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Bow Building sculpture

Photograph of the Head Sculpture at the Bow Building by Henri Walhout, co-facilitator of the CALL Digital Photography Interest Group

Lunch and Learn: Reader Rock Garden guided tour

Thursday, June 6, 9:45-12:00

Reader Rock Garden

The event will be limited to 30 participants. Please register no later than May 30. You must be a CALL member to register for this event.

Reader Rock Garden Historic Park is one of Calgary's most unique cultural landscapes featuring the restored Reader house (that contains Reader's Garden Café), rock pathways, bridges, benches and beautiful flowers. Its restoration was completed in 2006 and earned an official designation as a Provincial Historic Resource. In 2018, the garden was designated as an official national historic site.

Big News About Small Houses

At our February CALL Cafe, architect Mark Erickson of Studio North spoke about laneway homes as an innovative housing alternative. He has now invited CALL members to tour the laneway home he built and lives in.

Sunday, June 16, 2:00 p.m
Room for 15 members only
RSVP Pat Conway patmconway@icloud.com by June 1.

Pat will send you the address when you register.   Registration is closed - Laneway Tour is full.


Climate Change: Where Do We Go Next?

How does climate change affect your day-to-day life? What can you do to make a difference? Join guest expert speakers to dicuss and plan your next green steps. Facilitated by Tom Kerwin, the group meets Mondays: May 27, June 3, 10, 17, 24 from 9:30 - 11:30 am at Rosedale Community Centre in Beugin Hall (2nd Floor).

Lawn Bowling

Medicine Wheel Teaching

Hags and Crones: A Conversation Group

Join us for an initial conversation towards forming a group that seeks to hear women’s voices and value their thoughts and opinions. We want to share experiences, learn from each other and talk about current issues, challenges and concerns. We’d like to examine “where we are now” in terms of identity, power and collective voice.

Please register at: humanities@calgarylifelonglearners.ca before June 11. Conversation to take place Tuesday, June 18, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Location: To be announced

Call Writing Interest Groups

-by Mary Ndlovu

It would appear that CALL members have a penchant for writing, as there are three separate groups all engaged in memoir writing. Some have the dream of producing a full memoir for possible future publication; some are writing interesting incidents or describing characters in their lives for the benefit of their children and grandchildren, while others are writing simply because they have something they want to write down, for their own pleasure or for the joy of developing the skill.

Each of the groups has its own meeting time and its own method of proceeding. They meet twice monthly, usually for two hours, and each member writes something for the coming meeting. These pieces are either e mailed to group members ahead of time, or presented during the meeting, and then most of the meeting is dedicated to giving feedback to the writers. Generally this does not consist of hard criticism but positive encouragement while pointing out ways of achieving a better communication or improved effect. The sessions are both instructive and fun as we work together to hone our skills. In the process much is learned about each other’s lives, and some deep friendships have been formed. Altogether a most enriching experience.

At the end of April the thee groups came together to hear two presentations about the experience of getting published. Janet Wees, a former teacher, told us about the years of effort she put in publishing a story of persecution and survival from World War II which she had encountered through a personal friendship. Now it is a successful story being marketed for reading by middle school children. Susan Cameron, a member of group 1, who has already published novels, stories and poems related her experience with several of her publications. The lesson from both was perseverance …. The road to commercial publication is rough but rewarding – personally but not usually financially.

For anyone interested in writing stories from their lives, one of the “Our Lives Our Stories” interest groups would be ideal for you. You might uncover hidden talents, develop new friendships, dig into your own heritage, and leave a wonderful legacy for your family – or even a wider audience. So why not try – nothing to lose and much to gain.

Save the date

The 2019 CALL Kickoff Cafe


And we’re 'Going Wild’ with BRIAN KEATING! Our famous guest speaker will share his wildlife adventures in 50 countries, on all seven continents and his message on the importance of the natural experience.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Program starts at 1:30
River Park Church,
3818 14A St. SW

See you there!

Ukulele Festival, September 13-15

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.

Cost: CALL Members $225; General Public: $250



"Green Burials: Doing Death Differently"

Monday, June 10, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Note: Presentation begins at 1:30
Varsity Acres Presbyterian Church
4612 Varsity Drive NW

Presenter: Roxanne Walsh, End of Life Educator and Guide; Certified Funeral Celebrant


"Bats in Harm's Way"

Tuesday, June 4, 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Varsity Acres Presbyterian Church
4612 Varsity Drive NW

Presenter: Dr. Robert Barclay, professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Calgary.

He and his students have been studying the ecology, behaviour and conservation of various mammals and birds, with a focus on bats. The questions they ask focus on understanding basic biology and applying that knowledge to applied issues involving forestry and forest fires, wind energy and climate change.


"Sharon Butala: Season of Fury and Wonder "

Friday, June 14, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Room 310, cSpace
1721 - 29 Street SW

Sharon Butala has published eight novels, three collections of short stories and eight works of non-fiction. She will talk about the stories in her fourth collection of short stories, Season of Fury and Wonder, about what is called 'the muse', about intuition and even the place of dreams in the life of an artist.



"The Islands of East Africa: Madagascar and Zanizibar"

Tuesday, June 11, 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Haysboro Community Hall
1204 - 89th Avenue SW

Ulrike Thomas will take us on a journey through the land of lemurs and chameleons and a visit to Zanzibar, a place with a fascinating history and unique culture, known for it's delicious spices and beautiful beaches.


"Canada's North: by Road"

Wednesday, June 19, 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Varsity Acres Presbyterian Church
4612 Varsity Drive NW

Presenters Ruth Sturby and John Mauel have traveled often and extensively through Canada's Northwest and Arctic by road. They will share pictures and short videos of the experiences.


"Aging in Place"

Tuesday, June 25, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Varsity Acres Presbyterian Church
4612 Varsity Drive NW

Jill Chambers, founder of Financial Concierge and Aging in Place Supports. To plan now for the future ahead, the talk will look at nine areas of life that will impact your ability to Age in Place.


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.


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 program@calgarylifelonglearners.ca 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.

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

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