Tuesday, October 24, 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Health and Wellness Speaker Series
Rosedale Community Hall, 901 - 11 Avenue NW

Addictions in the Adult Population

"This presentation will focus on types of addictions, societal attitudes and beliefs, and ways to support someone struggling with an addiction. Services provided by Adult Addiction Services (formerly AADAC) as well as other available community supports will also be discussed."

This will be presented by Joshua McLeod from Adult Addiction Services. The agency provides short-term outpatient treatment for those concerned with alcohol, other drugs, gambling, sex and concurrent disorder concerns. Services include individual or group counselling and women's specific services.

Sunday, October 29, 2017 3:00 - 5:00 PM

Canada 150 Singalong
Rosedale Community Hall, 901 - 11 Avenue NW

Join the CALL Uke Jam group, and celebrate CANADA 150! 

We are going to play and sing a selection of Canadian songs, some familiar to all, some maybe not as well known, but all celebrating Canada and being part of this great country of ours!
ALL acoustic instruments are welcome to come and play along, we will post a “song book” on the website and we will have a limited number of hardcopies available onsite.
ALL singers and hand clappers also welcome!

There will be time to socialize!  Small snacks and bottled water ($1) will be available.

Wednesday, November 1

Science and Environment
Rosedale Community Hall, 901 - 11 Avenue NW


The Remarkable Biodiversity of Our Most Extreme Natural Environments

Dr. Peter Dunfield
Department of Biological Sciences, University of Calgary

Most of us are familiar with the Tree of Life, a metaphorical giant with its roots in the primordial muck and its leaves representing the incredible biodiversity we see today: butterflies and beetles, polar bears and buffalo, orchids and ferns. That image is beautiful but wrong, for the real Tree of Life is a seething mass of bacteria. Bacteria appeared on Earth 3 billion years before the first multicellular organisms, and during those 3 billion years were evolving ever newer and more inventive ways of survival. They adapted to grow in habitats of extreme heat, cold, salt, acidity, and toxicity. Unfortunately, less than 0.1% of all bacterial species can be grown in a laboratory, and so are very difficult to study. In the same way that most matter and energy in our Universe is called Dark Matter (we know it must be there, but we don’t know its true form), most of the Tree of Life has therefore now been dubbed “Microbial Dark Matter”. Uncovering this microbial dark matter is a new frontier of biodiversity research. In this talk I will describe some of the bacteria that live in extreme habitats such as hot springs, and describe how we use DNA-based techniques to understand what they do.

Peter Dunfield is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Calgary. He previously worked in the Max Planck Society in Germany studying how bacteria affect global climate change processes, and later at the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences in New Zealand, studying how bacteria have adapted to live in volcanic environments. For the past 10 years his laboratory has been cataloguing the microbial biodiversity of some of the most extreme habitats in Canada, including thermal springs in BC (with temperatures up to 85oC), brine springs in Wood Buffalo National Park, and iron springs in the Northwest Territories. He collaborates with the Joint Genome Institute in California to use single-cell genomics and metagenomics to understand what these odd microorganisms do, and learn how to culture them.

Saturday, November 4
Rosedale Community Hall, 901 - 11 Avenue NW



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WHAT:  A one-day “mini” conference aimed at providing a venue where “experts” and interested community members can meet to examine important issues of the day in some depth and in a “user-friendly” atmosphere. 

The morning program will feature four U. of C. faculty members: Keynote Speaker, R. Douglas Francis, Professor Emeritus, Canadian history, and Panellists; Doreen Barrie, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Political Science; Tamara Seiler, Professor Emeritus, Canadian Studies, and Cora Voyageur, Professor, Dept. of Sociology.  The afternoon will be devoted to workshops on various topics related to Canadian identity.  Facilitators and topics TBA. 

Throughout the day, there will be ample opportunity for questions and discussion.   

WHEN:  Saturday, November 4, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. A light lunch will be provided.  

WHERE:  Main Hall, Rosedale Community Association, 901 11th Ave. N.W.

WHY: The advent in 2017 of Canada’s 150th year as a nation has provoked much debate over whether or not this is an occasion for celebration, or sombre reflection about the country’s sad colonial legacy related to Indigenous people. Moreover, a number of efforts to commemorate Canada’s 150th, e.g., CBC’s Canada: The Story of Us, have sparked anger over the controversial representation of various groups and regions. In this context, the seemingly passé topic of the nature of Canadian identity seems suddenly relevant again. CANADA 150: Exploring Canadian Identity will revisit this perennial topic from several perspectives, illuminating some of the ways that Canadian identity has evolved in the last half century.

