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Tips for Building an Eco-Friendly Fall Wardrobe

Make your fall wardrobe more eco-friendly this season by following the tips below! The best part is you don’t have to sacrifice style or versatility!

Is your closet full of garments that are out-of-style or no longer fit? Take them to a good tailor who can “upcycle” them into garments that fit like a glove and feature new designs. Instead of purchasing the very latest trends every season, opt for garments with classic lines and cuts that you can wear for several years before they go out of style.

Purchase garments that are made to last, ethically sourced, and manufactured using non-toxic chemicals and materials. Do your research to find out which clothing labels and retailers are the most eco-friendly. For example, certain fabrics can be made out of recycled material and dyed with non-toxic dyes. Also, seek manufacturers who pay their workers a fair wage. While eco-friendly garments tend to be pricier than their more hazardous counterparts, the long-term savings and other advantages of purchasing these items are important to consider. Avoid purchasing “dry clean only” garments, because the chemicals used to clean them are harmful to humans and to the environment. If you already own “dry clean only” garments, take them to a cleaner that specializes in non-toxic methods such as liquid carbon dioxide cleaning.

Organize a clothing swap with your friends. Bring the items you no longer wear and walk away with “new-to-you: items! Donate the rest to a local thrift store.

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Photo Montage

During the final days of fall, get a little creative! Make a photo montage to preserve your memories. All you need is a blank canvas, printed pictures, and Mod Podge or other glue. Lightly paint the glue over the canvas using a paint brush, and then lay out your photographs, pressing each one down gently. When they are dry, trim any edges hanging off of the canvas space and cover with a layer of Mod Podge. Along with being great gifts for friends and family, photo montages are great for decorating your own home!

THREE WAYS TO MEET NEW PEOPLE AND ROCK YOUR CONVERSATIONAL SKILLS

Meeting new people is always an adventure, filled with opportunities to expand our social circle as well as the occasional challenge, like feeling uncomfortable around strangers. By practicing a few conversational strategies, we can all get the most out of any social event.
Join a club or group whose sole purpose is to build a community around common interests. Book clubs, sewing groups, and cooking groups work especially well for these purposes because the activities themselves fuel most of the conversation, even among strangers. Social chatter will naturally follow, enabling participants to build friendships outside of official group events.
Attend cocktail parties, networking events, and mixers by yourself, arms with a plan to make one or two new contacts before you leave. To work the room like the most vivacious of social butterflies, always position yourself with “open” body language, by turning your shoulders toward each person you speak to and uncrossing your arms. This form of nonverbal communication shows others that you are approachable and friendly.
When you initiate a new conversation in any social situation, bypass commonly-asked questions like, “Where are you from?” in favor of questions like, “What’s your favorite thing about this city?” or “What books or movies do you recommend and why?”
These will yield interesting information that you can bond over in future encounters.

Jane’s Walk Saturday May 5

 

On Saturday May 5 from 10am to noon, the Eglinton BIA and the Eglinton Crosstown LRT are teaming up to host a Jane’s Walk guided tour along Eglinton Ave W. The walking tour will start in the Shopper’s Drug Mart parking lot at Latimer and Eglinton (550 Eglinton Ave W) and travel to Burger Shack at Oriole Parkway and Eglinton (233 Eglinton Ave W). The tour will involve a lively discussion about the history of our neighbourhood and how it is changing.

 

See the Eglinton Way BIA website for more events, sales and happenings along Eglinton.

http://www.theeglintonway.com

 

Jane’s Walk holds guided walking tours all over Toronto. Check out the website for more details.

https://janeswalk.org/canada/toronto/

 

The Eglinton Crosstown LRT is scheduled to be completed in 2021. For construction updates and other events see the Eglinton Crosstown website.

http://www.thecrosstown.ca/

 

Delicious Winterlicious

Calling all foodies! Toronto’s Winterlicious is back! The food event starts next weekend and features some of our favourite local spots. From January 26 to February 8 various restaurants in your neighbourhood will be offering three-course prix fixe lunch and dinner menus. Don’t forget to call ahead and book your reservation.

 

photo of sea bass from Ricarda's restaurant

Midtown

Close to our 305 Roehampton and Hampton House Communities

 

North 44

$53 Dinner

Cuisine: French, Contemporary, International

A favourite for both Torontonians and visitors, North 44 describes its atmosphere as sophisticated but relaxed.

 

Tabule

$23 Lunch $33 Dinner

Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern

Tabule is run by a husband and wife so it’s no surprise that the atmosphere is cozy and comfortable. They offer plenty of vegetarian and vegan options.

 

 

Prohibition

$23 Lunch $33 Dinner

Cuisine: Contemporary, Gastro Pub

Relatively new to the midtown area, Prohibition is a trendy place with a party atmosphere.

