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Post date: 2017/02/01 - 17:24

Hi Everyone,

 

Do you know what the DTC is? What an RDSP is? If not, or if you have questions about them, we are hosting two upcoming events to help navigate some of the benefits available to people with disabilities.

Friday February 4th from 10-11:30am @ CASS

Monday March 13th 6-8pm @ CASS.

Please call (403) 283-0611 or email me to RSVP.

 

FREE:

Feb 6-10: Black History Month Art Showcase @ MRU Council Chambers (2nd Floor of Wyckham House) Showcase opens Feb 6, 4-6 pm. All other days, the exhibit will be accessible from 10am-2pm.

Feb 6: Tu B’Shevat (The New Year of the Trees) @ Calgary JCC (1607 90 Ave SW) 7pm

Feb 7: Celebrate Winter Cycling @ East Village River Walk. 3:30-5:30pm. Bring your own mug for hot chocolate, get a photo of your winter-biking self, and enjoy some live music.

Feb 10-11: 26-Hour Improv Marathon@ The Kinkonauts Lab (112 16 Ave NW). 26 Improv shows starting each hour on the hour. The whole thing starts at 8pm on Feb. 10th.

Feb 11: North of 49 by the Timepoint Ensemble @ John Dutton Theatre (616 MacLeod Trail SE) A free concert “based around culture, music and modern society”. 7pm.

Feb 12: Bearspaw St. Valentines Artisan Market @ Bearspaw Lions Hall (25240 Nagway Rd)  The market will run from 10:30am-3:30pm.

PAID:

Feb 11: YYC Cycle Charity Ride @ YYC Cycle- Avenida (C303 12445 Lake Fraser Drive SE). 3pm. A charity exercise class. Cost is $20. All proceeds go to Servants Anonymous.

 

 

Post date: 2017/02/01 - 11:17

February newsletter includes a help wanted ad, a client business and news of an upcoming webinar on supporting people with disabilities during tax time!

Check it out!

 

Post date: 2017/01/25 - 14:57

Hello all, 

It feels a lot warmer outside these days! Check out the Calgary Outdoor Club (http://www.calgaryoutdoorclub.com/ ) for a ton of ideas for outdoor activities, or join them for free and make a few friends while you’re at it.

CASS now has the 2017 FREE Community Connections passes for the Telus Spark Science Centre. Up to 6 guests can get free admission to the facility with each card use. Along with the memberships, the following dome shows are free of charge: Dorian’s Wish, Our Solar System, Our Milky Way. All other dome shows will cost $4 per person. Adults only nights are also free to attend with the Community Connections cards, but other special events are subject to the same fees that any other membership would be. For example, to visit the upcoming Star Trek exhibit, members will be required to pay $5 per person. If you are planning to attend an adults only night, please call the science centre ahead of time to make sure that the event hasn’t already been sold out. If you are a part of the CADO program, please sign out your passes from Crystal Tite, otherwise, you can contact me to sign one out.

 

FREE:

Feb 1, 8, 15 & 22: Baconfest 4 @ John Dutton Theatre. 6-8pm. While this festival is about the work of Ed Bacon, urban planner and father of actor Kevin Bacon, this year, they plan to include literal bacon, as well. You can find out more about the event and the films by going to the event’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/101850410325742/

Feb 2-4: Particle + Wave Media Arts Festival @ Emmedia (1215 10 Ave SE). “We explore the many facets of media arts, including audio, video, animation and the use of digital interfaces and landscapes. Be immersed in media arts with live audio-visual performances, screenings and installations on a night that showcases the ever-changing technological tools and processes, and the artists who utilize them in amazingly creative ways.” For more information on this art festival, check out http://emmedia.ca/2016/12/particle-wave-media-arts-festival/. Most of this event is free, however there are some ticketed events that you can find through the website.

Feb 4: Lego Building Competition @ Bridgeland Riverside Community Association (917 Centre Ave NE) Viewing is free, entering a piece into the competition is $5. Entries must be received by January 29. Public viewing is Noon-2pm. 

