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Westmount Here & There
March 27, 2016

A look at events happening in and around Westmount

WMA Volunteer of the Year

WMA-AMW logoThe Westmount Municipal Association (WMA) is seeking nominations for this year’s Derek Walker Volunteer of the Year Award. The award honours a Westmount citizen who has dedicated many years to volunteering in the community, be it through libraries, schools, clubs, churches, synagogues, nursing homes or other areas. This year’s recipient will be honoured during the WMA’s Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, April 27 at Victoria Hall.

Those wishing to nominate someone should send a name and description of the person’s volunteer work to volunteer.award@wma-amw.org or contact Marilynn Gillies at 514 932-2026. The deadline for accepting nominations is Friday, April 15, 2016.

WMA Board member candidates

The WMA is looking for new board members to increase the diversity of representation of our community. If you would like to be considered, or know someone who would be interested, please contact nominations@wma-amw.org by Friday, April 15, 2016.

Also a reminder to WMA members that annual membership fees are due by the date of the Annual General Meeting, Wednesday, April 27. Membership is $10 for individuals, $15 for families. You can join or renew via Paypal or mail your cheque to: PO Box 653, Succursale Victoria, Westmount, Qc H3Z 2Y7.

Invitation to Artists

gallery at victoria hall westmountThe Gallery at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, welcomes proposals from Westmount artists for its next exhibition season, which will take place from September to August. This competition is open to emerging and professional artists residing in Westmount. Applications are considered for solo and group exhibitions.

 

ANNUAL REGISTRATION PERIOD
February 15 to April 15
More information at 514 989-5521 or victoriahall@westmount.org

Image: City of Westmount

Marc Garneau at the Westmount Rotary

marc garneauOn Wednesday, March 30 at noon, the Westmount Rotary, as part of its Luncheon Speaker Series, welcomes Minister of Transport and NDG/Westmount MP Marc Garneau. The event takes place at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W. The cost is $20 and includes lunch.

Call for reservations at 514 935-3344.

Image: Tony Moffat

Monique Proulx at the Westmount Library

Monique Proulx, authorOn Wednesday, March 30 at 7 pm, the Westmount Library, 4574 Sherbrooke W, presents Monique Proulx as part of its Author Lecture Series.

The author will discuss her most recent novel Ce qu’il reste de moi. Her book presents an array of contemporary characters, all while shedding light on the origins of Montreal. In French. Tickets available one month prior to the event.

More information at 514 989-5299.

Image: courtesy of Monique Proulx

Team Ian, westmountmag.caTeam Ian Ride Annual Kick-Off

On Thursday, March 31 it’s the Team Ian Ride Annual Kick-Off at the Comedy Nest, Montreal Forum, 3rd Floor, 2313 Ste-Catherine W. Come sponsor a rider to support cancer research and enjoy the show!

Doors open at 6:30 pm, show at  7:30 pm.
For more information contact Greg at 514 466-6903 or team-ian.org.

Image: courtesy of Team Ian

Empty-Bowls: Taking it on the Road

empty bowlsEmpty Bowls is a fund raiser to fight hunger initiated by Dorshei Emet and the Unitarian Church of Montreal. For a $25 donation, participants enjoy a bowl of delicious vegetarian soup in a beautiful pottery bowl, donated by local artisans, and get to keep the bowl!

Here is a list of local events:

Sunday, April 3 from 11 am to 1 pm at Dorshei Emet, 18 Cleve Road, Hampstead

Tuesday, April 5 from 11 am to 3 pm at Café Zéphyr, 5791 Sherbrooke W, Montreal

Saturday, April 9 from 10:30 am to 3 pm at the NDG Food Depot, 2146 Marlowe, Montreal

Sunday, April 10 – Post Sunday service (at 10:30 am) bowl sale at the Unitarian Church of Montreal, 5035 Maisonneuve W.

For more information contact Frances Stober at 438 829-2864 or Frances.stober@gmail.com

Image: courtesy of Empty Bowls

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, Themed Activity Nights, Drop-in Daycare, After School Program, Kids’ Kitchen, Tumbling Tots Playgroup, Seniors’ Lunches, and more!

Caregivers’ Tea Support Group

On Monday, April 4 from 1 pm to 2:30 pm, Centre Greene invites individuals acting as caregivers for aging or ailing family members to join the friendly Caregivers’ Tea support group. This is an opportunity to meet other caregivers, share in a cup of tea, and support one another. There is no fee for this group.

Information at 514 931-6202 or consult centregreene.org

Image: courtesy of Centre Greene

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Héma-Québec Blood Donor Clinic

The Héma-Québec Blood Donor Clinic will take place Wednesday, April 6 from 2:30 pm to 7:30 pm. at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W. Give the gift of life.

More information at 514 989-5226 and hema-quebec.qc.ca

Annual Student Exhibition 2016

mcclure gallery students exhibition westmountmagThe McClure Gallery of the Visual Arts Centre, 350 Victoria, is hosting its Annual Student Exhibition from Friday, April 8 to Saturday, April 23.

Students registered in the Centre’s School of Art are invited to exhibit their work. The exhibition includes a variety of media and gives students the opportunity to exhibit in the context of a professional gallery. It’s also a chance to appreciate the great diversity of creative activity that takes place at the Centre.

