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Post date: 2019/02/19 - 13:41

Hi Everyone,


Has it been getting hard to pay your utility bills?  CASS will be hosting an Energy Savings Workshop presented by EmpowerMe ( , on Monday April 1st, 2019 from 10-11:30am to help you reduce your energy bills. Whether you rent or own, if you bring a recent utility bill with your name on it, you will get a free energy savings kit valued around $90. You may also qualify for further benefits. The workshop has limited room in it, so please sign up ASAP by emailing, or calling (403) 283-0611

Once again, CASS is working with the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) to prepare and file taxes for free for CASS clients. You can make an appointment, request a tax package, or get more information by emailing, or call (403) 283-0611.



Feb 25-March 4: Human Bonspiel @ Olympic Plaza (228 8 Ave SE).  Come watch some corporate types get thrown down the ice on tubes in this more-than full sized curling event, each lunch hour from Feb 25-March 1, with the finals on March 4th.

Feb 25: Beekeeping information evening @ Central Library (800 3 St SE) 7-9pm. Learn more about keeping bees from Ian Steppler.

Mar 2: North Hill Communities Tradeshow @ James Fowler High School (4004 4 St NW) 10am-2pm. If you live around the North Hill area along 16th Avenue N, you may have seen a lot of changes over the past few years, and it looks like it will continue for a while—find out more about the plans and give your input around affordable housing, growth planning and roads. has all of the info.

Mar 3: Artisan Market @ Bowness Community Association (7904 43 Ave NW) 10am-3pm. 80 handmade artisans, demonstrations, and snacks.

March 8-10: Calgary Concerto Competition @ Scarborough United Church (134 Scarboro Ave SW) 6:30-9pm.


Feb 28- Mar 3: Calgary Home & Garden Show @ BMO Centre (20 Roundup Way) Thurs/Fri Noon-9pm, Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 10 am-6pm. Tickets are $14, but we have a stack at the CASS office for free, first-come-first-served.

Mar 2-3: Calgary Maple Festival Des Sucres @ Heritage park (1900 Heritage Drive SW) Street Hockey, Maple Taffy and more!  Admission is $18.95 for adults.



Post date: 2019/02/13 - 13:40

Hi Everyone,

This coming week is supposed to be a bit more temperate, so make sure to get outside after Calgary’s longest cold snap in over two decades!

There will be free public swim and skate times at City of Calgary Facilities on Feb 18th for Family Day. For exact times and locations, please visit .

Block Heater, the Calgary Folk Festival’s winter music festival runs from Feb 21-23. Admission varies from Free concerts to weekend wristbands and single-show tickets. has all the info you need.



Feb 18: Ice Skating (with free skate rentals) @ Sheraton Eau Claire/Princes Island Park (255 Barclay Parade SW) 10am-2pm. The Sheraton Hotel is celebrating 20 years of business by renting out skates for free for the day, to use at the nearby skating rink under the bridge to Prince’s Island Park.

Feb 20: Something’s Gotta Give Movie screening @ The Plaza Theatre (1133 Kensington Rd NW) 6:30pm. This free movie, starring Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton and Keanu Reeves, is being presented by Science in the Cinema. after the movie there will be a discussion about cardiovascular disease.

Feb 21: Employment Preparation Event @ The Mustard Seed (102 11 Ave SE) 2-4pm. Complimentary hair cuts, interview clothing, resume assistance, etc. Register at

Feb 22: The Rivers District Master Plan: What’s in it for YYC Arts & Culture? @ Memorial Park Library (1221 12 Ave SW) 5-6:15pm. With all of the talk from politicians and the business sector about plans for the East Village/ Stampede Park, This event gives you a chance to look at the potential plans from an arts and culture perspective.

Feb 23: Black History Month Celebration @ Marlborough Mall (433 Marlborough Way NE) 1-4pm. Live Music, Dance & a fashion show in the upper food court area.

Feb 23: A Celebration of Caribbean Black History Month @ Evergreen Community Spaces (1709 8 Ave NE) 5-8pm. Performances, interactive booths from each island’s association, food, and black history presentations.

Feb 25-March 4: Human Bonspiel @ Olympic Plaza (228 8 Ave SE).  Come watch some corporate types get thrown down the ice on innertubes, in this more-than full-sized curling event, each lunch hour from Feb 25-March 1, with the finals on March 4th.


Feb 18: Family Day with Fred Penner @ National Music Centre (850 4 St SE) For a nostalgia-fuelled family day, check out this performance. Performances will be at 11am and 2 pm. Regular admission rates apply.