 

Uptown

Close to our Harrison and Oakburn Communities

 

Wildfire Steakhouse

$28 Lunch $43 Dinner

Cuisine: American, Steakhouse

Wildfire has a relaxed and friendly environment, and boasts great service for all of their guests.

 

Auberge du Pomier

$33 Lunch $53 dinner

Cuisine: French

Auberge du Pomier is the perfect blend of rustic and modern, with wood burning fireplaces and a 500 label wine list.

 

Oliver & Bonacini

$23 Lunch $33 Dinner

With a large airy dining room and an open kitchen, Oliver & Bonacini provides an urban and downtown atmosphere in uptown Toronto.

 

 

 

Check out the full list of participating restaurants here:

https://www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/festivals-events/winterlicious/

How to have a happy New Year

Here are our tips for having a safe and fun night out and avoiding a New Year’s nightmare.

Check your event

Due to the extreme cold, outdoor events might be shortened or cancelled. At Nathan Phillips Square the New Year’s Eve festivities have been adjusted to start right before midnight. A DJ set and countdown will still take place, followed by a fireworks display to ring in the New Year.

 

Bundle up

Forecasts for New Year’s Eve predict a high of -15C and a low of -20C which will feel more like -26C with the wind chill. The City of Toronto is encouraging anyone attending outdoor festivities to dress warmly, cover all extremities, stay active and be on the lookout for signs of cold stress.

 

Plan your ride

On New Year’s Eve, the busiest time for Uber is between midnight and 3am. Be prepared for higher prices and longer wait times. On their website uber suggests using uberPOOL to share your ride and your fare with other people going in the same direction.

Between 7pm on Sunday night and 7am on Monday morning, travelling on the TTC will be free. Train service on all TTC lines has also been extended until at least 3am.

GO Transit will also be free after 7pm and running on their

Ice, ice, baby! Skating in your area

Unplug, unwind and head outside! Grab your skates, your friends and family, and head to your neighbourhood skating rink.

Uptown

Mel Lastman Square

On Yonge Street, a few blocks north of Sheppard Avenue, Mel Lastman Square holds an outdoor rink that’s open daily for public leisure skating.

Coffee shops nearby, including Starbucks and Second Cup, offer a place to cozy up indoors for some hot chocolate after your time on the ice.

Check the Mel Lastman Square outdoor rink schedule here:

https://www.toronto.ca/data/parks/prd/facilities/complex/956/index.html

 

Midtown

Eglinton Park

One of the best tobogganing spots in the city can be found at Eglinton Park, situated on Eglinton Avenue West, just east of Avenue Rd.

The park’s outdoor rink is open for leisure skate six days a week and also holds drop-in shinny games for children, youth, and adults.

Check the North Toronto Memorial Community Centre outdoor rink schedule here:

https://www.toronto.ca/data/parks/prd/facilities/complex/189/index.html

 

 

For a full list of Toronto city rinks check here:

https://www.toronto.ca/data/parks/prd/facilities/outdoor-rinks/index.html

Snakes and Lattes Midtown has arrived!

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Set aside your piece of technology and hop on over to the new location of Snakes and Lattes where patrons will be treated to a huge selection of good old fashion board games to peruse and play!

The popular and expanding chain of cafes boasts an incredible library of board games, from classics such as Monopoly and Scrabble to the strategic favourites Settlers of Catan and Dominion, providing an impressive library of games for everyone to enjoy.

This new two-storey Yonge and Eglinton location houses over 200 seats, two bars, a take-out window and a retail section.

For more information and to view the list of games available at this new midtown location, please visit https://www.snakesandlattes.com/location/midtown/

Snakes and Lattes

45 Eglinton Avenue East

Toronto, ON M4P 1G6

 

 

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Holiday Movie Screenings have arrived!

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The holiday season is upon us and several Toronto cinemas will be screening some seasonal film favourites across the city for those looking to relish in some holiday winter classics!  From an adventurous boy who takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole in The Polar Express to the charming interconnecting stories in Love Actually, there will be no shortage of holiday films to choose from!

Here is a look at what is playing at Cineplex Yonge and Eglinton.

The Polar Express – Saturday December 9th

Ballshoi Ballet: The Nutcracker – Sunday December 10th

Love Actually – Monday December 11th

For a full list of screenings available in the Toronto area, please go to http://www.toronto.com/things-to-do/holiday-movie-screenings-in-toronto/

 

 

 

 

 

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Black Friday comes to Yonge and Eglinton!

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Black Friday is just around the corner and the Yonge and Eglinton centre will be featuring a variety of sales and specials to pack in this popular shopping event!

Head on over to the Yonge and Eglinton centre to browse the various stores offering discounted deals on some of your favorite items! Sales will be ending soon so don’t miss your chance to score some amazing deals!

Yonge Eglinton Centre

2300 Yonge Street

Toronto, ON M4P 1E4

https://www.yongeeglintoncentre.com/sales/

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