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Post date: 2017/03/22 - 15:08

Hi Everyone,

Village Square Leisure Centre has their Adapted Fitness schedule out for spring 2017. You can get more information about this programming here: http://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Recreation/Pages/Adapted-fitness-programs.aspx

 

We have an online code from the Hitmen that can get you decent seats for only $13.92 each for the round one playoffs against the Regina Pats. If you are interested in this deal, let me know and I will send you the link and the code to get your tickets.

Did you know that with your free Calgary Public Library card, you have free access to a number of online education tools? Check out https://calgarylibrary.ca/resources/online-courses/ . There are resources from Alberta’s grade 3-12 curriculum, to Rosetta Stone language lessons, to Lynda.com, which houses a number of short educational videos on a number of subjects.

 

FREE:

Mar 29: 70 Acres in Chicago: Cabrini Green @ Taylor Family Digital Library, U of C. This movie is the March screening for the Movies that Matter series. For more information about this movie, or any of the upcoming Movies that Matter, check out https://www.facebook.com/moviesthatmatter/

Apr 1: Bowness Spring Craft Sale @ Bowness Community Association (7904 43 Ave NW). Homemade crafts and gifts. 10am-3pm.

Apr 1: Closet Raid Calgary @ Eau Claire Market (200 Barclay Parade SW). Admission is free to look through second-hand brand-name consignment items from 1-5pm. Clothing is sold for cash only, but there are ATM’s on site. You may want to bring a reusable bag if you plan on making purchases.

Apr 2: YYC World Autism Awareness Day @ Olympic Plaza 11am-2pm. Spend a few hours immersed in entertainment, vendors, activities and celebration. Thanks to AAFS for all of their work putting together this great autism acceptance party every year!

PAID:

Mar 31: Simple Silk Screening @ CommunityWise Resource Centre (223 12 Ave SW) 5:30pm. $10 including supplies and screens. Learn to use stencils to decorate paper and fabric. This event is part of the Calgary School of Informal Education. Space is limited, so please RSVP to yyc.informallearning@gmail.com  to make sure there will be a spot for you.

 

Post date: 2017/03/14 - 16:09

Hi Everyone,

We have 2 free (rain check) passes for the City of Calgary Aquatic & Fitness locations. Please contact me if you are interested in obtaining one. Don’t forget that CASS has community connections passes to the Telus Spark Science Centre, which can give you access to free regular admission, and discounted entry into the Star Trek Exhibit (only $5).

The Calgary International Auto & Truck Show is on from March 15-19 at the BMO centre. CASS clients can get in with an accompanying staff member for $5 each (staff and client, for a total of $10) when the staff show a CASS business card. If you don’t have a blank business card, you can get one from CASS reception.

The Centre 4 Artistic Soles is opening registration for their Spring session on March 27. Arts, crafts, and cooking classes at an accessible and convenient location—just across 30th Avenue from the CASS office. For more info check out http://www.centre4-artistic-soles.com/

 

 

FREE:

Mar 22: CAWST Paint the Town Blue for World Water Day @ Telus Spark. This free event to learn about local and global water issues and action projects runs from 4:30-7pm, or you can check out any of the blue-lit landmarks around town, such as the Calgary Tower, Reconciliation Bridge, or Galleria of Trees on Stephen Ave. Find out more at http://www.cawst.org/worldwaterday

Mar 23-26: Rock-a-Palooza Gem & Mineral Show @ Spruce Meadows. Thurs-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am -5pm. Gemstones, beads, fossils, minerals and more.

Mar 24: Calgary Night Market @ Eau Claire Market. Begins at 5pm. Wade through the sea of local artists and vendors.

Mar 24: Pakistan Day Celebration @ Falconridge Castleridge Community Hall (95 Falshire Drive Calgary) live music, lots of activities and cultural celebrations begin at 5pm.

 

PAID:

Mar 21: Beading with Jared Tailfeathers @ Calgary School of Informal Education (#101 223 12 Ave SW). Jared is a Kainai (Blackfoot) artist who will demonstrate two ways of beading at this workshop. The cost is $10 to cover supplies.

