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Post date: 2019/07/03 - 13:17

Hi Everyone,

This listing will cover two weeks—  we will be back with more toward the end of the month.

Recovery College has a new course guide out for Fall/Winter 2019, there are copied at the CASS office, or you can check out These courses focus on personal development and growth, and they are all free. 

Value Days for the upcoming Calgary Stampede:

  • July 4: Sneak a Peak- Entry is only $9 from 5-11pm
  • July 5: Parade Day – Entry is free from 11am-1:30pm
  • July 7: Family Day – Entry is free from 7:30-10:30am.
  • July 9: Community Day- Entry is only $2 from 10am-2pm, Free for seniors all day.
  • July 10: Kids Day- Free entry for kids and accompanying adults from 7-9am, $2 entry all day for kids under 12.



Jul 8: Dementia Conversation Café @ Lukes’ Drug Mart (3407 26 Ave SW) 10am-Noon. This is a casual drop-in social event, open to anyone impacted by dementia.

Jul 11: YYC Ultimate Obstacles @ South Glenmore Park (24 St SW) 6-8pm. Open drop-in outdoor obstacle course, weather permitting.

Jul 12: Inglewood Night Market @ 9 Ave & 10 St SE. 5-11pm. Come out, enjoy the weather and meet new people wandering around Inglewood.

Jul 12-14: Calgary Turkish Festival @ Eau Claire Market (200 Barclay Parade SW) 11am-10pm. Admission is free, but food and activity coupons will cost $2 each.

Jul 14: Tails & Treasures @ University District (4410 University Dr NW) 1-5pm. This dog-friendly and dog-focused event will have live entertainment, a pet market, and pooch competitions running from 1-2pm.

Jul 14: Calgary Wind Symphony @ Riley Park (800 12 St NW) 1-4pm. Bring chairs/blankets/snacks and enjoy a casual symphony in the park

Jul 15: Fire Week @ Central Memorial Park (1221 2 St SW) 11:30am-1:30pm. Learn about fire safety and have fun with local firefighters

Jul 18: Jazz Battle @ Central Memorial Park (1221 2 St SW) 5-7pm. Two jazz bands will compete with each other over six rounds of improvised music, with Tim Tamashiro refereeing.

Jul 18: Disability Tax Credit & RDSP Info Session @ Momentum (#16, 2936 Radcliffe Dr SE) 10am-Noon. please register by calling Jordan at (403) 204-2692.

Jul 19-21: Fiestaval Latin Festival @ Olympic Plaza (228 8 Ave SE) 11am-10pm. Entertainment, vendors, and tons of fun.

Jul 19-21: Alberta Gem Show @ Best Western Village Park Inn (1804 Crowchild Trail NW)

Jul 20: Creekfest @ Bow Valley Ranch, Fish Creek Park (South end of Bow Bottom Tr SE).

Jul 20: Zero Waste Festival @ 656 Confluence Way, 11am-6pm. “an interactive festival focused on reducing waste and leading a low waste lifestyle”.

Jul 20: Festival of Chariots @ Shaw Millennium Park 2-5pm. Free vegetarian Feast, live music, performances, exhibits and vendors.

Jul 20: Food Truck Fiesta @ Evanston (115 Evanston Dr NW) 4-9pm. Family friendly games and activities, music, etc.


Jul 9: Date night @ Studio Bell (850 4 St SE) Admission is only $10 from 5-8pm. You don’t have to have a date to take advantage of this low price admission.

Jul 12-14: Comic Fest @ Calaway Park (245033 Range Road 33) Dress like your favourite (family-friendly) superheroes, and check out the artist market.




Post date: 2019/06/28 - 11:43


Be sure and note the date of July's Dinner Club - it is the second Wednesday - July 10th!

Also, remember to sign up for the draws for Stampeder Game tickets - call reception at 403-283-0611



Post date: 2019/06/25 - 13:11

Hi Everyone, 

CASS has received 3 free passes to the ‘North American’ competition at Spruce Meadows, for July 5-7.  Each of these passes includes 2 free adult tickets, 2 free children’s tickets, 2 kids activity tickets which can be used for the carousel, mini train, etc. If you would like these tickets, please reply to this email to let me know.

