Photo by Bill Stillwell, member of the CALL Digital Photography Interest Group
All Members & Guests welcome!
No Fee or Registration required
Artists, Makers and Creatives! Handcrafts Wanted for the CALL Holiday Café Craft Market
It's a great opportunity to show off your creative talents and raise funds to support CALL programs!
Please contact Linda Jackson at to arrange for your donated items to be picked up. Items can also be dropped off at the Craft Market on December 9th at Varsity Acres Presbyterian Church, 4612 Varsity Dr. NW between 10:30 am and noon only. Unsold items can be collected from the Craft Sale after 3:30 pm or you can contact Linda to have your items returned at a later date.
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Not crafty? Come to the Craft Market at the Holiday Café on December 9th and purchase unique handcrafted items to support CALL programs!
As I hope you know, CALL is a charity registered with the Canada Revenue Agency, so any donations will provide you with some tax relief. It is approaching year end, so if you would like to donate to CALL and get the benefit early next year, this is the time to donate
Our membership fees are kept low so that everyone can afford to belong. While volunteers do all the work of CALL, there are expenses for renting space, insurance, honoraria and providing hospitality. Some these costs are rising sharply.
A donation could be given to CALL as a gift for the friend who has everything for their special occasion. Or, it could be your way of thanking CALL for the wonderful array of learning opportunities available to you as a member. Anytime, a donation to CALL is always welcome.
We will provide tax receipts for donation $20 and more.
Please send a cheque made out to Calgary Association of Lifelong Learners to:
Calgary Association of Lifelong Learners
#310, 1721 – 29 Avenue SW
Calgary AB T2T 6T7
Monday, December 2, 1:00 pm in Room 310 at cSpace
Join the Indigenous Awareness group in conversation with Chantal Stormsong Chagnon, a Cree Ojibwe singer, drummer, storyteller, drum maker, teacher, speaker, activist and a workshop facilitator. She has led marches such as the Annual Sisters in Spirit, Pokaiks and championed social justice cause include MMIW, Women's Rights and Environmental Issues.
CALL Members are invited to join our partners at Varsity Acres Presbyterian Church, 4612 Varsity Drive NW to enjoy music at noon.
Friday, November 29, 12:00-3:00 Gianetta Baril - Harpist
Gianetta is an award winning concert harpist who makes her home in Calgary. She has performed throughout Europe, Brazil & Canada and is well known for her dramatic artistry, warm presence and brilliant technique. She is also dedicated to serving young children through music. Her fundraising initiative "Harping for Harps" has facilitated donations of 9 harps to start social projects in Brazil. She returns yearly to continue teaching young children to expand their horizons through music.
Drawing from a broad range of harp repertoire, she weaves contemporary and ancient music with traditional hymns and carols for the Advent season.
Concerts are free. Donations are accepted.
Plan to join us for a hot lunch following the concert. Lunch is $7.00. You can reserve your spot at the table by one of the following:
To register for the meal:
This group meets every Tuesday morning to enjoy invigorating winter walks while engaging in conversation with fellow CALL members, discovering new pathways, and observing the flora and fauna within our city.
World Events 3 focuses on current world events and International issues. Members seek to broaden their knowledge and understanding of events and trends happening in all regions of the world. Meetings and discussions are held in a friendly, informal atmosphere.
Held every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month from 1:00 - 3:00pm in the Treehouse Meeting Room, 4th floor (2nd Fridays) and Room 310 (4th Fridays) in cSpace, 1721 - 29th Avenue SW.
We are three groups of CALL women who meet to share our stories, to discuss public issues and personal challenges, and to explore our power and possibilities as elders.They are groups where your voice will be heard and&nbap;valued.
The first three groups are full, but a fourth group is starting in January, 2020. They will meet once a month.
Registration is now open for the WINTER session, January 2020. The group will meet on 6 Wednesday afternoons.
In this group, we will reflect on the philosophical problem of free will, using two short books that take different positions on the topic. These works are Free Will by Sam Harris (Free Press 2012) and FreeWill by Mark Balaguer (MIT Press 2014). (Both books are short, readable, and inexpensive.) We will enrich our discussions of these works with material from other readings and relevant personal experience.
Facilitator: Trudy Govier
Beginning on March 10, this group will meet on six Tuesday afternoons, 1:00 - 3:00 pm at a location to be announced.
In this group we will seek to understand and discuss some central issues in the philosophy of religion. Topics will include the distinction and relation between spirituality and religion; conceptions of God; central arguments for theism and atheism; feminist and other approaches to theology; the problem of evil; and conceptions of soul and immortality. We will also consider different views about the relation between science and religion. Notes will be provided as a basis for discussion.
The following Speaker Series are free for CALL members. For some, there is a $5 charge at the door for non-members. See the website for details. Guests are welcome. No registration is required.
Our Green Energy Future
Tuesday, December 3
7:30 - 9:00 pm
Varsity Acres Presbyterian Church
4612 Varsity Drive NW
Speaker: David Dodge, Co-Chair or Edmonton's Energy Transition Advisory Committee and producer of Green Energy Futures, a series of more than 230 documentaries on clean energy leaders, projects and technologies from across Canada. He will discuss cleantech innovations in energy efficiency, renewable energy, buildings and transportation and discuss how this will affect our homes, jobs and economy in the future.
