By Sergio Martinez – mtltimes.ca
No time to get bored for the residents, workers and students of west-end downtown as a number of activities organized by the Peter McGill Community Council and other local groups took place during the summer and are now coming to an end together with the season.
The Neighbourhood on the Move Festival that was held from July 8 to August 2 finished with a community potluck accompanied by the music of Street Meat. During the three-week event there were outdoor concerts, activities for children, a giant chess game, and two workshops one on urban agriculture and another on calligraphy. This activity organized by the Peter McGill Community Council was made possible with the cooperation of Innovation Youth, Eco-Quartier Peter McGill and the Montreal’s Children Library, all of them local organizations active in the area.
Among the most recent activities it should be mentioned Fun in the Sun—Story Time at the Atwater Market on August 21 and 22 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon: Kathryn & Alisha take you on a fun and imaginative journey with each book they read. This is an event organized by the Montreal Children’s Library. Then this Saturday August 23, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Victor Hugo –Lucien L’Allier Residents Association with the support of the Ville Marie borough organizes a Family Day at the Drummond Park featuring activities for children and families, plus free corn and hotdogs.
Among the upcoming activities, Jenna Smith and Carlye Watson from the Peter-McGill Community Council will be the presenters at one of the University of the Streets Café sessions on September 24 at the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery (1400 de Maisonneuve West) on the topic: Place-based Community—How do we build a sense of belonging? The third of the conversations on the series, What it means to be a Quebecer today. (The University of the Streets Café organized by Concordia University is an interesting opportunity for people to discuss current issues, especially those with a social connotation. I myself was a speaker at one of the conversations last year and the debates are really enlightening). For October 30 the Council is organizing a Citizen Forum the details of which are going to be released shortly.