By Kathy Rowe

I hope that residents have been able to enjoy the beautiful fall leaves and the crisp autumn air. We were fortunate to enjoy some extended summer weather right up until early October, but now the sweater weather has arrived.

Planning for the Community Pumpkin Parade has been underway for a few weeks now, and we are already beginning plans for 2024 Community Winterfest, which will be held in January.

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

As noted on the front page of this issue, our CCRA Annual General Meeting will be taking place on Thursday, November 16. I hope that residents will join us to listen to our guest speakers and hear more about what the CCRA has been doing for our community over the past year. From revised CCRA by-laws to community donations, we have been busy responding to community needs in 2023.

Pumpkin Parade

As I write this, our 6th Annual Community Pumpkin Parade has yet to take place, but it’s scheduled to happen on November 1. Last year we had over 100 families parade through the Jack-o-Lanterns displayed in the Port Union Park. I counted just over 200 pumpkins on display.

The Pumpkin Parade event is not possible without the support of our area associations, Scarborough Deputy Mayor Jennifer McKelvie and her staff and, of course, the many student volunteers who help from beginning to end.

Holiday Bazaars and More!

This issue notes some of the holiday bazaars that are being held in and around our community this month. Shopping season has begun!

On Saturday, November 11, the Repair Café will be back at the Port Union Community Centre from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring your broken small appliances, jewelry or clothing that needs repair. Repair Café volunteers look forward to teaching you how to make repairs so that you can hang on to your favourite possessions. There is a lot happening as we head toward the holidays.