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Post date: 2018/02/07 - 19:53

Update: The snowfall warning is over and it's back to business as usual.


Calgary Alternative Support Services has enacted its Business Continuity and Emergency Response Plan and will be closed on Thursday, February 8 due to the winter storm warning announced by Environment Canada. The CASS Main Office will be closed and all non-essential services have been suspended. The office will re-open on Friday, February 9 unless the weather does not improve. Voicemails will be checked throughout the day and directed appropriately.

CASS staff please check your email regularly as per the CASS Business Continuity and Emergency Response Plan.

Stay safe and warm everyone!

Post date: 2018/02/01 - 15:01

DON'T MISS THIS MONTH'S CASS REPORT! February is a busy month for CASS Clients and Staff!

Dinner Club, February 7th - Fiore Cantina

A visit to the NEW and IMPROVED CALGARY FIREFIGHTER'S MUSEUM - February 9th - RSVP BY February 6th!

Client Book Launch - Glenn Crowchief has released his book, The Powerful Buffalo Silencer - Wednesday, February 14th here at the CASS Office. Books will be sold at $5 each and Glenn will be on hand to answer questions and maybe even sign your copy!!



Post date: 2018/01/30 - 16:15

Hi Everyone,

We are going to the Calgary Firefighter’s Museum this month! If you have RSVP’d by February 6th, you can join up with a group from CASS visiting the museum on Friday February 9th for a guided tour, and, if you want, an art activity afterward. Please contact me directly to let me know if you want to come. Space is very limited, so RSVP’s are needed.

The Cerebral Palsy Association of Alberta Has a wealth of social and educational programs running this year. If you are looking to have fun while building on your art, music, horticultural, or computing skills, Check out the attached program guide for more info. There are also social groups and FREE massage therapy times for people with disabilities and their supports/family members, provided by the Mount Royal University second year practicum students.

Inside Out Theatreis currently accepting new registrations for their theatre programming. Each 10-week session will cost $50, and scholarships are available. See for class types and times, or to register.

We are starting another new year of the Community Connections program with the Telus Spark Science Centre. The program is mostly the same, except all dome shows and special exhibits are free with the passes now! The current exhibit is Whales Tohora, and is a huge interactive area filled with artifacts, games, and videos so you can learn about whales, Maori whaling cultures, and the effects that over-harvesting and scientific research has had on both. Please contact me if you would like to sign out a pass. We ask that passes are brought back within a week of signing them out. Passes are not to be used for staff or family visits, a CASS client must be present each time a pass is used. Passes may only be used once per day.




Feb 5: Responsible Pet Ownership @ Forest Lawn Public Library (4807 8 Ave SE) 6:30-8:30pm. If you have any questions about pets and how to care for them, please RSVP to and join the conversation.

Feb 5-9: Human Bonspiel @ Calgary Olympic Plaza. Noon-ish-1:15pm each day. Come watch people launch themselves across the Olympic Plaza ice rink on giant tubes, in a life-sized curling game!  

Feb 7: No Longer Silent: Workshop and Meeting @ Calgary Sexual Health Centre (700, 1509 Centre St SW). 2:30pm. This event is for service providers, to discuss how to provide safe supports for older LGBTQ adults.

Feb 8: Age-Friendly Innovation @ Kerby Centre (1133 7 Ave SW) 6:30-8pm. This event focuses on aging in place, how to meet housing needs for seniors, etc.  Please RSVP at

Feb 10: Imagine 2018 Art Show and Sale @ First Church of the Nazarene (65 Richard Way SW) 10 am – 4 pm. Artist will be in attendance and there will be refreshments.

Feb 10-18: Chinese Lunar New Year Festival @ Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre (197 First St. SW). There will be an ongoing exhibit at the cultural centre- It’s being called “The most colorful festival market event Calgary has ever seen”. The festival market and performances will be Feb 10, 11, 17 &18 from 10 am -7:30pm, and the exhibits will run through Feb 10-18 from 10 am-8pm.


Feb 5: Book Sale @ MacEwan Student Centre, University of Calgary. Starts at 10 am. All paperbacks are $2, and Hardcover books are $3, or just come to look around, admission is free.  


