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Post date: 2018/03/29 - 11:25

Hi Everyone,

The 2018 Picture This… film festival is happening from April 11-13 at Calgary SCOPE Society, and will present films from all over the world with a focus on disability rights. Tickets are available at the door for $7.50-$10, and popcorn is always free! has all of the information that you will need to enjoy this festival.

CASS is still doing client taxes for free! You will need to book your appointment  or drop of your tax package by April 9th to ensure that there is time to get them prepared and filed before the deadline. Contact Rachel by calling 403-283-0611, or emailing for more info or to book. Packages are available at the CASS Resource Area, or can be emailed to you to print off yourself.



Apr 2: YYC World Autism Awareness Day @ Olympic Plaza. 11am-2pm. Come enjoy a day full of bubbles and autism acceptance.

Apr 3: Trailer Park Boys signings and photo ops @ Liquor Depot (1140 17 Ave SW) 2-4pm. with Ricky, Julian, and Bubbles.

Apr 7: Motorcycle Swap Meet @ Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association (1320 5 Ave NW). 10am-2pm. motorcycle parts and motorcycle enthusiast will be all over the community centre.

Apr 7: Korean Food Market Spring Sale @ Calgary Korean Association (7008 Farrell Rd SE) 10 am-4pm. Unlike most food festivals, this one is a place to buy food that you can make at home later, not food that you eat at the festival. IF you want fast, easy, affordable semi-prepared meals with a kick, this festival if for you!

Apr 7: The little Vegan Spring Market @ Marda Loop Community Association (3130 16 St SW) 11 am -4pm. Please see for more details.

Apr 7: Community Grants Information Workshop @ Genesis Centre (7555 Falconridge Blvd NE). 2-4pm.  Learn about ways to get money from the government to help bring your ideas of how to build up your community to life. Please register your attendance with


Apr 8: $5 Drop in Yoga Class@ Yoga Passage (#220 524 11 Ave SW) 4-5:30 pm.

Apr 8: The Music of Charles Mingus @ Junction (628 8 Ave SW). 6pm. The Paul Ashwell Septet will be bringing out all of the hits.  Admission is $20.


Post date: 2018/03/15 - 11:00

Hi Everyone,

If you want to watch some of the live coverage of the Paralympics in Pyeongchang, head to It will be running until March 18th.

The Centre 4 Artistic Soles is opening registration for their spring programs. We have registration packages at the office, or you can check out



Mar 26: Canadian Rabbit Hopping Club @ Whitehorn Village (5200 44 Ave NE) 7pm. The rabbits will be strutting their stuff at this live demonstration. Check out for some awfully cute videos and more information.

Mar 28: Work Search 2-day Workshop @ Alberta Supports Centre (Fisher Park, 100, 6712 Fisher Street SE). register online at , then find out about all of the employment and training programs offered through community organizations, non-profit agencies, colleges, businesses and more.

March 30: Easter at the Market @ Calgary Farmers Market (510 77 Ave SE) 10am-2pm. Cookie decorating while supplies last, and pictures with the Easter Bunny in exchange for a donation to the Calgary Food Bank.

April 1: Nevruz Calgary Spring Festival @ Genesis Centre (10,7555 Falconridge Blvd NE) 10am-8pm. This event celebrates that start of the New Year with cultural food and drink, and lots of colour.


March 30-31: Easter Eggstravaganza @ The Calgary Zoo. 9am-2pm. There will be activities from Cobb’s Corn Maze, a themed photo booth, information about local bees, and, my personal favourite, rabbit racing with the Canadian Rabbit Hopping Club. Regular admission rates apply.

Mar 31: Taste of Jamaica @ Thorncliffe Greenview Community Association (5600 Centre St N). Noon-8pm. Celebrate Jamaican culture through food, music, and more. Tickets are $15 for adults, more information is available at



Post date: 2018/03/13 - 15:44

Hi Everyone, 

Calgary City Council is looking into 24/7 On demand Wheelchair Accessible Taxis in Calgary, and will be discussing it at a city council meeting on March 19th. If you wish to support this more flexible option for affordable, accessible transit, consider sending a brief note of support to your city councillor. Please title your note “24/7 On demand Wheelchair Accessible Taxis in Calgary”. They just need to know that they have constituents who support this project, going into the meeting.



