A male paragon
Leslie at Eclectisaurus (249 Gerrard) has the perfect full size male and he’s on sale.  Unfortunately he’s a mannequin – but a beautiful one.  He’s probably from the 1980's, and possibly earlier. Beautifully formed, he’s permanently positioned leaning forward on his hands. He’s a wonderful addition for any home where the current male is … ummm … flawed.

Another advertisement
Our second ad comes from our good friend, Claudia Salzmann.  Her therapeutic massage practice is located at Amelia and Sackville.  It’s been a landmark in Don Vale for many years. Click on the image on the right for all the details about her services.  Last week’s advertisement for Ken’s home in southern France had a very strong response.  Thanks to Claudia and Ken and everyone who’s helping us to develop support for our Neighbourhood Review.

Cat adoptions this weekend
Cat Busters Animal Rescue returns to Cabbagetown on Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm.  They’re at Pet Valu (240 Carlton).  Drop in, check out the homeless felines and take one home.  Congrat’s to Dale and his staff for organizing this program.  It’s a very good service for both the cats and the community.

The Showcase Performance
Kids from the Cabbagetown Youth Centre’s Performing Arts Camp stage a Showcase Performance annually.  It’s a celebration of the talents of kids from St Jamestown, Cabbagetown and Regent Park.  This year’s show happens on Thursday August 16 at 7 pm at Rosedale Heights School of the Arts (711 Bloor).  You can buy your tickets ($7 each or $21 for a family of four) at Kendall & Co (227 Carlton) and at the door.  Brenda Brown McNee calls this event “one of the highlights of my year.”

Book trade and fair
Cabbagetown South is holding a book fair next week.  It has two interesting approaches.  You can, of course, just drop in and buy a book (prices will vary from $1 to $5.)  Or you can donate your old unwanted books and get a voucher to use in trade.  Click here for more details.  It takes place at 204 Seaton Street from 9 am to noon, Sunday August 19.

2012 Tour of Homes
The Tour is one of Cabbagetown’s premier annual events drawing people from across the city to explore a selection of unusual, attractive homes. This year, it happens on Sunday September 16 from noon to 4 pm.  For information about tickets or to buy tickets with Paypal, visit www.cabbagetownpa.ca.  It’s a good idea to buy early.  Your ticket includes a listing of the homes so you can plan your attack and avoid the crowds.  On the day of the Tour, several Cabbagetown restaurants and businesses offer attractive discounts for ticket holders.
An important note – the Tour is organized by the Cabbagetown Preservation Association.  They welcome volunteers who can contribute a few hours on September 16.  Please contact cpa@cabbagetownpa.ca  

Cabbagetown Pet Clinic
The Clinic (239 Gerrard) has a great website that’s regularly publishing updates about pet care issues that are very helpful.  Click here to see this week’s bulletin about ticks and fleas and then bookmark it for future editions.

Publicize your event
Fraser Douglas at SNAP (fdouglas@snapnewspapers.com) has reminded me that he always welcomes community content.  You can pick up a free copy of SNAP at St Jamestown Steak & Chops (Parliament). Send him an email if you’re hosting a special event, opening a business, organizing a community-wide campaign.  They’ll give you coverage and access to their community events calendar.  
Several newspapers serve our community – SNAP, Inside Toronto,  and The Bulletin (all have paper and internet editions). The Voice is also published here but doesn’t have a website but you can email them at voice_advertising@yahoo.ca   All of them welcome your announcements.  They’ll be happy to tell you their deadlines and advise you about photos and content.

Space available for your garage sale
Garage sales are a big feature of the Cabbagetown Festival.  If you’d like to have one but don’t have the space in front of your own home, then take advantage of the spaces available on Sumach Street north of Winchester.  On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, this area will be open for Cabbagetown residents who want to set up a small garage sale there.  To be eligible, you must have a Cabbagetown address.  A fee of $25 per day covers the cost of clean-ups and permits.  Contact dfisher988@gmail.com  

The Festival’s coming - save these dates
It’s a big, complicated event, so we’ll be releasing dates and times as we get them.  When the program is published, we’ll give you specific details and locations.
Cabbagetown Short Film & Video Festival – Friday evening, September 7.
Art & Crafts in Riverdale Park – Friday (noon to 6 pm), Saturday & Sunday (10 am to 6 pm), September 7, 8 and 9.
Parliament Street Festival – Saturday & Sunday (11 am to 8 pm), September 8 and 9
Blair’s Run – Saturday September 8 (9:45 am)
Cabbagetown Theatre Company – Saturday & Sunday (noon to 4 pm), September 8 and 9

Blair’s Run
The Run is one of the signature events in the Cabbagetown Festival.  The challenge is simple – run, walk, or hop over 2+ km through downtown Cabbagetown.  There are prizes, a free T shirt, breakfast, contests between neighbourhoods and eternal glory for the winners.  This year, the Run happens on Saturday September 8 starting at 8:45 am (for registration) and 9:45 am (for the race).
It’s also a significant fundraising effort for the Cabbagetown Youth Centre.  The fundraising is divided into block-by-block efforts.  A fundraising team asks people on each street for a donation.  Each area is small and manageable so that a door-to-door effort is possible. This year’s target is $50,000.
Volunteers are needed to help with this fundraising.  Block captains for Spruce, Winchester, Berkeley and Ontario are a special priority.  If you can help, please contact Sandy at sriches@rogers.com.

Volunteer at Pathways
Pathways to Education (411 Parliament) is a truly innovative, highly effective support group for students from high risk neighbourhoods.  When students enter high school, Pathways offers them tutoring and support throughout their education.  They’ve had a dramatic impact on drop-out rates and more importantly, on the students’ sense of self-confidence and achievement. 
Pathways is looking for volunteer tutors who can commit up to 1-1/2 to 3 hours a week at Regent Park locations.  Their current priorities are math, science, chemistry and physics. 
If you can contribute your time, please contact Sonia Arana at soniaa@regentparkchc.org and at (416) 642-1570.

Musical Instruments
Anne Pastuszak has organized a drive to collect unused musical instruments and it continues to August 31. Get into your attic and under your bed – pull out your old drum kit, flute, trumpet, clarinet, cello and French horn.  Any instrument.  It’ll be sent to the Regent Park School of Music.  Anne has arranged for some help from Long & McQuade who will check over your gift and make sure it’s working properly.  There’s also an opportunity for you to get a tax receipt.  To find out more or to start the ball rolling, email Anne at annepastuszak@rogers.comShe’ll send you a flyer or arrange a pick-up. For information about the program, click here