Post date: 2018/01/22 - 16:50

Hi Everyone,

Check out Sport Calgary’s “All Sport One City” from January 22-27. There are a ton of free, accessible sports activities all over the city! See for details.

CASS has set up a tour to the new and improved Calgary Firefighter’s Museum On February 9. Join us from 10:30 am-noon at 4144 11 St SE to learn more about Calgary’s Firefighting history in the interactive museum.  Please note that you will need to RSVP as soon as possible for this event, as there is a maximum number of people that can attend. We will not be able to accept RSVP’s after February 6. If you miss out on this event, or want to go without the big group, check out for all the info you need.

If you haven’t seen it yet, The Alberta Government is looking to review the PDD program. The last time it was reviewed, the review was done by an accounting firm. This time, we are anticipating that the review will be opened up for input by people who receive PDD-funded supports, as well. Keep connected to this process to have your say! See for a media report on the announcement.

 The Alberta Government is looking for input into the 2018 Budget. Consultations will open on February 9th. You can take part in the consultations via an online survey, written submissions, and two telephone town halls. Go to to get more information and take part. The online survey will be closed on February 9, 2018.

Do you have an idea to get people active and connected with their neighbours? Activate YYC is looking to fund short term projects that meet that description. For more information and to apply for a grant, check out



Jan 29-31: RuSSA Bake Sale @ University of Calgary. Noon-3pm. Traditional Slavic foods for sale!

Jan 30: Community Garden Workshop @ Crescent Heights Community Association (1101 2 St NW). IF you live in the area and want to be a part of starting up a community garden, head out to this info session and connect with your neighbours!

Jan 30: Free Retirement Investing Seminar @ Cedarbrae Community Centre. 7-8pm. First Calgary Financial, a local credit union, is presenting information of TFSA’s and RSP’s. Come find out what they are, and how they can help your future. See or for the basics that will be dicussed.

Jan 31: Free Karaoke @ The Gateway (SAIT) starts at 7pm. Free admission, Wings specials with beverage purchase. Photo ID required.

Feb 1-9: Love and Diversity @ Women’s Resource Centre, University of Calgary. The Right to love group, a joint project between the Disability Action Hall and the Calgary Sexual Health Centre has an exhibit  open for viewing, with a guided round table discussion on Feb 1 from 1-3pm.

Feb 1-3: Particle + Wave Media Arts Festival @ various locations. Most events are free, but some have a cost associated with them. Please see for details.

Feb 3-May 9: Winter Exhibitions Open @ Esker Foundation (4th floor, 1011 9 Ave SW)


Feb 1: Comic Life @ Fort Calgary. This event features a panel of graphic artists talking about the industry and their art. Tackets range from $15-$20 and can be found here:

Feb 1-28: YYC Hot chocolate Fest @ various locations. Buy hot chocolate all over the city and let them know your favourites. TO find participating vendors and plan your month of treats local, chocolatey treats, check out




Post date: 2018/01/15 - 12:46

Hi Everyone, 


Indefinite Arts will be sending some of its artist’s works overseas, but before they do, you can check The exhibit, titled LAUNCHPAD at a pop up gallery at Dialogue (300 134 11 Avenue SE) from 9am-4pm until February 14.



Jan 25: Introduction to Urban Beehives @ Fish Creek Library, 3rd Floor (11161 Bonaventure Drive SE) 6:30-8:30pm. Check out for more info about the class and to register. Space is limited!

Jan 25: Banff Trail “This Is My Community” engagement session with the City of Calgary @ Banff Trail Community Centre. 6:30-8:30pm. IF you live in the community of Banff Trail, this is your chance to talk about community issues and what you’d like to see in Banff Trail to make is an even better community.

Jan 25: Free Cross Fit Intro Class @ Chinook CrossFit (Bay 104 4600 – 104 Ave SE) . 7:30pm. fF you’ve always wondered what Cross Fit is, here is a chance to check it out.

Jan 28: YYC Hot Chocolate Fest Launch @ Southcentre Mall (100 Anderson Road SE) 10 am-2 pm.The Fest starts next week, but here’s your chance for a free sample from the competing hot chocolate-making local businesses. See for more info.


Jan 25: The Buzz about Native Bees @ University of Calgary (Science Theatres ST135, 527 Campus Place NW) 7-8pm. Learn about the over 300 species of Bees that are native to this area, how and where they live, and how you can promote native bees where you live. Suggested donation for this event is $5.

