Westmount Here & There
July 25, 2021
A look at events happening in and around Westmount
ATTENTION: Because of COVID-19 many events are cancelled or postponed.
Activities at Contactivity – Closed until further notice
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 – Closed until further notice
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
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.
Events at Westmount Public Library
4574 Sherbrooke W, Westmount
The Westmount Public Library (WPL) is pleased to welcome members back to a safe environment in which to browse and check out items. We will also be here to make/renew memberships and handle your requests and questions.
In order to ensure a safe environment for members and staff, and to ensure physical distancing, a maximum of 20 people will be allowed in the library with a limit of 3 people per family.
Curbside pick up will be moved indoors for those who prefer to continue using this service.
A valid Westmount Public Library membership is required for all visitors.
More information at westlibcat.org
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
Library staff and volunteers are welcoming library borrowers back inside the building on weekdays from 10 am to 6 pm – mask wearing and distancing required. Access is limited to the stacks and circulation desk with the reading room and computer centre remaining closed for the summer. As always there is high-quality free WiFi outside on the grounds.
All summer you have TWO ways to borrow physical books and DVDs. You can come into the building Monday to Friday 10 am to 6 pm and select your own materials from the shelves. Or you can reserve through the Library’s online catalogue or by phone and make an appointment for pickup.
The staff are always pleased to provide information and help by phone and email.
SERVICES BY PHONE, EMAIL AND INTERNET
SENIORS COMBATTING AGEISM BY MAKING AND SHARING MEDIA
The Atwater Library has an exciting project underway called Seniors Combatting Ageism by Making and Sharing Media. It involves creating digital content in collaboration with other seniors, partner community groups and university researchers. To find out how you can take part, email Community Development Librarian, Eric Craven at email@example.com
DIGITAL LITERACY SERIES AND FREE HELP
Friday, July 23 from 1 pm to 3 pm
Via Zoom: QR Codes Demystified – A Hands-On Workshop – QR codes are part of the proof of vaccination document in Quebec. Christine Paquette explains what QR codes are, what they’re are used for, and how to download a proof of vaccination. Moderated Q&A with discussion. For more info and to register:firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, July 26 from 1 pm to 3 pm
Via Zoom: Connect Project Internet Peer Café – Join Christine Paquette and guests for a discussion about using computers, tablets and smartphones. Stay for 20 minutes or the full two hours for sharing, learning and socializing. For more info and to register: email@example.com
Tuesday, July 27 from 11 am to 12:30 pm
Via Zoom: Creative Digital Media Projects – Learn, Explore, Connect – Atwater Library Community Development Librarian Eric Craven talks about Atwater Library digital literacy activities, including a new project on Combatting Ageism funded by New Horizons for Seniors (NHSP). Participants Wendy Allen and Marlene Chan will then present short videos they made through past projects and discuss the benefits of creating digital media. With moderated Q&A. Register and get the Zoom link at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, August 5 from 2 pm to 4 pm
Via Zoom: Decluttering and Getting Organized*: Getting Started – Organizer Kathleen Murphy shares her insights into clutter and outlines a process for decluttering closets and preparing for a move. Q&A and discussion. *This event is linked to the Hands-On Workshops on Digital Decluttering listed below but you don’t have to attend the follow-up events. You can register for one, two or all three events. Register and get the Zoom link at email@example.com
Tuesday, August 10 from 2 pm to 3:30 pm
Via Zoom: Hands-On Workshops on Digital Decluttering (Part 1) – Christine Paquette shows how to deal with your email, reset a password and close an online account. Q&A with discussion. Register and get the Zoom link at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, August 17 from 2 pm to 3:30 pm
Via Zoom: Hands-On Workshops on Digital Decluttering (Part 2) – Christine Paquette shows how to get rid of the junk we accumulate on our devices and reviews tips for efficient use. Q&A with discussion. Register and get the Zoom link at email@example.com
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.
Wednesday, August 4 from 2 pm to 3:30 pm
Via Zoom: Understanding Your Investment Portfolio – Certified financial planner Lynn Bennett conducts an information session on understanding your investment asset allocation and risk profile. Moderated Q&A. Register and get the Zoom link at email@example.com
Wednesday, August 11 from 2 pm to 3:30 pm
By Zoom: Later Life Planning – Nuts and Bolt of Wills, Powers of Attorney and Mandates of Protection – Lawyer Ann Soden and notary Anna Kamateros conduct an information session followed by moderated Q&A. Register and 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.
LAWN BOOK SALE
Wednesday, August 4 from 10 am to 3 pm
Lots of paperbacks, hardcover novels, history, biographies and cookbooks, plus DVDs – all at bargain prices on the Library’s beautiful grounds! (Postponed in the event of bad weather.)