Welcome to CALL

The Calgary Association of Lifelong Learners


The Calgary Association of Lifelong Learners is a dynamic member-led, not-for-profit organization. You are invited to be part of the action.

CALL’s vision is to offer innovative and affordable learning opportunities for people 45 and over.

CALL is for people who want to engage in learning for the joy of it and to share their knowledge, ideas, experience and interests with others.

Programs and activities cover a wide range of topics, from art and culture to politics, health and science. Registrations are accepted on a first-received, first-served basis.

Affordability, flexibility in time and place, and a friendly, informal small group approach make our learning programs unique. Members are encouraged to suggest topics for upcoming programs and initiate new learning activities.

The first programs started in September 2011. Click here to see the programs being offered. Click here for a short history. Click here for our bylaws

To join CALL, click here.

Program formats include

  • Interest groups–organized into broad Interest Areas (e.g., Art and Culture, Current Issues, History)
  • Lecture series
  • Monthly CALL Cafés–where members can socialize, learn about and sign up for interest groups, propose new interest groups, and have a short, stimulating program ( a speaker, or some other sort of participatory event)

From time to time CALL also hosts special events.

Join CALL to exercise your mind and spirit, make new friends, and see the world around you in a different way.

How is CALL different from other organizations that provide Lifelong Learning opportunities?
  • At the heart of the CALL philosophy and values is the belief that we as adults have gained valuable knowledge and life experience that can be shared with others.
  • In CALL, we are all learners together, and together as a group we decide what we want to learn and how we want to learn it.
  • CALL is open to everyone age 45 or over. We are a diverse group of learners who offer a rich variety of perspectives, experience, knowledge, and enthusiasm.
  • CALL is run by members for members. Everyone is a volunteer, which keeps the costs down, so learning is accessible to everyone.
How you can benefit from being a part of CALL
  • By joining CALL, you are making new friends who share similar interests. This is a group, doing ground-breaking work. It’s fun to be part of building something new.
  • In CALL, you have a voice. You can suggest topics for interest groups and other programs by e-mail to program1@calgarylifelonglearners.ca.
  • You can become a leader or facilitator of a group. Please send in your ideas by e-mail to program1@calgarylifelonglearners.ca.
  • You can take part in other ways, including by joining committees. Write to info@calgarylifelonglearners.ca.
  • You become part of a learning community, gaining new knowledge, skills, and experiences, and keeping your mind stimulated and active.
  • Joining CALL will bring more enjoyment, creativity, and fun into your life.
  Our Mandate: The Calgary Association of Lifelong Learners (CALL) is a member-led, non-profit organization incorporated under the Societies Act of the Province of Alberta in February 2011.  CALL’s mandate is to facilitate lifelong learning for residents of Calgary and area who are 45 years of age and older.  Programs and activities are wide-ranging, focusing on arts and culture, society and politics, and health and science. 
   Our Vision: In providing attractive opportunities for older people to become part of a community that is dedicated to learning for the sheer joy of it, CALL aims to enable its members not only to share their valuable knowledge and life experience with others, but also to gain new knowledge, skills, and experiences and to keep their minds stimulated and active.  We believe that by enriching the lives of the community’s elders and expanding the opportunities for them to connect with a wide range of individuals and organizations, we will also be enriching the cultural, social, and intellectual life of the larger community, contributing significantly toward Calgary’s ongoing effort to become a highly livable city for people of all ages.  
  Background: CALL was initiated in 2010 by a group of Calgarians whose goal was to create a not-for-profit, member-led organization offering unique, affordable lifelong learning opportunities for those 45 and over. Volunteer committees, overseen by an elected volunteer board of directors, plan programs, organize events and recruit facilitators and speakers. Similar lifelong learner and third-age learning groups have been successfully established all over the world. It’s time for Calgary to have its own lifelong learners association!  

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Ongoing for Summer

World Events Discussion Group 1, Mon
World Events Discussion Group 2, Wed

Current Events Discussion Group, Thu

Mystery Book Club
Rosedale Bridge
Rosedale Wordfreaks
cSPACE Bridge
cSPACE Wordfreaks

Uke Jam

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Lawn Bowling at Stanley Park

New for Fall

Human Conflict and Its Impact
Falling in Love with Who You Really Are: Advaita Vedanta
cSpace Basic Bridge
Digital Photography
Nature Photography
Poetry Workshop
Not So Common Law
Origami
Retirement Still Rocks
Philosophy in Everyday Life
Women in the History of Philosophy
Calgary Film Festival Intensive 2017
Ideas, Lives, and Milieus
Canadian Authors Plus Book Club
Shakespeare Studies 2017
Alberta Views Magazine Discussion Group
Buddhism: What You Always Wanted to Ask
Great Directors: Contemporary Women
Yoga: Connecting to Inner Peace and Joy
Unlocking New Films
Live from the Met  
Lunch and Learn
The Heroine's Journey through Literature
Exploring Books with Societal Implications
Literary Classics 
Scrabble--a laid-back approach

Click here for a complete list of ALL Interest Groups.

**Are YOU Interested? **
Interest Groups in the Works

Music Theory for the Classical Guitar

Where Were You in 1967?

**JULY EVENTS**

Health and Wellness
Requested readings are posted on H&W

**SEPTEMBER EVENTS**

Arts and Humanities
Friday, September 8, 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Masters Gallery, 2115 – 4 St SW
The History of Self-Portraiture with Ryan Green

Latin American Issues
Tuesday, Sept. 12, 1:30-3:00 PM
New location:
cSpace, #310, 1721 - 29 Ave. SW

The Politics of Mobility in Southern Mexico

Lunch and Learn
Thursday, Sept. 14, 10:30 AM -12:00 PM
Reader Rock Garden McLeod Trail
and 25th Ave S.E.

SPECIAL "Kickoff" CALL Café
Monday, Sept. 18, 1:00 - 3:30 PM
Dalhousie Community Centre,
5432 Dalhart Road NW
Speaker: Will Ferguson
Topic: Travels to Rwanda

Treks and Travels
Wednesday, Sept. 20, 7:30-9:00 PM
Rosedale Community Hall
Madagascar

Health and Wellness
Tuesday, Sept. 26, 1:00-3:00 PM
Rosedale Community Hall
Hearing Loss 101 - What Everyone
Should Know

Arts and Humanities
Friday, September 29, 2:00 – 3:30 PM
Room 310, cSpace, 1721 – 29 Ave. SW
The Art and Allure of Mysteries with Gail Bowen

**October Events**

Treks and Travels
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 7:30-9:00 PM
Rosedale Community Hall
A Tour of Southern Africa: Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa....

Health and Wellness
Tuesday, Oct. 24, 1:00-3:00 PM
Rosedale Community Hall
Addictions in the Adult Population



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