Community

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LOCAL LONDON ONTARIO COMMUNITY EVENTS AND ORGANIZATIONS

Aeolian Hall
795 Dundas St – East, London, Ontario, Canada, N5W 2Z6, 519-672-7950
“The Aeolian Town Hall is currently the home of the Aeolian School of Music and Aeolian Hall. It has twice been awarded “Best Live Venue” at the Jack Richardson Music Awards, and has been selected as one of the Top 10 Halls in Canada by the CBC Radio 3 Searchlight Contest. In 2010, The Aeolian was given a Pillar Award by The Mayor of London for outstanding Community Contribution. The Aeolian Hall has become a centre for research and development of arts programs with focus on social justice, social inclusion, and community development.” (excerpt from Aeolian Hall’s website)

Black Walnut Cafe
134 Wortley Road, London, Ontario, Canada, N6C 3N8, 519-439-2253
“We offer traditional espresso drinks made by trained baristas using locally-roasted, fair trade organic coffee, and loose leaf teas, as well as a wide array of pastries, sandwiches and light meals, all made on-site by our professionally trained in-house bakers. We believe in using only the highest quality ingredients and no preservatives in our all of our products. From our bread and cakes, to our soups and salad dressings, everything is made on location from scratch. Life is all about great food, great drink, and great friends. These 3 things are what inspire us everyday.” (excerpt from the Black Walnut Cafe’s website)
 
300x300-bw-photo-covent-garden-market-london-ontario-photo-by-melissa-dawn-lierman-digitalgeekgirl-locallondonlifeConvent Garden Market
“London’s Covent Garden Market started in 1835. With the Covent Garden Markets fresh produce, gourmet foods, unique gifts, Public Square, seasonal outdoor farmers’ Market, ice rink and regular family programming, it continues to build on its long and rich traditions as one of London’s center of commerce and community.”

excerpt from: http://www.coventmarket.com/

London’s Farmers’ and Artisians’ Market
Confederation Building, Western Fair, 900 King Street, London,
Ontario, Canada, N5Y 5P8, 519-438-5942
“Farmers and Artisans Market at The Western Fair (WFFAM) – It is primarily known for its Saturday Farmers’ Market. The WFFAM is a popular destination for chefs, cooks and local gastronomes in search of a wide variety of artisanal products and seasonal ingredients. Market-goers love the WFFAM because they can buy high-quality; farm-fresh goods directly from the person who produced them and can find unique products they won’t discover anywhere else in the city.”

“The 2nd Floor Artisans’ Market – There is great shopping on the 2nd floor with over 40 permanent vendors and a rotating roster of weekly market table vendors providing friendly personalized service. Experience a variety of artisans’ products from the culinary arts to the fine arts. The Artisan’s Market also features the best and most unique craftspeople, artists and artisans, together with an eclectic roster of distinctive and locally handcrafted products, fine jewellery, collectibles and one-of-a-kind services.”

The Original Kids Theatre Company
130 King Street, London, Ontario, Canada, N6A 1C5, 519-679-0598
“The Original Kids Theatre Company enriches and celebrates the lives of young people through the arts, providing them with opportunities to mature and to learn positive values through a variety of theatre experiences in a safe and challenging environment.”

“Original Kids Theatre Company is a performing arts organization where young people can grow and flourish without the fear that taking a risk is wrong or dangerous. It’s a total theatre experience where our youth can blossom as performers. The learning extends further than that because Original Kids is an attitude of support and a standard of behaviour.”

“It is an environment in which kids can feel safe expressing themselves without fear of ridicule. After all, they’re among a community of friends. Our carefully chosen artistic staff produce fine results on the stage, while maintaining the natural spontaneity of the child.

“They nurture a love of the arts by sharing their knowledge and passion for everything they work on. Original Kids Theatre was not formed to create stars because we feel each child already shines in his or her own way. Through exposure to the arts it is our belief that youth will more easily share in the joy of life with a heightened appreciation for themselves and those around them.”
(excerpt from The Original Kids Theatre Website)

300x300-bw-photo-springbank-park-london-ontario-running-trails-by-melissa-dawn-lierman-digitalgeekgirl-locallondonlife Springbank Park
“Springbank is one of London Ontario’s local treasures and biggest park in the city at 300acres and 19 miles of trails along the Thames River. At present day, Springbank Park is the largest park in London, with trails accommodating biking or walking. As well there are climbers, swings, a wading pool, picnic areas and soccer fields. With paths leading to adjoining parks one can travel 10 km from Byron to downtown London without dealing with traffic.” (excerpt from Springbank Park Wikipedia Info Page)

YMCA of Western Ontario in London
382 Waterloo Street, London, Ontario, Canada, N6B 2N8,519-667-3300
“With health and fitness branches, camps, child care centres, community programs and newcomer services across the region, YMCA of Western Ontario is committed to the development of healthy communities. Our locations, programs and services are designed to help our members and participants grow in spirit, mind and body and are open to people of all backgrounds, beliefs and abilities.”

