Westmount Here & There
January 3, 2019

A look at events happening in and around Westmount

WHS Talk: Splendor in the Grasses

grasses - WestmountMag.caOn Tuesday, January 8 from 7 pm to 9 pm, at the Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke W, the Westmount Horticultural Society presents Splendor in the Grasses with Tony Spencer.

Tony Spencer is a garden writer and designer with a particular interest in the ‘New Perennial’ style made famous by Piet Oudolf in Holland. Characterized by bold swaths of colour and texture, Oudolf’s designs evoke natural meadows, an ecological approach which improves with time.

Doors open 6:30 pm for tea, coffee and cookies.
Entrance: members free, guests $5.
Everyone welcome.
More information at 514 233-2788.

Image: courtesy of the Westmount Horticultural Society


Opéra de Montréal logo WestmountMag.caSunday, January 20 from 10:30 am to noon at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, there will be a discussion on Champion by Terence Blanchard and Michael Cristofer. 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) by L’Opéra de Montréal.
The event is free. To reserve your place, call 514 989-5226.
For more information, please visit

Centre Greene Activities

Centre Greene westmountmag.caCentre 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!

Information at 514 931-6202 or consult

Image: courtesy of Centre Greene

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

Image: courtesy of Contactivity Centre

Events at Westmount Public Library

Bibliothèque de Westmount library, Westmount QC _WestmountMag.ca4574 Sherbrooke W, Westmount
Events are free but registration is required.
Register at the Adult Desk or call 514 989-5299.

Wednesday, January 9 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 Westmount Room.

Wednesday, January 9 from 7 pm to 9 pm
Film Club – Documentary – Three Identical Strangers (2018). New York, 1980: three complete strangers accidentally discover that they are identical triplets, separated at birth. Discussions will be led by Katherine Kasirer, NFB librarian. 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 15 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Afternoon Lecture Series – Lecture – Canada’s Crisis of Underpopulation: Maximum Canada with Doug Saunders, Globe and Mail journalist and author. 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 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.

Storytimes resume January 22.

photo: Westmount Library mascot

Thursday, January 3 at 2 pm
Holiday Film Smallfoot. In the Westmount Room. (5 years +)

Thursday, January 10 from 4 pm to 5 pm
Children’s ESL Book Club – Nate the Great and the Pillowcase by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat and Rosalind Weinman. Come discuss some wonderful shorter books with other kids and practice your language skills. This book club is geared towards children who are learning English as a second language and love books. The group meets once a month. (7 years +)

Thursday, January 10 from 4 pm to 5 pm
English Book Club for Teens – The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. 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 12
From 2 pm to 3 pm (4 to 6 year olds)
From 3 pm to 4 pm (7 to 12 year olds)
In the Storytime Room.

And over at the Atwater Library…

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, January 10 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Herbert Marx reminisces about his life and discusses his years as an MNA (1979-1989) and Minister of Justice for Quebec. Copies of his recently-published memoir will be on sale.
This event takes place exceptionally at Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom, 395 Elm.

Thursday, January 17 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
World traveller and photographer Muslim Harji gives a presentation on Burma: The Lost Paradise. He will discuss “the gentle people, stunning landscape, beautiful monuments, spiritual practices, religious beliefs, culture and foods.”


Saturday, January 5 from 1 pm to 4 pm
For grandparents, parents, teens, and children age 5 and up. Hands On Media Education partners with the Atwater Library to offer a three-hour workshop on its main floor. Places are limited and advance registration is required at


Free sessions on financial literacy for seniors, funded by the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF).

Wednesday, January 9 from 1:45 pm to 3 pm
McGill University law students with Pro Bono Students Canada conduct a free public presentation on Wills. Attendees will have an opportunity to apply for a free notarial will with the selection based on financial need. Everyone is welcome. No advance registration.


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 or 514 935-7344.

Tuesday, January 15 from 1 pm to 3 pm
A presentation on How to Preserve the Autonomy of People with Alzheimer’s Disease in Daily Activities: Strategies and Tools by Mélanie Roy, MBA, MPM, occupational therapist. Discussion with refreshments.

Feature image: Andrew Burlone

Bouton S'inscrire à l'infolettre – WestmountMag.caConsult our community calendar for more events.

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