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Polar Bear palooza, Toronto Oscar parties, round up weekend events

Last Updated Feb 25, 2016 at 12:32 pm EST

Toronto Zoo's polar bear cub at three months old on Feb. 12, 2016. TORONTO ZOO.

Weekends are made for relaxing after a stressful week, so if you want to stay home and do nothing, no one will judge you for it.

But if you want to head out, there are plenty of things to do. Do you want to meet the Toronto Zoo’s polar bear cub or take in an Oscar party? Read on! And if not, still read on: we have some other suggestions below.

Transit riders, please note, the Spadina streetcars will be diverting this weekend due to TTC work.

Have a happy weekend!

Events

Polar Bear palooza
The sweet little polar bear cub will be the center of attention this weekend at the Toronto Zoo, as the public gets to meet her in-person for the first time.

Juno’s introduction to the public is taking place on International Polar Bear Day, amid the zoo’s Polar Bear Festival, which aims to raise awareness and support Canada’s threatened species.

The festival, being held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., features polar-bear themed activities for children and a chance to win a behind-the-scenes tour. You can also listen to stories shared by the zoo’s two polar bear keepers at the special presentation Conserving the Polar Bear.

Toronto Zoo's polar bear cub at three months old on Feb. 12, 2016. TORONTO ZOO.
Toronto Zoo’s polar bear cub at three months old on Feb. 12, 2016. TORONTO ZOO.

 

The event is free with the cost of zoo admission. There is an extra $5-8 cost for the special presentation, and you need to register in advance.

Toronto Camping and RV Show
Starting today through Sunday, you can channel summer by envisioning an epic road trip in a brand new RV.

A family hanging out near their RV. Photo via Facebook/TorontoSpringCampingRVShowandSale.
A family hanging out near their RV. Photo via Facebook/TorontoSpringCampingRVShowandSale.

 

The Toronto Camping and RV Show is at the International Centre, and along with hundreds of exhibitors also features an RV parts store. Show organizers say there will exclusive deals on RVs at the show with experts on hand to help you choose the right one.

Study and Go Abroad Fair
Students with wanderlust have the opportunity to discover the studying experience of a lifetime at this year’s Study and Go Abroad Fair at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Trinity College in Ireland. Photo via Twitter/@studygoabroad.
Trinity College in Ireland. Photo via Twitter/@studygoabroad.

 

Top universities from around the world will be putting on seminars this Sunday after their programs and experiences in places like Australia, Europe and the Caribbean. Admission is free but registration is recommended.

Restaurant Show
Attention food lovers and those who’ve ever dreamed of owning their own restaurant.

The annual Restaurants Canada Show 2016 takes place this weekend at the Enercare Centre. It’s got something for everyone in the hospitality industry or those interested in owning a restaurant or bar. Click here to register.

Man Is Served Food At Table

 

Oscars
With the spotlight on the 88th Academy Awards this weekend, host Chris Rock can be counted on tell it like it is.

For the second-straight year, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has been under scrutiny for not nominating minorities in the acting categories. Some actors are even planning to boycott the ceremony.

In the midst of all this controversy stands Rock, whose comments as host could change how ordinary people view the Oscars. How will he address the race issue? We just have to wait and see.

Before the awards show at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, celebrities will be strutting the red carpet. As usual, you can always watch the red carpet entrances and the show on television or follow it online. But, there are some events taking place in Toronto if you want to feel a part of the action.

A Oscar statue is seen on the red carpet before the 84th Academy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 25, 2012. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Matt Sayles.
A Oscar statue is seen on the red carpet before the 84th Academy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 25, 2012. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Matt Sayles.

 

On the Red Carpet: You may not be invited to the Oscars, but you can still get glammed up and walk the red carpet at Reitman Square on Sunday. Then, you can watch the broadcast at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. The event starts at 7 p.m. Public tickets are $125. The event benefits the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research and TIFF.

Bloor Broadcast: Looking to make a more casual ‘red carpet’ appearance? The Bloor Cinema is hosting an Oscars party where you can watch the show live on their screen. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are free.

Fox Theatre party: Who said the Oscars can’t be fun? Especially when there are prizes at stake for best dressed and the best celebrity impression. You can also play Oscar bingo and root for your nominations. The event kicks off at 7 p.m. The event is free but donations are requested to benefit the AIDS Committee of Toronto.

TTC work

Spadina streetcar diversion
Heads-up if you use 510 Spadina streetcars. Starting at 6 a.m. Saturday, the TTC is doing overhead and electrical work inside the Spadina Station streetcar tunnel.

During that time, the 510/317 streetcars will divert using College and Bathurst streets to Bathurst Station. A shuttle bus will run on Spadina Avenue between Queen Street West and Spadina Station.

Regular service resumes Sunday at 5 p.m.