Calgary has a new free arts event going on all through the city this summer-- Lawn Chair Theatre. It’s family-friendly and free and you can find out where it will be near you by going to

If you are looking for something to do on Canada Day this year, there is a giant list of events that you can choose from here: You can also find info about road closures, Calgary Transit, and The Fireworks show through the link.



Jul 2-Oct 15: Farmers Market @ Triwood Community Association (2244 Chicoutimi Dr NW) 3-7pm. Runs every Tuesday throughout the summer.

Jul 3: Graffiti Mural Summer Camp @ The Alex Community Food Centre  (4202 17 Ave SE) Youth ages 14-24 are welcome to take part in a free summer mural camp. For times and registration, check out

Jul 3- Aug 28: Music in the Plaza @ Heritage Park Town Square, right before the gates. 6-8pm. Each Wednesday evening there will be live music. See artist listings here:

Jul 5: Salsa on the Street @ 100 Stephen Ave SE 6-9pm. Salsa DJ’s take over the block. There will be instructors from Dance studios there if you want help to learn to dance Salsa. 

Jul 6: Experience the Reservoir @ South Glenmore Park (24 St SW) 1-4pm.  Cycle, walk or roll through a scavenger hunt along the pathway system. This event is weather dependent. Call 311 for updates or cancellations.

Jul 6: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Movie Screening @ Tomkins Park (8 st & 17 Ave SW). This event is part of Saturday’s on 17th; which starts at noon each Saturday from Jun 8-July 27 and features live music, games, and a market before the movie screenings at 6pm. For more details see


Jul 3-7: North American @ Spruce Meadows (18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW) Tickets are $5. Check out the Schedule at

Jul 5-7: Mexifest @ Eau Claire Plaza (255 Barclay Parade SW) Tickets are $15, free for seniors and kids under 12. Find out more at

Jul 6: The Great Queer Bannock Face Off @ CommunityWise Resource Centre (223 12 Ave SW) 3-5pm. Tickets to try the sweet or savoury, baked or fried bannock will be priced on a sliding scale, and there will be free tea and coffee.




Post date: 2019/06/19 - 09:14

Hi Everyone, 

Did you know that Max Bell Arena, along with the Genesis Centre and Marlborough Mall host the Active Adults Program? You can find out more about this free, casual, active living program here:

Summer is here, and Calgary parks are calling. Spend the day wandering around the river, through St Patrick’s island and Prince’s Island, head south to Fish Creek park, check out the labyrinth at 37 Silver Springs Dr NW, or find a green space near you.

Value Days for the upcoming Calgary Stampede:

July 4: Sneak a Peak- Entry is only $9 from 5-11pm

July 5: Parade Day – Entry is free from 11am-1:30pm

July 7: Family Day – Entry is free from 7:30-10:30am.

July 9: Community Day- Entry is only $2 from 10am-2pm, Free for seniors all day.

July 10: Kids Day- Free entry for kids and accompanying adults from 7-9am, $2 entry all day for kids under 12.



Jun 13-30 Canimex Canadian Music Competition National Final @ Eckhardt-Grammate Hall (206 University Dr NW) Check out the schedule for this free event here:

Jun 25-30: Pan-American @ Spruce Meadows (18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW) Check out the schedule at

Jun 26: Family Social BBQ @ North East Family Connections (95 Falshire Drive NE) 4:30-7:30pm

Jun 27: Multiculturalism Day @ genesis Centre (7555 Falconridge Blvd NE) 3-9pm. Games, food, performances and more.

Jun 28: Sissy Fit: A Queer Cabaret @ Engineered Air Theatre () Doors at 6:30, Performance at 7:30. TO find out more, or register, go to


Jun 27-August 18: A Midsummer’s Night Dream – Shakespeare by the Bow @ Prince’s Island Park. Tues-Sun @ 7:30pm, Sunday @ 2pm. Admission is by donation to this can’t-miss outdoor theatre.

