Wreath illustration by Diane Langston, a member of the Creative Projects Interest Group
By Leslie Dort, President CALL Board
I am one of those people who annoyingly states, “I like winter.” You all know at least one of us.
May each of you find a meaningful way to enjoy the season.
However, as the wind howls, my phone tells me there is a -30C wind chill, the walk looks as if we didn’t shovel only 30 minutes ago and a niggling doubt about my love of winter creeps in.
But I have NO doubts about celebrating and cheering on the many CALL members who continue to create and support CALL interest groups, programs, and events. I continue to be surprised and amazed by the interesting opportunities that are advertised on the website and newsletter.
If you haven’t yet had a chance to volunteer with CALL give it a try in 2022. It is a chance to get to know other members and of course help everyone. I hope to meet many of you in whatever way we can in 2022.
By Carrol Jaques, Chair Operations Committee
Following up on the article in the November 26 CALL Newsletter outlining the process to return to in-person meetings in the new year, I would just like to say one word: OMICRON! CALL Area Coordinators and Group Facilitators started the process of returning to in-person meetings for the new year by finding out if groups wanted to remain on Zoom or resume meeting indoors and then used the Venue Booking Form to indicate their preference. Most groups indicated that they would like to continue on Zoom, which means they will continue as before. Groups that wish to return to in-person meetings will follow the guidelines outlined in emails to Facilitators who will fill out the Venue Booking Form with ALL the details (Including all the specific meeting dates) and send them to their Coordinator. When Operations receives those requests, a designated member of the committee will schedule those groups in the chosen venues on the specific dates and times.
Omicron has impacted the process, but this will not last forever. As groups decide that it is time to meet in person, they will follow the process that was outlined to Coordinators and Facilitators by filling out the Venue Booking Form and sending it to Operations to be scheduled.
Groups that meet indoors will have to follow the current Covid protocols and Operations will pass on that information at the time. QR Codes will probably be required, so the facilitator or someone in the group will have to download a QR Code Reader available from AHS onto their phone and check codes at the door just as restaurants do.
Enough of those details!
Enjoy the upcoming Season. Stay safe, stay warm, and try to stay positive!
Check the CALL website for details of the following events. Registration is required for all these events. You must be a member to register. Join or renew your membership now and watch for email announcements for programs and events.
For Zoom events, please register at least a couple of hours before an event to ensure the registration confirmation email with the event link arrives in your inbox in time.
Discussion, Saturday, December 18, 4pm on Zoom.
Members of this group will view a film version of The Tempest (2010) featuring Helen Mirren, Felicity Jones, and Djimon Hounsou.
You are welcome to register for this group by contacting the facilitator via the CALL to the Theatre page. Further details, including details for accessing the film, are posted there
Tuesday, January 4, 7:30pm by Zoom
Presenter: Dr. Michael Antle, Department of Psychology and Hotchkiss Brain Institute at the U of C.
Our government put up a referendum for the recent election asking if we should go on permanent daylight saving time. This has been a topic of some biannual discussion with different positions taken regarding the economic, health, safety and social issues. The science behind these issues has rarely been discussed but our speaker was extensively consulted in the run up to the latest vote. Dr. Antle’s research over the last 25 years has helped us understand how to this clock works and how we can adjust it.
For more details and to register, go to the Science and Environment page.
Monday, January 17, 2:00–3:30pm Online Via Zoom
Speaker: Pat Armstrong
Do you long for the days when we could meet in person for CALL Café? While we wait and wonder when that day will be, we are excited to announce the return of CALL Café in a virtual format. Like the old CALL Café, CALL Café Online will offer speakers on a range of topics. One advantage of meeting virtually is that some of our speakers will be from outside the Calgary area.
Connect with your fellow CALL members and expand your lifelong learning at CALL Café Online. And remember to bring your own coffee or whatever your favorite beverage is. Each event will require a separate registration. It will also allow you to invite a friend (or friends) to join you (you can add them as guests when you register).
The first Café will take place at 2 pm, Monday January 17. In it, Pat Armstrong, Distinguished Research Professor in Sociology at York University and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, will highlight the further questions that arise when we say that aging is a women's issue.
You must be a member of CALL to register for this event but the registration process allows you to bring 1 to 4 guests.
For more details and to register go to the CALL Café Online page.
Wednesday, January 19, 7:30pm via Zoom
Presenter: John Cobb.
Sailors have been crossing the Atlantic for hundreds of years, sailing south along the coast of Africa before reaching the trade winds and turning west towards the Americas. In his presentation, “Go South ‘til the Butter Melts”, John Cobb combines photos and video to tell the story of his 21-day 2019 journey as part of a crew on a sailboat from the Canary Islands to St. Lucia.
For more details and to register go to the Treks and Travel page.
NOTE: Treks and Travels has a full contingent of presentations coming your way for 2022 except for the months of October and November. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
January 26, February 2, 1:00–3:00pm on Zoom
Group limited to 15
A two session conversation about the basic concepts in two books concerning aging and dying with dignity. Being Mortal reveals how medical science can interfere with our having a good life as we approach the end of it. Neglected No More reveals how our Canadian system of eldercare can be improved so we can age (and die) with dignity. On two Wednesday afternoons in the new year, you’re invited to join us in discussing these books. Find more details under the Social Sciences interest group on CALL’s website.
For more details and to register go to the Being Mortal page.
Tuesdays, January 18, February 1, March 1, 15, 2022. 10am–12noon on Zoom
This group, which includes members from CALL and the McGill Community of Lifelong Learning, will provide participants with an opportunity to increase, through literature, their appreciation of two distinctive places – the Canadian prairies and Quebec. The novels which will be discussed are Under the Ribs of Death by John Marlyn; Volkswagon Blues by Jacques Poulin; Chorus of Mushrooms by Hiromi Goto; Wonder: A Novel by Dominique Fortier.
For more information and to contact the facilitators, go to the The Prairies and Quebec Through Their Literature page.
February 1, 7:30pm on Zoom
Speaker: Jason Unger
From user conflicts to environmental impacts, management of trails on public land in Alberta has been a long-standing challenge in the province. The recently passed Trails Act provides the Minister with a variety of powers to delegate authority over public trails. Our speaker, Jason Unger, will provide a review of the recently passed Trails Act and how trails management and trails legislation could be reformed to create accountability in siting, construction and management of trails. The new act has been decried by environmental groups and legal commentators as damaging to the environment and risks allowing private control of public land.
Jason Unger is the Executive Director and General Counsel of the Environmental Law Centre (ELC), an Alberta based charity focused on legal education and environmental and natural resources law reform. Jason’s practice has focused on issues of water law, legal tools for conservation on private lands, environmental assessment law, species at risk and pollution prevention.
Registration will open in January.
Thursdays from January 6–March 31, 6:30–8:30pm. Online by Zoom
All bridge players are welcome to join us on a drop-in basis for CALL Evening Bridge. The platform, BridgeBaseOnline (BBO), will be used to host 20 boards at 5 tables every Thursday from 6:30 pm–8:30 pm. Duplicate boards will be used so participants can learn by comparing their bidding and playing to others after each session. This activity is for individuals, not pairs. You will play 4 hands at a table and then move to a new table with a different partner and different opponents. BBO now has video so players will be able to see and speak to one another, as they like.
The technology is easy to use on any device. No advance registration is required. If you feel like a couple of hours of bridge on a Thursday evening, you can register on BBO a few minutes ahead of time. For further information and/or to add your name to the player list, go to the CALL Evening Bridge Pilot Project for information and to contact the facilitator Lorna Jamison.
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