COST: (Includes lunch) Members:  $15.00: Non-Members: $20:00

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 

Friday, November 10, 2017 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Arts and Humanities Speaker Series
Room 310, cSpace, 1721 – 29 Ave. SW

A Bird’s Eye View
From Bestselling Author Elinor Florence

Photo courtesy of Elinor FlorenceCanadian author Elinor Florence will present a very personal and fascinating look at the inspiration behind her bestselling Second World War novel, Bird’s Eye View – the only novel ever written featuring a Canadian woman in uniform as the main character. Rose is a Saskatchewan farm girl who joins the Royal Canadian Air Force after her town becomes a British Commonwealth Air Training base. She travels to England where she works as an aerial photographic interpreter, spying on the enemy from the sky.

It isn’t necessary to read Bird’s Eye View to enjoy Elinor’s presentation. Using a slide show of vintage photographs, she will tell the story of Canadian servicewomen, plus the importance of aerial photographic interpretation to the war effort. This highly recommended presentation will interest both men and women.

Photo courtesy of Elinor FlorenceElinor’s newest book, a collection of interviews she has done with veterans, is titled: My Favourite Veterans: True Stories From World War Two’s Hometown Heroes. Signed copies of both books will be available for purchase at this event.

Elinor grew up on a former wartime airfield outside North Battleford, Saskatchewan and worked as a newspaper journalist in all four Western provinces. She was a regular contributor to Reader’s Digest and published her own weekly newspaper in Invermere before turning to fiction. Married with three daughters and three granddaughters, she loves Canadian history, old houses and thrift stores.


Friday, November 10 

Time: 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Room 310, cSpace, 1721 – 29 Ave. SW

Monday, November 13, 2017 1:00  - 3:00 PM

Rosedale Community Hall, 901 11 Ave. NW

Topic: Art Inspired by the Canadian Rockies, Purcell Mountains and Selkirk Mountains, 1809-2012      

Drawing on her book, Art Inspired by the Canadian Rockies, Purcell Mountains and Selkirk Mountains, 1809-2012 (2012), Art historian Nancy Townshend will give an illustrated talk highlighting the many artists—from explorer David Thompson to Lawren Harris, A.C. Leighton, Peter Whyte, Maureen Enns and others-- who have been inspired by these majestic mountain ranges.

Speaker: Nancy Townshend

Nancy Townshend has an M.A. in Art History from the University of Toronto. She is well known as an art historian and curator, and in particular for her work on western Canadian art, for which she was awarded an Alberta Centennial Medal.  In addition to Art Inspired by the Canadian Rockies, Nancy’s books include Maxwell Bates: Canadas Premier Expressionist of the 20th Century: His Art, Life and Prisoner of War Notebook (2005), and A History of Art in Alberta, 1905-1970 (2005). She has also recently completed a history of Calgary’s Allied Arts Foundation.  Nancy is a native Calgarian, and a long-time member of CALL. 

November 14, 2017 1:30 - 3:00 PM

Latin American Lecture Series
cSPACE King Edward, Room 310, 1721-29th Avenue SW

Colombia: The Roots of Conflict, The Road to Peace

Colombia has been plagued by civil strife for more than half a century. It was most pronounced during the civil war (La Violencia) of the late 1940s and ‘50s, the guerrilla movements in the ‘60s and ‘70s, and the narco-terrorism of the 1980s and ‘90s. 

Speaker: Dr. Stephen J. Randall

Dr. Randall will trace the sources and evolution of these conflicts from the late 1940s to the current implementation of the peace accord (Plan Colombia) and describe their impact on Colombian society. 

He is a Faculty Professor and Professor Emeritus at the University of Calgary and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He has worked on and in Colombia since the late 1960s. His study of Colombian-American relations, Frente a La Estrella Polar, was published by Random House Colombia in Spanish in 2017.

Wednesday, November 15 7:30 - 9:00 PM

Treks and Travels
Rosedale Community Hall, 901 - 11 Avenue NW

South Waaaayyy South

A trip to Antarctica, Argentina, Buenos Aires, Falkland Islands, and Iguazu Falls

King Penguins at Volunteer PointIn February of 2016 Ruth and John Mauel took a trip to the far south. 

No, not to Lethbridge or even to Mississippi…  but a cruise into Paradise Bay, Antarctica, starting and ending in Buenos Aires with its big city attractions, Ushuaia, the Falkland islands with its species of penguins, Montevideo, with its museum dedicated to the story of the Uruguayan rugby team lost in the Andes in 1972, and Iguazu falls with its spectacular views and jungle wildlife.

