There’s always something going on in the West Island . . . something fun to do. Local exhibits, events and festivals are listed here with activities that will interest everyone. Email us at: if you’re planning a public event that will interest our readers.


> Beautiful Bonsai

* Beaconsfield Garden Club presents A Brief Introduction to Bonsai, a conference in English by Rafael Najmanovich, who has been practising and studying the art of bonsai since 2015. His techniques embrace both traditional and modern aesthetics. This is an in-person event (to be confirmed). 

When: March 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Herb Linder Annex, 303 Beaconsfield Blvd, Beaconsfield.

Good to know: Free for members; $5 for non-members. For more information:

> Fitness and Health

Everyday Fitness for Health and Longevity is the subject of a workshop given by Jill Barker, McGill University’s assistant director of athletics and recreation. If you’re considering introducing more exercise into your daily routine, this can help get you started. (For adults; in English.)

When: Tuesday, March 8 at 2 p.m.

Where: Herb Linder Annex, 303 Beaconsfield Blvd., Beaconsfield.

Good to know: The conference will be recorded and uploaded to the city’s YouTube channel after the activity. Registration required via Eventbrite.

> Sleep Well

* Stress management therapist Ruth Budovitch will offer tips and tricks to help you keep sleepless nights at bay. How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep is the topic of this free, in-person talk that addresses the causes of insomnia, and how we can improve the quality and amount of sleep we get. (For adults; in English).

When: March 15 at 2 p.m.

Where: The Herb Linder Annex, 303 Beaconsfield Blvd., Beaconsfield.

 Good to know: Registration required via Eventbrite.


> Spring Sweetness

From Maple to Can, an exhibition at the Dorval Museum of Local History and Heritage, depicts past and present views of the maple syrup industry. It highlights the origin of maple syrup, the first “sugar parties”, and the arrival of pancake syrup. It also focuses on the push for modernity that built the maple industry in the 20th century. Take advantage of your visit to the Museum to create your favourite sugar shack menu.

When: January 29 to May 1.

Where: Dorval Museum of Local History and Heritage, 1850 ch. du Bord du lac/Lakeshore Rd., Dorval.

Good to know: Admission is free to this travelling exhibition, curated by the Corporation du moulin Légaré.

> Sugar-Shack Party at the Museum

* The Museum also invites you to an outdoor sugar-shack party at which free maple taffy will be offered.

When: Sunday, March 6, between 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Where: Outdoors, on the grounds of the Dorval Museum, 1850 ch. du Bord-du-Lac/Lakeshore Rd., Dorval.

Good to know: No registration required.


> Plein-Air Storytime

* A bonfire, nature and stories in Kirkland with the Théâtre des petites âmes. Storytellers will invent stories with you. Around the fire, safely seated, you will help them. With the stones you choose, you will discover images, objects and characters, and create stories. Each encounter will be unique. Each story will exist only with you and the storyteller. There will be shared laughter, songs, love. Dress warmly and grab a log.

When: Sunday, March 6 / 9:30 a.m. in English/10:30 a.m. in French/11:30 a.m. in English.

Where: Kirkland Sports Complex (outdoors), 16950 Hymus Blvd., Kirkland. 

Good to know: Free, but online registration mandatory. For children aged 3 to 8.


> Poetry and Blues

* Durham County Poets – Hand-me-down Blues was released in 2019, comprising original compositions and arranged covers of music by favourite blues artists. This “strictly blues” album was produced by Borealis Records founder Bill Garrett. The five musicians/songwriters work individually and collaboratively, and, in this performance, will dive into a variety of styles and genres. The joie de vivre they express in their performances is reflected in the feel-good vibe the band creates, captivating their audiences with their solid grooves and seemingly effortless performances.

When: Saturday, March 19, 2022 from 7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.

Where: Pierrefonds Cultural Centre, 13850 Gouin Blvd. W., Montreal.

Good to know: Registration mandatory. Box office: 438-354-1392. Vaccination mandate required.

> Homage to Buena Vista Social Club

* A concert by Juno-nominated composer and pianist Rafael Zaldivar in trio will pay homage to the Buena Vista Social Club, featuring classics interpreted by Cuban musicians Ibrahim Ferrer, Omara Portuondo and Rubén Gonzales. Zaldivar rearranges and interprets them in his own way. Added to this is the contagious energy of singer and percussionist Amado Dedeu, winner of a Latin Grammy award, as well as Rémi-Jean LeBlanc on double bass.

When: Saturday, March 26 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Pierrefonds Cultural Centre, 13850 Gouin Blvd. W., Montreal.

Good to know: Free admission but registration necessary. Box office: 438-354-1392. Tickets will be available 14 days before the event at the Pierrefonds-Roxboro borough box office.  


> The Snow Castle Challenge

* Residents are encouraged to build a snow castle and submit a photo of it for an opportunity to win prizes. The Snow Castle Challenge is open to anyone, province-wide. Deadline: Marc. 14. Prizes to be drawn: March 15. Build a snow castle, go to, and click on inscription. 

> Walking and Running

* Get primed for the spring running season. Join Jean-Yves Cloutier—author, coach and speaker—for a conference on walking and running at the right pace. The coach will answer your questions.

When: Tuesday, March 15 at 7 p.m.

Where: Pincourt Library, 225 Pincourt Blvd., Pincourt.

