May 31, 2019
Thanks to all the CALL volunteers who contribute their ideas, time, energy, enthusiasm and expertise!
Tuesday, September 3, 2019 (NOTE: DATE CHANGE)
1:00 - 3:00 pm (Program at 1:30)
River Park Church3818 - 14A Street SW
CALL Members and Guests Welcome
Lots of Free Parking!
Many CALL Interest Groups and Speaker Series are on hiatus during the summer months, but some remain active and some new ones start up.
Click on the following links for details of these groups:
Beginning July 16
We are a group 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. It is a group where your voice will be heard and valued. We decide by group consensus on a monthly topic, issue or reading of current interest or concern.
We will meet once a month on every third Tuesday starting July 16 . 1:00 - 3:00 pm - location to be provided on registration.
Beginning July 18
A unique opportunity for CALL members! This is a four week workshop for CALL members who might be interested in writing fiction but who are not too sure where to begin. Presented by ARWA, one of the oldest and most successful writing groups in the city.
The group will meet 4 Thursdays, 10 - 12 am at cSpace, Room 310. See the link for more information about topics and facilitators.
Continues on for the summer - see the link for information.
Come out and enjoy conversation while walking in the diversity of our parks.
Tuesday mornings - 10am - 12pm. See the link for more information and registration.
-by Mary Ndlovu
On June 14, a group of CALL members could be found sitting in a circle at the top of Nose Hill. While sharing the spectacular view over the Bow Valley and the skyscrapers of downtown Calgary, they were listening to the teaching of Blackfoot elder Randy Bottle, of the Kainai Nation. Nearby was the circle of stones sometimes referred to as a medicine wheel, which Randy indicated is correctly called a sun wheel, before explaining the significance of the placement of the stones. Such wheels have long been places of worship in Blackfoot culture but this one was created recently to educate non-indigenous Canadians about Blackfoot spirituality. All participants were given the opportunity to make their own prayer while offering tobacco at the wheel.
This was only one of the recent of the activities of the Indigenous Awareness Group, formed just over a year ago. Many CALL members regret that they have been inadequately informed about the culture and experiences of the indigenous people who were historically forced to make way to European settlement. This group aims to fill in the gaps in our knowledge and understanding, hopefully enabling us to make a contribution towards reconciliation.
The group meets twice a month; sometimes there is a speaker – an indigenous person relating their experience of residential school, or the 60’s scoop, a historian or a film-maker or artist. Other times we simply share experiences of interesting programmes we have attended or books read. In addition, several outings have been organized – one was to Blackfoot Crossing, the site of a museum at the location where Treaty 7 was signed; two trips went to Tsuut’ina Reserve, and many attended a blanket exercise – a participatory graphic rendering of the indigenous historical experience. The circle on Nose Hill was another of those outings.
If you feel that you need to deepen your understanding of indigenous peoples, why not join the group.
And coming in September...............
CALL's Uke Fest group will be holding its second Ukulele Festival September 13 - 15, featuring a concert on Friday evening at River Park Church ($25) and two days of workshops at cSpace King Edward on September 14 and 15. A Community Theatre that is free to the public will be featured at cSpace on Saturday and Sunday.
CALL was awarded $6500 by the Calgary foundation to support the Community Theatre which will feature international performers, TED talks, a documentary and jam sessions.
New memberships purchased after May 1, 2019 are valid until August 31, 2020. Membership is $50 per person, non-refundable. Participation in the monthly CALL Café and most CALL Interest Groups and Speaker Series is included in the fee. Additional costs may be required for events such as theatre and symphony as well as for special social or fund raising events. See the CALL Membership & Involvement tab on the CALL Home page.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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
Get all the latest information on programs and events in CALL on the website.