Westmount Here & There
October 15, 2020
A look at events happening in and around Westmount
ATTENTION: Because of COVID-19 many events are cancelled or postponed.
Women’s Canadian Club of Montreal Lectures
October 20, 2020
Hearts in the Ice – A Global Dialogue About Climate Change in the Polar Regions
Speakers: Sunniva Sorby and Hilde Falun Strom, “Polar Pioneers”
November 17, 2020
Surviving and Thriving in an Interfaith World
Speaker: Rabbi Lisa Grushcow, PhD, Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom
January 19, 2021
The Black Rock: The Effort to Preserve the Irish Burial Grounds
Speakers: Victor Boyle, National President, Ancient Order of Hibernians
Fergus Keyes, Chartered Director and a Director of the Irish Monument Park Foundation
February 16, 2021
The Criminalization and Marginalization of Girls and Women in Canada
Speaker: Kassandra Churcher, Advocate for Women and Indigenous Education
March 16, 2021
Everything You Wanted to Know About Montreal’s Street Art
Speaker: Archie Fineberg, Publisher and Author of Montreal’s Street Art Gallery: The Best of the City’s Graffiti and Wall-Art
May 4, 2021
Dawson’s Living Campus – Reconnecting People, Community and Nature
Speaker: Chris Adam, Director, Sustainability Office, Dawson College
May 25, 2021
Subject to be determined
Speaker: Valerie Plante, Mayor of Montreal (to be confirmed)
CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE – 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.
Online courses and activities are now available. For more information visit contactivitycentre.org
Image: courtesy of Contactivity Centre
CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE – 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!
For more information, call 514 931-6202 or visit centregreene.org
Image: courtesy of Centre Greene
City of Westmount events
Due to the COVID-19 situation and in order to limit the propagation of the virus, Victoria Hall and the Westmount Public Library are closed for an indefinite period. All events and activities are cancelled or postponed until further notice. Please consult the city’s event calendar for more information.
CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE – Events at Westmount Public Library
4574 Sherbrooke W, Westmount
INDOOR PICK-UP SERVICE
Contactless pickup service inside the Library
Receive an email or phone call when your reservations are ready
No scheduled appointments
2-day pickup window
Enter the Library to pick up items
For details on how this service works, modified opening hours, and conditions & requirements, visit the Library website at westlib.org
Library items can be returned to the book drops at any time.
The Library thanks members for their patience and understanding throughout its gradual reopening. This contactless service is offered with the safety of members and staff at the forefront.
Many of the usual Library events, including the Poetry Workshop with Ann Lloyd, the Westmount Cinema Club and the French Book Club, have gone virtual. Visit the events page for more information.
And over at the Atwater Library…
1200 Atwater, Westmount
Information at 514 935-7344.
Image: Frédéric Ryan – Instagram (@feddomtl
THE LIBRARY REVERTS TO PHASE 1
As of October 1, the Atwater Library has reverted to Phase 1 for four weeks in accordance with the “red zone” pandemic measures Premier Legault announced.
Phase 1 means the Library is closed to the public with staff handing out packages of reserved books and DVDs at the Atwater Avenue entrance two times a week:
Tuesdays and Fridays from 3 pm to 6 pm
Meanwhile, members can reserve paper books and DVDs through the Library’s online catalogue, by email and by phone (see below).
And the staff are always pleased to provide information and help by phone and email.
SERVICES BY PHONE, EMAIL AND INTERNET
CALLING SENIORS WITH A STORY TO TELL!
The Atwater Library has a new project underway to engage seniors in creatively documenting and sharing accounts of important life experiences. The Library’s tech-savvy team will patiently guide participants in using digital technology for text, still photos, art, audio and video, and will help find ways for them to digitize and preserve old-format content.
The project work is all online because of the pandemic.
Partners in the project include Concordia University’s engAGE and Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, the Montreal West Public Library and Suoni Per Il Popolo. Individuals or community organizations who wish to get involved or want more information can contact project coordinator Eric Craven at firstname.lastname@example.org
SHORT VIDEOS BY LUNCHTIME SERIES SPEAKERS
Gwendolyn Owens, Director of McGill University’s Visual Arts Collection, comments on Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney’s sculpture at McGill, in the COVID context, as a prelude to a talk she will give at the Library when that is possible.
Author Mark Bourrie in conversation with Margaret Atwood and David Worsley about Bush Runner: The Adventures of Pierre-Esprit Radisson, winner of the 2020 RBC Taylor Prize.
A brief talk about Shakespeare in the COVID context by Kevin Pask, English Professor, Concordia University.
