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The Cabaret-boutique des Bons Voisins will hold a Jam Night Sat., June 4 at 8 p.m. Bring your instrument or your voice for an evening full of musical discoveries! Photo courtesy.

 

ART EXHIBITS

 

Galerie Sinfonia di Colori exhibits works primarily from the West Island artists and usually once a month we hold a vernissage/exhibit inviting the public to meet the artists, enjoy the artwork and hopefully find something of interest to buy.

Artist Victoria Palmer will hold an exhibition of her paintings, drawings and engravings at the Baie d'Urfe Public Library from May 1 to June 24. For opening hours please phone: 514-620-4181.

Members of the Dorval Artists’ Association will display their work in an outdoor exhibition Art in the Park on Sat., June 4 and Sun., June 5. Come see local artistic talent in a wide variety of media and subjects.  Watch local artists paint and enjoy refreshments in a relaxed atmosphere.  Paintings are of high quality and priced reasonably.  Part of the proceeds of sales will be donated to Animatch, a non-profit dog adoption rescue center. Art in the Park will be held on the grounds of the Sarto-Desnoyers Community Centre, 1335 Lakeshore, Dorval. Info: 514-633-4000, on Sat., June 4 and Sun., June 5 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. For more information on Art in the Park, visit www.dorvalartistes.org.

The Peter B. Yeomans Cultural Centre (1401 Lakeshore Rd., Dorval) will host the exhibition Roy from May 11 to June 22. The artist Renée Roy has always been fascinated by the particular beauty of northern landscapes, their simplicity, the total absence of artifice and by the poetry that emerges from them. Completely overwhelmed by them, they are her first source of inspiration. By favoring horizontal composition, she accentuates the landscape’s silent and infinite nature. The gallery is open Mon. to Thurs., 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. and from Fri. to Sun. from 2 to 5 p.m. Beginning June 18, the gallery will be closed on Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, please call 514-633-4170 or visit our Web site at www.city.dorval.qc.ca/leisure.

Members of the Dorval Artists’ Association will display their work in an outdoor exhibition Art in the Park on Sat., June 4 and Sun. June 5 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Come see local artistic talent in a wide variety of media and subjects.  Watch local artists paint and enjoy refreshments in a relaxed atmosphere.  Paintings are of high quality and priced reasonably.  Part of the proceeds of sales will be donated to Animatch, a non-profit dog adoption rescue center. Art in the Park will be held on the grounds of the Sarto-Desnoyers Community Centre, 1335 Lakeshore, Dorval. Info: 514-633-4000. For more information on Art in the Park, visit www.dorvalartistes.org.

Krysia Gallien will display her paintings in an art exhibit that will last from June 1 to 28 called Zenergy, the paintings of. Krysia is a watercolor painter from the Pointe Claire Village area. After a lifetime of teaching yoga and meditation and working with healing energy, Krysia now brings that expression into art. Vernissage will be held on June 9 at 6:30 p.m. Address: 247A Lakeshore Rd. , Pointe Claire. Info: www.desbonsvoisins.com, 514-505-0578.

 

PERFORMANCE

 

Spectrum vocal ensemble is looking for new members with choral experience. The group rehearses Mon. nights and performs SATB arrangements of popular music from the 20th century. They are especially in need of a tenor. For information about auditions call 450-458-2296 or visit ww.spectrumvocal.com/.

The Cantabile Chorale are recruiting new members for their Spring Concert featuring Bach's Magnificat and Vivaldi's Gloria. Rehearsals are Mondays at 7:15 p.m. in Pointe Claire. Please contact Peggy Haigh at 514 634 1275 for info or visit www.cantabilechorale.ca.

La Bizarrerie theatre troupe presents an additional night of its show "Les Têtes à claque" by French author Rene Bruneau, directed by Didier Bert. The benefit night for the pilgrims of Jésus-Lumière-du-Monde Parish for JMJ 2011 in Madrid will be held June 18 at 7 p.m. in the basement of Église Marie-Reine-de-la-Paix at 11075 Gouin West Blvd. in Pierrefonds. Tickets: 514-620-0885.

The Cabaret Boutique des Bons Voisins presents Catherine Planet, Fri., June 3 at 8 p.m. Catherine Planet offers us her own compositions with a flavor of pop-folk. Have a wonderful table d’hôte prepared with organic and local ingredients. Address: 247A Lakeshore Rd., Pointe Claire. Info: www.desbonsvoisins.com. Reservation: 514-505-0578.

The Cabaret Boutique des Bons Voisins will hold a jam night, Sat., June 4 at 8 p.m. Bring your instrument (or your voice) for an evening full of musical discoveries!  Have a wonderful table d’hôte prepared with organic and local ingredients. Address: 247A Lakeshore Rd., Pointe Claire. Info: www.desbonsvoisins.com. Reservation: 514-505-0578.

Greenwood’s StoryFest presents authors Trevor Ferguson – aka John Farrow- (accompanied by Celtic Flautist David Gossage) and Giller Prizewinner Johanna Skibsrud on Sun.,, June 12 at 2 p.m. at St. Mary’s Hall. Tickets $25 at Pure Art, or at Greenwood 450-458-5396.

Cabaret-boutique des Bons Voisins will hold a jam night, Saturday, June 4 at 8 p.m. Bring your instrument (or your voice) for an evening full of musical discoveries!  Have a wonderful table d’hôte prepared with organic and local ingredients. Address: 247A Lakeshore, Pointe Claire. www.desbonsvoisins.com. Reservation: 514-505-0578

 

 

FUNDRAISERS

 

Literacy Unlimited has opened a new thrift shop in Ste. Anne de Bellevue (127 Ste. Anne St.). West Islanders are asked to volunteer, donate treasures, or shop daily between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. (except Mon.). For info call 514-699-1123.

