CALL Cafés are monthly get-togethers where members can socialize, learn about and sign up for interest groups, propose new interest groups, and have a short, stimulating program ( a speaker, or some other sort of participatory event). Free for members. Guests are welcome; donation appreciated. No registration.

  • Monday, September 15th, Marda Loop Community Hall,
    3130 16 Street SW, 4:00-6:30 p.m.

CALL Gala Cafe

Calgary’s fastest growing and most innovative adult learning group will go city wide when it touches down in Marda Loop to launch its fourth year of program offerings.

CALL began in September 2011, with some 100 members enrolled in a variety of interest groups, operating mostly out of a northwest location at Rosedale Community Association. Three years later, with more than 400 members and some 40 interest groups, CALL is set to go citywide with ever more programs and interest groups using a number of locations both north and south of the Bow River.

The September 15 Gala Cafe will feature Kris Demeanor, the City of Calgary’s first poet laureate. Demeanor’s topic is “Good-Natured Jester or Speaker of Truth to Power: Reflections on Being Calgary’s First Poet Laureate.” Demeanor will address the dilemma of any official poetry representative. Can the poet laureate broach “difficult” subjects, or must he/she stay within a limited “comfort zone” and speak the language of the local booster?

The Cafe will also provide information about CALL’s new and continuing programs, plus opportunities to renew or sign up for new memberships.

CALL interest groups cover a wide range of activities, from current affairs to movies, philosophy to theatre, exploring the city to exploring the world. Monthly CALL Cafes feature well-known speakers, while lecture series explore such controversial topics as the oil sands and the fracking industry.