Jan 25: Calgary Story Slam @ The Pint (1428 17 Ave SW) stories start at 7pm. The theme of this slam is “gumption”. Cost is $5, come by to tell a five minute story about yourself, judge, or just hear some stories.

Jan 25-28 Calgary RV Show @ BMO Centre. Thu 1-10pm, Fri & Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 10am-5pm. Admission is $15, you can get more info at

Post date: 2018/01/10 - 15:17

Hi Everyone,

We will be skating at Bowness Park on Friday January 19th from Noon-2pm. This is an informal event, and you can rent your equipment at the rink. Helmets are free of charge and recommended, skates will cost $10 to rent. We will have coffee, hot chocolate and tea, if you bring your own mug, and the weather looks like it will be fantastic! You can find out more info about the lagoon, and rentals here: . To get to the Lagoon from Bowness Road, turn west onto 48th Avenue NW, then take your first right turn into Bowness Park. There is a large parking lot adjacent to the lagoon.

MoMo Dance Theatre classes are beginning again! For more information or to sign up for these affordable, fun classes that run on Tuesdays and Thursdays, go to

Lloyd’s Rollerskating rink is closing forever on February 28th, so make sure to head down there for one last skate. SEE for prices, hours, etc.



Jan 19: Political Forum @ MRU, Jenkins Theatre. 5pm. Many of the people currently in government were once part of university political clubs. This is your chance to see where the next crop are coming from.

Jan 20: Friendship Round Dance @ Genesis Centre 7555 Falconridge Blvd NE. Traditional Feast, Dancing & Drumming with MC’s Hal Eagletail & Daniel Wildman-Stickman.


Jan 15: Jammies & Cocoa @ Boxcar Café (1215 1 St SW) 11am-11pm. This board game café is having a jammies and cocoa day! Wear your jams, play a game, and get a free hot chocolate. You will need to pay the cover charge, however.

Jan 16: Anatomy Drawing for Beginners @ Motion Gallery (2001 10 Ave SW) 6:30-8:30pm. $10 per person. There will be a live model at the class. This class meets every Tuesday. Please see to sign up for the classes.

Jan 17-20: Mountain Film Festival @ University of Calgary. If you like seeing people do cool (and often cold!) things on mountains, this film fest if for you. Check out for dates, times, and ticket prices.

Jan 18-21: Big Winter Classic Music Festival @ Various Locations.  will have all of the info you need for ticket prices, musicians, times and locations.

Jan 19: Extremophiles (ASL Interpreted) @ Vertigo Theatre (115 9 Ave SE). For tickets and more info, go to don’t forget to use the code GOOD HOST for 20% off your tickets.



Post date: 2018/01/04 - 09:57


Just a reminder, the CASS Report is mailed out to only those clients on the current mailing list. Clients can choose to receive the newsletter by mail each month, or read it here on the CASS Website each month. Copies can be found at reception as well.


The January Challenging Behaviours II workshop will be held Tuesday, Janaury 16 from 1:30 - 3 pm - NOT on the 23rd as stated in the newsletter.

All the best to everyone in 2018!


Post date: 2018/01/03 - 11:04

Hi Everyone, 

The City of Calgary composting program has been up and running for a while now, what are your experiences with it? has some simple instructions on how to use the system, and why.

Did you know that Winsport (Canada Olympic Park) offers 2-hour end of day hill passes for $21.99? Learn more about the fun activities on the only ski hill in the city limits here:

If you have made a new year’s resolution to get more active, Avenue Calgary has compiled a list of introductory offers at gyms and studios around the city, you can access that list at



Jan 10: Simple Supper @ University of Calgary Faith & Spirituality Centre (MSC 373 2500, University Drive NW). This event is an open space for people to share a meal and some conversation. Dinner is free, and this even will recur every Wednesday starting at 6pm.

Jan 11-13: IKG Live 2 @ Illingworth Kerr gallery, Alberta College of Art and Design. 1pm-8pm daily. This is the second year of this performative art festival, see for details.

Jan 12: Quiz night @ Renfrew Pub (811 Radford Rd NE) This city-renowned adults-only quiz night in the upper part of the Renfrew Community Association starts up another year.

