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Post date: 2019/05/14 - 09:50

Hi Everyone,

East Town Get Down is back! Calgary’s most affordable music festival ($40 gets you into, and out of, everything) spans multiple venues in a 5-block stretch of 17th Ave SE on May 25. Bands, Maps, Ticket sales and more can be found at

The City of Calgary is giving away compost again this spring. Bring your own containers, gloves, shovels, etc. to the Shephard Compost Site (12111 68 St SE) to get 100 Litres of free compost. This is a busy event, but the lines move quickly. Get all of the info through

The Calgary Children’s Festival is back, and totally different! This kid-focused, but fun-for-everyone event seems easy to navigate, and has free events taking place at Shelf Life books (1302 4 St SW) on Saturday May 25 & Sunday May 26. All of the event infor is here:

Inside Out Theatre’s Good Host audience accessibility program has some upcoming “relaxed performances” that you can find out more about at



May 20-22: Pint of Science @ Various pubs in Calgary. Learn about technology, neurology, earth science and more, over a pint.

May 22: Hidden in Plain Sight – Bow River Flood Protection in Eau Claire @ South end of the Peace Bridge, 6pm. Take a walk and learn about the flood mitigation that is a part of the design of the area. This event is free, but you will need to register at

May 24-26: Calgary Medieval Faire & Artisan Market @ Crossroads Market (1235 26 Ave SE) Costume contest, re-enactments, and a ton of fun things. See for details.

May 24-Jun 8: Suncor Stage One Festival of New Work @ Lunchbox Theatre (160 115 9 Ave SE) this is a series of one-act plays, performed at Noon and 6pm. Find out more at

May 25: Hawkwood Interpretive Plant Walk @ West side of Hawkcliff off-leash park () 10 am. Learn more about our plant neighbours and enjoy a stroll through the area. Donations are accepted, but not required.

May 25: Spring Market @ Falconridge/Castleridge Community Association (95 Falshire Dr NE) 10am-2pm. Lots of activities and vendors. Calgary Dollars accepted. If you would like to be a vendor, contact Tables cost $20, which will be reimbursed if you attend a vendor workshop called “market success, community building”.

May 25: DogFest @ VIVO (11950 Country Village Link NE)10am-4pm. Admission is by donation, get all of the info at

May 25: Multi Community Flea Market and Craft Sale @ Cardel Place (333 Shawville Blvd) 9am-2pm.

May 25: Cochrane Spring Show & Shine (204 5 Ave West, Cochrane) 10am. Come see the classic cars on display.

May 25-September: Calgary Farmers Market pop-up @ Greenbriar Way NW, 11am-4pm. This is a preview of the second Calgary Farmer’s Market location coming next year.


May 23: Calgary Story Slam: Malice @ Trolley 5 Brewpub (728 17 Ave SW) Admission is $5, come hear local storytellers spin 5-minute long stories about malice.

May 24- June 2: Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival @ Various Locations. This is the 21st year of this Calgary institution. For all information go to

May 25: Roller Skate Party @ Junior Varsity Volleyball Training Centre (#130 Smed Lane SE) family skte runs from 6-8:30pm, night skate from 9-11:30pm. Tickets are $15 at the door, skate rentals are available for $5.

May 26: Ladies Only Self Defense 101 @ Odyssey Martial Arts (#125 4800 104 Ave SE) Noon-3pm. $39 + Gst, call (4030 266-2006 to register.

May 26: Market Collective @ BMO Centre (20 Roundup Way SW) 10am-6pm. Admission is $6, there will be 150 vendors, live music, workshops, and even a skatepark.





Post date: 2019/05/09 - 12:07

Check out this month's issue for Bike Safety Tips and extra "happenings" at CASS!


Post date: 2019/05/07 - 13:36

Hi Everyone,

CASS has two sets of two tickets to the Calgary Stampeders game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders for Friday May 31 @ 7pm, Row 5, Section X. There will be a draw on May 22nd for these tickets. If you want to be entered into the draw, please call CASS reception at (403) 283-0611.

