Westmount Here & There
January 11, 2018
A look at events happening in and around Westmount
Let’s Talk Opera!
On Sunday, January 21 from 10:30 am to noon at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, there will be a discussion on Little and Vavrek’s JFK with guest speaker Greg Robinson, Professor, American History – UQAM and singers Katie Miller, Max van Wyck and Sebastian Haboczki.
Opéra de Montréal is proud to offer a series of in-depth discussions on each opera of the season right before the premiere, with musicologist Pierre Vachon, Ph.D., a pianist and a singer. Duration: 90 minutes with coffee break. Presented in English.
The event is free. Reserve your place at 514 989-5226.
For more information visit operademontreal.com
Missa Criolla to Tango
On Sunday, January 21 at at 4:30 pm, St. Matthias’ Anglican Church, 131 Chemin de la Côte St-Antoine, presents Missa Criolla to Tango, featuring music by Ramirez, Morricone and Piazzolla. Bask in the warmth of South American, Argentinian folk and dance music for choir, soloists, Peruvian harps, and percussion. With Harp Duo Robin Grenon and Gisèle Guibord, Tenor David Menzies and Organist and Director of Music Scott Bradford.
Admission: $25 at the door
Image: courtesy of St. Matthias’ Anglican Church
The Gallery at Victoria Hall – Mona Agia and Rasa Pavilanis
The Gallery at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, presents the works of Mona Agia and Rasa Pavilanis from January 25 to February 23.
Vernissage: Wednesday, January 24, 6 pm to 8 pm.
Meet the artists and gallery curator event: Tuesday, January 30 at 7 pm.
Gallery hours – Monday to Friday: 10 am to 9 pm; Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm.
More information at 514 989-5521.
Image: painting by Mona Agia
Coming soon! City of Westmount Winter Carnival
The City of Westmount’s 35th Winter Carnival will take place at King George Park on Saturday, February 3 from 10 am to 4 pm. A fun-filled day of skating, old-fashioned sleigh rides, games on ice, and a sugar shack!
Information at 514 989-5353 (Sports and Recreation).
In the event of inclement weather, some activities will take place in the Westmount Recreation 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!
NEW! Free fitness program for seniors!
Information at 514 931-6202 or consult centregreene.org
Image: courtesy of Centre Greene
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. For information on the Centre’s activities call 514 932-2326 or consult contactivitycentre.org
Events at Westmount Public Library
4574 Sherbrooke W, Westmount
Events are free but registration is required.
Register at the Adult Desk or call 514 989-5299.
Tuesday, January 16 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Lecture – Celebrating the Cello and the Montreal Chamber Music Festival with Denis Brott, C.M., cellist and founder/Artistic Director of the Montreal Chamber Music Festival. The Westmount Public Library is proud to collaborate with the Women’s Canadian Club of Montreal to present a series of monthly lectures. Tickets $10/lecture, available at the door only. A sandwich lunch is available from 11:15 am to 12:15 pm for $6. In Victoria Hall.
Wednesday, January 17 from 7 pm to 9 pm
Reading Group for Joyce’s Finnegans Wake: The Boaters and Sifters of ALP. Every third Wednesday of the month, join the circle skimming the surface or sifting through the layers of Finnegans Wake to see what is conceived. Bring an open mind and a copy of the book. In the Westmount Room.
Monday, January 22 from 1 pm to 3 pm
French Book Club – Alexandra David-Néel. Join the monthly meetings, led by Gisèle Magny. A lively discussion ensues over coffee. In the Westmount Room.
Tuesday, January 23 from 2 pm to 4 pm
Film Club – A Bag of Marbles – Un sac de billes (2017). Tickets available at the Main Desk four weeks prior for library members, remaining tickets one week prior for the general public. In the Westmount Room.
Tuesday, January 23 from 7 pm to 9 pm
English Book Club – The Door by Magda Szabo. With Claire Holden Rothman. A lively discussion ensues over coffee. In the Westmount Room.