Mar 22: $100 film festival @ Engineered Air Theatre (205 8 ave SE). 7-11pm. Admission is $12. Find out what these filmmakers have been up to with their $100 budgets this year.

Mar 22-24: Coming Out Monologues YYC @ John Dutton Theatre (616 MacLeod Tr SE) Check out https://comingoutyyc.com/2017-show/2017-performers/ for all info and ticketing.

Mar 23: Calgary Story Slam @ 80th & Ivy (1127 17 Ave SW) 7pm. Admission is $5. A night of live storytelling, the theme this month is “Truth”.

Mar 24 & 25: ACAD Spring Show + Sale @ ACAD. Fri Noon-7pm, Sat Noon-4pm.  Entrance is by donation. Come and see the work from ACAD students this year.

Mar 24-26: Market Collective @ Chinese Cultural Centre (197 1 St SW) Fri 4-9pm, Sat & Sun 10am-6pm. $5 admission for the entire weekend.

Mar 25: Fitness Expo@ MacEwan Hall, U of C. 10am-5pm. There will be speakers, exhibitors and bootcamps throughout the day. Admission is $5 (or $2 for students/faculty)

Mar 25: Porco Rosso @ Globe Cinema (617 8 Ave SW) English dubbed verison ($7) noon. Subtitled version ($10) 7pm. Purchase your tickets in advance here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2889209 these screenings will sell out quickly.

 

 

Post date: 2017/03/09 - 12:59

Hi Everyone, 

 

Picture This… International Disability Film Festival is back March 15-17. Come and see some of the incredible movies they are presenting this year from all over the world. You can find more information about the event at www.ptff.org . Admission is $10/day pass, $20/3day pass, or $7.50/day pass for students, seniors, and low-income.  

The Festival of Animated Objects is back as well from March 16-19. Please visit www.puppetfestival.ca for all info, and to find the free shows around town!

 

FREE:

Mar 13: Disability Tax Credit and Registered Disability Savings Plan Workshop @ CASS (2335 30 Ave NE) 6-8pm. Find out more about the Disability Tax Credit, how to apply for it, and the benefits that you can access through it, such as Registered Disability Savings Plans. Coffee and light snacks will be provided.

March 16-19: Spring Welcome @ Spruce Meadows Equiplex. Free parking and admission. More info can be found at https://www.sprucemeadows.com/calendar/index.jsp?dzscal_date=3-16-2017

March 17: St. Patrick’s Day at the Calgary Farmers’ Market (510 77 Ave SE). 10am-3pm. There will be a craft table, Irish dancing, and a photobooth.

March 19: Visit our Mosque @ Al Salam Centre (6415 Ranchview Dr NW) Noon-4pm. “Free family event with traditional games, food, drink, henna, and conversation”. Come learn and build community.

PAID:

March 15-17 Picture This… International Disability Film Festival @ SCOPE (219 18 St SE) Please see attached schedules or visit www.ptff.org for info.  Adult ticket prices range from $7.50-$10/day, and popcorn is always free.

Mar 18: Seedy Saturday @ Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association (1320 5 Ave NW) 10 am-3pm. If you are planning your garden, or just want to see what is going on in the world seed saving, come on by. Admission is $2.

Mar 18: Calgary Bike & Multi-Sport Show @ Calgary Stampede (1410 Olympic Way, SE) this event begins at 11am and featured everything bike related. Admission is $5.

March 18: St. Patrick’s Punk Rock Bowling @ Paradise Lanes (3411 17 Ave SE) 8pm. Live music in the black lit bowling lanes. Admission is $20. The venue is not wheelchair accessible. For tickets or more inof, check out: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/punk-rock-bowling-party-yyc-tickets-31988195554

 

Post date: 2017/03/06 - 11:24

March is a busy month at CASS!

Don't miss the Disability Tax Credit & RDSPs Information Session on March 13th here at the CASS Office.

Also - two Advisory Forum dates are the 7th and 21st - Come have your say!