Good to know: Reservation mandatory. 514 453-8981, ext. 214.

> Story Time

* Children aged 2 to 5 are invited to attend story time at the Pincourt Library. The story time is followed by a craft workshop. The presence of a parent is required.

When: Thursday, March 17 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Where: Pincourt Library, 225 Pincourt Blvd., Pincourt.

Good to know: Places are limited. For registration and information: 514-453-8981, ext. 214 or


> Disco on Ice 

* Enjoy the vibe of disco outdoors on ice at Valois Park’s refrigerated rink. , complete with light beams and disco music. Skate under light beams to disco beats of the 1970s. Watch the performances on ice that will be presented throughout the day. During these performances, the skating rink will be closed to the public.

When: Saturday, March 5, from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Valois Park, 85 Belmont Ave., Pointe-Claire.

Good to know: To make a reservation (required), use the city’s LUDIK platform as of Tuesday, March 1 at 7 p.m. This activity is reserved for Pointe-Claire residents. Vaccination passport required for activities from February 19 to March 5 for participants 13 years of age and over. Photo ID required for participants aged 16 years and over.

> The Voices of Spain

* Les Rugissants: Voces de España (12 singers, conductor, guitarist, flamenco dancer) perform works for choir and guitar, inspired by flamenco and Andalusia, and exalted by the words of poet Gabriel Garcia Lorca. This show, conducted by Xavier Brossard-Ménard and accompanied on the guitar by Jonathan Barriault, features the choreography of dancer Miriam Allard. An evening of passion and energy. Olé!

When: Friday, March 25 at 8 p.m.

Where: Stewart Hall Cultural Centre, 176 ch. du Bord du lac/Lakeshore Rd., Pointe-Claire.

Good to know: Tickets: $18 (or $10 for seniors and students) available at the Stewart Hall Cultural Centre.

> Musical Tableaux

* Tableaux Musique is a journey woven between dream and reality. Two strange characters invite us, without words, to visit their memories from the great outdoors through sounds and images: a desert and its festive caravans, the weightlessness of space, the spongy and slippery seabed, the change of insects in a forest and the joy that comes with the first snowfall. A journey of the senses in which music, song and the sounds the universe converse. Performers: Mélanie Cullin and Marie-Noëlle Choquette. For children aged 2 to 5.

When: Sunday, March 6 at 3 p.m.

Where: Stewart Hall—Grand Salon, 176 ch. du Bord du lac/Lakeshore Rd., Pointe-Claire.

Good to know: For children aged 2 to 5. Reservations required: 514-630-1220 ext. 1774.


> Snowman Contest

* Who will create the most original snowman in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue? Whether it’s in the shape of a favorite superhero or it’s in costume or painted, this is your opportunity to use your imagination. Send in your best photos to and include your name and phone number for an opportunity to win one of three gift cards from La Ribouldingue.  Winners will be announced on the town’s Facebook page on Monday March 7th.

Good to know: By entering the contest and submitting your photos, you agree to have them posted on the various social media networks of the City of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue.


> Castles in the Snow

* Saint-Lazare is participating in the 2022 edition of Défi Château de neige. Residents across Quebec have until Monday, March 14 to submit a photo at of their snow castle for an opportunity to win one of the prizes offered in the Montérégie region.  Prizes will be drawn on Tuesday, March 15.

> Cocooning

* Create your own cocoon using plaster of Paris, and use your creation as a hanging lamp, a decoration or anything else you’d like. This  free activity is for children aged 5 through 11.

When: Sunday, March 20. French from 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. / English from 2:45 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Saint-Lazare Community Centre, 1301 Rue du Bois, Saint-Lazare

Good to know: Children under age 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Saint-Lazare residents only.


> Fit for Functionality

* The new functional fitness program is training to provide overall strength and balance. Most exercises target the entire body and rely on muscles that are used every day. Squats are an example of a functional exercise, as the movement replicates such common actions as sitting and standing from a chair or picking up objects from the floor. Taught by Wendy Tillett for all levels.

When: Thursdays from 11 a.m. to noon, March 3 to March 31 (five classes)

Where: George McLeish Community Centre, 20 Morningside Ave., Senneville.
Good to know: Cost: $50 residents / $60 non-residents.


> Good Neighbours

*  Relationships between neighbours is the topic of an information session offered by the Neighbourhood Justice Centre. It will explain the main rules of good neighbourliness and define the concept of neighbourhood disturbance. To wit: Your neighbour’s tree branches are causing damage to your property. Can you cut them down without his permission? Your neighbour refuses to pay half the cost of replacing the fence that separates your two properties. Can you claim these costs from him? Your neighbour makes noise at night. What recourse do you have?

When: Thursday, March 17, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Library, 51 Rue Jeannotte, Vaudreuil-Dorion.

Good to know: Residents only. Vaccination passport required. Free but online registration required (

> Simplify your Life

* Do you get worked up over a simple criticism, a delay, a failure or an oversight? Your spouse doesn’t understand you, your boss bullies you, your colleagues irritate you, your schedule suffocates you? Then this conference is for you! With coach and teacher Jiana Saad, learn how to change your reactions to common difficulties at work and in everyday life, using practical strategies that will help you get back to basics.

When: Thursday, March 31, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Library, 51 Rue Jeannotte, Vaudreuil-Dorion.

Good to know: Residents only. Vaccination passport required. Free but online registration required (