The K.K. Charity Foundation under the auspices of K.K. Technologies Inc., is pleased to announce that it will be holding its 13th Annual International Golf Tournament on July 9 at Atlantide Golf Club in Notre-Dame-de-L’Ile-Perrot. This annual event is a highlight of the summer calendar with all proceeds from the tournament benefiting a variety of charitable causes. The 144-player ‘step aside’ format tournament will begin at 12 p.m. Participants will enjoy a gourmet dinner and the opportunity to win a wide range of prizes including a chance to win a new car. Tickets for the event are $200 which include green fees, a golf cart for the event, a sumptuous meal and prizes. Non-golfers can also support the cause by attending the dinner for only $75. A variety of sponsorship opportunities are available ranging from $250 for a practice green sponsorship to $2,500 as a corporate sponsor. Corporate sponsorship opportunities include a company logo prominently displayed on all golf carts and a golf package for four. For more information concerning sponsorship opportunities or golfer registration please call Anne Hebert at 514-453-6732 /1-888-812-5520 or email at infogolf@kktech.ca.

West Island Community Shares is organizing its annual fundraising golf tournament on Monday, June 6 at the Beaconsfield Golf Club. Proceeds help to fund 35 West Island charitable groups that serve 30,000 residents in need every year.  To reserve or for sponsorship information call 514-695-8694 or visit www.communityshares.ca.

The Sian Bradwell Softball Tournament takes place on the weekend of the first Mon. in Aug. ("August Civic Holiday"). Games: minimum of 3 games, weather permitting. Divisions: Mixed (recreational and competitive sections). Men's Open, Men's 35 & Over. Individual trophies are awarded to all teams reaching the finals. Refreshments (hot dogs, spicy sausages, fruit juices, soft drinks, beer, chips and miscellaneous other food items) are available at the parks for moderate prices. Music to keep your feet tapping! The cost of participation is $336 but your team can play for free!  Click here to find out more. We ask that all teams support our efforts to raise funds for the Montreal Children's Hospital through the refreshment stands. Information: Men's 35 & Over Section Steven Hanley 514-332-2050 or Neil Semenchuk 514- 694- 4100 x. 3310. Mixed Section: Alan Groombridge 514-426-0091 or Lisa-Marie Gingera 514-697-7969. Men's Open Section: Steve Wordsworth 514-630-1016 David Goodman 514-695-8370. Volunteer bartenders and cooks: Johnny Iacovino 514-426-3867 or Mary Grotto 514-624-9279.

 

SALES

 

The Men of St. Paul’s are holding their sixteenth annual garage and bake sale on Sat., June 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Church Hall, 377, 44th Ave in Lachine. There will be books, furniture, dishes, toys, appliances and many other treasures. There will also be a hot dog stand and a sweets corner with sucre a la crème, Peppermint and several other types of fudge. Donations of items in good clean condition for the sale are most welcome and can be dropped off at the Church Mon. to Fri. from 9 a.m. to noon. For additional information, please call the Church at 514-634-1965.

The Pierrefonds Cultural Centre will hold a book sale on June 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on June 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All books will cost $1. Address: 13850 Gouin West Blvd. For information, contact 514-620-4181

 

HAPPENINGS

 

The Roxboro Library offers an improvisation workshop for kids aged 10 to 12. Registration is compulsory. The activity is free. To register or for more information, call 514-684-8247.

A workshop registration is taking place at the Pointe Claire Public Library (100 Douglas Shand Ave.) for book clubs, computer courses for seniors (Internet, Internet Plus, Word, Excel, Excel Plus, (NEW) Digital Photography), creative writing, genealogy, (NEW) financial literacy. Info: 514-630-1218.

Beacon Hill pool will hold an open house on Sat., June 18 from 2 to 8 p.m. For more information contact Beverly Leith at 514-693-1353 or www.beaconhillcommunity.org.

Free Hebrew for Juniors organizes an event called Spa for the Soul on June 12, at 10:30 a.m. A day of relaxation, depth and beauty celebrating the Jewish woman at Spa Curage in DDO. Cost $25, for program including spa treatment. For more information please call Simcha at 514-466-7701

NOVA West Island will hold a poker tournament managed by Poker Animé, Sat. June 4 at 7 p.m. at the Harpell Community Center. Address: 60 St. Pierre St. in Ste. Anne de Bellevue. Admission fee is $50. Maximum of 140 players. Thousands of dollars to win! For more information or for registration please call 514-695-8335.

The West Island Citizen Advocacy Centre’s annual garden tour will take place on Sat., June 11 from 9 a.m. to noon. This year’s event features new gardens in Baie d’Urfé, Beaconsfield and Ste. Anne de Bellevue. Tickets are $20 and all proceeds will benefit West Island Citizen Advocacy. For more info, please call 514-694-5850 or 514-631-9151.

The West Island Citizen Advocacy’s annual garden tour will take place on Sat., June 11 from 9 a.m. to noon.  This year’s event features new gardens in Baie d’urfé, Beaconsfield, and Ste. Anne de Bellevue.  Tickets are $20 and all proceeds will benefit West Island Citizen Advocacy. For more info, please call 514-694-5850 or 514-631-9151. 

The Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation invites you to the National Bank Duck Race on June 2nd, with its official launch at Chez Cora, Pointe Claire, from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. Supporters who purchase a duck race ticket for $10 will be treated to a delicious Chez Cora breakfast for free, and get a chance to win a beautiful 2011 Volkswagen Jetta, sponsored by Volkswagen des Sources! Andrew Carter and the CJAD 800AM morning crew will be on hand for an all-morning live broadcast on location. The grand prize for the National Bank Duck Race, the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta will be on display to excite and entice car enthusiasts young and old. This year, the race will take place on June 18 at 4 p.m. at the Valois Pool in Pointe Claire. Chez Cora Pointe Claire is located at 187-C, Hymus Blvd., off of St. Jean Boulevard. Come Join us at the National Bank Duck Race. Look for CTV and their official mascot “Jellybean” to show up on June 18 with his “Jammin’ Summer Team to help kick off the festivities around 1 p.m. with a host of inflatable games and prizes for everyone. Other prizes for the event include a fabulous shopping spree at BCBGMAXAZRIA, a guaranteed Investment Certificate from the National Bank of Canada, and a gift certificate from IGA Poirier. You can go to our website, www.lakeshorefoundation.ca/duck-race.aspx and reserve your tickets by filling out our online form. You may also buy tickets the traditional way, using the Duck Line at 514-694-4444 or by visiting our sales locations throughout the West Island. Tickets are $10 per duck.

Alexandra Villarroel Abrego, certified life coach, motivational speaker, author and Dollard des Ormeaux resident, will hold a book signing event on Sun., June 5 at 2 p.m., for the author’s latest book, “Beyond Beauty” at Chapters in downtown Montreal. Address: 1171 Ste. Catherine West.

The Cabaret-boutique des Bons Voisins invites poetry and words lovers to come and assist to a literary night, Thurs., June 2 at 7 p.m. On the menu: your texts or poems on the theme School’s out! and a hold me, squeeze me game! Enjoy our Happy Hour special on microbrewery beers at $5. Address: 247A Lakeshore Rd. , Pointe Claire. Info: www.desbonsvoisins.com, 514-505-0578.

The Rosicrucian Order, Mount Royal Nicholas Roerich Pronaos of Montreal presents The Transformation of Consciousness, a workshop conducted by alchemist and regional director Steve Kalec of AMORC, Quebec. A multi-media workshop presenting an interpretation of Mozart’s last opera “The Magic Flute” as a Masonic Opus and an alchemical drama allegorizing the psychological and philosophical integration of Self Explore the “Chemical Wedding” of the alchemists leading the initiate through a transformation of consciousness and a regeneration of the energies of the soul. Date and Time:  Sat., June 18. At: 2295 St. Marc St., Room 502. Starting at 1 p.m. Cost: $25 in advance (June 1)  $30 at the door. For further information please contact, Lorraine Ford at: 514-352-5958

 

SOCIAL EVENTS

 

 West Island 50+ Club holds a variety of social activities for men and women. For information call 514-937-5351 ext. 237.

 

MEETINGS

 

Immanuellans meet for dialogue and religious studies of a liberal nature weekly in Dorval. Call 514-636-6205 for details.

West Island English Chatterboxes meet every Sat. between 10 and 11:30 a.m. The goal is to help second language English speakers improve their conversational skills in an informal atmosphere. For information visit www.meetup.com/chatterboxes/.

 Singles Breakfast and Dinner Club meets every Sun. from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Brasserie Le Manoir in Pointe Claire (600 St. John’s Blvd.). There are also monthly dinner dances and other activities for people over 50. Call 514-421-8799.

 Minus One Club is looking for widows and widowers aged 65+. Members meet for social activities Sat. evenings. Call 514-694-2804 for information.

 Amnesty International West Island chapter is looking for new members who are interested in human rights and social issues both globally and locally. Visit amnesty14@canada.com.

 Tea and Poetry writers’ group meets the third Sun. of every month at Herb’s in Ste. Anne de Bellevue (142 Ste. Anne St.). From 2 to 4 p.m. meet with fellow poets and engage in writing exercises. For information call 514-457-1150 or 514-671-9941.

Lakeshore Coin Club meets the third Tues. of every month at 7:30 p.m. at Stewart Hall in Pointe Claire (176 Lakeshore Rd.) Guests welcome. Call 514-843-3365.

West Island Quilters Guild meets at the Church of the Resurrection (99 Mount Pleasant Ave.) in Pointe Claire on the second and fourth Thurs. of the month from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. New members are welcome. For more information, call Beverly at 514-697-4961.

Singled Out Toastmasters meet the second and fourth Fri. of each month at 7:10 p.m. at the West Island YMCA in Pointe Claire (230 Brunswick Blvd.). All are welcome. Call 514-213-0446.

Beaconsfield Toastmasters meet every Tues. at West Island Tennis Club  (203 Alton St.). For more info visit http://beaconsfield.freetoasthost.info.

Dorval Toastmasters meet every Thurs. at 7:30 p.m. at the Sarto Desnoyers Centre (1335 Lakeshore Dr.). Call 514-696-5973.

Pierrefonds Toastmasters meet every Tues. at 7:30 p.m. at the Marcel Morin Community Centre (14068 Gouin Blvd. W.). Call 514-695-9298 or visit www.toastmasters.org.

DDO Toastmasters meet every Mon. at 7:30 p.m., at Sunnybrooke Chalet (100 Cadman St.). For more information, call 514-684-9626.

Pointe Claire Toastmasters meet each Wed. evening at St. John’s United Church in Pointe Claire (98 Aurora Ave). For more information call 514-697-4728.

Club Excellence Toastmasters is an advanced group which meets the first and third Sat. of each month from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Fireside restaurant (4759 Van Horne Ave.). For info call 514-694-6994.

Beaconsfield Quilters’ Guild meets at Centennial Hall (288 Beaconsfield Blvd.) the first Tues. of the month at 7 p.m., and on the first Wed. at 10 a.m. Call Linda at 514-759-6209 for details.

