In our Hood

More tasty treats on Bayview. Yeh! Frozen Yogurt opened this summer at 1617 Bayview. That makes four ‘ice cream’ shops on Bayview between Belsize and Manor Rd.-Fleming: Baskin and Robbins at the south corner of the west side and Hollywood Gelato on the north corner, The Mad Italian just south of Yeh! There also a Yogurty’s in Sunnybrook Plaza.  Yeh! was originally a Montreal business started by Jean-Daniel Nadeau and Grace Yeh. Yeh first heard about the concept when she was a student at McGill. After opening the Montreal location, the couple decided to bring the idea to Toronto. All the yogurt is made in an on-site kitchen fresh daily, with self-serve stations and an array of toppings.

Here’s a Leaside mom who knows what kids and parents need! Heart Learning 4Kids (previously Golden Goose) was opened this fall at St. Cuthbert’s Anglican Church by Jen Avveduto. The centre offers after-school daily tutoring, French, math, drama and dance for ages 5-11. Director of the Leaside location, Avveduto, who has three children, moved here almost six years ago. “After I had my kids.” she says, “I thought I might go back to work but asked where do I put my kids? Most daycares have a waiting list and I wanted something more that just activity after school. We’re kind of a one-stop-shop.”

Look for the yellow balloons. Local artists display their work: paintings, pottery, jewellery, photography, glass work, fibre arts and print making at the 2012 Annual Bayview Art Tour and Sale, October 13-14, noon to 5 p.m. Free admission.

Leaside mosaic artist Cristina Delago has reason to be proud these days. Arts for Children and Youth (AFCY) recently unveiled a stunning 80-foot mosaic mural at Toronto’s Ferry Docks. Under Cristina’s professional artistic guidance, emerging artists from across Toronto’s priority neighbourhoods were hired for three weeks to create the  mural. Cristina teaches the fine art of tile making, mosaics and sculptural ceramics and is the senior mosaic artist chosen to work with these communities.

Everyone in the community is invited to drop by Leaside United Church on Sunday, October 28 at 10 a.m. to have a coffee, find out about the various groups and programs at the church, and meet friends and neighbours in an informal relaxed format. The event, Celebrate the Future, concludes with a free community lunch at noon.

In spite of torrential rains and dropping temperatures, a loyal movie crowd turned up to watch Grease on an outdoor screen at Trace Manes Park on Sept. 8. Some were even spotted dancing to the tune of Hopelessly Devoted to You. The event was hosted by Ward 26 Councillor John Parker and provided by Toronto Civic Employees Local 416.

Congratulations to Shelley Moffat of Bessborough Dr. who was presented with the  Duke of Edinburgh Gold Achievement Award on Sept. 12 in Ottawa personally by Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex. She is a third-year student at Waterloo taking a degree in Environment Studies.

Lots of Halloween treats during the fourth annual Ghoulish Giveaway Oct. 13 outside Valu-mart, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., thanks to Tremblett’s, Chestnut Park’s Charlene Kalia, Pure Fitness and RBC.  Free BBQ and family portraits too.