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Westmount Here & There
November 26, 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;
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    • Donating at toyteashowcase.com and encouraging others to do the same or;
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    • Mailing a cheque payable to Toy Tea for Children to 779 Upper Belmont, Westmount, QC H3Y1K3 or;
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    • 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.

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

CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE – CENTRE GREENE ACTIVITIES

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

SENIOR’S TAI CHI OVER ZOOM
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 

STORYSCAPING WORKSHOPS
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

Bibliothèque de Westmount library, Westmount QC _WestmountMag.ca4574 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.

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

THE LIBRARY REVERTS TO PHASE 1

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.

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


SERVICES BY PHONE, EMAIL AND INTERNET

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 CELEBRATES 192 YEARS!

On November 21, 1828, a group of influential Montrealers met and established the Library, then called “The Montreal Mechanics Institution.” The founders included Reverend Henry Esson from Scotland, Louis Joseph Papineau and John Molson.

The founders’ progressive education mission was inspired by the mechanics institute movement in Scotland and England, which emphasized providing “useful knowledge” to workers. This was decades before governments started funding schools or libraries.

Visit the History and Archives section of the Library’s website to learn more about its evolution and to see scans of important 19th century records.

For 192 years, the Library been true to its founders’ vision. After all those years, with volunteer leadership and mostly private funding, it is useful and financially stable.

The Library acknowledges its many contributors and supporters who are responsible for its vitality in the current era!

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DIGITAL LITERACY SERIES AND FREE HELP

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 25 from 10 am to 11:30 am
Via Zoom: Android Phone and Tablet Series for Seniors. The seventh 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 26 from 10 am to 11:30 am
Via Zoom: Apple iPhone and Tablet Series for Seniors. The seventh 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

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 

Friday, November 27 from 10 am to 11:30 am
Via Zoom: Windows 10 Laptop and Computer Series for Seniors. The seventh 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

Friday, November 27 from 1 pm to 2:30 pm
Via Zoom: Hands-on Workshop on Protecting Yourself OnlineChristine Paquette shows how to be more aware of where you are and what you are doing online in order to better protect yourself and your information. Moderated Q&A. Register to get the Zoom link at connect@atwaterlibrary.ca

Monday, November 30 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, December 1 from 1 pm to 2:30 pm
Via Zoom: Hands-on Workshop on How to Use ZoomChristine Paquette reviews the basics of using Zoom and explores some of the exciting features like polls, screen sharing, and breakout rooms. Moderated Q&A. Register to get the Zoom link at connect@atwaterlibrary.ca 

Tuesday, December 15 from 1 pm to 2:30 pm
Via Zoom: Thinking Critically about COVID-19 Health Information OnlineVera Granikov, McGill University PhD candidate and information specialist with the Department of Family Medicine, reviews best practices for critically evaluating and sharing information about the pandemic we find on the web. Moderated Q&A with discussion. Register to get the Zoom link at connect@atwaterlibrary.ca connect@atwaterlibrary.ca.

Friday, December 18 from 1 pm to 2:30 pm
Via Zoom: Hands-on Workshop on Spotting Fake News Christine Paquette demonstrates activities that will allow you to see the difference between what is really fake and simply surprising information. Moderated Q&A with discussion. Register to get the Zoom link at connect@atwaterlibrary.ca connect@atwaterlibrary.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.

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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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FINANCIAL LITERACY PROGRAM ONLINE

Wednesday, November 25 from 1 pm to 2:30 pm
Via Zoom: Wills and Mandates – Notary Liat Lev Ary presents an information session followed by moderated Q & A. Register to get the Zoom link at natalie@atwaterlibrary.ca

Wednesday, December 2 from 1 pm to 2:30 pm
Via Zoom: Budgeting for the Holidays – Liz Perrin, Connect Project Coordinator, gives tips for saving money and comparison shopping online. With moderated Q&A.
In collaboration with Voice of English-speaking Québec. Register to get the Zoom link at natalie@atwaterlibrary.ca

YOUTUBE VIDEO SERIES

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
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 LIBRARY BOOK CLUB

Wednesday, December 9 from 7:30 pm to 9 pm
Via Zoom: The Atwater Library Book Club, led by writer Mary Soderstrom, discusses The Heat of the Day by Elizabeth Bowen. Register to 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.