Westmount Here & There
February 28, 2016

A look at events happening in and around Westmount these next few weeks

SPVM: Giant book drive for children in shelters

children readingThe Police Department of the City of Montreal (SPVM), in collaboration with the organization Mes livres, mon refuge, invites all residents to take part in a major collection of books that will be given to children that are temporarily housed in domestic violence shelters.

New and gently-used books for children aged 8 and under, including fiction, non-fiction, comic books, and puzzle books will be gratefully received until February 29 at any SPVM Neighbourhood Station, including Station 12 in Westmount at 21 Stanton. The main goal of this project is to help counter the adverse effects of exposure to domestic violence by providing children with an opportunity to escape into the world of reading. As a bonus, each child will be given a backpack with reading material at the end of his or her stay at the shelter to encourage further reading.

On behalf of all the children that may benefit from this project, the SPVM thanks you for your generosity!

Image: Carissa Rogers via StockPholio.net

The Gallery at Victoria Hall

claire desjardins

The Gallery at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, presents the works of Claire Desjardins from Thursday, March 3 to Thursday, March 24.

Wednesday, March 2 from 6 to 8 pm.

Meet Claire Desjardins and gallery curator Victoria Leblanc on Tuesday, March 8 at 7 pm.

Gallery hours: Monday to Friday, 10 am to 9 pm, Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm.
Information at 514 989-5521.

On the road to better animal welfare

transportation of pigs

The members of the Westmount Healthy City Project invite you to join them for this presentation on Thursday, March 3 at 7 pm at the Westmount Library, 4574 Sherbrooke W.

Stephanie Brown and Lesley Moffat, both active in the movement to promote the welfare of animals raised for food in Canada and in Europe, work to improve the daily living and transportation conditions for animals, as well as ensuring the enforcement of standards and laws for humane handling in slaughterhouses. Learn about the uplifting success stories and the importance of public education, legislation and consumer choice.

Information at 514 989-5284.

Image: City of Westmount

Sonia Haberstich at the McClure Gallery

Sonia HaberstichThe McClure Gallery of the Visual Arts Centre, 350 Victoria, is hosting Accepter le désordre featuring the works of Sonia Haberstich from Friday, March 4 to Saturday, March 26.

Sonia Haberstich proposes an environment where visual and tactile interactions between different forms are at the centre of the viewer’s experience. When seen as an installation, it suggests possible visual parallels with certain pathologies, such as cells in mutation, or with photographs taken under a microscope.

Thursday, March 3 at 6 pm.

Gallery hours: Tuesday to Friday, noon to 6 pm; Saturday, noon to 5 pm.
More information at visualartscentre.ca/mcclure-gallery

photo: Centre Greene, WestmountCentre Greene activities

Centre Greene, 1090 Greene, is host to a wide variety of activities for young and old, including a Caregiver’s Tea, March Break Camp, Themed Activity Nights, Drop-in Daycare, After School Program, Kids’ Kitchen, Tumbling Tots Playgroup, Seniors’ Lunches, and more!

Information at 514 931-6202 or consult centregreene.org

Image: Centre Greene

westmount libraryEvents at Westmount Library

Events are free but registration is required.
Register at the Adult Desk, 4574 Sherbrooke W, or call 514 989-5299.

Wednesday, March 2 at 10:15 am — Poetry workshop with Ann Lloyd. The Westmount Poetry Group meets to compose poetry together. Everyone is welcome. In the Boardroom.


photo: Westmount Library mascot
Westmount Library’s Events and Programs for Kids

Registration is required for all events. To register, present your child’s library card at the Children’s Desk. For more information, call 514 989-5229.

Wednesdays at 10:35 am — Storytimes – Baby Rhyme Time. In the Storytime Room. (6 to 13 months old)

Wednesdays at 10:10 am and 11:10 am — Storytimes – Books for Babies. In the Storytime Room. (14 to 24 months old)

Tuesdays at 10:15 am — Storytimes – Tales for Toddlers. In the Storytime Room. (2 to 3 year olds)

Wednesdays at 3 pm — Storytimes – Tales for Toddlers. In the Storytime Room. (2 to 3 year olds)

Westmount libraryTuesdays at 4 pm — Storytimes – Storytime & Craft in French. In the Storytime Room. (3 to 6 year olds)

Wednesdays at 4 pm — Storytimes – Storytime & Craft. In the Storytime Room. (2 to 3 year olds)

Thursdays at 4 pm — Storytimes – 4 O’Clock Club. Listen to stories, meet other young artists, have fun, and learn about art. In the Storytime Room. (7 to 13 year olds)

Wednesdays at 5 pm — Storytimes – Caring Paws. Caring Paws matches child-certified therapy dogs and handlers with children who struggle to read. Ozzie the Golden Retriever will be at the library to provide her undivided attention to the children as they read aloud. In the Storytime Room. (7 to 13 year olds)

Sunday, February 28 at 1:30 pm — Teen Tour Theatre – The Secret Life of Girls. At Victoria Hall. (10 to 17 yr olds)

Monday, February 29 at 2 pm — March Break Film Afternoons – Inside Out. In the Westmount Room. (6 years +)

Tuesday, March 1 at 2 pm — March Break Film Afternoons – Minions. In the Westmount Room. (5 years +)

atwater library westmountAnd over at the Atwater Library…

The Atwater Library Financial Literacy Program
Free sessions on financial literacy for seniors, funded by the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF).

Wednesday, March 2 from 1 to 3 pm
Seniors Project Coordinator Victoria McKinlay presents the first installment of the Money Matters series, Budgeting: A Place to Start.

Wednesday, March 9 from 1 to 3 pm
Seniors Project Coordinator Victoria McKinlay presents the second installment of the Money Matters series, Banking Basics.

The Atwater Library Lunchtime Series features once-a-week presentations by leading writers, musicians, intellectuals, scientists, and many more people sharing their knowledge and experience with the Atwater Library community. Lunchtime Series events usually take place on Thursdays (but sometimes are on other days), from 12:30 to 1:30 pm. Admission is free but donations are appreciated! Everyone is welcome and coffee and biscuits are served.

Thursday, March 3 at 12:30 pm
Historians Lorraine O’Donnell and Patrick Donovan give an illustrated talk on Housewife Heroines: Anglophone Women at Home in Montreal during World War II. This is a project being conducted by the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN).

Thursday, March 10 at 12:30 pmphoto: Inside Atwater Library
Author Keith Henderson discusses his historical novel The Roof Walkers, set at the end of the American Civil War and in the lead-up to Canadian Confederation, when militant Irish Fenians threatened the unifying efforts of Thomas D’Arcy McGee. And Irish harpist Susan Palmer plays music of the period.

The Atwater Library Book Club is led with intelligence and skill by author Mary Soderstrom.

Wednesday, March 9 at 7:30 pm
Beloved by Toni Morrison. The Nobel Prize-winning American author’s novel set after the American Civil War and inspired by the story of an African-American slave.

Images: Creative Commons

Feature image: Andrew Burlone

Consult our community calendar for more events.