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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 and guests, public welcome. Donation appreciated. No registration.

Monthly CALL Cafés  from 1:00 – 3:00 PM 
Varsity Acres Presbyterian Church
4612 Varsity Dr NW

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Monday, April 9, 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Topic: Makerspace / Men Sheds

Speaker: Max Schlagel,  CFA, Managing Director, Fuse 33; Joe Boivin, CALL Program Committee

Imagine having a friend, like Tim the Tool Man, who owns the best workshop you have ever seen. Imagine being able to use all the tools in his shop to build things. Imagine that the friend is, unlike Tim, highly competent at what he does. He will be there to help you through the hard parts.

We have access to such a place - Fuse 33 - called a makerspace. A makerspace is a collaborative work space inside a school, library or separate public/private facility for making, learning, exploring and sharing,  that uses high tech to no tech tools. We have invited a representative from Fuse 33 to explain the facilities available to us and the collaboration we want to develop between CALL and Fuse33.

In conjunction with this collaboration, we want to introduce the concept of starting up a Men Shed. A Men Shed is a place for men to hang out together and do stuff. The Men Shed movement started in Australia in 2007 and has spread throughout the Commonwealth. Canada’s first one started in Winnipeg in 2011 and branches have sprung up in BC, Alberta, Quebec and Ontario. They provide an opportunity for people to get together and work on projects for themselves or to help others, and to provide the community we often miss once we have left our work life behind.

Monday, May 14, 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Topic: Gardening in Small Places

Speaker: Bert Einsiedel

Many gardeners, including some with spacious yards, are experimenting with smaller gardens such as sun rooms, family rooms, bedrooms, patios, decks, bathrooms, and kitchens. Some are learning how to select and use containers of varying shapes and sizes. They think about soils, amendments, plant food, light, humidity, temperature, and plant supports. Our illustrated talk will cover some approaches to gardening in these small spaces and the pros and cons of different containers made from different types of materials. We will share some creative suggestions on how to use limited space and containers in order to obtain the best growing conditions for our plants. Come and share your questions, ideas, and experiences in growing ornamentals, vegetables, herbs, and fruits in small spaces.

Bert Einsiedel is a long-time volunteer and member of the Calgary Horticultural Society. He is also on the Executive of the Varsity Community Garden, a Master Composter, and a Green Calgary volunteer. He is Professor Emeritus of Extension at the University of Alberta. Bert and his wife Edna are members of CALL.


CALL Café dates for April through June, 2018 

Monday, June 11, 2018

Past Presentations

*To participate in most programs, you must be a member.  Exceptions are listed as Open to the Public

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