Westmount Here & There
December 3, 2020
A look at events happening in and around Westmount
ATTENTION: Because of COVID-19 many events are cancelled or postponed.
Poetry Reading Via Zoom
On Saturday, December 5 at 2 pm, Le Centre des Arts de Stanstead presents a one-hour poetry reading via Zoom featuring renowned poets Fortner Anderson and Derek
Webster, and animated by Sonia Patenaude.
Everyone is invited to join the two poets on Zoom by visiting the Facebook page of Le Centre des arts de Stanstead where they will find the link to participate. For more information, contact Sonia Patenaude at SoniaPatenaudeCommunications@gmail.com
Women’s Canadian Club of Montreal Lectures
January 19, 2021
The Black Rock: The Effort to Preserve the Irish Burial Grounds
Speakers: Victor Boyle, National President, Ancient Order of Hibernians
Fergus Keyes, Chartered Director and a Director of the Irish Monument Park Foundation
February 16, 2021
The Criminalization and Marginalization of Girls and Women in Canada
Speaker: Kassandra Churcher, Advocate for Women and Indigenous Education
March 16, 2021
Everything You Wanted to Know About Montreal’s Street Art
Speaker: Archie Fineberg, Publisher and Author of Montreal’s Street Art Gallery: The Best of the City’s Graffiti and Wall-Art
May 4, 2021
Dawson’s Living Campus – Reconnecting People, Community and Nature
Speaker: Chris Adam, Director, Sustainability Office, Dawson College
May 25, 2021
Subject to be determined
Speaker: Valerie Plante, Mayor of Montreal (to be confirmed)
CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE – Activities at Contactivity
Contactivity Centre, 4695 de Maisonneuve W, is a non-profit community centre that provides a welcoming, caring and safe place for autonomous seniors 60+, where a sense of community and social engagement can be fostered. The centre hosts various courses and interest groups that encompass the mind, body and soul.
Online courses and activities are now available. For more information visit contactivitycentre.org
Image: courtesy of Contactivity Centre
CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE – CENTRE GREENE ACTIVITIES
Centre Greene, 1090 Greene, is host to a wide variety of activities for young and old, including a Caregiver’s Tea, Themed Activity Nights, Drop-in Daycare, After School Program, Kids’ Kitchen, Tumbling Tots Playgroup, Seniors’ Lunches, and more!
For more information, call 514 931-6202 or visit centregreene.org
SENIOR’S TAI CHI OVER ZOOM
Mondays from 1:30 PM to 2:30 pm. The cost is $5 per participant. Instructor Sebastian creates a wonderful peaceful environment. All registrations and payments are done online. For more information, contact Heather at firstname.lastname@example.org
A brand new creative program for seniors in collaboration with the Quebec Writers’ Foundation, We’re All Storytellers: Learning the Craft of True-life Storytelling with Nisha Coleman, will take place on Mondays, December 7 and 14 from 1 pm to 2:30 pm. Free and offered over Zoom. For more information, contact Heather at email@example.com
Image: courtesy of Centre Greene
City of Westmount events
Due to the COVID-19 situation and in order to limit the propagation of the virus, Victoria Hall and the Westmount Public Library are closed for an indefinite period. All events and activities are cancelled or postponed until further notice. Please consult the city’s event calendar for more information.
CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE – Events at Westmount Public Library
4574 Sherbrooke W, Westmount
INDOOR PICK-UP SERVICE
Contactless pickup service inside the Library
Receive an email or phone call when your reservations are ready
No scheduled appointments
2-day pickup window
Enter the Library to pick up items
For details on how this service works, modified opening hours, and conditions & requirements, visit the Library website at westlib.org
Library items can be returned to the book drops at any time.
The Library thanks members for their patience and understanding throughout its gradual reopening. This contactless service is offered with the safety of members and staff at the forefront.
Many of the usual Library events, including the Poetry Workshop with Ann Lloyd, the Westmount Cinema Club and the French Book Club, have gone virtual. Visit the events page for more information.
And over at the Atwater Library…
1200 Atwater, Westmount
Information at 514 935-7344.
Image: Frédéric Ryan – Instagram (@feddomtl
THE LIBRARY REVERTS TO PHASE 1
As of October 1, the Atwater Library has reverted to Phase 1 in accordance with the “red zone” pandemic measures Premier Legault announced.
Phase 1 means the Library is closed to the public with staff handing out packages of reserved books and DVDs at the Atwater Avenue entrance two times a week:
Tuesdays and Fridays from 3 pm to 6 pm
Meanwhile, members can reserve paper books and DVDs through the Library’s online catalogue, by email and by phone (see below).
And the staff are always pleased to provide information and help by phone and email.
