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posted June 8, 2006

Neighbourhood events, June 2006

FISHING TRIP: Wednesday June 7, 7-9 p.m.

The Mount Dennis Residents’ Association has invited Dufferin Grove Park users to come to a show-and-tell hiking/fishing expedition at Eglinton Flats (Jane and Eglinton). The huge complex of sports fields and naturalized areas was a market garden until the 1970s, and there was also a natural spring on one quadrant. The spring was dammed up and turned into a pond, which has been stocked with fish. The association has fishing poles and fishing programs for kids in the area. They also maintain the area around the pond, and log the many different kinds of birds and dragonflies attracted to this urban wildlife oasis. They want to share their knowledge with friends of Dufferin Grove Park – everyone welcome. (By the pond, at 7 p.m.)

BIG PARADE: Saturday June 10, 11 a.m.

The annual Portugal Day Parade. Location: down Lansdowne from Bloor to Dundas, along Dundas to Trinity-Bellwoods Park. Portuguese are famous for the ingenuity of their parade floats. This parade has a historical theme and it includes giant boats with medieval sailors, wine-making, lace-making, and bread-baking floats, floats with real chickens and goats, depicting farm life, dancers and musicians in the various costumes – a feast for the eyes and ears.

JANE JACOBS: Monday June 12, 7.30 p.m.

St.Paul’s Anglican Church at Bloor and Spadina: John Sewell hosts a celebration of the life of Jane Jacobs. There will be readings from Jane’s work by Max Allen, Anne Collins, Ken Greenberg, Anne-Marie MacDonald, Vince Pietropaolo, Mary Rowe, John Sewell, R.H. Thomson, and others. The Dufferin Grove bakers are baking 140 loaves of bread for the celebration. Jane Jacobs loved the park bread, and so does John Sewell. This former mayor of Toronto bought a loaf of park bread from the food cart years ago, when the park oven was still new. The next day he called up to ask if he could broker an anonymous grant for $10,000 to help the oven programs grow. The check was in the mail a few days later. We still don’t know the donor – John has never told – but now, when there are two ovens, a farmers’ market, and many other food-related things in the park, it’s our chance to bring bread to the Jane Jacobs celebration: an honour.

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