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.


> Simplify your life

* Learn how to change your reactions to life’s challenges with some practical strategies from Jiana Saad—speaker, author and teacher. This is about being aware, being engaged and being in the present moment.

When: Tuesday, October 4 — 2 p.m.

Where: Beaconsfield Library, 303 Beaconsfield Blvd.

Good to know: For adults. Bilingual. Registration required via Eventbrite.

> Shakespeare now

* Why are William Shakespeare’s plays still popular today, four centuries after his death? Amanda Kellock, artistic and executive director of Repercussion Theatre, discusses why Shakespeare’s plays continue to be relevant and enjoyable.

When: Tuesday, October 11 — 2 p.m.

Where: Beaconsfield Library, 303 Beaconsfield Blvd.

Good to know: For adults. In English. Registration required via Eventbrite.

> Book sale

* Friends of the Beaconsfield Library will hold a three-day book sale. 

When:  Friday, October 14 (1 p.m. to 8 p.m.); Saturday, October 15 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.); Sunday, October 16 (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

Where: Beaconsfield Library, 303 Beaconsfield Blvd.

Good to know: Book donations will be accepted on Saturday, October 1 (noon to 4 p.m.)


> Cultural Fridays Concert — Supernova 4

* Enjoy a concert by SuperNova 4 — music that is rooted in jazz and blues traditions, but also turned toward the future and open to cosmic influences.

When: Friday, October 7 at 7 p.m.

Where: Banquet Hall, 12001 de Salaberry Blvd., Dollard-des-Ormeaux.

Good to know: Reservation on through the library’s website.

> Open House at the Fire Station

* Fire Station 61 will open its doors to visitors for a day. Visit the renovated fire station and learn more about firefighting. Meet the mascot, Chef, and test your knowledge of prevention in the SIMulateur. Sustainable development buffs are invited to identify the new aspects of the fire station that support the needs of firefighters while respecting the environment.

When: Saturday, October 8 — 8:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: 10 Sunnydale Ave., Dollard-des-Ormeaux.

> Put Hallowe’en on ice.

* Don a costume and a pair of skates and head to the Dollard Civic Centre (Arenas 1, 2 and 3) for the Hallowe’en on Ice event.

When: Saturday, October 29 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Dollard-des-Ormeaux Civic Centre, 12001 de Salaberry Blvd., Dollard-des-Ormeaux.

Good to know: Helmets required for children under age 12. Admission: $1 with costume; $2 without costume. Fee payable upon entry.


> Great pumpkins

* Get pumpkin-carving inspiration from Alex S. Girard, multidisciplinary artist and pumpkin master, who will demonstrate his carving art on various sizes of pumpkin.

When: Saturday, October 22 and Saturday, October 29 — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Peter B. Yeomans Cultural Centre, 1401 ch. du Bord du lac/Lakeshore Rd., Dorval.

> Hallowe’en weekend at the DASC

* From October 28 to 30, the Dorval Aquatic and Sports Complex will be decorated with a Halloween theme. Children aged 12 and under who go for swimming lessons, recreational swim or open activities in the gymnasium will receive a loot bag and can enter their name in a draw for a special jar of candies. The winner will be picked on Monday, October 31. And back by popular demand, the Wibit obstacle course and other inflatable items will be available during recreational swimming

When: Wibit course — Saturday, October 29, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Where: Dorval Aquatic and Sports Complex, 1295 Dawson Ave., Dorval.

Good to know: Regular admission fee will apply.

> Blood drive

* The city of Dorval, in association with Hema Quebec, will hold its annual blood drive. By appointment. To reserve your spot, call 1-800-343-7264; email:; or visit To verify your admissibility for blood donation, visit

When: Monday, October 31 — 1:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Sarto-Desnoyers Community Centre, 1335 ch. du Bord-du-Lac/Lakeshore Rd., Dorval.


> Kaie Kellough at StoryFest 

* Hudson’s Storyfest features Kaie Kellough, who will discuss Dominoes at the Crossroads, his collection of short stories that was long-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize last year. A novelist, poet, and sound performer, Kaie Kellough has also been awarded the Griffin Poetry Prize and the QWF Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction. 

When: Tuesday, October 4 — 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Hudson Village Theatre, 28 Wharf Rd., Hudson.

Good to know: Tickets $20.00. Can be purchased electronically here, and are available at Que de Bonnes Choses (484-D Main Rd., Hudson) or at Centre Décor Hudson (521 Main Rd., Hudson) as cash purchases only.

> Debra Thompson at StoryFest

Hudson’s StoryFest will feature an address by Debra Thompson, an associate professor of political science at McGill University, who will discuss her recently published book In The Long Road Home, which follows the roots of Black identities in North America and the routes taken by those who have crisscrossed the U.S.-Canada border in search of freedom and belonging.

When: Tuesday, October 11 — 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre, 394 Main Rd., Hudson.

Good to know: Tickets $20.00. Can be purchased electronically here and are available at Que de Bonnes Choses (484-D Main Rd., Hudson) or at Centre Décor Hudson (521 Main Rd., Hudson) as cash purchases only.


> Pumpkin contest

* Get creative by carving, sculpting and decorating your pumpkin. Then take it to the Kirkland Library on October 28. Prizes will be awarded to children in five age categories on Saturday, October 29. 

