CALL’s initial programs began in Fall 2011. Registrations are limited and are accepted on a first-received, first-served basis.

WHAT’S IN STORE FOR 2014-2015?

As a CALL member, have you been wondering what’s in store for the new year?

The CALL website has the latest information on interest groups that started in the Fall and some new ones just created. The new year is a great time to carry on in the groups you’ve already joined and to try out some different and new ones too.

The very popular Treks and Travels and CALL Café continues every month through to June.

Please note that if you are planning on continuing in the interest groups you joined in the Fall, you do NOT need to register for them again. However you should make sure your facilitator knows whether or not you are planning to continue in the group.

Almost all continuing groups, and all the new interest groups have room for new members, so plan on exploring some new subjects and experiences. Explore Calgary with the Urban Hiking Group, discover Opera, or take part in stimulating discussions.


Interest Groups (listed below)–Together, members and facilitators determine the subject matter, timing, location and the duration of interest groups. With this new decentralized approach, participants have greater say. CALL members now register directly with the interest group’s facilitator. And there are no registration fees: the annual CALL membership fee includes participation in any and all CALL interest groups, lecture series, and monthly get-togethers. For more on how interest groups work, click here. For resources and descriptions of the roles of interest group facilitators and interest area coordinators, click here.

Lecture Series–CALL offers both its own Lecture Series and others in partnership with organizations such as Mount Royal University and Calgary Public Library. Current series are Treks and Travels and the Somar Speakers Series.

CALL Cafés–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)


Interest groups and the area coordinators are listed below. To learn more about a group and to register, click on its title.
Member DROP-INS are welcome in some Groups – Please contact the facilitator.

Some venues are not wheel chair accessible, please contact your facilitator.

ACTIVITIES, Sue Constable (
** NEW ** Lawn Bowling
Mah Jong ** Summer Break June 1 – September 8th **
Needlecraft Circle
Sunday Urban Walks
Word Games

ARTS, Colleen Tobman (

Attending Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra Rehearsals
CALL Cultural Flash Happenings
Canadian Authors Plus Book Club
Getting to know Classical Music
** FULL ** Our Lives, Our Stories
The Music of Canada ** DROP-INS Welcome **
Theatre! Calgary’s Hidden Gems

Aboriginal Teachings
Current Events Discussion Group ** DROP-INS Welcome **
** NEW ** Democracy in Canada: What Works and What Doesn’t
The Walrus Magazine Discussion Group ** DROP-INS Welcome **
World Events Discussion Group

FOOD & WINE, Pat McCann (
CALL’s Wine Appreciation – Wednesday Winos

Can We Build a Village in a City?
Health and Wellness Lecture Series
Mindfulness Meditation

HISTORY, Janice Lowe (

MEDIA STUDIES, Robert Seiler (
Reading the New Films

SCIENCE & ENVIRONMENT, Tom Kerwin and Joe Boivin (
The Circumpolar North: History and Challenges
Science and the Environment Lecture Series

TRAVEL, Janet Samber (
Treks and Travels ** DROP-INS Welcome ** $5 fee for nonmembers.

To register for interest groups, you must be a member of CALL. Click here for information on how to become a member of CALL.

Once you are a member, you register directly with the interest group’s facilitator by e-mail, as indicated on that interest group’s web page. Just click on the title of the interest group you want to learn more about or join to go to that page.

As new interest groups are added, they will be noted in the sidebar for two weeks.

If you have any questions about this process, please send an e-mail to

If you have questions about the programs, send an e-mail to

Registrations are limited and are accepted on a first-received, first-served basis.

If you would like to propose a topic for a new program or interest group or become a facilitator, please e-mail the Interest Area Coordinator (see below) or

Interest Areas

Interest groups are organized into broad Interest Areas (e.g., Art, Culture, Current Issues, History).

Current Interest Areas, with their coordinators, are

• Activities: Sue Constable (

• Arts: Colleen Tobman (

• Culture: Sue Constable (

• Current Issues: Mary Lou Kerr (

• Food & Wine: Pat McCann (

• Health & Relationships: Pat Hogan (

• History: Janice Lowe (

• Media Studies: Robert Seiler (

• Science & Environment: Tom Kerwin and Joe Boivin (

• Travel: Janet Samber (


It’s not difficult to facilitate an interest group. You don’t need to be an expert on the subject. You just need to have an interest. You may want to co-facilitate a group with a friend, a partner or a colleague. CALL helps by providing an Orientation Session and ongoing support for new facilitators. Facilitating is fun, satisfying, a learning experience, and an opportunity to meet people who share your interest or passion – exactly why you joined CALL.

Members are  encouraged to discuss their ideas for possible interest groups with one of the Interest Area Coordinators. If you would like to propose a topic for a new program or interest group or become a facilitator, please e-mail the Interest Area Coordinator (see above) or You can also propose a new interest group verbally at a monthly CALL Café.