Westmount Here & There
May 3, 2018
A look at events happening in and around Westmount
On Saturday, May 12, let’s celebrate our mothers with a very special day.
From noon until 5 pm, take part in a family video shoot and photo session at the Street level, near Marshalls.
A free print picture and digital clip will be given to you and your mother as a gift.
Book an appointment to participate in this activity. Limited spots!
In addition to sharing a happy moment with the family, our participant mothers will receive a gift and have a chance to win $300 in La Vie en Rose gift cards!
The Gallery at Victoria Hall – Gabriel Safdie
The Gallery at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, presents Dia de los muertos featuring the works of Gabriel Safdie, until Thursday, May 17.
Monday to Friday: 10 am to 9 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm
More information at 514 989-5521.
Image: Gabriel Safdie
7th edition of Parle-moi d’amour auction/exhibit
Les Impatients is pleased to present the 7th edition of Parle-moi d’amour auction/exhibit at Centre Wellington, 4932 Wellington, Verdun.
Over a hundred pieces created by Les Impatients and professional artists and donated by collectors will be up for auction from until Wednesday, May 9. The guest artist will be Mathieu Cardin.
The closing event on Wednesday, May 9, will feature a live auction of some 30 pieces, hosted by Chantal Lamarre.
Silent auction: until Wednesday, May 9
Closing event: Wednesday, May 9 at 6 pm, free admission
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday, 1 pm to 5 pm
More information at 514-842-1043 or visit parlemoidamour.impatients.ca
Centre Greene Book Sale
On Friday, May 4 from 10 am to 7 pm and Saturday, May 5 from 9 am to 2 pm, stop by Centre Greene, 1090 Greene, to explore a wonderful collection of books for sale!
All proceeds go to Centre Greene’s Summer Camp Fund to help families in need.
Information at 514 931-6202 or consult centregreene.org
The Big Deal Fashion Bazaar
On Saturday, May 5 from 10 am to 4 pm at Westmount Park United Church, 4695 de Maisonneuve, there will be a Fashion bazaar in support of The Stephen Lewis Foundation.
Do good, look good – help us to help others! Great bargains on new and gently used women’s clothing, jewelry, accessories, handbags and more!
All proceeds go to support African grandmothers and their orphaned grandchildren.
WHS Talk: The Wonder of Weeds
On Tuesday, May 8 from 7 pm to 9 pm, at the Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke W, the Westmount Horticultural Society presents guest speaker Monica Giacomin, educator, herbalist and wildcrafter.
Learn how to identify, harvest and transform common local weeds (that are likely growing in your backyard) into delicious and nutritious soup, salads, pickles, pesto and herbal vinegars!
Doors open 6:30 pm for tea, coffee and homemade cookies.
Entrance: members free, guests $5.
More information at 514 233-2788.
Image: courtesy of the Westmount Horticultural Society
Z4: Mozart in May
On Wednesday, May 9 at 7 pm in Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, enjoy an evening of Mozart, Mahler, and more with quartet Z4, winners of McGill University’s 2017 Chamber Music Competition. With Tong Wang on piano, Teresa Wang on violin, Julien Altmann on viola and Leah Plave on cello.
Free tickets available at Victoria Hall and the Westmount Public Library.
More information at 514 989-5226.
Image: Tong Wang
Let’s Talk Opera!
On Sunday, May 13 from 10:30 am to noon at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, there will be a discussion on Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette. 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.
Guest speaker: Paul Yachnin, Tomlinson Professor of Shakespeare Studies
Artists: Frédérique Drolet (soprano), Sylvain Paré (tenor), Jennifer Szeto (piano)
Presented (in English) by L’Opéra de Montréal.
The event is free, but to reserve your place, please call 514 989-5226.
For more information, please visit their operademontreal.com
Perennial Plant Exchange and Sale
On Thursday, May 17 in Westmount Park near the Westmount Public Library. Exchange your perennials for something new! NO goutweeds, annuals, houseplants or shrubs accepted. Your plants to exchange must be healthy and have: a pot with soil, roots and a clear label.
4:30 to 6 pm – Plant drop-off and voucher distribution
6 pm to 6:30 pm – Exchange
6:30 to 7:30 pm – Sale open to all. Plants may be purchased for $2 each.
Compost available – bring a container.
More information at 514 989-5226.
Vintage Hitchcock a Live Radio Play
Dramatis Personae, Westmount’s community theatre group, presents Vintage Hitchcock a Live Radio Play by Joe Landry at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W. Directed by Christopher Moore.
You are invited to be a member of the studio audience during the broadcast of three vintage Hitchcock radio thrillers, The Lodger, Sabotage, and The 39 Steps. You will be brought back in time to the 1940s when actors played many roles to the accompaniment of chilling music and live sound effects performed with an assortment of found objects. Please bring a friend. You might find it too scary to go home alone afterward.
Friday, May 25 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 26 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm
Monday, May 28 at 8 pm
It is advisable to reserve your place now at theatrewestmount.com
Suggested donation $10.
