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September 20, 2005
Toronto home for the aged hosts Ultra Violet Event
On September 21, residents of Lakeshore Lodge will be showcasing the "fruits"
of their labour, or in this case, the "flowers" of their labour at the Ultra
Violet Event. Residents will be displaying and selling more than 50 varieties
of African violets, which they grew from leaf clippings they collected last

The African Violet Program at the home is only possible with the participation
of the Lakeshore African Violet Society of Toronto, affiliates of the African
Violet Society of Canada. Members from the society work directly with the
residents to help them learn how to care for and grow the plants. The society
provides all of the materials needed for this program, including plants, pots,
soil, fertilizer and tools, while the residents provide the labour and the love
needed to make these plants bloom.

The main goal of this weekly program is to help residents experience beauty and
improve their quality of life while keeping them in touch with the surrounding
community. Other residents at Lakeshore Lodge also benefit from the program,
because the flowers are used in centrepieces for the home's dining room.

To truly make this a community event, a BBQ and "coffee break" and bake sale
will also be held to raise money for the Alzheimer Society of Toronto.

Date: Wednesday, September 21
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Lakeshore Lodge, 3197 Lakeshore Blvd. W., main lobby

Lakeshore Lodge is one of 10 homes for the aged operated by the City of
Toronto. It is committed to providing care and services, and to working with
the community, to ensure that each resident is respected, supported and enabled
to be the best they can be.

Media contact:

Rosemary Bennett
City of Toronto
Social Development & Administration



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