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Post date: 2018/08/01 - 11:17

Hello CASS community,

CASS has been facilitating connections and opportunities that promote personal development and inclusive communities for 30 years – we are proud to celebrate this milestone with you. Your contributions to CASS and the people we serve has had a significant positive impact on people’s lives. In order to celebrate and recognize this work, we are asking our CASS community to share quotes, memories and photos. We will share these on our website and social media platforms to showcase and celebrate 30 years of advancing inclusion in Calgary.

Help us to continue to promote inclusion and celebrate diversity. Here are a few ways you can participate:

  • Send us a 1 sentence quote about CASS
    • What do you love about CASS?
    • What should the community know about CASS?
    • What is the biggest impact that you think CASS has had on the community?
  • Send us a fact about CASS that other people may not know
  • Snap a picture with us for our CASS photo days, at the CASS office, on Tuesday, August 14 from 12:00 – 2:00 PM or Wednesday, August 29 from 12:00 – 2:00 PM
  • Check out our CASS timeline, at the office, and feel free to participate with a personalized CASS sticker

Send your submissions to:

Use the hashtag #CASScommunity30 and follow along on Twitter @CalgaryAlt and Facebook @CalgaryAlternativeSupportServices

Submissions can also be emailed to

We look forward to sharing this milestone with you!

Post date: 2018/07/26 - 14:29

Hi Everyone,


Shakespeare by the Bow’s annual pay-what-you-will theatre on Prince’s Island Park is starting to wind down for the year, so make sure to check it out before August 20th. This year’s performance is “The Two Gentlemen of Verona”, running Tuesday to Saturday at 7 pm, and Sundays at 2 pm and 7pm.


Supported Lifestyles has another round of personal development classes coming up. These classes include: Women’s Group, Sexual Education, Anger Management, Men’s Group and BUDS group. Please see the attachments for more info about these classes.  




Aug 9: Taste of Calgary @ Eau Claire Plaza (Barclay Parade & 3 ST SW) 11am-9pm. Admission is free, but tasting tickets cost $1 each, and dishes will require multiple tickets. There will be live music, as well.


Aug 10: Inglewood Night Market @ Inglewood (Along 10th Ave, 10th St & 11 St) 5-11pm. Vendors, food trucks, live music.


Aug 11-12: Calgary Dragon Boat Race and Festival @ North Glenmore Park (7305 Glenmore Park SW) Cheer on the competitors and experience the full festival.


Aug 12: Music in the Park: A Taste of the Caribbean @ South Glenmore Park (8415 25 St SW) Noon-2pm. The Carican Steelband will perform. Food trucks will be on site.


Aug 12: Marda Gras Street Festival @ Marda Loop (33 Ave SW between 18St & 22St.) All of the info on the 34th year of this festival can be found at




Aug 6: Heritage Day @ Heritage Park 10am-5pm. Regular admission rates apply.  Live music, BBQ, scavenger hunt, drumming, dancing & games.


Aug 7: LGBTQ+ Lawn Bowling @ Inglewood Lawn Bowling Club (1235 8 Ave SE) $10 drop in, there is a community dinner at 6pm that costs and additional $7, games run from appx. 7-9pm.  come a bit early if you need to learn how to play. Flat-soled shoes only.


Aug 9: Adults Only Night: Through the Haze @ Telus SPARK Science Centre (220 St George’s Dr NE) 6-10pm.  This event is “your chance to learn more about the myths and science behind marijuana and its effects, since it is being legalized for recreational use in Canada”. Regular admission rates apply, you can also sign out one of CASS’ community connections passes to get up to 6 people in for free. You may want to get your tickets in advance, as these night programs regularly sell out.


Post date: 2018/07/24 - 12:15

Hi Everyone,

Running low on recreation activities and funds? Check out for some ideas around town.

Last week CASS staff sent in a link to Accessible YYC’s open google map, which helps you identify businesses that are wheelchair accessible around town. Use the map to find places to go, or help build the map by adding your own accessibility pins to it! Here is the link: If you see anything that you think would be useful or interesting for the CASS community, please feel free to send it my way so it can get out to everyone!

Vecova’s Professional Supports Education Series for July-September has started, please see the attachment to find out more about these free professional development events.



Jul 27- Aug 12: Wreck City @ Various Locations. 21 artists have taken over 4 locations around town and created free, public art installations to explore, and get involved in. Each location has different times and dates that you can visit, so make sure to keep up to date on the schedule at under “events”.

