Westmount Here & There
November 12, 2020

A look at events happening in and around Westmount

ATTENTION: Because of COVID-19 many events are cancelled or postponed.

Toy Tea Virtual Showcase

Toy Tea children with giftsThe Toy Tea Committee is excited to host its 29th annual Toy Tea by way of a Virtual Showcase with special guest The Sam Roberts Band and host Donna Saker on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 4 pm.

The Toy Tea always relied on the participation of school choirs to perform during the event. However, this year, all student musicians, singers, and dancers are welcome to participate virtually, by uploading a two-minute video to toyteashowcase.com and donating one new, non-violent toy or making a monetary donation.

You too can make this upcoming holiday season brighter for over 5,000+ children by:

    • Buying a new non-violent toy for a child (or two!) or gift cards for children ages 12-18 years (e.g. Tim Horton’s, McDonalds, retail store cards, etc.) and dropping them off at James Boutique (4910 Sherbrooke W) or at Suetables (1314 Greene) or;
    • Donating at toyteashowcase.com and encouraging others to do the same or;
    • Mailing a cheque payable to Toy Tea for Children to 779 Upper Belmont, Westmount, QC H3Y1K3 or;
    • Buying a toy from the Amazon wish list Amazon Toy Tea 2020

For more information, send an email to toyteamontreal@gmail.com

Image: courtesy of the Toy Tea Committee

Women’s Canadian Club of Montreal Lectures

2020-2021 Lecture Series Women’s Canadian Club of Montreal - WestmountMag.ca
Tuesdays at 12.30 pm via Zoom Webinar
Register for the latest lecture or renew your membership.
All lectures are presented in English.

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 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.

Online courses and activities are now available. For more information visit contactivitycentre.org

Image: courtesy of Contactivity Centre


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!

For more information, call 514 931-6202 or visit centregreene.org

The event will take place on Facebook from Friday, November 20 at 4 pm and continue through Sunday, November 22 until 5 pm.
Browse the handiworks of your favourite crafters from the comfort of home!
For more information please contact Heather Hodges at centregreeneprograms@gmail.com or Erica Bloom at erica.bloom@gmail.com 

Mondays from 1:30 PM to 2:30 pm. The cost is $5 per participant. Instructor Sebastian creates a wonderful peaceful environment. All registrations and payments are done online. For more information, contact Heather at centregreeneprograms@gmail.com 

A brand new creative program for seniors in collaboration with the Quebec Writers’ Foundation, We’re All Storytellers: Learning the Craft of True-life Storytelling with Nisha Coleman, will take place on Mondays, November 23, 30 and December 7, 14 from 1 pm to 2:30 pm. Free and offered over Zoom. For more information, contact Heather at centregreeneprograms@gmail.com 

Image: courtesy of Centre Greene

logo city of Westmount - WestmountMag.caCity 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

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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.

Virtual events
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…

Atwater Library - WestmountMag.ca

1200 Atwater, Westmount
Information at 514 935-7344.
Image: Frédéric Ryan – Instagram (@feddomtl


As of October 1, the Atwater Library has reverted to Phase 1 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.


Atwater Library staff are continuing to provide help and information by phone and email at 514 935-7344 (weekdays from 9 am to 5 pm) and at info@atwaterlibrary.ca
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The Library is happy to report that its Online Auction raised over $50,000 for its community programs and services. Huge thanks to the many contributors, sponsors, donors and bidders! Additional help is needed to reach the 2020 budget targets and donations are always welcome through CanadaHelps or by cheque (payable to Atwater Library) in the mail.



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 eric@atwaterlibrary.ca


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 little movie about Dorothy Wordsworth during our collective time of loneliness by Kathleen Winter, writer and artist.

A brief talk about Shakespeare in the COVID context by Kevin Pask, English Professor, Concordia University.