Image: courtesy Dramatis Personae
Tulips for breast cancer
From the third week of May until mid-June, Montreal Florist John Rodosousakis opens his tulip fields in Laval to support Breast Cancer Research. Choose from over 500,000 tulips of different varieties at this first of its kind U-Pick Tulip Field.
Entry fee: $5 for adults, $3 for children under 5 years
Cost per tulip: $1 with 15 cents going to the Pink in the City charity
The field is located at 4154 boulevard Dagenais O, Laval
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
Image: courtesy of Contactivity Centre
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.
Thursday, May 3 from 7 pm to 9 pm
Author Lecture Series: Eva Neisser Echenberg and Judy Klar Rasminsky. Authors of Walter’s Welcome: The Intimate Story of a German-Jewish Family’s Flight from the Nazis to Peru. 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.
Wednesday, May 16 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.
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, Group A: 10:35 am to 10:55 am; Group B: 2:10 to 2:30
Babies and Books (0 to 18 months – in English)
Thursdays from 11:15 to noon
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 10:30 am to 11 am
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
Saturday, May 5
From 2 pm to 3 pm (4 to 6 years)
From 3 pm to 4 pm (7 to 12 years)
Monday, May 7 from 10 am to 11 am
TD Canadian Children’s Book Week. Join in for a special reading by Canadian author Jessica Scott Kerrin, best known for her eight-book series called Martin Bridge; a trilogy called The Lobster Chronicles; two mysteries called The Spotted Dog Last Seen and The Missing Dog is Spotted; an adventure novel, The Things Owen Wrote; and, her new picture book, The Better Tree Fort. In the Westmount Room. (9 to 12 years)
Monday, May 7 from 4 pm to 6 pm
Be Creative Series: Stop-Motion Animation Workshop with Molly Bower (MA in Media Studies, University of Amsterdam). Get snapping! Learn to plan and create short videos using the stop-motion technique. You will use tools and supplies to snap and assemble photos into a unique animated video, by combining photography, your own creativity, and some movie magic. In the Westmount Room. (9 to 14 years)
Thursday, May 10 from 4 pm to 5 pm
English Book Club – Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Come discuss some wonderful books with other 9 to 13 year olds. This book club meets once a month. In the Westmount Room.
Monday, May 11 from 4 pm to 5 pm
Mother’s Day Craft (4 years +)
Saturday, May 12 from 6 pm to 8 pm
Stuffed Animal Sleepover! Drop off your stuffed animal Saturday at 6 pm, wear your pj’s and stay for a story or two. Leave your stuffed animal at the Library for a sleepover and pick it up on Sunday, May 13. In the Westmount Room. (4 to 8 years)
Monday, May 14 from 4 pm to 5 pm
Be Creative Series: Puppetry with Jesse Stong (National Theatre School). Unleash Your Inner Monster! Join in for an interactive workshop with hands-on activities to learn basic puppetry skills. Have fun imagining amazing characters through dynamic group and individual drama games using puppets. In the Storytime Room. (9 to 14 years)
Friday, May 18 from 3:30 pm to 5 pm
Gaming at the Library. Play Rock Band, Wii, DDR and more! Snacks will be served. (9 to 13 years)
And over at the Atwater Library…
1200 Atwater, Westmount
Information at 514 935-7344.
Image: Frédéric Ryan – instagram (@feddomtl)
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, May 3 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Author Plum Johnson discusses her award-winning memoir They Left Us Everything, written as she grieved the loss of her parents during the long process of emptying the family home following her mother’s death.
Thursday, May 10 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Judy Rebick, one of Canada’s best-known feminists, discusses her new memoir, Heroes in My Head.
Thursday, May 17 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Ellie Clavier-Rothstein reflects on Charles Dickens’ visit to Montreal in May 1842 and Andrew Macdougall gives a dramatic reading of Bob Sawyer’s Party from The Pickwick Papers.
ATWATER LIBRARY TREATY READING GROUP
Thursdays, until May 10 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm
The Atwater Library Treaty Reading Group, co-facilitated by Jocelyn Parr and Richard Cassidy meets in the reading room. Facebook page. Registration closed.
ATWATER POETRY PROJECT
An almost-monthly poetry reading series that brings the best local, Canadian, and international poets together with a passionate audience of poetry fans.
Thursday, May 10 at 7 pm
Readings by Pamela Mordecai and another poet (Faizal Deen had to cancel). Curated by Deanna Radford. Facebook event.
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, May 15 from 1 pm to 3 pm
Music therapy with Sandra Tickner-Broadhurst, music therapist.
ATWATER LIBRARY BOOK CLUB
The Atwater Library Book Club is led with intelligence and skill by author Mary Soderstrom.
Wednesday, May 16 from 7:30 to 9 pm
The Door by Magda Szabo translated from Hungarian by Len Rix. A brilliant story about the relationship between two women in mid-20th century Budapest.
As the winter progresses and the days get longer, why not consult some of our great books on gardening and plan your projects for the spring and summer? One example is The New Seed-starters Handbook by Nancy Bubel. Remember that our Seed Library includes packets of seeds that we’re offering to the public.
Feature image: Andrew Burlone