Jul 30: Music at McDougall @ West Grounds of McDougall Centre (455 6 St SW) 11:45am-1pm. This free concert is presented by CKUA Radio and the Alberta Government.

Aug 2 & 3: Music in the Park @ Central Memorial Park (1221 2 St SW) Noon-1pm. has all of the info on artists, and future events.

Aug 4: Inglewood Sunfest @ Mainstreet Inglewood (9 Ave SE from 11 Ave to 14 Ave) 11am-6pm. This event features a good mix of vendors, performance art and festival atmosphere. has everything you need to know.

Aug 4: International Jousting Tournament @ The Military Museums (4520 Crowchild Trail SW) 11am-2pm.

Aug 4-6: Tour de Bowness @ various locations. Start times: Sat 9am, Sun 8:30am, Mon 8am. Alberta’s answer to the Tour de France is here, and free to watch. Learn more at



Jul 30- Aug 4: Calgary International Blues Fest @ Various Locations. Day passes are $50, Thursday has 2 for 1 day passes. For Schedules and info check out

Jul 31: Mars Night @ Rothney Astrophysical Observatory (200, 198070 Hwy 22). This is a clear weather event, and will be cancelled if the sky is overcast. However, if it’s a clear night, this is a great chance to get to see Mars as Earth passes between it and the sun. This is also the night which Mars will be as close as it gets to the sun, since 2003. Admission for the events will be a donation to the educational programs at the conservatory. has good directions, and more info.

Aug 1: The Lion King movie screening @ Spruce Meadows. Movie starts at sunset (appx. 9:30pm). Admission is $20 per carload, or $15 in advance. This is part of a series of movies being screened in Spruce Meadows every week. For full listings, see

Aug 3-6: Alberta Kennel Club Summer Classic @ Spruce Meadows. Admission is $10. Learn more about dogs and watch them do a number of things over the course of the weekend.

Aug 3-11: Calgary Fringe Festival @ Various locations, various prices. There will be fringe fest street performances happening during Inglewood Sunfest on Aug 4, if you want to get in on the theatre for free. The rest of the information is here:

Aug 4: Canmore Folk Music Festival @ Centennial Park, Canmore. There will be a fre pancake breakfast and a free concert of Friday evening. See for details.



Post date: 2018/07/23 - 09:13

PLEASE NOTE: The September date for CPI is now the 20th and 21st.

CPI training dates have been added to the schedule for September and October.

Thursday and Friday, September 20th and 21st and Thursday and Friday, October 11th and 12th. The course runs 1.5 days starting at 9 am sharp both days and finishing at about 3:30 on Thursday and around 12:30 on the Friday. These classes fill quickly and there is often a wait list for new staff to register.

If you have signed up for the course and end up not being able to attend PLEASE let reception know as soon as possible!

Training dates are listed on page four of the CASS Report which is posted in this News section of the newsletter every month.

Call or email reception to register, 403-283-0611 or


Post date: 2018/07/20 - 11:25

The second floor of the CASS Main Office has been de-energized in order to address a major electrical problem that posed a serious risk to the building.

The second floor of the CASS Main Office is where all of out IT infrastructure is housed which means that at present we have no internet, phones, or servers.

Our landlord is aware of the issue and working to resolve the matter.

In order to complete the required maintenance, the entire building will be de-energized at noon.

We anticipate that this issue will be resolved somewhere between 12:30 and 13:00 today.

Thanks for your patience and sorry for any inconvenience.

Post date: 2018/07/19 - 09:34

The issue that postponed SHP invoicing in the new Employee Center has now been resolved and will take effect September 1st.

Training is available on the following dates and times. . .

Saturday, August 25, 10:30 am

Wednesday, August 29, 4 pm

Thursday, September 6 - 5:30 pm

Sunday, September 9, 11 am

Monday, September 10, 10:30 am

Call reception at 403-283-0611 or email to RSVP.

In the meantime, you can review the reference material on the CASS website once you are logged in, under the Forms and Documents section. The reference material is titled "CASS Employee Center - SHP Invoice Payment Request".

Please continue to submit your invoices to your immediate supervisor through the current process until September.



Post date: 2018/07/18 - 11:01

Hi Everyone,

Please note that Telus SPARK science centre has increased their parking prices. It will now cost $10 to park in their lot when you go to visit the science centre. If are visiting with one of the CASS community connections passes, and you show proof of parking at the front desk you will receive a $5 voucher for the eatery or the gift shop.

