For anyone who works with a lot of files and data on their computers, the organization of saving and retrieving valuable information can be a challenge. Members and guests of The Rotary Club of Westmount were given hope last week when Vincent Santaguida, president and founder of MultiCIM Technologies Inc., gave a presentation Information Asset Management as it relates to electronic files specifically.
“Regardless of the perceived value of an information asset, if it is buried and you can not find it, it is of no value at all,” he said. It is extremely important that information assets be easily retrievable. “To help make that information more retrievable," Santaguida explained, "the eXadox file organizer that is an effective structured file naming and storage strategy. From scanned paper documents to information received in emails, users of eXadox can organize all that important information with state of the art technology that will take the frustration and time wasting out of finding that file back." For more information go to www.multicim.com or phone Santaguida at 514-633-6401.La Raza Full Circle features artist MacLeod
“While art does not often make headlines, its history is defined as much by the passage of time and social/political events as is the global narrative. In fact, artists have always engaged in the unravelling of the contemporary condition,” writes former Westmount artist G. Scott MacLeod about his latest group exhibition Full Circle at the Stewart Hall Art Gallery in Pointe Claire until March 14.
In the late 1980s, the collective artists’ group, La Raza, defined itself in Mexico City during a Canadian/Mexican cultural exchange program, by taking its name that means “the first race” from a slum area in Mexico City. Those three original artists, Francis Caprani, G. Scott MacLeod and Gerald Pedros, who were so moved by the powerful social realism of the Mexican muralists Diego Rivera, David Alfredo Siqueiros and José Clemente Orozco, began exploring their circle of influence outside the while walls of museums or art galleries in the media of public art making. Using art as the voice, the artists address everyday realities in a commentary on life on the street, urban experiences and the ever-changing social and political situation
Since 2003, through their art and activist out-reach initiatives La Raza continues to link with local communities, giving support to food banks, AIDS hospices, orphanages, and Amnesty International, among others. For more information go to www.larazagroup.com
Stewart Hall is located at 176 chemin du Bord-du-Lac in Pointe Claire. For more information and times phone 514 630-1254
On Friday, Feb. 26 at 12:30 p.m. as part of the Atwater Library Lunchtime Series, author Lisa Pasold will read from and discuss her debut novel, Rats of Las Vegas.
The novel book tells the story of a young a poker prodigy who makes her way from Depression-era 1940’s Vancouver to Las Vegas. To generate ambience, saxophonist Dave Turner will play music of the era. The Atwater Library is located at 1200 Atwater. For more information, phone 514-935-7344.
Many Westmount seniors are enjoying peer learning at the McGill Institute for Learning in Retirement (the MILR). It is also one of the Atwater Library’s community partners. This week, until Feb. 21, the MILR is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a Festival of the Arts at Ogilvy’s Tudor Hall. For more information about the MILR's programs and the Festival, go to http://milr20.mcgill.ca/Books Road Show at Atwater Library
On Saturday, Feb. 27 from 1to 4 p.m. Antiquarian booksellers Wilfrid de Freitas and Susan Ravdin will host the acclaimed Books Road Show. Situated in the library's reading room, the pair will be available to give expert opinions on the value of people's special and antique books.
The fee is $2 per book for Atwater Library members and $3 per book for others. All proceeds will be used for Library improvements.