A look at events happening in and around Westmount
Projection Week Events
Death, loss and end-of-life issues affect us all – let’s talk about them! Projection Week is an opportunity to spotlight the power of our creativity and explore major questions about life – and death– from different points of view and disciplines: philosophical, medical, social, artistic, and educational. In collaboration with McGill University’s Council on Palliative Care.
On Tuesday, October 15 at 7 pm at the Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke W, Sandy Lipkis will present Talking to Children About Cancer, part of a new and remarkable three-part book series about the impact cancer has on children after the diagnosis of a family member.
Free tickets available at Victoria Hall, the Westmount Public Library, or online at Eventbrite.ca
On Wednesday, October 16 at 7 pm at the Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke W, Victoria Leblanc will present A Creative Journey: Moving Through Grief with Words and Images with poems from her recent collection, Hold, as well as drawings and paintings that document the loss of her mother.
Free tickets available at Victoria Hall, the Westmount Public Library, or online at Eventbrite.ca
More information on both events at 514 989-5226.
Image: courtesy of the City of Westmount
Conference on Altzheimer’s at Château Westmount
On Thursday, October 17 at 6 pm at Château Westmount, 4860 De Maisonneuve W, the team of CHSLD Château Westmount invites the public to a free conference, An Introduction to Alzheimer’s disease and communication strategies, with invited speaker Jessica Gozlan from the Alzheimer’s Society of Montreal.
This conference covers common questions about Alzheimer’s disease and related forms of dementia as well as an introduction to strategies for responding to changes in communication and behaviour. Questions and answers will be bilingual. Refreshments will be provided by Château Westmount’s team.
Register your attendance at 514 369-3000 by providing your full name, phone number and email address.
WHA TALK: PROMINENT WESTMOUNT WOMEN SERIES
MAY CUTLER: BEYOND POLITICS
On Thursday, October 17 from 7 pm to 9 pm at the Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke W, the Westmount Historical Association presents, as part of its Fall 2019 Lecture Series, guest speakers Adam Cutler and Peter Trent.
Adam Cutler will speak about important life-shaping events that made his mother May the force that Westmounters came to know. He will touch on her publishing legacy with Tundra Press.
Former Westmount mayor Peter Trent will discuss the post-1987 political career of this renegade woman, whom he came to know well during this period.
On Saturday, October 19 at 8 pm in Victoria Hall, the 15th Montreal Intercultural Storytelling Festival presents the English Inauguration of Connections.
Five artists – Bruce Sinclair, Marta Singh, Dimitrios Prousalis, Lynn Kozack, and Matt Goldber – will explore the question of making connections through storytelling. From the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan to Argentina via Ottawa, from Greece to the Mile End and back again, the storytellers will examine the human soul and its yearning to connect. Hosted by Stéphanie Bénéteau.
On Sunday, October 20 from 2 pm to 3 pm in the Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke W, storyteller Marta Singh will present The Key to the Kingdom, an event for families and children 6 and up, in the Westmount Room.
A full hour of power-packed storytelling, from action rhymes for the young and not so young, to ghost tales for the bold and not so bold. Grandparents and parents who come unaccompanied by their kids and grandkids will leave not just with The Key to the Kingdom, but with a treasure trove of stories to share when they get home.
Registration is required at 514 989-5229.
CLIMATE CAFÉ AT WESTMOUNT PARK UNITED CHURCH
On Wednesday, October 23 at 6 pm at Westmount Park United Church, 4695 Maisonneuve W, the monthly Climate Café meeting will feature the workshop All About Orchids. As part of the Houseplant Project there will be monthly workshops on different themes related to houseplants. This month Denis D’Etcheverry from Flore L’atelier, 4818 Sherbrooke O, will talk about growing and propagating Orchids!
The Climate Café is a non-religious event open to everyone, organized by Westmount Park United Church as part of its Faith in Nature Centre, a community committed to building lasting relationship and partnerships for the well-being of the environment. Come to meet the growing number of neighbours who are concerned and want to make a difference!