MoMo Movement is holding a draw for 2 free tickets to their performance of “The Mind Palace” running from June 14-16. People who want to enter the draw are encouraged to make a drawing of their “Mind Palace (Imagination). You can enter the draw by calling (403) 283-0611 and asking for the Resource Facilitator, by responding to this email, or by handing me your drawing directly.

The Calgary Society of Community Opportunities is starting their Spring session for Social Skills programs on May 13th. Movement, Drumming, baking, and more programs are available. Please see the attached class description sheet and registration form.

Did you know that Calgary has an affordable mobile food market? On Tuesdays and Wednesdays the market is in either Sunalta, Bridgeland, Pineridge Shaganappi or Manchester. You can find more information and the schedule at Anyone can take part in the market, which aims to have all of the food selling for less than you would have to pay at any grocery store, and to stock fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, bread, and some non-perishables. It is also a great opportunity tovolunteer, and you can find out more about that through the link above.



May 13: Cleaning Essentials @ location TBA. 7-8:30pm. Learn how to make your own cleaning products.

May 15: Opportunity for all: Canada’s First Poverty Reduction Strategy @United Way Social Impact Lab (209 8 Ave SW) 1-2:30pm. Learn about the new plan to reduce poverty in Canada.

May 15: Outdoor Market Season Opener @ Hillhurst Sunnyside Farmer’s Market (1320 5 Ave NW) 3-7pm. Celebrate Spring with food, games, activities and giveaways.

May 17: Free Yoga Class @ Central Library (800 3 St SE) 3-3:45 pm. Space is milited, so please register through

May 17: Ratatouille- Free Family Movie Night @ Triwood Community Association (2244 Chicoutimi Drive NW) 6pm. Bring pillows, blankets etc. to have a cozy movie night. There will be snacks available for sale, as well.


May 7-June 25: Powerchair Soccer and Para Soccer @ Genesis Centre (7555 Falconridge Blvd NE) Find out more about the programs at

May 13: Drop-In Figure and Still-Life Drawing @ New Motion Gallery (2001 10 Ave SW) 7-9pm. $10 for still life, $20 for figure drawing, bring your own supplies. To pre-register/pay go to

May 17-19: Otafest 2019 @ Calgary Telus Convention Centre (120 9 Ave SE) This event is all things anime. Find out more at

May 18: Spring Concert/Art Salon @ New Motion Gallery (2001 10 Ave SW) 2-5pm. Check out local performing artists and musicians. Admission is $10, free for anyone under 18.


Post date: 2019/04/29 - 15:12

Hi Everyone,


May 2-16: Children’s Art Exhibition @ Calgary Municipal Building (800 MacLeod Tr SE) 6am-6pm. Artwork from North Mount Pleasant Art Center and Wildflower Art Center will be on display.

May 7: Behind the Scenes Tour @ Glenbow Museum (130 9 Ave SE) 1:30-2:30pm. Comb through the Glenbow’s archives with the museum’s President and CEO. You can register at

May 8: YYC Trees: Tree Pests & Disease @ Genesis Centre (7555 Falconridge Blvd NE) 6:15-7:45 pm. Please register at there will need to be a minimum of 15 attendees for this to go ahead.

May 9-June 8: Dianne Hove @ Alberta Craft Gallery (1721 29 Ave SW) Learn more about the inspiration and techniques Dianne uses to make ceramic pottery. 11am-5pm.

May 10-12: May Classic II @ Spruce Meadows (18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW) has all of the info.

May 11: Water Treatment Plant Tour @Glenmore Water Treatment Plant (1668 56 Ave SW) 10am-Noon and 1-3pm. For more info and tickets go to Register ASAP, these tours sell out very quickly.

May 11: Calgary Stampeders Fanfest @ McMahon Stadium (1817 Crowchild Trail NW) 9am-2pm. Free pancake breakfast, live music, free samples and more.

