CALL Cafés are monthly get-togethers 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). Free for members and guests, public welcome. Donation appreciated. No registration.

Monthly CALL Cafés are held at Rosedale Community Hall, 901 11 Ave, NW from 1:00 – 3:00 PM

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Monday, April 10th, 2017, 1:00-3:00 PM
Topic:  Panel Discussion: Getting to Know our c-SPACE Neighbours

Representatives from four organizations who are among CALL’s fellow tenants at c-Space will tell us about their major goals and activities, and discuss ways that we can all begin to work together to create a collaborative community. The Panel will consist of the following:
  • Alliance Francaise de Calgary: Hélene Girardot, Culture and Communication Coordinator, and Jean-Baptiste Roux, Executive Director
  • Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society: Robin van Eck, Program Director.
  • Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society: Michele Stanners, Executive Director, and Troy Emery Twigg, Artistic Director.
  • Rozsa Foundation: Mary Rozsa de Coquet, President and Board Chair .
Don’t miss this opportunity to meet some of our fellow c-Space tenants, and to begin a conversation about how we can start working toward the stated goals of c-Space: fostering creativity, community, collaboration, and change.

Monday, May 8, 2017, 1:00-3:00 PM
Topic:  Six Major Concepts in Indian Mystical Thought

In addition to their full professional careers, our guest speakers have also been students of Indian thought for more than 40 years.  We are pleased to have Melvin and Carla, fellow CALL members, share some of the key elements in this mystical philosophy.  

This talk will focus on six key ideas of Indian mystical philosophy.  They are:

  • The Four Goals of Life (Puroshottras) which include Moksha (Liberation)
  • The Koshas (Sheaths) and the Practice of Neti/Neti (Not This, Not This)
  • Brahman (The Absolute) as Your Own Individual "Soul" (Atman)
  • Ishvara and the Hindu Deities as Symbolic Concepts
  • Bhakti Yoga (The Yoga of Divine Love), The Goddess/Divine Mother
  • Karma and Destiny

Although Indian thought is profoundly deep, the speakers believe the ideas can be used in a practical way to help deal with aging and mortality.  The talk will include a brief guided meditation.


Melvin and Carla Pasternak both have Ph.D.'s in English and MBA's. They spent many years teaching at Mount Royal in the Business and English departments.  They have been students of Indian thought for more than 40 years and in the 1970's spent four years living in a Canadian Yoga Ashram.

Active CALL volunteers, Melvin and Carla lead a film discussion group and a Flash Happenings cultural group. In the fall of 2016, they gave a CALL Course called "Falling In Love With Who You Really Are: Advaita Vedanta."  Melvin currently serves on the CALL Board.   


Mark Your Calendars: 2017

Monday, June 12

Past Presentations

Monday, March 13th, 2017, 1:00-3:00 PM
Topic:  Black and White to High Definition: Fifty Four Years in Television Journalism

Darrel Janz

Darrel Janz, Senior Reporter and Host of CTV’s Inspired Albertans

Television journalist, Darrel Janz, grew up on a farm in Saskatchewan and began his career as a teacher in a one-room schoolhouse. From these beginnings, he went on to become a broadcast journalist, working in various parts of Canada before settling in Calgary, where he became well known for anchoring and co-producing CTV News at 6:00 from 1973-2010, and CTV Weekend News from 2010-2013. Darrel also taught journalism for many years at SAIT and at Mount Royal College.

Darrel will talk about the changes he has seen and the major stories he has covered over his long and fascinating career. He will also discuss the fun he is having late in his career profiling Inspired Albertans.

Monday, February 13th, 2017, 1:00-3:00 PM
Topic:  Studio Bell, Home of the National Music Centre

Speaker:  Jeni Piepgrass, CFRE, is the Director of Development for the National Music Centre

Studio Bell

Watch this Youtube Video: East Village – National Music Centre

On Canada Day 2016, Calgary became home to an exciting new national cultural institution, the National Music Centre, housed in its new, 160,000 square foot facility, Studio Bell. How did this vision grow into a reality, and how will Calgary benefit from having this exciting new attraction here in our own East Village? Jeni Piepgrass, Director of Development for the National Music Centre will tell the story of Studio Bell, Home of the National Music Centre from its beginnings as a keyboard museum to its present operation at Studio Bell to its vision for a vibrant musical future.

Jeni Piepgrass, CFRE, is the Director of Development for the National Music Centre. She leads the team dedicated to raising the charitable and sponsorship revenues required to fund the construction and operation of Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre. Jeni joined the NMC team in 2009, and prior to that she had served as the Director of the Fund Development Office at CKUA Radio and as the Director of Development and New Media for Alberta Filmworks.

Jeni has been a passionate Calgary-booster since she made the city her home in 2001. She has volunteered for several civic causes including the arts, music, literacy, education and animal welfare as well as with the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Canadian Association of Gift Planners.

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Health and Wellness

Tuesday, March 28th
1:00 PM - Rosedale Community Hall
"How Much Vitamin D is Appropriate For Your Bones"


Science and Environment
Wednesday, April 5, 7:30 PM
Rosedale Community Hall

Artificial Intelligence (and Games)

Monday, April 10, 1:00-3:00 PM 
Panel Discussion: Getting to Know our cSpace Neighbours

Latin American Issues
Tuesday, April 18, 1:30 PM
Rosedale Community Hall

The State of Democracy in Latin America:
A Lesson for the North

Treks and Travels
Wednesday, April 19, 7:30-9:00 PM
Rosedale Community Hall
China's Elders:  Common People in Uncommon Times

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