Westmount Here & There
January 31, 2019
A look at events happening in and around Westmount
The Gallery at Victoria Hall – Group Exhibition
The Gallery at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, is pleased to present a group exhibition featuring artists Caroline Benchetrit, Hubert Cachat, and John Reimann until Friday, February 15, 2019.
Monday to Friday: 10 am to 9 pm
Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm.
More information at 514 989-5265.
Image: courtesy of the City of Westmount
City of Westmount Winter Carnival
Westmount Winter Carnival 2019 takes place from Thursday, February 7 to Saturday, February 9. Consult the full schedule of activities.
SENIORS’ CARNIVAL LUNCHEON
Thursday, February 7 from 12:30 pm to 3 pm
Contactivity Centre, 4695 de Maisonneuve W.
Tickets: $10. Reserve tickets by contacting the Contactivity Centre at 514 932-2326.
FAMILY DINNER AND DANCE: UNDER THE SEA
Friday, February 8 from 5:30 pm to 9 pm
Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W
Dinner served between 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm. Cash bar. Please bring your indoor shoes!
Tickets: adult $12 ; 12 years and under $6. Available at Victoria Hall and the Westmount Public Library. Cash only.
More information at 514 989-5226 (Community Events Division)
Saturday, February 9 from 10 am to 4 pm
King George Park, Côte St. Antoine and Murray
Skating, old-fashioned sleigh rides, fun games on ice and a sugar shack await!
More information at 514 989-5353 (Sports and Recreation)
NOTE: In the event of inclement weather, some activities will take place in the Westmount Recreation Centre.
McGill Classics Theatre
On Saturday, February 9 at 2 pm in Victoria Hall, McGill Classics presents Euripides’ Cyclops.
No ticket required. Freewill offerings accepted.
More information at 514 989-5226.
Parle-moi d’amour Auction/Exhibit
Les Impatients are pleased to present their Parle-moi d’amour auction/exhibit at the Espace Danse in the Wilder Building Atrium, 1435 de Bleury, Montreal. Over 300 pieces created by Les Impatients, professional artists and donated by collectors will be up for silent auction from Wednesday, February 13 to Wednesday, February 27. This edition’s guest artists are Sophie Jodoin and Yann Pocreau. The closing event on Wednesday, February 27 will feature a live auction of some 30 pieces, moderated by auctioneer Laurent Berniard and hosted by James Hyndman. Admission is free except for the closing event.
Exhibit: Wednesday, February 13 at 5:30 pm
Silent auction:Wednesday, February 13 to Wednesday, February 27
Closing event: Wednesday, February 27 at 5:30 pm. Tickets for this event on sale for $25 starting February 1 on the event website: parlemoidamour.impatients.ca
Opening hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm ; Thursday and Friday, 10 am to 8 pm.
More information at 514 842-1043 or visit parlemoidamour.impatients.ca
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!
The Seniors’ Fitness Program is back!
Wednesdays from 3 pm to 4 pm for $5 per class (financial assistance is available for seniors on a fixed income).
Classes will alternate bi-weekly between Afro-Caribbean Dance for a fun cardio workout and Seniors’ Yoga.
More 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.
Fridays until February 15 from 1 pm to 3 pm
Tales & Travels Series. A weekly activity for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Registration is required and spaces are limited. Full details at 514 989-5530 or firstname.lastname@example.org. In the Westmount Room.
Wednesday, February 6 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, February 6 from 7 pm to 9 pm
Film Club – Documentary – Unarmed Verses (2017). This feature documentary presents a thoughtful and vivid portrait of a community facing imposed relocation. At the centre of the story is a remarkably astute and luminous 12-year-old black girl whose poignant observations about life, the soul, and the power of art give voice to those rarely heard in society. 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.
Wednesday, February 13 from 2 pm to 4 pm
2 O’Clock Series – Financial Manias and Bubbles. With Jean Marier, Investment advisor. 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.
Until March 7.
