West Island community calendar for the week of Oct. 6 – Montreal Gazette

Classical concert, Low Vision Self-Help meeting to Boats & Abodes art vernissage.

Artist Jerry Ilavsky holds a vernissage on Oct. 8 from 2 to 5 p.m. for his solo show Boats & Abodes at the Beaconsfield Library, 303 Beaconsfield Blvd. Partial proceeds to benefit Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation. Show runs until Oct 27.
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Stewart Hall Art Gallery present in its Project Room the exhibition They Touch Not Touching, featuring recent works of Kara Skylling. Runs until Oct. 23. The artist’s delicate and precise geometric designs reveal a sensitivity that goes beyond form. Call 514-630-1220.

Off Jazz Festival featuring Maxime Racicot, guitar; Patrice Luneau, saxophone; Jonathan-Guillaume Boudreau, double bass; Vincent Ravary, drums, on Oct. 8 at 2 p.m., Stewart Park, 176 Lakeshore, Pointe-Claire. Free, but phone reservation required. Call 514-630-1220, ext. 1774. (In case of rain, concert will be held indoors.)

Yearning for the Roots featuring Michel Dubeau, shakuhachi, bass clarinet, soprano saxophone; Fredric Gary Comeau, vocals; David Gauthier, guitar; Alain Boyer, drums; Michel Viau, bass, on Oct. 9 at 3 p.m., Stewart Hall, 176 Lakeshore Rd., Pointe-Claire.

Orchestre Métropolitain, with conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, presents Pahud’s French Melodies on Oct. 14 at 8 p.m., St-Joachim Church, 2 Ste-Anne Ave., Pointe-Claire. Tickets are $22, or $16 for students/seniors. For more info, call Pointe-Claire Cultural Centre, Stewart Hall, at 514 630-1220, ext. 1774. Or, visit orchestremetropolitain.com.

Vox Aeterna presents a fundraising concert for Festival de la Voix with Canadian opera singers Claire de Sévigné and Aviva Fortunata, who team up with pianist Stéphane Mayer, to present an evening of Mozart, Strauss, Donizetti, and others. Nov. 6 at 3 p.m. at St. Columba-by-the-Lake Church, 11 Rodney Ave., Pointe-Claire. For more info, call 514-758-3641 or email info@festivaldelavoix.com.

West Island New Horizons Band holds rehearsals in Dollard-des-Ormeaux. The woodwind and percussion ensemble offers the opportunity to (re)learn a musical instrument and play with other musicians. The music is easy to learn in a fun and friendly environment. No experience necessary. They have a small inventory of instruments to rent. Call the music director at 514-234-5410 or visit www.westislandnh.com.

Acappella Sounds Chorus has returned to regular weekly rehearsals. The all female four-part a cappella chorus looking for all voice parts as we prepare for a new singing season. If you sing high or sing low, we have a spot for you. Thursday nights at Christ Church Beaurepaire, 455 Church St. Beaconsfield, 7:15 PM. Check out our website at www.acappellasoundschorus.ca or inquire at info@acappellasoundschorus.ca.

Cantabile Chorale is a mixed-voice choir in the West Island. Prior choir experience and the ability to sight read music is an asset but not necessary. For more information, visit www.cantabilechorale.com or call 514 795 8507.

Chorale Philomela Singers, directed by Margo Keenan, are a bilingual West Island community choir with a varied and entertaining repertoire. They welcome new singers for the upcoming season starting in September. Candidates must have a good ear and preferably some choral experience. The ability to read music is not obligatory. Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue. Email chorale.philomela@gmail.com to arrange a quick audition. For more information, visit facebook.com/choralephilomela.

Stewart Hall Singers, with director Douglas Knight, rehearse Mondays at Centre Noel Legault in Pointe-Claire. Their Nov. 26 concert will feature the Fauré Requiem, and Christmas favourites from Handel to Irving Berlin. New members welcomed with some choral experience. For more info, email stewarthallsingers@gmail.com  or call 514-882-2952.

Greenwood’s StoryFest wlecomes Debra Thompson, author of The Long Road Home — On Blackness and Belonging, Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Hudson Community Centre (60 Beach Rd.). Tickets are $20 and are available at www.greenwoodstoryfest.com or at Que de Bonne Choses (484D Main St., Hudson). 

Low Vision Self-Help Association is holding an in-person monthly meeting on Oct. 12 from 1:15 to 3:30 p.m. at Briarwood Presbyterian Church, 70 Beaconsfield Blvd., Beaconsfield. Workshop: Dealing with our pet peeves while living with vision loss. For more info, visit www.LowVisionSelfHelpAssociation.weebly.com. or call 514-694-2965 or 514-626-2649.

