World Events Discussion Group 2 focuses exclusively on international current events and related background issues. Members seek to broaden their knowledge and understanding about all regions of the world in a friendly, informal atmosphere.
The group is currently full, but you are welcome to register and be put on a wait list.
World Events Discussion Group 1 focuses exclusively on international current events and related background issues. Members seek to broaden our knowledge and understanding about all regions of the world in a friendly, informal atmosphere. For a full description click here.
Every month Walrus (www.thewalrus.ca) has articles that intrigue, provoke and challenge and beg conversation. And that’s what we do. Members take turns leading a discussion on an article, and we cover 3 or 4 articles per meeting.
Drop-ins welcome but should let the facilitator know ahead of time so the list of readings can be forwarded. Click here for the full web page
St. Stephen's Church, 1121-14 Avenue SW
Parking on street and at the back of the church.
Mystery Book Club
The group is now full, but if there is enough interest, we will create a second Mystery Book Club that would meet at a different date and time. Please contact Carol (email below) to let us know if you are interested in being part of a new CALL Mystery Book Club.
Carol Gerein email@example.com
Click here to open the Mystery Book Club page.
This is an ongoing group that meets throughout the year, every Monday (except CALL Cafe Mondays) from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the Rosedale Community Hall, 901- 11th Avenue NW. A weekly reminder is sent by email to find out how many will attend.
If you enjoy word games, you might be interested in learning to play Royalty. Each Monday afternoon, the Word Freaks gather to battle wits over creating words with the letters they are dealt. Not easy to make a word if you have a fistful of vowels or indeed if you have no vowels! There are some rules to learn but you will have very willing helpers as guides. We have Lots of laughs and some serious debates about whether a word is legitimate.
This is an ongoing group that meets throughout the year, every Thursday from 10:00 - 12:30 p.m. in cSpace. Address is 1721 – 29th Ave SW; room is on 3rd Floor, right next to the elevator.
Relaxing, Rewarding and Fun!.
This group welcomes CALL members interested in being creative with needles and in pursuing their craft in the company of others. Knitting, crochet, beading, embroidery of different sorts. Some of us have even started needle felting little creatures. Click here for the full web page.
**FULL with wait list**
Along with the typical items discussed in book clubs, this group examines the societal implications found in the books read, such as socioeconomic and political issues, science and technology, historical context and inferences, regional concerns, and more.
For a complete description click here
Before you register you have to be a member of CALL
This “slow-play” group is for almost beginning and rusty players who would like to improve their game. At each session, we will learn from one another and also from experienced bridge players invited to coach us. If you think this group is for you, contact the facilitator.
Continues with no end date
Time: 9:30 - 11:30 AM
Cost: Must be CALL member + one time $10.00 for supplies
Facilitator: Lorna Jamison firstname.lastname@example.org
*Before you register, you must be a member of CALL. To join CALL, click here
cSpace 1721 - 29 Ave SW
CANADIAN AUTHORS PLUS BOOK CLUB
The focus of this club is on Canadian fiction and non-fiction. Non-Canadian authors are also considered. Books are selected in collaboration with the group. Members commit to regular meetings and volunteer to facilitate book discussions alone or with a partner. The book club is limited to twelve and membership in CALL is required.
Rosedale Community Centre, 901-11 Avenue NW
“So Many Books, So Little Time” Book Club
“Another” CALL Book Club has formed. Members of the group decide, by consensus, what books will be read. There really are so many books!
*Register with the facilitator.
Facilitator: Janet Warner, email@example.com
*Before you register, you must be a member of CALL.
Latin American Issues Lecture Series
Professors and graduate students from the University of Calgary’s Latin American Research Centre (LARC) explore various aspects of Latin American history and current issues in this series of monthly lectures co-sponsored by CALL and LARC. Each one-hour lecture is followed by a half hour for questions and discussion.
Co-facilitators: Mary Lou Kerr, Judy Hamill
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or email@example.com
All are welcome. (CALL membership is not required.) No fee and no registration.