Jun 29-Jul 1: The Mac + Cheese Festival @ Olympic Plaza (8 Ave SE). Admission is free but you will been to buy food tickets.



Post date: 2019/06/13 - 12:59

Hi Everyone,

The Calgary Rotary Challenger Park’s annual Family Fun Day is June 22. There will be free admission and parking, free BBQ and activities including cheerleading and wheelchair sports demonstrations, self defense, a petting zoo, and arts and crafts. For more info, please see the attached flyer, or contact

It’s Indefinite Arts’ 44th Anniversary! Join them on June 18th to party! There will be a meeting from 5-5:30, then the party kicks off from 5:30 until 7:30. There will be a BBQ, activities, and, of course, an art show.

Stampede breakfasts have started up! Check out any of the following links to find all of the free breakfasts near you.



Jun 20: National Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration @ Arts Commons (8 Ave SE) 10:30am-3pm. Drumming, mini Pow Wow, dancing and more. Everyone is welcome.

Jun 20: Exploring Métis Identity Past and Present @ Lougheed House (707 13 Ave SW) 5:30-8pm. This is the opening of the new summer exhibition at the Lougheed House, and a rare chance to check out an exhibit for free at this venue.

Jun 21: Currie Solstice Party @ 60 Bishop Way SW. 5-8pm. Celebrate the opening of 2 new parks, and the summer season.

Jun 21: Calgary Night Market @ Bridgeland Riverside Community Association (917 Centre Ave NE) 5-11pm.

Jun 21, 28, & July 19: ATB Folk Fest Fridays @ various downtown ATB locations. Come see some favourite local musicians for free, get more info at

Jun 17- 22: Aboriginal Awareness Week @ Various locations. You can find out more about the celebrations throughout the week by going to

Jun 22: Indigenous Day Live @ Fort Calgary, 9am-9:30pm. This events starts off with a pancake breakfast, craft vendors, and children’s corner, then there will be a Powwow, and some incredible local artists and musicians.

Jun 22: Sled Island Block Party @ 10St & 10Ave SE, Inglewood. 2-10pm. 10 performers, food truck and a pop up market.

Jun 22: Solstice in the Wetlands @ Ralph Klein Park (12350 84 St SE) 9am-Noon. Pancake breakfast, self-guided walks, crafts, and a chance to learn about the critters we share this space with.

Jun 22: Shriners Vintage Car Club Show & Shrine @ Century Downs (east of Crossiron Mills shopping mall) Check out over 250 classic and Vintage cars.

Jun 22: Yard Sale @ St Pauls’ Anglican Church (7 Sunmills Green SE) 9am-3pm.


Jun 14- 23: Royal Canadian Family Circus @ Crossiron Mills. This animal-free circus has tickets starting at $25, and you can get 2-for-1 admission by using promo code “Calgary” through this link:

Jun 19-23: Sled Island @ various locations Ticket process vary, as do passes. There are a number of free shows, you can see what you would like to check out from this iconic festival by going to

Jun 23: Rocky Mountain Flying Trapeze Open House @ Wild Wild West Event Centre (67 Commercial Court) 11am-2pm. Free to watch people try out the trapeze, $10 for your first fly, and $5 for subsequent flys. Find out more at



Post date: 2019/06/04 - 15:09

Hi Everyone, 

Neighbour day is on Saturday June 15-- Connect with your neighbours and community association to find out what is going on near you.

Music in the Park is up and running again starting on June 16. Please see the following list for dates, times and locations.

Sunday, June 16 | 12 – 2 pm
Cabot's Crossing

Monday, July 29 | 12 – 1 pm
Matt Masters

Tuesday, July 30 | 12 – 1 pm
Harp Angel Trio

Wednesday, July 31 | 12 – 1 pm
Aimee-Jo Benoit

Thursday, August 1 | 12 – 1 pm
Canadian Chinese Orchestra

Friday, August 2 | 12 – 1 pm
Calgary Wind Symphony



Jun 11: Mobile Skatepark @ Renfrew Aquatic & Fitness Centre (810 13 Ave NE) 3-7pm.