Albertans Advocating for Change Together has their newsletter, The Alberta Hoot, available now. I have attached it to this post so that you can get the latest Self-Advocacy News from around Alberta.

The Calgary Centre for Sexuality is hosting an interactive workshop on Thursday September 13th from 9am-Noon on supporting sexuality in people with developmental disabilities. The workshop is open to anyone in the human services field, and is free. For more information or to register, please go to



Jul 28: Beltline Garden Party @ Lougheed House (707 13 Ave SW) 1-4pm. Spend the day in the park. There will be lots of activities, including a dog parade and beer gardens, and free admission to Lougheed house

Jul 28: Public Art Paint Event @ Bridgeland Riverside Community Association (917 Centre Ave NE) 9am-Noon or 2-5pm. Take part in painting community murals. Instructions will be given for the piece that you are working on. Please email for info.

Jul 28: Movie in the Park @ Bowness (7904 43 Ave NW) 8pm, movie begins at 9. The movie is a secret, but it is not inconceivable that you will figure it out before the screening. While the screening is free, you may want to bring money for snacks and popcorn.

Jul 28-29: Pet-A-Palooza @ Eau Claire (200 Barclay Parade SW) 10am-4pm. Go where the pups are! Bulldog races, a puppy stampede, and lots of exhibitors to check out.

Jul 28-29: Calgary Arab Festival @ Olympic Plaza (228 8 Ave SE) 10 am. There will be music, folk dance performances, food, and community building.

Jul 29: Fantasy Faire @ Kensginton. 11am-5pm. This event is building on the Diagon Alley events that have been held in the Kensington district the past few summers, but is opening the theme up to fantastical things of all kinds. There will be human chess, costume contests, Quidditch, and even performances by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. Find out more at

Jul 29: Hello Summer Market @ Marlborough Park Community Centre (6021 Madigan Dr NE) 9am-4pm. This local market comes with free wagon rides!


July 25: $1.99 Grand slam day @ Denny’s (4515 25 St SE location only). Get a grand slam breakfast for only $1.99. This offer is on from 7am-2pm.

Jul 26-29: Calgary Folk Music Festival @ Prince’s Island Park. Thurs 4-10:30pm, Fri 2pm-Midnight, Sat 9:30am-midnight, Sun 9:30am-10:30pm. Whether or not you were able to get tickets to this event, head on down to princes Island park, to catch some live music from either side of the gates. You can find out who will be playing when, and all of the other details of the festival here:

Jul 28: Who Framed Roger Rabbit 30th Anniversary Screening @ Globe Cinema (617 8 Ave SW) 7 pm. Tickets are $10 for a screening of this classic movie. 

Jul 28: Cruise for Cancer Show & Shine @ 12345 40 St SE 8am-2pm. Admission is $20. Come check out the classic cars before they drive off toward the mountains together, or enter your own vehicle! You can register at the gate. Go to for details.


Post date: 2018/07/10 - 13:16

Hi Everyone,

I hope you're all having a great time with all of the Stampede fun around town. Don't forget to check out previous event posting for all the details on finding free food and activities while they last.


Jul 18: Sundown Social @ Bridgeland (under the 4th Ave Flyover, parallel to Memorial Drive) 4-9pm. The street will come alive with performances, flowers, and food & beer vendors. has all of the info.

Jul 19-22: Calgary Turkish Festival @ Eau Claire Festival Plaza, 11am-10pm. Celebrate and learn about Turkish culture through art, dance music and food.

Jul 20: Calgary Night Market @ Bridgeland Riverside Community Association (917 Centre St NE) 5-11pm. Local vendors, food trucks and entertainment.

Jul 20-22: Fiestaval Latino Festival @ Olympic Plaza (228 8 Ave SE) There will be food vendors, and dozens of performances throughout this Latin culture festival. You can check out the lineup here:

Jul 21: Festival of Chariots @ Shaw Millennium Park (1220 9 Ave SW) 11am-5pm. Live entertainment, free vegan feast all day.

Jul 21: European Classic Car Meet @ Stanley Park 9am-3pm. Stop by and see all of the lovingly restored and maintained cars that the Vintage Sports Car Club of Calgary members will be showing.

