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Post date: 2018/12/27 - 12:47

Hi Everyone,

The High Performance Rodeo has generously donated 3 flex passes (the equivalent of 12 tickets) to CASS, so that CASS clients can take part in this major Calgary cultural event, regardless of their ability to afford tickets. The passes are eligible for performances from January 9-27, of:


·         Live Your Prime, with Damien Frost

·         10-Minute Play Festival

·         How to Self-Suspend

·         This Little Piggy

·         God’s Lake

·         Crawlspace

·         Café Daughter

·         Sansei: The Storyteller

·         How to Disappear Completely

·         bug

·         Hammered Hamlet (Drunk Shakespeare)

·         Shane Koyczan

·         Mozart’s Birthday Party

·         Macbeth Muet

·         Cow Love

·         Broken Tailbone

·         Blood on the Dance Floor

·         Après La Deluge: The Buddy Cole Monologues


Please visit to find the time and date of the performance that you would like to attend (and more about each performance!), then contact Sarah Clark via email, or by calling CASS (403-283-0611). She will get your tickets reserved, to be picked up ahead of the performance. Please note: we need to reserve your tickets at least 48 hours in advance,so you will need to make the request to Sarah at least 4 days in advance to make sure that we can reserve it on time-- however, the more in advance you request tickets, the better-- they will go fast!

March of Dimes Calgary is looking to give away 8 free smart tablets to people whose quality of life would be improved by being able to access technology. Last year’s giveaway resulted in at least one CASS participant getting a brand new tablet. The deadline to submit your application is January 16, 2019. You can apply through

The City of Calgary is hosting a handful of free, fun New Year’s Eve events this year—a dance party at the new library, skating at Olympic plaza, and public art on display. You can get all of the info through

We have received free tickets to the Calgary Home Renovation Show which runs January 11-13. Please stop by reception to pick yours up. We have lots, but they go fast—first come, first served.



Jan 5: Free Class Day @ Free Spirit Dance (112 16 Ave NW) 8:30am-5pm. 18+, Please bring indoor shoes. See the full schedule here:

Jan 5: Southwood Winter Festival @Southwood Community Association (11 Sackville Drive SW) 2-5pm. Sleighrides, petting zoo, music and more. Please bring a non-perishable food donation for the Calgary Food Bank.

Jan 9: Money Mentors- Tackle Debt @ New Central Library (Room 0-13, 800 3 St SE) 6:30-7:30pm. Learn strategies for dealing with debt from a reputable source

Jan 14: We Were Children- Film showing and talking circle @ Dining Centre U of C. 7-9:30pm. This is a documentary about the experiences of First Nations children in the residential school system. Please register at


Dec 31: Noon Year’s Eve @ Telus SPARK Science Centre. For those of us who won’t make it to midnight this year, this is a great party with a countdown at noon and a dance party on a bubblewrap floor!Regular Admission rates apply, or you can sign out one of CASS’ community connections passes to get in for free. See you there! 

Jan 4-6: Calgary Motorcycle Show @ BMO Centre, Fri Noon-9pm, Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am-5pm. has all of the details.

Please note that I will be away until Mid-January, so these weekly events listing will be on hold until then.

Happy New Year!


Post date: 2018/12/17 - 11:12

Hi Everyone,

Supported Lifestyleshas released their winter 2019 personal development classes. They include a women’s group, Speak Up, Sexual Education, Anger Management, Men’s group and BUDS group. Classes are $10 each. The deadline to apply is January 9th. Please see the attachments for more info and application forms.

Banff Mount Norquayhas a discount program one Wednesday per month throughout the Winter called Cool2Carpool, where you can get lift tickets for an entire car full of people for $50, or for $10 if you take the shuttle from Banff. Cool2Carpool days this season are December 19, January 9, February 13, March 13, and April 10. See for details.

Winsportalso has some great deals, if you can’t get all the way out into the mountains. Servus Ski Wednesdays, January 9, January 30, February 20, March 6, & March 20, you can get lift tickets for $12 from 3-9pm.

The Para Bobsleigh World Cupis also being hosted at Winsport this year, you can get more info on dates and times here:

There is public skating and discounted swim times at City of Calgary facilities throughout the winter as well, all listed on


November 29-January 12:Deck the Walls group Exhibition @ Newzones Gallery (730 11 Ave SW) Come by and see some great new art. The gallery is open Tues-Fri 10:30-5pm, and on Saturdays from 11:30-4:30. has all of the info and a taste of the art you’ll see.

Dec 22: Christmas in Kensington@ 10st St NW & Kensington Road, Noon-4pm. Wagon rides, free movies at the Plaza theatre, hot chocolate and a ton of fun. has all of the details.


