Monday, May 12, 2014, 1:00-3:00 p.m.,

The Writer in Winter, with Sharon Butala

You can’t separate being an old writer from being an old person, and further, from the differing effects of aging on women and men. The condition in itself of being old is quite wonderful (aside from illness and debilitation) but the aging/aged writer is as subject to ageism as old people are in any profession. The world of the aging writer is currently much complicated by the many drastic changes going on in the publishing world which tend to make some of us re-think our working lives. But as old people we have certain advantages that it might be said are particularly precious to a writer, along with certain new difficulties. How debilitating are these new difficulties? How precious the advantages?

Sharon Butala has published sixteen books of both fiction and nonfiction. She has won a number of awards and has been shortlisted twice for the Governor General’s Award and once for the Commonwealth Prize. She has received numerous honours throughout her writing career, one of which is Officer in the Order of Canada. For over five years now, we have been fortunate enough to claim Sharon as a fellow Calgarian.

Wednesday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m.

A Brief History of the Burgess Shale

The animals of the Burgess Shale have taught us more about early life on Earth than any other fossil locality in the world. Studied for over 100 years, the remarkably preserved fossils have changed the way science views early life history and have shaped modern evolutionary theory. We will explore the dramatic history of this remarkable find, as scientists attempt to unlock the mysteries of these weird and wonderful creatures from 500 million years ago.

David Moore holds an MSc in geology and paleontology and has been a guide with the Burgess Shale Geoscience Foundation for over twenty years. Join David with his engaging style and sense of humor and be introduced to the wonders of the most famous fossils in the world.

Monday, June 9, 2014, 1:00-3:00 p.m.,

An Artsy Afternoon

Come and enjoy an art show and sale of the latest works produced by members of our own Painting with Peers group AND a special performance by Canadian jazz pianist, composer and arranger, Bob Erlendson. A local musical treasure and jazz legend, Bob Erlendson is considered by many to be among Canada’s finest players, having performed and recorded with such greats as Lenny Breau, Eddie Bickert, Tommy Banks, Moe Koffman, P.J. Perry and many others. More information about Erlendson’s compositions and albums is available at