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.

  • Monday, October 6th, Rosedale Community Centre,
    901 – 11th Ave. N.W., 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Aging Well in Community: Some West Coast Adventures

What are “virtual villages”? Why is this concept catching on among seniors in the United States? Would a virtual village work in Calgary? And what is involved in a seniors cohousing venture? Could the Wolf Willow Seniors Cohousing development in Saskatoon — the first in Canada — be transplanted to Calgary?

Arlene and Bob Stamp are founding members of CALL. They will share their impressions of two virtual villages they visited in California this past winter, and they will discuss why they have joined theHarbourside Seniors Cohousing development in Sooke, B.C.

  • Monday, November 10th, Rosedale Community Centre,
    901 – 11th Ave. N.W., 1:00-3:00 p.m.

The Grizzly Trophy: A Philosophical Dialogue

Trudy Govier’s dialogue on environmental ethics and trophy hunting will be presented by three readers followed by a discussion, which she will conduct. In philosophical dialogues, back-and-forth arguments for several viewpoints can be illustrated and considered in a lively way, and this one is no exception. Questions raised include those of species extinction and preservation; eco-tourism; post-colonialism; and the moral weight of tradition.

Dr. Trudy Govier is an author and recently retired University of Lethbridge professor of philosophy. Trudy has facilitated several philosophical interest groups for CALL, including one in the winter of 2013 on “Writing Philosophical Dialogues.” Trudy is facilitating a group on this topic again this fall, as well as one on “Philosophy in Everyday Life.”

  • Monday, December 8th, Rosedale Community Centre,
    901 – 11th Ave. N.W., 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Holiday Party!

Enjoy seasonal treats and activities.

  • Mark your calendars – the CALL Café will be held at Rosedale Community Centre from 1:00-3:00 pm. on the following dates in 2015. Specific details about programs will be available soon.

Monday, January 12
Monday, February 9
Monday, March 9
Monday, April 13.
Monday, May 11
Monday, June 8
Monday, July 13