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West Island Community Calendar for the week of Sept. 16

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Contribute to the community calendar of the Gazette’s West Island/Off-Island section by email at wicomcal@postmedia.com.

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Lakeshore Light Opera, a West Island operatic society devoted to the works of Gilbert & Sullivan, will be holding auditions for the 2022 production of The Gondoliers on Sept. 28 and Oct. 1. Rehearsals are on Tuesday and Friday evenings. All parts are needed for chorus and principal roles. Visit llo.org to schedule an audition.

Coro Vivo, a bilingual West Island community choir with contemporary and classical musical repertoires, directed by Marjolaine Daneault, is welcoming new choristers for the fall season.  Choristers should have a good ear and enjoy singing Experience is helpful but not necessary. Rehearsals are on Thursdays from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Pointe-Claire. Visit https://corovivo.ca/coro-vivo-a-montreal-west-choir-chorale/

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The Sainte-Anne Singers, West Island’s award-winning chamber ensemble is dedicated to singing contemporary repertoire as well as a cappella standards of all eras. They rehearse on Mondays from 7:30 to 10 p.m. in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue. Currently looking for a soprano and a bass for September. If you enjoy a challenge, have choral experience, excellent pitch and some sight-reading ability, please Email mkeenan@videotron.ca for an audition.

Self-help and support

The Teresa Dellar Palliative Care Residence is taking registration for their upcoming fall support groups. They offer an English group on Thursdays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m; an evening English group from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (both from Sept. 23 to Nov. 11); a new English Young Adult group on Monday’s from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (Sept. 23 to Oct. 11). They also offer a French group on Wednesdays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. (Sept. 22 to Nov. 10). Contact the supportive care team at stevyaw@tdpcr.ca or call 514-693-1718, Local 231.

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The West Island Committee Against Elder Abuse has helplines available. If anyone reading this feels that someone is managing their finances without their permission, is trying to isolate them from others, or touches or makes them feel uncomfortable in ways they don’t like or is neglecting them, please call: Elder Abuse Help Line 1-888-489-2287; Info Social 811; CLSC Pierrefonds 514-626-2572; CLSC Lac St-Louis 514-697-4110; CLSC Dorval-Lachine 514-639-0650; Canadian Anti-Fraud 1-888-495-8501.

Literacy Unlimited, a community organization dedicated to empowering adults through improved literacy, offers free, confidential, one-on-one tutoring for adults in reading, writing and basic computer skills. Call 514-694-0007 or visit literacyunlimited.ca.

Compassionate Friends is a self-help international group for bereaved parents of children. Call the Montreal chapter at 438-257-0881.

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.

Groups and clubs

The Lakeshore Camera Club welcomes photographers of all levels who wish to learn and exchange ideas with others. Meetings are held every Monday night until June 6 at 7:30 p.m. They will begin with meetings online, but plan to move back to our location at Stewart Hall, 176 Lakeshore Dr., in Pointe-Claire when conditions allow. Presentations by professional photographers, hands-on workshops, field trips, and many more activities. Visit lccphoto.org or email  info@lccphoto.org.


The Teapot 50+ Centre holds its annual open house from Sept. 13 to 17 daily from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 2901 St-Joseph Blvd. in Lachine. Registration for members and new members, registration for upcoming activities, events and more. Free demonstration classes, information booth, light refreshments. To reserve your spot (maximum of 25 people at a time) call 514-637-5627.


Boutique 24 Thrift Shop is re-opening on Sept. 23 and will be open every Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Union Church, Adair Hall, 24 Maple Ave. in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue. Donations are also welcome. Please wear your mask and have vaccination proof available. Call 514-713-5054.

The Neighbourhood Market every second Wednesday from 4 to 6:30 p.m. (until Oct. 13) in the parking lot of the Bob Birnie Arena on Maywood Ave. in Pointe-Claire. (next one on Sept. 29).  A project by the Table de Quartier Sud de l‘Ouest-de-l’île (TQSOI), in collaboration with Corbeille de Pain and financed by the DRSP. Payment options include cash, debit/credit and the proximity card. Ready to accommodate different budgets. Contact rivetc@tqsoi.org.

Thrift Shops for NOVA offer clothing for the whole family, footwear, books, household items, jewelry, furniture, etc. All proceeds go to Nova West-Island. The Plaza Pointe-Claire store, 321 St-Jean Blvd. (514-697-8457) is open Tuesday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Ste-AnneThrift shop, 43 Ste-Anne St. in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue (514-457-1642), the Thrift shop Bookstore (next door), 43 Ste-Anne St. in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue , the Kirkland Thrift shop at 2750 St-Charles Blvd. (514-697-6692) in Kirkland, as well as the Furniture and Used Book Thrift Shop (514-694-8417)449 Beaconsfield Blvd. in Beaconsfield are open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are accepting donations. For additional info, visit thriftshopsfornova.com


Volunteer West Island needs help with Food Services. Call 514-457-5445, Local or Email  vo@volunteerwestisland.org.

Volunteer West Island needs drivers for their Frozen Meal program on Thursday mornings to bring orders to our vulnerable clientele; you can choose the frequency/schedule that works for your each month.

They also need Meals on Wheels volunteers (aged 18+) because long-term veterans are retiring. Certain kitchen will re-open in September; others in October. Several cooks, drivers and deliverers are needed for the following kitchens – ONETuesday OR ONE Thursday morning per month:

Cooks – 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in Pierrefonds West; Pointe-Claire North; Dorval North, Beaconsfield and 2 kitchens in Lachine.

Drivers/deliverers – 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue; Pointe-Claire North and Beaconsfield.

West Island Citizen Advocacy is a Centraide/West Island Community Shares funded organization that matches those in need with volunteer advocates. Call 514-694-5850 or visit volunteerwica.com.

West Island Citizen Advocacy is looking for a handyman to join its team of volunteers to help those in need. Throughout the year, we receive many requests for help with small or larger jobs such as AC installation, hole repairs, small paint projects and more. A few hours a week makes such a difference.

Contribute to the community calendar of the Gazette’s West Island/Off-Island section by email at wicomcal@postmedia.com.

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