Cabbagetown’s Fall Season
 
We need to catch-up on a lot of new activity after being so distracted by last week’s hectic Festival schedule. 
 
Tour of Homes
Cabbagetown’s Tour of Homes takes place this Sunday afternoon.  You can visit eight elegant homes from noon to 4 pm. 
Tickets are $30 each. Income from ticket sales supports the Cabbagetown Preservation Association’s program.  Kendall & Co (227 Carlton), Mi Casa (238 Carlton), Epicure Shop (473 Parliament) and Fairway Market (520 Parliament) all sell tickets locally.  On Sunday, you can buy last-minute tickets at the BIA Office (237 Carlton).  If you buy your ticket online with Paypal, be sure to bring your voucher to the BIA Office on Sunday on your way to the homes.
It’s a self-guided tour.  Addresses and a map are shown on your ticket.  Be sure, as well, to check your ticket for the names and locations of restaurants and stores offering nice discounts to Tour patrons.
Last week, The National Post did an article about one of the homes on the Tour. For a sample of what you’ll see, click here.  (The photo above is from The National Post.) You can also watch a video clip from Global TV News here.
 
ROM Walks through Cabbagetown
Once again, the Royal Ontario Museum is conducting guided walks through Cabbagetown.  You can find out the details hereSunday from 2 pm.  The walk takes approximately 1-1/2 to 2 hours.  No fee. Rain or shine.  The meeting spot is on the corner of Spruce and Parliament – watch for the blue umbrella.
 
Party time in Cabbagetown South
Sunday is the day for Cabbagetown South’s street party.  The bbq features hot dogs, burgers and sausages.  Buddy Holly arrives at 1 pm and Elvis is in the house at 2 pm.  There’ll be face painting, balloons, games and exhibits by local artists.  Everyone welcome. Seaton Street, south of Gerrard from noon to 6 pm.
 
Neighbourhood updates
 
Cat adoptions on Saturday
Cat Busters are back at Pet Valu (240 Carlton) on Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm.  It’s your chance to adopt a homeless cat and turn a stray into a beloved family member.  The agency makes every effort to ensure that you get a healthy cat and all adults have been spayed.  There’s a $150 fee to cover their costs.
 
CNH Childcare Program
Central Neighbourhood House (349 Ontario) still has spaces available in two childcare programs – toddlers (18 months to 2.5 years) and pre-school (2.5 to 4 years).  These twelve-month programs operate during school holidays, school PA days and March break, from 7:30 am to 6 pm daily.  Healthy meals and snacks are made on-site and include vegetarian and allergy considerations. The program includes fun outings and quality play-based activities.  The staff are caring and qualified professionals.  The program is licenced by the Ministry of Child and Youth Services.  Subsidy based spaces are available.  For more info and a tour of CNH, contact Karen Anthony at kanthony@cnh.on.ca  or (416) 925-4363, ext 110.  Find out more about CNH at their website.
 
Kids at Sundara Yoga
Angela has started two special programs for kids at Sundara Yoga (492 Parliament, side door.)  Yoga Blossoms for girls ages 10 to 13 starts on Saturday (4 to 5 pm) and goes to November 17 – ten weeks for $160.  A shorter course will run six weeks from October 11 to November 15 (Thursday, 4 to 5 pm) - $96.  Then for really little guys ages 3 to 6, there’s Yoga Seedlings running Wednesdays October 10 to November 14 (1:30 to 2:15 pm) and Fridays October 12 to November 16 (4:15 to 5 pm) – both are six weeks at $96.
For adults, there’s Group Yoga Therapy on Saturday for four weeks (6 to 8 pm) - $120.  On Saturday September 23 (4:15 to 5:45 pm), there’s a one-class session Yoga for Runners at $30.
 
