A look at events happening in and around Westmount
RMR EXHIBITION: REMEMBERING AFGHANISTAN
Until Sunday, November 10, the Royal Montreal Regiment Museum, 4625 Saint-Catherine W, presents the exhibition Remembering Afghanistan: Reflections of Canadian Soldiers. The project is the result of 12 personal testimonies given by RMR members who volunteered to go to Afghanistan and their reflections on the time they spent there and how it has affected them. The exhibition provides a unique look at the multiple ways Canadians participated in the conflict that took place between 2001 and 2014.
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 10 am to 7 pm
Wednesday: 10 am to 9 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm
Image: courtesy of the Royal Montreal Regiment Museum
THE GALLERY AT VICTORIA HALL – Pinchevsky and Thomson
The Gallery at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, is pleased to present a duo exhibition featuring artists Marcel Pinchevsky and Colin Thomson, until Tuesday, November 26.
Gallery hours: 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
Art and Mindfulness Meditation
On Thursday, November 7 at 11 am at the Gallery at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, participate in a guided meditation session and engage with art in a different way using mindfulness. With Nicole Rolland, yoga and meditation teacher and author of Stepping into Consciousness – A Guide to Living a life of Joy, Meaning, and Abundance. Session on chairs.
Places are limited. Registration required at Eventbrite.ca More information at 514 989-5226.
Saturday, November 9 and Sunday, November 10 from 10:30 am to 5 pm, the annual Artisans Westmount event will take place in Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W. Artisans Westmount is the perfect place to discover one-of-a-kind creations. Come admire the wonderful variety of quality items for sale by this year’s fantastic artisans: jewelry, ceramics, stationary, accessories, toys, and more – perfect gifts for the holiday season.
Admission: non-perishable food items or $2 for Public Security’s annual holiday food drive.
More information at 514 989-5226 or on the Artisans Westmount Facebook page
REMEMBRANCE DAY CEREMONY
The Mayor and Councillors of the City of Westmount invite citizens to the Remembrance Day Commemorative Service to be held Sunday, November 10 at 2 pm at the Cenotaph next to Westmount City Hall, 4333 Sherbrooke W, to remember and honour those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
WHS TALK: How to Identify, Grow and Harvest Mushrooms
On Tuesday, November 12 from 7 pm to 9 pm, at the Westmount Public Library, 4574 Sherbrooke W, the Westmount Horticultural Society presents guest speaker Pierre Noël who will give a talk on How to Identify, Grow and Harvest Mushrooms.
Pierre Noël grows, cooks, dehydrates, drinks, and ferments with fungi at the Mycoboutique on St. Denis when he’s not lecturing, guiding, or foraging for mushrooms. He’ll teach us all about mushrooms including foraging and growing them on logs and in gardens, as well as how to use fungi to grow plants.
Doors open 6:30 pm for tea, coffee and cookies.
Entrance: members free, guests $7.
More information at 514 233-2788.
Image: courtesy of the Westmount Horticultural Society
TREATS AND TREASURES AT CENTRE GREENE
Saturday, November 16 from 10 am to 4 pm, Centre Greene, 1090 Greene, is hosting its annual Treats and Treasures Bazaar and Crafts Sale from 10 am to 4 pm.
The Bazaar will include over 30 artisans displaying their handiwork, as well as baked goods, a raffle and the Empty Bowls Project. A light lunch will be served. Admission is free and all proceeds will go to supporting our community programs.
On Saturday, November 16 at 7:30 pm at Westmount Park United Church, 4695 de Maisonneuve W, experience Luminosité: Transcendent Classical music.
Behold a fusion of four rising stars from Montreal Music Collective:Olga Birch, cello; Liz Skinner, violin; Adam Jeffreys, violin and Julien Altmann, viola. Take pleasure through three expansive and luminous composers; Peteris Vasks, Henriette Bosmans and Alexander Borodin – an out of this world performance!
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
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY BOOK SALE
On Saturday, November 16 and Sunday, November 17, the Friends of the Library Book Sale will take place from 10 am to 5 pm at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W.
Organized by the Friends of the Westmount Public Library, all proceeds from the sale go towards the purchase of new materials for the Library. Contemporary novels, non-fiction, art and children’s books in prime condition may be left at the Library for the sale.
The CLSC flu vaccination clinic in Westmount will take place on Wednesday, November 20 from 10 am to 4:30 pm at Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W. Remember to bring your medicare card and to wear short sleeves.
The CLSC Métro offers the influenza vaccine free to certain groups, including people 75 years of age and over, pregnant women and persons with chronic diseases as well as their caregivers.
On Thursday, November 21 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 speaker Gwendolyn Owens, McGill University.
Gwendolyn Owens will talk about one of Westmount’s most renowned artists: Clarke Avenue resident Marian Dale Scott. Choosing to work in a second floor bedroom she made into a studio, Marian Scott kept learning, kept experimenting, and, as a result, her art evolved dramatically over the course of her more than 60-year career.