The Low Vision Self-Help Association’s meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at the Church of St. John the Baptist at 233 Ste. Claire Ave. in Pointe Claire. All persons having any form of visual impairment are welcome to attend. Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month at the Church of St. John the Baptist, 233 Ste. Claire Avenue, Pointe Claire. All persons having any degree of visual impairment are most welcome. For further information call (514) 697-3852.  

The Lac St. Louis CLSC is offering you the chance to learn more about parenthood and child development. If you would like to exchange with other parents and give your child the opportunity to get acquainted with other toddlers, then come and meet the perinatality team professionals on Tues. between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Nurses, a psycho educator, social workers, and nutritionist are available to answer any of your questions. To drop-in or for information on topic schedule: Lac St. Louis CLSC (180 Cartier Ave., Pointe Claire) 514-697-4110 (ask for perinatality nurse).

The Beaconsfield Garden Club holds their meetings every second Wednesday of the month. The meetings take place at the Herb Linder Annex (next to the Beaconsfield Library), 303 Beaconsfield Blvd. Free for members and $5 for guests. For more information check our website at www.beaconsfieldgardenclub.ca

 

COURSES

 

Clog dancing classes are held free-of-charge every Sun. at 6 p.m. at the Red Barn in Baie d’Urfe (20609 Lakeshore Rd.). Call 514-457-9049 for info.

The West Island Association for the Intellectually Handicapped is offering free parenting lessons whose child under six may have development delays. There are four topics to these sessions: What is a developmental delay or disorder and what services could be available for your child, encouraging social interaction and communication, how to manage behaviour issues and what are the impacts of a diagnosis on you and your family. The program is offered in English and French in the West Island once a month from 7 to 9 pm. For more information or to register, call 514-694-7090 or send an email at info@wiaih.qc.ca

Self Help Against Depression (SHAD) is offering professional counseling and guidance by telephone for people with mild to moderate depression, anxiety and social dysfunction. For enquiries, call 514-684-9896 and leave a message for call back. English and French speaking volunteers are also welcome to join SHAD and act as counsellors. For information, call 514-684-9896 or send an email at superegogroup@videotron.ca.

Self Help Against Depression (SHAD) invites all people aged 18 or older who suffer from obesity syndrome to participate in the Walking Connections free community service. Find your walking companion in your neighborhood to walk with at your speed. Enquiries: 514-684-9896.

The Humanitas Foundation, a non-profit organization for the promotion of the study of classical languages and civilizations in Quebec, is offering bilingual courses in Ancient Greek and Latin next summer. Courses will take place from June 28 to July 15. Cost: $100 per course. Open to students and adults. Courses sponsored by La Fondation Humanitas. Information: 450-445-889, braultd@loyola.ca. Address: 8085 Niagara St., Brossard.

The Dollard des Ormeaux Seniors’ Club offers many courses this spring: Beginner to advanced line dancing, Ease into exercise to Zumba Gold. Different levels of Bridge, Yoga, Tai Chi and Spanish also available. Information: 514-684-1012 local 209. Activities are held at the Dollard des Ormeaux Civic Centre.

 

SCHOOL NOTEBOOK

 

Westpark Co-operative has openings in its Moms and Tots program every Mon. morning, and for three to four-year-olds and from Tues. to Fri. a.m. The preschool operates out of Terry Fox Chalet in Dollard des Ormeaux (100 Fairview Rd.). Call 514-830-KIDS.

Dorval Preschool Coop offers children aged 3-4 the possibility to learn by playing while preparing for kindergarten. The program is bilingual and is given at Centre Communautaire Sarto Desnoyers located at 1335 Lakeshore Dr. Transportation to the centre is available at a cost. There is a new schedule for next year. The program goes on from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. from Monday through Thursday. To register, please call 514-633-4000 or visit www.dorvalpreschoolcoop.org

Magic Circle Preschool at Sherwood Forest School in Beaconsfield offers a bilingual program for three and four-year-olds five days a week. Registration is under way; call 514-893-7401.

Dorval Elementary Pre-K offers a bilingual, structured program which prepares children for kindergarten. Children do not have to satisfy eligibility requirements for English schooling in Quebec. For details call 514-947-7899.

Busy Fours Preschool operates a morning program at St. John the Baptist Church (233 Ste. Claire Ave.) in Pointe Claire. Painting, music, introduction to French, and more. Visit www.busyfours.com.

Beaconsfield Creative Preschool, a non-profit bilingual preschool for three and four-year-olds, has ongoing registration in the Windermere Chalet (303 Sherbrooke St.). For more information, call 514-693-9191.

Coolbrooke Park Preschool in Dollard des Ormeaux (260 Spring Garden Rd.) offers a bilingual program for three and four-year-olds. For more information call 514-684-1062 or 514-421-7565.

Jardin d'enfants Beechwood in Roxboro (116 Cartier Ave.) has bilingual programs for children ages two to five. For more information, call 514-684-5087.

Hillcrest Preschool is offering a 3-year-old morning class (2 hours, 4 days a week) and a 4-year-old afternoon class (3 hours, 4 days a week). The program is a bilingual, co-operative program run by two qualified teachers.

 

JUST FOR KIDS

 

The Dollard des Ormeaux Public Library launches a special invitation to local daycares: Introduce your little ones to the joy of reading by participating in the Story Time and the library visit offered by the library. For information: 514-684-1496 ext. 405. Free admission. Registration is mandatory. Address: 12001, De Salaberry Blvd. (DDO).

A new Mom and Tot Playgroup is opening soon at Union Church (24 Maple St., Ste. Anne de Bellevue on Thurs. from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. It is a weekly playgroup for children (0-5) providing moms and dads the opportunity to meet other parents while children learn important socialization skills through playtime. There is no charge for the activity but used toy donation is requested. For more info: 450-217-1216.

