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Post date: 2020/03/13 - 16:05

CASS Senior Leadership is closely monitoring the situation with respect to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic and following the recommendations of Alberta Health Services, Health Canada, and the World Health Organization.

While the risk in Alberta remains low at this time, the risk is rising and the situation is very fluid. CASS is taking significant measures to ensure the safety of all clients and staff and to slow the potential transmission of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases in order to reduce the strain on our health care systems and promote the wellbeing of all Calgarians.

Enhancing Sanitation Measures

All CASS worksites (the CASS Main Office, Creative Community Living Activities, Stepping Stone Manor, Langin Place and our Overnight Staffed Residences) have all had their existing sanitization measures significantly enhanced in order to reduce the threat of transmission. All touch surfaces are being sanitized regularly.

We have also secured an adequate supply of personal protective equipment, cleaning, and sanitizing products to ensure that the needs of all of our worksites are adequately addressed.

Promoting Good Hygiene

As always, everyone is encouraged to ensure that they are practicing excellent hygiene including:

  • frequent handwashing
  • avoiding touching your face
  • coughing and sneezing into your elbow or a tissue
  • limiting physical contact (no hugs or handshakes)
  • If you are wondering if you should be tested for covid19, please use the web-based assessment tool provided by AHS which is available at the following URL: https://myhealth.alberta.ca/Journey/COVID-19/Pages/COVID-Self-Assessment.aspx
  • Contact your primary health provider or Health Link 811 if you have questions or concerns about your health.

Read more about best practices regarding hygiene, and sanitization here: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/prevention-risks.html

CASS staff have been instructed not to attend any CASS work site if they are not feeling well and instruction has been provided on how to address the potential need for self-isolation.

In the interests of helping CASS to coordinate our staffing needs and service delivery, we are requesting that clients and staff inform their supervisor(s)/coordinator(s) if they have recently travelled outside of Canada, have plans to travel outside of Canada in the next month, or if they have reason to believe that they have been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19.

March 27th Update: All CASS staff have been assigned 'Infection Prevention and Control' as mandatory training.

Modifications to CASS Operations

March 27th Update:

  • Effective April 1st the CASS Main Office is closed to all guests and staff excluding the CASS Senior Leadership Team and administrative staff. Senior Leadership and admin staff are encourged to work from home to the extent that they are able to but may work from the CASS Main Office as required.
  • Incoming calls will be addressed by our auto-attendant. CASS Main Office staff remain available via the main office phone extensions via call routing.

Effective March 13th 2020, modifications were made across all program areas.

At this time, all CASS programs remain operational, albeit with modifications to operations. Some of these modifications have resulted in freeing up staff so that they can be re-assigned to other program areas in order to ensure continuity of critical services. Thank you to our excellent staff for their dedication to maintaining the essential supports that we provide to clients of CASS.

Program-specific details regarding modified operations have been communicated to staff and clients in those programs.

CASS is also suspending all non-essential gatherings until further notice including but not limited to:

  • All on-site training (CPI, Abuse Awareness Training, Challenging Behaviours II, Med Admin Proficiency, Mental Health First Aid, All in-person CAPSH training)
  • Dinner Club
  • CADO Art Class
  • Emotion Commotion Workshops
  • CAES Employment Preparedness Workshops
  • Money Matters Financial Literacy Workshops
  • Spinz-A-Round Food Distribution Program
  • CASS Advisory Committee
  • Friendships and Dating Workshops
  • All client initiated sales or gatherings at CASS worksites
  • All In-Person Committee Meetings (remote meetings can proceed as required)

In addition to the above, wherever possible, staff are being encouraged to work from home, and to meet with clients, staff, and others remotely (over the phone or via remote meeting software) rather than in person. See communications from your respective Director(s) if you are unsure if this applies to you.

Staff that operate out of the CASS Main Office remain accessible via their phone extensions and CASS reception.

CASS Administration

CASS administrative operations remain fully functional at this time.

Administration staff are being asked to work from home where possible, bu may work from the CASS Main Office as required.

CASS finance will be mailing all Expense Claim cheques and will not be holding any cheques for pickup in order to reduce the need for staff to come to the CASS Main Office.

Additional Resources

Please see the resources below from Alberta Health Services (AHS), the Government of Alberta (GoA), the Government of Canada (GoC), and other resoruces.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the CASS Senior Leadership Team by sending an email to cass@c-a-s-s.org.

Thank you for your support.

Stay safe and healthy everyone.