ATWATER LIBRARY BOOK CLUB
Wednesday, October 14 from 7:30 pm to 9 pm
Via Zoom: The Atwater Library Book Club, led by writer Mary Soderstrom, discusses Out of Darkness, Shining Light by Petina Gappah. REGISTER and get the Zoom link at email@example.com
DIGITAL LITERACY SERIES AND FREE HELP
Wednesday, October 14 from 10 am to 11:30 am
Via Zoom: Android Phone and Tablet Series for Seniors. The first in a series of eight Wednesday morning sessions conducted by Liz Perrin. Presented by the Atwater Library Connect Project in partnership with Seniors Respite Montérégie. Everyone with an Android device is welcome. For more info and to register: 514 935-7344 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, October 15 from 10 am to 11:30 am
Via Zoom: Apple iPhone and Tablet Series for Seniors. The first in a series of eight Wednesday morning sessions conducted by Liz Perrin. Presented by the Atwater Library Connect Project in partnership with Seniors Respite Montérégie. Everyone with an Apple device is welcome. For more info and to register: 514 935-7344 or email@example.com
Friday, October 16 from 10 am to 11:30 am
Via Zoom: Windows 10 Laptop and Computer Series for Seniors. The first in a series of eight Wednesday morning sessions conducted by Liz Perrin. Presented by the Atwater Library Connect Project in partnership with Seniors Respite Montérégie. Everyone with a Windows 10 laptop or computer is welcome. For more info and to register: 514 935-7344 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, October 19 and Mondays all during Fall from 1 pm to 3 pm
By Zoom: Connect Project Internet Peer Café – Join Richard Cassidy and special guests for discussion about using computers, tablets and smartphones. Stay for 20 minutes or the full two hours for sharing and learning. REGISTER in advance with Richard Cassidy, Connect Project Coordinator, and get the Zoom link at 514 935-7344 or email@example.com
Questions about your computer or device? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 514 935-7344 daytime during the week. With funding from the Government of Canada.
YouTube Video Series
With instructor Liz Perrin and Connect Project Coordinator Richard Cassidy.
Episode 1 – Introduction: be in touch, informed and inspired through digital technology.
Episode 2 – eBooks and audiobooks: get started enjoying books on your device — phone, tablet or computer. With step-by-step instructions for borrowing eBooks and audiobooks from the Atwater Library.
Episode 3 – Podcasts
How to begin enjoying a wealth of free recorded radio programs and other online audio material. Included is info about popular and recommended podcasts.
Episode 5: Zoom Video Conferencing
Step-by-step instructions for taking part in online meetings and events using Zoom. With a “cheat sheet” guide to buttons and functions.
Episode 6: Digital Discussions Lecture Series
A brief intro with links to presenters’ slideshows and a guide to YouTube buttons and functions.
Episode 7: Online Ordering for Delivery
A guide with helpful information and local examples.
FINANCIAL LITERACY PROGRAM ONLINE
Wednesday, October 21 from 5:30 pm to 7 pm
Via Zoom: Eat Well on a Budget – In partnership with the Regional Association of West Quebecers, registered dietician Jaimie Yue presents strategies for meal planning with tips to save money at the grocery store. Q & A. REGISTER in advance and get the Zoom link at email@example.com
Thursday, October 22 from 1 pm to 2 pm
Via Zoom: Questions and Answers about Budgeting – In partnership with Literacy in Action (LIA), instructor Liz Perrin leads a discussion. This is the third in a five-part LIA Budgeting Club series, every second Thursday at the same time. For more info and to get the Zoom link, contact Joanna Bateman at firstname.lastname@example.org
Personal Finances in Times of Crisis
Video (20 minutes) with Michel Gariépy, analyst with Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF). He gives tips for saving money and shares the AMF Budget Sheet and Balance Sheet forms.
RRIF (Registered Retirement Income Fund)
Video (29 minutes) with Certified Financial Planner Lynn Bennett.
Budgeting Basics 2: Protect Your Money and Online Resources
Video (35 minutes) with computer instructor Liz Perrin. She discusses online consumer resources and gives pointers for guarding against scams and fraud.
Video (33 minutes) with computer instructor Liz Perrin on the importance of a budget, even in difficult times, and the three steps to creating one: planning, making and reviewing. Examples of free online budgeting tools are included.
COVID-19: Watch Out For Financial Fraud!
Video (25 minutes) with Michel Gariépy, analyst with Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF).
Info on Wills
Video (25 minutes) with Ann Soden, Ad. E., Elder Law Lawyer and mediator, and Anna Kamateros, notary, in conversation with Financial Literacy Program Coordinator, Natalie Domingue. Includes information on how people can write their own “holograph will” while physically isolating, with pointers for minimizing the risk of challenges after death.
Click to access Éducaloi’s detailed guide on Wills.
The Atwater Library Financial Literacy Program is funded by Canadian Heritage.
ATWATER POETRY PROJECT ONLINE
Tuesday, October 27 from 7 pm to 8 pm
Via Crowdcast: The Atwater Poetry Project Online presents John Barton reading and in conversation with Molly Peacock. Hosted by Poetry Project curator Rachel McCrum.