Events Guide: food festival, movies outdoors, stuff swap, and more

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WHAT: International Street Food Festival
WHEN: July 4, 11, 18, and 25; 6 pm — 9 pm
WHERE:  Mel Lastman Square (5100 Yonge St. )

Every Friday night in July the International Street Food Festival will be taking place in Mel Lastman Square. The event will include a variety of diverse food vendors as well as cultural entertainment.

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WHAT: Movies Under the Stars – The Spiderwick Chronicles
WHEN: July 4, 9 pm – 11 pm
WHERE: Parc Downsview Park (35 Carl Hall Rd.)

Downsview Park is pleased to present free movies under the stars Friday nights throughout July and August, sponsored by 97.3 EZ Rock and Toronto Community News. Bring your blankets or lawn chairs with your family, friends and neighbours and enjoy a free family-friendly movie under the stars as the sun sets at Downsview Park. Free popcorn and additional concessions available on site.

Visit www.downsviewpark.ca for more information.

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WHAT: Community Environment Days
WHEN: July 5, 10 am – 2 pm
WHERE: Colonel Samuel Smith Park (Powerhouse Parking Lot) and Central Technical School (725 Bathurst 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: LEAF Volunteer Orientation
WHEN: July 8, 6 pm — 8 pm
WHERE: Metro Hall Room 310 (55 John St.)

Want to help Toronto’s urban forest? Don’t know where to start? Join us at our next volunteer orientation session!

*LEAF (Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests) is a not-for-profit group dedicated to protecting and improving Toronto’s urban forest. Come out to the next volunteer orientation session and find out how you can use your skills to help Toronto’s urban forest! This session will highlight the issues faced by our urban forest, provide an overview of LEAF programs and discuss specific volunteer opportunities. Registration is required.

Visit www.leaftoronto.org for more information and to register.

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WHAT: Roncesvalles Avenue Streetscape Improvement
WHEN: July 9, 6:30 pm — 8:30 pm
WHERE: Emmanuel Howard Park United Church (214 Wright Ave.)

The City of Toronto is undertaking a Class Environmental Assessment Study to examine potential streetscape improvements on Roncesvalles Ave. between Queen St. and Dundas St. West.  Public consultation is an important past of this study. Comments and questions about the study may be submitted directly to project staff and will be documented and reviewed as part of the environmental assessment process.  This public open house  will provide information on the study to date, the challenges and opportunities identified, and the alternative solutions.  Staff will be available to answer questions and concerns.

Visit www.toronto.ca for more information.

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WHAT: Community Conversations on Poverty Reduction
WHEN:  July 9 and 10, 7 pm — 9 pm
WHERE: July 9: Council Chambers, City Hall (100 Queen St. W.); July 10: Council Chambers, Scarborough Civic Centre (150 Borough Dr.)

The City of Toronto will hold two public meetings in July to give Torontonians the opportunity to talk about poverty and how it can be reduced. The public sessions come at a time when the Government of Ontario is conducting consultations on the development of a provincial poverty reduction strategy. The Province has said it intends to introduce its strategy by the end of the year. The public meetings will be part of the City’s consultation process that will invite residents to express their views on poverty reduction.

Visit www.toronto.ca for more information.

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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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