Post date: 2020/03/13 - 12:40

Hi everyone,

Here are some ideas for outings and fun things for the week:

* Please be advised - check if events are still happening prior to attending, as events may be cancelled *

Leisure Centre Schedules: https://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Recreation/Pages/Schedules.aspx

  • Need some snuggles with a kitty or a cat? There are 45 minute kitty visits for $10 at the Regal Cat Cafe.  https://www.regalcatcafe.com/ There's also a new cat cafe in the Calgary NW called Cafe and Mi- if you make a $5 beverage purchase, you'll be able to visit their cats - https://www.cafeandmi.com/rules

FREE:

  • March 18 (10:30am): Boxercise - at Village Square Leisure Centre, there will be a free Boxercise class!  

PAID:

  • March 19 (8:00pm): Alberta Spotlight: John Wort Hannam -  at King Eddy (438 9 Ave SE), this installment of National Music Centre's Alberta Spotlight is headlined by Lethbridge roots act John Wort Hannam. This artist has won multiple awards for his songwriting style over the last 17 years. Admission: $15
  • March 20 (8:00pm): The Jack Lumber Band -  at King Eddy, Calgarian roots-rock act The Jack LumberBand is performing. Performing live in red-and-black flannel shirts, the quintet brings a bit of a spectacle to its fun-loving take on Canadiana. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Admission: $10-15
  • March 24 (7:00pm-8:30pm): Wordfest Presents: Kathy Recihs (A Conspiracy of Bones) -  at Central Library, Kathy Reichs will be in Calgary to promote her new thriller: A Conspiracy of Bones. The hit TV series Bones is based on Reichs' novels and this newest addition to the series follows Temperance Brennan on her latest adventure. Admission: $20-25

    Have a great week!     

    Post date: 2020/03/11 - 11:33

    The CASS Senior Leadership Team held a two day strategic planning session in January 2020 where we reviewed the CASS 2020 Employee Engagement Survey, the 2019-2020 Strategic Plan and our progress to date towards the implementation of that plan, and completed an analysis of CASS' Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. Following that work, the CASS Senior Leadership Team identified three strategic objectives which we will focus our efforts on over the next year and developed a plan as to how those objectives will be achieved.

    In addition to the above, these strategic objectives were arrived at based on the input provided by our departments/programs, committees, staff, clients and other stakeholders. Your input was critical in the development of this plan, as will be the continued input and participation of all stakeholders in achieving these objectives.

    The CASS Senior Leadership Team is excited to share our 2020-2021 Strategic Plan not just with everyone who works for CASS but with all of our many stakeholders.

    We look forward to working with you towards these objectives over the coming year.

    We encourage you to review the 2020-2021 Strategic Plan and welcome any thoughts or comments that you might have. You can share your input by sending an email to slt@c-a-s-s.org.

    CASS 2020-2021 Strategic Plan (PDF)

    Post date: 2020/03/09 - 10:07

    Hi everyone,

    Here are some ideas for outings and fun things for the week:

    Leisure Centre Schedules: https://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Recreation/Pages/Schedules.aspx

    • Need some snuggles with a kitty or a cat? There are 45 minute kitty visits for $10 at the Regal Cat Cafe.  https://www.regalcatcafe.com/ There's also a new cat cafe in the Calgary NW called Cafe and Mi- if you make a $5 beverage purchase, you'll be able to visit their cats - https://www.cafeandmi.com/rules

    FREE:

    • March 14 (10:00am-2:00pm): St. Patricks Day at Calgary Farmers' Market - there will be live performances and games celebrating St. Patrick's Day at the Calgary Farmers' Market. 

    PAID:

    • March 12 (7:00pm): Wordfest Presents: Jeff Rubin (The Expendables) -  at Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall (Central Library), Economist and author Jeff Rub visits Calgary in support of his new book The Expendables: How the Middle Class Got Screwed by Globalization, a searing analysis of the erosion of economic opportunity for the middle class. Admission: $20
    • March 13 (6:30pm): The Heebee-Jeebees at The Bert Church Live Theatre -  at the Bert Church Live Theatre (1000 East Lake Blvd, Airdrie), you may be familiar with comedic acappella group the HJeebee-Jeebees based on their eight albums released over 26 years of making music together. This is a show-stopping act. Admission: $28.50
      https://www.avenuecalgary.com/event/andy-haynes-2/2020-02-19/
    • March 13 (8:00pm): Sunalta Live -  the Sunalta Community Association (1627 10 Ave SW), is hosting a night of live music. There will be performances by Arizona Pony, The Frontiers and DC & The Struggle, plus surprise guests that will bring sounds of roots, soul, pop and punk to the stage. Admission: $12.50-15
    • March 14 (10:00am-2:00pm): The Calgary Jazz Composers Collective, Vol. 2 - at Theatre 1308 (1308 Edmonton Trail NE), this group will be performing. The group consistently aims to create and present new music in all of their concert series. Admission: $25
    • March 13 (7:00pm) & 14 (2:00pm): The Neverending Story -  at StoryBook Theatre (375 Bermuda Drive NW), this show is about a ten-year-old Bastian that is hiding in a closet to avoid bullies. He then becomes immersed in a strangely compelling book: the tale of a hero's quest to save the realm of Fantastica from the encroaching terror of the Nothing. Admission: $31 -  buy tickets here: https://www.todocanada.ca/city/calgary/event/never-ending-story-book/
    • March 15 (1:00pm-5:00pm): Give a Kid a Lift Fundraising Event - at The Ironwood (1229 9 Ave SE), the 10th annual Give a Kid a Lift Fundraising Concert will be on. The concert benefits Easter Seals Alberta who have partnered with Garaventa Lift to install a custom elevator in a local family's home who are currently facing accessibility issues. There will be food, drinks, silent auction and a 50/50 draw available.  Admission: $25
    • March 17 (5:00pm-8:00pm): Date Night at Studio Bell: St. Patrick's Day Bash - at Studio Bell (850 4 St SE), enjoy east coast fiddling, St. Patrick's Day-themed cocktails and interactive exhibits to explore. Guests who show their date night tickets can receive 10% off their food and drinks at the King Eddy.  Admission: $10