PAID:

Jan 30: How to Use the Internet Wisely @ Cardel Theatre (180 Quarry Park Blvd. SE) 7pm. Frequently asked questions, common misperceptions, and more. Find out what your digital footprint is! Admission is $10.

Feb 1: Drop-In Pin Ball @ Atlantic Trap and Grill (510 Heritage Drive Sw). There is a $10 cover at the entrance to the pin ball room, but all game machines are free to play. This event reoccurs every second Wednesday.

Feb 1-28: YYC Hot Chocolate Festival @ Various Locations. Check out http://yychotchocolate.com/ to see a map of all of the places around town that you can get specially made hot chocolate treats throughout the month, and vote on your favourite.

Feb 3-5: Market Collective @ Chinese Cultural Centre (197 1 St SW) Fri 4-9pm, Sat & Sun 10am-6pm. This market’s theme is Valentine’s Day. Enjoy seeing all of the local art and products. $5 admission for the whole weekend.

Feb 3-9: Flashback Film Festival @ Various Cineplex Odeon Theatres. General admission tickets are $7.99. Movies include Blade Runner, Fargo, Fight Club, Pulp Fiction, The Princess Bride, and many more. For full movie listings, check out http://www.cineplex.com/Events/FBFF.

 

Post date: 2017/01/20 - 13:57

CASS will be hosting a group viewing of the "How to deliver financial supports for people with developmental disabilities: Insights for frontline workers"  from Prosper Canada on Friday February 3, from 10 - 11:30 am. This webinar will focus on social assistance programs, the Disability Tax Credit, Registered Disability Savings Plans, and the unique financial challenges that people with developmental disabilities experience.

Space at the CASS viewing will be limited so you will need to RSVP to CASS reception by calling (403) 283-0611 or emailing reception@c-a-s-s.org. If you can't make it to the office for the group viewing, you may register to attend the webinar on your own by visiting https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7233659891294931459

We hope to see you there!

Post date: 2017/01/20 - 13:42

Hi Everyone, 

 

The new Village Square Leisure Centre Adapted Fitness Guide is out, and the front counter at VSLC will be under construction until February 16th, but the rest of the facility is still open.

Centre 4 Artistic Soles has moved across the street from the CASS office. Registration is ongoing for their programs. They have a number of arts and crafts activities including quilting and scrapbooking, as well as a beginners cooking course. There are registrations forms at the office, or you can check their programs out and register online at http://www.centre4-artistic-soles.com/

The CASS Advisory Forum is back! Come join us at any of our upcoming meetings, January 31, February 21, March 7 and March 21.

 

FREE:

Jan 23-Apr 24: FOODFIT@ Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association (1320 5 Ave NW) Gain cooking skills, enjoy light physical activity and make new friends during this 12-week course. Email foodfit@hsca.ca to register and check out https://cfccanada.ca/foodfit  for more information.

Jan 25: Redd Skull Book Club@ Nicholls Family Library (Westbrook C-Train station) 7pm. Comic book club!  You can pick up the book, Terry Moore’s “Rachel Rising”, from Redd Skull Comics (720A Edmonton Trail NE). If you mention it’s for the book club, it will be discounted) The Redd Skull website can be found here: http://www.reddskull.com/

Jan 25: Adult Only Afternoon Games @ Mount Pleasant Community Association Upper Hall (602 22 Ave NW) 1:15 pm. You can bring games to share, or just enjoy a few casual games of bridge, scrabble, euchre, etc.

Jan 25: Movies that Matter: In the Shadow of the Hill @Taylor Family Digital Library (University of Calgary). Free for U of C students and anyone else with a donation of either cash of non-perishable food for the Calgary Food Bank. For more info on this and other events, please visit the Movies that Matter Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/moviesthatmatter/

Jan 27: YYC Free Market @ Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association (1320 5 Ave NW) 6-9pm. Give what you can, take what you need at this collaborative moneyless market. You do not need to register, “you just need to bring yourself and something to give”

Jan 28: Lego Competition @ Silver Springs Community Association (5720 Silver Ridge Dr NW)  Public viewing is free and runs from Noon-2pm.