Dorval’s Adventure Quest Camp is giving teens the choice between spending the summer indoors watching TV, or having a fun and memorable summer. Our unique camp experience gives teens control of the camp budget, and the choice of activities gives them the chance to have the summer of a lifetime. Over the past few years, some of our most memorable activities have been: a limousine tour of Montreal, paintballing, go-karting, rafting, visiting the Montreal Canadians hall of fame, waterslides, and too many more to list. Since we put teens in control of their activities, any new and different activity can also be explored. Drop by either one of Dorval’s community centres to register. Come soon, space is limited! Tues. to Fri., July 5 – Aug. 12. $80 a week for Dorval residents / $170 for non-residents. Call 514-633-4000 for more information.

 

SUPPORT GROUPS

 

Breast cancer survivors are invited to join the West Island Dragons boat-racing team, which trains at the Pointe Claire Canoe Club Tues. and Thurs. from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. For info call 514-913-7675 or visit www.westislanddragons.ca.

WIAIH resource centre in Pointe Claire (111 Donegani Ave.) carries a wide variety of materials for parents, educators, and others seeking information on children with special needs. The centre is open Mon. through Fri. from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. For information call 514-694-7090.

Pat Roberts Centre in Ste. Genevieve (16167 Gouin Blvd.) offers pre-school programs for children with special needs. Registration is ongoing; call 514-696-5144 for details.

WIAIH Coffee Break is held the first Fri. of each month in Pointe Claire (111 Donegani Ave.). Family members and friends of children with special needs are invited to meet in an informal atmosphere and share ideas between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Free babysitting is available with reservations. For information call the West Island Assoc. for the Intellectually Handicapped at 514-694-7090 ext. 14 or visit www.wiaih.qc.ca.

Overeaters Anonymous is a 12-step program for compulsive overeaters, anorexics, and bulimics. There are no weigh-ins or fees. Call 514-488-1812.

Parkinson’s support group meets the last Wed. of each month at Foyer Dorval (225 la Presentation St.). Call 514-694-5979. 

Depressed and bipolar support group meets every Mon. at 7:30 p.m. at St. Luke’s Church in Dollard-des-Ormeaux (106A Anselme-Lavigne Blvd.). For info call 450-458-6342.

West Island Women’s Shelter offers support to women and children who are victims of conjugal violence. The non-profit organization operates a 24/7 crisis line, summer camp for kids, meetings, and other services and programs. Call 514-620-4845 or visit www.maisons-femmes.qc.ca.

Pierrefonds Library offers a free delivery service to housebound readers. Call 514-620-4181.

Dollard des Ormeaux Library delivers books to the doors of housebound members. Call 514-684-1496.

Pointe Claire Library offers home delivery of materials to housebound readers. Call 514-630-1218.

Friends for Mental Health is pleased to offer a new counselling program for families who have a loved one with a mental illness. This counseling is for caregivers of individuals with a mental illness that have complex needs such as a substance abuse problem, risk of suicide, dual diagnosis, legal issues, etc. in addition to a psychiatric illness. The second phase of this program is offered, free of charge, by qualified counsellors, at the Elizabeth Russell Centre at 750 Dawson Avenue in Dorval. If you would like more information about this topic or program please call Friends for mental Health at (514) 636-6885 or e-mail us at asmfmh@qc.aira.com.

A journey in self-discovery is the title of a support group given by the West Island Women’s Centre. Have you ever questioned your decisions, wondered what makes you unique or wanted to know how to handle your challenges? Have you ever felt as though the days are passing you by and that you are missing out on the joy and richness of your life? Achieve life balance and start living your best today in this journey of self-discovery. You will learn about your unique personality, how to better handle conflict, strengthen your boundaries, gain a sense of emotional balance, and much more. Lynda Robitaille, M.A., will lead you through self-discovery exercises and techniques to help you harness your inner resources and increase your confidence. This eight-week support group will meet on Thurs. evenings from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Meetings will take place at the West Island Women’s Centre, located at the Presbyterian Church of St. Columba-by-the-Lake, 11 Rodney Ave., Pointe Claire. Registration is required. To join this support group, please call the Women’s Centre at 514-695-8529 or e-mail carolien.albers@wiwc.ca. Space is limited.

The West Island Women’s Centre wants to know how do you think about things and approach life? Do you choose to come from a positive or negative place? Do you dedicate yourself to being positive and try to react in a positive way or do you find yourself slipping into negative or defeating thought patterns? What is your usual response when faced with a situation? Do you control your thoughts or do they control you? Join Caroline Samné for this eight-week exploration of how to manage the mind to feel self-confident and develop the capacity to manage our emotions.  Caroline has a Bachelor’s degree in psychology as well as a Master’s degree in Human Systems Intervention. This support group meets from 7 to 9 p.m. on Mon. evenings. Meetings will take place at the West Island Women’s Centre, located at the Presbyterian Church of St. Columba-by-the-Lake, 11 Rodney Ave., Pointe Claire. Registration is required. To join this support group, please call the Women’s Centre at 514-695-8529 or e-mail carolien.albers@wiwc.ca. Space is limited.

Self Help Against Depression (SHAD) offers professional guidance and counseling by telephone to assist in overcoming mild to moderate depression, anxiety and social dysfunction. Call for assistance if you have: family problems, emotional relationships, school stress, children/adolescents development, distress on the job anxiety, grief and sadness values and society, living in the community, cultural adaptation loneliness and boredom. Enquiries: 514-684-9896 (leave message for call back).