Vernissage: Thursday, April 7 at 6 pm

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

Image: courtesy of the Visual Arts Centre

Bowser & Blue: Local, Organic & Sustainable

bowser & blue westmountmag.caOn Thursday, April 7 at 7 pm at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, there will be an evening of song and laughter with Bowser & Blue. Doors open at 6:30pm. Cash Bar.

Tickets available online at bowserblueen.eventbrite.ca, at Victoria Hall and the Library: $30 in advance, $30 + fees online, $35 at the door

More information at 514 989-5226 and bowserandblue.com

Image: courtesy of Bowser & Blue

Activities at Contactivity

contactivity centreContactivity 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.

For information on the Centre’s activities call 514 932-2326 or consult contactivitycentre.org

Image: courtesy of Contactivity Centre

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.

Tuesday, March 29 at 7 pm — English Book Club – Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee. With Claire Holden Rothman. In the Westmount Room.

Wednesday, March 30 at 10:30 am — Poetry Workshop with Ann Lloyd. The Westmount Poetry Group meets to compose poetry together. Everyone is welcome! In the Boardroom.

Wednesday, March 30 at 2 pm — Financial Literacy Series – Market Update Workshop: Getting Through the Difficult Markets. With Bob Spicer and Joe Catalano, financial experts from the Westmount Square Branch of the Royal Bank of Canada. In the Westmount Room.

Wednesday, March 30 at 7 pm — Author Lecture Series – Monique Proulx. The author will discuss her most recent novel Ce qu’il reste de moi. Her book presents an array of contemporary characters, all while shedding light on the origins of Montreal. In French. Tickets available one month prior to the event. In the Westmount Room.

Wednesday, April 6 at 2 pm — Financial Literacy Series – Mobile Baking and Fraud Prevention Workshop. With David Cristofaro and Fabrizio Piccinini, financial experts from Westmount Square Branch of the Royal Bank of Canada. In the Westmount Room.

Saturday, April 9 and Sunday, April 10 from 10 am to 5 pm — Friends of the Library Book Sale. Organised by the Friends of the Westmount Public Library. All proceeds from the sale go towards the purchase of new materials for the Library. Contemporary novels, non-fiction, art and children’s books in prime condition may be left at the Library for the sale. In Victoria Hall.

photo: Westmount Library mascotWestmount 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)

Thursday, March 31 at 4 pm — English Book Club – The BFG by Roald Dahl. In the Storytime Room. (9 to 13 year olds)

McEntyre Writing Competition 2016
This year, we would like you to write about Building Bridges. See the competition webpage for details. The deadline is Friday, April 1 at 9 pm.

Images: Andrew Burlone

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 30 from 1 pm to 3 pm
The Atwater Library Financial Literacy Program is hosting an ideas session. Everyone is invited to comment on past offerings and make requests for future sessions. Coffee and snacks will be provided. Advance registration required. For information and to register, contact Victoria McKinlay at victoria@atwaterlibrary.ca or 514 935-7344 ext. 206.

Wednesday, April 6 from 1 pm to 3 pm
Michel Pelletier, senior executive and former Ombudsman at Laurentian Bank, presents Your Money Seniors: Fraud Prevention. Advance registration required. For information and to register, contact Victoria McKinlay at victoria@atwaterlibrary.ca or 514 935-7344 ext. 206.

Thursday, March 31 from 11:30 am to 2 pm
Nutritionist Jaimie Yue and dietetic technician Angele Knight from NutriVie Santé host an information kiosk on healthy eating in our main-floor lobby. Come and take a “100 meal journey” with them to learn about healthier choices you can easily make in your daily meals. Nutrition-related questions are welcome.

The Atwater Poetry Project is an almost-monthly poetry reading series that brings the best local, Canadian, and international poets together with a passionate audience of poetry fans.

Thursday, March 31 at 7 pm
Readings by Gary Geddes, Pearl Pirie and Talya Rubin. Talya Rubin is being presented by the Atwater Poetry Project as a co-production with the QWF’s 2016 Writers Out Loud series.

photo: Inside Atwater Library

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 31 at 12:30 pm
Alan Shepard, President of Concordia University, presents Some Books I Still Love and the Future of the Liberal Arts, an idiosyncratic discussion of reading and writing in the Digital Age.

Thursday, April 7 at 12:30 pm
Exploring End-of-Life Care Options in Quebec. Ethicists Véronique Fraser and Lori Seller from the Centre for Applied Ethics at the McGill University Health Centre discuss ethical issues at the end of life, with a focus on the new law in Quebec governing palliative care and medical aid in dying. They will respond to audience questions about this important topic.

Tuesday, April 5 from 1 pm to 3 pm
Why start seeds indoors? For the Atwater Library Seed Library, seasoned gardener Brenda Copping conducts a hands-on workshop on starting seeds indoors. Advance registration required. For information and to register, contact Zile Ozols at zile@atwaterlibrary.ca or 514 935-7344 ext. 205.

Images: Creative Commons

Feature image: Andrew Burlone

Consult our community calendar for more events.