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March 10, 2019 -
Daylight Saving Time Starts

When local standard time is about to reach
Sunday, March 10, 2019, 2:00 a.m. clocks are turned forward 1 hour to Sunday, March 10, 2019, 3:00 a.m. local daylight time instead.

Spring Will Soon be Sprung!

March is the month that brings the start of Spring, a return to Eastern standard time, Spring training for baseball fans, and the potential end to the ski season.  Hopefully it will bring a return to warmer temperatures, sunshine and spring flowers that have been missing for a few months.  Spring officially launches on Wednesday, March 20, 2019.
Most of our events are up and running this month and our Nordic Pole Walking event returns to the agenda for the first time this year.  This month's Have-a-Java on Wednesday, March 20th encourages you to invite former colleagues who are considering retirement, to enjoy a cup of coffee/tea and a treat. We hope you can join us, meet new friends and renew familiar acquaintances! 

The next issue of STONY Bridges should arrive in your homes over the next week. There are many new and exciting events planned over the next few months--all of the registration forms for these events will be included in the new STONY.  

As always, please note that STONY provides full details for all District 23 events and the registration forms to participate.  If you do not have your current issue handy, it can also be located online at our District 23 website's main page at:

Keep up to date with the North York District 23 website at this website.

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Our webmaster, Merv Mascarenhas has a launched a District 23 Twitter account in December.  Let's make his day and get 500 FOLLOWERS by our AGM in May!

Wishing you all a great month!

B&W Photo courtesy of B. Quinn

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

 Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
145 Queen St. West. Toronto

"Shen Yun will unveil an entirely new lineup of dances, songs, and musical scores. This current show takes its inspiration from the China of 5000 years ago, the so-called 'Middle Kingdom'. It was a place of divine harmony, populated by dragons, sages and immortals. Shen Yun will bring this lost civilization back to roaring life in front of your eyes."  ---excerpt from promotional literature.

Availability: 3 Tickets ONLY REMAINING

Cost: $100.00- Level 4 seating

Cut off date:ASAP

Cheques made out to:  RTO/ERO District 23 and mailed to:
K. Shorney, #869-6021Yonge St. Toronto, Ont. M2M 3W2


Weekly sessions are held on Tuesdays throughout the month.
All are asked to assemble by 12:45 pm

Bridge Dates:  March 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2019

Convener Alan Ward welcomes all District 23 members interested in playing the game. If you are a beginner or relatively new to the game,  basic instruction will be provided.  It is a great game to learn and these weekly sessions provide the best way to gain expertise. A $3 subsidy is collected to help allay the costs of the Church Hall.
The weekly sessions meet at Willowdale United Church on Kenneth Avenue, just north of Church St. (south of Finch, 2 blocks east of Yonge.)  

North York Strollers

Thursday, March 7 , 2019
The walk begins at 10:00 am

Ryerson Image Centre

Take a walk with us through the heart of Toronto's downtown.

Led by Joanne Famiglietti

Meet at Queen Street Subway Station,
1 Queen Street. East

The strollers walk on the first Thursday of most months  regardless of the elements. Come dressed for the blustery March weather and be ready to enjoy the companionship of our members, the activity of the downtown core, the amazing architecture and the diversity of the neighbourhood. New walkers are always welcomed.

For more information and/or directions, please call Joanne Famiglietti at 416-483-4968 or Margaret Schuman at 416-924-0267.  If you let us know that you are definitely coming and we will delay the start of the walk if you are a little late.

Nordic Pole Walking
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
10:00 a.m.

York Cemetery
Come and join us on this The Final Day of Winter!
Walkers are reminded to enter off Senlac Road on the East side.  Park on the first side road.

Please invite any of your former colleagues to join us on this first walk of the year.  Meet with Convener Kathy Shorney!

Bring your poles, hiking boots or just your running shoes for a walk. All are welcome! New members are encouraged to come out and join us in a relaxing, natural setting.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
10:00 - Noon

Come and Celebrate the First Day of Spring!
Members are encouraged to invite former colleagues, who are contemplating retirement, to look us over by joining us during our March gathering on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. Warm welcomes, information, registration booklets, and first hand advice on retirement will be available from the many attendees. Members and prospective members just need to show up. So we hope you will join Convener Margaret Schuman and our members for coffee and a treat . There will be a $3 subsidy  from our district  at Bayview Village just outside  Pusateri's!
Needlework and Craft Group
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Convener Margaret Schuman reports that membership numbers have increased over this year but the door remains open to embrace new members.
This active group is very committed.  The members bring their ideas and materials to share with the larger group and as a result they are very excited by the projects ahead.  Their preemie caps are extremely popular at local hospitals, Twiddle-muffs have found homes all over province.  The Pillow books are a major success for this year's PTSO
Project in the same way that their blankets, made for Room for a Child  were cherished. We will look into the numbers the group has produced in our next E-Newsletter.The truth is -- there are many exciting new projects for this group of diligent "crafts wizards" in the coming months!