Kibo Sushi House
Kibo (533 Parliament) opened officially on September 1 after spending about a month testing our reactions to several menu options.  They’ll be open from Tuesday to Sunday (11:30 am to 11 pm).  They’re offering lunch specials and they have smaller kids’ portions as well.  The interior features a beautiful model ship as well as a remodelled bar and shelving that generate a warm, dark-wood atmosphere.  The menu is listed daily on the blackboard in front of the restaurant.
 
Qi Sushi
Jenny Park at Qi Sushi (358 Gerrard west of Sackville) has attracted a lot of attention and praise for her fine Japanese restaurant since she opened in mid-winter.  She has a small restaurant and lots of take-out offerings.  As well as sushi dishes, her menu lists Daily Bento (from $8 to $12), various rolls, Qi Combos (from $10 to $15), teriyaki and tempura. 
 
Church Street Winery
Gunnar and Monika at Church Street Winery (420 Parliament) want to remind you that it’s time now to make and store wines for your Christmas festivities.  They have a full range of kits available for reds, whites and specialty wines at prices ranging from $185 to $233.
 
Face Furniture
Tewfik Sherif’s fine new store Face Furniture (464 Parliament) has opened successfully.  He’s created an eyewear boutique that’s focused on quality and craftsmanship.  You can see his website here.
 
Mobilicity
Mobilicity (586 Parliament) has moved.  Their new location is beside Del Ray Cleaners at the corner of Parliament and Wellesley.  When you’re there, be sure to ask the store’s manager, Ahmed, how you can earn a $50 credit by referring a friend.  Congrat’s as well to Steve and Phyllis at Del Ray for their fine renovation of their façade which they expanded to include Mobilicity. 
 
2-4-1 Video
They’ve closed.  It’s too bad but no doubt a sign of the changing times.  They faced fierce competition with new cable and online services.  Nancy, the friendly familiar face behind the counter, is trying to attract a new owner, Queen Street Video.  She posted a sign in the window with contact info.  If this sounds like a good idea to you, email queenvideo@gmail.com to encourage them.
 
Construction and renovations
 
Rebuilding the site of the fire
This site at 456 Parliament suffered a fire two years ago and now its reconstruction continues apace.  The building has recently been covered in tarps so progress is hard to judge.  The current building permit allows for upper level apartments and mid-level and lower level retail.  Future plans call for townhouse residential to be built on the rear of the building but building permits have not been issued for this stage of the work as yet.
 
Pharma Plus
The new Pharma Plus (Winchester and Parliament) is now being built in the site of the former Blockbuster, Coffee Time and Kendall stores.  It will be a sizeable new store.  Work is underway inside and Randy, the site manager, thinks it should be completed in late October.  No information yet about an opening date.
 
TBS
TBS (429 Parliament) will close in a week and the interior will be extensively remodelled. The store will re-open in late October.  Future inventory will include more clothing.  (Signs in front of the store are misleading – it’s not closing permanently.)
 
Kingyo Toronto
Kingyo is a very popular Izakaya style Vancouver restaurant and this is their first Toronto location  (51B Winchester).  The old Stonegrill has closed.  The interior is now being remodelled to accommodate their new requirements and when finished, it will seat about 120 people.  Koji Zenimaru is the manager.    More details will be available as we get closer to the official opening.
 
Great weekend at the Festival
Congratulations to everyone who worked so hard to put together last weekend’s Festival.  It’s an enormous job and it was well done.  The Film Festival had another full house. 
In Blair’s Run, the Wellesley team won the honours for their large contingent. 
Bigger crowds gathered around Spruce and Gerrard on Saturday – a good sign for future growth.  The new stage arrangements and the entertainers all earned kudos and so did the drum bands marching up the street.
The weather, of course, created extra excitement.  That rain on Saturday was daunting. 
Eric Morse caught a photo of runners in Blair’s Run in the middle of it all.  Like most Festival participants, they simply went ahead with their Marathon.  In the end, the Festival proved to be waterproof and the crowds weren’t scared off.
Over in Riverdale Park, the Art & Crafts show was another success. 
There were even several fun and eccentric displays – like Roger Hupman’s skulls.