Monthly Archives: March 2010

Toronto STREET ART#2- Respecting the Craft of Street Art!

Another talented Toronto artist that so graciously shares his gift of creating beautiful art, with other Torontonians.

Some beautiful art to brighten our day,  as we walk about the city streets of downtown Toronto.

Thanks Mr. Chalk Master for making me laugh with your wicked sense of humour and the pleasure of watching you create something so beautiful, out of something as simple as a piece of chalk.

See one of the Chalk Masters masterpieces at Yonge & Dundas, infront of the Eaton Centre Mall, before the rain washed it away…

Black Business and Professional Association to Announce *TODAY*-Award Recipients of the 2010 Harry Jerome Awards “Celebrating Excellence”

Black Business and Professional Association to Announce the Award
Recipients of the 2010 Harry Jerome Awards
“Celebrating Excellence

Toronto, ON – March 25th 2010- Media are invited to attend the announcement of the 2010
Harry Jerome Awards recipients with BBPA President, Pauline Christian and Harry Jerome
Awards Chair, Karlyn Percil. This momentous occasion is celebrated with great honour and
pride, as the BBPA gears up to present these outstanding individuals with their due reward in the
upcoming ceremony. African-Canadians have made great contributions to the landscape of this
nation and we are proud to recognize their achievements.

The 28th Annual Harry Jerome Awards Ceremony is taking place on
April 24, 2010

See the website below to purchase tickets to the event…

For more information about the celebrated Canadian track and field runner and gold medal OLYMPIAN, Harry Jerome

click the link below…

Harry Jerome-Canadian Track & Field Olympian & Canadian Walk of Fame Inductee

I will be attending the announcement and excited to be there as I was a recipient of the

Harry Jerome Scholarship  Award in high school for my academic achievements and community


The BBPA National Scholarship Fund-available to students attending accredited Canadian universities or colleges

I am very grateful to the BBPA for the scholarship award, because the monetary award enabled me to attend my

1st year at York University, without financial stress, and that made all the difference!

This is a full circle moment for me

Stay tuned for my blog post to come…

FREE or ‘Almost Free’ Things to do With the Kids over the March Break.

What are your plans for March Break with the kids…

If you’re staying in Toronto for the break, there’s a lot to do in the city.

Here’s a list of FREE or almost free things to do with the kids….

  • Royal Ontario Museum: March is “Bat” month at the ROM. Specials for March Break include: FREE Bats t-shirts (valued at $17.99) for the first 50 kids through the door every day during the Break (March 13 to 21). FREE bat crowns to every kids on Saturdays and Sundays during Bat Month. Special hours for March Break, extended hours and half-price admission after 4:30 p.m.   **While supplies  last.
  • CBC Museum: Visit the Canadian Broadcasting Centre and learn about how all scenes from CBC’s classic children’s programs, or watch clips from their archives. CBC Museum is located at 250 Front St. W. Telephone: 416-205-5574 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              416-205-5574      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.
  • Harbourfront: Bring your skates and head off to the Natrel rink for an afternoon of fun.  If you don’t have skates, you can rent them for the day. Admission is free. Hours are: 10:00 am. to 10:)0  pm.  The Natrel Rink is open until March 22 (weather permitting).
  • Nathan Philips Square: Another popular place to take the kids skating. Skate rentals are available for those who don’t have skates. Admission is free. The rink is open 7 days a week. Hours are: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Ontario Place: Cinesphere – March Break Film Festival. Watch movies every day from March 15 to 21 for only $8.  The Princess and the Frog will be showing at 11:00 a.m. and The Twilight Saga: New Moon at 2 pm.
  • Wizard World: Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place. Free Admission for kids on March 14 with Pizza Pizza coupon. $8.50 without a coupon. Lots of activities for the kids. Stage shows, rides, attractions, petting zoo, crafts, entertainment, etc. Hours 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Free lootbags for the kids. For more information, call: 416-585-9263 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              416-585-9263      end_of_the_skype_highlighting. VIA…torontoonthecheap

-Toronto is 18% parkland…get back to NATURE.  Go to one of the MANY great public PARKS like High Park or Trinity Bellwoods park or a park in your neighbourhood.  Its a great way to exercise and play OUTSIDE with the kids. The Allan Gardens Conservatory, is free for children and adults.

-Go to one of the Canadian Opera Company’s Free Concert Series. (I love the free concert series! I am so grateful to the donors.). On March 16, Norbert Palej directs an homage to the works of Chopin, performed by the University of Toronto’s music ensemble. Guest artists include Paolo Bellomia and Jimmy Briere.

-Go to the TORONTO PUBLIC LIBRARY with the kids.  You can rent movies and take out books if it is a rainy day. Many libraries have activities for families and events for adults. Check out RAMP the TPLs Youth Publication

-Go to one of the cities COMMUNITY CENTRES  Toronto Parks & Recreation where you can get active, play a game or join one of the many free activities or classes.

-Visit the free zoo at High Park . There are fallow deer, peacocks, bison, emus, yaks, llamas and exotic species such as capybaras and wallabies. Or the Riverdale Farm.This real farm in Cabbagetown parkland has free admission. The kids can see donkeys, pigs, fowl, rabbits, etc. Preschoolers activities include puzzles, books and games in the Meeting House playroom.

-Go to a museum or cultural centre. If you are downtown Fort York, a War of 1812 battleground, or Mackenzie House, the home of our first mayor. Or in the westend, visit Montgomery’s Inn, which is connected to the 1837 Rebellion, or Colborne Lodge, a restored 19th-century house in High Park. The Gibson House Museum and Todmorden Mills in North York, and Scarborough Historical Museum in the eastend.

The Art Gallery of Ontario and Royal Ontario Museum. The AGO’s permanent collections are free on Wednesdays between 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Plus, high-school students with valid ID get in free between 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. from Tuesday to Friday. The ROM has free admission on Wednesdays between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

The National Film Board of Canada’s Mediatheque offers Green Scenes, a twice-daily, hands-on animation workshop for children aged six to 14. It’s only $5 per child, and you can join in for free.

-Catch a hockey game and see the Marlies at Ricoh Coliseum.  You cant get tickets for as low as $10, in the “Toronto Star Zone” by purchasing them online..

-Go for a walk along the HARBOURFRONT or in the BEACHES have FUN!

-Explore one of the many culturally diverse neighbourhoods for the day like, Greek Town, China Town or Little Italy.

and remember LIFE is meant to be LIVED & ENJOYED, get out, try something NEW & have FUN!


P.S. Please SHARE any info in the comment section below, on FREE or budget friendly activities you may know about!  THANKS!

Even though I am not a parent, I am babysitting a wonderful 7 year old girl over the March Break Holidays. Wish me luck! HA!

Only kidding I love her to bits and she is the sweetest most intelligent child. She almost makes me want to have one of my own (I said almost, as I love to sleep in :-) …I honour & respect parents because just after 1 weekend of babysitting I am exhausted LOL!  It is a tough but rewarding job.)