 

Post date: 2017/02/23 - 15:31

Hi Everyone,

CASS will be hosting a Disability Tax Credit/ Registered disability Savings Plan workshop on Monday March 13th from 6-8pm. PLAN Calgary ( http://theroadahead.ca/ ) will be presenting on these topics and will be available for all of your questions about the benefits they can open up for you or someone you support.

Also, the CASS client tax packages are now available to pick up. If you want to use the CASS Community Volunteer Income Tax Program to file your 2016 taxes (for free), please get your package from your Co-Ordinator or through the CASS Resource Facilitator. The deadline to get them back to the Resource Facilitator is March 24th.

 

FREE:

Mar 6: Heart of the City Conference Keynote Speaker Jay Pitter @ Hotel Arts 3-4:30 pm. Hear about what it takes to create and maintain vibrant inner cities. The keynote address is free, but you will need to register at https://parkpeople.ca/jay-pitter-keynote-at-park-peoples-heart-of-the-city-conference

Mar 7: Calgary Career Fair and Training Expo @ Palomino Room, BMO centre. 10am-4pm. Come see who’s hiring!

Mar 8: International Women’s Day Potluck @ Women’s Centre (39 4 St NE) 5:30-7:30 pm Come share food, listen to music, hear a special guest speaker and more! Please RSVP at http://www.womenscentrecalgary.org/events/international-womens-day/

Mar 9: Paper Tigers @ Globe Cinema (617 8 Ave SW) This is a documentary Film being presented by the Complex Needs Initiative about a year in the life of an alternative high school, depicting how trauma affects brain development and how trauma informed care can support positive outcomes. You cen get your ticket through https://www.eventbrite.com/e/paper-tigers-film-screening-trauma-informed-learning-event-tickets-31075386317

March 9-12: Winter Farewell Indoor Show Jumping Tournament @ Spruce meadows. Free admission and parking. More info on this and other events at Spruce Meadows can be found at https://www.sprucemeadows.com/

Mar 10: Sleep-in Day @ Your bed. 7am. Project-sleep is celebrating sleep and raising awareness about sleeping disorders and sleep health by having a sleep-in challenge. See http://project-sleep.com/sleepin/ for more info.

PAID:

Mar 9: Adults only night: The Human Age @ Telus Spark Science Centre. 6-10pm. Learn about the current geological age, and the proposal to name it the Anthropocene, after us humans. They will also be studying the effects that humans have had on geology and what we can do about it. Regular admission rates apply, or you can use one of CASS’ community connections memberships. Admission to the Star Trek exhibit will be separate from regular admission.

Mar 9: An evening to write your will @ CommunityWise resource centre (223 12th Ave SW) learn everything you need to know about writing your will, power of attorney and personal directives. One-to-one question times are available. Admission is $15. You can find more info on this event at: https://allevents.in/calgary/an-evening-to-write-your-will-its-easier-than-doing-taxes/412685739073214

Mar 12: Comic and Toy Expo @ Mc Mahon Stadium (1833 Crowchild Trail NW) 10am-5pm. Admission is only $5 for Calgary’s longest running expo. There will be both Kids and Adult costume contests.

 

 

Post date: 2017/02/22 - 12:05

 

Hi Everyone,

CASS has passes to the Calgary Home and Garden Show at the BMO Centre that are valid March 2 & 3 from Noon to 9pm. If you are interested in getting a pass, they will be at reception. 

 

FREE:

Feb 27: Happenings 7: Tactile Intrigues @ Centre Court, Arts Commons (205 8 Ave SE) This free art event encourages visitors to interact with the pieces. For info, check out https://www.artscommons.ca/WhatsOn/ShowDetails.aspx?show_id=0C39A905-4446-44AA-A34B-E4F2E2D1591F

Feb 28: Exploring Social Entrepreneurship @ Global Business Centre (136 8 Ave SE). 5-8pm. This interactive workshop sponsored by St. Mary’s University is all about learning what it takes to succeed as an entrepreneur, from business plans to marketing and funding your ideas. See http://www.stmu.ca/event/exploring-social-entrepreneurship/ for details.

Mar 4: Magpie Dispersal@ Weaselhead Natural Environmental Area. 6:45 AM. Get up early and check out the flocking birds.