Jun 11: Enough for All Community Conversation @ Fort Calgary (750 9 Ave SE) 1-4pm. Learn more about the Enough for All campaign for Poverty Reduction. Beef stew and bannock will be served.

Jun 11: Free Meditation for Beginners @ 3330 Hospital Dr NW (Room 1405A) 8-9am. Please register at

Jun 11: Market @ C-Square (7 Ave SE) If you enjoyed the Stephen Avenue Market the past few years, this is where it has moved. Fresh food, and much more.

Jun 11-16: ArtMatch Summer Exhibition @ cSPACE (1721 29 Ave SW) 22 artists work will be on display.  

Jun 12-16 Continental @ Spruce Meadows (8011 Spruce Meadows Way SW)

Jun 13: Summer Market @ Southview (20200 Walden Blvd SE) 3:30-7pm.

Jun 13: URSA Brain Art – Silent Scars; Voiced Through Art @ Festival Hall (1215 10 Ave SE)  6-9pm. URSA client art will be available for sale.

Jun 14-16: Big Book Sale @ Books Between Friends (14, 3434 34 Ave NE) 10am-6pm. Books are 1-2$ each!

Jun 15: VegFest @ Shaw Millennium Park (1220 9 Ave SW) Noon-8pm. Everything vegan in one place- dog friendly event.

Jun 15: Splash into Summer Craft Market and Family Fun @ Killarney Glengarry Community Association (2828 28 St SW) 10am-4pm.

Jun 16: Father’s Day @ Calgary Farmer’s Market (510 77 Ave SE) 10am-2pm. Car show, massages, superheroes and giveaways.


Jun 12-16: JazzYYC Summer Jazz Festival @ various locations. Tickets are between $10 and $35, and there are some free shows throughout the event. Check out to get all of the details.

Jun 14: The Mind Palace by MoMo Movement @ Decidedly Jazz Danceworks (111 12 Ave SE) 8pm. $25 Admission. MoMo is partnering with Indefinite Arts, Inside Out Theatre and local musicians to bring this performance together. Find out more at

Jun 15: EidFest @ Edworthy Park (5050 Spruce Dr SW) Noon-5pm. Tickets are $15 for BBQ, petting zoo, and lots of activities  has all of the info



Post date: 2019/05/31 - 10:17

EXTRA!! EXTRA!!! Steven Law Retires!

Read all about it! Front page of the June CASS Report!

Also, don't miss Disability Pride Parade Day info - Come get involved!

Be sure and check out the Stamps Schedule - clients can call reception to sign up to win tickets!

Post date: 2019/05/27 - 15:53

Hi Everyone,

The Disability Pride Parade is here! It’s going to be a great time, and the art party at CASS on June 5th from 10am-1pm will be a great way to make art, be proud, and have fun.

From the Disability Pride Parade flyer:


What is Disability Pride?

It is about being happy with who you are and sharing yourself with the people around you!

What is going to happen at the celebration?

  • We will gather outside Bankers Hall at 315 8th Avenue SW at 10:30 am
  • The parade begins at 11:00 am. We will stroll down Stephen Avenue Walk and end up at the Olympic Plaza
  • We will celebrate what makes us each unique and how much we all have in

Common, with a day of entertainment and fun until 2:00 pm

How much does it cost?

It is free! We will have music, snacks and a ton of fun!

Invite friends, family, colleagues and care workers! Make a banner! Bring a sign!

Decorate your adaptive device!

Please register on the Disability Pride 2019 Eventbrite so we know how many people to expect :)



There are a number of community cleanup days happening right now.  Whether you have large items to dispose of, donate, or want to volunteer, there will be a way to do that in a community near you. For a full list, check out

Last but not least, If you are ever stuck for free things that you can do in Calgary, check out . It lists all of the free City of Calgary activities going on, and I’ll bet you can find one that’s right for you!



Jun 4: Variations with Jason Valleau@ King Eddy (438 9 Ave SE) 7pm. This is the start of a new Jazz Music Series at the King Eddy each Tuesday night.