“This commitment includes a special focus on the region’s children and youth. From the kids in our camps and those participating in soccer and swimming lessons, to youth who are new to London from around the world, the Y is committed to helping our next generation to grow and thrive, as healthy individuals and passionate future leaders.” (excerpt from the YMCAWO website)

Yoga Centre London
575 Richmond St, London, Ontario, Canada, N6A 3G2, 519-858-0823
“Yoga Centre London provides an environment to complement health and well being, where people can engage in rich traditions that support body, mind and spirit, and where you can discover your innate ability to bring balance and harmony into your life.” (excerpt from the Yoga Centre London’s website)

 
LOCAL TORONTO COMMUNITY EVENTS AND ORGANIZATIONS
 
Evergreen Brick Works Toronto
“Evergreen is a national not-for-profit that has been working since 1991 to restore the connection between Canada’s cities and the natural environment. Focusing on four program areas: 1. Greenspace, 2. Children, 3. Food, and 4. CityWorks; Evergreen builds partnerships with diverse groups and engages key influencers and the public to inspire local action and create sustainable urban development. Our work is driven by a belief in the power of people to enact positive change to restore the natural health of their communities.”
 
“Evergreen Brick Works is a unique development in the heart of Toronto’s Don Valley that serves as the site of Evergreen’s national headquarters. As a community environmental centre, it offers visitors the chance to draw upon Evergreen’s years of experience building green communities across Canada, and to participate in a range of programs intended to empower members of the public to get involved in cultivating new ideas.”
 
Brick Works Toronto has many great events right in the city from a farmer’s market, to a seed exchange, to urban vegetable farming workshops, urban beekeeping info, bike lessons and repair workshops, and so much more to promote good, great, and wonderful initiatives in Toronto’s urban environment.Learn more about Brickworks’ activities and events in and around Toronto.
 
Nathan Phillips Square Farmers’ Market Toronto
Wednesdays 8:00am to 2:00pm; July.03.2015 through October.16.2015
“Ontario Farm Fresh presents Nathan Phillips Square Farmers’ Market, an opportunity every Wednesday to enjoy fresh food in the warm summer weather. The options are plentiful with honey, cheese, cherries, pies, garlic, tomatoes, breads, fresh picked vegetables, apples, strawberries, blueberries, herbs to name a few of the delicious items brought to the city by area farmers. Live entertainment is featured in July and August.” For More Information on Nathan Phillips Square Farmers’ Market; Click on this link to the Ontario Farmer’s Market Website.
 
Nathan Phillips Square Tasty Thursdays Toronto
“Wandering around downtown and looking for great-tasting and highly-affordable lunch? Look no further than Nathan Phillips Square for Scotiabank Tasty Thursdays, which kicks off this afternoon. Every Thursday from July.13.2015 to August.24.2015, 11:00am until 2:00 pm, a variety of prime Toronto restaurants will be featuring select menu items for $7 dollars each or less. In addition to the delicious international cuisine, which includes Pad Thai, empanadas, tandoori chicken, jerk chicken and fresh mango salad, each week there will be a free noon hour concert, providing the perfect lunch hour escape.The lineup of performers is impressive, and the featured restaurants include popular eateries like Bombay Bhel, Las Brisas, and The Real Jerk. Like Fresh Wednesdays, there will be giveaways courtesy of Toronto Water and a $1000 grand prize contest courtesy of Scotiabank.” For more information on Toronto’s Tasty Thursdays and a street level map; connect with the Torontoist website.
 
Rouge Park Toronto Ontario
“A wilderness area in Canada’s largest city? That’s right! Not too far from the skyscrapers of downtown Toronto, urban dwellers can see a different landscape where historic farms, century-old trees, peaceful meadows and lush wetlands await you at your transit stop. Rouge Park is over 40 km, protecting two National Historic Sites and a variety of ecosystems joining the post-glacial Oak Ridges Moraine, roughly 50 km north of Toronto, and the City’s biggest wetland, where the Rouge River empties into Lake Ontario.” Learn more about Rouge Park in the City of Toronto to explore all of its greatness.

 
LOCAL ONTARIO COMMUNITY EVENTS AND ORGANIZATIONS

Stratford Festival
55 Queen Street, Stratford, Ontario, Canada, N5A 4M9, 519-273-1600
“With William Shakespeare as its foundation, the Stratford Festival aims to set the standard for classical theatre in North America. Embracing our heritage of tradition and innovation, we seek to bring classical and contemporary theatre alive for an increasingly diverse audience.”

“For more than half a century, our mission has evolved to address the ever-changing, ever-challenging Canadian cultural landscape. What has remained constant, however, is our determination to create stimulating, thought-provoking productions of Shakespeare’s plays, to examine other plays from the classical repertoire, and to foster and support the development of Canadian theatre practitioners.” (excerpt from the Stratford Festival website)

CAUSES CLOSE TO OUR HEARTS

Heart Links
1017 Western Road, London, Ontario, Canada, N6G 1G5, 519-645-2845
“Through friendship and funding for the past 15 years we have worked to support several impoverished and vulnerable communities in northern Peru. Heart-Links focuses its efforts on the empowerment of women, children and youth.They utilize a participatory model to identify needs and to collaborate on various community initiatives, particularly in the areas of education, nutrition, health and income generation with the goal of promoting self-sufficiency.”
(excerpt from the Heart Links Non-Profit Organization website.)