On Sunday, November 24 at 3 pm in Victoria Hall, 4626 Sherbrooke W, the Compagnie baroque Mont-Royal presents The Elysian Groves: French music of the baroque with Trio Ponté: David Menzies, tenor; Madeleine Owen, theorbo and James Williamson, viola da gamba.
Songs and instrumental pieces from the French baroque. Airs de cour are veritable poems set to music. These musical miniatures, sometimes sad, sometimes sly or funny, are commentaries on love, men and women, nature and society. At the same moment in France, the viola da gamba was taking its place for the first time as a solo instrument, accompanied by the theorbo, its faithful companion from the basso continuo.
Tickets: $20 ($10 for students)
Available at Victoria Hall or online at Eventbrite.ca More information at 514 989-5226.
Image: courtesy of Trio Ponté
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.
4574 Sherbrooke W, Westmount
Events are free but registration is required.
Register at the Adult Desk or call 514 989-5299.
Thursdays, November 7 to December 5 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, November 8 to December 6 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.
Wednesday, November 13 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, November 13 from 7 pm to 9 pm Film Club – Documentary – Becoming Labrador (2019). In the stark Labrador interior, a growing number of Filipino workers have recently landed in the Happy Valley-Goose Bay, travelling halfway around the world for jobs and a better life. Discussions are 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.
Saturday, November 16 from 10 am to noon SOLD OUT – Guess the Giller. Join in for a special breakfast and meet Shelley Pomerance and Library staff who will discuss the books that have been shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, Canada’s largest literary prize. 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.
Monday, November 18 from 1 pm to 3 pm French Book Club – Éliette Abécassis, French writer, director, and screenwriter, born in Strasbourg on January 27, 1969. Join the monthly meetings, led by Gisèle Magny. A lively discussion ensues over coffee. In the Westmount Room.
Monday, November 18 from 4 pm to 6 pm FULL – 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, November 19 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm The Women’s Canadian Club of Montreal Lecture Series – Chez Cora – A Quebec Success Story. With Cora Tsouflidou, Founder of Cora Restaurants. 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, November 20 from 2 pm to 4 pm 2 O’Clock Series – Frank Lloyd Wright ou la beauté de l’harmonie. With Sylvie Coutu, art historian. Inspired by the extraordinary changes of early 20th Century United States, architect Frank Lloyd Wright successfully lead an architectural revolution that was both modern and quintessentially American. 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, November 20 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.
Saturday, November 23 at 2 pm Saturday Cinema – Desk Set(1953). 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.
Thursday, November 7 from 4 pm to 5 pm Children’s ESL Book Club – TBA. 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. In the Westmount Room. (7 years +)
Thursday, November 7 from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm English Book Club for Teens. Come discuss some wonderful books with other teens. This book club meets once a month. In the Boardroom. (13 to 17 years)
Friday, November 15 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, November 21 from 4 pm to 5 pm Advanced Readers Book Club – Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume. Come discuss some challenging books with other kids. Meetings are once a month. In the Westmount Room. (9 years +)
Friday, November 22 from 6 pm to 7 pm Papas and PJs. This activity is for dads and male caregivers and their babies. Join Daniel for stories and songs. In the Westmount Room. (0 to 36 months)
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, November 14 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Peter Blaikie, media commentator, retired lawyer and former politician, reflects on current issues.
Wednesday, November 20 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Peter McAuslan, Guest of Honour for the 2019 St. Andrew’s Ball, discusses Scottish-Canadian ties that are dear to him.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
With funding from the Government of Canada.
Tuesday, November 12 from 1 pm to 3 pm Hands-on workshop. Instructor Liz Perrin shows you applications, settings and websites helpful for travel planning, scheduling and many other practical uses. Participants may use their own device or reserve one of the Library’s. ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Richard Cassidy: 514-935-7344 or firstname.lastname@example.org
ATWATER LIBRARY FINANCIAL LITERACY PROGRAM
Wednesday, November 13 from 1 pm to 3 pm
Jaimie Yue, registered dietitian-nutritionist and founder of NutriVie Santé, shares tips and recipes for affordable and nutritious meals and holiday gifts.
Wednesday, November 20 from 2 pm to 4 pm Personal Finances: Understanding Your Investments (Part 1 of 2) Lynn Bennett, Certified Financial Planner, gives an overview of investment accounts and their life cycle. She will discuss Registered versus Non-Registered and RRSPs versus TFSAs. With Q&A.
ATWATER LIBRARY BOOK CLUB
The Atwater Library Book Club is led with intelligence and skill by author Mary Soderstrom.
Wednesday, November 13 from 7:30 pm to 9 pm
A discussion on Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate.
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, November 19 from 1 pm to 3 pm Isabelle Caldairou, Coordinator – Groups and Activities, Alzheimer Society of Montreal, gives a presentation on How to Spend Quality Time Together – Activities and Strategies. With refreshments and discussion.
Saturday, November 23 from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm
A Soundtrack for Your Words: Creating and Performing Literature with Music. Ian Ferrier and Moe Clark conduct a three-session workshop for poets, writers and anyone interested in exploring sound with their work, as well as musicians wanting to develop more language for their sound. Session 3 is a performance open to the public. Space is limited and registration is required at firstname.lastname@example.org