Tales for Toddlers (2 to 3 year olds)
Tuesdays, 10:30 am to 11 am
Storytime & Craft (3 to 6 year olds – in French)
Tuesdays, 4 pm to 4:45 pm
Books for Babies (14 to 24 months)
Wednesdays, Group A: 10:10 am to 10:30 am; Group B: 11:10 am to 11:30 am
Baby Rhyme Time (6 to 13 months)
Wednesdays, Group A: 10:35 am – 10:55 am; Group B: 2:10 pm to 2:30 pm
Storytime & Craft (4 to 6 year olds)
Wednesdays, 4 pm to 4:45 pm
Caring Paws (7 to 13 year olds)
Wednesdays, 5 pm to 6:30 pm
4 O’Clock Club (7 to 13 year olds)
Thursdays, 4 pm to 4:45 pm
Thursday, January 31 from 4 pm to 5 pm
Advanced Readers Book Club – The Sisters Grimm, book one: fairy-tale detectives by Michael Buckley. Come discuss some challenging books with other kids. Meetings are once a month. In the Westmount Room. (9 years +)
Saturday, February 2
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.
Thursday, February 7 from 4 pm to 5 pm
English Book Club for Teens – The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline. Come discuss some wonderful books with other teens. This book club meets once a month. In the Boardroom. (13 to 17 year olds)
Thursday, February 7 from 4 pm to 5:30 pm
Launch – Winter StoryWalk® – Missuk’s Snow Geese with Anne Renaud. Join author Anne Renaud for the launch of the Winter StoryWalk® featuring her book Missuk’s Snow Geese. A StoryWalk® is a fun activity that places a children’s book along a path in Westmount park. Following the reading, there will be hot chocolate, snacks and crafts in the Westmount Room. Don’t forget to bundle up! Share your photos using the hashtag #WPLStorywalk.
Monday, February 11 from 4 pm to 5 pm
Valentine’s Day Craft. In the Storytime Room. (4 years +)
Thursday, February 14 from 4 pm to 5 pm
Children’s ESL Book Club – The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. 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 +)
2019 McEntyre Writing Competition
This year’s theme: It’s Okay to be Different
Peter McEntyre was the Mayor of the City of Westmount from 1969 to 1971. He set up a trust fund to support an annual writing competition to encourage young people to think about the idea of community, and to learn more about their own communities.
You may compete if you go to school in Westmount (elementary or secondary, grades 1–11), live in Westmount, or are a member of a library in Westmount.
Submit your entry to the Children’s Desk, Westmount Public Library, no later than 9 pm on Friday, April 5, 2019.
To find out how to participate, please visit the Library’s website.
More information at 514 989-5229
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.
Friday, February 1 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
To celebrate Black History Month, the Imani Gospel Singers, directed by Marcia Bailey, perform a program of spiritual music and discuss the evolution of Black gospel music.
Thursday, February 7 from 1 pm to 2 pm
Brian Manker, Principal Cello of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, presents a program on cellists as political activists, centering around Casals, Rostropovich, and the “cellist of Sarajevo.”
Thursday, February 14 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Peter Pearson screens his 1980 film for CBC’s The Canadian Establishment profiling Paul Desmarais, Sr., then chairman of Power Corporation of Canada.
CREATE YOUR OWN COMIC: GRAPHIC STORYTELLING FOR ADULTS AND KIDS
Saturday, February 2 from 10 am to 4 pm
Day one of a two-day Atwater Writers Exhibition (AWE) project workshop led by Drawn & Quarterly’s Tom Devlin for grownups and kids, aged 12 and up. Tom Devlin will provide a short history of and practical rules for comics story construction from his own point of view. Participants will gain the tools for creating a graphic novel, and will leave with their own four-page comic. Free, with all materials provided. For more information and to register, contact Elise Moser at email@example.com (Day two is Saturday, February 9 from 10 am to 4 pm.)
ATWATER LIBRARY BOOK CLUB
The Atwater Library Book Club is led with intelligence and skill by author Mary Soderstrom.
Wednesday, February 13 from 7:30 pm to 9 pm
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy.
Feature image: Andrew Burlone