SOMETHING RARE IN THE AUTO WORLD – A MULTI-COLOURED ARLEQUIN, ONE OF ONLY 264

There once were only 264 Volkswagen Golf Arlequins in the world (probably fewer now), and at least one of them is in Toronto.  After two cross-country trips to Vancouver, this multi-coloured vehicle now makes it’s home here. Originally the series was created to tour International Auto shows.Based on the 1996 Golf GL platform, the Arlequin features a limited edition paint scheme, limited edition sport cloth seats, and silver-faced gauges.  Several different wheel options were available.  The Arlequins were produced by swapping body panels from four different coloured Golfs.  The base colour is not repeated on any of the other body parts.<PHOTO ABOVE – another kind of Volkswagen from the Odd Vehicle Society on Facebook>

WHEN IT COMES TO ‘GINGERBREAD’ ST. FELIX HOUSE, 25 AUGUSTA AVENUE HAS PLENTY OF IT

One of TORONTO’s most beautiful ‘gingerbread’ houses, St. Felix House, can be found at 25 Augusta Avenue, south of Alexandra Park.  It was purchased by the Sisters of St. Felix of Cantalice in 1937, and remained a convent until 2011.Now this building and an adjoining one provide both childcare and housing for vulnerable women – website: http://www.stfelixcentre.ca

TINY WOODEN BUILDINGS ACROSS TORONTO ARE BRINGING NEIGHBOURS TOGETHER

They’re found in more than 30 countries, and we have them too.  Little Free Libraries are decorative wooden boxes about the size of a large birdcage mounted on poles, filled with books free for borrowing, open 24/7. The idea germinated in WISCONSIN 10 years ago, and TORONTO’s first Free Library appeared in the Beach neighbourhood in 2011, thanks to 80-year-old Bill Wrigley. <PHOTOS – above>There’s a website, complete with plans for building a Little Library of your own – http://www.littlefreelibrary.org