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Friday, February 19, 2010

Ice Dreams

If you missed the multitude of neighbourhood skating parties last weekend, like I did, never fear!

Although a little far from Danforth East, Riverdale Park (550 Broadview) will be hosting Councillor Paula Fletcher's skating party this Sunday afternoon from 2 - 4 p.m.

Throw on your skates and relive your own version of Patrick Chan's Olympic performance!

The Ice Dreams Synchronized Skating Team will be on hand to provide some frosty entertainment, along with circus performers and other special guests.

Did I mention FREE hot chocolate and hot dogs? 

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Going Postal - Part 2

Some of you may remember that a few months ago, Danforth East lost its last Post Office. That may sound dramatic, but it's actually true. The closest full-service postal outlet is now at Woodbine and O'Connor or (if you're so inclined) at Chester and Danforth.

Unfortunately, Jack Layton's office wasn't fully aware of this situation until it was too late and even with some heavy-handed lobbying, the post office closed.

However, they are hoping to find a solution to this very serious problem (yes, even in this fast-paced world of email and Blackberry, people on Danforth East still need to mail packages and letters to loved ones...). They have planned a community meeting for this weekend, and I would like to urge everyone to attend. I usually try to be unbiased here at Pioneer, but we need to protect our Dandforth East assets. A post office is part of making a vibrant and safe community.

Here are the event details:
Date: Sunday February 21st, 2010
Time: 2:00-4:00pm
Location: WoodGreen Community Centre, 1491 Danforth Ave., Classrooms 1&2       
   (Coxwell & Danforth)

See you there!

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Monday, February 8, 2010

Some bread for my baby-o!

It was a frosty cold morning this past Saturday, but nothing was stopping myself and the junior Pioneer from heading out to the premiere event of the winter season: the opening day of Celena's Bakery (2036 Danforth). When I first heard the rumour that a new bakery was set to open its doors on Danforth, I couldn't have been happier. The old Italian bakery a block west had closed two years earlier, leaving only Plank Road Market and North Pole Bakery left to supply the blossoming neighbourhood population of fresh bread addicts (thanks Atkins diet for reminding all of us how good carbs are!). Celena's timely opening will once again bring fresh bread, cookies and other baked goods to the Danforth.

Here's how it went down: I opened the door to the bakery and noticed that it was cozily packed and that I knew approximately half the people in the room. Check mark for "neighbourhood gathering spot". The heady smell of fresh baked bread washed over me and oh, what a wonderful feeling. The sun was shining through the windows, rolling over the warm yellow walls and enhancing the happiness radiating from the room. There is just something about baking that makes people happy.

A wall display of bread baskets held a selection of fresh baked loaves, still warm from the oven. A brief perusal uncovered rosemary loaves, sourdough rounds and french bread. I greedily grabbed two, but realized that they were literally going to be sold out of bread in only minutes so I will save one for next visit. An espresso machine was puffing away behind the counter which means this will be a great place for a cookie and a coffee, post lunch. I also overheard that there will be pies, oh my!

Goodbye taste-less and day old grocery store bread, hello delicious artisanal treats. I can't wait to get to know you better!

Monday, February 1, 2010

The Big Hole: Community Meeting

If you've ever wanted to be involved in the community, now is your chance:

There will be a community meeting, hosted by DECA (Danforth East Community Association), tomorrow night (Feb. 2nd) at Kimbourne Park United Church to talk about the development of the Big Hole at 2055 Danforth (just west of Woodbine).

The meeting starts at 7:30 and I would suggest bringing your own spiked coffee......
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