We will be showing our pictures, and a few short video clips, of landscapes, cities, people, wildlife, and shoes.

images courtesy of Ruth Mauel

Wednesday, December 6

Science and Environment
Rosedale Community Hall, 901 - 11 Avenue NW


Kevin Van Tighem

Several previous speakers at CALL (including Kevin) have stressed the importance of our foothills in providing a clean and reliable water supply for Calgary and other cities in Alberta. Kevin will discuss how too many roads and off-highway vehicle trails are eroding Alberta's water future — and what we can do about it.

Kevin Van Tighem was born and raised in Calgary.  His family roots in what is now Alberta go back to 1875. He graduated with a degree in plant ecology from the University of Calgary in 1977 and went on to work as a biologist with the Canadian Wildlife Service.  In 1985 Kevin joined Parks Canada and subsequently worked in Jasper, Yoho and Waterton Lakes National Parks. He went on to be superintendent of Prince Albert, Elk Island and then Banff before retiring in 2011.

Kevin is the author of fourteen books on wildlife and conservation and writes a regular column (“This Land”) in Alberta Views magazine.  

His most recent book is Our Place/Changing the Nature of Alberta

Friday, December 8

Arts and Humanities Speaker Series
Room 310, cSpace, 1721 – 29 Ave. SW

Social Justice and Artists: The Side Door of Perception

with Barbara Amos

Art has frequently taken on the role of the collective conscious in society. Today many artists work to raise awareness about social justice issues. Their work is amusing, beautiful and eloquent. Sometimes communities participate in large numbers, while others are solitary endeavors in surprising locations.  This talk with images will introduce a few of these artists whose work is gaining recognition.

Barbara Amos is an artist whose work has addressed multicultural issues and environmental concerns. She created an anonymous work that went viral, and has had her work covered in many publications including the Wildlands Advocate and AlbertaViews.

In 2014 she was honoured with an Arts Advocacy Award from CARFAC Alberta.  She has advocated for professional development for the visual artists, has volunteered on many boards for non-profits and since 2013 has been on the Board of Directors for the Leighton Art Centre.    She has been on the selection juries for public art in Calgary and served as a juror for many other arts organizations.  She has completed 5 public art commissions. The most recent project on Migration, was completed in June 2017.

She is a graduate of the University of Waterloo and has been awarded scholarships and international residencies.  Her paintings are in many collections and she is represented by galleries in Toronto and Calgary.  She has always viewed her painting studio as a place of balance, meditation and sanctuary.

When:Friday, December 8
Time:1:00 - 3:00 PM
Where:Room 310, cSpace, 1721 - 29 Ave. SW

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

Canada 150 singalong
Sunday, Oct. 29, 3:00 -5:00 PM
Rosedale Community Hall

**November Events**

Science and Environment
Wednesday, Nov. 1, 7:30 - 9:00 PM
Rosedale Community Hall, 901-11 Ave. NW
Hunting for Microbial Dark Matter in Canada: The Remarkable Biodiversity of our Most Extreme Natural Environments



Saturday, Nov. 4, 9:00-3:00 PM
Rosedale Community Hall, Main Hall

Arts and Humanities
Friday, Nov. 10, 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Room 310, cSpace, 1721 – 29 Ave. SW
A Bird's Eye View

CALL Café  
Monday, Nov. 13, 1:00-3:00 PM
Rosedale Community Hall
Art Inspired by the Canadian Rockies, Purcell Mountains and Selkirk Mountains, 1809-2012 

Latin American Lecture Series
Tuesday, Nov. 14 1:30 - 3:00 PM
Room 310, cSpace, 1721 – 29 Ave. SW
Colombia: The Roots of Conflict, The Road to Peace

Treks and Travels
Wednesday, Nov. 15, 7:30-9:00 PM
Rosedale Community Hall
A trip to Antarctica, Argentina, Buenos Aires, Falkland Islands, and Iguazu Falls

Lunch and Learn
Thursday, Nov. 16, 11:00 AM -12:30 PM
new Royal Canadian Legion, Branch No. 264, 1918 Kensington Rd NW
“Commemorate & Remember”

Health and Wellness
Tuesday, Nov. 28, 1:00-3:00 PM
Rosedale Community Hall
"Carry Me Out Toes First": Martha's Emotional Journey


Science and Environment
Wednesday, Dec. 6, 7:30 - 9:00 PM
Rosedale Community Hall, 901-11 Ave. NW
Draining the Headwaters

Arts and Humanities
Friday, Dec. 8, 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Room 310, cSpace, 1721 – 29 Ave. SW
Social Justice and Artists: The Side Door of Perception

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