Jul 21: Parks Day & Creekfest @ Fish Creek Park (15975 Bow Bottom Trail SE) 10am-3pm.  Song writing workshop, interactive performances, and a number of games and activities throughout the day. Donations to the Friends of Fish Creek society are appreciated. You can get all of the information about this, and other events hosted by the Friends of Fish Creek  event here:


Jul 18: Secret Cinema @ Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers (#100 1725 10 Ave SW) Entry is through the alley behind the building. 5:30-8pm. Secret Cinema screens 16mm films they inherited from the Calgary Public Library in the 90’s. The titles of the films show will not be disclosed until they are shown. Admission is by donation. Enjoy!               

Jul 21: Taste of the Caribbean @ Winston Heights Mountview Community Association (520 27 Ave NE) Noon-6pm. Admission is $10. Caribbean Food, music and art.




Post date: 2018/07/05 - 12:04

The CASS Employee Center will be down for scheduled maintenance this weekend from Friday July 6th at 16:00 MST to July 9th 08:00 MST 2018.

During this time frame our service provider Sparkrock will be moving our solution to a new environment, and also updating us from release 9.06 to 9.08. As a result of this move and the subsequent update we should see noticeable improvements in performance and we will also get to take advantage of the new features and bug fixes provided by the most recent release.

If you have any time sensitive expense claims or payment requests please ensure that they are submitted by 16:00 Friday July 6th.

Update: This process is now complete. Thanks for your patience.

Post date: 2018/07/04 - 11:09

Hi Everyone,


Indefinite arts is moving back to their old building at 8038 Fairmount Drive SE. To celebrate this, they will be hosting a block party on July 16th from 11:30am-1:30pm. There will be music, art, and a great time.

Cyclepalooza is back—There are a number of bicycle adventures throughout the city from July 13 to 22. A few of the rides cost money, if they involve icecream, concerts, or camping trips. Otherwise, they are free and easy to join up with. You can even plan and facilitate your own ride! You can find the full calendar and information at

For all of the Yu-gi-oh!, Pokemon, and Magic: The Gathering players out there: Metal Galaxy has weekly tournaments for these games, and more. Check out their schedule of events at

And don’t forget to find all of the free stampede breakfasts and BBQs! You can find some near you by going to  or



July 10: Outdoor Market @ Stephen Ave (340 8 Ave SW) 10 am-4pm. The regular market on Stephen Ave, now surrounded by stampede revelry!

July 11: Sunnyside Salsa Wednesdays @ containR (1020 2 Ave NW). 7-9pm. This Outdoor community space has a number of weekly events- Salsa Wedensdays gives you a chance to listen to great music, and learn a few steps, or make up your own.

July 13: International Car Collector Appreciation Day @ A&W (Glendeer Circle) 5:30-9pm. Check out the classic, historic and specialty cars.

July 13: Inglewood Night Market @ various locations in Inglewood. 5-11pm. This fantastic pedestrian market takes over Inglewood the second Thursday night of every month in the summer. See for all of the details.

July 14: Writing Winning Proposals: How to Get That Grant @ CommunityWIse Resource Centre (223 12 Ave SW) 11am-4pm. 2 hours of solid information about how to succeed in grant writing. If you have a grant that you are working on, you can register for a 20-minute session with one of the presenters for $10. Go to to register or get more information.

July 14: Rod-O-Rama @ North Haven Community Centre (5003 North Haven Drive NW) 9am-3pm. All vehicles are pre-1972, in this classic car show. has all of the info.

Big Slam Skate Clinic & Contests @Brewery Flats (1210 11 Ave SE) 10 am-6pm. Local bands, skateboarding contests, bike polo demonstrations, and tons more to check out.

July 15: Blacksmith/Knife Forging Demonstration @ High Line Brewing Parking Lot (#113 1318 9 Ave SE) Noon-3pm.

July 15: Tails & Treasures Dog Park Opening @ 4410 University Avenue. 1-5pm. With a Dog Show contest at 2:30pm. Details can be found at



July 10: Date Night @ Studio Bell (850 4 Street SE). Admission is reduced to $10 per person from 4-7pm. Learn about the history of music in Canada, and play with the interactive activities throughout the space.

July 10-14: Western Series @ Globe Cinema (617 8 Ave SW) Retro and modern western movies, $10 admission for each screening. Please see for full movie listing & schedule.

July 13 & 14: Chili Cook-Off @ Calgary Farmer’s Market (510 77 Ave SE) 11am-3pm. Make a cash donation to the Calgary Interfaith food bank for a chance to sample 7 great chilis and vote for your favourites.

July 14: Roller Skate Disco @ Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association (1320 5 Ave NW) 8-11pm. Admission is $10, rollerskate rentals are $4.