POLICE ALERTS, TENNIS COURT RENOVATIONS, BUSINESS GROUPS, RESTAURANT NEWS

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THIS WEEK’S NEWS

Toronto police issue two alerts
On Wednesday at 8 am, an eight year-old girl was walking to school in the Dundas and Berkeley area.  A man grabbed her arm and tried to pull her toward him.  She escaped and ran into her school. Staff there called the police. The man ran west on Dundas.
The police describe him as skinny, 6’ tall, dark-black complexion, short straight black hair, 30s, and brown eyed. He has a scar under his left eye.  He was wearing a gold earring with a small letter “m” on it in his left ear. He was dressed in grey business-style pants, a grey waist length jacket and business-style shoes. 
If you know, anything about this person, call 51 Division Youth & Family Services Unit (416-808-5100) or the other links listed below.
In the second incident, a woman was sexually assaulted on Wellesley near Homewood on Tuesday around 3 pm.  The assault was witnessed by other pedestrians in the area.  A woman checked the victim to see that she was unhurt – police would like to talk to her.   
The man fled east on Wellesley.  He’s white with a brown complexion or brown with a white complexion, aged 20 to 40, thin, 5’5” tall.  He has a thin mustache.  He was wearing grey pants and a ¾ length dark green bulky nylon winter jacket with a hood that is possibly fur trimmed.
Police would like to talk to other people who saw this assault.  Call 416-808-7474
In both cases, you can contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), contact www.222tips.com online or Leave A Tip on Facebook.

The last two days to vote
Community Matters together with St James Town Youth Centre are eligible to win $50,000 from Maple Leaf Sports Enterprise.  The money will pay for badly needed upgrades to the tennis court areas in St James Town.  You can watch a Global TV report about it on YouTube.
They’re in a competition with several other projects.  The winner will be the one that receives the largest number of votes from its community.
The voting ends on Friday night, March 8.  You can also vote a second time tomorrow.  Please cast your ballot now for this worthwhile project.  It’s easy - click here.

Toronto Urban Photography Festival at MJG
MJG Gallery will be participating as a VIP Gallery in this year's city-wide Toronto Urban Photography Festival and is hosting works by Stev'nn Hall and Geoff Elliot Simpson in the their show "Regulation". There’ll be additional photographic works by Mark Gleberzon, Sandy Middleton, Tommy Vohs and Lorne Wisebrod. The show runs at MJG from March 9 to 23. The opening night reception is March 14,  6 to 9pm. Please RSVP.  Gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday, 11 am to 6 pm. (416) 923-4031.  For more information about the Festival, click here.

Business Networking International open house
BNI is a group of local entrepreneurs who exchange business information and new contacts every week.  The members tell each other about new business opportunities. They believe that they generated over $300,000 in new business for each other in 2012 by trading customer leads.  The Cabbagetown chapter meets at 7 am on Wednesdays for breakfast at Merryberry Café (559 Parliament). 
BNI's Visitor’s Day will happen on Wednesday March 27.  They’re hoping to attract more members and this session will be your introduction to them.  If you want to attend, please reserve in advance with Duncan Fremlin at (416) 405-8828.  You can read about BNI and the Cabbagetown chapter here.

Cabbagetown greeting cards
Anne Pastuszak has developed a set of 5” by 7” greeting cards highlighting Cabbagetown.  The inside message reads “A note from Cabbagetown.”  On one card, there’s a detailed map of the neighbourhood.  On another, there’re full-colour photos of neighbourhood landmarks including two golden retrievers.  The profits from the card sales will be given to Riverdale Park West for its renewal efforts.  Two different designs are available now and they sell for $2.50 each or four for $9.  Order yours by emailing Anne at annepastuszak@rogers.com

IN THE MEDIA

14 Blevins Place in Regent Park
Photo:  Globe & Mail
Three buildings in Regent Park are the legacy of post-war architect Peter Dickinson.  One of them at 14 Blevins Place is listed as an official heritage site by the City of Toronto.  Today, they also represent everything that went wrong in the old housing project.  They’ve been damaged by years of heavy use and official neglect and their owner, Toronto Community Housing, will soon seek demolition permits as part of Regent Park’s revitalization.  The Globe & Mail’s John Bentley Mays has written about their significance and the problems associated with any attempt to keep them.  Click here for the story.

RESTAURANT NEWS

Merryberry’s new menu
Cyril has been using “theme menus" for several months quite successfully.  He’s now planning his next theme – Literary Menus – which will kick into action next Wednesday.  His first offering comes from Dr Seuss.  It’s “green eggs & ham”.  This theme was chosen in a contest that Cyril ran in February.  The winner earned a free meal for two in March as a reward.  (My recommendation didn’t even make it to the starting line – zero votes!)  Check Merryberry's website for more menu details starting early next week.  Merryberry Café & Bistro, 559 Parliament.

The Ben Wicks
Robert is holding his St Paddy’s party on Saturday night this year.  He knows that he’s early but he’s making sure that his celebrations don’t distract a lot of good Irish Catholics from their Sunday duties, especially with their focus on picking a new Pope.  So he has everything planned starting at 8 pm.  The One Shot Band is coming to perform its trademark folk, rock and roots music.  There’ll be plenty of dancing.  The food, as always, will be great. Stay on top of it all by checking the Wicks’ website.  Ben Wicks Pub, 424 Parliament.
 
Dominion on Queen
The St Patrick’s celebration happens on Sunday, March 17.  Contemporary and traditional Irish music by “Profit & Losses” starts at 4 pm.  The menu includes Irish favourites like carrot soup, corned beef and cabbage, Irish potato cakes and lots more.  No cover charge.  Keep up with the last minute details on Facebook – click here.  500 Queen St E (at Sumach).

