Support Rape Crisis Centre
In a year when the rape rate has stayed steadily high and police tell women that dressing provocatively makes sexual assault their fault, the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multicultural Women Against Rape remains essential. TRCC/MWAR is a grassroots women-run collective that provides non-judgmental peer support to survivors of sexual violence and works to eradicate violence against women and children. Keep the org going at the Riddims Of Resistance fundraiser Sunday (August 26) at Lee's Palace (529 Bloor West). Performers include Rosina Kazi of LAL, Amai Kuda, Jamaias DaCosta and more. 9 pm. $5-$50, sliding scale. 416-532-1598.
Not a car in sight
Good ideas sure can spread. Now Kensington Market will be car-free every Sunday afternoon till the end of September, and we can thank the once-a-month Pedestrian Sundays people for showing the way. Soak up the market ambience, walk the roadways and add to the numbers so we can convince a reluctant city that it ought to take a chance on other street closures. Sunday (August 26), noon to 7 pm. Free. Kensington Market, between College and Dundas. pskensington.ca.
Weeding out the unwelcome
Locals have been busy for years restoring High Park's endangered habitat, the black oak savannah, a remnant of the sand prairie systems that used to cover much of southern Ontario. Now it's the season for removing the invasive species that threaten the milkweed, serviceberry, Indian grass and all the other indigenous growth belonging to our bioregion. Join the Elite Invasive Squad's conquest of intruders like garlic mustard on Sunday (August 26), 10:30 am. Free. Grenadier Café, High Park. highparknature.org.