Côte Saint-Luc Winter Carnival Week 2015

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The main event of the Côte Saint-Luc Winter Carnival takes place onSunday, February 8, 2015 from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park, and includes dog sled rides, horse-drawn carriage rides, ice sculptures, a snow mural, curling on ice, face painting, a figure-skating show and more.
“Last year, the weather was perfect and we welcomed an estimated 2,000 people at the park,” Mayor Anthony Housefather said. “Events like this not only bring the community together, but give families cherished memories like eating taffy on snow, tobogganing, or skating on our frozen lake.”
There will be a free pancake breakfast at 11:30 am, while supplies last. Also, the first 1,000 people will get free taffy-on-snow. After that, it will cost $2 per taffy stick.
The full list of activities is at CoteSaintLuc.org/WinterCarnival2015. Côte Saint-Luc will be mailing the event activity list to every home in Côte Saint-Luc.
In addition to the main Sunday events, Winter Carnival Week also includes the Peewee ‘A’ Outdoor Hockey Tournament from February 3 to 8 at the open-air Confederation Annex building at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park. This year, Côte Saint-Luc is welcoming 14 teams from Quebec and Ontario playing a record 26 games.
Côte Saint-Luc is also hosting an adult hockey tournament on Friday, February 6 from 9:30 pm to 12:20 amat the Samuel Moskovitch Arena. There will be public skating at the arena on Saturday, February 7 from 8 pm to 9:20 pm. Then, a week later, on Saturday, February 14 will be the annual Winter Carnival Valentine Dance at the Côte Saint-Luc Gymnasium from 7:30 pm to 11:30 pm.
All Côte Saint-Luc Winter Carnival events are free except for the public skating event and the Valentine Dance on February 15. The entrance fee for public skating is $6 (or free with a Fun Card). Proceeds from the public skating event and donations will go to Ronald McDonald House. Tickets for the dance are $25 in advance or $30 at the door.
Sponsors of the event include McDonald’s (Pierre Brunet Franchise), Domino’s Pizza, the Montreal police (SPVM), CPA Côte Saint-Luc, Rapid Hockey, Côte Saint-Luc Minor Hockey Association, École culinaire Loblaws (Cavendish), The Suburban, Canteen Samuel Moskovitch, Harrow, Holiday Inn, Groupe Atwill Morin, Métro, Jumbologo, and Trophées Pointe Claire. Photography by Randi Weitzner and Bianca Roberti-Even.

Kid-friendly Winter Carnival Day on February 10, 2013 in Côte Saint-Luc

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The main attraction of the Côte Saint-Luc Winter Carnival is on Sunday, February 10, 2013 at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park, where people will enjoy a free pancake breakfast, horse drawn carriage rides, inflatable games and more.
Other kid-friendly activities include taffy on snow, snowshoeing, kicksledding, tobogganing on the hill, a puppet show, face painting, a Scouts presentation, and snow games.
The Côte Saint-Luc Winter Carnival runs from Wednesday, February 6 to Saturday, February 16, 2013 and also includes a hockey tournament, a figure-skating exhibition, a Valentine dance, and movie screening for seniors. The full schedule is available at www.CoteSaintLuc.org/WinterCarnival2013.
All Côte Saint-Luc Winter Carnival events are free except for the public skating event on February 9, 2013 and the Valentine Dance on February 16, 2013. The entrance fee for public skating is $5 (or free with a Fun Card). Proceeds from the public skating event and donations will go to Ronald McDonald House. Tickets for the Valentine dance are $25 in advance or $28 at the door.
The event co-chairpersons are councillors Mitchell Brownstein and Allan J. Levine.


Love is in the air

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Tickets are now on sale for the 2013 Côte Saint-Luc Winter Carnival Dance, which takes place on Saturday, February 16 at 7:30 pm at the Côte Saint-Luc Gymnasium (7500 Mackle Rd.).


Tickets are available for $25 each at the Parks and Recreation Department Building, 7500 Mackle Rd., weekdays from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door for $28.


There will be hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, a sweet table, door prizes, and dance contests. Guests can bring their own wine. The theme of the dance is “Love is in the air,” as the dance takes place just after Valentine’s Day.


The chairpersons of the Winter Carnival committee are Councillors Mitchell Brownstein and Allan J. Levine. The dance committee volunteers include Ron Yarin, Louise Ferland, Frances Miller-Rosen, Irving and Mindy Schok and Irene Tsiabardas.


The music will provided by the George Thomas Entertainment Group. The event is partly subsidized by community sponsors.


Residents can learn more about the 2013 Côte Saint-Luc Winter Carnival Dance by calling 514-485-6806.

Photo of the Week #23: Dedication and Loyalty, Louise’s Story

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Louise Ferland in the Cote Saint-Luc Arena


This week’s Photo of the Week highlights the magnificent career of Cote Saint-Luc’s Louise Ferland.

Louise began working for the City 32 years ago, in 1980 as a sports coordinator.  With a background in swimming and figure skating Louise was a natural for the job. In 2002 she was promoted to the manager of the new CSL gym on Parkhaven.

Louise retired from the City in 2010 but has remained very active as a volunteer ever since.  She is busy serving on five committees when she isn’t already occupied on the golf course or skiing (even in Europe).

Currently, Louise is on the executive committee of the CSL Figure Skating Club, the Winter Carnival Dance committee and the Ville Fleurie committee.  When I bumped into her last Sunday she was busy helping out with the Learn to Skate program that teaches youngsters as little as 3 years old to have fun on the ice and learn basic techniques, right up to older children learning to perfect their skating.

Learning to Skate in Cote Saint-Luc’s Samuel Moscovitch Arena

Louise worked under five different directors of Parks and Recreation.  What stands out most for her was the camaraderie of the staff and the warm, family-like feeling with the volunteers,   many of them now close friends with Louise.

For the last 12 years Louise has lived in Cote Saint-Luc.  “When I sold my home on the South Shore there was no doubt where I wanted to live,” Louise says with great pride.

In September 2010, upon her retirement I had this to say about Louise:  Loyalty and dedication are two words that come to mind in describing Louise. She is also hard-working and passionate about her job and the City. City Council, staff and residents will miss her professional guidance and support.

I had several occasions to work with Louise in the Emergency Preparedness area as well as during live disaster situations such as during the 1998 Ice Storm. Louise was responsible for social services for residents including emergency housing in shelters, food services and more. Her care and attention to detail helped Cote Saint-Luc garner top marks for its disaster readiness.

Good luck Louise. You’re always at home in Cote Saint-Luc!

Louise is most certainly at home in Cote Saint-Luc.  As an active volunteer following an active career here I salute her important contribution to the City and its residents.  Louise is a wonderful example to the staff, volunteers and residents.  Thank you Louise and here’s wishing you many more happy and healthy years of active participation in civic life.


If you know a Cote Saint-Lucer deserving of recognition for making our City a better place to live please send me a photo of them in action in CSL along with a detailed description of their involvement.  I’ll be happy to feature others in an upcoming Saturday Photo of the Week.

CSL Winter Carnival Valentine Dance Feb. 11

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