Dec 26-Jan 6: Unboxed@ Telus SPARK Science Centre. Find creative uses for your holiday recyclables. Featuring a giant snow globe in the main atrium. Regular admission rates apply, or contact the CASS Resource Facilitator to sign out one of our community connections passes to get in for free. If you have any extra cardboard, please consider donating it to the science centre to help support this fun annual activity.

 Dec 30: Floatables @ Repsol Centre ()  The pool gets taken over for a day by inflatable floating structures to wild out on. Regular admission rates apply.






Post date: 2018/12/10 - 11:24

Hi Everyone,

As the year wraps up and slows down, so do the free and financially accessible events in Calgary, but there are a few ideas in here to help you wind down and enjoy the start of Winter.



Dec 18: A Bright Magical Christmas @ Olympic Plaza (228 8 Ave SE) 3-5pm. Free hot chocolate, snacks, and carolling from the staff and students of ABM College.

Dec 22: Farmers & Makers Market @ cSpace (1721 29 Ave SW) 10am-1pm.

Dec 22: The Sadlier Brown Band’s Xmas jam @ The Ship & Anchor Pub (534 17 Ave SW) 2-6pm.

Dec 23: Vegan Holiday Bake Sale @ #307, 508 24 Ave SW Noon-3:30pm. Admission is free, but buying bake sale items will require that you bring cash—no debit or credit available.


Dec 20: Duck Soup @ Globe Cinema (617 8 Ave SW) 7-9pm. Admission is $12 for this classic Marx Brothers comedy. You can get tickets through

Dec 22: Rotary Park’s Fun Old Fashioned Family Christmas Show @ Ironwood Stage & Grill (1229 9 Ave SE) 2-4pm. Admission is $10.

Dec 22-23: The Heebee-Jeebees’ 25th Anniversary @ Bella Concert Hall (4825 Mount Royal Gate SW) An Acapella performance. Donations will be accepted for the Calgary Food Bank. Tickets start at $15.

Dec 23: A Perfectly Frank Christmas @ River Park Church (3818 14A St SW) 3pm and 7 pm. Presented by the Calgary Jazz Orchestra. Tickets start at $27.50



Post date: 2018/12/05 - 11:44

Hi Everyone, 

Beginning on January 16th, Meagan Kinsella will be offering an art class at CASS based on the therapeutic principles of Lucia Capacchione .Please see the attached poster with more information about this wonderful opportunity.

Kevin A. will be showing his loom knitting at CASS again on Wednesday, December 12th from  11:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Kevin has knitted hats, mittens, scarves, and a queen size blanket. He will be having ademonstration of simple loom knitting. Adult and children’s hats will be for sale at $10 each.

Village Square Leisure Centre has their winter program guide out now. Please see the schedule attached to this message for details.



Dec 10: Luminous Voices Community Sing @ New Central Library (800 3 St SE) 3-4:30 pm. Free singing lessons from a chamber choir.

Dec 14 & 15: Junior Luge World Cup @ WinSport (88 Olympic Rd SW) get all of the info and race times at

Dec 15: Learn Conversational Tagalog @ Arts Commons Boardroom (205 8 Ave SE) 10-11am. For more info or to register, go to

Dec 16: Christmas Show & Family Fun Skate @ WinSport (88 Olympic Rd SW) 4-5:30pm. You will need to complete a registration form to attend this event. You can find them through


Dec 13: Adults Only Night: The Greatest Hits @ Telus SPARK Science Centre (220 St Georges Dr NE)6-10pm. re-explore your favourite adults only night activities from the past year. Regular admission rates apply, or sign out one of CASS’ community partnership passes.

Dec 13-14: Christmas at the movies @ Decidedly Jazz Danceworks (111 12 Ave SE) 7:30pm. The Calgary Men’s Chorus will sing music from well-loved Christmas movie soundtracks. Tickets are $15 through

Dec 14: Con Air @ The Hangar Flight Museum (4629 McCall Way NE) 7 pm. Admission by donation to this monthly movie screening. To see upcoming movies, please see

Dec 14-16: Market Collective @ BMO Centre (20 Roundup Way SW) Fri 4-9pm, Sat & Sun 10am-6pm. $5 admission

Dec 15: 5th Anniversary Sale @ Mission Thrift Store (3423 26 Ave SW) 50% off everything in the thrift store.

Dec 15: Welcome: A Seasonal Greeting @ River Park Church (3818 14a St SW) 7pm. The Calgary Multicultural Choir will be singing with Harmony GuZheng Ensemble. $15.

Dec 15: Sled Island Gong Show @! The Palomino (109 7 Ave SW) 9pm. Admission is $10 for this nonsensical talent show.




Post date: 2018/11/27 - 14:18

Hi Everyone,

The Christmas light displays are starting up for the season—for a fairly comprehensive list of displays, go to and bask in the early nights as we head into winter.

International Day of People with Disabilities is just around the corner—this years’ event is being held at the New Central Library this year on Monday December 3, from 10:30am-3:30pm. Featuring art, performances, information tables, and more! Come and celebrate! See poster attached for more details. 