Stout Irish Pub
Erin has a big program lined up for St Patrick’s Day on Sunday March 17.  For family fun, she’s starting with Irish dancers at 2 pm and then a face painter at 3 pm.  In the evening, live entertainment starts at 7 pm with Andrew Dunt and Henry Brkic from The Gurriers with modern Celtic acoustic music.  Watch Stout's Facebook page for more details.  Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton).

CLUBS & PUBS EVENTS

THURSDAY MARCH 7 TO SUNDAY MARCH 17

Contact info
Alice’s Place, 554 Parliament St, (647) 931-9088
Ben Wicks, 424 Parliament St, (416) 961-9425, www.benwickspub.com
Dominion on Queen, 500 Queen St E, (416) 368-6893, www.dominiononqueen.com  
Flying Beaver, 488 Parliament St, (647) 347-6567, www.pubaret.com
Paint Box Bistro, 555 Dundas St E, (647) 748-0555, www.paintboxbistro.ca
Stout Irish Pub, 221 Carlton St, (647) 344-7676, www.stoutirishpub.ca
Winchester Kitchen & Bar, 51A Winchester St, (416) 323-0051, www.winchesterkitchen.com  

If there's a cover charge or tickets are sold, we’ve listed the prices. Otherwise, the event is free.

THURSDAY MARCH 7
Dominion on Queen
7 pm, The Wee Folk Club, $10
Flying Beaver
7 pm, The McComedy Show with Shannon McDonough and Michael McLean, $10 advance, $15 door
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
8 pm, Three Desis & a Diva
10 pm, Jeff Barnes & Noah Zacharin

FRIDAY MARCH 8
Dominion on Queen
8:30 pm, intimate jazz with Mary Catherine Duo, $10.
Flying Beaver
7 pm, The McComedy Show with Shannon McDonough and Michael McLean, $10 advance, $15 door
9 pm, Alice – an ‘80s concert in wonderland, $15 advance/$20 door
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
8 pm, Three Desis & a Diva
10 pm, Mud Punch

SATURDAY MARCH 9
Dominion on Queen
4 to 7:30 pm, Ronnie Hayward & his Trio, hillbilly beatnik music, pwyc
9 pm, Sonic Blues with Daniel Buxton, $10
Flying Beaver
7 pm, “Secrets of a safe sex slut”, comedy with Sherryl Cowden,  $10 advance/ $15 door
9 pm, “Belle’s Boudoir”  $15 advance/$20 door,  followed by Belle’s Booty Bounce free dance party.
Paintbox Bistro
9:30 pm, Phil Dwyer with Don Thompson, 3 course dinner package $40, show only $15.
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
8 pm, Three Desis & a Diva
10 pm, Solar Messiah 13

SUNDAY MARCH 10
Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
11 am to 3 pm, Rockabilly brunch  with the rockin’ sounds of the Cosmotones featuring Alistair Christl
Flying Beaver
7 pm, singer-songwriter and pianist Peter Donato, $10 advance/ $15 door
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
8 pm, Three Desis & a Diva
10 pm, Beau’s Open Mic with Porter

MONDAY MARCH 11
Dominion on Queen
7 pm, Ukelele 101
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
10 pm,  Industry Night

TUESDAY MARCH 12
Dominion on Queen
8:30 pm – Hot Club of Corktown Django Jam, pwyc
Stout Irish Pub
7:30 pm, Nerd Night pub quiz
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
Midnight – Epic Movies

WEDNESDAY MARCH 13
Alice’s Place
9 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
8 pm, Corktown Ukelele Jam Theme Night, $5
Flying Beaver
7:30 pm, classic and original romantic songs with Michah Barnes $10 advance, $15 door
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
7:30 pm, Smart Ass Trivia
10 pm, Win Prov hosted by Tracy Rowland & Dwayne Mailman, $5

THURSDAY MARCH 14
Flying Beaver
tba
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
8 pm, The Seagull in Four Movements
10 pm, The DVS swing dance sessions

FRIDAY MARCH 15
Flying Beaver
7 pm, ``Working It``, pro-comics try out new material, Paul Bellini hosts.  No cover.
9 pm, Mark Cassius “Poparet”
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
8 pm, The Seagull in Four Movements

SATURDAY MARCH 16
Ben Wicks
8 pm – Good old fashioned St Paddy’s Day party with “The One Shot Band”
Dominion on Queen
10:30 am & 1 pm – Uke 101
Flying Beaver
7 pm, Gavin Crawford’s “Bits & Pieces”, $15 advance/ $20 door
9 pm, Tim Boyle’s tribute to Elvis “One Night with You” with Jordan Klapman & Artie Roth,  $15 advance/$20 door
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
8 pm, The Seagull in Four Movements
Phil’s Birthday Jam

St PATRICK'S DAY - SUNDAY MARCH 17
Alice’s Place
4 pm, Karaoke
Dominion on Queen
12:30 to 3:30 pm – Toronto Blues Society vocal workshop, $10 general & $8 members
4 pm – St Patrick’s Day party with “Profits & Losses”
Flying Beaver
7 pm, “Altered States”, comedy hypnosis by Brandon, $10 advance/ $15 door
Stout Irish Pub
St Patrick’s Day party
2 pm – Irish Dancers
3 to 6 pm – Face Painter
7 pm to 1 am – Live modern Celtic acoustic music with the Gurriers
Winchester Kitchen & Bar
10 pm, Beau’s Open Mic with Porter