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Spring Events 2018

Jul 19 Thu 6:30 pm
Bedford Academy
MID-WEEK FUN AT THE BEDFORD ACADEMY
Bloor/Bedford
Join Bruce for mingling and dinner in a reserved private cozy bar, with elevator access and washrooms on the same floor, at the Bedford Academy Pub, 36 Prince Arthur. Food choices are excellent, with a wide range of wines, domestic and imported beer at this interesting establishment. To reserve, please contact Bruce at buttimore@rogers.com (preferred) or 416-594-1293. PLEASE NOTE NEW DAY FOR THIS EVENT!
Jul 22 Sun 12:00 pm
Golfing
GOLFING FUN DAY
1000 Jane St.
Join Dorothy and Joan at Scarlett Woods (Jane/Eglinton) Executive Golf Course for 18 holes of golf. You don’t have to be an expert. All welcome! Bring your single friends! If needed, we will be playing ‘BEST DRIVE’, meaning that for the drive only, on holes greater than 150 yards, players who are beginners, pick up their balls and place them in line with the ball of the player who has the best drive. There will be prizes for ‘CLOSEST TO THE HOLE’ and ‘LONGEST DRIVE’ at designated holes. There is a maximum of one prize per golfer. Our tee off times will begin just after 12 noon, so please arrive to the golf course before 11:45. Cost: green fees of $30.50 for seniors and $43.50 for adults, plus $5 UKC levy or coupon. Rentals available: clubs $20, pull cart $7 and power carts $30 for seniors, $32 for adults. Power carts can be shared. (All prices sub-UK QUARTERLY There is a $5 levy for each event 9 subject to change.) IMPORTANT: You definitely need to reserve your spot by 6 pm on the Thu before. Email JOAN rsvpjoan@yahoo.com or call DOROTHY at 416-245-4345.
Jul 22 Sun 5:15 pm
Wild Goose
DINNER AT THE WILD GOOSE
border of Mississauga/Etobicoke
Everyone is welcome and since NO reservations are needed, just show up; UKC levy of $5 will apply. (No need to pay levy if you attended earlier event.) This will be the ’19th hole’ for many of the afternoon golfers, with no levy payable. The WILD GOOSE Bar & Grill is located at 5395 Eglinton Ave. W, just west of Renforth Drive. From Scarlett Woods golf course, go west on Eglinton and about 7 minutes later, just after passing the lights at Renforth, you will see the restaurant in the plaza on the south (left side). Hopefully it will be a lovely sunny day, so we can enjoy dinner on the large patio. Any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact JOAN rsvpjoan@yahoo.com or DOROTHY at 416-245-4345.
Jul 24 Tue 6 pm
Jazz
REX HOTEL JAZZ & BLUES BAR
Queen/University
New Host for this event
Join Liz at the Rex, an hotel since the late '80s, it has been at the forefront of Toronto's thriving local jazz scene and has grown into a musical mecca that continually attracts Canada's finest musicians. The casual atmosphere, eclectic mix of retro-chic decor, and an exciting variety of draught beer and good pub food combine to make The Rex feel like a second home that is unique in that it remains inexpensive and affordable. Two pay parking lots just north on St. Patrick or on-street parking. No cover charge, just $5 UKC levy, plus the band will pass the tip jar for contributions. For more information about the program and to let Liz know you'll be coming: 416-368-1613 or lizmcgroarty41@gmail.com.
Jul 28 Sat 12:30 pm
Barbeque
GARDEN BBQ LUNCH
South Etobicoke
Audrone invites members to a lazy summer BBQ/LUNCH in her garden near Lakeshore and Thirty fifth St. She will provide hot dogs, California burgers (vegetarian), regular burgers, Polish sausages, barbecued vegetables, also lemonade, tea and coffee. If you need a special chair, please bring it. BYOB, if desired, for your own consumption. Cost: $15 + UKC levy. Directions will be given on reservation. Book early as space is limited. Please contact John at jpett@bell.net (preferred) or 416-259-1541.
Jul 29 Sun 6 pm
The Esplanade
DINNER ON THE ESPLANADE
The Esplanade
For a change of venue this month, join Chris at the Bier Market for a fabulous dinner of chicken, beef, pork Schnitzel, along with various types of beer. There are also many varieties of pizza and other foods. The place is few steps from the Old Spaghetti Factory at 58 The Esplanade. The prices are similar to the OSF ($17-21). The $5 levy will apply. Please call Chris up to the Fri prior at 647-205-1936.
