Westmount Here & There
August 12, 2015
By Patricia Dumais
For the love of soccer
Former Westmount resident Vanessa Ling Immler was in town over the summer with the German national women’s soccer team, travelling in Allianz’s Bloghaus helping to promote the team as well as giving fans updates on their favourite soccer players.
Vanessa, who grew up playing “tons of sports” in Westmount, felt that having so many great places to play soccer in the city definitely helped to foster a love of the sport in her. She attended École St-Leon, Villa Maria, Dawson College, and graduated from Concordia University.
Vanessa, who is half German, always had an interest in learning more about her roots, so after finishing her studies and interning in Paris, she decided to pack up and move to Germany. She wound up loving life there, and now works in marketing for the Allianz insurance company in Munich. One of Vanessa’s fondest memories of growing up in Westmount was spending summer days with her friends at the old Westmount public pool.
Victoria Village Sidewalk Sale
It’s sales galore at the annual Victoria Village Sidewalk Sale taking place this weekend from Friday August 14 to Sunday August 16. Hosted by the Victoria Village Merchants’ Association, the event takes place on Sherbrooke Street between Grosvenor and Claremont, and on Victoria Avenue below Sherbrooke. Take a stroll in the area and snap up some good bargains!
Image: James St Laurent
Words and Music at Westmount Park
This year the annual Words and Music poetry event takes place on Sunday, August 16 at the Gazebo in Westmount park from 2 to 4 pm. MC’d by Wanda Potrykus, it will feature a wide range of poetry along with music of Kristina Lipari and Nico Tru of the local band Heart Marshalls, as well as singer-guitarist David Alain Kabeya.
Among poets presenting their works are Brian Campbell, Jean E. Carrière, Maryse Dodard, Jocelyne Dubois, Virginia Elliott, Jan Jorgensen, David Alain Kabeya, Jeffrey Mackie, Jessica Magonet, Lesley Pasquin, Charles Petrie and Cora Siré.
Bring a chair or picnic and enjoy poetry and music in a natural setting. In case of rain the event will take place in the Gallery at Victoria Hall.
Image: Michael Walsh
Cycling in memory of Ian
On August 15, Westmounter Greg Dunning and 31 other cyclists will set off from Kingston on the two-day 280 km Team Ian Ride to Hudson. The Team Ian Ride came together in 2010 to support fundraising efforts on behalf of the Ian Lawson Van Toch Cancer Informatics Fund at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto. Other Westmounters on the ride are Robert and Joe Therriault, Willem Westenberg, Peter Smale, Guy Melhuish, Sol and Celine Roy Fleishing, and Fund Ambassador, John Van Toch.
The Fund was created in memory of Ian Lawson Van Toch, a student in medical biophysics, who passed away suddenly of heart disease in 2007. The goal of Ian’s Fund is to provide opportunities for young scientists to help launch their careers in the field of cancer informatics.
If you would like to support Greg Dunning and Team Ian click here to access Greg’s donation page.
Summer Film Club
Film buffs are invited to view great films that have never been in wide release despite critical acclaim at 2 p.m. every Wednesday in August in the Westmount Room of the Library. A discussion will follow each film.
August 12 — Woman in Gold, directed by Simon Curtis
Maria Altmann, an octogenarian Jewish refugee, takes on the Austrian government to recover artwork she believes rightfully belongs to her family.
August 19 — Blackmail, 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 26 — Mr. 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.
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!
At the Atwater Library
August 12 from 1 to 3 pm
The Atwater Library Financial Literacy Program presents a session on “Financial Self-Defense and Money Management” with Catherine Rahal and Susan Nichol. For information and to register contact Jennifer Guzzo at 514 935-7344 ext 206 or firstname.lastname@example.org
August 17 from 6 to 8 pm (doors open at 5:30 pm)
Deanna Kazina conducts an information session on the Atwater Library Seed Library, a seed-sharing program for everyone in the Montreal region. Topics include the state of the world’s seeds, genetic diversity, pollination, and conservation methods. For more information, contact Deanna Kazina at email@example.com
Contactivity carries on
Are you a senior looking for something to do during the month of August? Look no further than the Contactivity Centre at 4695 de Maisonneuve West, corner of Lansdowne. Contactivity is a non-profit community centre for active seniors and retirees where you can meet new friends, keep growing and learning, and simply have a good time. Go to their site contactivitycentre.org to download their calendar for information on outings and activities throughout the month.
For information call 514 932-2326 or drop by Monday to Friday, 10 am to 4 pm.
Feature image of Westmount Park: Andrew Burlone
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