Feb 21: Alberta Views Live: Election Deep Dive @ Memorial Park Library (1221 2 St SW) 7pm. $10 admission. Find out more about the inevitable, upcoming, provincial election

Feb 23: 2-for-1 admission for National Aviation Day @ The Hangar Flight Museum (4629 McCall Way NE) 10-4pm.

Feb 23: Ethnik Art Exhibition & Fashion Show @ cSPACE King Edward (1721 29 Ave SW) 6-8pm. Diverse and Inclusive fashion and art. Tickets are $25 with a portion of the proceeds going towards Studio C and the InDefinite Arts Centre.


Post date: 2019/02/07 - 12:27

Hi Everyone, 

If you or someone in your family/chosen family are affected by mental health struggles or addiction, check out the Recovery College at to see what FREE programs are out there to build skills, celebrate culture, and connect with yourself and others. Many of the courses are only 2-4 sessions long, and some don’t even require you to register before you go.

Calgary has been building a resilience plan, and the city is looking for your input into four focus areas: Economic, Infrastructure, Environmental, and Inclusive leadership & decision making. Please take the time to be a part of the plan by connecting with them here:

The Alberta Government is building the next budget, and are looking for input. GO to until February 10 at midnight to let them know where your priorities lie. There is only one question to answer, so if you have been intimidated by feedback forms in the past, this might be a good one to try.



Feb 14-18: Glow Winter Light Festival @ various locations downtown. 5-11pm. There are three main locations for this festival, and a number of one-night-only activities as well, including a live music night at Olympic Plaza on February 17. has all of the info.

Feb 14-24: Watch Glass Blowing @ Fuse 33 Makerspace (1720 Radisson Dr SE) Thurs 14th 5-9pm, Sat 16th, Sun 17th, Sat 23rd & Sun 24th 11am-6pm. Classes will be free to watch. If you would like to participate in the classes, they start at $99, and you can register through

Feb 16: Beltline Bonspiel @ Lougheed House (707 13 Ave SW) 11 am-4pm. Curling, live music, free curling, firepits, and fun.

Feb 16-18: Family Fishing Weekend Alberta @ Alberta water bodies with open fishing seasons, not in national parks. This is a twice-yearly weekend where people can try out fishing without a license.


Feb 14: 4x the Love @ Calgary Farmer’s Market (510 77 Ave SW) 10am-2pm. $5 donation at the door is recommended. There will be a photo kissing booth, chocolate and wine samples, donut decorating and live music.

Feb 14: Toys in the Waterpark @ Southland Leisure Centre (2000 Southland Drive SW) 7-9pm. This recurring Thursday night event lets you get into an inflatable ball and walk around on the water. Regular admission rates apply.

Feb 16: FISHtival @ Bow Habitat Station (1440 17a St SE)   10am-4pm. Admission is $5. Learn about Alberta’s fish, wildlife, and winter recreation.


Post date: 2019/01/31 - 10:35

Check out February's SPEAK UP page for favourite planets and the animals people would be if they could! Be sure to check out Speak Up Interactive Questions at the office, and have your say!

The forum will meet on February 13th and 27th this month.


Post date: 2019/01/29 - 10:56

Hi Everyone,

The New Canada Food Guide is out, and along with it are lots of great, healthy, affordable recipes. Check out to get your fix of fruits & vegetables, protein, and whole grains.

The Glenbow Museum has new exhibits starting February 3- find out more about them at and don’t forget that admission to the museum is free the first Thursday evening of every month from 5-9pm. As well, the regular admission price is reduced if you have a Fee Assistance card, and support providers get in for free with an access 2 entertainment card. The Glenbow Museum also regularly has tickets available through the SunLife Financial Arts & Culture Pass that you can find out more about here:

Special Olympics Alberta Winter Games Start on February 8th with the opening ceremonies at Winsport- Markin McPhail Centre (151 Canada Olympic Road SW). Tickets are free, but you will need to register through to attend.  

Have you made it out to the National Music Centre yet? Check out for a glimpse into the studios, with 5 floors of both temporary and permanent exhibitions. You can get in for $9 with a fee assistance card, and the fourth North entrance is “fully” accessible.

EmpowerMe is a free workshop and program to help people understand and reduce energy consumption in their homes and workplaces. There are regular workshops throughout the city. Along with tips and advice, they also provide free kits to help you save energy if you bring in a copy of your most recent energy bill. These kits contain window wrap, insulation for pipes, and other measures you can take-- even as a renter, to keep your utility bills down. And if you qualify, there are even more supports for you to have an energy efficient home. Upcoming workshops (including February 9th and 10th) can be found here:



Feb 6: “Connecting to the river, connecting to the land” Winter cycling event @ Central Library (800 3 St SE) 1:30-4pm. Bring your bike for a winter tour along the Bow River. has everything you need.