SERVICES BY PHONE, EMAIL AND INTERNET
Atwater Library staff are continuing to provide help and information by phone and email at 514 935-7344 (weekdays from 9 am to 5 pm) and at firstname.lastname@example.org
Follow the Library on Facebook
DIGITAL LITERACY SERIES AND FREE HELP
NOTE: The current eight-part series for seniors on digital devices and computers is fully subscribed, but you can put your name on a waiting list for the next series, now being planned at: email@example.com
Wednesday, December 2 from 10 am to 11:30 am
Via Zoom: Android Phone and Tablet Series for Seniors. The eighth in a series of eight Wednesday morning sessions conducted by Christine Pacquette. Presented by the Atwater Library Connect Project in partnership with Seniors Respite Montérégie. Everyone with an Android device is welcome. Registration is full. More info at 514 935-7344 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, December 3 from 10 am to 11:30 am
Via Zoom: Apple iPhone and Tablet Series for Seniors. The eighth in a series of eight Wednesday morning sessions conducted by Christine Pacquette. Presented by the Atwater Library Connect Project in partnership with Seniors Respite Montérégie. Everyone with an Apple device is welcome. Registration is full. More info at 514 935-7344 or email@example.com
Thursday, December 3 from 2 pm to 3:30 pm
Via Zoom: Breathing Into Creativity – Part two of a two-part Writing Workshop led by har leen, a Montreal-born South Asian writer, artist and educator, whose practice is entrenched in feminist and anti-racist principles and community-building approaches. Participants will be offered writing prompts and be invited to breathe into their creativity in a way that is gentle and takes into consideration that the personal is always political. This workshop focuses on the practice of storytelling and reclaiming our narrative in order to find new and creative ways to share our experiences and our truths with each other. Free, thanks to funding from the Government of Canada’s Community Cultural Action Fund (CCAF). Registration is full. For more info and to register: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, December 4 from 10 am to 11:30 am
Via Zoom: Windows 10 Laptop and Computer Series for Seniors. The eighth in a series of eight Wednesday morning sessions conducted by Christine Pacquette. Presented by the Atwater Library Connect Project in partnership with Seniors Respite Montérégie. Everyone with a Windows 10 laptop or computer is welcome. Registration is full. More info at 514 935-7344 or email@example.com
Monday, December 7 and Mondays up to December 2l from 1 pm to 3 pm
Via Zoom: Connect Project Internet Peer Café – Join Christine Pacquette and special guests for discussion about using computers, tablets and smartphones. Stay for 20 minutes or the full two hours for sharing, learning and socializing. Register in advance and get the Zoom link: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, December 15 from 1 pm to 2:30 pm
Via Zoom: Thinking Critically about COVID-19 Health Information Online – Vera Granikov, McGill University PhD candidate and information specialist with the Department of Family Medicine, reviews best practices for critically evaluating and sharing information about the pandemic we find on the web. Moderated Q&A with discussion. Register to get the Zoom link at email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, December 18 from 1 pm to 2:30 pm
Via Zoom: Hands-on Workshop on Spotting Fake News – Christine Paquette demonstrates activities that will allow you to see the difference between what is really fake and simply surprising information. Moderated Q&A with discussion. Register to get the Zoom link at email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions about your computer or device? Email email@example.com or phone 514 935-7344 daytime during the week. With funding from the Government of Canada.
YOUTUBE VIDEO SERIES
With instructor Liz Perrin and Connect Project Coordinator Richard Cassidy.
Episode 1 – Introduction: be in touch, informed and inspired through digital technology.
Episode 2 – eBooks and audiobooks: get started enjoying books on your device — phone, tablet or computer. With step-by-step instructions for borrowing eBooks and audiobooks from the Atwater Library.
Episode 3 – Podcasts
How to begin enjoying a wealth of free recorded radio programs and other online audio material. Included is info about popular and recommended podcasts.
Episode 5: Zoom Video Conferencing
Step-by-step instructions for taking part in online meetings and events using Zoom. With a “cheat sheet” guide to buttons and functions.
Episode 6: Digital Discussions Lecture Series
A brief intro with links to presenters’ slideshows and a guide to YouTube buttons and functions.
Episode 7: Online Ordering for Delivery
A guide with helpful information and local examples.
FINANCIAL LITERACY PROGRAM ONLINE
Wednesday, December 2 from 1 pm to 2:30 pm
Via Zoom: Budgeting for the Holidays – Liz Perrin, Connect Project Coordinator, gives tips for saving money and comparison shopping online. With moderated Q&A.
In collaboration with Voice of English-speaking Québec. Register to get the Zoom link at firstname.lastname@example.org
YOUTUBE VIDEO SERIES
Personal Finances in Times of Crisis
Video (20 minutes) with Michel Gariépy, analyst with Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF). He gives tips for saving money and shares the AMF Budget Sheet and Balance Sheet forms.
RRIF (Registered Retirement Income Fund)
Video (29 minutes) with Certified Financial Planner Lynn Bennett.
Budgeting Basics 2: Protect Your Money and Online Resources
Video (35 minutes) with computer instructor Liz Perrin. She discusses online consumer resources and gives pointers for guarding against scams and fraud.
Video (33 minutes) with computer instructor Liz Perrin on the importance of a budget, even in difficult times, and the three steps to creating one: planning, making and reviewing. Examples of free online budgeting tools are included.
COVID-19: Watch Out For Financial Fraud!
Video (25 minutes) with Michel Gariépy, analyst with Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF).
Info on Wills
Video (25 minutes) with Ann Soden, Ad. E., Elder Law Lawyer and mediator, and Anna Kamateros, notary, in conversation with Financial Literacy Program Coordinator, Natalie Domingue. Includes information on how people can write their own “holograph will” while physically isolating, with pointers for minimizing the risk of challenges after death.
Click to access Éducaloi’s detailed guide on Wills.
The Atwater Library Financial Literacy Program is funded by Canadian Heritage.
ATWATER LIBRARY BOOK CLUB
Wednesday, December 9 from 7:30 pm to 9 pm
Via Zoom: The Atwater Library Book Club, led by writer Mary Soderstrom, discusses The Heat of the Day by Elizabeth Bowen. Register to get the Zoom link at email@example.com