Mar 18-20: Earth Science for Society Exhibition@ BMO Centre. There will be hands-on exhibits taking you through the different Earth Sciences and how they affect our everyday lives. The exhibition runs Sun: 11:30am-5pm, Mon 8:45am-2:45pm, and 6-9pm, And Tues 8:45am-2:45pm. There will be speaker sessions on “How and Where to Find Fossils in Alberta, and “Everyday Astronaut”. More information is available at

Mar 19: Chapters & Chat Book Club Meeting @ Forest Lawn Library. 6:30-8:30pm. The reading this meeting is the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s “94 Calls to Action”. You can download the reading for free at

Mar 22: 100 Years of History in Marda Loop @ Marda Loop Community Association (3130 16 St SW). 7pm. Join the Ward 8 Councillor and a local Historian and travel back in time, with live music, local food and a cash bar.

Mar23: The Power of Connections Dinner @ Crossroads Community Association (1803 14 Avenue NE). This is a free dinner and discussion with elected officials from different levels of government, themed “What does your order of Government do for crime prevention?” It is geared towards the communities that make up CPS District 4: Mayland, Franklin, Marlborough, Marlborough Park, Abbeydale, Applewood Park, Penbrooke Meadows, Forest Heights, Albert Park/Radisson Heights, Forest Lawn, Southview, Dover and Erin Woods.

Mar 23: Pakistan Day Show and Dinner @ Falconridge Castleridge Community Hall (95 Falshire Drive NE). Dinner, Dances, Entertainment and a lot of celebration, everything starts at 6pm. There is more information at


Mar 22: Fantastic Fossils: Where, How and Why to Find them @ Fish Creek Environmental Learning Centre (13931 Woodpath Rd SW).  7-8pm. Many fossils were unearthed in the 2013 floods, and this is your chance to learn more about where you can find out more about the pre-history of this area. To attend this event you will need to pay $5 and register at . The tickets are selling out fast!

Mar 22: Calgary Story Slam: @ The Pint (1428 17 Ave SW) 7 pm. admission is $5, and you can watch as other people tell their 5-minuite stories, or bring one of your own to share. The theme for this slam is “forgotten”.

Mar 22- Apr 11: Alchemy Festival of Student Work @ University of Calgary (various times and locations within the campus) For more information, go to

Mar 24-25: The Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show @ BMO Centre. 10am-5pm. Admission is $8, free for support providers. Exhibitors include nearly any travel or adventure group you can think of, from the Northwest Territories, to Hawai’I to Nepal, and even locally based.


Post date: 2018/03/06 - 15:06

Hi Everyone,

Spring is here, and there is a lot going on to get your garden started! If you’re not much of a gardener but still want access to nutritious, affordable food, check out the Alex Community Food Centre, at 4920 17 Ave SE. They have a ton of programs and a free drop-in community lunch on Wednesdays. Check out their program schedule for more info at

The “Coming Out Monologues” are back, and have pay-what-you-can entry fees starting at $3, on March 21-23, at the John Dutton Theatre in the downtown library. It’s an accessible theatre on the C-train line. You can get tickets through , or find out more about the event at . Hillhurst United Church is also hosting “Coming Out in Faith” April 6 & 7, and you can get tickets for that event here:

If you have lost, or don’t have legal ID, Calgary Legal Guidance has their Spring ID Schedule up! You can get free picture ID. It is not government ID, but it is legal ID. Please arrive on time.

March 14: 4:30-5pm @ Calgary Legal Guidance (840 7 Ave SW)

March 21: 5:30-6pm @ Women’s centre of Calgary (women-inclusive only)

March 29: 9-9:30am @ Calgary Legal Guidance (840 7 Ave SW)

April 11: 4:30-5pm @ Calgary Legal Guidance (840 7 Ave SW)

April 18: 5:30-6pm @ Women’s centre of Calgary (women-inclusive only)

April 27: 9-9:30am @ Calgary Legal Guidance (840 7 Ave SW)

May 9: 4:30-5pm @ Calgary Legal Guidance (840 7 Ave SW)

May 16: 5:30-6pm @ Women’s centre of Calgary (women-inclusive only)

May 25: 9-9:30am @ Calgary Legal Guidance (840 7 Ave SW)



Mar 12: Renter’s Rights Workshop@ Women’s Centre of Calgary (39-4 St NE). 6pm. This interactive workshop aims to empower renters to know and exercise their rights. It is intended for women-identified participants. There will be light refreshments and childcare available. RSVP by calling (403) 264-1155. For more info about the group putting on the workshop, email

Mar 12: Calgary Gets Consent Workshop: Community Bystander Interventions @ CommunityWise Resource Centre (223 12 Ave SW). 4-7 pm, refreshments provided. Learn more about consent, relationships, and what it means to be an “active bystander”.

Mar 14: Mario Kart Classic @ The Rec Room (1180 901 64 Ave NE). 7pm. Tournament winners will get prizes, everyone will get a good time playing classic Nintendo on the switch.