Return to details page.
cSPACE King Edward, Room 310, 1721-29th Avenue SW
Scrabble--a laid-back approach
This group welcomes CALL members with varied experience playing Scrabble, ranging from little to much, who agree to play in a laid-back, not highly competitive (but serious!) manner, using Webster’s dictionary.
Register with Facilitator: Ona Stonkus firstname.lastname@example.org
Rosedale Community Hall, 901-11 Ave. NW, upstairs in Beugin Hall
The format of the group discussion is planned to be fairly informal, with participants taking a thoughtful look at issues in the most recent magazines. Individuals can take turns and lead discussion on chosen articles, or just contribute to discussion as the motivation takes. We will aim to advise the group on the 2 to 4 main topics coming up for discussion, and who will present. Reading the associated articles will be useful preparation, in whatever depth suits the interest of the individual
Click here for the web page with complete information.
Unlocking New Films
We meet seven alternate Tuesday's each “semester” and discuss the best new films playing in Calgary theatres. Group members suggest and select the films democratically. Participants are asked to make their own arrangements to see the films independently before the discussion. The facilitators send critical links and questions by email before the meeting.
Dr. Melvin and Dr. Carla Pasternak – Both facilitators have PhDs in English and many years of teaching experience at Mount Royal University.
Our life stories may not have changed the course of history, but our stories shape us. We want to invite you to be part of a group interested in writing stories based on our life experiences. We will share and discuss approaches to writing our memories. What gives our stories life will be explored together. As a group we will use prompts, old pictures and special mementos to start our writing process. Some of our writing can be done in the meeting and more can be done at home between meetings. We will be sharing our writing by providing an audience for each other. We hope, through practice and encouragement, to improve our written stories. Facilitators: Terry Lende and Pat Hogan. For the web page click here.
Register by emailing Pat Hogan at email@example.com.*
*Before you register, you must be a member of CALL.
St Stephen’s Anglican Church, Canterbury Room, 1121-14 Ave SW
NOT SO COMMON LAW
Explore the historical and social background of some of the intriguing, interesting and important legal cases which have had lasting impact on our society and affect our lives today. Each month we will have an interactive presentation about some of these famous and fascinating cases and the opportunity to discuss legal current affairs.
To register for the series contact Jim Conway* firstname.lastname@example.org
Drop–ins are also welcome.
cSpace, 1721-29 Ave. SW Room 310
Our life stories may not have changed the course of history, but our stories shape us. We want to invite you to be part of a group interested in writing stories based on our life experiences. We will share and discuss approaches to writing our memories. What gives our stories life will be explored together. As a group we will use prompts, old pictures and special mementos to start our writing process. Some of our writing can be done in the meeting and more can be done at home between meetings. We will be sharing our writing by providing an audience for each other. We hope, through practice and encouragement, to improve our written stories. For the full web page click here.
Facilitators: Susanna Koczkur and Sally Shah
*Register by emailing either Susanna Koczkur or Sally Shah at
Rosedale Community Centre, Board Room, 901 11 Ave. NW
Facilitators: Deborah Alexander and Jean Dowson
Register by emailing Deborah at email@example.com. *
St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, Canterbury Room, 1121-14 Ave SW
Current Events Discussion Group Rosedale
Participants discuss national, local and international** current events. Our format can vary. Usually, participants are encouraged to lead a detailed investigation in the first hour on a topic of interest to them, and topic material is distributed beforehand to the group. The second hour is then devoted to a group discussion on a handful of topics current to the previous weeks. At other times, every member brings a current topic of interest to them, and we discuss it for 10 minutes or so.
Register by emailing either Ron Foyer or Sue Beugin
Before you register you must be a member of CALL.
Whether you are new to opera or an aficionado, you are most welcome to join us in watching performances by the Metropolitan Opera Company in New York, transmitted live or in encore performances in HD at Chinook Theatre. After the viewing, also join us to enjoy lunch or just a coffee at a nearby restaurant while sharing and discussing the experience.