May 11: Family Stargazing @ Ralph Klien Park (12350 84 St )6:30-9:30pm. There will be presentations from the Royal Astronomical Society and equipment set up to check out the worlds beyond us. Bring your own mug for free coffee, tea, and hot chocolate.

May 11: Grand Re-opening @ Calgary Harley-Davidson (2475 Pegasus Rd NE) Live music, fresh displays and more.

May 11: Spring Market @ Triwood Community Association (2244 Chicoutimi Dr NWw) 9am-3pm.

May 11 & 12: Calgary Spring Fibre Festival @ Crossroads Market (1235 26 Ave SE) Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 10am-3pm.  See demonstrations, and meet vendors and other people interested in fibre arts in Calgary.

May 11 & 12: Riverview Artists Spring Show and Sale @ Killarney-Glengarry Community Hal (2828 28 St SW) Sat 10am-4pm, Sun Noon-4pm. Check out the work of 12 local artists using various styles and techniques.

May 12: Monthly Open House @ AVRO Museum (229 Avro Lane—near the Springbank airport) 11am-2pm. Check out their work on a The Avro Arrow replica, and for a donation you can experience a flight simulator.



May 10: Black & White Movie Nights- King Kong @ Fort Calgary (750 9 Ave SE) Movie starts at 7pm, doors at 6:15. Admission is $15.

May 10-12: CBC Calgary Reads Big Book Sale @ Calgary Curling Club (720 3 St NW) Opens at 9am each day, ends 9pm Friday and Saturday, 2 pm Sunday. Entrance fee is $2, and the books are dirt cheap. Parking will be free in both the Curling Club parking lot and the Calgary Parking Authority lot just off memorial drive, east of the curling club for this event.


Post date: 2019/04/24 - 09:00

Hi Everyone,

CASS will be hosting an information session from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) about the Disability Tax Credit and the Registered Disability Savings Plan on May 10th, 2019 from 1-2:30pm. Everyone is welcome. You will learn about what these credits and benefits are, and what the process is to apply. Part of the presentation will also cover common scams and how to avoid them.

On Monday May 14th, from 1:-2:30 pm there will be a knitting group meeting at the CASS office to chat, trade patterns, and offer encouragement to new and expert knitters and crocheters. This group is free and open to anyone from CASS. If you have any questions or want to know more, please contact


Apr 30: Vecova’s 50th Anniversary Party @ Vecova (3304 33 St NW) 3-6pm. Music dancing, food and a raffle.

May 1: Free Yoga Class @ Central Library (800 3 St SE) 9:30-11:45am. Free, gentle yoga class. You will need to register through as there are only 25 spots available.

May 1: Mad Max Ride YYC “Make your own costume” workshop @ Fuse 33 Makerspace (1720 Radisson Dr SE) 6-9pm. Get together to make costumes for the upcoming Mad Max themed  Critical Mass Bike Ride on June 22.

May 3-Jun 16: CHROMA—Public Art Installation at SouthCentre Mall (100 Anderson Rd SE) Original public art by local artists in the Mall’s Centre Court. This installation will be open during regular mall hours.

May 3: Calgary Night Market @ Eau Claire Mall (200 Barclay Parade SW) 5-11pm. Vendors, games, and a DJ.

May 4: Workshop Studio’s Spring Fling @ Workshop Studios (2501 ALyth Road SE) Noon-6pm. There is a ton going on at this Open Studio, including a fundraiser for the Calgary Humane Society).

May 4: Parkdale Art Club Spring Art Sale @ Parkdale Centre (3512 5 Ave NW) 10am-4pm. Refreshments and original local art for sale.

May 5: Mount Pleasant Potters Guild Spring Pottery Market @ Triwood Community Hall (2244 Chicoutimi Dr NW) 10am-4pm. Hand-made functional and decorative pottery.

May 5: Building Sacred Bridges @ Beth Tzedec Congregation (1325 SW Glenmore Train) 7-8:30pm. works by Jewish, Muslim, Sikh and Christian participants. Donations welcome, and will go towards Habitat for Humanity.