Wednesday, January 24 from 10:15 am to noon
Poetry Workshop with Ann Lloyd. The Westmount Poetry Group meets to compose poetry together. Members propose themes at the beginning of each session and every two weeks after that. Everyone is welcome! In the Boardroom.
Wednesday, January 24 from 7 pm to 9 pm
Author Lecture Series: Michael Redhill, author of Bellevue Square, 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize winner. Tickets available at the Main Desk four weeks prior for library members, remaining tickets one week prior for the general public. In the Westmount Room.
Westmount Library’s Events and Programs for Kids
Storytimes resume on January 23
Baby Rhyme Time (6 to 13 months – in English)
Wednesdays from 10:35 am to 10:55 am
Books for Babies (14 to 24 months – in English)
Wednesdays, Group A: from 10:10 am to 10:30 am; Group B: from 11:10 am to 11:30 am
Tales for Toddlers (2 to 3 year olds – in English)
Tuesdays from 10:15 am to 10:45 am
Wednesdays from 3 pm to 3:30 pm
Storytime & Craft (3 to 6 year olds – in French)
Tuesdays from 4 pm to 4:45 pm
Storytime & Craft (4 to 6 year olds – in English)
Wednesdays from 4 pm to 4:45 pm
Caring Paws (7 to 13 year olds – bilingual)
Wednesdays from 5 pm to 6:30 pm
4 O’Clock Club (7 to 13 year olds – bilingual)
Thursdays from 4 pm to 4:45 pm
Thursday, January 11 from 4 pm to 5 pm
English Book Club for Teens – Our Favourite Books! Come discuss some wonderful books with other teens. This book club meets once a month. In the Boardroom. (13 to 17 year olds)
Saturday, January 13
From 2 pm to 3 pm (4 to 6 year olds)
From 3 pm to 4 pm (7 to 12 year olds)
Thursday, January 25 from 4 pm to 5 pm
English Book Club – Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Come discuss some wonderful books with other 9 to 13 year olds. This book club meets once a month. In the Westmount Room. (9 to 13 years)
Friday, January 26 from 3:30 pm to 5 pm
Gaming at the Library. Join in on Friday afternoons for Just Dance, FIFA, NHL games and more! Snacks will be served.
And over at the Atwater Library…
1200 Atwater, Westmount
Information at 514 935-7344.
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 though donations are appreciated! Everyone is welcome and coffee and biscuits are served.
Thursday, January 11 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Journalist and author Kristian Gravenor shares some of the nostalgic and little-known true stories in his book, Montreal 375: Tales of Eating, Drinking, Living and Loving.
Thursday, January 18 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Geoff Dowd gives an illustrated presentation on his two-brother bicycle journey across the United States via the Southern Tier route from San Diego, California to St. Augustine, Florida, in early 2017.
Thursday, January 25 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
To celebrate the anniversary of Robert Burns’ birth, poet Rachel McCrum traces the radical lines of Scotland’s poetry from Burns to today, Scotland’s Firebrand Poets: From Robbie Burns to Jackie Kay.
The Atwater Library is partnering with the Alzheimer Society of Montreal to provide a monthly Alzheimer Café for Montrealers in the Library’s elegant Reading Room. Each session features socializing, refreshments, live music, and discussion about aspects of life with dementia. Admission is free and everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Tanya Mayhew at email@example.com or 514 935-7344.
Tuesday, January 16 from 1 pm to 3 pm
Marie-Pier Foucault, coordinator of services for people living with dementia with the Alzheimer Society of Montreal, on Ideas for spending quality time with a person who has Alzheimer’s disease.
LANGUAGE PORTAL OF CANADA
Wednesday, January 24 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
The Atwater Library co-hosts with the Quebec Writers’ Federation an information session on the Language Portal of Canada, which offers a wealth of free English- and French-language resources to improve writing – tools, quizzes and links. Advance registration required: email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 514 933-0878.
Image: Frédéric Ryan – instagram (@feddomtl)