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NOTE: The current eight-part series for seniors on digital devices and computers is fully subscribed, but you can put your name on a waiting list for the next series, now being planned at: connect@atwaterlibrary.ca

Wednesday, November 11 from 10 am to 11:30 am
Via Zoom: Android Phone and Tablet Series for Seniors. The fifth in a series of eight Wednesday morning sessions conducted by Christine Pacquette. Presented by the Atwater Library Connect Project in partnership with Seniors Respite Montérégie. Everyone with an Android device is welcome. Registration full. More info at 514 935-7344 or richard@atwaterlibrary.ca

Thursday, November 12 from 10 am to 11:30 am
Via Zoom: Apple iPhone and Tablet Series for Seniors. The fifth in a series of eight Wednesday morning sessions conducted by Christine Pacquette. Presented by the Atwater Library Connect Project in partnership with Seniors Respite Montérégie. Everyone with an Apple device is welcome. Registration full. More info at 514 935-7344 or richard@atwaterlibrary.ca

Friday, November 13 from 10 am to 11:30 am
Via Zoom: Windows 10 Laptop and Computer Series for Seniors. The fifth in a series of eight Wednesday morning sessions conducted by Christine Pacquette. Presented by the Atwater Library Connect Project in partnership with Seniors Respite Montérégie. Everyone with a Windows 10 laptop or computer is welcome. Registration full. More info at 514 935-7344 or richard@atwaterlibrary.ca

Monday, November 16 and Mondays all during Fall from 1 pm to 3 pm
Via Zoom: Connect Project Internet Peer Café – Join Christine Pacquette and special guests for discussion about using computers, tablets and smartphones. Stay for 20 minutes or the full two hours for sharing, learning and socializing. REGISTER in advance and get the Zoom link: richard@atwaterlibrary.ca

Tuesday, November 24 from 1 pm to 2 pm
Via Zoom: Cybercrime and How To Protect YourselfNika Naimi, consultant in online communication and cyberbullying, and lecturer at École Polytechnique, gives a presentation with a focus on seniors. Moderated Q&A with discussion. For the Atwater Library Connect Project with funding from the Government of Canada.

Thursday, November 26 from 2 pm to 3:30 pm
Thursday, December 3 from 2 pm to 3:30 pm
Via Zoom: Breathing Into Creativity, a two-part Writing Workshop led by har leen, a Montreal-born South Asian writer, artist and educator, whose practice is entrenched in feminist and anti-racist principles and community-building approaches. Participants will be offered writing prompts and be invited to breathe into their creativity in a way that is gentle and takes into consideration that the personal is always political. This workshop focuses on the practice of storytelling and reclaiming our narrative in order to find new and creative ways to share our experiences and our truths with each other. Free, thanks to funding from the Government of Canada’s Community Cultural Action Fund (CCAF). Space is limited and registration is required. For more info and to register: elise.m@videotron.ca 

Questions about your computer or device? Email richard@atwaterlibrary.ca or phone 514 935-7344 daytime during the week. With funding from the Government of Canada.

eBooks and digital audiobooks: The Library has increased its selection of digital books for your reading and listening pleasure. For information and help: 514 935-7344 or ebooks@atwaterlibrary.ca

YouTube Video Series
With instructor Liz Perrin and Connect Project Coordinator Richard Cassidy.

Episode 1Introduction: be in touch, informed and inspired through digital technology.

Episode 2eBooks 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 4: Filing Your Income Tax Return Online

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.

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Wednesday, November 11 from 1 am to 2:30 pm
By Zoom: Estate Liquidation – Notary Liat Lev Ary presents an information session on the steps involved in settling an estate following death. Presentation followed by a moderated Q & A. REGISTER in advance and get the Zoom link: natalie@atwaterlibrary.ca

Nutrition on a Budget
VideoEat well on a budget
(50 minutes) with Jaimie Yue, Registered Dietitian. You can sign up for her newsletter and receive a free eBook with recipes.

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.

Budgeting Basics
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.

Fraud prevention
COVID-19: Watch Out For Financial Fraud!

Video (25 minutes) with Michel Gariépy, analyst with Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF).

Info on Wills
(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.


Wednesday, November 11 from 7:30 pm to 9 pm
Via Zoom: The Atwater Library Book Club, led by writer Mary Soderstrom, discusses American War by Omar El Akkad. REGISTER and get the Zoom link at ralph@atwaterlibrary.ca

Feature image: Andrew BurloneBouton S'inscrire à l'infolettre – WestmountMag.ca

Consult our community calendar for more events.