The West Island Women’s Centre will be offering an eight-week support group to help women manage their minds to gain self-confidence, handle their emotions, and develop a more positive outlook on life. The group will be facilitated by Caroline Samné, who has a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and a Master’s degree in Human Systems Intervention.  Meetings take place on Mon. evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. The meetings will take place at the West Island Women’s Centre, located at the Presbyterian Church of St. Columba-by-the-Lake, 11 Rodney Ave., Pointe Claire. (Please use the Vincennes Avenue parking lot entrance). Registration is required. To join this support group, please call the Women’s Centre at 514-695-8529 or e-mail carolien.albers@wiwc.ca. Space is limited.

The West Island Women’s Centre is teaming up with the Family Resource Centre to offer a monthly support group to help women parenting primary or secondary school children with learning difficulties. Parents will learn tips on communicating with their children and supporting them in their home and school life. The group will give mothers an opportunity to share their experiences, tackle problems, receive support, and learn about the community resources available to them. Meetings will feature multi-media presentations and guest speakers from the community. The group will meet on the second Tuesday evening of every month. Meetings will take place at the West Island Women’s Centre, located at the Presbyterian Church of St. Columba-by-the-Lake, 11 Rodney Ave., Pointe Claire. (Please use the Vincennes Avenue parking lot entrance.). Registration is required. To join this support group, please call the Women’s Centre at 514-695-8529 or e-mail carolien.albers@wiwc.ca. Space is limited. Please note that the Women’s Centre’s free childcare service is not available during our evening support groups. 

Chabad Lifeline, a non-sectarian centre for anyone affected by addictions, runs a 12-step co-dependency group for women who have difficulties taking care of their emotional needs, Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.  New members can join at any time. Free of charge. We are now located at 4615 Côte Ste. Catherine, near the Côte Ste. Catherine metro.  For more information, call Karen Bresinger at 514-738-7700.

Chabad Lifeline, a non-sectarian centre for anyone affected by addictions, runs a dual diagnosis group for those suffering with an addiction and  mental health issues, Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Free of charge. For more information, call Donna Cohen at 514-738-7700.  Formerly known as Project Pride, Chabad Lifeline is now located at 4615 Côte St. Catherine, by the Côte St. Catherine metro station.

Lola's Support Group needs your help. Are you a Quebec "commonlaw" wife? Whether living together or separated, are you aware of the consequences? Or are you- like myself and more then a million others- who believed all our lovers/partners lies and deception? These people then use the coward way out by saying- "I don't have to give you anything as this is the law". What in the world happened to love? And now, how are you coping being poor? Please help me have Quebec make a move to right this "outdated" law. Yon can be assured your information will stay with myself and not be given to another soul. Please call me. LOLA at 450-218-3647 or- email-  lola.also@videotron.ca.

Friends for Mental Health, a bilingual association for families and friends of people with a mental illness, is pleased to offer families who have a loved one with mental illness, a 4-session workshop entitled, “LEAP”, based on Dr. Xavier Amador’s best-selling book “I Am Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help!” This training aims at helping family members learn new sets of communication and problem-solving skills that are geared ultimately to improving their loved one’s adherence to medical treatment. Specifically, the program incorporates Dr. Amador’s four-pillar approach called LEAP (Listen, Empathize, Agree, and Partner). Using a mix of education and experiential learning, family members will be guided how to use each of these effective techniques. This workshop will be given once a week for 4 weeks at the Elizabeth Russell Centre at 750 Dawson Ave. in Dorval beginning April 20. Must register. For more information about this training or about our organization and the services we offer you can call Friends at 514-636-6885 or e-mail us at asmfmh@qc.aira.com

The single’s walking club of Beaconsfield walk every Tues. and Thurs., in winter from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and in summer from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The starting point is from McDonald's in Beaconsfield. Our walk is followed by coffee & conversation. Six years ago the club started with 5 walkers, now we're 10 and a total of twenty for socializing. We have house parties, dinners trips etc. Two contacts are mckinnonl@videotron.ca & kraemerwilson@videotron.ca.

The West Island Women’s Centre will be offering a 7-week support group to help women deal with the stress in their lives. Learn coping skills to reduce the effect of stress and develop an action plan to get you back on track and in control of your life. The group will be led by holistic therapist Lesley Pavitt. Meetings will take place on Monday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. beginning on April 18. The meetings will take place at the West Island Women’s Centre, located at the Presbyterian Church of St. Columba-by-the-Lake, 11 Rodney Ave, Pointe Claire. (Please use the Vincennes Avenue parking lot entrance.). Registration is required. To join this support group, please call the Women’s Centre at 514-695-8529 or e-mail carolien.albers@wiwc.ca. Space is limited.

Self Help Against Depression (SHAD) invites adults suffering from mild to moderate depression, anxiety, or social dysfunction, not addicted to drugs or alcohol, at least 27 years old, able to converse in English, mobile, never diagnosed with schizophrenia or manic depression (bi-polar) or been hospitalized for more than 3 months for a mental illness, and willing to make a commitment in advance to complete the program, not participating in another therapy or counselling group for the duration of the program. Life altering exciting experience. No happy pills. We demand complete anonymity and confidentiality. Deposit refunded upon successful completion of the program only. Smoking is not permitted at our meetings. Donations by cheque only; receipts for taxes. To:  S.H.A.D. /E.V.D. INC., 3347 Boul. Des Sources, P.O. Box 38116, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec H9B 3J2.

Self Help Against Depression (SHAD) has people waiting for walking and talking partners in St. Laurent; Pointe Claire, Guy Street/Notre Dame; Ville Emard/Cote St Paul; CDN; and around Rue Hochelaga. All adults are invited to participate.  There are no restrictions on weight or language.  Must be emotionally stable. PROJECT O.B.C.T.  defines OBESITY SYNDROME* as being a group of medical conditions, psychological, behavioral and social impediments, including emotional dysfunctions, mental states and physical, genetic, hormonal and chemical anomalies related, in part, but not exclusively, to food and eating, and encompassing obesity, anorexia and bulimia by virtue of their being a continuum of nutritional disorders. Enquiries: 514-684-9896.

