are highlighted in this edition of Cabbagetown Living. We hope you will share this blog post with your friends and family!
A BLAIR’S RUN FIRST
The 38th annual Blair’s Run took place at the 2017 Cabbagetown Festival with a whopping 178 participants. Blair’s Run is a fun fundraiser for the Cabbagetown Youth Centre, 2 Lancaster Ave., and for the first time ever was won by a female. Congrats to Jazz Shukla from Metcalfe Street who won in a photo finish with a chip time of 4.46.1 minutes followed closely by Peter Nowaczek from Cabbagetown Boxing at 4.46.4. Jazz has been in the race since she accompanied her Mom in a stroller.
We are proud of our many members who support Blair’s Run with donations and prizes. Our businesses are part of the neighbourhood and we salute each and every one for getting involved in programs such as Blair’s Run. The Cabbagetown Youth Centre accepts donations all year round and welcome them at www.cabbagetownyouth.ca.
Note: Watch for photos from the Cabbagetown Festival to be uploaded to our facebook page soon!
WARMING THE YETI’S HEART
Cabbagetown’s Yeti Agnew of Yeti Law is back from a trip to Vienna where she snapped this photo of a pedestrian crosswalk sign in the downtown area depicting a happy lesbian couple on the “Stop” pedestrian signal. (Those are heart shapes in the middle of their chests.) Variations of the signal light show a gay couple and a hetero couple. It warmed her heart! Yeti hopes to see something like this one day in Toronto!
SAY HELLO TO PECAN
The best part of Thanksgiving? Family and friends. A very close runner up though is of course the food. Anastasia at Staij & Co., 552 Parliament, is baking up a storm as usual. For Thanksgiving she is busy in the kitchen making pecan, pumpkin and apple pies. (Pumpkin might be your go-to, but why not say hello to pecan?) They are available for pre-order up until October 5th and can be picked up on October 7th and 8th. Limited quantities are available for walk ins. They are sure to be a treat! Orders can be made by calling 416-792-2505 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
GET THE CREATIVITY FLOWING
Jessica at Rapid Photo, 434 Parliament, loves helping her clients be creative with their photos. From standard printing and framing to cool stuff like printing on mugs, t-shirts, coasters and phone cases. Jessica has lots of fun and creative options for your photographed memories. After hours her creativity keeps flowing and recently she has taken up creating quirky clay sculptures and unique little trinkets which she sells at www.namasteclay.ca. Stop in anytime to ask Jessica and the rest of the team how you can get that creativity flowing using Rapid Photo services.
THANKS FOR GIVING
There is lots happening in October with our friends at Pet Valu Cabbagetown, 240 Carlton Street. They are celebrating the 6th annual THANKS FOR GIVING and hope you will donate. This year donated items will go to the PWA Pet Food Bank and Cat Busters. 100% of donations stay in the area! Items needed are cat food and kitty litter, dog food and treats, toys, small animal and bird food. They will be collecting everything at their location.
ENTER TO WIN
Near the end of the month, (Oct 26th – 31st) you can bring your pet to the store in costume or pick up a costume there and be entered to win a prize pack valued at over $60. You can also show off your pet’s costume on Instagram using #PVScaryCute.
ANWAR KNIGHT VISITS
CTV’s Anwar Knight recently visited Regent Park Community Food Centre, 40 Oak Street, to take a look at their programs and how you can help during Hunger Awareness Week on Knight in the Morning. To watch the spot, please visit: http://bit.ly/2hHgYWn.
To donate to the CRC please visit: http://tcrc.ca/how-you-can-help/donate-now
GET IN STEP
Hey Cabbagetown it is time to GET IN STEP! This is a friendly reminder that there is a community Step Class lead by Brenda at the Cabbagetown Youth Centre, 2 Lancaster Ave. If you would like to sign up and get involved, meet your neighbours and burn some of those Thanksgiving calories off, give Brenda a shout for more details at email@example.com. This month’s schedule is as follows.