Mar 14: Maudie @ The Plaza Theatre (1133 Kensington Road NW). This movie is being shown as part of the “Science in the Cinema” Series. Movie starts at 6:30pm, and follows a Nova Scotian woman with arthritis. Dr. Mosher, Chief of the Division of Rheumatology at the U of C will lead a discussion after the movie.

Mar 15: Rock-a-Palooza Gem & Mineral Show @ Spruce Meadows, Gallery in the Green Congress Hall. Thurs-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am-5pm.  Get your inner geologist going!

Mar 16: Planning your Garden @ Lee Valley Hardware (7261 11 St SE). This event will give you an idea of what you need to plan before you get your garden in the ground, with lots of free tips and advice.

Mar 16: Open House @ The Worx (130 910 7 Ave SW) Check out accessible services, and demonstrations of assistive technologies from 2-4 pm.



Mar 14: Planning your Edible Garden for Success @ West Hillhurst Community Association (1940 6 Ave NW). 6:30-9 pm. $20. Learn about what grows well in Calgary, and gets tips and a starter kit, including a “gardeners cheat sheet”. Please phone (403) 283-0464 to register.

Mar 17: Seedy Saturday @ Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association. 10 am. Admission is $2, and Calgary Dollars are accepted.

Mar 18: Lego Building Competition @ Renfrew Community Association (811 Radford Rd NE) Public Admission $2,  2-4pm. If you want to enter the competition, email for more info.




Post date: 2018/03/01 - 16:18

It is time for the annual Money Matters Workshops. This free series of 7 workshops is open for CASS clients, and held right here at CASS.

Workshops will be held Thursday afternoons from 1 - 3 pm, beginning May 3rd.

Contact Shannon at 403-283-0611 or email but HURRY - the program is filling up fast!


Post date: 2018/03/01 - 12:25


Check out this month's Speak Up page - The Advisory Forum found some answers to many questions about AISH.


Post date: 2018/02/27 - 16:04

Hi Everyone,

St. Patrick’s Island has free outdoor curling until the end of March, from 9am-7pm! For more information about the set up, pictures of the curling sheets in action, and how to get there, visit

Have you ever wondered if there is anything that you or someone you support is missing out of in terms of access to federal or provincial benefits? has a tool that can get you a customized list of benefits that you can access after answering a few non-identifying questions. Try it out today!



Mar 5: Mini Medical School: From Gums to Bums- Everything you wanted to know about Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome @ Libin Theatre, Cumming School of Medicine (near Lot 6, Foothills Medical Centre). It is free to attend this lecture, you need to register in advance. More information, audio from previous lectures, and registration can be found here:

Mar 6: Basic Income Calgary Meeting @ The Alex Community Food Centre (4920 17 Ave SE) 6:30pm is an overview for newcomers, and the meeting will start at 7pm. If you have any questions, or want more info, please contact

Mar 10: The Group Art Society of Calgary’s 50th Anniversary Celebration and Sale @ Haysboro Community Association (1204 89 Ave SW) 10am-4pm. There will be a painting demonstration, snacks, and a lot to look at. Please see for more info.


Mar 10: Pie Making Day w/ Innisfail Growers @ Calgary Farmer’s Market (510 77 Ave SE). You can buy tickets for $20 through Times are 10am, 11am, 1pm & 2pm. Bring an apron and get ready to get messy. You will be making your own 6” pie from scratch, and taking it home afterward.

Mar 11: Roller Skating Is Staying Alive @ Chinese Cultural Centre (197 1 St SW) Noon-10pm. Beginner skate lessons and family skating from noon-6pm, The evening skate party is from 6-10pm. Admission is $15 for adults. You will need to bring your own skates this time, but the proceeds from this event will go towards buying rental roller skates for future events.



Post date: 2018/02/22 - 12:49

Hi Everyone, 

The Village Square Leisure Centre Spring Program Guide is out now—you can find it attached to this post. More Dancepl3y, Drumming, water polo, Qigong, and other fitness and recreation classes are available. And if you have a fee assistance card, your first class of the year will be 75% off!

Did you know that Meals on Wheels provides nutritious meals to ANYONE in Calgary? And that if you have a lower income, two meals a day, for a whole week, might only cost you $60 total? And that they are able to work with food allergies?

Meals on Wheels is also always looking for volunteers, so if you have access to a vehicle, you can help support getting this good food to people.

For more information about Calgary Meals on Wheels, check out:

CASS has free tickets (Thursday only) for the Calgary Home and Garden Show at the reception desk. The show runs March 1-4 at the BMO centre. If you can’t make it on Thursday, regular admission is $16.

