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Jeff and Shelagh donate to childrens' programs
Fall Fête co-chair Erin accepts a $500 donation from Jeff and Shelagh

We're pleased to return for our eleventh year as an active supporter of High Park's most popular autumn tradition, the annual Fall Fête at Howard Public School!

Featuring a variety of games of skill and chance for children and adults alike, the Fête is our neighbourhood's beloved county fair.

Every year offers the best of young performing talent on stage, the hilarity of an all-ages Cake Walk, bouncy castles and games of chance, a variety of tasty treats served by Roncesvalles' best and brightest restauranteurs, delis, and confectioners - and thousands of dollars worth of high quality goods, services, and adventures donated by neighbours, families and businesses to the Fête's Basket Raffle.

This year's Fête is held on Saturday, October 15th, with 100% of proceeds going to childrens' programs for the arts, sciences, and travel.

Hauntings Included!
Hauntings included!



We're thrilled to continue our support of the George Bell Hockey Association (GBHA), whose volunteers provide a positive development experience for youth.

From conveners to coaches, officials to off-ice and administrative staff, these tireless folks deliver a marvelous combination of dedication and enthusiasm!

This year, we're supporting George Bell's Help A Kid Play Hockey Fund, with a $500 donation.

Whether for ice-time or equipment, we know our money will be used to help a child who might not otherwise be able to afford hockey, to enjoy the comraderie and joy of our national sport.

Jeff and Rhona of the George Bell Hockey Association

Above:  Rhona Matthewson accepts a cheque from Jeff and Shelagh during the GBHA's recent Select Hockey Tournament

For more information about the GBHA's Help A Kid Play Hockey Fund, email Rhona.



Have you had a chat with your dad lately about his health?

Your brother, husband, son, or granddad?

Movember is here again, reminding us that the men in our lives don't always start discussions about their health issues with others.

Feel free to chuckle at my whiskers, join my team to share a laugh, and/or consider a show of support for the cause at Little Lot of Stubble.

Even if the most you do is think of how you can improve the health of the men in your life ...




The annual National Association of REALTORS® conference offered forums with thought-leaders from government, insurance, finance, architecture, technology, and real estate.

We've brought home some insights - and a question for you - which you can find with travel tips(!) on our NAR summary page.

Amongst the many highlights of our trip:  Imagine being a young Bill Clinton or Hillary Rodham, while you listen to her sharing her first home buying experience!

Of course, we also found a few fixer uppers, like the one below, on Alcatraz Island:

Former prison warden's residence



We're excited to continue our support (since 2006) as a
Platinum Sponsor
and invite you join us in feasting, festivities, and fun of this year's
Fall Fête
taking place

Saturday, October 19th
10am - 2pm, rain or shine
Howard Public Schoolgrounds
on Howard Avenue, west of Roncesvalles
(map below)

Fall Fête logo

The Fête packs an incredible amount of diverse, family-friendly entertainment into four hours!

For the Adults

Jeff & Shelagh's Gift Basket raffle and the Fête's silent auction both feature high quality goods and services which reflect the varied interests and skills of entrepreneurs and professionals living in and around High Park.

Finish your gift shopping early this year, or reward yourself for all you do!

Gift baskets chock full of goodies

For the Children

The sporting are invited to tame the bouncy castle, brave the halls of the haunted house, catch prizes at the fish pond or bean bag toss, and trade up winnings for bigger and better loot!

For the creative, there's face painting, pumpkin carving, and hands-on crafts-making.

Gift baskets chock full of goodies

For Everyone!

Take in the sounds of current and future musical talent at the main stage ... the olfactory wake-up call of barbequed meats and fresh veggie lunch items ... and get a jump on Hallowe'en by tasting the treats of home-baked delectables.

Put on your dancing shoes for the cakewalk, or meander by the pumpkin patch for a keepsake family photo.

The bake table always sells out!

Every dollar for children

The Howard Fall Fête is 100% volunteer-run, with every penny re-invested for the benefit of children.

Funds raised are used to enhance what we adults would have taken for granted as the necessary highlights of school life:  field trips, art and science programming, and cultural experiences.


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"Here he is, a former groundskeeper, putting for the win at the Masters."

      - Carl Spackler

Caledon Golf and Country Club

Carl Spackler Property Management (Jeff in disguise as a golfer with much better mates) brought their special swing to the Caledon Golf & Country Club on Monday, June 3rd, and in doing so, helped generate over $20,000 for the Shelter Foundation and its efforts to assist single parents and children making a fresh start after escaping domestic violence.

The day's forecast was heavy with gophers and chrysanthemums, which always provides a colourful - and potentially explosive - atmosphere to this scramble golf tourney.

Carl wasn't available to make it to this year's event, though he hand picked this year's foursome, based on their ability to tuck in a shirt, forage for balls in the rough, and use the correct fork to stab a steak.

