Volunteering in Toronto

From April 23rd to April 29th is National Volunteer Week, a time to celebrate social change. Maybe it’s almost the end of this program, but we think that you still have time to make a positive impact in our community. Here are some organizations you could join in not only for these 2 days, but for your daily life too. Fix the 6ix: they collect money to buy food, clothing and other items for shelters across the city. Habitat for Humanity: they help lower-income families by assisting them in building and purchasing affordable homes. Save Our Scruff: this is an organization dedicated to rescuing dogs for around the world and finding them safe and suitable permanent homes. Amanda’s Lemonade: this group is encouraging people to do what we all know about, make lemonade and sell it to raise money for charity. Toronto Homestay English courses  

UNUSUAL BUT COOL PLANS FOR THE WEEKEND!

If you love astronomy, this is the best announcement you will receive today! This Saturday, Ontario Science Centre is going to celebrate International Astronomy Day with many experiences and programs to enjoy: Solar Observing (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.): learn about our nearest star using specially filtered telescopes. Meet an astronaut (10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.): talk with Dr. Dave Williams about everything you want to know about space and being an astronaut in The Canadian Space Agency (CSA). Planetarium and IMAX® Dome theatre Shows: take an amazing voyage to the Solar System, see The Earth from the International Space Station, and more. Science Presentations by student clubs (1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.) Evening Star Party (7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.): observe the stars, the moon and Jupiter! It’s an out-of-this-world experience you won’t want to miss!     ESL Courses in Toronto

The Best Fun Runs we are waiting for

THE COLOR RUN (August 12th) – also known as the “Happiest 5K on the planet”; is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness, and individuality. Have an enjoyable time with colored foam, music, giant unicorns and the Dream Wall. 5K FOAM FEST (July 15th) – Expect a variety of obstacles while you are having fun with tons of foam. THE FAMOUS CANADIAN BEER RUN (September 17th) – running along Lake Ontario, this 5K run is going to be amazing for those beer and food lovers. COLOR ME RAD TORONTO (May 13th) – Don’t forget to wear an old white shirt because you will end up full of color. Music, team spirit and color; what else do you need to have a good time?     ESL Courses in Toronto

The High park cherry blossoms will start to bloom this weekend!

Sakura trees also known as cherry blossom trees are known for their elegance and beauty. Unfortunately, they are also known for their short blooming periods: once open, flowers last from 4 to 10 days. While last year the cherry blossoms failed to reach peak bloom due to unpredictable weather patterns, and the previous three years’ peak bloom was reached in May; this year, thanks to the warm weather, it has progressed faster than expected and probably the Sakura trees are going to start blooming on Friday. One week ago, the trees were on the cusp of stage two, but two days ago they were in a clear stage 5 of development, which means that a full bloom could occur within 4-8 days. “Call it an Easter miracle, a sign of climate change or an answer to wishes of thousands of eager Toronto blossom fans… the revised dates for peak bloom are between April 21 to April 28, 2017.”     ESL Courses in Toronto

SPRING FREE EVENTS

NATIONAL CANADIAN FILM DAY 150 (April 19th): this one-day celebration is the world’s largest film festival ever, with free screenings all over the city presenting the best of Canadian cinema.     TORONTO COMIC ARTS FESTIVAL (May 13th-14th): an amazing celebration of comics and graphic novels, interviews, workshops, gallery shows, vendors and meet-and-greets. TCAF will take place at Toronto Reference Library and the surrounding Bloor/Yonge neighborhood.     DOORS OPEN 2017 (May 27th-28th):  this year they will offer a privileged look into Toronto’s most significant buildings.      PEDESTRIAN SUNDAYS (since May 28th): Sundays won’t be the same with these events; artists, musicians, performers, vendors, food and a lot of people having fun in Kensington Market. LUMINATO 2017 (June 14th-25th):  this multi-platform festival is dedicated to performance, visual art, music, theatre and dance with numerous installations across the city. Don’t forget to check the dates of these activities because all of them are free!   ESL Courses in Toronto

Blue & White day

  The Toronto Maple Leafs are making history. Our amazing team is one of sixteen teams that qualified for the National Hockey League’s (NHL) 2017 Playoffs! We want to encourage our students to wear either any Leaf paraphernalia or something blue and white; to show our support and appreciation for their achievement, to thank the players and staff for having done the best so far, and let them know that everyone has their backs. Following Mayor John Tory’s lead: April 13, 2017 is “Blue and White Day” in the city of Toronto.   ESL Courses in Toronto

TIME TO REMEMBER

We love our city, from the stunning buildings to the beautiful parks that you can find almost everywhere; nevertheless, years ago the city was also marvelous. That’s why we wanted to show you some pictures of the old Toronto, when there were fewer people and things to do; but the places were still amazing, with each sign different from the next and the streetscape was blazing every night. It was a completely different city than the one we know today. Here are some comparisons between 1950s-1960s and nowadays:   Public Transportation       City Hall   Yonge and Eglinton                         Toronto Homestay English courses

TORONTO’S LARGEST OUTDOOR MOVIE THEATER

  Who would refuse to watch some movies on Lake Ontario? Get ready for this summer because the Sail-In Cinema returns to Sugar Beach from August 17th to 19th. You will be able to enjoy some movies either seating comfortably on land, or, sailing in. This 40 by 30-foot two-sided screen is going to be hosted by the Toronto Port Authority (TPA); and although the screening is free, it should be necessary to have a ticket because capacity is limited. What we don’t know right now is what movies they are going to present this year, but we will be updating our information to tell you the details.   ESL Courses in Toronto