May 3-5: Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show @ Vivo (11950 Country Village Link NE) Fri 1-9pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm. Admission is $7 per day, $10 for the weekend.

May 3: “Most Imaginary Worlds” with Inside Out Theatre (cSpace King Edward (1721 29 Ave SW) 7pm. Tcikets are $20 each.

May 4: Calgary Horticultural Society Garden Show @ Max Bell (1001 Barlow Tr SE) Admission is $15. And there will be speakers, workshops, and activities.

May 5: Calgary Music Collector’s show @ Acadia Recreation Complex (240 90 Ave SE) 11am-4pm.  Regular Admission is $5, if you want to get in early (9:30am), admission is $10. There will be more than 100 vendors selling records, tapes, cds and memorabilia.



Post date: 2019/04/16 - 13:12

Hi Everyone,

The Cerebral Palsy Association of Alberta has opened registration for their summer programs, including art, music, gardening and more. Please see for more info and to register.

The International Jazz Days Festival is running from April 24-30 this year, with free live music each day throughout the city. There are some paid shows, as well. Find out more at or check out the attached schedule.

The Calgary Comic Expo is also happening from April 25-28, featuring the cast of Back to the Future! You can find the Expo’s accessibility policy at and all other info about the event through that site as well.



Apr 22: Seed Saving 101 @ Community Natural Foods (1304 10 Ave SW) 7-8:30pm. Learn how to save seeds from your garden to use next year.

Apr 24: Demystifying Basic Income @ CommunityWise Resource Centre (223 12 Ave SW) 6:30pm. If you want to know more about what basic income means, and could mean for you, this is a great workshop. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

Apr 26: Parade of Wonders @ 8 St & Stephen Ave, to Olympic Plaza. Starts at 10:30am, as part of the Calgary Comic Expo. All parade participants must be in full costume, spectators are very welcome though! For more info and to register as a participant, go to

Apr 26-29: Calgary City Nature Challenge @ everywhere within city limits. Take photos and upload them to , then from Apr 30-May 5, explore  to identify the photos taken from around the city. All info can be found at

Apr 27: Community Breakfast @ Inside Out Theatre community space, Eau Claire Mall (200 Barclay Parade SW) 10 am-1pm. This free waffle breakfast is open to anyone, and geared towards finding out what programs people want to see from Inside Out Theatre. Go to to find out more or to reserve your breakfast spot.

Apr 27: Spring arts & crafts sale @ Scenic Acres Community Centre (8825 Scurfield Dr NW) 9am-2pm. Local artisan and crafter booths, with a raffle in support of the Calgary Humane Society. has all of the info.

Apr 27: Ramadan & Eid Bazaar @ Forest Heights Community Association (4909 Forego Ave SE) 10am-4pm. Food, festive decorations, and lots more.

Apr 27: Experience the Reservoir @ South Glenmore Park (9035 24 St SW) 1-4pm. this is an all-ages scavenger hunt to help you get to know the reservoir area better.


Apr 22: Community Yoga with Tawfiq @ Sunalta Community Hall (1627 10 Ave SW) 5:45-6:45 pm. Admission by donation.

Apr 23: Engaging with Elders @ CommunityWise Resource Centre (223 12 Ave SW) 6pm. This event is the first in a monthly series of Elder Circles. This month is a gathering with Helmer Twoyoungmen of the Stoney Nakota Nation, who will be sharing Indigenous stories and wisdom. Suggested donation of $15 goes toward the Elder who is sharing each month.

Apr 23: Survival Plant Walk @ Pearce Estate Park (1440 17A St SE) 10am-Noon. Learn about the edible, medicinal and practical plants that grow all around us. Suggested donation of $10-20 per person, but no one is turned away. Learn more at

Apr 27: MOSAIC Family Eid Mela @ Falconridge Castleridge Community Association (95 Falshire Dr NE) Admission is $2, tons of stalls with food, activities, games and shopping heading up to Ramadan.

