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November, 2019 E-Newsletter

"For The Fallen
“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.”       

by: Laurence Binyon

Welcome to the November E-Newsletter. 

November is the month of remembrance. Remembrance Day isn't just about war and those we've lost, but about ideals and what we stand for.

Let us all take time on November 11th to remember.

In this month, we would like to draw your attention to the Speaker Series which will be held  on Wednesday, November 13, following our Executive Meeting.  The session is entitled: Speaking of Bones.  See the information outlined below--the deadline for registration is fast approaching!

The Fall edition of STONY Bridges will be arriving in your homes in the next couple of weeks. It will be filled with highlights of Fall/Winter activities and prepare you for those events in the coming months. 

Later in November, we celebrate our Annual Holiday Season Luncheon.  This is an excellent time for members, old and new, to meet, be festive, share a delicious luncheon and enjoy the entertainment organized by Social Convener Mildred Frank and her amazing team.  'Tis the season!  Our Needlework and Craft group members are preparing for their raffle with the creation of many creative items!  

Once again we have a number of events, deadlines and activities planned for the upcoming month.  We encourage you to participate in a new activity, discuss a good book, return to a favourite event or head out to a venue to meet old friends or forge new acquaintances.  
Wednesday, November 13

Keep up to date with the North York District 23 website at:
Midway down the District 23 webpage is a button to sign up for this monthly e-newsletter.  See the blue banner -- "Register for our E-news with the button".  Please direct any of your friends or colleagues to this location to sign up for this monthly fanout.
Enjoy the month of November as you begin to encounter those wintry temperatures and snow covered roads that we have avoided to date  in the areas around Toronto.

Using Mobile Devices: From the Basics to Photography 

Meeting Times: 1st and 3rd Friday of each month

Friday, November 1and 15, 2019
10:00 a.m. to Noon

Location: Edithvale Community Centre, 131 Finch Avenue West -Dempsey Room, 1st Floor.

Vernon Paige, Convener of this Special Interest Group, would like to  invite you to join this group that is in its formative stages. You will start with using your phones and tablets for photography. You will look at the standard built-in camera capabilities of your devices and how to get the most from them. The group will consider how the camera features can be improved at little or no cost, how to take better pictures and how to enhance your pictures after you’ve taken them.

The "class" will talk about saving and organizing your pictures and how to share them – “online”, email, printing, gift books. We can take wonderful pictures with the new smart phones – does anyone need a “real camera” any more?  As needed, individuals or small groups can take a trip through some of the basics.  We can all learn together!

For further information, contact Vernon Paige: or
November 3, 2019 at 1:59 a.m.


Tuesdays: November 5, 12, 19 and 26.

All are asked to assemble by 12:45 pm for the Tuesday games this month.  

Convener Alan Ward wants to thank all members who have shown great interest in playing the game since this year began in September.  He would like to remind beginners, who wish to learn the game that basic instruction will be provided for those who have never played Bridge or who have limited experience. 
Members are invited to bring a friend who is not an RTO member; all attendees are asked to contribute $3 per afternoon to defray costs of leasing the space. The group looks forward to lively play throughout this final month.

The weekly sessions meet at Willowdale United Church on Kenneth Avenue, just north of Church St. (south of Finch, 2 blocks east of Yonge.  Ample parking is available. 

Monday, November 11, 2019 

Fall Speaker Series 


Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Presentation Focus:  Speaking of Bones
Guest Speaker: Representative from Community Engagement,
                           Osteoporosis Canada

Register  NOW by email with Gwen Scriven:
November 6, 2019.
The presentation will cover: What is osteoporosis?
  • Risk factors 
  • How osteoporosis is diagnosed? 
  • What you can do to maintain healthy bones? 
  • How osteoporosis is treated? 
  • How to live well with osteoporosis?
TimeWednesday, November 13, 2019 at 11:00 am to 12 noon   
(following Executive Meeting)   
Location:  Edithvale Community Centre, 7 Edithvale Drive
                 Gibson Room

Space is limited by room size so register early.
We hope to see you on Wednesday, November 13, 2019

North York Strollers

Thursday, November 7, 2019
Led by Len Nicholson

Meet at the Lansdowne Subway Station
(stay on the Bus Platform)

Known as the "Cemetery on St. Clair",  Prospect has been serving the community since 1890.  Natural features  in the cemetery’s landscaping make it one of Toronto’s most beautiful green spaces. The Veterans’ Section is dedicated to Canadian and Allied veterans and their spouses, and will feature prominently in local Remembrance Day services.
Dress warmly for the morning's stroll--there will likely be a change in the weather.


Wednesday, December 4, 2019 @ 1:30 p.m.

Cut Off DateNovember 15, 2019

Ed Mirvish Theatre
244 Victoria St. Toronto
Ontario, M5B 1V8

Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical Anastasia is on a journey to Toronto at last!

This dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family.


Anastasia features a book by celebrated playwright Terrence McNally, a lush new score by Stephen Flaherty (music) and Lynn Ahrens (lyrics), with direction by Tony Award® winner Darko Tresnjak. 

