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Get rid of your winter weekend woes with Winterlicious, charity walk

A selection of Thai spring rolls at Bangkok Garden. CITY OF TORONTO.

What are you up to this weekend? Chances are you have the January blues or blahs (who doesn’t?).

We have put together a list of events below that can put the spring back in your step. And while we are on the subject of spring, the blissful season arrives in around seven weeks!

On a more serious note, there’s an Alzheimer’s walk taking place this weekend that needs your support. Your goodwill will go a long way.

Lastly, not to bring down your fun weekend, but GO Transit riders will be faced with a fare hike on Monday.

Events

Winterlicious
Don’t get to exercise much during the winter? Don’t worry, you can give your tastebuds a workout at Winterlicious.

(Left to right): Salmon dish at Soco, and bacon-wrapped beef tenderloin at Quinn's, are some of the dishes being offered at Winterlicious 2016. CITY OF TORONTO.
(Left to right): Salmon dish at Soco, and bacon-wrapped beef tenderloin at Quinn’s, are some of the dishes being offered at Winterlicious 2016. CITY OF TORONTO.

 

Starting Friday and until Feb. 11, food lovers can indulge in three-course prix fixe menus at more than 200 restaurants around the city. Isn’t that a delicious way to spend a cold winter’s day?

And the meals are reasonably priced, enough to drive you out of your winter blues. Lunch menus are priced at $18, $23 and $28, and dinner menus are priced at $25, $35 and $45.

Click here for a full list of restaurants.

Click here to find a restaurant on an interactive map.

Alzheimer Society’s Walk for Memories
Honouring those who are living with or caring for those with Alzheimer’s disease – that’s the focus of this weekend’s Walk for Memories.

The Alzheimer Society of Toronto event takes place Saturday morning in the PATH system downtown.

The Alzheimer Society of Toronto's Walk for Memories in 2015. Photo via Facebook/Alzheimer Society of Toronto.
The Alzheimer Society of Toronto’s Walk for Memories in 2015. Photo via Facebook/Alzheimer Society of Toronto.

It starts at 9 a.m. at Brookfield Place, with 1,500 people expected to participate. Over $350,000 has been raised so far. Click here to donate.

Toronto Tea Festival

“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”
– Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady

Cha-cha-cha chai your way to the tea festival this weekend! It doesn’t matter if you are a recent convert or a connoisseur – everyone is invited to tea paradise.

Chinese tea and tea leaves. Photo via Facebook/Toronto Tea Festival.
Chinese tea and tea leaves. Photo via Facebook/Toronto Tea Festival.

 

From Darjeeling to Oolong, sample various types of tea; learn more about their origins, preparation styles, and processing techniques; and shop for various tea products.

The event is being held at the Toronto Reference Library from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday – that’s two full days of tea-ing it up with fellow lovers of the beverage.

Don’t ‘chai’ away from making this part of your weekend plans.

NHL All-Star Game
The NHL All-Star weekend takes over Nashville, Tenn.

It’s on the ice in ‘music city’ for the very first time, and Maple Leafs’ forward Leo Komarov is representing ‘The 6.’

Toronto Maple Leafs' Leo Komarov (47) celebrates his goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils on Apr. 6, 2013. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Bill Kostroun.
Toronto Maple Leafs’ Leo Komarov (47) celebrates his goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils on Apr. 6, 2013. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Bill Kostroun.

The game is at 5 p.m. on Sunday at 5 p.m. and can be watched seen on Sportsnet and CBC.

TIFF Kids Classics
You may not miss snow, but your kids surely do. They can’t toboggan, ski or make snow-angels … cue the boredom. Not to worry, there are other ways to amuse your children. One idea, why not take them to the movies?

A scene from the 2002 movie Ice Age. TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX.
A scene from the 2002 movie Ice Age. TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX.

 

Several family-friendly films, like Ice Age and The Goonies, are being screened at the TIFF Bell Lightbox until April 2. The films are shown every Saturday morning and on P.A. days at the Toronto District School Board.

Transit info

GO Transit fare hike
Commuter alert for next week: GO Transit is raising its fares starting on Monday.

File photo of a GO train. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Steve White.
File photo of a GO train. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Steve White.

Fares are going up between 40 and 60 cents depending on how far you travel, although the shortest trips won’t be increasing. Click here for the fare structure.

With ‘tea’ files from Christine Chubb and Diana Pereira