Apr 26& 27: Ujamaa Grandma’s Fabric and Yarn Sale @Woodcliff United Church (5010 Spruce Drive SW) 10am-7pm both days. Admission is $2. This annual sale is HUGE and you can find amazing deals on all sorts of fibre craft supplies.

Apr 27 & 28: Calgary Pet Expo @ Spruce Meadows, $10 at the door, $8 in advance from pets, products, and entertainment for all types of animal friends.

Apr 27 & 28: Spring Food Truck Frenzy @ C-Square, East village (7 Ave & 4 St SE) 11am-7pm. $5 admission for the weekend, plus the cost of food you want to try, free entry for seniors. There will be live music and DJs for entertainment.





Post date: 2019/04/10 - 11:15

Hi everyone,

The Calgary Reads Big Book Sale is coming up next month, and they are looking for volunteers. If you would like to support this giant community book sale, please check out the volunteer orientation from 1:30-2:45 at the Calgary Curling Club, 720 3 St NW.



Apr 17: National Canadian Film Day @ Various theatres, various times. Free Canadian movies throughout the city. For the schedule, see

Apr 18: Nose Hill Nature Walk @ Brisebois Drive entrance to Nose Hill Park, 8:30-10:30am. Join a morning group nature walk

Apr 19: Easter Petting Zoo @ Westbrook Mall (1200 37 St SW) Noon-5pm.

Apr 20: Easter Petting Zoo @ Marlborough Mall (3800 Memorial Dr NE) 10am-6pm.

Apr 20: Palette Fine Art Show @ Triwood Community Hall (2244 Chicoutimi Drive NW) 10am-4pm.


Apr 15: The New Millennium- Foothills Concert Band @ Leacock Theatre, MRU (4825 Mount Roayl Gate SW). Tickets are $15 to this 50th anniversary performance.

Apr 17-21: Calgary International Auto & Truck Show @ BMO Centre. Wed Noon-9:30pm, Thurs-Sat 10am-9:30pm, Sun 10am-6pm. Tickets are $12.50.

Apr 18: Call of the Wetland @ Fish Creek Environmental Learning Centre (13931 Woodpath Rd SW) Learn more about citizen science, and how we can all help support local wetlands. Free for members, $10 for general admission.

Apr 18-20: Easter @ the Calgary Farmers Market (510 77 Ave SE) 10am-2pm. Recommended cash donation of $5 to the Calgary Food Bank

Apr 19& 20: Easter Eggstravaganza @ The Calgary Zoo (1300 Zoo Rd NE) Regular hours and admission rates apply. Get your Spring on at this annual events filled with activities, animals and free stuff.

Apr 22-28: Calgary Underground Film Festival @ Globe Cinema (617 8 Ave SW) Various times, tickets range from $8-$10 per film. You can see the schedule and get more information at


Post date: 2019/04/05 - 07:57


The CASS Senior Leadership Team identified five strategic objectives to focus on over the course of this year. Take a look at what the team will be working towards. . .

CASS 2019-2020 Strategic Plan

CASS SLT Terms of Reference - V1.4

CASS Job Description - director - Senior Leadership Team Member - V1.0

The documents can be found on the news page of this website and the team would welcome any thoughts or comments that you might have.

Don't miss this opportunity to share your input by sending an email to

The Advisory Forum will be meeting on Wednesdays, April 10th and 24th - learn more about self-advocacy and the upcoming provincial election!

Post date: 2019/04/03 - 13:46

Hi Everyone, 

Voice of Albertans with Disabilities has some great videos about some of the issues in the upcoming Alberta election, including housing, caregivers, accessibility, etc. If you would like to learn more about issues that are important to our daily lives, check out


Apr 8: Alberta election: community discussion about the issues facing people with disabilities @ Central Library (800 3 St SE) Noon-2pm. You can register for this event though or just show up. There will be party representatives at the discussion, and lots of good conversation about things the things that matter to our daily lives in the upcoming election.

