Westmount Here & There
May 6, 2021
A look at events happening in and around Westmount
ATTENTION: Because of COVID-19 many events are cancelled or postponed.
Dramatis Personae – Zoom in Love
Dramatis Personae, Westmount’s community theatre group, is back, welcoming Spring with a new Zoom performance, and eager to bring some lightness and laughter into the hearts of its audience. Zoom in Love is a collection of three short comedies: Womb with a View and Can This Marriage Be Saved? by New York playwright Rich Orloff, and Check Please by Jonathan Rand.
Show dates: May 7, 8 10, 11 at 8 pm
Go to theatrewestmount.weebly.com, select a preferred date, then follow the link to GoFundMe to make a donation. You will receive an immediate email receipt from GoFundMe. A second email providing the Zoom information will be sent two days before your selected show.
Image: courtesy of Dramatis Personae
Women’s Canadian Club of Montreal Lectures
May 25, 2021
My Journey as a Canadian Storyteller
Speaker: Frances Itani, OC, Author
Activities at Contactivity – Closed until further notice
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
Centre Greene activities – Closed until further notice
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.
Events at Westmount Public Library – Closed until further notice
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, May 6 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Via Zoom: Confabulation storytellers relate true stories, drawing on their memories and inspired by a millennia of oral tradition. To register and get the Zoom link, click here.
Thursday, May 13 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Via Zoom: Bring Out Your Dead – Mark Gallop, president of Friends of the Mount Royal Cemetery, examines the social and historical implications of the evolution of burial practices in Montreal through the centuries. Register and get the Zoom link here.
Thursday, May 20 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Via Zoom – Montreal bibliophile and author Richard King discusses his journey From Book Selling to Book Writing. Register and get the Zoom link, here.
DIGITAL LITERACY SERIES AND FREE HELP
Thursday, May 6 from 1 pm to 2:30 pm
Via Zoom: Apple Device Series: Basics of Computing and the Internet –The second in a series of eight Thursday afternoon sessions conducted by Christine Paquette. Presented by the Atwater Library Connect Project in partnership with Black Community Resource Centre. Everyone with an Apple device is welcome. For more info and to register: email@example.com
Friday, May 7 from 1 pm to 2:30 pm
Via Zoom: Android Device Series: Basics of Computing and the Internet – The second in a series of eight Friday afternoon sessions conducted by Christine Paquette. Presented by the Atwater Library Connect Project in partnership with Black Community Resource Centre. Everyone with an Android device is welcome. For more info and to register: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, May 10 (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 email@example.com
Wednesday, May 12 from 1 pm to 2:30 pm
Via Zoom: Window 10 Device Series: Basics of Computing and the Internet – The third in a series of eight Wednesday afternoon sessions conducted by Christine Paquette. Presented by the Atwater Library Connect Project in partnership with Black Community Resource Centre. Everyone with a Windows 10 device is welcome. For more info and to register: 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
During the Spring of 2020, the Connect Project team made a series of YouTube videos to help people be in touch, informed and inspired through digital technology.
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.
Wednesday, May 12 from 1 pm to 2:30 pm
Via Zoom: RRSPs, RRIFs and TFSAs (Tax-Free Savings Accounts) – Lynn Bennett, Certified Financial Planner, gives an information session followed by moderated Q&A. Register and get the Zoom link at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 POETRY PROJECT
Tuesday, May 11 from 10:30 am to noon
Via Zoom: Elixir of Life: A Free Verse Poetry Workshop – Part 1 of a 2-part writing workshop led by Tawhida Tanya Evanson. Part 2 is one week later. Register with Elise Moser at email@example.com
Tuesday, May 18 from 10 am to 11:30 am
Via Zoom: Seniors Social – Poetry Brunch – Poetry sharing, discussion and socializing. Nicola Sibthorpe will invite participants to share a poem, either a favorite of theirs or one they have written themselves. BYOB – Brunch or Breakfast! For info about this and other Seniors Socials, and to register: firstname.lastname@example.org
ATWATER LIBRARY BOOK CLUB
Wednesday, May 12 from 7:30 pm to 9 pm
Via Zoom: Led by writer Mary Soderstrom, a discussion on And the Birds Rained Down by Jocelyne Saucier, translated from the French by Rhonda Mullins. Register and get the Zoom link at email@example.com