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Galleria Mall Developers to hold Community Open House

Freed and El Ad, the new owners of Galleria Mall, are holding a Community Open House on Saturday, January 23. Please come and let them know what you love about our neighbourhood!Reimagine Galleria Open House Notice January 23 2015_Page_1 Reimagine Galleria Open House Notice January 23 2015_Page_2

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Next Thurs Oct 1 7pm: All-Candidates Debate at Oakwood CI… and send questions!

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Come hear the candidates that want to represent OUR riding next Thursday at 7pm! The DNA is a proud co-organizer of the event, to be held at Oakwood Collegiate Institute, 991 St Clair Ave W at Oakwood Ave, 7-9pm.

**Got questions you want addressed? Send by this Friday and we’ll add them to the box to be posed to candidates. **

Of the four registered candidates for our riding, three have accepted our invitation to participate:

Andrew Cash (New Democratic Party)
Julie Dzerowicz (Liberal)
Dan Stein (Green Party)

Invited but declined:
Carlos Oliveira (Conservative).

More info on the poster (pdf)

Hope to see you there!

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Underpass mural party adds steam to Green Line vision!

Thanks to everyone who was part of the huge turnout at the Green Line mural launch party last week!  We flooded the loading dock/parking area at the Artisan Factory, with people taking breaks from the speakers, design-a-bridge contest and amazing Dark Horse pizza to walk over to the Dovercourt underpass to see Roadsworth at work as the mural unfolded.

We’re grateful that MP Andrew Cash, Councillor Ana Bailão, and Jake Tobin Garrett of Park People had time to speak and talk about the Green Line vision. Best of all, the paint is now dry and we have an amazing mural to welcome people to our neighbourhood!

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Watch a time lapse of the mural being painted!

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Join us for the underpass mural launch party – August 26!

RSVP for the Green Line mural launch party on Aug. 26:
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Another great Community Clean-up (and some wacky finds)

Thanks to the more than 25 volunteers of all ages who joined us on Sunday for our 5th annual Community Clean-up!  The Geary strip looks so much better after the piles and piles of garbage and recycling that we pulled out. Meeting neighbours and sharing ideas for the area was a big bonus.

Special thanks go to Jake Tobin Garrett of Park People for a great update on the Friends of the Green Line work, and for treating us all to a hot cocoa wrap-up at Nova Era.  Big thanks go to our fabulous team captains Catherine, Helena, Karen and Suvi, and also to Valentine at Riders Cycle & Board for playing dispatch, relaying latecomers to our teams in the field.

And winners for wackiest found item?  Probably the professionally-stuffed Canada goose — someone spotted the glass eyes and thread — or maybe the deer antler. Queen-size mattress and vacuum cleaner came close too:



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Enjoy our cleaner parks and see you next year!

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Sunday April 19 1-3pm: join us for our Community Clean-up Day..and snacks!

Our annual Community Clean-up is this Sunday, April 19 from 1-3pm.  It’s part of the City’s Clean Toronto Together 2015.  It’ll be the DNA’s 5th year as participants!

Want to meet neighbours and get our area looking great for spring?  Meet us in front of Riders Cycle & Board, 80 Geary Ave at Dovercourt at 1pm.  If you’re late, the Riders staff can direct you to a cleanup team, or just look for teams working along Geary between Bartlett Ave and Ossington.

At 3pm, we’ll all meet up for some well-deserved snacks, hot cocoa and more at a local spot (TBD), courtesy of the Toronto Park People

See you there!

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Pumpkin Contest draws crowd to Bartlett Parkette!!

We wanted to say a great big thank you to everyone who came out to this year’s Best Pumpkins Contest! We had a great turnout — over 70 people at its height– and added many new members while checking out over 30 amazing pumpkins. These all competed for prizes in the “creative”, “scary”, “classic” and “people’s choice” categories.


IMG_7860Topping the “judges choice” list was this devilish pumpkin  (below left) by Franca and Cathy Muraca of Delaware Ave, who are sharing a yoga mat from The Sandalman and a gift certificate from Total Cleanse Juices. Second place went to Campbell Smith for his carousel (below right), who took home a gift certificate from The Sovereign Cafe, with third place going to the Lind family on Westmoreland who won a certificate to Asada Mexican Grill.




Our celebrity judges included MP Andrew Cash (below), MPP Cristina Martins (next photo below), and Helena Grdadolnik of Workshop Architecture (and founder of Friends of the Green Line). They had a tough job choosing the best pumpkins, and we thank them for their help!


IMG_7918Generous prizes were donated by local merchants including The Three Speed, Riders Cycle and Board, Sandalman, Asada Mexican Grill, Total Cleanse Juices, The Sovereign Cafe, and Hop Skip Jump. Refreshments were sponsored by Nova Era (Geary Ave.), Loblaws (Dupont & Christie), and Starbucks (St. Clair & Christie). Toronto Park People, and TD Bank sponsored this event.

Finally, thanks to our team of enthusiastic volunteers!

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Join us Nov.1 for a Pumpkin Contest!

Your pumpkin wants to shine even after Halloween! So bring it the next day (that’s Sat. Nov.1) to your neighbourhood association’s 2nd annual pumpkin contest!

There will be hot chocolate, prizes, and great chances to meet your neighbours!

It all starts at 7pm with hot chocolate (thanks, St Clair/Christie Starbucks) and snacks (thanks Park People).  Go green and bring your own mugs if you can 😉

Where: our very own Bartlett Parkette (north side of Geary Ave, between Bartlett and Salem)

When: Sat Nov 1 at 7pm. Winner announced at 8:00pm.

How: Drop off your pumpkin (labelled underneath with your name + phone number) and a candle. You don’t need a pumpkin – tour the gallery & cast your vote for the best pumpkins!

Prizes will be donated by local businesses, including The Sovereign Espresso, The Three Speed, and Riders Cycle and Board .

We thank Friends of the Greenline, TD Bank, and Park People for their support.

Download and print a high quality PDF file of the poster for your street here.


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this Sat: books, bikes and food along the Green Line (ie our neighbourhood!)

Remember last summer’s amazing Green Line competition that put forward a vision for the hydro corridor and rail lands spanning the DNA neighbourhood and beyond?

 This Sat, the Green Line becomes ‘the Reading Line’ with books, bikes and food! Join a bike tour along the route to hear amazing authors and a great picnic.  It all starts at 9:30am  at BookCity Bloor West Village :

9:30am  |  BookCity Bloor West Village  |  Catherine Bush
11:00  |  Geary/Dovercourt West Side Meadow  |  Shawn Micallef
11:20  |  Geary/Ossington Geary Ave Parkette  |  Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer
11:40  |  Geary/Shaw Garrison Park east end  |  Amy Lavender Harris
12:00  |  Frankel Lambert Community Garden/Christie north of Dupont  |  Christina Palassio
12:20  |  Picnic at Frankel Lambert Community Garden/Christie north of Dupont  |  Tanya Neumeyer

Read more at Quill & Quire and then sign up on Eventbrite!

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