Jun 5: Science in the Cinema Presents: Indian Horse@ Plaza Theatre (1133 Kensington Rd NW) 6:30-9:30pm. This film screening and panel discussion will focus on the effects of colonization, residential schools, and intergenerational effects on health. You can find more info at

Jun 5: Who’s in the Hall@ The Sports Hall of Fame (169 Canada Olympic Rd SW) 7pm. The first Wednesday of every month the Sports Hall of Fame will host speakers, art, interactive activities and a cash bar.

Jun 8: YYC Trees: Bowness Park Tour- GuidedWalk @ 8900 48 Ave NW. 1-2:30pm. Enjoy a relaxing and educational walk around Bowness Park. Please register for this event at

Jun 8: Parade of Garage Sales@ Brentwood. See for more details.

Jun 8: Mutt Show: A dog show with heart@ Dogma behaviour and training centre (#38, 2835 37 St SW) 11am-3pm. See some pups strut their stuff!

Jun 8: Rediscover the Reservoir@ Glenmore Sailing School (8415 24 St SW) Games and fitness activities, music, snacks, canoe and kayak rentals.


Jun 4-8 Kohkum & Me, A Folk Musical@ Motel Theatre (opposite Calgary Olympic Plaza (225 8 Ave SE)

 Jun 6: Reggae on Film- Babylon@ Plaza Theatre (1133 Kensington Rd NW) 7-9pm. This is the Calgary Film Premiere, put on by ReggaeFest.

Jun 6: Yoga in the fresh air@ 1626 12 Ave SW.  every Thursday from 5:30-6:3-pm. Pay what you can, bring your own mat and water bottle. Runs rain or shine.

Jun 7: Mad Max movie & Dance Party@ Globe Cinema (617 8 Ave SW) 7-10:30pm. Tickets are $10.

Jun 7-9: Third ACTion Film Festival@ Glenbow Museum (130 9 Ave SE) Various times. Celebrate Life’s “Third Act” (Ages 60+) with this film festival. Tickets range from $10-$20 and all of the info can be found at

Jun 8: Fire Fit Regional Competition@ Spruce Meadows (18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW) 9:30am-5:30pm. Watch Firefighters compete in tasks commonly undertaken in emergencies. Admission is $5.

Jun 8: ReggaeFest@ Mac Ewan Hall, U of C (2500 University Dr NW) 2:30-11pm. Advance tickets are $40 + tax through

Jun 8: Date Night @ Butterfield Acres(254077 Rocky Ridge Rd) Come see all of the new babies born this spring. Tickets are $20 each. There will be no tickets at the door, so please get yours though .

Jun 8-9: YYC Brunchfest@ Bridgeland Riverside Community Association (917 Centre Ave NE) 11am-7pm. Admission is $5, brunch will be extra from all of the food trucks that will be serving up brunch all day. There will also be live music, and more.



Post date: 2019/05/24 - 08:28

Hi Everyone, 

There will be another Disability Pride Parade on Sunday June 9! If you were there last year, the route and party location remain the same, if you weren’t and you want to check it out this year, the parade will start at Banker’s Hall (315 8 Ave SW) at 11am, and will make its way to Olympic Plaza for speeches, entertainment, free snacks, and celebration. Find out more at . there will be art supplies set up at the office from June 5 to 7, and an art party on June 5th from 10 am-1pm. for you to get creative and make your own banners, placards, and art to bring with you, or send with someone else to use in the parade.

Thanks to everyone who entered the draw for two tickets to the Stamps game on May 31st, I have emailed the winners. Have fun at the game!



May 29: Community Day- Bridging the Divide @ Calgary Central Library (800 3 St SE) 1-3pm. Join the people behind local news publication “The Sprawl” to discuss income inequality in Calgary

May 29: Emergency Preparedness Tips @ North Glenmore Park Community Association (2231 Longridge Dr SW) 6:30-8:30pm. Learn what to do when an emergency strikes. Dinner will be provided at 6:30pm, the talk will begin at 7pm. You can register for this free event through

May 29-Jun12: Mobile Skate Park @ Richmond/Knob Hill Community Association (2433 26 Ave SW) It will run from 3-7pm weekdays, and 10-6pm weekends while it lasts. For moe info, check out

