Montreal weekend eco events round-up

If you care about the environment, love gardening or want to help fight poverty, there’s a lot going on in Montreal this weekend.

Here are just a few happenings:

Today, Saturday May 3

Empty Bowls Fundraiser, an annual fundraiser to fight hunger

A bowl of soup with bread may seem meagre but it’s more than what a lot of low-income people eat every day. Proceeds go to:

Dorshei Emet Hanukah Food basket
NDG Food Depot
Patricia Mackenzie Pavillion
Nazareth House 

Where: May 3 at the Unitarian Church of Montreal, 5035 de Maisonneuve W. (Vendôme metro)

May 4 at the Congregation Dorshei Emet, 18 Cleve Rd. in Hampstead

When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – please note there’s a different location each day

Tickets: $25 at the door includes a beautiful, handmade ceramic bowl you get to keep and a meal of soup and bread; $5 (soup and bread only) for children


Jane’s Walk in NDG

A number of Jane’s Walks are happening this weekend in honour of writer and activist Jane Jacobs, who defended urban neighbourhoods and wanted people to live in places where people could easily connect with their neighbours. It depends on the guide, but many expect you to register ahead and if a walk is  listed as full, don’t bother. Other guides are more flexible about extra people showing up.

Fielding-Walkley, A Walk Around the World, is perhaps off the beaten track compared to some of the other walks on offer this year. The gardening-related aspect is there are plans to set up gardens up and down Walkley Avenue this summer.

Where: Starting point, Walkley Community Centre, 6650 Côte St. Luc Rd.  (from Snowdon, Villa Maria or Vendôme metro stations buses: 66,103,104,138, 51)

When: 12 noon (English); 4 p.m. (French); walk is about two hours

Cost: Free. Register here for English version of walk and here for the French edition.

Action Communiterre’s Urban Gardening Crash Course

Broaden your eco-gardening knowledge and skills. Part of a series of workshops to help people become “real gardeners” but gardeners of all skill levels welcome.

Where: NDG Food Depot, 2146 Marlowe Avenue (Vendome metro – walk there from de Maisonneuve)

When: 1-4 p.m.

Cost: Volunteer contribution appreciated


Sunday May 4

Corvée du Mont-Royal

This annual event started with a few volunteers cleaning up Mount Royal and planting trees. Now it’s a lot bigger. You can volunteer to do tasks that include cleaning up trash, cutting down invasive species, planting trees, checking areas where trees were planted, the list goes on. It’s a popular event so get there early, especially if you’re going with friends because you can find your group split up if you don’t sign up at the same time and there are no places left in an activity. It’s a good idea too to bring along a water bottle and comfortable closed-toe shoes for hiking.

In return for your efforts you get a free light lunch and a t-shirt. From noon to 3 p.m. you can enjoy the Kalmunity jazz band or visit an educational kiosk.

Where: Chalet du Mont-Royal (metro Mont-Royal, bus 11; or metro Côte-des-Neiges, bus 165 and 11).

When: Register between 8:45 and 9:30 a.m.

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