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
Monday, June 12
Since 1946, Calgary’s Stampede Queens have played a crucial role in the “greatest outdoor show on earth.” Don’t miss this opportunity to hear local historian, Jennifer Hamblin author of Calgary's Stampede Queens (2014). She will discuss the origins and evolution of this contest, profile its winners, and explore its continuing significance to our city’s famous celebration of cowboy culture.
Jennifer Hamblin has an MA in history from McMaster University and Master of Library Science from the University of Toronto. She works as a librarian and archivist at the Glenbow Museum. In her spare time, she enjoys researching and writing about interesting Alberta women. She has written a number of articles for Alberta History and is the co-author of The Diva and the Rancher: The Story of Norma Piper and George Pocaterra (RMB, 2006). She lives in Calgary.
Monday, September 18 1:00 - 3:30 PM
Celebrate the beginning of the FALL Season at CALL. Learn about new and continuing programs! Share your ideas for new Interest Groups! Socialize and enjoy light refreshments! Listen to an exciting speaker!
Speaker: Will Ferguson.
Will Ferguson spent five years in Asia, based in Japan, and travelled to Malaysia, Indonesia, South Korea, and China. He is the author of Beyond Belfast, which charts a 560-mile walk across Northern Ireland in the rain, and Hitching Rides with Buddha, about an end-to-end journey across Japan by thumb. His work has been published in twenty-three languages and has twice been nominated for an IMPAC Dublin Award. A three-time winner of the Leacock Medal for Humour, his novel, 419, won the Scotiabank Giller Prize for Literature. His most recent book is Road Trip Rwanda. He lives in Calgary with his wife Terumi, and their two sons.Photo courtesy of Alex Ferguson, 2016.
Monday, May 8, 2017, 1:00-3:00 PM
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:
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.
Monday, April 10th, 2017, 1:00-3:00 PM
Monday, March 13th, 2017, 1:00-3:00 PM
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
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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