    Have a great week!     

    Post date: 2020/03/04 - 10:09

    Hi everyone,

    Here are some ideas for outings and fun things for the week of March 4 - 10:

    Leisure Centre Schedules: https://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Recreation/Pages/Schedules.aspx

    • Need some snuggles with a kitty or a cat? There are 45 minute kitty visits for $10 at the Regal Cat Cafe.  https://www.regalcatcafe.com/ There's also a new cat cafe in the Calgary NW called Cafe and Mi- if you make a $5 beverage purchase, you'll be able to visit their cats - https://www.cafeandmi.com/rules

    FREE:

    • March 5 (5:00pm): The Bright Side Art Show Opening Reception - at Theatre 1308 (1308 Edmonton Trail NE), join Theatre 1308 for the Bright Side Art Show's opening reception. The exhibit was curated by Julya Hajnoczky and features work by numerous local artists. 
    • March 5 & 6 (5:00pm-10:00pm), 7 (11:00pm-6:00pm) & 8 (11:00am-4:00pm): What the Hell Happened to Her? Painting by Heather Buchanan - at NVRLND (1048 21 Ave SE), Avenue Top 40 Under 40 2019 alumna Heather Buchanan is having a limited-run art show with special programs.
    • March 7 (3:00pm-6:00pm): Open Mic Hosted by The Enablers - at SunnyCider (1, 3300 14 Ave NE), performers of all stripes are invited to share their creativity at SunnyCider. Whether you want to ready aloud some poetry, play a song or jam with other musicians, this free-admission event is waiting for you.  

    PAID:

    • March 4 (7:00pm): Oliver Sacks: His Own Life -  at Cineplex Eau Claire, Calgary International Film Festival has this film that is about a neurologist and storyteller whose groundbreaking work was not acknowledged until decades later. His struggle for acceptance in the medical community was also hindered by the homophobia he faced and his battle with drug addiction. Admission: $13-15
    • March 5 (7:00pm-9:00pm): The Walrus Talks Exploration -  at Telus Spark, the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research presents the latest Walrus Talk to come to Calgary. Mark Chen, Kate Harris, Daryl Haggard, Along Fyshe and Jack Mustard will speak for seven minutes each on understanding our universe from the center of the Earth to the far reaches out of outer space. Admission: $12-20
    • March 5, 6 & 7 (8:00pm): Project InTandem: Double-Bill Dance Production -  at The Grand (608 1 St SW), enjoy an evening full of contemporary dance. It will be featuring local Calgary arts and dancers. The project aims to provide emerging Alberta dancers with a platform to express their talents. Admission: $25-30
    • March 6 (8:00pm): The Calgary Jazz Composers Collective, Vol. 2 - at Theatre 1308 (1308 Edmonton Trail NE), this group will be performing. The group consistently aims to create and present new music in all of their concert series. Admission: $25
    • March 6 (9:00pm): IWD 2020: A Journey Through Time & Bass - a Junction (628 8 Ave SW), Girls on Decks, DnB Girls and So So Fresh Productions are celebrating International Women's Day with a massive dance party! The lineup includes headliners SHORTEE from Los Angeles, and Jodie B from Kelowna plus 10 other female DJs and musicians. There will also be live dance performances and art installed by Big Kitty. A portion of the proceeds will go the New Beginnings, a company that supports women to move out of dangerous and violent situations.  Admission: $20
    • March 7 (11:00am): Sensory Friendly Screening: Frozen II - at Canyon Meadows Cinemas, there will be a sensory friendly screening of the film so that everyone, including anyone with sensitivities to noise or who don't like to be in total darkness, can enjoy the movie.  Admission: $5
    • March 7 (7:30pm): No Business, Like Show Business! - at Eckhardt-Grammate Hall (206 University Ct NW), the next concert by The Festival Chorus will take place. The program for the event will be a combination of Broadway show tunes and numbers from Hollywood films. The chorus will be joined by new accompanist Cody Obst and guest jazz musicians. Admission: $15-25
    • March 7 (8:00pm-10:00pm): Improv! The Musical - at The Alexandra Centre (922 9 Ave SE), there will be a troupe of improvisers that will sing and dance their way into musical theatre experience like no other. Admission: $12-15
    • March 7 (8:00pm): Tadpole #2: Rob Magill & Outside Help (Nate Waters) - at Theatre 1308, Nate Waters and Rob Magill will be performing a genre-blurring concert. This performance will bring together two solo acts for a unique performance.  Admission: $17