Westmount Park United Church recently launched a new expression of its Climate Café programme, The House Plant Project, which will give away house plants to passers by, inviting them to propagate their plant and pass it on, with the overall aim of increasing house plant populations in Westmount. House plants fix carbon, improve air quality and can bring a sense of well-being. Each Thursday between 3 pm and 5 pm, house plants will be given away, until the weather changes or the church runs out of plants! Sponsored by Westmount Florist.
On Saturday, October 26 at 7:30 pm at Westmount Park United Church, 4695 de Maisonneuve W, experience Convergence, a harmonious flow of music to move you.
Feel the magic of an Andean Walkabout, the vibrational delight of Valencia, experience a transformation through Korngold’s String Quartet No. 2 in Eb Maj, Op 26 performed by Montreal Music Collective’s Emmy Tisdel (violinist), Kiarra Beckman (violinist), Emily Rekrut-Prussey (viola) and Rebecca Hecht (cellist).
Pre-concert reception at 6:45 pm.
Tickets at the door, cash only: 25 $ adults; 15 $ seniors; 10 $ students
and on Eventbrite
Proceeds go to Westmount Park United Church.
Image: courtesy of Westmount Park United Church
LET’S TALK OPERA!
On Sunday, October 27 at 2 pm at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, there will be a discussion on Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti.
Opéra de Montreal offers a stimulating exploration of each opera of the season, featuring singers and guests. Plot, music, voices, cultural context, composer – everything you ever wanted to know! Hosted by musicologist Pierre Vachon, PhD.
Presented in English by L’Opéra de Montréal.
Free event. For more information and to register go to operademontreal.com
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!
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.
Thursdays until October 17 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Tales & Travels Series – Session 1. 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 email@example.com. In the Westmount Room.
Fridays until October 18 from 1 pm to 3 pm Tales & Travels Series – Session 2. 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.
Tuesday, October 15 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm The Women’s Canadian Club of Montreal Lecture Series – Inside Stories About Canadian Authors and Publishers – By Two of Them: Anna Porter, OC, Canadian publisher and Sylvia Fraser, Canadian novelist, journalist, and travel writer. Free for members of the Women’s Canadian Club of Montreal (Annual membership $50, individual lecture $10). A sandwich lunch is available from 11:15 am to 12:15 pm for $8. In Victoria Hall.
Wednesday, October 16 from 10:15 am to 12:15 pm
Poetry Workshop with Ann Lloyd. The Westmount Poetry Group meets to compose poetry together working with themes proposed by members. The group explores different poetic forms throughout the year. In the Boardroom.
Wednesday, October 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.
Monday, October 21 from 1 pm to 3 pm French Book Club – Jean Désy, Canadian writer and doctor, born in Montreal on March 7, 1954. Join the monthly meetings, led by Gisèle Magny. A lively discussion ensues over coffee. In the Westmount Room.
Monday, October 21 from 4 pm to 6 pm Knitting Club. This new club is for those who love knitting and crocheting. All levels and ages are welcome. An animator will guide members through different projects. Open to library members. Registration required. To register, contact Daniel Miguez de Luca at email@example.com or 514 989-5530. In the Westmount Room.
Tuesday, October 22 from 2 pm to 4 pm Film Club – Wild Rose (2018). Come share your passion for the cinema! Watch a great film on a large screen in a relaxed atmosphere, then chat about it afterwards. 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, October 22 from 7 pm to 9 pm English Book Club – Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. With Linda Tracey. Join in for coffee and a lively discussion. Registration required. To register, contact Daniel Miguez de Luca at firstname.lastname@example.org or 514 989-5530. In the Westmount Room.
Wednesday, October 23 from 2 pm to 4 pm 2 O’Clock Series – Pirates, Monsoons, and Heartache: A Sea Voyage in Search of Paradise. With Rita Promade, author of Seeker: A Sea Odyssey. The real-life love story between Rita, an American teacher and freelance reporter in Mexico, and Bernard, a French geologist. Their lives and dreams mesh, and they immigrate to Canada to earn the money to build their boat and sail across the world. 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, October 23 from 7 pm to 9 pm Author Lecture Series: Susan Doherty. Author of The Ghost Garden: Inside the Lives of Schizophrenia’s Feared and Forgotten. The author will discuss her non-fiction book that illuminates the daily lives of people living with severe mental illness, who face being over-medicated, marginalized, locked away, and shunned. 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.
