Photo: Harvest Moon by Fred Schwering, member of the CALL Digital Photography Interest Group. This Interest Group is inviting new members to join.
Go to the CALL Interest Groups page to see which groups are accepting new members, for example Hags and Crones 4, Alberta Views Magazine discussion group and others.
If you are a CALL member, check with the group's facilitator to see if you may attend one or two sessions before committing to the group.
Check the CALL website for details of the following events. Registration is required for all these online events. You must be a member to register.
Saturday, January 16, 9:30 - 11:00am. Ukefest 2021
We are going ONLINE this year! Our Festival Workshops will be once a month from January to June, 2021. (For this event only, membership is not required.)
January 16 workshop: Strumming styles James Buchholz
Strumming patterns and techniques. We will focus on : where to strum and with what, accents and rhythms, muffling and muting, also pick strum, tapping/slapping and if time allows some Flamenco style strumming.
For more information and to register go to the Ukefest 2021 page.
Wednesday, January 20, 7:30 - 9:00pm. Treks and Travels
Have Camera, Will Travel.
Be ready for when we can travel again. Karen McDaniel will show examples of taking travel photos beyond snapshots to visual imagery.
For more details and registration go to the Treks and Travels page.
Monday, January 25, 1:00 - 3:00pm. Not So Common Law
Should ‘insanity’ be a defence to criminal acts?
Presenter: Jim Conway.
On April 23, 2018 a rented van was driven along Yonge Street in Toronto targeting pedestrians, killing 10 and injuring 16. Alek Minassian is currently standing trial for this crime. Although he has admitted to planning and carrying out the Toronto van attack, his defence is that he is not criminally responsible for his actions because he suffers from Autistic Spectrum Disorder. This case raises a profoundly difficult legal issue. When should a person escape criminal liability because of mental illness, mental disability or “insanity”?
For more details and registration go to the Not So Common Law page.
Heritage Calgary and the Calgary Public Library invite applications for the paid position of Historian in Residence for 2021 at the Central Library in downtown Calgary. The six-month program supports historians and researchers working in any genre related to Calgary's social, cultural and built history. Deadline for applications is February 8, 2021.
For more details go to the following website: https://www.heritagecalgary.ca/heritage-calgary-blog/historian.
(limerists? limerickists? callimerists?)
We have another challenge suggested by CALL member Alana Gowdy!
You are invited to complete a CALL-oriented limerick starting with one of the following lines:
Although he was eager to learn...
The group had a certain appeal...
With limited interest she went…
Did you know that one of the earliest references to ‘limerick verse’ was in a Saint John, New Brunswick newspaper in 1880, sung to that well-known tune Won’t you come to Limerick:
There was a young rustic named Mallory,
Who drew but a very small salary.
When he went to the show,
his purse made him go
To a seat in the uppermost gallery.
Submit all entries to email@example.com by January 28. All entries will be published in the February newsletter. Again, the only prize is fame and the accolades of fellow CALL members.
CALL members only; registration required. For details click on the links to go to the CALL website.
Wednesday, February 17, 1:00 - 3:00pm – Zoom Webinar: Your Alberta Pensions in the Time of Climate Change
The session will address the climate-related financial risks for pension funds, explore aspects of pension investments, particularly by AIMCo, and address how you can engage with pension fund managers (if you wish) to give them feedback.
Presenters: Adam Scott is a climate change expert with extensive domestic and international experience in policy, energy and finance, as well as campaign design and execution. Patrick DeRochie has wide-ranging experience in policy, research, government relations, digital engagement, campaigning, organizing and stakeholder relations with environmental and labour organizations.
Moderator: CALL member Geoff King has been the Master of Ceremonies for the September CALL Kickoff and the CALL Christmas Celebration. He is a member of the Eco-Elders for Climate Action.
Thursday, February 25, 10:00am - 12:00 Noon – Zoom Webinar Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) and How it is Accessed in Alberta.
Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) has been legal throughout Canada since June of 2016. This presentation will explore MAID as an end-of- life option, the application process, criteria, and current legislation. You will also hear a first-hand story about a family’s experience with MAID, and we will answer your questions.
Presenters: June Churchill, MSW, a retired clinical social worker who focuses her energy and interest in the areas of conscious aging and conscious dying. She has developed two CALL Interest groups ‘The Final Chapters’ and ‘Gathering Your Wisdom’. June actively supports increased access to palliative care and end of life planning. She actively supports the right to choice at end of life for those who wish to explore a physician assisted death. Leslie Allen has worked for the past 20 years in human development as a coach, mediator and facilitator. Her husband’s recent death from cancer has inspired her to expand her work into aging and end‑of‑life.
Thursdays, March 4 – April 15 (7 sessions), 7:30 – 9:00pm
Geocaching is a family orientated, outdoor, global ‘treasure’ hunt using a portable GPS enabled device (i.e., smart phone). This open-learning ‘course’ provides basic education and training enabling a person to find geocaches near their home and anywhere in the world.
Geocaching can be done individually or in a small group, in any season, at any age with minimal equipment. Geocaching is an activity that can be enjoyed while on vacation, a weekend event or even a reason for an outing. As one gains experience and skill, geocaching can become, by choice, more challenging and enjoyable. Through geocaching one can experience new places in a different way, associate with people with similar interests and learn about global positioning system (GPS) technology.
And best of all, the exhilaration of finding and/or hiding a ‘treasure’.
For more information and to register go to the Geocaching 101 page.
The CALL Newsletter is our way to communicate what is going on in our community. Usually we communicate to members about upcoming events, however, since all CALL gatherings are postponed for an undetermined period of time, we decided to use the newsletters as a way to ‘peek behind the curtain of CALL’, to give some general information about CALL groups and members.
You are invited to send your ideas and suggestions for future issues to firstname.lastname@example.org. Let us know what your Interest Groups are doing and your strategies for coping with this situation in which the whole world finds itself. We reserve the right to edit for length and clarity; not every submission will necessarily be published.
Meanwhile, be well, stay well in every sense of the word.
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