Also, The CASS CVITP Tax Program opens on February 26th. Please contact the CASS Resource Facilitator at if you need a taxpayer information package to fill out, want to book an appointment, or have any other questions regarding the mechanics of the program. Appointment times are available throughout March and April, but we request that appointments are booked by March 15th. If an appointment does not work for you, we still offer drop-off tax preparation and filing, these packages will need to be in to the Resource Facilitator by April 10. 



Feb 28: GENi This is My Story: ”We Are All Treaty People” @ John Dutton Theatre, Calgary Public Library (616 MacLeod Trail SE). 5-8pm. This is the start of a 4-event series. Refreshments will be served, please bring your own reusable dishes and utensils. This first event includes panel speakers Thomas Snow, Michael Broadfoot, Hal Eagletail, Lindsey Red Crow, Lowa Beebe, and Clarence Wolfleg (elder) of Miiksikaam (Red Crane). This event is free, but registration is necessary. You can register here:

Mar 3: Magpie Dispersal @ Weaselhead Park. Meet at the parking lot on the West side of 37 street at 66 Avenue at 6:45 am, and watch the Magpies leave their nests around 7:17 in a great heap of bird.

Mar 3: Open House @ CBC Calgary (#105 1000 Veterans Place). 11 am. Check out the new space, Meet the mascots, play with the green screen, and spin the prize wheel to take something home.

Mar 3: Lego Building Contest @ Millican-Ogden Community Association (6901 20A St SE). View the Lego masterpieces from Noon -2pm.


Feb 28-Mar 28: Ghost Tours @ Heritage Park. 7-8:30pm or 7:30-9pm. Admission is $19.95, for a warm drink and an hour and a half of spooky history. This event recurs every Wednesday until March 28. 

Mar 3-4: Calgary Maple Festival/Festival Des Sucres @ Heritage Park. This celebration of French Canadian, First Nations and Metis Cultures  includes maple taffy making, drumming, finger weaving and live music. Admission is $15. For more information, check out

Mar 4: The Dragon Dance @ Yoga Passage (#200 524 1 Ave SW) 2pm. Admission is $5 for this Indian/Daoist fusion flow class.


Post date: 2018/02/16 - 10:55

Hi Everyone,

The Family Day long weekend is here, and lots of things are going on around town. Enjoy your long weekend, and please note that the CASS Tuesday food program will not be running on February 20th.  We will be back with more food next Tuesday, February 27.

There is an ongoing Thursday noon-hour inclusive, supportive dance program at CommunityWise Resource Centre (223 12 Ave SW) The classes are by donation (suggested 10-15$), and all you need to do is drop in. Classes run until March 8th. See for more info.

Once again, CASS is part of the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) for the 2017 tax season. Tax information packages will be ready to be picked up on Thursday February 22, for/by CASS clients interested in getting their taxes prepared and filed through the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program. All that you need to do is fill out the info sheets in the package, and collect your tax slips (T4’s, T5507’s, etc) then bring the whole thing back to CASS.

There are two options for filing with the CASS CVITP program: You can book an appointment to have your taxes prepared while you wait (recommended), by contacting the Resource Facilitator.  Otherwise, you can drop your tax package off at the office, and it will be prepared, filed, and sent back to you. We recommend that the taxpayer is present when taxes are prepared to minimize the amount of times that we need to contact you/the taxpayer for extra information, or signatures.

Please submit your tax information by April 10 help ensure that your taxes are filed before the cut off.  Please note that the CVITP is meant for low-income earners with a simple tax situation, who do not wish to have the full-service support that might come from a paid tax preparation service. If you are looking for tax advice, or year-round contact with your tax preparer, we can recommend a tax preparation service that better fits your needs.



Feb 19: Family Fun Day @ Eau Claire Market. 11am-4pm. Live entertainment, a petting zoo, games, crafts, and more

Feb 19: XL 103 Family Fun Skate @ Olympic Plaza. Starts at noon. While it is free all winter to skate at Olympic Plaza, this one comes with free hot chocolate and coffee, with music pumping through the rink, too. Donations will be accepted for the Kids Cancer Care Foundation, Rentals are available, at regular rates from the rink. 

Feb 25: Leap into spring: Free Dance Classes @ Free House Dance Plus (2020 12 Ave NW) 10am-2pm. There are a number of 30-minute dance classes that are free to try out. No registration required. For more information go to[event]/13/


Feb 19: High Fitness Family Day Party @ Hounsfield Heights Briar Hill Community Association Gym (1928 14 Ave NW) 9:45 am. Admission is by donation, donation go to the NICU Family Care Program. The class will run for 45 minutes, and is geared towards all ages and fitness levels. Just bring a water bottle, indoor shoes, and enjoy!