Beaconsfield Newcomers Club organizes fun and interesting activities for women, including monthly general meetings to socialize, and have special interest clubs such as reading, cooking, dining, walking, crafts, photography and health and wellness. Their next general meeting is at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 13 at Centennial Hall, 288 Beaconsfield Blvd., Beaconsfield. For more info, visit beaconsfieldnewcomersclub.weebly.com or contact Nancy at  bncmembers@gmail.com.

Alzheimer Groupe is holding its first charitable poker tournament on Oct. 19 at Aya Restaurant, 16977 Route Transcanadienne, Kirkland. Starts 6 p.m  with registration, cocktails and auction and tournament at 7 p.m. Buy tickets or a table online, in advance. All proceeds from the event will benefit people living with dementia and their caregivers in the Montreal area. For more info, call 514-485-7233, email info@agiteam.org or visit www.agiteam.org.

Briarwood Presbyterian Church is holding a Thanksgiving service on Oct. 9 at 10:45 a.m. Donations of fresh fruit and vegetables will be collected for the On Rock food bank in Pierrefonds. All donations may be brought to the church at 70 Beaconsfield Blvd., Beaconsfield, on Friday and Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. and Sunday between 10:15-10:45 a.m.

Arts & Crafts Fair hosted by Catholic Women’s League of Thomas à Becket Parish, on Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Oct. 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., St. Thomas à Becket Parish, 4320 Ste-Anne St., Pierrefonds. Christmas decorations, knitting and crochet items, home-made soaps, jewelry, bake sale, gift baskets and a silent auction. Proceeds go to CWL supported charities.

John Abbott College open house is on Oct. 22 from noon to 4 p.m. All programs and major college services will be present to answer questions and share information needed for college applications. For more information, visit www.johnabbott.qc.ca/academics/viewbook.

Lakeshore Camera Club welcomes photographers of all levels who wish to learn and exchange ideas with others who share their interest in photography. First established in 1957, the club meets Mondays from September until June at 8 p.m. Attend either online or in-person at Stewart Hall, 176 Lakeshore Dr., in Pointe-Claire. Presentations by professional photographers, workshops, field trips, and many more activities constitute a typical season at the club. For more information, visit www.lccphoto.org.
Boutique/gift shop organized by the Lakeshore Hospital Auxiliary is open Monday-Friday from 9:30 to 3:30 p.m. (ground floor of the hospital). Proceeds go towards purchasing hospital equipment and providing bursaries to staff for education. Call 514-630-2119.

Thrift Shops for NOVA offer clothing for the whole family, footwear, books, household items, jewelry, furniture, etc. All proceeds go to Nova West-Island. Open Tuesday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. are the Plaza Pointe-Claire store, 321 St-Jean Blvd. (514-697-8457); Ste-AnneThrift shop, 43 Ste-Anne St. in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue (514-457-1642) and the Thrift shop Bookstore (next door), 43 Ste-Anne St. Open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. are the Furniture and Used Book Thrift Shop (514-694-8417)449 Beaconsfield Blvd. in Beaconsfield, and the Kirkland Thrift Shop (514-697-8457), 2750 St. Charles Blvd. in Kirkland.  All are accepting donations. Visit thriftshopsfornova.com.
Thrift Shop held by the West Island Assistance Fund (WIAF) is open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 21 Commercial Centre in Roxboro. Call 514-683-0456.
Thrift Shop/The Bunker is open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the War Memorial Library, 60 Elm St., Hudson. Call 450-458-4814.

Men’s duckpin bowling every Monday from 1 to 3 p.m. at Valois bowling alley. Cost: $10. For more information, call Bill at 514-684-9323.

Senior Men’s Contract Bridge Club meets every Tuesday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Edwin-Crawford Residence, 35 Maywood Ave., Pointe Claire. Cost $5. No partner or commitment required. Call 514-435-4215.

ABOVAS – An essential accompaniment towards health, is a non-profit organization that offers accompanied transport for West Island residents going to medical appointments on the Island of Montreal. If you need assistance and would like to use our service, contact us for more details. If you have a few hours to offer, access to a car and would like to volunteer, call 514-694-3838, email info@abovas.com or visit abovas.com.

Overeaters Anonymous, a 12-step recovery group for compulsive overeaters, anorexics and bulimics. No weigh-ins, dues or fees. Zoom or phone meetings are being held during the pandemic. Call 514-488-1812 or visit oamontrealenglish.org/meetings.

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