Feb 8: Night Market @ Eau Claire Market (200 Barclay Parade SW) 5-11pm. 40+ Local and handmade vendors to visit.

Feb 9: Open House @ SAIT (1301 16 Ave NW) If you are thinking of looking into post secondary or continuing education programs through SAIT, you can learn more at this open house. You can also apply for free at this event, saving you the $75 application fee. Get all of the info at

Feb 9 & 10: February Classic II @ Spruce Meadows Get all of the info at


Feb 9: Dive-In Movie @ Southland Leisure Centre (2000 Southland Drive SW) 6:30 pm more info will be coming up on regular admission will apply


Post date: 2019/01/25 - 08:27

You must contact the instructor directly to register for this course.

Melainie Hatt - 250-919-6403

$110.00 - $50 deposit at time of registration

See the attached poster for more details


Post date: 2019/01/21 - 14:05

HI Everyone,

CASS has once again been accepted to be a Community Connections Partner with the Telus SPARK Science Centre. This means that we have passes that you can sign out from the office that will admit up to 6 people at once, per day. They are not to be used for staff personal use and we request that they be returned to the office within a week of sign out.

These passes include entry to dome shows, adults-only nights, and the upcoming “Circus Science under the big top” exhibit. Parking is not included with the use of the pass, and will cost $10 per vehicle. However, if you show a valid parking receipt when you use the pass, you will receive a $5 voucher to the Social Eatery or the Spark Store.

The City of Calgary is looking for feedback about allowing alcohol consumption at picnic sites. For more information, or to have your say in the matter, check out .

The Calgary compilation and performance of “The Democratic Set”, which was presented by this year’s High Performance Rodeo is up, at if you would like to see yourselves, your friends, and  your collaborators on screen.



Jan 30: Luminous Voices- Community Sing @ the new Central Library (800 3 St SE) 3:30-5pm. This is a free singing workshop, no experience required.

Jan 30: The Perks of Being a Wallflower @ The Plaza Theatre (1133 Kensington Rd NW) 6:30-9pm. This screening is part of the “Science in the Cinema” program, and will be followed by a discussion about youth mental health with professionals.

Jan 31- Feb 2: Particle + Wave Media Arts Festival @ Various Locations. Live art, installations, films, and more from around the world. For more info check out events are free, the feature night on Feb 2 requires $15 tickets that you can get here:

Feb 1: Symons Gate Passive Haus Tour @ 274 Sage Bluff Drive NW) Tours will accomodate 25 people at a time, from 1-5pm. Find out how major home builders are dipping into the challenge of building efficient homes.

Feb 2: Community Grants Resource Fair @ Genesis Centre (7555 Falconridge Blvd NE) Noon-2pm. “Learn about funding for community events and activities, along with grant writing tips”

Feb 2: YYC Alternative Market @ Inglewood Community Association Hall (1740 24 Ave SE) 10am-4pm.

Feb 3: Swingin’ Sundays @ the new Central Library (800 3 St SE) 1-2pm- beginner swing dance lesson; 2-4pm- social dance. No partner or experience required.


Jan 29-31: Pop-Up Thrift Shop Fundraiser @ Alberta College of Art & Design Cafeteria (1407 14 Ave NW) Tues & Thurs 12:30-2pm, Wed 12:30-6pm.

Feb 1: Halloween in January @ Monster Mini Golf (2020 32 Ave NE) 6pm-midnight. 10 spooky local bands for $20. Dress up and have fun! Tickets can be bought at

Feb 1-May 20: Walled off: The Politics of Containment @ the Military Museums (4520 Crowchild Trail SW). This new group exhibition at the Military Museums looks at human dignity and denial of freedom. Regular admission rates apply.

Feb 2: Roller Party @ Don Hartman Arena (5206 68 St NE) 8pm-midnight. $10 admission, $5 for skate rentals if you don’t have your own.

Feb 2: Skijordue @ Calgary Polo Club Ranch House (24041 306 Ave W, Okotoks.) 11am-midnight. Early tickets $15, tickets at the event will be $20.  skiers pulled by horseback riders, great food, and the chance to support Prairie Sky Equine Assisted Therapy. (Note: If the ground conditions aren’t acceptable for the event, the event will be moved to Feb 9)


Post date: 2019/01/15 - 09:55

Hi Everyone,

Due to some upcoming inclement weather, CASS is cancelling our planned wander around the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary on Friday January 18th. Stay warm!



