This Saturday, August 12, will see the first of a series of family events at R.V. Burgess Park, 48 Thorncliffe Park Drive, to which the whole community is invited. The first of three remaining 21st Century Village Square events will unfold Saturday. These are collaborations of a government supported group known as Diaspora Genius and the Thorncliffe Neighborhood Office (TNO) promoting local entrepreneurs and providing advice on how to grow a small business. The goal is to provide real-time training for any who are able, and help with branding and marketing. The venue is designed to mimic a small-town square and will feature entertainment (with some Juno nominated artists) as well as arts and crafts for children. Other family activities include a reading circle. The “village” will be decorated in a festive way with “store fronts” and a Village Street. It looks great. Other village dates are August 26 and Sept 9. On Saturday, September 23, Burgess Park will see a Diasporic Festival featuring music of food. More later.