Party and purchase
Party planners who've exhausted every restaurant, club and bowling alley as a celebration spot should call up fashion boutique SWABY (89 Bloor West, 2nd level, 416-367-8333) to ask about its shopping party promotion. You gather together 10 of your closest shopaholic friends and the store stays open after hours to let you browse and buy from the stylishly stocked racks. The kicker is that nibbles and refreshments are included, and your guests get 20 per cent off while you get a 50 per cent discount for your organizing efforts.
If you can't wander past the discount bins lined up on Queen West's fabric row without catching sewing fever, head to the Textile Museum of Canada 's (55 Centre) annual More Than A Yardage Sale , happening Saturday and Sunday (May 27 and 28). Bolts of fashion and decorating fabrics and finishing-touch notions and trimmings will be deep-discounted to raise money for the museum's operation. Crafters of the knitting persuasion can snag sweater-perfect wools and yarns. www.textilemuseum.ca.
Bike Week buttons
Bike Week kicks off Monday (May 29), and the Community Bicycle Network (those good pedal-pushing folks who stock downtown Toronto with sharable yellow cycles, www.bikeshare. org) throws a fundraising party and art auction at the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen West) that evening. BN volunteer Joe Travers 's stylish I Bike T.O. logo is printed on limited-edition pins ($2) and T's ($20), on sale at the event. 416-531-4635.
Tea time, take two
Toronto's reigning queen of all things crafty, Nathalie-Roze Fischer , holds another fashionable Crafternoon Tea party Saturday (May 27) at Bellefair United Church (2002 Queen East). Local design stars including Smitten Kitten and Knotty Girls sweeten you up with tasty clothing and accessory treats. Admission is pwyc, with proceeds going to the Scarborough Women's Centre , SKETCH and Yard Sale for the Cure . Visit www.nathalie-roze.com for all the details and info on Fischer's opening-soon Queen East shop.
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