By Kathy Rowe

Autumn is arriving and I can’t think of a more beautiful season to experience here in Centennial.  Our tree canopy continues to grow and this certainly enhances the enjoyment of fall colours in our community. I spent some of September vacationing outside of Canada, yet returning to our safe and picturesque neighbourhood is such a great reward.

Wanita tree planting

Speaking of our tree canopy, the City of Toronto is organizing a native tree and shrub planting event at Wanita Park on Wednesday, October 24 at 10 a.m. Show your support for this important initiative and volunteer your time in one of our beautiful area parks. More information on this can be found on page 18 under our Community Events Calendar.

All-candidates meeting

Now that the ward boundaries for Toronto’s municipal election have been established, the CCRA hopes that residents will come out to the all-candidates meeting on Wednesday, October 10 at 7 p.m. This event will take place at the Highland Creek Legion on Lawson Road. We hope that all 11 of the candidates running for councillor in our ward will be participating. Please see more details about these candidates on page 10 of the newspaper.

Pumpkin Parade

As you may have noticed on page 1, our area associations are working together to present a Pumpkin Parade on Thursday, November 1. This is an event that allows residents the chance to extend Halloween for another day by bringing their carved jack-o-lanterns and a votive candle to the Port Union Village Common at 5:45 p.m. Parents and kids are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes. After the pumpkins are placed along the path and the candles are lit, we can all enjoy a walk through the park and admire the many carved creations. This is something I’ve always wanted to see happen in our area. I will see you there!