Feb 19: Family Day Ft. Kid Koala @ Studio Bell (850 4St SE) Come take part in a “Music to draw to” session (11 am and 2pm), or for any of the other great music programming. Regular admission rates apply, yearly passes are 20% off between now and February 19th.

Feb 19: Winterfest @ Fort Calgary. 10 am-4pm. Cabane a sucre, Blackfoot stories, mountie commemorative band, and much more. Adult admission is $12.  There is also an interactive Character Brunch for $25. Please see for more info.

Feb 19: Family Day @ The Military Museums. 10am-5pm. There will be plenty of activities, including musket shoots and theatre presentations.


Post date: 2018/02/09 - 16:04

Hi Everyone,

There have been some changes made to the way that some of you may file taxes this year. If you receive a letter saying that you are eligible, you may file your taxes over the telephone! You will need to be able to answer identifying questions, and some tax-related questions. If you don’t receive this letter, or you do receive the letter, but don’t want to file your taxes over the phone, CASS continues to offer free tax preparation and filing services for clients through the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP). We will have tax information packages to send out by mid-February, that you can fill out and return, or you can set up a face to face appointment. Please feel free to contact me for more information about this program, or to get a tax information package for yourself, your family member, or someone you support.

There is a new ‘Entertainment’ Coupon book in the resource area in the office. Coupons are first-come-first-served, but please only take what you will use.

Did you know that HippoHug makes weighted blankets and is a local business? If you have ever been interested in trying out a weighted blanket, check them out at They have different thicknesses and sizes, so be sure to ask questions to make sure you are getting one that works well for you. There is more info at the CASS resource area. 



Feb 13: Make your Own Bath Salts @ Rocky Mountain Soap Company, Market Mall.  10 am. Materials provided, come and make your own bath magic.

Feb 13: Forests, Fins & Footprints: Clearcutting a Community @ Crowsnest Hall, multipurpose room, University of Calgary (250 Collegiate Blvd NW). 5:30-8pm. This installment of the Documentary + Discussion series explores the impact of clear cutting on the ghost valley watershed, just northwest of Calgary. Seating is limited, so please register for your free ticket at

Feb 14: The Powerful Buffalo SIlencer Book Launch @ CASS (2335 30 Ave NE) Glenn Crowchief has released his first book - The Powerful Buffalo Silencer. EVERYONE INVITED! 11:30 am – 2:30pm Glenn will be selling his book during this time and will be available for an informal Q&A to answer questions about his book.

Feb 14: Pop-Up Farmer’s Market @ South Calgary Health Centre. 11 am-1pm. Check out 11 vendors from The Calgary farmer’s Market, in the deep south.

Feb 14: Free Skincare Demos @ Planet Organic (#100 4916 130 Ave SE) 11 am. Try out body oils, lip balms, and bath salts.

Feb 14: Open Drum Circle @ Vitruvian Space, University of Calgary Dining Centre. (124 University Gate NW) 4:30-5:45 pm.

Feb 14: Science in the Cinema YYC- Flatliners @ The Plaza Theatre (1133 Kensington Rd NW). Doors at 6 pm, free admission and free popcorn.

Feb 14: CASS Advisory Forum Meeting @ CASS (2335 30 Ave NE) 3-4:30pm. Come have a meal and discuss self-advocacy, CASS policy, and the things that are important to you.

Feb 15: Women`s Safety Circle @ City of Calgary Building (3810 17 Ave SE). 6:30-8:30pm. This event is put on by 12 CSI and is intended as a conversation circle about “Safety in Calgary”.


Feb 14: CrosFit Community Karma Day @ Bedrock CrossFit (Unit 104, 620 46 Ave NE) All CrossFit classes will cost $5 for the day, and proceeds go to the Easter Seals.

Feb 14: Adults Only Night: This is your Brain on Love @ Telus Spark Science Centre 6-10pm. Dome shows are free, the Whales/Tohora exhibit is up, and it’s all free if you use one of CASS’ Community Connections passes.

Feb 15: Northern Cree @ Studio Bell (850 4 St SE) doors at 7:30 pm. This performance is part of the Alberta Spotlight Series, and tickets cost $20.

Feb 15-17: Block Heater Music Festival @ Various Locations. IF you have been missing the folk fest, here is the winter version. Check out for all of the info you need.

Feb 17: Little Modern Market @ Rally Pointe (11511 35 St SE). 9:30 am-3:30pm. Tons of local vendors and food truck. Admission is $5.