January 28 & 29: Winter Festival @ Symons Valley Ranch (14555 Symons Valley Road NW) 10am-5pm Maple taffy rolling, outdoor skating rink, fire pits and contests.

Jan 29: Calgary Pop Up Comic Show @ Kingsland Community Centre (505 78 Ave SW) 10am-4pm. Comic books, collectibles, video games and more to buy/sell/trade.

 

PAID:

Jan 23: Acro Yoga Drop In @ Ascension Fitness (5842 Burbank Rd SE) 7:30pm. Drop-in rate $15. No prior acro or yoga experience necessary. Come by yourself or with a friend for this body-contact practice.

Jan 23: Stand Up for Mental Health @ Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club (218 18 Ave SE) 7pm. 18+ First-time stand up comics telling their stories through comedy. Tickets are $10, and are available from the Native Centre at the UofC (MSC390Z)

Jan 25: Active Wednesday- Limited Mobility & Lower Fitness Level @ Mount Pleasant Community Association Upper Hall (602 22 Ave NW) 10:30 - 11:45 am. Drop in for $12/class.

Jan 29: Big Band Bash @ The Ironwood (1229 9 Ave SE) doors at 11am. Admission is $15. Reserve a table by calling 403-269-5581 to reserve a table.

 

 

 

Post date: 2017/01/11 - 14:50

Hi Everyone, 

It’s time to start thinking about taxes— CASS runs a Community Volunteer Income Tax Program every year to help clients with simple tax situations get their taxes done for free. We will have tax packages ready to pick up by the end of January, and the deadline to get the tax packages back to us will be March 21st.  If you have any questions about this program, please contact the CASS Resource Facilitator or the Money Matters program for more information.

On that note, please look into whether you or someone you support are eligible for the Disability Tax Credit (DTC). You can find more out about the DTC, including a video outlining the application process here: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/ndvdls/sgmnts/dsblts/dtc/menu-eng.html . Being eligible for the DTC will also make you eligible to open up a Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP), which receives grants and bonds totalling up to $4,500/year to help your long-term savings grow. You can get more information about the RDSP, including informational videos, here: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/disability/savings.html  CASS will also be hosting a DTC/RDSP workshop in the next few months— stay tuned!

Have you ever wanted to get a start on learning ASL? Now might be the time! There is a groupon that you can find here: https://www.groupon.com/deals/international-open-academy-1031?utm_campaign=UserReferral_mih&utm_source=uu70363794&utm_medium=email for a limited time which offers the ASL course from the International open academy for $5. This is a beginner ASL course and includes basic signs, etiquette, and conversational sign.

Right 2 Love’s healthy relationships series is back starting January 18th from 1:30-3:30pm at the Calgary Sexual Health Centre. The other sessions in the series will be February 15th and March 15th. If you want to join this free series, please RSVP with Gaby by calling 403-283-5880 or emailing ghennig@calgarysexualhealth.ca .

 

FREE:

Jan 19 -28: Boxtape @ +15 skyway system, downtown. Each day at noon check out a new phase of this interactive installation made up of…. packing tape….

Jan 20: Heritage Hockey @ Banff Downtown Ice Rink (Banff) 5-6pm. This game between Alberta and Manitoba national park celebrities boasts fire pits and old carnival music for an atmosphere you’ll never forget. If you haven’t used your FREE 2017 national park pass yet, this might be a great time to start. All info on the event is available here: https://www.banfflakelouise.com/events/2017/01/20/2260-heritage-hockey

Jan 20: Earthlings @ Esker Foundation (444, 1011 9 Ave SE) 6-10pm. This is the opening of the new exhibit that will be in the space until May 7. http://eskerfoundation.com/exhibition/upcoming/

Jan 21: Project Warmth Day @ Calgary Farmers’ Market (510 77 Ave SE) bring gently used winter clothing to the market and enjoy a magic show, photo booth, and donut decorating in return!

