NOW editors pick a trio of this week’s can’t-miss events

STEP IN FOR METRAC T.O.'s women's shelters are.


STEP IN FOR METRAC

T.O.’s women’s shelters are packed, the sexual assault rate is not going down, and the digital age offers new venues for abuse. The Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children (METRAC) does everything in its power to reduce the incidence and impact of violence against women. This weekend’s performances of Eve Ensler’s Emotional Creature, presented by V-Day Toronto and Nightwood, are fundraisers for the org. Young People’s Theatre, 165 Front East, Saturday (February 22) at 8 pm, Sunday at 2 pm. $15-$25. 416-862-2222.

WALK FOR THE HOMELESS

The Yonge Street Mission calls it the coldest night of the year. But the non-competitive 5- and 10-kilometre walkathon in support of the hungry and homeless is one of the most heart-warming events of the year. Pledge, donate, organize a team and get ready to walk, starting at Ryerson’s Kerr Hall West Gymnasium, 379 Victoria. Saturday (February 22), 5:15 pm. ysm.ca.

Remagine Our Parks

They’re not just green patches any more. Parks are neighbourhood hubs of activity for social change. Just ask the folks at Dufferin Grove. Explore ways of transforming these green spaces in the heart of your community with park advocates at the Toronto Park Summit on Saturday (February 22) from 12:30 to 7:30 pm. Free. Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas East. Pre-register at parkpeople.ca.

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