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September 8, 2006
Media Advisory - Celebrating healthy eating at the 4th annual Toronto Urban Harvest Festival
Councillor Howard Moscoe will join residents of the Lawrence Heights neighbourhood at the Toronto Urban Harvest Festival. This harvest festival and Lawrence Heights Neighbourhood Action Team Service Fair is a celebration of community initiatives that ensure people are eating healthy, culturally appropriate food. The event will also profile programs that promote healthy eating and information on a wide range of services offered by the City of Toronto, Service Canada and community organizations.

The festival, presented by the Afri-Can FoodBasket and the Lawrence Heights Community Centre, will feature a farmers’ market, performances, demonstrations and information booths. Neighbours can also get first-hand information about various City of Toronto services, including Children’s Services, Public Health, Public Library, Social Services, Toronto Community Housing Corporation and Toronto Police Service.

The festival features fun for the entire family, including children’s track and field events, henna tattoos, a composting workshop, cooking demonstrations, and harvest Bingo. The entertainment line up includes singer Abdul Jabar, dance troupe Nouvel Expose, award-winning storyteller Rita Cox and spoken word artists Deka Abdulkarim and Helen Yohannes.

Date: Saturday, September 9
Times: Noon to 6 p.m. (Councillor Moscoe’s speech at 2:45 p.m.)
Location: Lawrence Heights Community Centre, 5 Replin Rd. (Lawrence Avenue West and Varna Drive, east of the Allen Expressway)

The City of Toronto’s Community Safety Plan is supported by four pillars: strong neighbourhoods; a co-ordinated crisis response program; employment and engagement opportunities for youth; and youth justice, that balances enforcement with prevention. Part of building strong neighbourhoods is to connect government and community services and resources towards the shared goal of making communities safer. The Lawrence Heights Neighbourhood Action Team is one of 13 teams in place across Toronto to create and enhance these critical connections.

Media contact:

Judy Brooks
Community Development Officer
Social Development, Finance & Administration



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