Great Spring Events – Community Clean Up Days, My Environment Day and more!

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Save the Date: My Community Environment Day

 Date: Saturday, May 28, 2016

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Location: York Mills C.I. (490 York Mills Road – East Parking Lot)

My Environment Day is a great opportunity to clear out forgotten items during your spring cleaning as well as used electronics and household hazardous waste. You can bring everything from computer equipment and electronics to compact and fluorescent light bulbs for disposal and recycling. We’ll also accept items for donation such as sporting goods and books and small household items like dishes and utensils.

You will also find several groups at Environment Day that have partnered creatively with the City on this program. Groups include:

  • Toronto Water
  • Solid Waste Management Services
  • Live Green Toronto
  • 311 Toronto
  • Toronto Hydro
  • The Salvation Army

For more information, follow this link and click the “City & Provincial Partners” tab!

Slow Down Signs Available

As you may know, Transportation Services recently launched a Traffic Safety Campaign featuring “Slow Down” lawn signs. The signs are an effective way to remind drivers to respect the speed limit – especially on local and residential streets.

If you’re interested in getting a sign for your lawn, you can pick one up at Environment Day!

Quantity is limited – signs will be given out on a first come, first serve basis.

Community Clean Up Days

Lawrence Park Community Clean Up Day**

Date: Saturday, April 23

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. **Please note the recent change in start time.

Location: Lawrence Park (Located behind the Locke Library at Yonge & Lawrence)

Building on last year’s success, another clean up day has been scheduled on Saturday, April 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Volunteers will focus on the playground and park behind Locke Library and the ravine area to the south of it. 

Please meet at the corner of Lympstone Avenue and St. Edmunds Drive and remember to bring your gardening or work gloves.

For more information, please contact Erin Nella at

St. Andrews Community Clean Up Day

Date: Saturday, April 23

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 

Location: Irving Paisley Park (Adjacent to York Mills Arena)

You’re invited to take part in the St. Andrews Community Clean Up Day. 

High school students interested in adding to their volunteer time will be credited with two hours. 

Please dress accordingly and bring appropriate gloves and footwear. Garbage bags will be provided. 

For more information, please contact Barry Stephens at

York Mills Gardens Community Association Community Clean Up Day

Date: Sunday, April 24

Time: 1:00 p.m.

Location: 58 Northdale Road (near the Hydro substation)

You’re invited to join the York Mills Gardens Community Association as they clean up litter in the area around 58 Northdale Road. 

For more information, please contact John Nicholls at 416-444-3605. 

Public Events

Students Speak Up for the Planet

Date: Friday, April 22

Time: 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Awards at 6:00 p.m.)

Location: Ontario Science Centre (770 Don Mills Road)

Just in time for Earth Day 2016, environmental organization For Our Grandchildren invited high school students to creatively envision a healthier environment on planet Earth by designing projects that reduce Climate Change and lower carbon emissions, leading to a non-carbon future.

Presentations will take place on Friday, April 22 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Ontario Science Centre and awards will be presented at 6:00 p.m.

Prizes will be awarded for creativity and orginality, showing awareness of climate change problems and work being done in the field, with special merit for the quality of proposed solutions for lowering greenhouse gas emissions. 

For Our Grandchildren is dedicated to helping students realize the importance of their contributions, and to encourage their participation in managing the earth’s environment. 

For more information, please click here or call Peter Jones at 416-488-6290.

Toronto Botanical Garden Celebrates Earth Day

Date: Saturday, April 23

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Toronto Botanical Garden (777 Lawrence Ave. E.)

Celebrate Earth Day with your family at the TBG!

There will be hikes, scavenger hunts, nature theatre and much more.

For more information, please click here.

Bedford Park Players Present “Wonder in Aliceland” 

Date: April 27, 28 and 29

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: George Randolph Theatre (736 Bathurst Street)

Join the Bedford Park Players for their production of Wonder in Aliceland!

This thrilling production is guaranteed to make you laugh and sing along. All proceeds fund The Big Little Caravan of Joy in Africa and The Painted Turtle Arts Camp in Northern Ontario.

Tickets are available in advance or at the door.

For more information, please click here and use the password: alice.

Fairlawn Church Book Sale

Date: April 28, 29 and 30

Location: 28 Fairlawn Avenue

Fairlawn Avenue United Church’s annual book sale is quickly approaching! A huge selection of good quality books, vintage vinyl, CDs and DVDs are up for grabs.

For more information, please click here.

Uptown Yonge BIA’s Sidewalk Sale & Mother’s Day Celebration

Date: Saturday, May 7

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Location: St. Clements Parkette

On Saturday, May 7, members of the BIA will be handing out potted tulips in St. Clements Parkette. Be sure to also check out the sidewalk sales as select stores will be participating May 6 – 8.

For more information, please click here.

Toronto Botanical Garden’s Spring Plant Sale 2016

Date: May 13, 14 and 15

Location: Toronto Botanical Garden (777 Lawrence Ave. E.)

The TBG’s annual Spring Plant Sale is right around the corner!

Pick up top quality perennials, annuals, shrubs and much more or seek pointers from the Toronto Master Gardeners.

Times to visit:

  • Friday, May 13 from 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 14 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 15 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

For more information, please click here.

Doors Open Toronto

Date: May 28 and 29

It’s that time of year again – Doors Open Toronto is just over a month away! The theme this year is “Re-used, Re-visited and Revised.”

This great event gives families the opportunity to access more than 130 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings for free, locally and across the city.

For more information, please visit the city’s website or click here.

Toronto Botanical Garden’s Woman to Woman Lunch in the Garden

 Date: Tuesday, May 31

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Location: Toronto Botanical Garden (777 Lawrence Ave. E.)

 The TBG is hosting a fun and fabulous garden party featuring a silent auction and hat competition.

For ticket information, please click here.

Lawrence Park Athletic Association’s Family Fun Day

Date: Saturday, June 4

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Location: Cheltenham Park (43 Mildenhall Road)

You’re invited to the Lawrence Park Athletic Association’s Family Fun Day on June 4!

For more information or if you’re interested in volunteering, please click here

Yonge Lawrence Village BIA: Village Day & Sidewalk Sale

Date: Saturday, June 11

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Location: On Yonge Street from Lawrence Avenue to Yonge Boulevard

Join the Yonge Lawrence Village BIA for their annual Village Day Street Festival.

Highlights include sidewalk sales, entertainment, kids play areas and much more!

For more information, please click here.