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5 Montreal stories guaranteed to make you smile this week: August 3

This image made available by NASA shows the planet Mars. NASA via AP

From a mission to Mars in the works to a group of singers heading to Carnegie Hall, here are five stories guaranteed to make you smile this week:

For the love of books

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Unique book-sharing initiative – Aug 2, 2018

“I saw this little yellow cabinet last week and wondered what it was.

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A grassroots book swap program to help integrate new arrivals is growing in popularity in Saint-Laurent.

READ THE STORY: Montreal book exchange service for kids builds bridges between cultures

The song continues

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Young Montreal singers headed to Carnegie Hall – Aug 2, 2018

“I love just making people feel so happy. When you hear a Broadway song, and you can feel the actors’ emotions, I just love it.”

A group of singers will represent Montreal at Carnegie Hall later this year.

READ THE STORY: Young Montreal singers to perform at Carnegie Hall

Building a monarchy

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Monarch butterflies – Aug 1, 2018

“It’s a cultural responsibility and the fun part is were also getting the citizens involved.”

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The City of Pointe-Claire has been awarded a bronze-level certification as a Monarch-friendly city.

READ THE STORY: Pointe-Claire deemed Monarch-friendly city thanks to conservation efforts

Mission to Mars

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Mission to Mars: Quebec scientists to help improve medical autonomy of astronauts – Jul 30, 2018

“We have no clear understanding of what that time is going to do to people.”

A mission to Mars might seem only plausible on the big screen, but plans for the eventual journey are in the works.

READ THE STORY: Quebec scientists preparing medical database for astronauts heading to Mars

Life at sea

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Naval ship gives Montrealers a glimpse of life at sea – Jul 31, 2018

“This ship has been everywhere from the Canadian Arctic to the west coast of Africa.”

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The Moncton is visiting Montreal as part of a one-month tour of the Great Lakes and the Saint Lawrence River.

READ THE STORY: Naval ship offers Montrealers a glimpse of life at sea

rachel.lau@globalnews.ca

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