Saturday, October 26 at 2 pm Saturday Cinema – The Public(2018). This monthly film series presents an eclectic collection of recent films, classics, family-friendly movies, and documentaries. Free, no ticket required. In Victoria Hall.
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.
Friday, October 11 from 3:30 pm to 5 pm Gaming at the Library. Come play video games! Snacks will be served. In the Storytime Room. (9 to 13 years)
Thursday, October 17 from 4 pm to 5 pm Advanced Readers Book Club – Title TBA. Come discuss some challenging books with other kids. Meetings are once a month. In the Westmount Room. (9 years +)
Monday, October 21 from 4 pm to 5 pm Spooky Craft. Don’t forget your costume! In the Storytime Room. (4 years +)
Saturday, October 26 Halloween Extravaganza.
5 to 8-year-olds: 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
9 to 13-year-olds: 7 pm to 9 pm
Come celebrate Harry Potter! This year’s new location will be Victoria Hall, magically transformed into Hogwarts! Decorate a pumpkin at home (no carving please) and bring it into the Library until October 25 for the annual pumpkin decorating contest. When you bring in your decorated pumpkin, you will receive a free ticket to one of the events. Prizes will be awarded for the pumpkin contest during the events. Be sure to wear your costume or cloak! Tickets required – space is limited.
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, October 10 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm The Comedic Fiction of Colleen Curran. The playwright and author entertains from the three novels that make up her Lenore trilogy and introduces her new novel Out for Stars. With songs about the heavens from The Salinas Sisters ukulele players!
Thursday, October 17 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Oscar-winning filmmaker Beverly Shaffer screens her documentary short Mr. Mergler’s Gift, about the final chapter in the life of an exceptional Montreal piano teacher.
Thursday, October 24 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
A talk by Christopher Lyons, McGill University’s Head Librarian, Rare Books and Special Collections, on A Trip Through Time: 4,000 years of Accessible History at the McGill Library. Join him for an overview of the contents of McGill’s valuable and varied holdings.
ATWATER LIBRARY CONNECT PROJECT
Mondays from noon to 3 pm Internet Peer Café, a series of gatherings of seniors and young people working on digital media projects. Come and enjoy collaboratively creating digital stories, blogspots and podcasts for part or all of the afternoon. ADVANCE REGISTRATION is required: Richard Cassidy at 514-935-7344 or email@example.com
With funding from the Government of Canada.
Thursdays from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm Digital Help Hub. A computer instructor will be in the main lobby to provide 20 to 30 minutes of FREE help with your cell phone, tablet or computer. ADVANCE REGISTRATION is required: Richard Cassidy at 514-935-7344 or firstname.lastname@example.org
With funding from the Government of Canada.
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, October 15 from 1 pm to 3 pm Howard P. Riback, caregiver and therapist, gives a presentation on addiction and caregiving: Understanding Addiction and Finding Help. With refreshments and discussion.
ATWATER LIBRARY FINANCIAL LITERACY PROGRAM
Wednesday, October 16 from 12:30 to 2:30 pm Ann Soden, Ad. E., Elder Law lawyer and mediator, and Anna Kamateros, notary, will conduct an information session on Wills and Other End-Of-Life Legal Issues. Moderated Q&A. Co-sponsored by PROJECTION: A Week of Dialogue.
AWE AFTERNOON WRITING ACTIVITY
Thursday, October 24 from 2 pm to 4 pm Deanna Smith offers exercises and writing prompts related to managing changes in life, metamorphoses, loss, and the arrival of new opportunities. She is a Montreal-based poet, performer and educator who believes deeply in the healing and transformative power of words. Free – no registration necessary. With funding from Canadian Heritage.
ATWATER LIBRARY FALL BOOK SALE
Friday, October 25 from 6 pm to 8 pm Saturday, October 26 from 10 am to 3 pm
In the reading room on the main floor. Books galore plus CDs, all for bargain prices!