Chabad Lifeline, a non-sectarian centre for anyone affected by addictions is pleased to introduce an eight week therapist facilitated outpatient group for partners of sex addicts.  The group will offer education, awareness and much needed support.  Partners are often the forgotten component in the treatment of any addiction- and research has consistently demonstrated how effective it is for partners to have their own therapeutic support system for both the relationship with the addict and their own healing process. Starting Thurs., May 26 at 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Fee: $500 with sliding scale options.  Formerly known as Project Pride, we are now located at 4615 Cote Ste. Catherine, near the Cote Ste. Catherine metro.  For more information, or to register, call Jennifer Kotry or Karen Bresinger at (514) 738-7700.

Chabad Lifeline, a non-sectarian centre for anyone affected by addictions, is starting a new 12-step co-dependency workshop for men, every Thurs. from noon to 1 p.m. Free.  For more information, please contact Benyamin Bresinger at 514-738-7700.  Formerly known as Project Pride, Chabad Lifeline is now located at 4615 Cote St. Catherine, by the Cote St. Catherine metro station.

 

VOLUNTEERS

 

West Island Citizen Advocacy recruits, trains, and matches volunteer advocates with persons living with a handicapping condition on a one-to-one basis. To make a difference in your community call 514-631-9151, 514-694-5850 or visit www.westislandcitizenadvocacy.com.

Volunteer West Island is recruiting volunteers for non-profit community groups. Everyone is welcome to join: individuals, young people, service groups and companies. For detailed information on this, visit the Volunteer West Island website www.cabvwi.org or call 514 457-5445 ext. 227.

Spares are needed for a duckpin league on Wednesday nights at Valois Bowling Alley. For information, call John Dilley at 450-424-4392.

A non-profit organization located in Dorval that employs intellectually handicapped and individuals suffering from mental health, is in great need of volunteers to join their Board of Directors.  This is a once a month commitment. For more information, visit the Volunteer West Island website at www.cabvwi.org or call Yolanda at 514-457-5445, ext. 227.

A family resource center located in Pierrefonds is looking for one or two volunteers that can help with fundraising and administration. For more information, visit the Volunteer West Island website at www.cabvwi.org or call Yolanda at 514-457-5445, ext. 227.

Bread Basket Lac St. Louis is looking for a volunteer kitchen animator with cooking experience and able to conduct a community kitchen once a month in Ste-Anne-de Bellevue for 4-5 participants that live below the poverty line. For more information, visit the Volunteer West Island website at www.cabvwi.org or call Yolanda at 514-457-5445, ext. 227.

A Seniors Residence located in Pierrefonds is looking for a volunteer treasurer to join their Board of Directors. A volunteer to help serve in the dining room is also needed. For more information, visit the Volunteer West Island website at www.cabvwi.org or call Yolanda at 514-457-5445, ext. 227.

Volunteer West Island is looking for a bridge player that can teach bridge to a small group of seniors at Le Château Royal in DDO every Friday from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The Pierrefonds Baseball Association is looking for volunteers to be on the committee for the 2011 season. Many positions are available. Please send your email to marc.barre12@gmail.com or pierrefondsbaseball@yahoo.ca

A wild bird rehabilitation center located in Hudson is looking for volunteers to transport injured birds from the SPCA in Montreal to Hudson, also to help at the center. For more information, visit our website at www.cabvwi.org or call Yolanda at 514-457-5445, ext. 227.

Literacy Unlimited is looking for a volunteer Board Secretary who will be part of the Board of Directors as well as the Executive Committee.  Among other duties, the secretary will be responsible for taking and distributing minutes of Board Meetings.  They are also looking for a volunteer Marketing Coordinator. For detailed information on this, visit the Volunteer West Island website www.cabvwi.org or call 514 457-5445 ext. 227.

A family resource center in Pierrefonds is looking for a volunteer administrative assistant to help with general office work 2-3 days a week from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, visit the Volunteer West Island website at www.cabvwi.org or call Yolanda at 514-457-5445, ext. 227.

The Meals on Wheels kitchen serving Pierrefonds West, Ste. Genevieve and Île Bizard is in great need of volunteer cooks.  This is a once a month commitment. There is also still a great need for volunteer drivers and deliverers for Meals on Wheels serving, Pierrefonds East, DDO, Pointe Claire and Dorval.  This is a great opportunity for couples that want to volunteer together once a month. For detailed information on this, visit the Volunteer West Island website www.cabvwi.org or call 514 457-5445 ext. 227.

A blind young man is desperately looking for a volunteer that will meet him at the Rosebowl bowling alley located on St. Jacques St in NDG every Thursday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. He is part of a handicapped bowling team and has lost his regular volunteer partner. For info: Tel.: 514-457-5445, #227

An organization that offers low cost cleaning services to low income individuals in the West Island is looking for volunteers to join their Board of Directors this is a once a month commitment. For info: Tel.: 514-457-5445, #227.

Volunteer West Island is in search of volunteers with special skills or trade like music, arts, languages, bridge playing, etc., that would like to share their knowledge with a group of seniors. For more information, visit the Volunteer West Island website at www.cabvwi.org or call Yolanda at 514-457-5445, ext. 227.

Volunteers are needed once or twice a week between 7 and 8:30 a.m., to help prepare and serve breakfast to a group of elementary school children at École Riverview in Verdun. For more information, visit our website at www.cabvwi.org or call Yolanda at 514-457-5445, ext 227.

A volunteer is needed that can accompany a 64-year-old gentleman with severe vision loss, to do his grocery shopping once a week. For more information, visit our website at www.cabvwi.org or call Yolanda at 514-457-5445, ext 227.