Our Past Matters: Stories of Gay Calgary
Friday, December 6
1:00 - 3:00 pm
Room 310, cSpace
1721 - 29 Avenue SW
Join Kevin Allen, author of Our Past Matters Stories of Gay Calgary, for an exploration of the city's little known LGBTQ2 History. Learn about Everett Klippert, the Calgary Bus Driver whose Supreme Court case led to the partial decriminalization of homosexuality in 1969. Hear about community organizers who founded the city's first gay clubs and safe spaces, including the legendary Club Carousel. Kevin will share gay tales ranging from the signing of Treaty 7 to debates within the queer community today.
Truth and Beauty in the Canadian Rockies: Exploring the Art of Walter J Phillips
1:00 - 3:30 pm
Room 310, cSpace
1721 - 29th Avenue SW
Join author Lisa Christensen as she discusses the fourth book in her award-winning series of titles that explore the art of the Canadian Rockies. Christensen will expand on the life of watercolourist and master printmaker Walter J Phillips, take you to some of the trails that he followed through a visual presentation, and share stories of his life, his writings, and his art.
Coming in January
What Lies Ahead? Alberta's Energy Future.
Monday, January 20, 2020
1:00 - 3:00 pm
Varsity Acres Presbyterian Church
4612 Varsity Drive NW
Gary Mar - former Alberta Cabinet Minister, now CEO of the Petroleum Services Association of Canada - will speak to the multi-million-dollar question on everyone's mind.
Tuesday, January 7, 7:30 - 9:00 PM
Speaker: Jay Ingram, CM (Order of Canada Member) is a Canadian author, broadcaster and science communicator well known for his past role as the host of the television show Daily Planet, which aired for many years on the Discovery Channel.
Beginning in January 2020, Film Noir 2020 is the third instalment of the highly popular Film Noir Movie Series launched at the Globe Cinema in winter 2018. Film Noir is a term that describes American B&W films made in the 1940s and 1950s that deal with sex, murder, and money.
The films are open to the public. If time permits the facilitator, George Melnyk, will lead a discussion after the screening.
CALL members who sign up for this interest group will receive an email with the dates and films we will be viewing as well as an email before each screening with suggested readings about the film.
The films are screened at the Globe Cinema, 617 - 8th Avenue SW on $5 Tuesdays (7 p.m. screening). Specific dates are January 7, January 14, January 21, January 28, February 4 and February 11, 2020. Six films in total will be shown.
NEW MEMBERS - SAVE THE DATE - Invitation to follow
When: Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Where: Varsity Acres Presbyterian Church, 4612 Varsity Drive NW
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
PARKING AT VARSITY ACRES PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: 4612 VARSITY DRIVE NW
Be aware that the parking lot on the west side of the church has two entrances, but they do not link up and if there are no spots, you will have to back up to get out.
There is parking on the street along Varsity Drive as well as in the neighbourhood north of the Church. Turn north on Viscount Drive (the street just east of the Church), and drive past the signs that restrict parking (loading zones or parking by permit only) where you will find parking on the streets further away from Varsity Drive.
Be aware that the parking in the shopping centre across Varsity Drive is reserved for customers during business hours, but could be used in the evening. Varsity Community Centre, further east on Varsity Drive, is also a possibility for evening parking, but it may be required for its own activities.
CALL’s membership is expanding and we are in need of new locations to accommodate the increasing number of activities we would like to offer.
Please look around your own neighbourhoods for potential venues and let the Venues Committee know at email@example.com by using the Potential Venue Referral Form (pdf) This is a fillable form. Download to your desktop, enable editing, fill it in, save and email back as an attachment.
Your help is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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If you are unable to join an Interest Group because it is full please leave your name at the registration email so CALL is able to judge demand for specific groups.
If you have ideas for Interest Groups you would like to see developed please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your suggestion along with any potential facilitators or resources you may be aware of.
Volunteers are the backbone of CALL. We sincerely thank all of our dedicated volunteers who have contributed and who continue to contribute in making CALL such a wonderfully diverse and interesting organization! We are truly lucky to have such a rich range of life experience in our membership. Your time and talent is immeasurable. Simply put… without YOU - our volunteers - CALL WOULD NOT EXIST!
As CALL is growing we have need for more people to help maintain the quality of what we offer. Take some time and get involved in CALL… meet new people, develop new friendships while providing valuable help. Please email Marika Kohut, Volunteer Coordinator. She is happy to talk to you about opportunities
CALL presents a growing and ever-changing list of Interest Groups. Members, working with the Program Committee volunteers, plan and organize groups to share interests, perspectives and knowledge.
Is there a topic you would like to explore? Contact the Program Committee email@example.com to discuss your ideas.
See the full list of current Interest Groups with detailed descriptions and information about signing up. Many continuing groups have space for new members and some groups are starting anew in January and looking for participants. If you are interested, check with the group facilitator. You must be a member of CALL to participate in Interest Groups.