Available tickets: 20

Price: $98.50

Cheques made payable to: RTO/ERO District 23 and
Mail to RTO/ERO  c/o  K. Shorney  #869 – 6021 Yonge St. Toronto, ON.  M2M 3W2


Please see the registration form on page 25 in the current STONY Bridges or online pages 25-26 @: 



Nordic Pole Walking

Tuesday, November 19, 2019
East Don Parkland
(Leslie and Sheppard Avenue)

Our walkers are asked to meet Convener Kathy Shorney at 10:00 a.m. to begin this November walk. If you are travelling eastbound on Sheppard Avenue, turn onto Old Leslie and turn right.  Go over the bridge crossing Sheppard, turn right and follow the road to the park entrance down a little hill. 
If you are travelling westbound on Sheppard Avenue, take the first right west of Leslie, and then turn right to the park driveway.


Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Have - a - Java continues to be a very popular social event which provides an opportunity to gather, socialize, renew or create friendships as well as meet members and conveners of the many District 23 activities. There have been solid gatherings since September,  including a combination of long-time participants and new members.  We meet at Bayview Village in the east foyer in front of the LCBO on the third Wednesday of the month between 10:00 a.m. and noon. Each member who signs in and joins the group, receives a $3.00 subsidy towards coffee and a treat. 


Needlework and Craft

Thursday, November 21, 2019
Edithvale Community Centre
9:30 a.m. until noon

Thank you to the many RTO District 23 members and friends who have donated yarn, buttons, lace etc. to use in our various projects. We continue to appreciate these articles. We continue to welcome new members to our group. Members would be glad to share their expertise and talents in helping new members to create items for our projects and your individual project too.

In the picture to the left of this article, members from the Needlework group are dropping off crafts they are donating to the Humber Regional Hospital Natal unit.  The group was highly impressed by the technology surrounding them.

Holiday Season Luncheon

Thursday, November 28, 2019
Parkview Manor Banquet and Conference Centre
55 Barber Greene Road
(North of Eglinton Avenue)
Free Parking

Cut-off Date: Friday, November 22, 2019
10:00 a.m.      Artisan Craft Sale

11:00 a.m.      Cash Bar

12:00 p.m.      Lunch

Entertainment : York Minstrels Show Choir


Cream of Leek & Potato Soup
Lemon-Crusted Fillet of Soul or Roast Turkey
Grilled Red Peppers, Asparagus, Mashed Potatooes
Rolls and Butter
Coffee or Tea
Caramel Crunch

(frozen dessert featuring chocolate ice cream, caramel & walnuts)
Cost: $37.00

The Needlework and Craft Group will offer 5 items for a draw. A $5 donation for 5 chances to win! Proceeds will go to support The Period Purse, our Project Service to Others focus this year.

Notify Mildred at 416-221-5328 of any dietary concerns.
If you wish to attend, please fill and mail in the form below.  A fillable form is also available on the website on page 28..

The Artisan/Craft Vendors will be set up from 10:00 a.m. selling many creative items. Come early so you have time to find those items you might like to purchase.

Book Club

Wednesday, November 27, 2019
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
District 23's monthly Book Club meets on the last Wednesday of most months at Edithvale Community Centre, 7 Edithvale Drive, North York.  A range of literary genres are explored each year and occasionally guest speakers are invited to participate.

November's selection is: A Long Way Home by Peter Carey.  "Over the course of his stellar writing life, Peter Carey has explored his homeland of Australia in such highly acclaimed novels as Oscar and LucindaTrue History of the Kelly Gang and Amnesia. Writing at the peak of his powers, Carey takes us on an unforgettable journey that maps his homeland's secrets in this extraordinary new novel." --
Amazon Blurb


25 Scholarships --$1500

If you can answer “Yes” to each of the following statements, you are eligible to apply:
  • I am a student who is attending a post-secondary university, college, or other institute, in the final year/semester of my program, and when I graduate I will receive credentials that are recognized in Canada.
  • I will graduate on or before September 30, 2020.

If you cannot answer Yes” to the questions above, you are not eligible.
To forward application add attachments:

1. Please create an email that will be sent to:
2. In the subject line of your email, please include your full name.

3. Attach the following documents in pdf (only format to use)

   - Current Community/volunteer/coordinator/employer letter
      of reference
   - Current academic/extra-curricular/co-curricular/leadership letter of         reference
   - Proof of enrollment
   -The application

Download Application from:

Please note:

Only attachments in pdf will be considered. If zip files or links to the requested information are included, they will not be opened and therefore will not be considered.

(25 Scholarships available)


Close of Business January 31, 2020



 Gift Basket Update #2

Olga McKenzie (Secretary) and Sara DiNallo (Past President, have sent our readership another update re: the Gift Basket project...

"On Thursday, October 17, 2019, the Gift Basket Committee, (Sara and I) met with the Needlecraft group to assemble our Gift Baskets.  The room was a hive of activity...baskets, fillers, shredded paper everywhere!  Everyone enjoyed putting their creative skills together to fill approximately 25 gift baskets within a few hours!  A big Thank You goes out to all those who participated and made it such an enjoyable morning!! We'll keep you updated as to where the Gift Baskets go and of course, one of them will be raffled off at our Holiday Luncheon!  See you there."
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