Volunteer West Island is recruiting volunteers to place friendly calls to seniors, Fridays between 9 a.m. and 12 noon.  The calls are placed from our office in Ste. Anne de Bellevue. For more information, visit our website at www.cabvwi.org or call Yolanda at 514-457-5445, ext 227.

A YMCA is looking for volunteers interested in helping as mediator to resolve conflicts.  This is an important service to the community and training is provided. For more information, visit our website at www.cabvwi.org or call Yolanda at 514-457-5445, ext 227.

A community center located in Lachine dedicated to support seniors is looking for volunteers to help with many tasks: office, kitchen, different activities, and friendly calls. For more information, visit our website at www.cabvwi.org or call Yolanda at 514-457-5445, ext 227.

A food bank located in Pointe Claire is looking for volunteers with car that can pick up food donations from local places and deliver them to their office, could be weekly or every other week. For more information, visit our website at www.cabvwi.org or call Yolanda at 514-457-5445, ext 227.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation is setting up kiosks at shopping centres throughout the West Island. They are in great need of volunteers to sell items at kiosks and help raise awareness about heart disease. For more information, visit the Volunteer West Island website at www.cabvwi.org or call Yolanda at 514-457-5445, ext. 227.

The Meals on Wheels kitchens serving Pierrefonds, Île Bizard and Roxboro are in great need of volunteer cooks as well as drivers and deliverers.  This is a once a month commitment. For more information, visit the Volunteer West Island website at www.cabvwi.org or call Yolanda at 514-457-5445, ext. 227.

The Montreal Bike Fest will take place in June. They are in need of volunteers to help with the Tour de L’Ile on June 5th and Tour La Nuit on June 3. Students are welcome. Please contact us for more information. Volunteer West Island matches you with diverse volunteer opportunities that suit your interests, availability and aspirations. For more information, visit our website at www.cabvwi.org or call Yolanda at 514-457-5445, ext. 227.

The Meals on Wheels kitchen located in Pointe Claire is in great need of a volunteer shopper to purchase ingredients for the week’s meals.  This would be a once a month commitment. For more details please contact us. For more information, visit our website at www.cabvwi.org or call Yolanda at 514-457-5445, ext. 227.

The Canadian Cancer Society is looking for Volunteers to help at various Relays for Life that will take place at different locations in the West Island this summer.  One Relay is taking place in Pierrefonds and the other one in Lachine. For more information, visit our website at www.cabvwi.org or call Yolanda at 514-457-5445, ext. 227.

Volunteers are needed to assist young adults with intellectual disability to operate an artisan boutique in Dorval. Volunteers must be able to guide students assisting customers. For more information, visit our website at www.cabvwi.org or call Yolanda at 514-457-5445, ext. 227.

A long term care facility located in Beaconsfield is looking for volunteers to help with activities and also friendly visits.  Students are welcome. For more information, visit our website at www.cabvwi.org or call Yolanda at 514-457-5445, ext. 227.

The Meals on Wheels kitchen located in Pointe Claire is in great need of a volunteer to coordinate schedules for the volunteer shoppers as well as the clean up team.  This involves around 2 hours a month and can be done from home. For more information, visit our website at www.cabvwi.org or call Yolanda at 514-457-5445, ext. 227.

Volunteers are needed to assist young adults with intellectual disability to operate an artisan boutique in Dorval. Volunteers must be able to guide students assisting customers. For more information, visit our website at www.cabvwi.org or call Yolanda at 514-457-5445, ext. 227.

 

 

 

 

Organizations: Sarto-Desnoyers Community Centre, Baie d'Urfe Public Library, West Island Women West Island Citizen Advocacy Centre SHAD National Bank of Canada Volunteer West Island La Bizarrerie theatre Jésus-Lumière-du-Monde Parish for JMJ 2011 Presbyterian Church Pointe Claire Library K.K. Charity Foundation K.K. Technologies International Golf Atlantide Golf Club YMCA Beaconsfield Golf Club Montreal Children's Hospital Church Hall Pierrefonds Cultural Centre Roxboro Library Harpell Community Center Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation Volkswagen Ormeaux Public Library Chapters Mount Royal Nicholas Roerich Pronaos Breakfast and Dinner Club One Club Coin Club Church of the Resurrection Elizabeth Russell Centre West Island Tennis Club Sarto Desnoyers Centre Marcel Morin Community Centre United Church Low Vision Self-Help Association Beaconsfield Garden Club Beaconsfield Library Red Barn West Island Association Humanitas Foundation Tai Chi Westpark Co Centre Communautaire Sarto Desnoyers Sherwood Forest School Baptist Church Pointe Claire Canoe Club Pat Roberts Centre Pierrefonds Library Family Resource Centre Support Group McDonald's E.V.D. INC. Le Château Royal Pierrefonds Baseball Association SPCA Executive Committee Board Meetings Heart and Stroke Foundation Montreal Bike Fest Canadian Cancer Society

Geographic location: West Island Community, Pointe Claire, Dorval Ste Lakeshore Pierrefonds West Beaconsfield Montreal Quebec DDO Lachine Notre Dame Madrid St. Paul Beacon Hill Roxboro Vincennes Avenue Mount Pleasant Fairview Spring Garden Union Church Luke 750 Dawson Avenue Île Bizard Dollard-des-Ormeaux Rue Hochelaga Basket Lac St. Louis Ste-Anne-de Bellevue Verdun

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    April 03, 2014 - 18:09

    I've been considering visiting some of the art exhibits here for a while now. The problem is I'm not really interested by it but my wife wants to see it really bad. I want to take her but I don't want to be bored out of my mind all day. Any suggestions? John Bond | http://www.communitydenturecentre.ca/en/our_services.html