Aug 4 Sat 4 pm
Grossman's Pub
NEW ORLEANS JAZZ GROSSMAN'S TAVERN
379 Spadina
Join Rosemary for great New Orleans jazz played by The Happy Pals, a top Toronto Dixieland jazz band. The band doesn't start until 4.30 but it's more likely we can sit together if we're there by 4. There’s no cover charge, just the UKC levy. At 7 pm we plan to walk across the street to The Red Lounge, 444 Spadina, which serves good, reasonably priced, western and Asian food. To register, call Rosemary at 416-423-1753 or email rosemary2k14@gmail.com by the day before. Either way, please provide your full name and contact telephone number.
Aug 5 Sun 6:30 pm
Elephant and Castle
“15/15” DINNER/MINGLING ELEPHANT & CASTLE
King/Simcoe
Join Christine at the ELEPHANT & CASTLE, 212 King St W. Free snack platters provided, plus 15% off the menu prices if 15 or more attend. We meet and mingle near the back in a reserved area before sitting down for excellent pub food like Shepherd’s Pie, Fish & Chips, etc. Entrées: $9 - $16. Located directly across from Roy Thomson Hall - just steps from St. Andrew subway. For GO train users it is a relaxing 10 minute walk from Union Station and parking is free at GO stations. New members are very welcome. BRING YOUR SINGLE FRIENDS but please tell them about the $5 levy. If more details are needed, contact Christine at 416- 256-5851 or kcquinn@rogers.com. No need to reserve, just drop in.
Aug 11 Sat 2 pm
Barbeque
POOL PARTY/BBQ
Bloor/Etobicoke Creek
Gary invites us to a garden party with swimming (no diving or jumping) in his backyard pool at 1889 Steepbank Crescent, east Mississauga. BRING: a lawn chair, a towel, whatever you want to eat (a barbecue will be available for cooking meat), a music CD if you like, and BYOB for your own consumption. PROVIDED: desserts, ginger ale, cola, bottled water, ice, coffee, tea, milk, plus plastic cups, plates and cutlery. COST: $10 at the door includes UKC levy. DIRECTIONS: From Hwy 427, drive west on Bloor and turn north on Bridgewood Drive. From Dixie, drive east on Bloor and turn north on Bridgewood Drive. Steepbank Cr. is first on right. From Islington subway station take the #3 Mississauga bus and disembark at Bridgewood Drive and walk 4 minutes. Book early as space is limited to 22 UKC members. RESERVATIONS ARE ESSENTIAL. Call Gary 416-312-6016 or email him at funroman@rogers.com.
Aug 12 Sun 4 pm
MUSIC ON THE WATERFRONT
Toronto Music Garden
Join Ann and enjoy the coolness beside Lake Ontario in the beautiful Music Garden to hear Fiddles, Banjos and Guitars: The Bombadils bring their irresistible mix of Celtic and Appalachian music and original songwriting. Afterwards we can stroll through Harbourfront and Sugar Beach and find somewhere for a cool drink or dinner. Contact Ann at agarnett@rogers.com (preferred) or 416-447-5239 to be notified of any changes.
Aug 12 Sun 6 pm
Old Spaghetti Factory
THE OLD SPAGHETTI FACTORY
54 The Esplanade
Join Chris at the Old Spaghetti Factory, a top dining experience in Toronto for decades, housed in a charming historical building that was a blacksmith's shop at the turn of the century. Just one block east of the old Hummingbird/Sony Center. Mingling starts at 6 pm in the bar, dinner at 7 pm. Several popular Italian specialties are offered with prices ranging from approx. $13 to $20. All meals include soup or salad, fresh bread with plain or garlic butter, finished off with spumoni ice cream, tea, or coffee. Individual billing; tax and gratuity not included. Plus UKC levy. RESERVATIONS ESSENTIAL by the day before by calling Chris at 647-205-1936.
Aug 16 Thu 2 pm
Toronto Island
IDYLLIC AFTERNOON ON TORONTO ISLAND
Toronto Island
Ann is going to spend the afternoon on Toronto Island before the concert, mentioned below, and would love to have company to stroll and sup before the concert. (No levy if you attend the concert).
Aug 16 Thu 6 pm
Music Garden
AUGUST MUSIC ON THE WATERFRONT
Toronto Music Garden
There is no more perfect way to spend a hot summer evening than listening to music on the waterfront in the beautiful Toronto Music Garden. We will meet any time from 6pm (look for the UKC sign) and bring a picnic, (fingerfood to share if you wish) and socialize until the music starts at 7pm and lasts approx. one hour. Admission is free but they appreciate a donation. The UKC levy will apply. The concert is Rebekah Wolkstein and Drew Jurecka performing classical and traditional music on violin, mandolin and the 9-string hardanger fiddle. Afterwards we will stroll along the harbourfront and join in the very lively music and dancing. Contact Ann at agarnett@rogers.com (preferred) or 416-447-5239 to be notified of any changes.
