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5 things to do this weekend: Tree planting, run for playgrounds & Winter Garden tour

Interior of Elgin Theatre: COURTESY: Elgin Theatre

As our regular CityNews.ca series continues, we look at events happening in Toronto for a variety of ages and interests.

Oct. 11-14, 2013

Eastern Breeze International Film Festival: Discover ground breaking films from around the world at the Eastern Breeze International Film Festival. Aspiring filmmakers can also take part in a workshop conducted by Iranian film icon Hamid Jebeli. The festival features short and mid-length films from such countries as Lebanon, Netherlands, Qatar and China. Carlton Cinema. 20 Carlton St. Oct. 11-29. $10=$20 for films. easternbreeze.ca

Tour the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre: Explore two of the most beautiful theatres in Toronto to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Elgin Theatre. The Elgin and Winter Garden theatres are the last operating double-decker theatres in the world. Tours are 90 minutes. No reservation required. 189 Yonge St. Saturday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. heritagetrust.on.ca

Canadian Tire Run for Playgrounds: Lace up for a good cause in the Canadian Tire Run for Playgrounds. The 8K run, 5K walk/run and kids “Fun Run” raises money to help revitalize community playgrounds. High Park. Saturday, 8:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Adults: $35-$55, Children: $5 runforplaygrounds.ca

HarbourKids Thanksgiving: Grab the kids and head on down to Harbourfront for a day of fun for the whole family including concerts, films, crafts and more.  Take part in an interactive storytelling experience, listen to young talent perform and check out work from last year’s It’s Your City project highlighting works by children. Harbourfront. Monday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free.

Nature Connection: Roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty to help the environment. Downsview Park will host a tree planting as a part of Nature Connection, an indoor/outdoor program based on nature-themed topics. All participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Downsview Park, 35 Carl Hall Rd. Sunday 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Free. eventbrite.com

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