In today's Urban Planner: the Chowder Chowdown, an Eco-Beauty Market, and Dave Evans talks evolution at the Toronto Public Library.
SHOP: Stock up on gifts for loved ones (and treats for yourself) at today’s Environmental Defence Eco-Beauty Market. You can purchase non-toxic beauty supplies, meet with green beauty experts, learn makeup tricks and tips, and discover alternatives to conventional cosmetics. The organizers request that you bring your own bag. Proceeds support the Just Beautiful campaign. Central YMCA, Auditorium (20 Grosvenor Street), 11 a.m.—7 p.m., FREE but registration is required.
FOOD: The Vancouver Aquarium comes to Toronto tonight to host the Chowder Chowdown, a charitable event to raise awareness of the aquarium’s Ocean Wise sustainable seafood program. Twelve of Toronto’s top chefs will go head-to-head, vying for the title of 2012 Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown Champion. Attendees will reap the benefits of the battle as they feast on chowder paired with craft beer, before voting for their favourite recipes. Fairmont Royal York (100 Front Street West), 7 p.m., $45 + HST.
DISCOVERY: Tonight, the Toronto Public Library presents the third lecture in its Exploring Evolution series: Eggs, Nests and Baby Dinosaurs: New Discoveries from South Africa. Join David Evans, Curator of Vertebrate Palaeontology at the Royal Ontario Museum, as he tells stories of his explorations in South Africa, including the discovery of a 190 million year-old dinosaur nesting site. Toronto Public Library, Danforth/Coxwell Branch (1675 Danforth Avenue), 7—8 p.m., FREE.
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