Westmount Here & There
May 15, 2022
A look at events happening in and around Westmount
Warbler Walks at Summit Woods
The Summit Woods Warbler Walks take place every Tuesday in May at 7 am. Everyone is welcome, from beginners to experienced bird watchers. This free event is guided by Jane Cormack of Bird Protection Quebec.
Meet at the Summit lookout.
Image: Canada warbler by Chuck Kling
The Gallery at Victoria Hall – The Architecture of Victor Bourgeau
The special exhibition The Architecture of Victor Bourgeau by Peter Lanken, guest curator and renowned architect, will be presented until May 20 at the Gallery at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W.
Monday to Friday: 10 am to 9 pm
Saturday: 9 am to 2 pm
More information at 514 989-5265
Image: Andrew Burlone
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
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
Image: courtesy of Centre Greene
City of Westmount events
The City of Westmount offers a variety of events and activities for adults and children of all ages. Please consult the city’s events calendar for more information.
Events at Westmount Public Library
4574 Sherbrooke W, Westmount
LIBRARY OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Library staff are pleased to welcome all visitors back to a safe environment in which to browse and check out items. Staff will also be there to make/renew memberships and handle your requests and questions. The curbside pickup has been replaced by a self-serve pickup system inside the Library. Please note that you must read the requirements & conditions and agree to them prior to your arrival.
More information at westlibcat.org
Image: Andrew Burlone
And over at the Atwater Library…
1200 Atwater, Westmount
Information at 514 935-7344.
Image: Frédéric Ryan – Instagram (@feddomtl
BUILDING OPEN WITH FEWER RESTRICTIONS
ONLINE ACTIVITIES + OPTIONS FOR LIBRARY SERVICE
The Library is happily welcoming people to its computer centre, library stacks and reading room, still requiring mask wearing and physical distancing, but no longer asking for vaccination proof. Group activities are online only.
The staff are always pleased to provide information and help by phone and email.
SERVICES BY PHONE, EMAIL AND INTERNET
DIGITAL LITERACY SERIES AND FREE HELP
Monday, May 16 from 1 pm to 3 pm
Via Zoom: Connect Project Weekly Internet Peer Café – Join Fran Vargas for a discussion about using computers, tablets and smartphones. Stay for 20 minutes or the full two hours for sharing, learning and socializing. Register and get the Zoom link, here.
Questions about your computer or device? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 514 935-7344 daytime during the week. With funding from the Government of Canada.
YOUTUBE VIDEO SERIES
During the Spring of 2020, the Connect Project team made a series of YouTube videos to help people be in touch, informed and inspired through digital technology.
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
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 LUNCHTIME SERIES
Thursday, May 19 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Via Zoom: Montréal Capital City – Louise Pothier and François Gignac of the Pointe-à-Callière Montréal Archeology and History Complex give a presentation on their beautifully illustrated book about when Montreal was the capital of Canada from 1844 to 1849. Register and get the Zoom link here.
HANDS-ON WORKSHOP ON EBOOKS
Friday, May 20 from 11 am to 12:30 pm
Via Zoom: Hands-On Workshop on eBooks – Fran Vargas and Head Librarian Roxann Fournier-Hoyt explain how to search the Atwater Library catalogue online, and how to download and read eBooks using the Libby app. This session is specific to Apple, Android and Windows devices. Q&A. Register and get the Zoom link here.
Feature image: Andrew Burlone