Around Westmount
July 16, 2015

Westmount buzzes with summer activities

By Marilynn Vanderstaay

While it may look as if everything has folded up for the summer in Westmount, there are still many community-based activities to keep you busy…

Check out the group exhibition in Victoria Hall

Harvey Corn, photographer

Harvey Corn

If you haven’t had the opportunity, or even if you have, the group exhibition is one of the activities to tour until August 8. Pack, or pick up at a local eatery, a picnic lunch and enjoy it in the air conditioned Gallery at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke St. W.

Westmount resident and exhibitor Harvey Corn was very pleased with the outcome of the vernissage last week. Until last Wednesday, Harvey was an amateur photographer starting professionally in his second career… the first of many, he says, since retirement. Although he was not the only artist to sell a piece of their work, Harvey was delighted to see the red dots on two of his photos and to learn from exhibition curator Victoria LeBlanc that he had sold two photographs. He enjoyed that same thrill every artist and writer feels when they sell their first piece. Congratulations, Harvey!

Car rally supports Mount Sinai

At the vernissage, I met Westmounter Wendy Corn, CEO of the Mount Sinai Hospital. Always looking for an interesting story, after I asked her if there is a something going on, Wendy told me about the upcoming fundraiser. There is still time for you to participate. Westmounters are invited to rally together for Mount Sinai Center by registering for or sponsoring its annual Car Rally scheduled for Sunday, August 16.

A car rally is not a race. The car rally is similar to a scavenger hunt, but in a car. At the start, each team of two, a driver and a navigator, is given a navigation guide which contains a route that is decoded by figuring out the clues. There are also questions to answer in order to collect points, all of which will be added up towards winning one of three outstanding prizes. At the end of the day, the driving team that gets the most correct answers are the team that wins the rally.

The rally will begin with breakfast at 9 a.m.at Mount Sinai Hospital, 5690 Cavendish Boul., in Côte Saint-Luc. Participants will be given the navigation guide and off they will go. The players will stop for a lunch break en route. Along the course there are checkpoints where players will participate in fun competitive games. The rally will end when the players arrive at the end point where they will enjoy an early dinner around 4:30 p.m.

The prizes will be awarded at the dinner by event. Co-chairs David Bruker, vice president of UPS Stores in Montreal, and Pasquale Scotti, owner of Lamborghini dealerships, who will also give brief presentations. And the players will boast and perhaps commiserate about the event.

If the rally is something you would be interested in participating in, go to sinairally.com
Make your team, raise your registration fee, which covers all the fun in the event, and enjoy the day while making a difference in the lives of the patients of the hospital.

Image: Team Dalog via StockPholio.com

Celebrating Quebec’s English writers

Atwater Writer’s ExhibitionThe Atwater Writers Exhibition (AWE) continues at the Atwater Library, 1200 Atwater Ave., throughout 2015.

Since autumn 2014 the Atwater Library has conducted activities to celebrate Quebec’s English-language writers, past and present, with project funding from the Community Cultural Action Fund (CCAF) of Canadian Heritage.

The Library atrium features an AWE display in front of a sample of works of the writers being celebrated, ranging from Stephen Leacock to the winners of 2014 Quebec Writers’ Federation Awards. The exhibition also includes DVDs of film adaptations such as the 2010 movie Barney’s Version.

In addition, the public is invited to contribute suggestions for the project as well as dialogue about the idea of a subsequent writers’ museum at the Atwater Library. Email comments and ideas are invited to be sent to project coordinator Elise Moser at info@atwaterlibrary.ca.

Book Fun at the Atwater Library

After you have viewed the exhibition, take a few minutes to check out the books, eBooks, audio books, digital music, and DVD’s. There are new arrivals, staff picks, and even home delivery service if you cannot get there yourself.

Staff picks include:

Scottish Diaspora Tapestry: Telling Tales to Scotland, second edition, with photos of and commentary about 305 embroidered panels from around the world, including one representing the St. Andrew’s Society of Montreal, stitched by Moira Barclay-Fernie and Suni Hope-Johnston.

Astray, a sequence of fourteen fact-inspired fictions about travels to, in and from North America by Emma Donoghue, the award winning Irish Canadian author. For more information go to emmadonoghue.com/books/short-story-collections/astray.html.

Click on book to purchase through Amazon.