Jan 14: Community Potluck Supper @ Bridgeland-Riverside Community Association. Register by calling 403-263-5755, bring a dish to share, and meet some of your neighbours in the community.



Jan 11: Adults only night: DIY Biology @ Telus Spark Centre. 6-10pm. Adults take over the science centre once a month. Regular admission rates apply, or you can sign out one of CASS’ Community connections passes to get in for free. See for all of the details.

Jan 12- 14: Calgary Renovation Show @ BMO Centre. Fri Noon-9pm, Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 10 am -6pm. Tickets are $9 online, $12 at the door, and we still have a few free passes to the event at CASS reception. For more info about the trade show, or to buy tickets, go to

Have fun!

Post date: 2017/12/21 - 14:44

Hi Everyone,

Transit pass prices will be rising in the New Year— please see for details on how much your transit passes will be rising. If you have not yet applied for Fair Entry Calgary, entitling you to a lower rate for Calgary transit, recreation and other services, this is an excellent time. For more info and a link to the application, please visit .



Nov 25- Jan 6: Life-sized gingerbread house @ The Fairmount Palliser hotel. Brign an item for donation to the Food Bank and check out the magic! There is more info at

Jan 1: Calgary Ice Breaker Polar Dip @ Elbow River Residents Club (100 Misty Morning Drive). Cheer on the dippers, or go to to register to take the plunge yourself.


Jan 3-28: High Performance Rodeo @ various locations. There are a variety of performances and ticket prices, go to for all of the info you need.  

Jan 5-7: The Motorcycle Show @ BMO Centre. Fri Noon-9pm, Sun 10am-8pm, Sun 10 am-5pm. Regular admission is $15.


Have Fun!

Post date: 2017/12/18 - 16:02

Hi Everyone, 

March of Dimes Canada is holding another Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative. They will be giving away 6 to 8 tablet devices to people who think it would help:


·         Increase access to services

·         Explore or control their environment

·         Contribute to their ability to take on new leisure pursuits

·         Contribute to improving their education

·         Assist in their employment objectives

·         Assist in communication, verbal or written


In order to be eligible, you must have an ongoing disability that requires the use of assistive technology, and:

● be in financial need. The maximum after-tax household income cannot exceed $45,000

● have reached the age of majority for the province they reside in

● be a Canadian resident

● be in agreement that his or her photo and story may be used by March of Dimes Canada in the organization’s material including publications, newsletters, website and social media properties.


You will need to fill out an application, and send in a letter of assessment from an Ocupational therapist, Speech Language Pathologist and/or health care professional, and proof of income documentation. For a full list of requirements and benefits, please see the attached forms. The cut off for applications is January 22, 2018, and recipients will be chosen on January 29th.

I hope you all are having a relaxing and enriching holiday season. This week is usually pretty slow for events and activities around town, so it might be the perfect time to check out new podcasts, streaming video, audiobooks, in-library programs, or some of the online courses provided by to everyone with a Calgary Public Library card. has everything you need to get engaged and interested.

You can find a list of free City of Calgary sponsored New Year’s Eve celebrations here:



Nov 21- Dec 31:Annual Small Paintings Show @ Webster Gallery (812 11 Ave SW) 10am-6pm. Admission is free, check out smaller works by Canadian artists.

Dec 7-Jan 27:This + That @ Christine Klassen Gallery (200, 321 50 Ave SE) 10 am-6pm. An unconventional grouping of artworks to enjoy.


Dec 27-Jan 7: Winter CARnival@ Gasoline Alley, Heritage Park. Participate in new year’s celebrations and games from around the world.  See for more info. $10.95 regular admission, if you have Fee Assistance, this rate will be reduced significantly. 

Dec 30: OWNIT Winter Carnival Fundraiser@ Bridgeland-Riverside Community Association. 5-9pm. Admission is $2, and gets you into the marketplace, hot drinks and snacks, skating, and more.

Dec 31: Noon Year’s Eve@ Telus Spark Science Centre. Regular admission rates apply, or sign out one of the CASS community Connections passes. The party is huge, and geared towards those of us who won’t be able to make it up until midnight. The countdown to noon starts at 11:45 and involves explosive balloons, and a bubble wrap dance floor. See you there!


Have fun!