When: Drop off your pumpkin on October 28 before 9 p.m. Attend the prize-giving on October 29 at 2 p.m.

Where: Kirkland Library, 17100 Hymus Blvd., Kirkland.

Good to know: Pumpkins submitted prior to October 28 will not be accepted.

> Hallowe’en on ice

* Dust off your skates and don a Hallowe’en costume before heading to the Kirkland Arena for some spooky seasonal skating.

When: Saturday, October 29 (7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.) and Sunday, October 30 (2 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.)

Where: Kirkland Arena, 16950 Hymus Blvd., Kirkland.

Good to know: For all. No registration required.


> Make your own neon sign

* Children aged 6 to 9 can learn to create a custom neon sign. Participants will use their imaginations while working with pipe cleaners and electroluminescent wires. Each will leave the activity with a creation. As part of the Journées de la culture 2022, this activity is presented by Techno Culture Club, a non-profit organization that promotes and supports digital literacy and digital justice to make technology and digital culture more accessible, fair and participatory.

When: Sunday, October 2 — 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: William G. Boll Library, 110 Cartier St., Pierrefonds-Roxboro.

Good to know: In French and English. Free. Registration required through the box office.


> African musical instruments

* Learn about traditional African musical instruments—such as the tama, the sabar, the balafon, the kora and the djembe—in this family workshop. History, crafts and performance.

When: Saturday, October 1 — 1:30 p.m.

Where: Pincourt Library, 225 Pincourt Blvd.

Good to know: Free. No registration required.


> Chamber music concert

* The Lakeshore Chamber Orchestra, now 50 years old, will perform under the direction of Stewart Grant, works by Beethoven: Prometheus Overture, Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor” and Symphony No. 8. It’s an opportunity to celebrate 50 years of this remarkable orchestra.

When: Saturday, October 1 — 7:30 p.m.

Where: Valois United Church, 70 Belmont Ave., Pointe-Claire.

Good to know: Suggested donation of $15. Youths and children under age 18—free.

> Put the garden to bed

Wanda Mitkiewicz, president of the Pointe-Claire Horticultural Society, discusses how to put your garden to bed for the winter. Topics include how to store bulbs; how to plant bulbs of such spring-blooming flowers as tulips, daffodils and crocuses; how to compost spent flowers; which plants to leave in the garden for your winter landscape; and which plants can be overwintered indoors,

When: Wednesday, October 12 — 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Pointe-Claire Public Library, 100 Douglas-Shand Ave.

Good to know: Free admission. In English.

Le chocolat, un incontournable de la Belgique — Chocolate, a must in Belgium

* Pointe-Claire master chocolatier and confectioner Marlain Jean-Philippe will discuss the art of chocolate: its history, the chocolate-making process and its connection with Belgium. This talk is part of the Library Getaway Festival.

When: Tuesday, October 18 — 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Pointe-Claire Public Library, 100 Douglas-Shand Ave.

Good to know: Free admission. In French.


> Pumpkin-decorating contest and exhibition

* A bilingual pumpkin-decorating contest and exhibition for children aged 6 to 12 will take place at the library. The pumpkins will be exhibited from October 15 to 29.

When: Saturday, October 15 — 10 a.m.

Where: Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Library, 40 Saint-Pierre St.

Good to know: Limited number of places; registration required.


> Pumpkin-carving

* Learn several pumpkin-carving techniques and leave with your work in time for Halloween. The chalet will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for all youths aged 12 to 17 who want to play or socialize with each other through video games, board games or any other activities.

When: Saturday, October 22 – 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Bédard Park Chalet, 1591 Bédard Ave., Saint-Lazare

Good to know: No registration required. First-come-first-served. For information — 450-424-8000, ext. 220 or

> Walk the spooky trail — for young children

The Hallowe’en trail offers an opportunity to walk through the woods and collect candy in your bag while you pass through various themes.

When: Saturday, October 29 — 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Les Forestiers-de-Saint-Lazare Nature Park, 2800 Ch. Lotbinière, Saint-Lazare.

Good to know: Free. Registration mandatory online or online 2. For information — 450-424-8000, ext. 220 or

> Haunted trail — for older children and youths

For children aged 10 and up. A dark forest filled with strange noises, mysterious characters and a haunted trail. Take your flashlight because you may need it.

When: Saturday, October 29 — 6:30 p.m. 8:30 — 5 p.m.

Where: Les Forestiers-de-Saint-Lazare Nature Park, 2800 Ch. Lotbinière, Saint-Lazare.

Good to know: Free. Registration mandatory online or online 2. For information — 450-424-8000, ext. 220 or


> Pumpkin-decorating

* Decorate a pumpkin for Hallowe’en. Pumpkins and craft materials are provided. 

When: Saturday, October 22 — 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Vaudreuil-Dorion Library, 51 Rue Jeanotte.

Good to know: Free. One pumpkin per person while supplies last. Online registration required. Phone registration required for non-residents without a library membership.

> Eco-conscious consumers

* Justin Laperrière, project manager for Ville en vert, will explain how to be a good consumer by being responsible and concerned about the environmental, social and economic impact of purchases, consumption and waste. Consumers can make their purchases a political act by voting with their grocery baskets and opting for sustainable products and services.

When: Sunday, October 23 — 2 p.m.

Where: Centre Multisports, 3093 Boul. de la Gare, Vaudreuil-Dorion.

Good to know: Free. Online registration.

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