Purchase tickets at http://www.cineplex.com/Events/MetOpera (Press on the link and scroll down to the performance)
To register* for this group please email group facilitator David Cooke at firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-facilitators: Zina Rosso and Gail Hinchliffe
Go to details page for more information on opera showings.
Chinook Cineplex Theatre
Attending Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra Rehearsals
Enjoy glorious live music and a behind-the-scenes look at the
Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO).
The interactions between the conductor, the members of the orchestra, and the audience add to the fun!
As a member of the CALL “Attending CPO Rehearsals” group, you arrive at the Jack Singer Hall in the Arts Common, formerly the Performing Arts Centre downtown, and pay the fee $10.00 (per concert) at the door directly to CPO staff.
Othello is the second of 3 plays exploring the theme of jealousy, a fearful anxiety of losing someone’s affections to another. It seems to grow out of personal insecurities and feeds on fear of loss of reputation and self-esteem. As we see in Shakespeare, a character driven by this emotion can lose control and fall into obsession leading to tragedy. In Othello, ‘the maddening change is from the best’.
New members welcome. Drop-ins also welcome.
Click here for the web page with the full description and registration information.
cSpace Intermediate Bridge
This new (2017) and friendly bridge group has players at intermediate and advanced skill levels. Please consider joining us regularly or as a spare if you prefer to play less frequently. Contact one of the facilitators if you’d like to be part of the group or have any questions.
When: Monday afternoons, weekly
Time: 12:45 sharp (doors open at 12:30) - 3:00 PM
Where: cSpace (4th Monday of the month at Rosedale Community Centre)
Cost: A one time $10.00 fee for supplies
Susan McCrank email@example.com
Lorna Jamison firstname.lastname@example.org
Before you register, you must be a member of CALL.
cSpace 1721 – 29th Ave SW
How Can You Think That?
A Political Book Club
Are you interested in having thoughtful, civilized discussions about politics?
Would you like to understand why the views of others can seem so incomprehensible?
Our political book club includes members from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives.
We meet monthly on Tuesdays at cSPACE.
Go to details page.
cSpace, Room 310, 1721-29 Ave. SW
The Literary Classics group will reconvene in September with a four part series studying Virginia Woolf.
Click here for the full course description.
Facilitator: William Hatherell
STEM for our (Grand) Children
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) are some of the tools our grandchildren will need to go forward in a world of computers, automation, AI and revolutionary technologies we cannot even imagine.
Speaker: Paula Hollohan
Facilitators: Tom Jack/ Joe Boivin
Click here to open the Science and Environment page.
Rosedale Community Hall, 901 - 11 Avenue NW
Solar Energy 101
with David Kelly
David Kelly is a leader in the solar industry for over a decade and a regular speaker at solar events across Canada. David will present a ‘Solar 101’ with details on how solar works, what the Alberta Microgen regulation means and details on any available solar grants for home and business owners. He will also present photos of a variety of solar installations completed by SkyFire.
Click here for the full description.
Buddhist Teachings in their Complexity
This series will focus on the Four Noble Truths and what the concepts mean for human existence.
Facilitator: Eva Neumaier has taught Eastern Religions in general and Buddhism in particular at the University of Calgary and the University of Alberta.
Register with the facilitator: email@example.com*
Before you register, you must be a member of CALL.
Trinity Lodge, 1111 Glenmore Trail SW
Connecting to Inner Peace and Joy
The purpose of Yoga and many related practices is to connect to your inner source of uncaused peace and joy. The easiest way to do this is through meditation and its sister practice, mindfulness. Over 40 years of scientific research have clearly demonstrated the associated social and health benefits of these practices.
In this course we will explore the ideas behind these ancient practices, and the modern understandings about how and why they work on both your inner and outer world. Each session will include a period of meditation to allow participants the opportunity to experience the benefits for themselves.
cSpace, Room 310 1721- 29 Avenue SW
FILM NOIR CLASSIC CINEMA SERIES
This is a 5-part series of Film Noir classics from the 1940s and 1950s.
