Alien Abduction Festival, Toronto, Mar 20

Chris, the manager at Toronto's Bakka Books, the venerable science fiction bookstore where I once worked, writes, "A bunch of stores in our section of Queen West are having an Alien Abduction Festival on Thursday March 20th. We're running the 'Build Your Own Spaceship' station; you can make/identify aliens at 3rd Quadrant; Happy Worker will host Tin Foil Hat Tailoring; and Come As You Are [Ed note: woman-owned, sex-positive sex-shop] will teach 'Probology 101'. We've also got some MiBs on tap to search for aliens, and free rides in a UFO.

Mostly we're participating just to have fun and promote community, but we'll also be taking donations for the Queen West Fire Fund."

That Queen West Fire Fund is to benefit the businesses and residents who were burned out of an historic stretch of Queen Street last month.