    Have a great week!     

    Post date: 2020/03/02 - 12:25

    With the Coronavirus Outbreak comes many questions and concerns - check out the Health and Safety section of this month's newsletter to answer some of the concerns you may have.

    The CPI courses offered here at CASS fill up quickly! Extra dates have been added:

    Monday and Tuesday, May 25th and 26th
    Thursday and Friday, June 25th and 26th
    Call reception to register - 403-283-0611
     

    Have a great month, everyone - hopefully spring is just around the corner!

     

    Post date: 2020/02/14 - 14:59

    Hi everyone,

    Here are some ideas for outings and fun things for the week of February 19 - March 3:

    Leisure Centre Schedules: https://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Recreation/Pages/Schedules.aspx

    • Need some snuggles with a kitty or a cat? There are 45 minute kitty visits for $10 at the Regal Cat Cafe.  https://www.regalcatcafe.com/ There's also a new cat cafe in the Calgary NW called Cafe and Mi- if you make a $5 beverage purchase, you'll be able to visit their cats - https://www.cafeandmi.com/rules
    • February 19 - 22 (times vary - see link): The Louder We Get - at Arts Commons, Max Bell Theatre, destined for Broadway, this dazzling musical follows the compelling and inspirational true love story of Marc Hall as he navigates the Catholic school system to fight for his right to take his boyfriend to prom. With colourful pop-inspired songs and heart-warming unity, you won't want to miss this electric love story. Admission: varies - see link. On Tuesday's, Wednesday's and Thursday's - if you are under the age of 35, the ticket is $35. https://www.theatrecalgary.com/shows/2019-2020-the-louder-we-get?_ga=2.248950343.134298310.1580145392-1805235832.1565814106

    FREE:

    • February 28 (8:00pm): Tom Phillips & The D.T.s Artist in Residence Performance - at the King Eddy, Tom Phillips and The D.T.s will play a free show to wrap up their residence at Studio Bell. This six-piece band plays a variety of music from country and contemporary folk to rock. Seats are first come, first serve - it's recommended to show a bit early.   
    • February 29 (6:00pm-8:00pm): Black History Month: Celebrating the Heroes Among Us - at the Thorncliffe Greenview Community Association, The Caribbean Island Associations in Calgary are teaming up with MRU and TD Bank to celebrate Black History Month. Guests of honor include: Neville Wells and musician and ethnomusciologist Gary Martin. 

    PAID:

    • February 19 (7:00pm): Say Amen, Somebody -  at Studio Bell, Calgary International Film Festival's next MoS Docs screening will be Say Amen, Somebody. Presented in partnership with National Music Centre, this film (which has gone unseen for 30 years) showcases an emotional celebration of African-American culture and features performances by the Barrett Sisters and the O'Neal Twins. Admission: $13-15
    • February 19, 20, 21 & 22 (times vary - see link): Andy Haynes -  at The Laugh Shop at Hotel Blackfoot, Andy Haynes will be in the house. He has performed on many TV shows such as Conan, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and the New Faces showcase at the Just for Laughs festival. Admission: $14.95-21.95
      https://www.avenuecalgary.com/event/andy-haynes-2/2020-02-19/
    • February 20 (7:00pm): Wordfest Presents: Desmond Cole (The Skin We're In) -  at Memorial Park Library (2nd Floor, 1221 2 St SW), author Desmond Cole will be in Calgary promoting his first book 'The Skin We're In.' After his 2015 cover story in Toronto Life Magazine exposed the racist practices of the Toronto police department, Cole was placed into the public spotlight. Admission: $15
    • February 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 (7:00pm): Between Us - at Vertigo Theatre (161, 115 9 Ave SE), the latest production by Handsome Alice Theatre is Between Us. Created and performed by Meg Farhall and Michael Rolfe and directed by Vanessa Porteous, the two-hander explores the highs and severe lows of the relationship between Anna and William. Admission: ticket prices vary - see link http://www.handsomealice.com/
    • February 21 (7:30pm): Krill Williams with Exit Division, Hunter and The Kill and The Toques - at NVRLND (1048 21 Ave SE), this showcase of four local, independent bands takes place. Organized by Jump Music Initiative, a local nonprofit dedicated to giving young musicians a platform, the show will feature performances by Krill Williams, Exit Division, Hunter and The Kill and The Toques.  Admission: $10
    • February 22 (2:00pm & 7:00pm): Ungasisha: Explore. Connect. Dance - Woezo Africa Music & Dance Theatre Inc. presents this dance program at The Grand (608 1 St SW). The all-Calgarian team of dancers will be tackling fiver very different styles of dance with connections to African as well as the rest of the globe: Afro-Carribean, Afro-Cuban, hip hop, step and tap.  Admission: $20-40
    • February 22 (7:00pm): Black History Gospel Extravaganza Concert - at Journey Church (10307 Eamon Rd. NW), The Caribbean Association of Adventist in Alberta presents its third annual Black History Gospel Extravaganza Concert. More than 10 of the top gospel choirs-groups will be performing in celebration of Black History Month. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Admission: $25-30 http://www.mycaaa.ca/
    • February 22 (7:30pm): Quintetish - at Doherty Hall (623 13 Ave SE), join Timepoint Ensemble for the fourth show of its fifth season Quintetish, a show featuring performances by quintets and other small chamber music ensembles. The program will feature music by Carmen Barden, Dai Fujikura, Kyong Mee Choi and Serge Arcuri along with student performers as apart of the Open Score Program. Tickets are pay what you can in advance or $20 at the door. Admission: by donation - pay online, see link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/clipping-tickets-91561836919
    • February 23 (10:00am-4:00pm): National Aviation Day at The Hangar Flight Museum - the Hangar Flight Museum (4629 McCall Way NE), is celebrating the 111th anniversary of powered flight in Canada. This is the second time the museum is hosting the event and they are joined this year by partners YYC Calgary Airport Authority. Guests will enjoy two-for-one admission, free tours and the chance to sit inside the Bell 47 helicopter.  Admission: $15
    • February 23 (2:00pm-5:00pm): Devrai (Sacred Grove) - at Alberta University of the Arts (1407 14 Ave NW), Hidden Gems Film Festival is present a screening of Devrai (Sacred Grove). The film follows Shesh Desai, his obsession with a forest on the Konkan region of Maharashtra in India and later diagnosis with schizophrenia. Admission: $15-25
    • February 23 (3:00pm-5:00pm): The Tudors - at Bella Concert Hall, the next concert from Luminous Voices, Calgary's professional choir, is The Tudors. The program will focus on the Tudor era and English Renaissance masters with selections including "O Nata Lux" and Magnificat for Four Voices by Thomas Tallis, Mass for Five Voices by William Byrd, "The Lord's Prayer" and "Hec Dies" by John Sheppard and more. Admission: $28-38
    • February 23 (3:00pm): Blue Moon Marquee -  at The Gallery House (119 Nottingham Rd NW), there will be a mix of early blues, jazz, country, and popular songs. Tickets are $25 in advance - they sell out quick! Admission: $25 http://galleryhouseconcerts.com/
    • February 26 (7:30pm): Test Drive - at Yuk Yuk's (218 18 Ave SE), this comedy show taking place is a fundraiser for an upcoming charitable comedy tour called The Human Condition Spring Comedy Tour. Performers include: Scott Belford, Adam Mac and Scott Porteous. Admission: $19.95
    • February 27 (12:00pm-9:00pm), 28, 29 (10:00am-9:00pm) & March 1 (10:00am-6:00pm) : Calgary Home and Garden Show 2020 - at the BMO Centre, the annual Calgary Home and Garden Show is a four-day event that features many experts and vendors for all of your home and gardening needs. Bryan Baemuler will be the special guest. Admission: $7-16 - save money by purchasing tickets online - https://calgaryhgs.com/
    • February 27 (7:00pm): Trivia Night at Fort Calgary - there will be a trivia night - gather your favorite quiz loving friends and study up on current events, pop culture and Fort Calgary facts to take home the crown. Admission: by donation
    • February 28 8:00pm to February 29 10:00pm: 26-Hour Improv Marathon - Yes, this event is 26 hours long! At The Alexandra Centre (922 9 Ave SE), improvisational comedy crew with Kinkonauts is holding it's annual fundraiser. Admission: $10 donation is suggested for each show you stay for.
    • February 29 (8:00pm): Leap Year Party with Cabot's Crossing -  the King Eddy will be celebrating Leap Year! Marking the occasion of Cabot's Crossing, a Maritime kitchen party band with an East Coast-infuse repertoire of traditional Irish music. Admission: $15-20
    • March 3 (7:00pm): Off the CUFF: Blow the Man Down -  at Globe Cinema, if you love film noir and spooky seaside setting, this is the place to go! Blow the Man Down was an official selection at TIFF and the Tribeca Film Festival in 2019, telling the story of two sisters who conceal a crime and discover dark secrets about their town in the process. Admission: $10