This is an opportunity to view some famous films, including Double Indemnity, The Maltese Falcon and The Lady from Shanghai. Film Noir is an American genre that encompasses a range of plots: the central figure may be a private investigator (The Big Sleep), a plainclothes policeman (The Big Heat), an aging boxer (The Set-Up), a hapless grifter (Night and the City), a law-abiding citizen lured into a life of crime (Gun Crazy), or simply a victim of circumstance (D.O.A.).
This interest group will only go with a minimum registration of 25 (max. 100) CALL members in order to book an evening slot at a commercial theatre. Also the films will be advertised on the theatre’s website, film listings, and marquee so that the general public will be able to attend.
There will be a 5 minute introduction to each film plus a 15 minute audience Q&A after each film.
Globe Cinema 617 8 Ave SW
Calgary, AB T2P 1H1
Plaza Theatre1133 Kensington Rd NW
Calgary, AB T2N 3P3
Invest in Yourself--A Toolkit for Online Investing
The popularity of online trading has skyrocketed since coming onstream in the 1980s. Millions of investors have set up their own online trading accounts to grow their assets and retirement savings.
This group will introduce you to the world of self-directed online investing, as an alternative to costlier methods such as full-service brokerages.
You will acquire the basic knowledge and tools needed to invest on your own, and learn about the many investment products available. Note: This group is not about day trading.
Suitable for all levels of investing experience.
Not suitable for drop-ins.
cSPACE King Edward, 1721- 29 Avenue SW
Exploring Philosophy of Religion
We will explore varying conceptions of the divine; the significance of religious experience; proposed proofs and disproofs of God’s existence; issues of pluralism, diversity and tolerance; struggles over religiously motivated terrorism; and conceptions of immortality.
Our discussions will be of interest to religious believers and non-believers alike. An attraction in the past has been the calm and respectful atmosphere in which various ideas and commitments are considered. As a basis for our explorations of these themes, readings from Internet sources (encyclopedia and others) will be recommended.
cSpace, Room#310 1721 – 29 Ave. SW
Alexander Hamilton: The Bio and Musical
We will examine the life and times of Alexander Hamilton (1757 - 1804) through the 2004 Ron Chernow biography and the hit Broadway musical, Hamilton! Each week the group will cover a few chapters of the book and the corresponding musical selections.
Facilitator: Tom Kerwin
Register with the facilitator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Plays are written to be spoken aloud with emotion and appropriate voices to increase our enjoyment and understanding of them. We want to improve our ’performance’ of the play.
All members will participate in choosing, reading and discussing the plays.
cSPACE 1721 29 Ave SW
Art Jewellery: The Art and The Practice
with Sarabeth Carnat
Jewellery artist Sarabeth Carnat will talk about her work which addresses the elements of beauty, color, comfort, ritual, and relationships. She will talk about her growth and development as an artist and about her role as an educator during her thirty year career at the Alberta College of Art and Design.
Sarabeth will share images of her work which will provide insight into her one-of-a-kind jewellery pieces, metal painting, Judaica, and anodized aluminum objects. She will discuss the vitality of the program at ACAD, relate her current focus: the “Ranch Project” at the Calgary Stampede and share information about the Alberta Craft Council.
After the talk, Sarabeth will tour interested participants around the Alberta Craft Council gallery located on the main floor of cSpace.
Return to Arts and Humanities Speakers Series page for more details.
cSpace, Room 310, 1721 - 29 Ave. SW
Ukulele Intro – the Happiness Fix!
Come join us and play the uke in this introductory Interest Group. It kicks off with a great movie night about the uke, “Mighty Uke, the Amazing Comeback of a Musical Underdog” this may be viewed at a facilitator’s house, more information will be sent out to registrants.
Three workshop sessions follow, with a limited number of ukes available to borrow during the workshops. If you have your own, at home, gathering dust…Bring It! This is a great opportunity to see how much you like it!
No musical experience is required. It’s fun, easy and a great social activity. Be amazed when within minutes you can play and sing a song!
After this intro, you’ll know what you want to do with your uke: take lessons from one of the many fine teachers in the city, find people to play with on a regular basis, or sell your uke on the Internet.
