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Time after time: Clocks fall back, charity gaming marathon this weekend

CityNews | posted Friday, Nov 3rd, 2017

A worker manually adjusting the clocks. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Charlie Riedel

The weekend is here, which means you can finally relax after a long week. And you will have an extra hour to relax, as clocks fall back at 2 a.m. on Sunday.

There are lots of events taking place this weekend, if you are heading out. If you would rather snuggle up with a warm scarf and some hot cocoa at home, that sounds like a marvelous idea too.

On a sombre note, although Remembrance Day is next weekend, a ceremony will be held this weekend in the city’s east end.

As you make your weekend plans, keep in mind a portion of Line 1 (Yonge-University-Spadina) will be closed for TTC work.

Events

Gaming marathon for SickKids
If you like video games and helping a worthwhile cause then the ExtraLife charity video gaming marathon is right up your alley. For 25 hours, from Saturday to Sunday, gamers across various cities in Canada and the U.S. will be raising money for children’s hospitals while playing their favourite video games. In Toronto, the marathon will be held at the Raiders E-Sports Centre at St. Clair Avenue East and Yonge Street, with a suggested $5 donation (or pay what you can) at the door. There will be Xbox Ones on site for free to play and gaming PCs equipped with popular games, hourly giveaways and raffle prizes. You can also take part in the marathon at home. Click here to register. If you are not into video games but would still like to donate, click here1102-extralifeforkids-1024x576

Remembrance Day ceremony
Next weekend, Canadians will be paying their respects to soldiers and military personnel who fought and died in wars and conflicts around the world. However, the Scarborough Civic Centre will be holding its ceremony at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Maeesha Biswas, a University of Toronto National Scholar, will read “In Flanders Fields,” while the Girl Guides of Canada will sing “Let There Be Peace on Earth.” The program is posted here.

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Royal Winter Fair
The farm comes to the city for the annual Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. It’s the largest combined indoor agricultural fair and equestrian competition in the world. The Royal Horse show alone features more than 1,000 riders competing for almost $1 million in prize money. There are many new things at the show this year including a local food discovery zone, a daily demonstration about birds of prey and a country music showcase featuring emerging artists. There is truly something for everyone and you can check it out until Nov. 12.

Boots & Toques 5KM Walkathon
It’s a new fundraising walk that takes place along the Queensway Trail at night. All funds raised go to the Trillium Health Partners Foundation. The walk starts at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Huron Park Community Centre in Mississauga. Families are encouraged to take part. For more information and to make a donation, click here.

Canada Cooks, Toronto Eats
It’s all about the food this weekend in Toronto. Six Toronto museums will be hosting Canada Cooks, Toronto Eats on Saturday and Sunday between noon and 5 p.m. Participating sites include Fort York, Gibson House Museum, Mackenzie House, Montgomery’s Inn, Scarborough Museum, and the Todmorden Mills Heritage Site.  Each site will feature free live cooking demonstrations, food and drink samples and special guests.  Mayor Tory calls it a great way to learn about our city’s history through food. View the full schedule here.

TTC closures

Line 1 late opening
Subway service between Sheppard West and St George stations will start at noon on Saturday due to signal upgrades. Due to on-street construction, shuttle buses will only run between Sheppard West and Lawrence West stations. Wheel-Trans buses will be available between Sheppard West and St. George stations upon request.

Line 1 closure
Signal work will also force a subway subway closure between Sheppard West and Wilson stations this weekend. Shuttle buses will be running and Wheel-Trans service will be provided between Sheppard West and Lawrence West stations upon request.

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