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posted July 4, 2006


Every Wednesday afternoon 1 – 2 p.m. and 2 to 3 p.m., starting Wednesday, July 12.

Everyone is welcome to come and hear stories from all around the world, with new stories each week. As the summer progresses, drama and puppetry may also be part of the Wednesday afternoons. Kate is a former staff member at the park, and is now the artistic director of The Cooking Fire Theatre Festival. She told stories by the wading pool and at pizza days for many years.

For information about the yurt, see the yurt picture gallery.

posted July 4, 2006


Every Tuesday and Wednesday,4 to 6 p.m.

Park staff Eroca Nicols is a dancer, as lots of park friends know. Eroca says there are so many wonderful group dances/ line dances/ square dances in all the cultures of the world, and she wants to introduce some of them into the park, with the help of park kids. So the park is offering free children’s dance classes every Tuesday and Wednesday all summer long at the park.

The sessions are:

  • Tuesdays:
    • Ages 5 and under – 4:00pm-4:30pm.
    • Ages 6-8 – 4:45pm-5:30pm
  • Wednesdays:
    • Ages 9-12 – 4:00pm-4:45pm.
    • All Ages Dance/Instrument Jam 4:45pm-5:45pm.

From Eroca: “All classes will be in front of the playground gazebo. Make sure to wear sunscreen and bring water to class.”

To find out more or to sign up, call the park at 416 392-0913 and leave a message, or e-mail Eroca at

Friday Night DJ Dance
The first dance is on Friday July 28, starting at 7.30

Park staff Ted Carlisle is also a DJ. So one Friday each month (July, August, September, maybe October if the weather is still good), Eroca and Ted and will host a FRIDAY NIGHT DJ DANCE on the rink pad, for everyone, after Friday Night Supper. The dance class kids will teach everyone (adults too) who want to learn the traditional group dance of that month and then Ted will spin all sorts of other music too. The first dance is on Friday July 21, starting at 7.30.

posted July 4, 2006

BIKE MAINTENANCE CLINIC near the farmers’ market and/or the playground

Every Thursday, 2 to 6 p.m.

Park friend Issie Chackovicz brings his tools and also his educational material about the CAN-BIKE courses he teaches. He does on-the-spot bike maintenance, with explanations. If your bike is squeaking, the handlebars are crooked, the brakes are loose, the gears don’t work right – Issie can get your bike back in shape while your kids play in the sandpit, or while you walk the dog, or come to shop at the market. He’ll charge for the work and the parts; the explanations, of how to do it yourself the next time, are free. That might get some squeaky bikes back into good condition fast, for all those busy people who can’t fit in regular maintenance trips to the bike shop.

Issie is a nationally-certified CAN-BIKE instructor. He writes: “The CAN-BIKE PROGRAM is a set of courses on all aspects of cycling safely and enjoyably on the road. The orientation is toward recreational and utilitarian use of the bicycle rather than toward competition. The CAN-BIKE courses are organized on age and 3 levels - basic, advanced and instructor. I teach all the levels including bike maintenance.”

Issie says the Can-Bike approach works for people who

(1) want to learn to ride a bike, or
(2) who already ride a bike in the city but would like to learn how not to get run over by a truck.

Issie says he can teach anyone, child or adult, to ride a bike in half an hour. That’s just getting moving. After that comes riding in your neighbourhood, then riding on main streets, than riding safely in the urban jungle. The courses are offered at various Parks and Recreation locations but Issie says there couldn’t be a better location than Dufferin Grove, with the large surface of the rink for doing figures-of-eight, and then the local-traffic-only protection of the block between the park and St.Mary’s High School. Contact:

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