Seasons Greetings from Shelley Carroll & the Ward 33 Team

The Ward 33 Team wishes everyone a very Happy Holiday.

We can’t wait to see you in 2018!

There is always plenty to talk about in the newsletter, but today let’s slow it down a bit. Whether Christmas is your family’s festival or not, this is a season when everyone is rushing to wrap up the year and take advantage of a few days off. Your Ward 33 Team is no different. We will have some holiday time, and we will be checking our phones, so call if you need us. As always, the dedicated folks at 311 will be there for you 24/7, and they will have the quickest access to services over the holidays.

We won’t give you too much to read this week. There is plenty of material to share later, in the New Year. Just a few recommendations for family fun.

There are lots of fun holiday light shows on our city’s streets. In my family, we share a tradition with our daughters and grandchildren. We drive over to Benjamin Boake Trail in the west end for the biggest and best light show in our legacy city of North York. Each of the young ones gets to put a bill in the donation box for Sick Kids Hospital. It reminds them that opening presents should only come after you find a way to share.

Taking the grandkids’ annual picture at Benjamin Boake Trail has become a sort of growth chart for Papa and me.

If you have a surly teenager in need of something to do, you might want to get them to the AGO to see the Guillermo Del Toro exhibit. Guillermo is a magical director of major fantasy films who has claimed Toronto as his home. The fascinating exhibit of his most famous monsters is a perfect accompaniment to his most current film, “The Shape of Water”.  The film debuted this year at TIFF and is now playing to rave reviews. It’s a beautiful fable, lovingly created around our heritage theatre on Yonge, the Elgin.

An even more affordable museum, and always worth a visit, is the Gardiner Museum, which specializes in all things clay and ceramic, but at this time of year it is also home of the annual “Twelve Trees” event. Go get some ideas for next year!

One last recommendation that’s pretty close to home: If you need a rest from the madness of the season right now, the Aga Khan Museum is the most serene place I know. From now until the end of the day on Christmas Eve the museum is offering two for one admission. The Aga Khan Museum is all about beauty and peace. The underground parking makes it a convenient place to take the seniors in your life in the winter weather.

In the space below, Katherine will include some news about recreation around the city. Wherever you go, whatever you are planning at this busy time of year, remember that Christmas is about sharing, and that includes when you’re behind the wheel. Share the road safely with other drivers, winter cyclists and pedestrians. My husband Sandy’s Nana always had the same advice for us when we visited her at holiday times: “Fifteen minutes doesn’t matter. You are carrying precious cargo.”