"After a little pest control incident, we haven't had much in the way of property management work for, oh, let's say 30 years.

So I really appreciate Jeff Derksen for sponsoring our team."

Ever the humble man, Carl provided the following demonstration of swing mechanics for our team:




Great Deals for a Great Cause - sponsored by Jeff and Shelagh


The word riding brings to mind a 'hood you live in, a red hood you wear, and healthy endeavours.

Add to these, the long-awaited move into spring, held Thursday March 21st at 3030 Dundas West.

We had an excellent night, participating as sponsors, purchasers of some fine Silent Auction jewelry and artwork, and leading a fitness effort on the dance floor.

Excellent news - event promoters Janice and Allen raised over $2,000 in their efforts to conquer cancer, on behalf of the Campbell Family Institute at Princess Margaret Hospital.

Moebius Stripper was on hand to drive the dance floor action.   Amongst their many musical chestnuts, was a truly memorable cover of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody.

Silent Auction plus Not-So-Silent Glam Funk Slam Dunk

Wham. Glam. Par-teh? Band!



Go Fishin' at the FishPond!

For the fifth year running, we were proud to be a Platinum Sponsor of the Howard PS Fall Fête!

This outdoor festival carries on a long-standing tradition of fall frivolity in the High Park neighbourhood, with a wide variety of amusements and activities, appealing to the young of age - and the young at heart.

This year's fun for all generated over $20,000 in funding for childrens' programs.




'Evil Villainry' contest participants
Filmmaker Albert Nerenberg with 'Evil Villainry' contest participants

An appreciative near-capacity crowd at the Revue Cinema
An appreciative near-capacity crowd at the Revue Cinema

'Snort Laugh' champion Maia 'Self Laugh' contest participants 'Self Laugh' contest participants
'Snort Laugh' champion Maia, and 'Self Laugh' contest participants
Recognize yourself?   Let us know and we'll give you the credit you deserve!

Albert and Aaron perform 'The Arrow'
Albert and Aaron perform 'The Arrow'

Albert, Shelagh, and Jeff perform 'The Arrow' with Howard Public Schools' early grades climbing equipment in the background
Albert, Shelagh, and Jeff perform 'The Arrow', good-naturedly of course

What a blast it was to have LAUGHologist guru Albert Nerenberg in our neighbourhood for an evening of fun and frivolity!

Prior to screening Laughology at this Toronto DVD launch, Albert hosted a series of laugh-offs featuring audience member guffaws from the diabolical to the piggish.   Award winners left the stage with prizes graciously donated by local businesses Sweet Thrills, The Film Buff, Scooter Girl and Toys and the Revue Cinema.

The film itself has been referred to by renowned critic Leonard Maltin as "A hidden gem."; the BBC World Service states that "Laughology ... aims to open the eyes of even the most miserable pessimist".

And relieve us of our community's construction and chilly blues it did, as a rare near-capacity crowd at the Revue enjoyed the opportunity to share in some good-natured chortling.

More than exercising the muscles that make us smile, this event also generated over $1,000 for the fourth and final phase of nearby Howard Public Schoolground's Rejuvenation - a set of playground amenities for kids in older grades and the community at large.   Tax-receipted charitable donations are

Our thanks to Kelli of Kamm/Era Media Group for both inspiration and perspiration in bringing the show together, to Chris of the High Park Residents' Association for publicity assistance, and to Albert, whose filming of the event is likely to show up in a future documentary.

For more information about Laughology, surf to the Laughology web site.


photo courtesy Toronto Archives
photo reproduced courtesy of the Toronto Archives

We're pleased to help bring the Roncesvalles Centennial Photo Exhibit to the High Park Library from November 12th through December 15th, 2010.

A group of area residents, historians, and archivists have brought to light more than 100 photographs showing the people, pasttimes, and streetscapes of this vital neighbourhood over the past 100 years.

Taking into account the sanitorium pool on the northern fringe of High Park to the lake shore Sunnyside Amusement Park, this long-since awoken bedroom community to neighbouring Swansea, Parkdale, and the Junction has been both home and visiting place to many a character!

Presented free of charge to the public by sponsors and area residents associations driving the synergy taking place along Roncesvalles - Sunnyside Community Association, High Park Residents Association, and the Roncesvalles-Macdonell Residents Association - this collection is sure to be of interest to those new to the area.


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From Me To Moustache Lovers animated gif in the Movember section by Juliana Cuervo.

Fall Fête Logo courtesy the Howard Home and School Association

Various Fall Fête photos © SNAP Bloor West, a subsidiary of Snap Newspaper Group Inc.

Clip from the movie Caddyshack © MGM Holdings Inc.

Laughology screening photos courtesy of Kelli Kieley © Kamm/Era Media Group

Roncesvalles Organ Grinder photo courtesy of the City of Toronto Archives