Westmount Here & There
June 18, 2021
A look at events happening in and around Westmount
ATTENTION: Because of COVID-19 many events are cancelled or postponed.
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
4574 Sherbrooke W, Westmount
GRADUAL REOPENING OF THE LIBRARY BEGINNING JULY 5
The Westmount Public Library (WPL) is pleased to welcome members back to a safe environment in which to browse and check out items. Staff will be on hand to make/renew memberships and handle requests and questions. Curbside pick up will be moved indoors for those who prefer to continue using this service.
A valid Westmount Public Library membership is required for all visitors.
More information at westlibcat.org
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
DIGITAL LITERACY SERIES AND FREE HELP
Wednesday, June 16 from 1 pm to 2:30 pm
Via Zoom: Window 10 Device Series: Virtual Museums and Online Exploration – The eighth 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: email@example.com
Thursday, June 17 from 1 pm to 2:30 pm
Via Zoom: Apple Device Series: Virtual Museums and Online Exploration – The eighth 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, June 18 from 1 pm to 2:30 pm
Via Zoom: Android Device Series: Virtual Museums and Online Exploration – The eighth 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: email@example.com
Monday, June 21 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. For more info and to register: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, June 29 from 1 pm to 2:30 pm
By Zoom: Self-care When Using Your Digital Devices – Diane Barker, independent health, wellness and fitness professional, provides practical tips on taking care of your body while using your computer and digital devices. Learn how sitting and standing can become dynamic and comfortable activities as you explore ways to release not only neck and back tension, but to relax your eyes and shoulders too. Followed by Q&A and discussion. Register and get the Zoom link at 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.
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, June 16 from 1 pm to 2:30 pm
Via Zoom: Nuts and Bolts of Wills – Lawyer Ann Soden and notary Anna Kamateros conduct an information session followed by moderated Q&A. Register and get the Zoom link at email@example.com
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 LUNCHTIME SERIES
Thursday, June 17 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Via Zoom: Waves of Change: A Story Beyond Language – Guy Rex Rodgers, project manager, arts activist and former ELAN executive director, reports on the oral history of Quebec’s English-speaking communities, created on the 50th anniversary of the FLQ Crisis. Waves of Change is a story documented in a video series about immigration, adaptation, multiple languages, and complex identities. Register and get the Zoom link here.
Monday, June 21 from 10 am to noon
Via Zoom: Mired 2 Moving: Getting Unstuck in Your Writing – Part 2 of a 3-part workshop led by Joliane Allaire and Lisa Ndejuru. Register with Elise Moser at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, June 22 from 5 pm to 7 pm
Via Zoom: Trivia 5 à 7 – Come for a fun session of trivia spanning decades. Quiz leader Nicola Sibthorpe will place participants on teams for a friendly competition. BYOB!
Register at email@example.com