Aug 18 Sat 3:30 pm
Jazz
BAND SWING/JAZZ AND DANCING - ALLEYCATZ
Yonge/Eglinton
Join Marilyn at the Alleycatz, 2409 Yonge, 2.5 blocks north of Eglinton. The York Jazz Ensemble is one of Toronto's top nine-piece bands with a terrific horn section and singer. The music is mostly jazz, blues, rock, ballads and big band standards. In addition to the usual $5 levy, there’s a cover charge of $10. Alleycatz has a good sized dance floor so just listen to the music or ask someone to get up and dance. They are well known for the good food and extensive menu. Underground parking is available half a block south on Broadway. Please reserve ahead of time as we have to book a table. Contact Marilyn at marilyn45goodman@gmail.com (preferred) or call 647-210-5110.
Aug 19 Sun 6 pm
Squire and Firkin
DINNER/MINGLING - SQUIRE PUB RESTAURANT
Bloor/Islington
Join Chris for mingling and drinks, followed by dinner. Enjoy a beer, wine or cocktail and complimentary snack platters provided by the pub before we sit down to dinner about 7:15 pm. This is a great event for new members so please invite your single friends, but remind them of the $5 UKC levy. Location: 3335 Bloor St W, just 2 blocks east of Islington subway station. Street parking available, as well as free street parking one block south on Lothian Ave, the street beside the pub. Reservations are not needed, please just drop in. If you have questions contact Chris at 647-205 -1936.
Aug 23 Thu 6:30 pm
Bedford Academy
MID-WEEK FUN AT THE BEDFORD ACADEMY
Bloor/Bedford
Join Bruce for mingling and dinner in a reserved private cozy bar, with elevator access and washrooms on the same floor, at the Bedford Academy Pub, 36 Prince Arthur. Food choices are excellent, with a wide range of wines, domestic and imported beer at this interesting establishment. To reserve, please contact Bruce at buttimore@rogers.com (preferred) or 416- 594-1293.
Aug 26 Sun 12 pm
Golfing
GOLFING FUN DAY
1000 Jane St.
Join Dorothy and Joan at Scarlett Woods (Jane/Eglinton) Executive Golf Course for 18 holes of golf. You don’t have to be an expert. All welcome! Bring your single friends! If needed, we will be playing ‘BEST DRIVE’, meaning that for the drive only, on holes greater than 150 yards, players who are beginners, pick up their balls and place them in line with the ball of the player who has the best drive. There will be prizes for ‘CLOSEST TO THE HOLE’ and ‘LONGEST DRIVE’ at designated holes. There is a maximum of one prize per golfer. Our tee off times will begin just after 12 noon, so please arrive to the golf course before 11:45. Cost: green fees of $30.50 for seniors and $43.50 for adults, plus $5 UKC levy. Rentals available: clubs $20, pull cart $7 and power carts $30 for seniors, $32 for adults. Power carts can be shared. (All prices subject to change.) IMPORTANT: You definitely need to reserve your spot by 6 pm on the Thu before. Email JOAN rsvpjoan@yahoo.com or call DOROTHY at 416-245-4345.
Aug 26 Sun 5:15 pm
Wild Goose
DINNER AT THE WILD GOOSE
border of Mississauga/Etobicoke
Everyone is welcome and since NO reservations are needed, just show up; UKC levy of $5 will apply. (No need to pay levy if you attended earlier event.) This will be the ’19th hole’ for many of the afternoon golfers, with no levy payable. The WILD GOOSE Bar & Grill is located at 5395 Eglinton Ave. W, just west of Renforth Drive. From Scarlett Woods golf course, go west on Eglinton and about 7 minutes later, just after passing the lights at Renforth, you will see the restaurant in the plaza on the south (left side). Hopefully it will be a lovely sunny day, so we can enjoy dinner on the large patio. Any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact JOAN rsvpjoan@yahoo.com or DOROTHY at 416-245-4345.
Aug 30 Thu 7 pm
Japanese Dinner
JAPANESE DINNER
Danforth/Carlaw
Join Tony at the Katsu Sushi Japanese Restaurant, 572 Danforth Ave at Carlaw (near Pape subway station). It has a wide menu of Japanese specialties including sushi, sashimi, teriyaki and tempura dishes. Vegetarian options and an all-you-can-eat buffet-by-order are also available. Set course and combo dinners from $10.99, plus UKC levy. Register by 5 pm on the day of the event. Please contact Tony at 416-693-8639.