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RYAN Munn and his poster.
RYAN Munn and his poster.

Mayfair Plus. Each year there are lots of outdoor and indoor activities at Bessborough Public School Annual Mayfair, May 25, 11-3 (rain or shine), with fun for the whole family: bouncy castles, a petting zoo, face painting, guessing jars, etc. Older kids will want to check out the dunk tank and photo booth, adults take note of the silent auction, social event series, BBQ and pub night.

Big shout out to the winner of this year’s Mayfair poster contest, Ryan Munn. Ryan’s a grade 5 student who created a colourful poster highlighting one of the best parts of Mayfair —”all day recess”!

Singing for Pandas. Congratulations to the Northlea Choir who participated enthusiastically in the Panda Greeting Contest. Although the choristers didn’t win the honour of singing O Canada at the Panda Arrival Ceremony (and those pandas were so looking forward to it), the kids amassed several hundreds of online votes.

Community gives back. On Saturday, May 11, the annual Shelter Foundation Garage Sale takes place at the Royal LePage parking lot at 1391 Bayview, to support shelters for women across the country.  Anyone with donations of used clothing, toys, books and china can get in touch with local organizers at (416) 424-4900. The sale also accepts furniture, thanks to the participation of AMJ Campbell Moving.

And many thanks to the folks at 921 Millwood for hosting a community lunch in March, with proceeds toward various outreach programs.

Welcome Canada Post. There’s a new tenant in Leaside’s Business Park. The Wabash site that’s been vacant on Wicksteed almost 10 years is going to be the home of Canada Post’s new distribution centre, an amalgamation of three former sites including the one on Yonge St. just north of Eglinton.

Get that green thumb ready. Ask any gardener, the best way to grow plants that thrive is to find out what works best in your neighbour’s yard. The Leaside Garden Society holds its annual plant sale May 11, 9-noon at Trace Manes, offering a fascinating “you know it will grow in Leaside” array of perennials, including member donations. The sale is also your first opportunity to get tickets to the annual Magical Gardens of Leaside Tour this June 22.

Speaking of growing. The annual Compost Day from the City of Toronto takes place May 11 starting at 9 a.m. Because of construction at the arena, Councillor Parker is holding the event in the parking area at the end of Leaside Park Drive near the Thorncliffe Tennis Club. Bring your own shovel and container!

Seven new benches have been installed in time for spring on Bayview between Millwood and Parkhurst so shoppers and those out for a stroll can rest and take in the sights; trees apparently, to follow.