The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing, a novel by Mira Jacob. Spanning India in the 70s to New Mexico in the 80s to Seattle in the 90s, The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing is a winning, irreverent debut novel about a family wrestling with its future and its past. mirajacob.com/bio.

Click on book to purchase through Amazon.

Click atwaterlibrary.ca/library/recent-arrivals/ to see more books and movie DVDs recently added to the shelves. For details about the eBooks service, click atwaterlibrary.ca/library/ebooks/.

For more information about new selections contact Interim Library Manager Zile Ozols at zile@atwaterlibrary.ca or phone 514 935-7344.

The summer might also be a good time to learn or brush up on computer and digital device skills. That Atwater Library offers low-cost computer and digital device training. Go to atwaterlibrary.ca to learn more. Advance registration of at least one week is required.

Book Sale Room

That visit to the Atwater Library exhibition could also include a shopping spree in the library Book Sale Room where you can pick up bargains on gently used books and DVD’s. The library always welcomes donations of books and DVD’s in good condition. A rainy summer day might be a good time to sort through your bookshelves filled with  books you have read and want to part with to make room for new reads. Bag them up and take them to the Atwater Library Book Sale Room. The volunteer run a shop, open Thursday through Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. where you can purchase all kinds of books from novels to children’s books at bargain prices. Because there is no market for them, sort encyclopedias, text books, out-of-date computer books and National Geographic magazines for recycling by dropping them off at the library’s Tupper Street entrance.

Children play in the Storytelling Garden

Children age 7 and older are invited to come and play in the Storytelling Garden at the Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke Street W., with gardener Amy Creighton on Thursday, July 16 at 4 p.m. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about the world of super small that is super interesting and super fun. They will be able to create and take home their own teeny gardens of leaf men or fairy gardens. Registration is required by calling jeuneskids at 514 989-5229.

Kids are invited to come and play a game at the Lawn Bowling Club House

p_westmount_lawnbowling_1Children age 7 and up are invited to play games at the Westmount Lawn Bowling Club house, 4895 rue Sherbrooke W. on Friday, July 17 at 6:30 p.m. After learning the basics of the sport with some free lessons the kids will enjoy a friendly match against the staff of the Westmount Children’s Library. Ice cream will be served after the game. Registration is required at jeuneskids at 514 989-5229.

p_gazebo_miniSunday Concert at the gazebo

The Sunday Concerts series continues at the gazebo in Westmount Park this Sunday, July 19 at 2.p.m with the Robert Burman Trio. This jazz trio is composed of seasoned Montreal jazz musicians, Claude Lavergne on drums, Adrian Vedady on bass and Robert Burman on guitar. The group will play a mixture of classic standards, bebop jazz and latin tunes. It will be a swinging affair.

Shakespeare in the Park pre-show workshop for teens

Repercussion Theatre Teen WorkshopAre you a teen who likes to act? Do you want to try your hand at “acting” in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night? Do you want to meet the actors performing in this summer’s Shakespeare in the Park production in Westmount Park?

Repercussion Theatre and Geordie Productions have something for you. Sign up for their Shakespeare Before the Show Workshops for Teens. You’ll get to work with a professional acting teacher, explore Shakespeare’s text in a fun way, and then be part of the pre-show festivities as a singer, fool or pirate along with actors in the show.

Teens 13 to 17 are invited to participate in the Teen Acting Shakespeare Workshop on Saturday July 25. Older teens can apply to be teaching assistants. The Acting Shakespeare Workshop will be held from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the park. There will be an unsupervised supper break where you can enjoy your picnic or purchased meal in the park. At 6:30 p.m. participants, now actors, will meet back with the team to prep and for pre-show festivities. At 6:40 p.m. the teen actors will participate in pre-show fun with the cast before meeting up with family or friends to enjoy the play. The cost is $25. Preregister at Repercussion Theatre, 514 931-2644 or repercussiontheatre.com

Image: Westmount Gazebo — courtesy of Michael Walsh at Westmount Overlooked

marilynn vanderstaay

Long time Westmount resident Marilynn Vanderstaay has been writing since she could hold a pencil. Marilynn’s writing has been published in national and local magazines including Canadian Living, Readers Digest, Barricades Magazine, and municipal and community newspapers including the Montreal Gazette. Contact Marilynn at marilynn@aroundwestmount.com.

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