Jan 21-22: Calgary Bead Show @ Executive Hotel Calgary (2828 23 St NE) 10am-5pm. Beads, beads, beads, with some extras. Admission is free.

 

PAID:

Jan 20: Circle of Rhythm Community Drum Circle @ Inglewood Community Hall (1740 24 Ave SE) 7-9pm. Admission is $15, or $10 if you bring your own drum or have a $5 off coupon.

 

Post date: 2017/01/04 - 11:12

Hi all, 

While there are always lots of things going on around town, http://www.virtualmuseum.ca/ is a great place to go on the web to learn more about the people, places, and things of the world. It is a shared collection of the objects held in museums and heritage organizations across Canada, and it’s free!

If you are struggling with your budget, http://www.shoestringyyc.com/basics is a great resource to find free or affordable things around Calgary. Check it out and see if anything looks like it will help you out.

FREE:

Jan 13-15: Calgary Renovation Show @ BMO Centre. Fri Noon-9pm, Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 10am-6pm. Admission is $9, but we have a ton of free passes at the office contact me if you would like some, or just come by and pick them up from the reception area.

Jan 14: Trivia on Tap @ Oak Tree Tavern (124-10 St NW) Trivia is free, regular pub fare is regular pub prices. This venue is not wheelchair accessible. There are a ton of wheelchair accessible trivia nights around town, though! Let me know if you would like a list.

Jan 15-31: Pottery Sale @ Galleria Inglewood (907 9 Ave SE) If you haven’t been to the galleria before, it’s a wonderful collection of pottery and other artisan wares. A beautiful place to spend an hour, or buy memorable gifts.

PAID:

Jan 5- Feb 2: High Performance Rodeo @ various locations. Theatre, music and dance are all on display at Calgary’s yearly international festival of the arts. Visit https://www.hprodeo.ca/ for info on all of the events

Jan 9-23: Interactive Science Fiction History Course @ CommunityWise resrouce centre. Join Hamish Crawford on a journey through Science Fiction.  This course runs on Monday January 9, 16 & 23 from 5:30-8:30pm. Each class costs $5. Please RSVP by emailing the Calgary School of Informal Learning at  yyc.informallearning@gmail.com

Jan 12: Adults Only Night: Off the Grid @ Telus Spark. 6-10pm. Explore ways of living off-grid. Regular admission rates apply, we have passes available for lending at the office.

Jan 13-14: Soul Unlimited: Stevie Wonder to Ray Charles @ Jack Singer, Arts Commons. 8pm. ticket prices start at $25. Come see vocalist  Ellis Hall and conductor Bob Bernhardt bring classic R&B/Soul to Calgary. http://calgaryphil.com/event/soul-unlimited-stevie-wonder-to-ray-charles/2017-01-14/ for info and tickets.

Post date: 2016/12/28 - 13:36

Request for Volunteer Videographer

 

Request for Volunteer Videographers

The Opportunity

CASS is seeking volunteer videographers who loves to bring ideas to life through video. This opportunity includes collaborating with a range of CASS stakeholders such as staff, clients and community partners. You will use a combination of technical and artistic skills to translate and act on projects. The videos you would produce would be shared on CASS’s social media platforms and website to promote the agency and its impacts and successes. You will help tell the story of CASS.

This opportunity will allow you to refine your skills, work with a wide range of participants and further develop your portfolio of experience. Most importantly, you will be able to contribute to CASS’s mandate of building diverse and inclusive communities.

Who You Are

This Request for Videography Support seeks to identify existing CASS staff, clients or other stakeholders who have

1.       experience and expertise at capturing and editing video of sufficient quality to be released on CASS social media platforms.

2.       time and desire to engage in such work with CASS clientele and staff on a six month project / trial basis (2 – 3 hours per week). 

If Interested

Interested applicants should submit a written response telling us about any relevant experience and your interest in participating or taking part in training.

Send To

Please submit your response in writing, or by video by February 1, 2017.