Mar 4: All Things Spring Art Show @ Edgemont Community Centre (33 Edgevalley Cir. NW) 10am-4:30pm. This is the latest Federation of Canadian Artists juried art show. Admission is free, donations to the food bank are accepted. Visit http://fcacalgary.ca/ for a small sample of the over 200 original pieces.

PAID:

Feb 28: Kananaskis Speaker Series @ U of C (Science Theatre 135). 7-8pm. $5 suggested donation. Donna Schley will be talking about conservation officers in Kananaskis, their roles, and what they need to do their jobs.

Mar 1: “Elder in the Making” @ Cardel Theatre (180 Quarry Park Blvd. SE) “ A Blackfoot Aboriginal and a Chinese N=newcomer rediscover their shared heritage”. Admission is $15 and there will be a Q&A session to follow.

Mar 2: The Inclusive City: Reimagining Urban Life with Mark Lakeman @ Orpheus Theatre, SAIT Campus Centre. 6pm. This talk focuses on turning our urban environment into an inclusive, accessible, and sustainable space. Tickets are $20 in advance through http://inclusivecity.bpt.me/

Mar 4-5: Maple festival/Festival des Sucres @ Heritage Park. 10am-5pm. Meals, Markets, performances, visual arts, theatre events, workshops, maple taffy, hay rides, and more- Learn about some of the (delicious) aspects of the many Francophone, Metis and First Nations cultures. You can buy tickets for $14/adult at http://www.calgarymaplefest-eng.com/ , or sign up for a 4-hour volunteer shift and get in for free.

 

 

 

Post date: 2017/02/13 - 15:20

Hi Everyone,

Do you want to make some money by telling the government and non-profit organizations what you don’t like about tax time? Prosper Canada is doing a tax time study and wants your input. Check out http://prospercanada.org/News-Media/News/Be-part-of-a-tax-research-study-to-remove-barriers.aspx to find out if you are eligible for the study and to sign up.

Please see the attached poster for the March 13, 6-8pm Disability Tax Credit and Registered Disability Savings Plan information session being hosted by CASS. Invite families, friends, and support providers so that as a community we can better support people with disabilities to access the opportunities available to them. Please RSVP or direct questions to rachel.janzen@c-a-s-s.org or call (403) 283-0611.

There will be a trauma-informed learning event on Thursday March 9th. The Documentary “Paper Tigers” will be shown at the Globe Theatre. The film is about alternative approaches used in a highschool to address complex needs in a way that supports positive outcomes. Please see attached flyer for more information. You can register for your free tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/paper-tigers-film-screening-trauma-informed-learning-event-tickets-31075386317 . You can view the trailer here: http://kpjrfilms.co/paper-tigers/

FREE:

Feb 20: WinterFest @ Fort Calgary (750 9 Ave SE) 10am-5pm. Live performances and both indoor and outdoor activities.

Feb 20: Family Fun Day @ Eau Claire Market. 11am. Magicians, petting zoo, artisan market and carnival games.

Feb 21: Advisory Forum Meeting @ CASS. 3pm. Come share a meal and talk about the things you care about (or that you don’t care for) at CASS.

Feb 21 & 22: Alberta Electoral Boundary Public Hearing @ Coast Plaza Hotel (1316 33 St NE) Find out more about the future of Alberta’s electoral boundaries. Tuesday @ 9am, 1pm and 7pm, Wednesday @ 9am and 1pm. See http://abebc.ca/ for more info.

Feb 23: Community Game Night @ Bowness Community Association (7904 43 Ave NW) 7pm, If you’re a Bownesian, come on out to visit with your neighbours and play together.

Feb 25: Polar Plunge @ Arbour Lake 11am-3pm. This event is in support of Alberta Special Olympics, and I bet you will be able to spot some familiar faces! Spectating is free, just bring your cheers.

Feb 25: Beltline Bonspiel @ Lougheed House (707 13 Ave SW) 11am-2pm. While the action will be out on the rink, you can warm up with free entry into Lougheed house for the day. Hot chocolate and “food you can eat with mittens on” will be for sale outside.

