Westmount Here & There
April 8, 2021
A look at events happening in and around Westmount
ATTENTION: Because of COVID-19 many events are cancelled or postponed.
Women’s Arts Society of Montreal Event
The Women’s Art Society of Montreal (WASM) presents its art exhibit Kaleidoscope at Livart Gallery, 3980 St. Denis, from Thursday, April 22 to Sunday, April 25.
The Zoom vernissage will take place on Wednesday, April 21 from 5 pm to 6 pm.
Women’s Canadian Club of Montreal Lectures
May 4, 2021
Dawson’s Living Campus – Reconnecting People, Community and Nature
Speaker: Chris Adam, Director, Sustainability Office, Dawson College
May 25, 2021
My Journey as a Canadian Storyteller
Speaker: Frances Itani, OC, Author
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 Atwater Library is in 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.
SERVICES BY PHONE, EMAIL AND INTERNET
ATWATER LIBRARY LUNCHTIME SERIES
Thursday, April 8 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Via Zoom: Penning the Pandemic – Local writers present short pieces from Chronicling the Days, the Quebec Writers’ Federation’s collection on life under the pandemic, in advance of the book’s launch at the Blue Metropolis Literary Festival. Featuring Angela Leuck, Carolyn Marie Souaid, Greg Santos, Joe Bongiorno, and Nisha Coleman in conversation with Crystal Chan. To register and get the Zoom link, click here.
Thursday, April 15 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Via Zoom – Musician, composer and community organizer Janet Lumb plays the saxophone and chats about music and life. She will invite members of the audience to join her and poet K.B. Thors for a two-part online art-making Music and Mood workshop the following week (April 20 and 23). To register and get the Zoom link, for the April 15 event click here.
Thursday, April 29 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Via Zoom – Montreal writer and publisher Linda Leith discusses her new memoir, The Girl from Dream City: A Literary Life. To register and get the Zoom link, click here.
DIGITAL LITERACY SERIES AND FREE HELP
Friday, April 9 from 2 pm to 3:30 pm
Via Zoom: How To File Your Income Tax Online. Liz Perrin shows you how to file your income tax return online using UFile.ca. Step-by-step instructions with Q&A. To register and get the Zoom link, send an email to email@example.com
Monday, April 12 (and upcoming Mondays) from 1 pm to 3 pm
Via Zoom: Connect Project Internet Peer Café – Join Christine Paquette and guests for a 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 at firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions about your computer or device? Email email@example.com 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
YOUTUBE VIDEO SERIES
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 LIBRARY BOOK CLUB
Wednesday, April 14 from 7:30 pm to 9 pm
Via Zoom: The Atwater Library Book Club, led by writer Mary Soderstrom, discusses The Overstory by Richard Powers. Register and get the Zoom link at firstname.lastname@example.org