Apr 10: Free Energy Saving Workshop @ Crowfoot library (8665 Nose Hill Dr NW) 6:30-8pm. If you missed the workshop held at Cass on April 1st, there are still lots of chances to get some tips on how to save energy in your home, and a free kits full of things that will help you save money on your utility bills.

Apr 12: Calgary Night Market @ Eau Claire Market (200 Barclay Parade SW) 4-10pm. Local DJ, Games, arts and crafts, and a great local market

Apr 13: Calgary Law Day @ Calgary Courts Centre (601 5 St SW) 9am-3pm. Mock Trials, Panels, stories and workshops. See for the schedule.

Apr 13: Staying Safe Online @ Central Library (800 3 St SE) 1pm. Learn about internet safety.

Apr 13: Spring Art Show @ Bow Cliff Centre (3375 Spruce Drive SW) 10am-3pm. Meet instructors, learn about classes, and see the artist’s work coming out of this program.

Apr 13: Calgary Artists Society Spring Show and Sale @ Parkdale United Church (2919 8 Ave NW) 9am-4pm. original paintings by 45 local artists.

Apr 14: Hop & Shop @ Crescent Heights Community Association (1101 2 St NW) 10am-3pm. Clothing swap, mini market and Easter egg hunt.


Mar 27-June 9: ROAR: Exploring queer history and gender identity @ Lougheed House (707 13 Ave SW) There are a number of events exploring queer history in Calgary. See for info, prices and tickets.

Apr 10-13: Picture This… Film Festival @ Calgary Scope Society (219 18 st SE) This annual international disability film festival is in its 18th year. One-day passes are $10, $7.50 for students, seniors, and low-income support programs. Please see for more info.

Apr 11: Adults Only Night : Science and Science Fiction @ Telus SPARK Science Centre (220 St George’s Dr NE) 5-9pm. Regular admission rates apply, or you can sign one of CASS’ s community partner cards to get in for free.

Apr 13: We Are All Treaty People @ cSPACE King Edward Studio Theatre (1721 29 Ave SW) performances start at 2pm and 7pm. “The play’s intent is to promote healing and to inspire positive relationships across cultures and generations”. Tickets are $18.90 and can be purchased through

Apr 13: The Fibre Shindig @ Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Associaiton (1320 5 Ave NW) 10am-4pm. Admission is $5 for adults. Spinning, weaving, crochet, knitting, etc.

Apr 13-14: Kitties n’ Blooms cat show @ Southland Leisure Centre (2000 Southland Drive SW) 9am-4:30pm. Adult admission is $6, $4 for seniors.

Apr 13-14: Supertrain @ Genesis Centre (7555 Falconridge Blvd NE) 9am-15. Admission is $15 to Canada’s largest model train show!



Post date: 2019/03/29 - 13:11

The Alberta Provincial election is here, so here is a list of things that you can check out on the internet to get more information about how to vote, the parties that are running, what they stand for, and how that might affect you. I am always available to meet with you and help you prepare to vote, whether that is what to do on election day to vote, finding where you will be voting, who the people you have the choice to vote for are, or looking through the promises the parties are making to see which fit best with your views in an unbiased way. Please contact Rachel Janzen if you would like to spend some time looking at your options.


Elections Alberta information about the Election process (not plain language). In the next week there should be information about accessibility at polling stations.

Are you registered to vote? (see if you are already registered to vote, and register to vote if you are not)

Interactive map to find out what riding you live in, and what candidates are running where you live: includes links to candidate websites.

Which party represents you the most?

Alberta Disability Workers Association has some good election resources (includes links to party platforms, the promises they are making):

An event where party representatives will be talking about their views on issues that affect people with disabilities (April 8th):

“Your vote matters” workshops: There are three workshops to choose from, Thursday March 28 at 4:30 pm, Tuesday April 2 at 4:15 pm and Tuesday April 9 at Noon.


Election Day is Tuesday April 16, 2019

The Advance Poll Days are:

Tuesday, April 9
Wednesday, April 10
Thursday, April 11
Friday, April 12
Saturday, April 13