PAID:

Feb 22: Spring Garden Prep Class @ Spruce It Up Garden Centre (Macleod Trail & 210 Ave S) 6pm. $5/person. Learn about clean up, pruning, living soil, and more.

Feb 24: True or not so true vignettes of “The Golden Years” @ John Dutton Theatre (616 MacLeod Trail SE) Light lunch and refreshments will be provided at this comedy event. Tickets are $5 and can be found at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/true-or-not-so-true-vignettes-of-the-golden-years-tickets-31338103110

Post date: 2017/02/13 - 10:06

Looking to file your taxes and get financial benefits this year?

Calgary Alternative Support Services is part of the Community Income Tax Program. For individuals with a modest income and a simple tax situation, the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) is a resource for free income tax and benefit return processing. Contact your CASS Coordinator or Rachel Janzen (403-263-0611) for a tax filing package and more information.  The locations of other CVITP clinics in your neighbourhood can be found at the Canada Revenue Agency website listed below.

http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/ndvdls/vlntr/clncs/calgary-ab-eng.html

Post date: 2017/02/10 - 14:44

CASS will be hosting a Disability Tax Credit and Registered Disability Savings Plan Information Workshop

Date: March 13th from 18:00 to 20:00

Location: Calgary Alternative Support Services Main Office- 2335 30th Ave NE

Who is it for? Persons with disabilities, their family, friends, and supports.

What you will learn? 

Disability Tax Credit (DTC)

  • What is it?  Who is eligible?
  • How to complete Form T2201

Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP)

  • What is it?  Who is eligible?
  • Contributions and rules
  • What is the Canada Disability Savings Grant and the Canada Disability Savings Bond

 

Post date: 2017/02/06 - 11:06

Hello, 

Are you interested in having a say in public art in Calgary? The City of Calgary is looking for people to sit on public art selection panels throughout the year. For more information and a link to apply, go to http://www.calgarycitynews.com/2017/01/have-vote-on-public-art-in-your.html

There is a webinar from Vita coming up on supporting people with Prader Willi Syndrome at 1pm MST on Friday February 17th.  If you are interested in watching this webinar, go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3540068281521571330 to register.

 

FREE:

Feb 17-20: Glow Downtown Winter Light Festival @ Various Locations Downtown. This brand new cultural festival spans throughout the city’s centre, mostly connected by +15s for those of us who like to stay warm.  For more information or to plan your celebration, go to http://www.calgarydowntown.com/about/programs/glow

Feb 17-19: Salt Flats Video Game Tournament @ Killarney Glengarry Community Association (2828 28 St SW). Spectating is free. If you want to register to be a part of the tournament, prices and more information can be found here: https://smash.gg/tournament/salt-flats-2017/details

Feb 18: FISHtival @ Bow Habitat Station (1440 17A St SE). Outdoor activities (casting, photos, marshmallow roasting, snowshoeing and track identification) are free. Indoor activities (fish feeding, trivia, craft zone & prizes) will be $5.

Feb 18: Nature Calgary’s Snowy Owl Prowl @ Deerfoot Mall. 9:30am-4pm. Meet at the west end of the Deerfoot Mall parking lot. You do not need to pre register for this event, see https://www.naturecalgary.com/all-events/nature-calgary-snowy-owl-prowl-2/ for more information.

Feb 19-March 9: The Revolution will be Televised @ Inglewood Festival Hall (1215 10 Ave SE) This is a photography exhibit of Sean Dennie’s work as a part of Black History Month

PAID:

Feb 17-25: Mother Courage and Her Children @ University of Calgary Theatre. 7:30 pm with a 2pm matinee on February 19th. See this classic Brecht play in an affordable, intimate setting.

Feb 17: Feed the People Pt 2. @ Verns (622 8 Ave SW) 8pm. $10 admission gets you access to bands, a craft sale, art raffles, and more! Proceeds go to the food bank. 

Feb 19: Clothing Market and Brunch @ Palomino Smokehouse (109 7 Ave SW) Admission is free, but brunch and clothing will cost you. Doors at 10:30 am, brunch ends at 3pm.