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Message from the Point History Society and the PSC Community Theatre:

Joe Beef Market takes place this Saturday, September 11 th 2010, at the Joe Beef Park, located on Centre Street, at the corner of Richmond in Point St. Charles, from 10am until 4pm.

This event is a joint effort between the PSC Community Theatre and the Point History Society with the objective of bringing local History alive and having some fun doing it ! It is a real family event !

Some of the activities planned for this year include:

  • Historical skits by the PSC Community Theatre, with actors dressed in period costumes, and highlighting both Joe Beef and Thomas C. Keefer. Each year we honour an individual that has a street named after him/her in the Point and this year it is Thomas Keefer. (A small part of Atwater St. in the Point was recently changed to Thomas Keefer Street)
  • A number of Artisan Booths selling very interesting & unique goods
  • Joe Beef will be serving Free Soup from noon until 1pm
  • Some Irish music by Belfast-Andi
  • Information booths from Parks Canada & the Montreal Fire Museum
  • And much more…..

And this year, for the first time, we will also have an afternoon of free entertainment with a variety of singers; dancers, and other talent acts from both the Point – and other parts of the city.

There be lots of stuff to see and do, so if you have an opportunity, do drop by the Joe Beef Market this Saturday.


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When Montrealer’s go cross country skiing on the island, they usually head to Parc Maisonneuve, Iles-de-la-Visitation, Cap-St-Jacques, or Parc Mont-Royal.    There are a few other options, especially for the folks who live in the southwest part of Montreal.

  1. Parc Angrignon (Lasalle/Ville-Emard). 10 KM of ski trails.  There are three groomed trails, all of which are accessible from the Metro station, and the two parking lots. Winter Trail Map.
  2. Parc des Rapides (Lasalle). Skiing and snowshoeing are permitted in this park.  Please note that the ski trails are not groomed.
  3. Piste des Bergers (Along the St-Lawrence River and Lac-St-Louis..Verdun, Lasalle, Lachine, Dorval) essentially following the linear bike path.  14 km from Parc Therrien (Verdun) via Parc-des-Rapides until Lachine. The path continues along the waterfont in Lachine until Dorval (7.5 km). Maps: Verdun Lasalle, and Lachine, Please note that the maps include the bike paths and not the ski paths, there is very little information available from these boroughs about their ski trails.  Since I have never skied this path, I welcome comments about it.
  4. Parc René-Levesque (Lachine). 4 Km of paths.
  5. Lachine Canal (on and along).  This is for skiiers who don’t mind cutting their own paths, and skiing next to footpaths.

Please feel free to make comments about this posting.  I am interesting in reading reviews of the different skiing areas in the Sud-Ouest.

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The Sud-Ouest Express newsletter for December 2009 is available online.  This newsletter, in French, provides a lot of information for residents in the Sud-Ouest arrondissement/borough including:

  • Swimming Pool Hours
  • Arena Schedule
  • Fitness Courses
  • Centre Gadbois Information
  • Leisure courses for children, adults, and seniors.  Including Hip Hop dancing!
  • Library hours and activities
  • Christmas Events
  • Cultural Events at Maison de la Culture Marie-Guay, and Georges-Vanier
  • Borough News and Snow clearing information

The Sud-Ouest express is available online, at your local library, borough offices, and in today’s publi-sac.

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Transportation is the theme of the annual exhibition of the St-Henri Historical Society. You can visit the exhibit, “Des chevaux à l’échangeur Turcot”.

Location: 521, place Saint-Henri. Montréal, Québec. H4C 2S1.
Dates and Time: Saturday and Sundays, 1 PM to 5 PM, until Easter 2010.
More Info: http://www.saint-henri.com/

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The Sud-Ouest Arrondissement has new representatives!

The votes are in and the unofficial results are:
Borough Mayor:
Benoit Dorais. Vision Montréal (13 vote advantage)

City Councillor District Saint-Henri—Petite-Bourgogne—Pointe-Saint-Charles
Véronique Fournier. Vision Montréal (155 vote advantage)

Borough Councillor District Saint-Henri—Petite-Bourgogne—Pointe-Saint-Charles
Sophie Thiébaut. Projet Montréal (236 vote advantage)

City Councilor District Saint-Paul—Émard
Daniel Bélanger. Union Montréal (51 vote advantage)

Borough Councillor. District Saint-Paul—Émard
Huguette Roy. Vision Montréal (80 vote advantage).

I predict that there will be a couple of recounts, especially for the Borough mayor seat.

To see the results for the Sud-Ouest arrondissement, click here.
To see the results for the rest of the city, click here.

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Are you looking for something to do this weekend ? Close to home ?  Then I would suggest a walk in your neighbourhood and check out the events and open-houses for the Journées de la culture.

This year there are 16 open-houses in the Sud-Ouest borough, including the Papeterie-St-Armand, a paper manufacturer next to the Lachine canal.

If you love pipe-organ music, you may want to check out the Orgues Ouvert events taking place at 19 churches throughout Montreal on Sunday afternoon.

The Journées de la culture is taking place all around Montreal and the province.  More Info: Guide for the Island of Montreal (PDF) and/or the Search page.

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Attention all dog walkers and folk who walk and bike along the Canal!  This weekend is the annual community based clean-up along the shore of the Lachine Canal.  Put on your boots, bring  gloves and garbage bags.  There will be gloves for those who don’t have any!

When:  May 9th, 1:00 PM

Where: St-Patrick side of the canal between rue Pitt and rue Angers (just east of the Cote St. Paul locks).  “A” marks the spot on the map.

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