Submissions and inquiries should be directed to the Communications Committee by email at coms@c-a-s-s.org

Post date: 2016/12/28 - 12:30

Hi everyone, 

It’s a new year, full of things to do around town. A favourite winter activity is heading down to the +15 system and checking out the downtown core from the inside. Foodcourts, art installations, malls, and Calgary’s distinct culture all indoors.

Canyon Meadows Cinema is also a good bet for a $5 movie and a relaxed atmosphere when it’s too cold to leave the house but cabin fever is setting in.

Calaway Park Passes are as cheap as they get until January 1st. For $39.95+gst. That is the price of a single admission! You can spend your summer enjoying unlimited rides outside if you plan ahead. After January 1st it will go up to $45.95+gst. Regular price is $115.95. visit http://www.calawaypark.com/ for more info, or stop by any Calgary Co-op location to get yours.

 

FREE:

Jan 5: Free First Thursday@ Glenbow Museum(130 9 Ave SE) 5-9pm. Modernism in Montreal, mid 20th century Alberta art, The Last Longest Day, walking on the Edge, and Power in Pictures are the exhibits currently on display.

Jan 7: Free class day @ Free Spirit Dance (#209 112 16 Ave NW). With over 15 classes to choose from, this free class day is a great sample of styles. All classes are first come first served, so come early to sign a waiver and register. Doors open at 9am, the last class starts at 5:30. You can find the dance studios’ website here: http://freespiritdance.ca/

PAID:

Jan 4: Doc Soup: Zero Days @ Globe Cinema (617 8 Ave SW) 7pm. A documentary about modern cyberwarfare is part of the Doc Soup film series presented by the Calgary International Film Festival. Admission is $15.

Jan 5: Swimming the Seas of Failure @ Loose Moose Theatre (1235 26 Ave SE). 8pm. A sarcastic look at one person’s failure at attaining the “perfect life”. $15.

Jan 6-8: The Motorcycle Show @ BMO Centre. Fri Noon-9pm, Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am-5pm. $15 admission, $13.85 pre-buy online, $12 at advanced ticket dealers found (with more information about the event) here: http://www.calgarymotorcycleshow.ca/advance_ticket_dealers/

Jan 8: Survival Plant Walk @ Pearce Estate Park (1440 17A St SE) Meet @ “Bow Habitat” sign at 11am to take a walk and learn about plant identification. This walk is by donation, and should last for about 2 hours.

Jan 8: $5 Drop in Yin Yoga class @ Yoga Passage (524 11 Ave SW) 4pm.

 

Post date: 2016/12/21 - 09:19

Short and sweet his holiday week--

FREE:

Dec 28: Farmer’s Market @ Parkdale (3512 5 Ave NW) 2-6:30 pm. Indoor Farmer’s market.

Dec 31: New Year’s Eve @ Olympic Plaza. Starts up at 7pm. There will be ice skating, an ice slide, fire spinning, a glow in the dark dance party, music and much more at the free indoor/outdoor party. There will even be fireworks at midnight!

Jan 1: Calgary Ice Breaker Polar Dip @ 100 Misty Morning Drive, Elbow Valley. 1pm. Warm drinks available for everyone. Watching the plunge is free. If you want to take the plunge, you will need to register for in advance and fundraise. Information about that can be found here: https://calgaryicebreaker.com/dip/ .

Jan 1: “Inside Out” Animated Film @ Olympic Plaza. 5 pm. There will be fire pits on site, but don’t forget to dress for the weather!

PAID:

Dec 26- Jan 1: The Mac’s Tournament @ Various Locations. Watch all of the AAA Action go down. Tickets are $10/day or $45 for the whole tournament. For all information check out http://macstournament.ab.ca/

Dec 31: Noon Year’s Eve @ Spark Science Centre. Starts at 9am, regular admission rates apply. There will be a countdown at noon for those of us who aren’t going to manage to still be awake at midnight! Please contact the resource facilitator if you need to use one of the CASS passes to get in for free.