The group meets on the third Thursday of most months from 9:30 a.m. until noon at the Edithvale C.C.  

The group would like to share an article introduced at their latest meeting that explores at the benefits of knitting and crocheting  from:
Book Club
Wednesday, March 28. 2018
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

The District 23 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 over the year and occasionally guest speakers are invited to participate.  This month's selection is:

Life on the Ground: Letters from the Edge of Emergency Medicine by Dr. James Maskalyk.

We hope you can join us for March's reading discussion!
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District 23 North York Spring 
Speaker’s Series

 Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 10:45 a.m.


Guest Speaker: Nouchine Davarpanah, 
Public Education Coordinator for The Alzheimer Society of Toronto

This is a follow-up (but independent)  session to the very well received presentation that we had from the Alzheimer Society last year.

Presentation Focus: Brain Health

Learning Objectives To better understand the risk factors of dementia and improving and maintaining the health of the brain. Also learn about myths and facts of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Register by email with Gwen Scriven, by Tuesday, April 2, 2019. Space is limited by room size so register early.

Event Information:

Location: Edithvale Community Centre, 7 Edithvale Drive, Toronto
Room Location: Dempsey Room – 1st Floor
Time: 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM (following Executive Meeting)
Registration: starts immediately 

We hope to see you there on Wednesday, April 10, 2019.


Thursday, May 2, 2019
Cut-off Date: Friday, April 5, 2019
9:00 a.m.-- Departure from 3220 Bayview Avenue, Blessed Trinity Church

Journey northward to Midland, where we will experience the Martyrs' Shrine. Tour the grounds by coach with an on board guide.  Visit the Church and learn about the daily life and tragic demise of the Jesuit Missionaries who lived there.  
At the Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre, we'll watch the dazzling Birds of Prey show and a guide will take the group to see their wonders of forest, stream and marsh. 

Visit Ste. Marie Among the Hurons, Ontario's first European Fortress.  Staff  dressed in the 17th century costumes as Jesuit Missionaries will give the group a tour.  Lunch at the Boathouse Eatery.  Please pre-select: chicken or ribs.

Approximate return: 6:00 p.m.
46 seats available

Cost: $120.00

Cut-off Date: Friday, April 5, 2019

Make cheques payable to:
Mary Morton Tours

Please make cheque payable to “Mary Morton Tours” and mail to:

RTO/ERO c/o K. Shorney, #869-6021 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON, M2M 3W2

See pages 26-27 in your new STONY Bridges for further information and the registrations forms.

Or check the online Newsletter at our website:

Grand River Tour

Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Cut-off Date: Monday, May 6, 2019
9:00 a.m.         Depart from 3220 Bayview Ave, Blessed Trinity Church

Enjoy a luncheon cruise along the historic Grand River. This tranquil country setting is the perfect place to relax and enjoy beautiful river scenery. Begin your day at the Grand River Dinner Cruises in "The Landing," with included coffee and muffin and time to browse their craft shop. Enjoy an interesting audiovisual presentation of the Grand River, followed by a fabulous live music show featuring "The Blazing Fiddles." You will then embark on a 3hour cruise, featuring a scrumptious 3-course Roast Beef lunch. During your cruise, your captain will give an informative narration, and you can sit out on the promenade deck to enjoy the river scenery. Home-baked bread, apple pie, and other baked goods are available to purchase after your cruise.

Approximate return: 6:00 p.m.
46 seats available

Cost: $114.00

Cut-off Date: Monday, May 6, 2019

Make cheques payable to:
Mary Morton Tours

Please make cheque payable to “Mary Morton Tours” and mail to:

RTO/ERO c/o K. Shorney, #869-6021 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON, M2M 3W2

See pages 26-27 in your new STONY Bridges for further information and the registrations forms.

Or check the online Newsletter at our website:

The Benefits of Joining RTO/ERO


Change of Address: To limit confusion regarding a change in address, other contact information, or district membership affiliation, the ONLY contact is Dianne Vezeau at the Provincial Office.

Update your contact information with the Membership Department by email:

or Phone: 416-962-9463 (Toronto)  1-800-361-9888.  (Toll free)

Note: Information/addresses cannot be updated online.



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