    Have a great week!

     

    Post date: 2020/02/07 - 16:01

    Hi everyone,

    Here are some ideas for outings and fun things for the week of February 12 - 18:

    Leisure Centre Schedules: https://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Recreation/Pages/Schedules.aspx

    Please see attached for the City of Calgary program flyers.

    • Need some snuggles with a kitty or a cat? There are 45 minute kitty visits for $10 at the Regal Cat Cafe.  https://www.regalcatcafe.com/ There's also a new cat cafe in the Calgary NW called Cafe and Mi- if you make a $5 beverage purchase, you'll be able to visit their cats - https://www.cafeandmi.com/rules
    • February 4 - 22 (times vary - see link): The Louder We Get - at Arts Commons, Max Bell Theatre, destined for Broadway, this dazzling musical follows the compelling and inspirational true love story of Marc Hall as he navigates the Catholic school system to fight for his right to take his boyfriend to prom. With colourful pop-inspired songs and heart-warming unity, you won't want to miss this electric love story. Admission: varies - see link. On Tuesday's, Wednesday's and Thursday's - if you are under the age of 35, the ticket is $35. https://www.theatrecalgary.com/shows/2019-2020-the-louder-we-get?_ga=2.248950343.134298310.1580145392-1805235832.1565814106

    FREE:

    • February 14 (10:00am-2:00pm): Valentine's Day at Calgary Farmers' Market - at the Calgary Farmers Market, come for a special Valentine's Day of celebrations. There will be a photo-booth, chocolate-dipped treats and a caricature artist that will draw a photo of you and your loved one for $25. There will be contests and more!
    • February 14, 15 & 16 (4:00pm-10:00pm): Glow Winter Festival - Calgary's free outdoor, winter festival is back! Glow Winter Festival lights up Stephen Avenue with light-show installations, live music, dancing, outdoor lounges and more. There will be an illuminated ice slide, watch a live, international ice-carving competition, ride a trackless 18-passenger train and check out food and beverage options in the lounge area. It takes place between 1 St SE and 4 St SW. 
    • February 15 (11:00am-5:00pm): Beltline Bonspiel - at the Lougheed House, the Beltline Bonspiel winter festival returns for a day of family-friendly activities and curling. In addition to the main curling tournament there will be casual family play, DJs, fire pits, a local beer garden, food options including the Perogy Boyz food truck and a pop-up restaurant inside the Lougheed House. 
    • February 17 (12:00pm-4:00pm): Family Day with Jory Kinjo - the King Eddy is celebrating Family Day with a free show! Kids are welcome to come down to the historic bar and enjoy live music by Jory Kinjo, a 20-year career music veteran. He will be performing soul, reggae, ska and roots tones.

    PAID:

