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WHAT: Come! Sit! Stay! Dog Days of Summer at Todmorden Mills
WHEN: August 24, 12 pm – 4 pm
WHERE: Todmorden Mills ( 67 Pottery Rd.)

Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum and Arts Centre will once again be going to the dogs Sunday when owners and their pets are invited to spend the afternoon participating in events and activities completely devoted to all things canine. Admission is free, but some activity fees may apply.

This lovely green space in the Don Valley will play host to family fun where everyone may participate in contests and games, learn about canine health and wellness, shop for treats and trinkets, and more! Don*t have a license for your best friend? Visit the City*s Animal Services booth and get it in person. Your dog or cat ruining your garden? Talk to Sheridan Nurseries about pet-proof and animal-friendly landscaping.

Participants can take the Canadian Kennel Club*s Canine Good Neighbour Test, a 12-step, non-competitive obedience test. It is designed to help your beloved canine become a welcome member of the community. The fee is $25. Pre-registration is required.

For more information contact Kelly at 416-396-2819 or visit for more information.

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WHAT: Urban Forest Orientation Session
WHEN: August 27th, 7 pm – 8:30 pm
WHERE: Riverdale Public Library (370 Broadview Ave. )

Are you concerned about Toronto’s trees? Join us to find out how you can get involved in Toronto’s urban forest scene. We’ll present an overview of LEAF’s programs and services, as well as opportunties for involvement through the City and other groups. Presented in partnership with the City of Toronto, Parks, Forestry and Recreation.

Visit for more information.

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WHAT: ROMwalks: Yorkville – The Annex
WHEN: August 27, 6 pm
WHERE: Meet at the corner of Lowther Rd. 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 highlights include: Medical Arts Building, First Church of Christ Scientist, York Club, plus two residential styles of architecture unique to Toronto.

Visit for more information.
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WHAT: Romantic Reels
WHEN: August 26, 8 pm – 11 pm
WHERE: Yonge-Dundas Square

Nine movies, thirty Oscars and a box full of tissue. Join YD Square as they count down the most romantic movies of all time, as selected by you. This week’s film: Casablanca

Visit for more information.

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WHAT: Movies Under the Stars – Nim’s Island
WHEN: August 29, 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 for more information.

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WHAT: Summer Music in the Park
WHEN: Saturday and Sundays from 2 pm – 5pm throughout the summer
WHERE: Village of Yorkville Park (Cumberland St.and Bellair St.)

The sound of music is in the air in the Village of Yorkville Park during the month of July, as a series of musical acts perform songs for shoppers and strollers in the Bloor-Yorkville area.

Performers to look forward to this week:
August 31st — WAYNE CASS TRIO
September 1st – DAVID LEASK

Visit for more information.

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WHAT: ROMwalks: Mt. Pleasant Cemetary – Part One
WHEN: August 31, 2 pm
WHERE: Meet at Yonge St. cemetery entrance (north of St. Clair Ave.), 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.

Highlights: St. Andrew’s Society Monument, Massey Mausoleum, Mt. Pleasant Mausoleum, Millionaires’ Row, Empress of Ireland Monument.

Visit for more information.

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WHAT: FRINGE BENEFITS – Cosmopolitan Dynamics of a Multicultural City
WHEN: On until September 23rd, 2008
WHERE: Design Exchange (234 Bay St.)

Fringe Benefits: Cosmopolitan Dynamics of a Multicultural City is an exhibition curated by Ian Chodikoff, urban designer, architect and editor of Canadian Architect magazine. The exhibition explores questions and ideas that will alter the future identity of our
suburbs—a geography constantly evolving into something much more dynamic than big-box retail outlets and cookie-cutter housing
subdivisions. Visitors to the exhibition will appreciate how the design of new schools, religious buildings, community centres and sports facilities are adapting to the needs of their ethnically diverse communities while remaining inclusive to all Canadians.For many
years, car-dominant strip-mall landscape of the suburb was derided by architects and urban designers as a wasteland devoid of culture and replete with tacky buildings. Hardly an environment for thoughtful and innovative urban design, until now. Through photography, video, maps and art, Fringe Benefits explores the surprising ways in which diverse contemporary multiculturalism is making the cities of the GTA increasingly cosmopolitan.

Visit for more information.

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Photo of Todmorden Mills taken by Grant MacDonald.


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