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Westmount Here & There
August 19, 2015

By Patricia Dumais

Harpissimo Québec concert

Helen Rainville

Helen Rainville

Harpissimo-Québec will be launching its third CD “Le chant des cordes” on Wednesday August 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Thomas Moore Church, 980 Moffat Avenue (corner of Bannantyne) in Verdun. Over a dozen harpists, including Westmounter Helen Rainville, will present a varied programme including Celtic, Québecois, South American and World Music. Admission is free.

The concert is part of a series of summer concerts presented by the Société culturelle des Terrasses du Jardin. There will also be an exhibition and sale of paintings by Les Artistes Réalistes des Terrasses as of 6:00 p.m.

For information call 514 846-8464 or go to harpissimoquebecen.wordpress.com

Feature image of Harpissimo Québec: Marie Faubert

Contactivity September Activities

happy seniorsContactivity Seniors Centre’s September Newsletter and Calendar are now available at contactivitycentre.org. Activities include courses in Bridge, Stretch to Music, French Conversation, Tai Chi, Line Dancing, Argentine Tango and Fall Prevention. Join the Interlink Choir, the Thomas Moore Discussion Group or a Walkie Talkie guided walking tour. Participate in out-of-town excursions to Mont St-Hilaire and Mont-Gabriel.

These are just as sampling of the many things to do at the Centre. Anyone over 60 can become a member and you don’t have to live in Westmount. Membership is $20 a year.
For information call 514 932-2326 or 514 932-3433.

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Summer Film Club

The Summer Film Club continues at 2 p.m. every Wednesday in August in the Westmount Room of the Library. Film buffs are invited to view great films that have never been in wide release despite critical acclaim. A discussion will follow each film.

August 19Blackmail, directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Based on the play Blackmail by Charles Bennett, the film is about a London woman who is blackmailed after killing a man who tries to rape her.

August 26Mr. Turner, directed by Mike Leigh
An exploration of the last quarter century of the life of the great but eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner.

Movie Under the Stars

Finally on August 28 at 8 pm there will be a presentation of Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella.
Watch the film under the stars in Westmount Park at dusk. Don’t forget your lawn chair and blankets!

Auto-Fiction 2015

Just before the movie at 7:30 pm there will be a presentation of Human Playground’s Auto-Fiction 2015. The performance features three dancers and an automobile. The dancers walk, run, roll over, propel and fall on the car, composing a choreographic track between dance and urban acrobatics. In collaboration with the Conseil des arts de Montréal en tournée.

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Tips to keep cool on a hot day

On those very hot and humid summer days it is important to prevent heat illnesses by keeping cool and hydrated. The main health problems linked to heat are dehydration, headaches, dizziness, confusion and fainting. And if you have fever in addition to these symptoms, you may have heatstroke, which is a medical emergency. In this case, call 9-1-1 to get help.

So what can you do to prevent problems and protect yourself?

When it is very hot, you need to spend a few hours a day in a cool and preferably air-conditioned place, drink lots of water without waiting to be thirsty, and reduce your level of physical exertion.

In Westmount there are a number of air-conditioned public places including the Library, Westmount Square and Alexis Nihon shopping malls and, just beyond our border, the Cineplex movie theatre at the Forum. And let’s not forget our public swimming pool and skating rink at the Westmount Recreation Centre, all good places to chill out for a while.

girl in sprinklerFamilies and friends of elderly people, people with chronic diseases or mental health problems, drug or alcohol problems should check in on them regularly during heat waves to make sure that they are taking the recommended preventive measures and to give them any help they may need. Very young children (4 years and under) are equally vulnerable and parents must ensure that they are well protected.

So keep cool and well hydrated and don’t forget, winter is not that far away!

For more information go to the Santé Montreal web site at santemontreal.qc.ca/en/heat

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