Westmount Here & There
February 15, 2018
A look at events happening in and around Westmount
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 until February 23.
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
Repurposing churches: Westmount and Montreal
On Thursday, February 15 from 7 pm to 9 pm at the Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke W, the Westmount Historical Association presents, as part of its Winter 2018 Lecture Series, guest speaker David Hanna, Professeur associé, Études urbaines, UQAM; member of Westmount Local Heritage Council.
Repurposing churches is more an art than a science, as each church is distinct and each project unique. The speaker, former head of Montreal’s Quebec Religious Heritage Council, will present diverse cases of repurposing, chosen for their close adaptation to the original building and the qualities of the project.
Doors open at 6:30 pm.
Free for members and $5 for non members.
Additional information at email@example.com
Tuques Bleues Benefit Event
On Thursday, February 15 from 5:30 pm to 10 pm at Smith House and the Mount Royal Chalet, Les amis de la montagne presents its annual Tuques Bleues Benefit Event. Inspired by the Montreal Snowshoe Club’s treks up Mount Royal in the 19th century, this exceptional outdoor event features a timed snowshoe race or walk up the mountain followed by an evening of fine food, music and entertainment at the Mount Royal Chalet. Proceeds help finance environmental conservation programs on Mount Royal.
For information and tickets visit lemontroyal.qc.ca/en
When Africa Had Empires
On Friday, February 23 and Saturday, February 24 at 8 pm at U.N.I.A., 2741 Notre Dame W (Metro Lionel Groulx) there will be a presentation of When Africa Had Empires.
U.N.I.A. hosts an educational awareness program each year in honour of Black History Month to raise funds for their scholarship programs. When Africa Had Empires focuses on positive aspects in Black History, through various monologues and scenes based on historical facts, exploring how Black people were the first parents of mankind with over 200,000 thousand years of culture. Learn about Queen Sheba, General Hannibal, The Moors and the richest man ever, Mansa Musa. A collaboration with director Josa Maule and her school, MSOPA.
Tickets: $10 (purchase in advance)
For more information or to purchase tickets contact Event Coordinator Mervyn Weekes at 514 487-2790.
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.
Fridays until March 2 from 1 pm to 3 pm
Tales & Travels Series. The Tales & Travels Series is a weekly activity for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Registration is required and spaces are limited. For full details at 514 989-5530 or firstname.lastname@example.org. In the Westmount Room.
Monday, February 19 from 1 pm to 3 pm
French Book Club – Russell Banks. Join the monthly meetings, led by Gisèle Magny. A lively discussion ensues over coffee. In the Westmount Room.
Tuesday, February 20 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Afternoon Lecture Series –The Revolution of Artificial Intelligence with Alain Tapp, Ph.D. Professor at Université de Montréal and MLA member. 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, February 21 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, February 21 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, February 26 from 10 am to 9 pm
Seed Lending Library Launch. Free seeds for members from more than 50 varieties of plants – including herbs, flowers, vegetables, fruits, beans and heirloom varieties.
Tuesday, February 27 from 2 pm to 4 pm
Film Club – Loving Vincent (2017). Tickets available at the Main Desk four weeks prior for library members, remaining tickets one week prior for the general public. In Victoria Hall.
Tuesday, February 27 from 7 pm to 9 pm
English Book Club – Commonwealth by Ann Patchett. With Carly Vandergriendt. A lively discussion ensues over coffee. In the Westmount Room.
Wednesday, February 28 from 2 pm to 4 pm
2 O’Clock Series – Legends of Magdalen. With Gregory B. Gallagher. 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
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.
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
Sunday, February 18 from 2 pm to 4 pm
Teen Tour Theatre – Totally Red! A fun retelling of the classic fairy tale, Little Red Riding Hood. Directed by Aviva Wolman-Wener (4 to 12 year olds) In Victoria Hall.
Thursday, February 22 from 4 pm to 5 pm
English Book Club – The Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin. Come discuss some wonderful books with other 9 to 13 year olds. This book club meets once a month. In the Westmount Room.
Friday, February 23 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. (9 to 13 years)
Monday, February 26 from 4 pm to 5 pm
French Book Club – Léon by Leon Walter Tillage. Come discuss some wonderful books with other 9 to 13 year olds. This book club meets once a month.
Saturday, March 3
From 2 pm to 3 pm (4 to 6 year olds)
From 3 pm to 4 pm (7 to 12 year olds)
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, February 15 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Writer and publisher Linda Leith marks the fourth anniversary of Mavis Gallant’s death by screening the film Paris Stories: The Writing of Mavis Gallant with Q&A.
*Attendees have the option of taking part in a free writing activity led by Linda Leith starting at 2 pm. No need to register for the film screening but please register for the writing activity with Elise Moser at email@example.com
Funded by the Community Cultural Action Fund (CCAF) of Canadian Heritage.
Thursday, February 22 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Historian Rod MacLeod discusses making a trilingual graphic novel on Montreal’s 1913 Aberdeen School strike protesting anti-Semitism. The Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN) is co-sponsoring this event.
Thursday, March 1 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Torill Kove presents her latest animated short, Threads, and discusses the process of making it.
AWE III PROJECT
Thursday, February 15 from 2 pm to 4 pm
Writer and publisher Linda Leith conducts a free writing activity. Advance registration is required at firstname.lastname@example.org
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, February 20 from 1 pm to 3 pm
Susan Sofer, occupational therapist on Driving and Alzheimer’s disease.
Image: Frédéric Ryan – instagram (@feddomtl)
Feature image: Andrew Burlone