Click on the map to open Google Map for more detail.
Please email Louise at email@example.com to register!*
cSpace, 1721-29 Ave. SW
NW Passage with Lynda Cherry
Out of the Northwest Passage - the trip Franklin never made. A 17 day voyage with Adventure Canada on the 137 metre Ocean Endeavour in midSeptember 2016 is a breathtaking experience.
From gale force winds that kept us ship bound through the Bay of Terror (aptly named) to zodiac trips around majestic ice floes and icebergs with whale sightings this was a trip of a life time.
Lynda will highlight some of the onboard, on sea and on shore experiences of this incredible and awesome journey.
Free for members, $5 charge at the door for non-members. Guests are welcome. No registration required.
Return to details page.
Poetry Workshops Group 1
The focus of this workshop will be to encourage and support those who would like to use poetry to express, clarify and distil experience. We will meet bi-weekly to read our writing and give feedback in a supportive environment, encouraging and sharing ideas for improvement. Seed ideas will be provided to stimulate ideas and create focus, but members will be free to write on any subject they choose. We will begin with an agreement of complete confidentiality to give us the security to express ourselves freely. No experience necessary.
The emphasis will be on self-expression but opportunities for publication will be explored for anyone interested. Handouts on varied aspects of writing poetry will be provided as needed.
Facilitator: Ria Kinzel has led many poetry workshops over 35 years as a language arts teacher in Edmonton and the United States. She has been a member of the Blue Light Press poetry workshop for 20 years on and off and at the urging of that group’s facilitator is working on publishing a chapbook herself. She has an MA in Literature and a PhD in Vedic Studies and currently teaches Transcendental Meditation.
Register with the facilitator, Ria Kinzel firstname.lastname@example.org
Results of a U of C Concussion Research Program
The integrated concussion research program (ICRP) is a University of Calgary-wide initiative to study concussion which has brought together experts from the Cumming School of Medicine, Faculty of Kinesiology, and Faculty of Arts, with support from the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI) and the Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI).
Presenter: Dr. Keith Yeates
Return to Health and Wellness for details.
Rosedale Community Centre 901 11 Ave. NW
This set of classes will give you the basics of what to play on your U Bass or electric bass so you can add to your groups and have more fun. We’ll start at the beginning covering easy patterns which can be played in any key and are appropriate to lots of musical styles.
The lessons will be appropriate for U (ukulele) Bass, electric bass or even regular guitar as the four bass strings are all tuned the same.
Return to Basic Bass details page.
cSPACE, 1721 – 29th Ave SW, room #310
Poetry Workshops Group 2
CALL to the Theatre
This interest group attends theatre performances in a variety of venues in Calgary. The plays are chosen in advance to allow group members who wish to an opportunity to do research before viewing. The group gathers for conversation after the production in a nearby coffee spot. The sharing of personal reflections and responses is encouraged.
Feb. 3, 2:00, Old Trout Puppet Workshop’s “Twelfth Night” at Max Bell Theatre
March 4, 2:00, Scorpio Theatre’s “1984” at Pumphouse Theatres
Information about ticketing, location, research links etc. is emailed to group members before each play.
Co-facilitators: Zina Barnieh, Brenda Falle
To register for this interest group, please send an email to:email@example.com
Drop-Ins are most welcome, no registration restrictions.
In December 2012/January 2013 six of us went to Myanmar (Burma), a trip that I will remember for many good reasons, but most of all, people. At the time, Myanmar was still under the military dictatorship, under international sanctions and not a major travel destination. We spent 3 weeks traveling around and had a great time. I will always remember Burma as one of my favorite destinations.
Decisions that Count – Advance Care Planning & Personal Directives
If you were unwell, and unable to speak for yourself, do those you are close to know your wishes for health care and personal decisions?
Advance care planning is the process of thinking about, talking about, and documenting your wishes for health care if you are unable to speak for yourself.
This session will provide information on Advance Care planning and the importance & role of Personal Directives.
All participants will be provided free materials
Lead by Alberta Health Services Educators