    • February 12 (7:00pm): Beanpole  - at Globe Cinema, the next entry in Calgary International Film Festival's new Global Perspectives series is Russia's Beanpole. The film follows a young nurse struggling to rebuild her life in a post World War II era and how friendship can be forged out of tragedy. Admission: $13-15
    • February 12, 13 (8:00pm) & 15 (7:30pm): Mo Mandel -  at The Laugh Shop at Hotel Blackfoot, Mo Mandel will be in the house. He did a half-hour special on Comedy Central and more than 40 appearances on Chelsey Lately or for having created and executive produced Comedy Knockout. Admission: $14.95-59.95
    • February 13 (6:30pm): Animal People Screening -  at Inglewood Community Hall, Calgary Animal Save is hosting a screening of Animal People, a documentary produced by Joaquin Phoenix. There will be popcorn, a guest speaker, a photo booth and a 50/50 draw for guests to enjoy. Admission: $25
    • February 13 (8:00pm): Alberta Spotlight: Ryan Langlois - at King Eddy, this installment of National Music Centre's Alberta Spotlight series is headlined by Red Deer country-rocker Ryan Langlois. He was the lead singer from The Boom Chucka Boys - now he has an award winning solo career. This will be a high energy show. Admission: $15
    • February 13 (8:00pm): New Music Concert - at Eckhardt-Grammate Hall (206 University Ct. NW), faculty and students at UofC's School of Creative and Performing Arts will be unveiling new works. This includes works from Allan G. Bell, Lauro Pecktor de Oliveira, Scott Ross-Molyneux and David Andrews Mira brought of life by the UCalgary Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and student soloists and chamber musicians.  Admission: $10-13
    • February 14 (5:00pm-9:00pm): $10 Date Night at Studio Bell: Valentine's Day Bash - at Studio Bell, Home of the National Music Centre, is offering discounted admission and special programming. Guests will enjoy DJs spinning vinyl, a cash bar and a ballroom dancing lesson in additions to NMC's five floors of interactive exhibitions. Admission: $10
    • February 15 (10:00am-4:00pm): Fishtival - at Bow Habitat Station, learn about Alberta's fish with Bow Habitat Station and enjoy family-friendly events and games. Explore the investigation stations where you can discover many aquatic related experience such as fly-fishing, interacting with over 20 different fish species and learning about the journey that trout take from egg to adult. The outdoor section i free admission, and admission is reduced to $5 for entrance into the Discovery Centre. Admission: Free - $5
    • February 15 (12:30pm-2:00pm): Mini Ride Don't Hide - at Peloton Cycling (109, 1053 10 St SW), as a lead-up to its cycling fundraiser on June 14, the Canadian Mental Health Association Calgary has organized a spin class at Peloton Cycling. Registration is $15 and attendees get access to 10% off a 10-class pass to Peloton Cycling to keep up their training. Admission: $15
    • February 15 (8:30pm): Chixdiggit - at King Eddy, Calgary punk powerhouse Chixdiggit, are entering their third decade as band having formed in 1991 will be performing. Admission: $20-25
    • February 17 (10:00am-5:00pm): Family Day at Studio Bell - at Studio Bell, there's a whole lot of music-focused fun going on. The main event is A Smalltown DJ's Family Dance Party where the iconic Calgary electronic duo will play music "from the ages for all ages" from 1pm-3:30pm with special guest Skratch Bastid. Admission: standard Studio Bell admission fee.
    • February 17 (2:00pm): Tribute to New Orleans - at Scarboro United Church, enjoy an afternoon of Big Easy brass music courtesy of Foothills Brass. Expect to hear music by Louis Armstrong, Al Hirt, Jelly Roll Morton and others in styles from ragtime and Dixieland to Second Line and more. Admission: $15-25
    • February 18 (7:00pm): Off the CUFF: Gun Akimbo -  at Globe Cinema, Calgary's Underground Film Festival's year-round presentation series has tapped Guns Akimbo for its next screening. Daniel Radcliffe - whose post-Harry Potter work has been a revelation of absurdity - leads this gonzo love letter to the action movies of the '80's and '90's. Admission: $8-10

    Have a great week!

    Post date: 2020/02/03 - 12:06

    February is Heart Month! Check out the Health and Safety section and take care of yourself this February!

    Don't miss CET Standard 3/15 regarding Relationships.

    Also - CPI Training dates were added just after printing - please call reception to register.
    March 26/27, April 30/May 1, May 25/26 and June 25/26

     

     

    Post date: 2020/01/31 - 13:08

    Hi everyone,

    Here are some ideas for outings and fun things for the weeks of February 4 - 11:

    Leisure Centre Schedules: https://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Recreation/Pages/Schedules.aspx

    • February 4 - 22 (times vary - see link): The Louder We Get - at Arts Commons, Max Bell Theatre, destined for Broadway, this dazzling musical follows the compelling and inspirational true love story of Marc Hall as he navigates the Catholic school system to fight for his right to take his boyfriend to prom. With colourful pop-inspired songs and heart-warming unity, you won't want to miss this electric love story. Admission: varies - see link. On Tuesday's, Wednesday's and Thursday's - if you are under the age of 35, the ticket is $35. https://www.theatrecalgary.com/shows/2019-2020-the-louder-we-get?_ga=2.248950343.134298310.1580145392-1805235832.1565814106

    FREE:

    • February 5 (6:30pm-8:30pm): Bravehearts Open Doors - at Calgary Parkland Community Association (505 Parkvalley Road SE), join the Fish Creek Bravehearts Toastmasters Club for its open house. This is a chance for guests to see what Toastmasters is all about and to meet the community. The Bravehearts offer members a chance to build their leadership and communication skills in a relaxed, easy-going environment.
    • February 7 (6:00pm-9:00pm): Finding Presence - Mindfulness in the Mountains - at Framed on Fifth (1207 5 Ave NW), there will be an opening reception with an exhibit by Kathleen Davis as part of Exposure Photography Festival. David is a fine art photographer from Canmore who specializes in black-and-white photos taken from mountain peaks.
    • February 10 (6:00pm): NeWest Press Author Reading Event - at Indigo CrossIron Mills, join four Calgary Authors as they showcase their novels. Authors include, Randy Nikkel Schroeder, Theanna Bischoff, Lauralyn Choow and Niall Howell.

