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Fall Term 2015

The Father Christmas Letters: December 5

Each year as the winter semester draws to a close, the members of the Last Alliance like to enjoy an evening of eating good food, enjoying great company, and reading Tolkien’s Father Christmas Letters. The location of this meeting is as of yet TBA, however the date will be the evening of December 5 (that’s a Saturday), likely starting around 5PM or 6PM. This is a potluck event as well, so plan on bringing some food for everyone to share! Follow this page for updates as they are confirmed!

End of Term Event: November 27

Every semester we hold and end of term Evening of Sub-creation! It’s a very fun event with friends, pizza, costumes, and talent sharing! We like to give everyone in the club a chance to show everyone their talents and hobbies. In the past we’ve had musical numbers, theatre pieces, academic presentations, writing excerpts, embroidery, knitting, and quilting displays, game shows, Warhammer displays, cake decorating, and much more! Tolkien-related performances are always excellent but definitely not mandatory – any act of sub-creation is welcome! If you would like to participate please let us know so we can put you on the program! The event is on Friday, November 27  at 6PM.

Board Game Night: November 18

This is a super casual event where we get together and play board games, Tolkien-related or not! It’ll take place Wednesday, November 18 from 6:00-10:00pm in the Heritage Lounge of Athabasca Hall. If you have any board games you want to play, feel free to bring them. Also, bring $5 to pool in if you’d like to be in on pizza.

ESO Concert – Fantasy Worlds & Forgotten Realms: November 7

We are planning on attending an Edmonton Symphony Orchestra concert as a club on Saturday, November 7 at 2pm, at the Winspear Centre (easily accessible by LRT). The ESO will be playing music from various movies including The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Star Wars, and the Chronicles of Narnia. More details can be found on the ESO page here. Tickets will be at most $30 depending on whether or not group rates apply! There will be a poll up on Facebook shortly so we can know how many tickets we need to buy. Again, if you don’t have Facebook feel free to reply to this email or contact me if you are interested! The deadline to reserve a spot is next Wednesday, Oct 7 so we can buy the tickets!

Hallowe’en Trick or TrEAT: October 31

For the past 2 years, the Last Alliance has participated in the campus food bank’s annual Hallowe’en Trick or TrEAT fundraiser. This event is on Saturday Oct 31 from 2-5pm. It involves dressing up and going door-to-door on routes around campus asking for donations for the food bank! It’s a very fun event and a chance to do some good in the community. We usually sign up as a group in groups of 4 or 5. If you are interested, please email us or sign up at book study! Please sign up by next Monday if you’re interested!

Board Games Night: October 22

This is a super casual event where we get together and play board games, Tolkien-related or not! It’ll take place Wednesday, October 7 from 6:30-10:30pm in the Heritage Lounge of Athabasca Hall. If you have any board games you want to play, feel free to bring them. Also, bring $5 to pool in if you’d like to order pizza.

A Knife in the Dark Murder Mystery: October 16

The second Last Alliance murder mystery is quickly approaching! We’re hosting this event on Friday, October 16th from 6-10pm in the Heritage Lounge (where we have book study). Be sure to check out the facebook event here to RSVP as soon as you can. It’s very important to say you’re attending (not just a maybe) if you want to be there, because everyone will be assigned a character prior to the actual event! If you don’t have Facebook but would still like to sign up, or have any questions, feel free to reply to this email or contact me directly.

Board Games Night: October 7

This is a super casual event where we get together and play board games, Tolkien-related or not! It’ll take place Wednesday, October 7 from 6-10pm in the Heritage Lounge of Athabasca Hall. If you have any board games you want to play, feel free to bring them. Also, bring $5 to pool in if you’d like to order pizza.

Edmonton Expo Panel: September 26

Are you headed to the Edmonton Expo this year? If you are, be sure to check out our panel, entitled The Roles of Women in the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien. It will take place on Saturday September 26, at 4:30PM in Room 104. The panel will feature some Istari members holding a discussion of the portrayal of female characters in Tolkien’s various works. It does require you have a pass to the Saturday portion of the expo, which can be a bit pricey – however, if you were planning on being at the expo anyway, be sure to come check us out!
“There are few female characters in Tolkien’s major works – but does that diminish their strength of character and impact on the story? A frank discussion on women’s roles in both the books and films.”

The Third Annual Hobbit Hike for Literacy: September 19-20

This is an overnight event, which will be held this year on Saturday, Sept 19 to Sunday, Sept 20. It consists of a short hike just outside with Edmonton and a night of sleeping under the stars, just like the companions in the Fellowship. As well, there is usually food, reading of the upcoming week’s book study chapters, and other games and activities along the way. We also use it as an opportunity to raise money for the Centre for Family Literacy! More details are available at www.lastallianceuofa.com/hobbithike!

Welcome Party: September 11

The Last Alliance will be holding a welcome (back) party on September 11’th from 4-7PM in the Heritage Lounge of Athabasca Hall. This is an informal get-together where you will be able to meet the executives and fellow members and prospective members in a more casual setting.
There will be snacks and ice-breaker games, but there will also be lots of time devoted to mingling and getting to know one another.