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JAWS: New location and 2013 schedule
Posted: Fri Jan 25, 2013 6:30 pm
The new JAWS meeting place is at the Eau Claire Market's Community Meeting Room, located centrally downtown; this is in the lobby of the former Imax Theatre there. Late hours access is through the East doors by Good Earth cafe. There is a food court there as well. The new meeting time is tentatively from 2:00 - 10:00 pm. - we will be setting equipment up at first while members can "meet & greet"; the anime showing will start about 3:00 pm.
Please bear with us as we will be changing the specific information on the website in the coming weeks. Ignore the info about the Sentry Box above this post, and see the updated and confirmed posts about the 2013 schedule under "Schedule" monthly. Please note: September 14 is tentative as we may get bumped by an event booked the next day needing the room for storage.
NOTE: As we encountered a very heavily booked room, we were sometimes unable to get optimal times, meaning weekends - some of our meetings are on holidays instead. This should change when the 2014 bookings open up later this year, and we should be able to get the desired Saturday afternoon/evening time slot on the last day of almost every month - barring directly competing events such as the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo in April.
Here is the schedule as booked for February-December 2013:
February: Monday 18 (Family Day)
March: Friday 29 (Good Friday)
April: Monday 22 (Earth Day)
May: Monday 20 (Victoria Day)
June: Sunday 30 (Canada Day weekend)
July: Sunday 28
August: Sunday 25
September: Saturday 14?
October: Saturday 19
November: Saturday 23
December: Sunday 29
JAWS' new schedule for 2013-2014
Posted: Sun Dec 01, 2013 11:13 pm
On Thursday, November 28, JAWS booked space in the 2nd floor Board Room of CommunityWise, until recently known as The Old Y Centre for Community Organizations, which is also located centrally downtown, at 223 12th Ave. SW. We had to vacate the free space at the Eau Claire Market's Community Meeting Room this past same month.
Starting December 2013, with our annual Xmas party on the 28th, we will be meeting there on the last Saturday of most months, from 1:30 - 10:30 p.m.; doors open at 1:00. Please ignore the info about the Sentry Box above this post regarding our 2013-2014 schedule, and check for updates under "Schedule" monthly. The currently booked exceptions are the Saturdays of February 15, April 19 (avoids conflict with the Comic Expo), October 18, and November 22 (avoids conflict with Otafest Aurora).
NOTE: As we will now have to be paying for our space, we will be asking for voluntary donations at the door. Your understanding of our changed situation is greatly appreciated.
Here is the schedule as booked for December 2013 - November 2014:
February 15 (Family Day weekend)
April 19 (Earth Day weekend)
June 28 (Canada Day weekend)
JAWS schedule for the coming year 2014-2015
Posted: Tue Dec 16, 2014 12:38 am
Here is the schedule for JAWS showings in the coming year:
All times 1:30 to 10:30 pm; in the second floor Board Room in the Old Y, 223 12th Ave SW. NOTE: These will be on the last Saturday of every month - except for January (another group has the room booked then) and July. Also, so far, there are no other conflicts, as the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo and the main Otafest are not on weekends at the end of the month. The dates in next Fall could change depending on the timing of the Calgary Comic & Toy Expo and Otafest Aurora - we will make efforts to adjust them if necessary, as soon as we know about them. Thanks.
JAWS' new schedule for 2015-2016
Posted: Sun Oct 25, 2015 5:09 am
Here is the schedule for JAWS showings in the coming year:
All times 1:30 to 10:30 pm; in the second floor Board Room in the Old Y, 223 12th Ave SW. NOTE: These will be on the last Saturday of every month - except for December (conflict with numerous other New Year's parties there) and January. Also, so far, there are no other conflicts, as the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo and the main Otafest are not on weekends at the end of the month. The dates in next Fall could change depending on the timing of the Calgary Comic & Toy Expo and Otafest Aurora - we will make efforts to adjust them if necessary, as soon as we know about them. Thanks.
December 24 (Xmas Eve)
Meeting schedule change for 2016, effective immediately (posted in JAWS General: Topics on Feb 08, 2016)
Posted: Sat Jan 07, 2017 9:23 pm
Meeting schedule change for 2016, effective immediately
(Post by anifan » Mon Feb 08, 2016 11:25 pm)
Dear JAWS members,
We have now had to change JAWS' meeting schedule for various reasons. One is that it no longer seems that members will be able to attend during the Xmas holidays. As well, there is another Japanese pop-culture group, which has started meeting on the same day of the month as JAWS. They are looking for a meeting place, and are interested in where JAWS meets, at the Old Y. As well, there are frequently conflicts with the first, third, and last weekends of the month, with holidays and fan events. Finally, Sunday is out for two reasons, the last one which we have previously discussed: (1) Sunday afternoons are already booked by a long-running religious group at the Old Y; and (2) Students and those working during the week would have to leave quite early; this is on top of bus service being minimal on Sundays, including during the day.
We also previously discussed other things when doing bookings: Both on the same day of the week and same weekend every month, with as few exceptions as possible. Our meeting location previous to the Old Y, which proved to be temporary and interim, further had dates that were almost impossible to book consistently, and we could observe directly that this had hurt attendance then. The one option seems to be on the second Saturday of every month. Fortunately, even at this late time, I have been able to get these bookings. The varying Easter holiday date is something that nothing can be done about. We can have an early, non-conflicting, Xmas party. As to having money for food and to donate for JAWS' room rental fees, people will simply have to put some money prior at the end of the month, which was the previous time, albeit on a different day. This was on the last Wednesday of the month, which is the absolute worst time - because every group wants to do it - so of course that ended up hurting attendance, as time went on.
Finally, although JAWS had to meet on the third Saturday this January, this is not possible in February; although this would otherwise be best to help members transition. Instead, we have to change immediately. If we were to meet on the last Saturday that month as previously scheduled, then there would be only two weeks until the March meeting. This way, there will be three weeks between meetings, then four; then on fairly regular monthly cycles. I should add that it is necessary to do these booking for months at a time, for months in advance, besides for the consistency necessary for members to plan to attend. For these reasons, I am giving this advance notice.
Here are the new dates (all on the second Saturday of every month):
JAWS: 2017 Schedule
Posted: Sat Jan 07, 2017 10:06 pm
Here are the new dates for JAWS' meetings in 2017. Most of the meetings are booked, so far, on the second Saturday of the month; as per last year (2016). This is barring any changes due to the scheduling of fan conventions. Please note, however, that the February and April meetings will be on the third Saturdays instead. All meetings are in the second floor Boardroom of Communitywise, at 223 12th Ave SW. The meetings are now from 1:30 to 9:30 p.m.; doors open at 1:00 pm. (The meeting end time change is due to factors including Calgary Transit recently changing their service and ending it earlier.)
JAWS: 2018 Schedule
Posted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 7:40 pm
Here are the dates for JAWS' meetings in 2018. Most of the meetings are booked, so far, on the second Saturday of the month. (This is barring any changes due to the scheduling of fan conventions.) Please note, however, that the February, March, and October meetings will be on the third Saturdays instead; June's on the third Sunday; and August's on the first Saturday. All meetings are in the second floor Boardroom of Communitywise, at 223 12th Ave SW. The meetings are now from 1:30 to 9:30 p.m.; doors open at 1:00 pm.