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    • February 5 (7:00pm): The Booksellers  - at Eau Claire Market, the next entry in Calgary International Film Festival's Doc Soup series is The Booksellers. The film explores the unique and unexpected skills of antiquarian booksellers need in order to be successful in the trade and celebrates the importance of book culture. Viewers get a rare inside look into some of the most remarkable books of all time. This includes the most expensive book ever sold, accounts of polar expedition with wooly mammoth and more. Admission: $13-15
    • February 5 (8:00pm): Chris Gordon -  at The Laugh Shop at Hotel Blackfoot, Calgary's Chris Gordon is headlining a comedy show. He has been credited in Hell on Wheels, Just of Laughs Festivals and more! Admission: $14.95
    • February 6 & 7 (1:00pm-9:00pm), 8 & 9 (10:00am-7:00pm): Calgary Boat and Outdoors Show -  at BMO Centre, peruse Southern Alberta's biggest showing of boats, watercraft, marine accessories, fishing, camping, hunting and outdoor related products and services. Admission: $10-15
    • February 6 (8:00pm), 7 & 8 (7:00pm): Ryan Niemiller - at Laugh Shop, Hotel Blackfoot, the quick-witted comedian will be in the house for three days in February. Niemiller was born with a disability, aims to share is unique perspective of what it's like living in a world that was not designed for him through humour. Admission: $19.95-24.95
    • February 7 (7:00pm): Photo Inspiration Night - at Central Library, PhotoED Magazine is presenting a unique event during Exposure Photography Festival. 10 speakers will run through 20 photography-based slides telling a story divided up in 20 seconds per slide There will be art photographers, photojournalists, commercial photographers and other fascinating industry folk. Admission: $10-35
    • February 7 (8:00pm): Rosina Cove & The Brooke Wylie Band - at King Eddy, Fans of 100 Mile House should be excited to hear that the duo's Peter Stone has another band called Rosina Cove. Go and listen to some indie music. Admission: $12-15
    • February 8 (10:00am-3:00pm): Bowness WinterFest - at Bowness Community Association, there will be an escape from the chill of February with the family-friendly Bowness WinterFest Event. The carnival-style affair will feature games, prizes, zorb bowling, a bouncy castle, a photo-booth, concessions Admission: $7
    • February 8 (1:00pm): Wordfest Presents: Cheryl Foggo (Pourin' Down Rain) - at Memorial Park Library (2nd Floor, 1221 2 St SW), author Cheryl Foggo will be showing off her 30th anniversary release of her book Pourin' Down the Rain: A Black Woman Claims Her Place in the Canadian West. She explores the feeling of feeling like an outsider growing up in Calgary in the 1960's and ho she explores those feelings with her ancestry. There will be live music, special guests and an on-stage Q&A followed by a book signing. Admission: $15
    • February 8 (1:00pm): Khari Wendell McClelland's Freedom Singer - at Studio Bell (850 4 St SE), Scotiabank Backseat presents an afternoon of song in celebration of Black History Month. Admission: regular admission at Studio Bell
    • February 8 (7:30pm-10:00pm): Glenbow Launch Party - at Glenbow (1309 Ave SE), there will be a party celebrating the launch of three exhibits including the much anticipated Vivian Maier: In Her Own Hands. There will be street photography and self-portraiture of Maier. Admission: by donation
    • February 9 (2:00pm): Tribute to New Orleans - at Scarboro United Church, enjoy an afternoon of Big Easy brass music courtesy of Foothills Brass. Expect to hear music by Louis Armstrong, Al Hirt, Jelly Roll Morton and others in styles from ragtime and Dixieland to Second Line and more. Admission: $15-25
    • February 9 (3:00pm): Pre-Valentine's Day Sweetheart Dance Party -  at Centre Street Steakhouse and Pub (2820 Centre St NE), get warmed up for Valentine's Day at this Baby Boomer-themed dance party. The event will feature the Boomer Dance Party Band playing some of the biggest hits of the '50s through the '90s. The seating is first come, first serve - guests are recommended to show up early. Admission: $10
    • February 10 (7:30pm): James Campbell, Arnold Choi & Glen Montgomery -  at Bella Concert Hall, these artists will perform during this entry in the Wyatt Concert Series at the Bella Concert Hall. Admission: $10-30

      Have a great week!