Events Guide: tree tour, stuff swap, outdoor theatre, and more…

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WHAT: Rouge Park Tree Tour
WHEN: June 21, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
WHERE: Pearce House (1749 Meadowvale Rd.)

On this tour, Jim Robb, dedicated visionary and General Manager of Friends of the Rouge Watershed, will share his profound and intimate knowledge of Rouge Park, the largest natural urban park in North America. Forming a green corridor that stretches from the Oakridges Moraine to Lake Ontario, the park is home to an extraordinary diversity of plant and animal life, including red-shouldered hawk, otter, and Blandings turtle. As Jim, and LEAF arborist Todd Irvine, lead us through this ever-changing landscape, we will enjoy breathtaking views atop the bluffs of Little Rouge Creek and experience native trees such as musclewood, black cherry and bitternut growing in their natural context. The tour will also highlight the threats to the park posed by human development and the restoration efforts of the undaunted Friends of the Rouge Watershed organization.

The rugged terrain will not accommodate strollers or other wheeled devices. Please RSVP if you would like to attend. A donation of $5 is suggested.

Visit www.treetours.to for more information.

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WHAT: Community Environment Days
WHEN: June 21, 10 am – 2 pm
WHERE: Loretto College School (151 Rosemount Ave.) and Albert Campbell Collegiate (1550 Sandhurst Circle)

How many times have you heard that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure? It’s a familiar saying, and for good reason: it’s
true! Bring your unwanted and unused “stuff” to your local Community Environment Day, hosted by your city councillor, and transform your trash into treasure.

Click here for more information and a schedule.

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WHAT: Fifth Annual Cooking Fire Theatre Festival
WHEN: June 18 – 22, dinner served at 6 pm followed by performances at 7 pm
WHERE: Dufferin Grove Park (900 Dufferin St)

The Fifth Annual Cooking Fire Theatre Festival is a week-long performance extravaganza celebrating theatre, food and public space in Toronto’s Dufferin Grove Park. From June 18-22, local, national and international theatre companies will present original work that promises to delight, entice, and inspire. Delicious organic meals will be served to the audience over cooking fires and from Dufferin Grove Park’s two wood-fired outdoor community bake ovens.

Click here for more information.

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WHAT: Bloor-Yorkville Free Concerts
WHEN: June 21 and 22, 2 pm – 5 pm
WHERE: Village of Yorkville Park (at Cumberland St. and Bellair St.)

The sound of music is in the air in the Village of Yorkville Park
during the month of June, as a series of musical acts perform songs for shoppers and strollers in the Bloor-Yorkville area. On Saturday Gypsy will perform, while on Sunday you can catch the Wayne Cass Trio.

Visit www.bloor-yorkville.com for more information.

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WHAT: ROMwalks: Cabbagetown
WHEN: June 22, 2 pm
WHERE: Meet at Parliament St. and Spruce St.,look for the blue umbrella.

Discover Toronto’s unique architecture and rich history through ROMwalks, a series of free, guided walking tours of the city. Cabbagetown walk highlights include: Victorian Houses, former Trinity College Medical School, Riverdale Park, The Necropolis, and Wellesley Cottages.

Visit www.rom.on.ca for more information.

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WHAT: Architecture For Humanity Lecture
WHEN: June 23, 6:30 pm
WHERE: Gardiner Museum (111 Queen’s Park)

In collaboration with the Gardiner Museum, Architecture for Humanity Toronto presents the third instalment in its Building Sustainability lecture series, featuring the views and experiences of notable design professionals with an opportunity for open dialogue about sustainable design issues. Guest speakers include award winning developer Margie Zeidler and acclaimed architect Joe Lobko

Visit www.architectureforhumanity.ca for more information.

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WHAT: ROMwalks: The Annex
WHEN: June 25, 6 pm
WHERE: Meet at the corner of Lowther and Avenue Rd., look for the blue umbrella.

Discover Toronto’s unique architecture and rich history through ROMwalks, a series of free, guided walking tours of the city. The Annex walk highlights include: Medical Arts Building, First Church of Christ Scientist, York Club, plus two residential styles of architecture unique to Toronto.

Visit www.rom.on.ca for more information.

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WHAT: An Evening of Art & Ecology: Water – From Local to Global
WHEN: June 26, 6 pm – 9 pm
WHERE: Isabel Bader Theatre (93 Charles St. W.)

No.9: Contemporary Art & the Environment Presents An Evening of Art & Ecology: Water – From Local to Global. BGL’s art installation Project for the Don River will be the starting point for a discussion of art and its role in ecological awareness, Toronto’s own water issues, and the importance of water conservation and governanve on a global scale.

Guest speakers include Nicolas Laverdiere from BGL, who will discuss art, ecology and the Project for the Don River; Jennifer Bonnell,who will speak about the on the environmental history of the Don River; John Wilson of Bring Back the Don, who will discuss the Don’s progress and what you can do to make a difference. The discussion will be moderated by writer, broadcaster and Executive Director of Jane’s Walk & the Centre for City Ecology, Jane Farrow. The evening with finish with Irena Salina’s acclaimed documentary FLOW: For Love of Water, to bring a global perspective to the topic.

Visit www.no9.ca for more information.

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WHAT: Community Environment Days
WHEN: June 28, 10 am – 2 pm
WHERE: Dufferin Mall (900 Dufferin St.)

How many times have you heard that one person’s trash is anotherperson’s treasure? It’s a familiar saying, and for good reason: it’s true! Bring your unwanted and unused “stuff” to your local CommunityEnvironment Day, hosted by your city councillor, and transform your trash into treasure.

Click here for more information and a schedule.

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WHAT: LEAD Canada’s Cohort 14 Training Program
WHEN: August 10 – 15
WHERE: Toronto ( details TBA)

LEAD Canada, the Canadian affiliate of Leadership for Environment andDevelopment International, is offering a professional development program for people interested in leadership training within the challenging sphere of sustainable development. The theme for the first domestic session in Toronto is ‘Sustainable Cities’. A criticalcomponent of any sustainable city requires that energy, alond with its common by-product, climate change, be addressed. Over the course of the program, workshop leaders will foster in participants systems-thinking, communication and interest-based negotiation skills.  Participants will acquire a set of tools that can be taken back to business, government, NGO or university work-places.  The registration fee for the six-day program is $750.  Applications are due by July 21, 2008.

Visit www.leadcanada.net for more information.

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Photo by Lone Primate.