Wednesday, October 4th: 9:15 am – Step
Sunday, October 8th: NO CLASS – Thanksgiving
Wednesday, October 11th: 9:15 am – Step
Sunday, October 15th: 11:00 am – Step
Wednesday, October 18th: NO CLASS Sunday, October 22nd: 11:00 am – Step
Wednesday, October 25th: 9:15 am – Step
Sunday, October 29th: 11:00 am – Step
GETTING BETTER WITH AGE
There has been a flurry of activities at KENDALL & Co, 514 Parliament St. After 3 years, their design team has re-modeled the entire shop with an expanded décor resource centre and an opened layout showing new lines in furniture, rugs, wallpaper and blinds. All to serve Cabbagetown better! Not to be outdone, their retail team is bringing in almost daily new arrivals in gifts, accessories and serveware. Just in time for Thanksgiving gatherings. No wonder Cabbagetown has got one of Toronto’s Best in Design with KENDALL & Co. Discover the changes 10-6 weekdays & 11-5 Saturdays.
TORONTO EATS – 100 RECIPES
Recently our friends at The Labour of Love, 223 Carlton, hosted a signing with cookbook author Amy Rosen to celebrate the release of ‘Toronto Eats.’ The book is filled with 100 recipes from 50 of Toronto’s top chefs, along with stories from the chefs themselves. The event was informative, fun and candid. You can read an interview with Amy on The Labour Of Love’s website blog at www.thelabouroflove.ca. Signed copies are available at the shop in limited quantity.
CABBAGETOWN GETS FRESHED RIGHT
New Business Alert – Freshed Right Salad and Juice Bar, 298 Gerrard Street East, is pleased to be part of the Cabbagetown community and would like to thank Cabbagetown for the support! Pumpkin Spice Season is here and Freshed Right hope you will visit them where they have created their very own Pumpkin Spice Smoothie! – Because Pumpkin Spice is no longer reserved just for for lattes 😉
MOVING INDOORS FOR TAI CHI
The Cabbagetown Summer Tai Chi classes in the park near Riverdale Farm are moving indoors for the fall and winter. The Tai Chi Group will meet at the Kiwanis Club, 101 Spruce Street, Wednesday mornings. New members are welcome to join the group on the 2nd floor, 10am to 11am, Wednesdays. For more details, call Michael White 416 926 9553.
PARENTS CAN DANCE TOO!
Parents, show your kids where they get their dance moves from 😉 The School of CCDT, 509 Parliament, had a lovely first month of classes and are very excited for the rest of the school year. While most know they have classes for youth, many do not know about their adult classes. (That’s right, you can still dance after you “grow up.”) You can learn more about classes at www.theschoolofccdt.ca.
CABBAGETOWN PUMPKIN WALK
SAVE THE DATE: On November 1st, from 5-9pm our neighbourhood friends at the Cabbagetown Residents Association are hosting their infamous CABBAGETOWN PUMPKIN WALK at Riverdale Park West. Wear your costume, bring your pumpkins and a donation for Daily Bread Food Bank and enjoy the fun with the whole neighbourhood!
The City of Toronto will recycle the pumpkins!
RIVERDALE FARM’S BOO BARN
SAVE THE DATE: Riverdale Farm’s Annual Halloween Boo Barn Event is Saturday October 21st and Sunday Oct 22nd, 9:30am – 3:30pm. This free event is great for kids aged 3 to 9 years, (but everyone is welcome!) Activities include: Face painting, Crafts, Pumpkin Patch on site, carve on site, collect your seeds and take them home. No mess! No Fuss! Tools are provided, no cost to carve. Suggested donation $5.00 per pumpkin. Pumpkins are first-come, first-served; supplies are limited.
PLEASE ALSO NOTE: Early October to Mid- November – Repair and resurfacing will be taking place on the eastern trails and pathways of Riverdale Farm. The lower gate (access to bridge over the Don) will be closed October 3. Farm will be open daily 9am to 5pm though access to the pathways will be limited.
CABBAGETOWN IS ABOUT TO GET FANCY
New Business Alert – On October 2nd Fancy Franks Gourmet Hot Dogs, 484 Parliament, announced on their social media channels that they would be opening within the week in Cabbagetown. Be prepared to chow down on out of this world hot dogs topped with indescribable toppings. (Ok, maybe they are describable… Order a hot dog and find out more!)
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