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Weekends in Toronto were made for fun and relaxation

Last Updated Apr 6, 2018 at 9:42 am EDT

A man runs in a park with the skyline of Toronto in the background on April 24, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

We made it to another weekend, so do your happy dance. If you had a stressful week, hopefully you can unwind by taking part in one of the many events taking place in the city. Below are some suggestions, if you don’t already have plans. Or maybe you just want to curl up on the couch with a blanket and your pets, while reading a book and sipping on coffee from a mug large enough to be a bowl.

If you are taking the subway around town on Sunday, a portion of Line 2 will open a couple of hours later than usual.


Fighting mental illness
Anyone who is living with mental illness, or who has dealt with it at some point in their life, knows of the struggles associated with the disease. Statistics show one in five Canadians experience mental illness in a given year. You can be that beacon of light in a person’s life not just by reaching out and being there, but also by helping to fund health care and research for mental illness. This Friday, stay up all night with family and friends as you raise money for CAMH’s One Brave Night. Some of the things you can do together include a game night, a movie marathon, painting, and yoga. Click here for suggestions.

Help wildlife by climbing CN Tower
Climbing the 1,776 steps of the CN Tower is a feat but it symbolizes just how far we still have to go to preserve wildlife. The good news is that people are tackling the challenge in their own way. Some will be climbing the CN Tower this weekend to raise money to help save animal habitats. Two climbs are taking place at the tower — the Classic Climb on Saturday and the Premium Climb on Sunday. With the premium one, participants are treated to a free breakfast after the climb. Both start at 9:30 a.m. Climbers are asked to raise a minimum of $100 to participate in classic one, and $150 for the premium one.

File photo of the CN Tower in Toronto. CITYNEWS/Diana Pereira
File photo of the CN Tower in Toronto. CITYNEWS/Diana Pereira


Spring run in High Park
Soak in the serenity of High Park as you take on the Race Roster Spring Run-Off on Saturday. Adults can choose to walk or run the 5K and the 8K, while children aged two to 10 can take part in the 800-metre run. The 5K and the kids run start at 11:15 a.m. near the Grenadier Cafe, while the 8K starts on Colborne Lodge Drive at 10 a.m. Runners and walkers can raise money, with proceeds going towards cancer research at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.

Learn about the misunderstood bats
First things first: bats are not from hell, and they don’t morph into vampires. But yes, Batman is real (kidding). Demystify the myths about bats — the “true stars of the night” — at the Toronto Zoo on Sunday. Learn more about bats in Ontario, and how you can help with their conservation. Meet the zoo’s conservation team and learn about the work they do studying bats in the wild. You can even build your own bat house to take home. The event, which takes place from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., is recommended for children aged 12 and up. Tickets are $20, and bat house kits are sold separately.

And the worst movie of all time is?
For one night only this Saturday, the Revue Cinema is holding a special screening of what is considered one of the worst movies of all time: The Room. Watch the movie that served as the basis of James Franco’s The Disaster Artist. The Room is being shown at 9:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $12. There will also be “cult trailers and random weirdness,” the theatre says, and cocktails, beer, and wine will be served.

What you need to know about real estate
If you’re looking for opportunities to grow your wealth through real estate, the Metro Toronto Convention Centre is the place to be on Saturday for the Real Estate Wealth Expo. Organizers say you’ll be able to meet celebrities including actor Sylvester Stallone and former baseball player Alex Rodriguez. There will also be a special performance by Pitbull. The event, which is billed as “Canada’s largest money-making expo,” is taking place on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. You must be 18 years or older to attend. Tickets range from $49 to $99.

Green Living Show
The Green Living Show features everything you need for life including fitness, cars and travel — all with an eco-friendly bent. The show runs from Friday through Sunday at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Come say hi to 680 NEWS and enter to win $1,300 worth of premier house cleaning services, using 100-per-cent natural cleaning products made with organic ingredients and a gift basket with $200 worth of AspenClean products.

TTC service

Late opening on portion of Line 2
If you are using Line 2 on Sunday, subway service between St. George and Broadview stations will start at noon due to beam replacement work on the Prince Edward Viaduct. Shuttle buses will be running between the stations. Sherbourne and Bay stations will also be closed. During the closure, parking will be restricted on Prince Arthur Avenue between St. George Street and Bedford Road.