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.

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  • Monday, January 12th, Rosedale Community Centre,
    901 – 11th Ave. N.W., 1:00-3:00 p.m.

What Filmmakers Can Tell Us About Canadian Cities

Canadian filmmakers have expressed their own experience of Canadian cities in numerous films. Because Canadian cinema is a director-centered cinema, the vision of the auteur director is a way of understanding or interpreting our cities. George Melnyk asks what we can learn from iconic Canadian films with urban settings about filmmakers, our cities and ourselves.

George Melnyk is an Associate Professor of Film Studies at the University of Calgary. He is the author of FILM AND THE CITY: The Urban Imaginary in Canadian Cinema (2014)

  • Monday, February 9th, Rosedale Community Centre,
    901 – 11th Ave. N.W., 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Tai Chi: An Ancient Chinese Art and Health Practice Gaining Traction in the Western World

Enjoy a visit with friends and learn more about Tai Chi. A growing body of research demonstrates that this mind body practice benefits many aspects of health, including brain plasticity, flexibility, balance and bone density. Taoist Tai Chi Internal Arts of Health is an ancient Chinese art and system of holistic health practice which involves the movement of the spine and all parts of the body. The Taoist Tai Chi set is a sequence of 108 slow and graceful movements designed to help the body regain natural health by strengthening and relaxing both body and mind. Everyone, regardless of age, level of fitness or state of health can benefit from the practice of Taoist Tai Chi.

A qualified Tai Chi instructor will discuss the benefits of Tai Chi and demonstrate a set. At the end of their set, you are welcome to ask questions and perhaps even try out a few moves.

  • Monday, March 9th, Rosedale Community Centre,
    901 – 11th Ave. N.W., 1:00-3:00 p.m.

What’s Up with Community Gardening in Calgary?

There has been an explosion of community gardening in Calgary these past few years from 12 gardens in 2008 to over 140 in 2014. In this upbeat talk Janet Melrose will discuss: a bit about the history of Community Gardening in Calgary; how it is evolving and maturing to become a sustainable movement that contributes to fabric of our City’s culture and community; the vital role of the Community Garden Resource Network to foster and support Community Gardens; and where this wonderful growth of urban gardening will be going in the next few years. Those not familiar with the Calgary Horticultural Society will also learn a bit about the history of this 100- year-old organization, whose mandate is to promote “Gardening for Life.”

Janet Melrose is “Calgary’s Cottage Gardener,” a growing micro-business specializing in garden consulting, coaching, education and Horticultural Therapy programs. Her motto is “Grow, Nurture, and Bloom.” After a career in Calgary’s corporate world, Janet’s lifelong enthusiasm for gardening led her to complete the Prairie Horticultural Certificate (with Distinction) through Olds College, together with the Home Farm Horticultural Therapy Certificate. Janet takes great satisfaction in sharing her knowledge and passion for horticulture, contributing to the community in positive and productive ways through workshops and various media including writing for The Gardener for the Prairies and Calgary Gardening as well as appearances on TV and radio.

  • Monday, April 13th, Rosedale Community Centre,
    901 – 11th Ave. N.W., 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Red Alert for Water: Art as Experience and Community Activism

If you were going to join a Red Alert For Water event, the invitation would read: Meet at 1 pm at the community centre and bring RED. Our location will be revealed then. Expect to be 4 hours creating the event. Dress for the weather. Participation will be kept anonymous. Artist Barbara Amos will share her experience with Red Alert for Water— an artist led project referencing the headwaters. The community is invited to see art as an experience rather than an object. This project began in Southern Alberta where a small community is divided over resource development, watershed degradation and governmental policy. A lawsuit and civic despair were the impetus. The communities that help stage these photographs and events are people concerned about the threats to the watershed and they work to keep this concern in the foreground. This effort is hard and tiring. Despair and frustration create many ragged edges on our page. Elements of levity help to sustain us. Creativity is a restorative act.
Collaboration is an important factor and the experience is documented through photographs. The imagery should raise questions, invite curiosity and provide an opening for discussion in the press and within the participating communities. For more information, see www.redalertforwater.com

Barbara Amos is an artist who considers an idea and the situation as the impetus for new directions. Documentation engages digital media and fabrication as well as more traditional practices. Her materials are diverse. She has completed 4 public art commissions including a steel scope on a city street referencing kaleidoscopes and environmental fragmentation. A 48-foot photographic artwork in an Edmonton hospital is the result of research on multicultural issues. Over the years she has been on many boards for non-profit arts organizations and is currently board member for the Leighton Centre. She has recently received an arts advocacy award from CARFAC, Canadian Artists Representation. She is a graduate of the University of Waterloo. Her work has been in the Toronto International Art Fair since 2007 and she is represented by galleries in Toronto and Calgary.

  • 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, May 11
Monday, June 8
Monday, July 13