May 30: Little Free Pantry Learning Session @ Ironwood Stage 7 grill (1229 9 Ave SE) 5:30-7pm. learn about this community project and how you can get funding to help the people  in your neighbourhood keep a free food pantry going. Presented by First Calgary Financial. Please register through

May 31: Cancer 101: Causes to Cures @ Studio Bell (850 4 St SE) 5-8pm. Learn about trends in cancer diagnosis, treatment, and new developments from some of Calgary’s top cancer researchers through the University of Calgary.  Please register through

May 31: Artist Reception @ Arts Commons (205 8 Ave SE) 7-10pm. Meet and learn more about the artists whose work is displayed in the +15 galleries around the Arts Commons. Light refreshments will be provided.

May 31: Calgary Night Market @ Bridgeland Riverside Community Association (917 Centre Ave NE) 4-10pm. Handmade and local goods, DJ’s, soft lighting.

Jun 1: Ukrainian Festival @ Acadia Recreation Complex (240 90 Ave SE) 10am-1:30pm. Performances, marketplace, and a ton more.  

Jun 1: Rhubarb Fest @ Southwood Community Association (11 Sackville Dr SW) Live music, activities, beer garden, and a BBQ (you will need to bring cash if you want to get in on the BBQ). The Rhubarb is coming!

Jun 1: YYC Seniors Garage Sale @ Confederation Park 55+ Club (2212 13 St NW) 8 am-3pm. Massive garage sale in support of the 55+ club.

Jun 1-7: Empathy week @ various locations. Multiple events will be happening each day, and most are free. You can find out more at

Jun 2: Lilac Festival @ 4th St SW in Mission. 10am-6pm. Tons of people, booths, and multiple music stages full of great local acts.

Jun 2: Two Wheel Sunday @ 5 St NE (Greenview Industrial) 10am-3pm. Motorcycle groups, shops, riders and enthusiasts will meet up and enjoy the day



May 30: Alberta Native Bee Council Seminar @ The Wild Bird Store (5901 3 St SE) 5-7pm. Admission is $10. Learn about bumblebee housing, helpful plants, and citizen science.

May 30- Jun 9: FunnyFest Comedy Festival @ various Locations. Single show admission is $20, although you might be able to find some free shows. Find out more at

Jun 1: Panel One Comic Creator Festival @ HIllhurst Sunnyside Community Association (1320 5 Ave NW) 11am-7pm. Learn more about local comic creators, or show your own work. Tickets are $5.

Jun 2: Give a Mile Picnic in the Park @ Marda Loop Community Association (3130 16 St SW) 2-4:30 pm. There will be a petting zoo, entertainment, and more. Admission is $20 and all proceeds will go toward the Give a Mile project, which helps people visit terminally ill friends and family members. Learn more about Give a Mile here:




Post date: 2019/05/23 - 11:48
The CASS Family
We are at once happy and sad to announce the retirement of our founder, Steven Law, from Calgary Alternative Support Services. 
Steven started CASS in 1988 working in the capacity of Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, while also providing direct support to clients over the years, up until now. His philosophies and values towards supporting marginalized populations are inspirational and worthy of admiration. Over the last 31 years Steven has seen his agency grow 45-fold. Starting by supporting 70 individuals through one funder to now supporting approximately 500 individuals through eight different funders.
Steven will be deeply missed, but we can only feel happy for him after many years of service. His accomplishments will always be there to remind us of how important he was to the development of the CASS we know today. His commitment and dedication will be greatly missed. Filling his shoes will be an almost impossible task.
Calgary Alternative Support Services will continue to operate under the direction of Mylaine Tsaprailis, Stacy Schikowsky and Tracey Reece who are all long-term employees. Together they share Steven’s vision and mission for the work he began in 1988 and will strive to uphold his legacy.
Steven will be supporting CASS through his retirement transition for the next short time. His official last day with CASS will be June 30, 2019. Should you wish to offer your farewell’s he can be contacted at the CASS office until that date.
We wish Steven all the very best in this exciting new chapter of his life.
The CASS Family