FAQ

Question: Who can attend?

Answer: Any adult who wishes to continue learning may become a member by registering for any lecture series.  There are no exams or term papers to write!

Question: Where and when are lectures held?

Answer: Currently, unless otherwise noted, all Lecture Series and most Special Lectures are held in the Bay Room of the Harry Lumley Community Centre, 1900 3rd Avenue East in Owen Sound, Ontario. Lecture Series are held from September through early April, on Thursday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to noon.  A Google map is available in the WHERE WE MEET page under the ABOUT US drop down menu found on the HOME Page of this website.

Special Lectures and Events may be held elsewhere and at different times depending on the requirement of the lecture or event.

Question: How much does a BALL membership cost?

Answer: The annual membership is included in the price of all Lecture Series tickets.

Question: For how long is a membership valid?

Answer: BALL’s membership fee is an annual fee and valid for one program year which extends from the Annual General Meeting in one year to the Annual General Meeting in the following year.

Question: Do I have to be a member to attend a lecture?

Answer: No.  Special Lectures are open to non-members at a ticket price of $10 and can be purchased at the registration desk.  It may also be possible to purchase a single admit to an individual lecture within a Lecture Series subject to available seating. Single admits are sold at the registration desk on a "rush ticket" basis only, that is, in the 15 minutes immediately preceding the lecture. The price of a single admit ticket is $15.

Question: What do I get for my membership?

Answer: BALL membership entitles you to advance notice of upcoming lectures and events and to attend and vote at the BALL Annual General Meeting held in May.  Plus, if BALL has your e-mail address, you will get news releases and reminders of opportunities to evaluate lectures.

Question: Do I have to be a member to sign up for a Lecture Series?

Answer: No, but since a membership fee is included in the price of all Lecture Series tickets, you will automatically become a member when you sign up for any Lecture Series. 

Question: How much does a Lecture Series ticket cost?

Answer: Currently, Lecture Series passes cost $30 for a series of 4 lectures, $45 for a series of 6 lectures and $60 for a series of 8 lectures. Most Lecture Series consist of six lectures. 

Question: How do I finish setting up a new account when I purchase my first tickets on-line?

Answer:   Follow these steps:         1. Click Login in the navigation bar..

 2. Click Request new password.

 3. Enter the email address you provided to BALL.

 4. Click E-mail new password.

You will receive an email with a link to complete your account setup.

Question: If I forget my password to my BALL account, what do I do?

Answer:   Follow these steps:        1. Click Login in the navigation bar..

 2. Click Request new password.

 3. Enter the email address you provided to BALL.

 4. Click E-mail new password.

You will receive an email with a link to complete your account setup.


Question: Can I transfer my Lecture Series ticket?

Answer: Yes, you may transfer your series ticket to someone else for one or more lectures in a series and you are encouraged to do so when you cannot attend.

Question: How are lecture cancellations handled?

Answer: All cancellations will be posted as a Special Announcement on the HOME page of BALL’s website. It is always best to check BALL’s website before heading out for a BALL lecture or event.

Question: What is your Lecture Series refund policy?

Answer: BALL does not offer refunds but you may transfer your ticket to someone else. 

Question: Can I record a BALL lecture?

Answer: No. BALL does not record any lectures and does not permit members or guests to record lectures.

Question: Who determines the lecture topics?

Answer: The Program Planning Committee takes suggestions from members, recommends general areas of interest for BALL’s lecture series to the Board and finds speakers who have the expertise to address the topics approved by the Board. The actual content of a lecture and opinions offered by a lecturer are his or her own and do not necessarily reflect the views of BALL.