Jan 21: Money Basics @ East Calgary Health Centre (4715 8 Ave SE) 2-4pm. This course is designed for parents, to support budgeting, banking, discerning needs from wants & grocery shopping. Please register at . There are also other upcoming session available.

Jan 21: Free Energy Savings Workshop @ Central Library (800 3 St SE) 5:30-7:30pm. Get ideas about how to understand and lower your energy bills, as well as home safety tips and advice. If you bring your electricity or natural gas bill you can get a free energy saving kit. This workshop is presented by

Jan 22: Let’s talk about…movement @ Central Library (802 3 St SE) 6-9:30pm. This speaker panel will explore what it means to design a city that people can move in.

Jan 24: Sheila Adams Paint-In @ Webster Galleries (624 77 Ave SE) Live painting from 10:30 am -3 pm

Jan 25: Winter Exhibitions Open @ Esker Foundation (4th floor 1011 9 Ave SE) 6-10pm. Come and see the new art exhibitions, in partnership with the TRUCK gallery.

Jan 26-27 & Feb 2-3: Lunar New Year Festival @ Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre (197 1 St SW) Noon-6pm. See for all of the info.


Jan 24: Calgary Story Slam: Miscommunication @ Trolley 5 Brew Pub (728 17 Ave SW) 6:30pm. Admission is $5. Come and hear other people’s 5-minute stories about miscommunication, or tell your own.

Jan 26: Roller Derby Game (B-52 Bellas & Cut-Throat Car Hops) @ West Hillhurst Community Association (1940 6 Ave NW) 6pm. Admission is $5.


Post date: 2019/01/07 - 09:20


CPI Training-  CPI is usually scheduled on Thursdays and Fridays. There is a $20 fee for this course payable with cash or cheque at reception the first day of the course, or sign off on a payroll deduction with the instructor that first day. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing and bring water and snacks for both days. The training room is small with no windows - it is a NO PERFUME Zone for the comfort of all participants.

Thursday and Friday, January 31, 9 - 3:30 and February 1, 9 - 12:30

Thursday and Friday, February 21, 9 - 3:30 and February 22, 9 - 12:30


Abuse Awareness Training

Wednesday, January 23, 6 - 8 pm
Tuesday, February 19, 2 - 4 pm
Wednesday, March 20, 6 - 8 pm
Thursday, April 25, 2 - 4 pm
Wednesday, May 22, 6 - 8 pm
Tuesday, June 18, 2 - 4 pm
Wednesday, July 10, 6 - 8 pm
Thursday, August 22, 2 - 4 pm
Wednesday, September 11, 6 - 8 pm
Tuesday, October 22, 2 - 4 pm
Wednesday, November 20, 6 - 8 pm
Thursday, December 12, 2- 4 pm

Open Future Learning (OFL)
Two modules of OFL are mandatory for all CASS Staff - "Challenging Behaviour" and "Introduction to Your Role". Email to register for OFL.

Challenging Behaviour - Part II - Tuesdays from 1:30 to 3:00 pm - January 22, February 12, March 19, April 16, May 14, June 18 and July 16.
You must complete OFL before registering for this course.

Medication Administration - If you need Med Admin for your position with CASS, email to register for this course. When you have completed the course, email for the profiency test.

Health and Safety - this course is available on line - go to the website, LOG IN, go to staff resources>training>Health and Safety.

First Aid/CPR - Staff that need to update their First Aid/CPR need to be sure the trainer is Government of Alberta OH&S Approved.
The following link gives a list of the approved training providers:
Also, ACDS offers first aid training for staff.


Training dates are on page four of the CASS Report each month which is posted in "News" here on this website.


Post date: 2019/01/04 - 13:58


Just a reminder for all CASS people - the CASS Report is published once a month. It gives training updates for staff and includes client business ads, dinner club info and CASS Events. Anyone involved in CASS is welcome to contribute to the newsletter! Submissions for the newsletter are due on the 15th of the month prior to publication. Submissions can be dropped of at reception attention Sarah Clark, or can be emailed to Sarah at

The newsletter is posted here on the CASS website in the News section each month. It is mailed out to clients who are on the current mailing list. If you are a CASS Client and do not receive the newsletter, please give your address to reception at CASS. If you currently receiving the newsletter and do not wish to have the newsletter mailed to you, let your coordinator know. You can catch up on news here on the website.