Don’t forget that the CASS client holiday party is coming up onDecember 13th, from 5-8 pm, at the Crossroads Community Association (1803 14 Ave NE) Ugly Christmas Sweaters are encouraged, but not necessary, just bring yourself and your holiday spirit! Dinner and dancing will be involved as usual,  and there will be small gift baskets raffled off at the event again this year, so bring a few dollars if you want to take part in the raffle.

Please RSVP by calling the CASS office at (403) 283-0611or emailing by December 1st so that we can make sure that we are planning for the right amount of people.

The Crossroads Community Association is served by Calgary Transit Access and Calgary Transit bus routes #19 & #33. You can plan your trip on , or contact me via email or by calling the office to help you navigate there and back. There is also plenty of parking at the venue.

Please note that while this event will not be serving alcohol, it is an 18+ only event.




December 1, 8, 15 & 22: Christmas Market Saturdays @ cSPACE (1721 29 Ave SW) 10am-1pm. Every Saturday in December this Farmers & Makers Market will have 4 floors of music, art classes, markets and more.

Dec 3: 30th Annual Menorah Lighting @ City Hall (800 MacLeod Tr SE) 5:30pm. has all of the info.

Dec 6: An Overview of Inclusive Post-secondary Education: Promoting Higher Learning for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities @ The Ability Hub (#300, 3820 24 Ave NW) 6:30-8:30pm. You can register for this free presentation here:

Dec 8: Ultimate Christmas Market @ The Genesis Centre (7555 Falconridge Blvd NE) 10am-6pm.  

Dec 8: Music Video Dance Party @ The Rec Room (1180- 901 64 Ave NE) Doors at 10pm.  A throwback dance party with all of the favourites from the 80’s to today.

Dec 9: Holiday Fest ‘n Film @ St Patrick’s Island. The Fest part is from noon-2, followed by the movie part (Smallfoot) from 2-4. Bring your own blankets/cushions/seating and warm up by the fire pits. has all of the info.

December 9: NorthWestival @ University District Discover Centre (4410 University Ave NW) 1-6pm. Activities, cabane a sucre stations, hay rides, food trucks and more. Admission is free with a jar  of unopened peanut butter to donate to I Can for kids—please be aware of allergens at this event!

Dec 9: “Calgary Through the Eyes of Writers” Book Launch @ New Central Library (800 3 St SE) 2pm. Learn about Calgary and some of the great authors that write from here. RSVP through


Dec 5: Annual Food Bank Benefit Show @ The Ship & Anchor Pub (534 17 Ave SW) 9pm. Bring a non perishable food item or cash donation to get in to this local music event.

Dec 6-9: Make It Calgary Market @ Deerfoot City (901 64 Ave NE) $5. Thurs & Fri 11am-9pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-5pm. For more info about the vendors at this handmade market, go to

Dec 7: Annual Holiday Open House @ Momentum (#16 2936 Radcliffe Dr. SE) 3:30-6pm. Food and activities, and a chance to check out what Momentum has been up to this year. For more info and to register please go to

Dec 7-19: Market Collective @ BMO Centre (20 Roundup Way SW) $5. Fri 4-9pm, Sat & Sun 10am-6pm. For a peek at the goods that will be sold at this market, go to

Dec 8: Toy Drive for the Women’s Centre of Calgary @ The Palomino (109 7 Ave SW) Doors @ 8pm. Admission to this live local music event is either $15 or an unwrapped gift for a kid 0-17. This venue is 18+.

Dec 9: Teddy Bear Toss @ Scotiabank Saddledome (555 Saddledome Rise SE) 2pm. Cheer on the hitmen and bring a teddy bear to donate to a local hospital or charity. Game tickets are $15.

Dec 9: Roller Dance Session @ Vecova (3304 33 St NW) 11am-2pm. Admission is $12 +gst, and skate rentals are $5.



Post date: 2018/11/22 - 12:22

Hi Everyone, 

CASS is starting a Friendships & Dating workshop series! Please see the attached info sheet, application form, and schedules. The workshop program will begin January 15th, and applications will be due on December 18th. There will be an information session for participants, parents and/or guardians who are interested in finding out more, at the CASS office on December 11 at 2pm.

CASS is looking for Jigsaw Puzzle donations. If you have any puzzles kicking around (with all of the pieces, please!) contact the CASS Resource Facilitator to donate.

The Cerebral Palsy Association has announced their Winter/Spring programming. Programs range from gardening, music, art, and social meetups.  Check out for more info.

Columbia College has free workshops on Saturdays-The workshops range from health a wellness to computer skills and more. You can find the upcoming workshops and more information at

The PDD review is still open for engagement until December 7th, and there will be in-person community conversations about your services on November 27th and 28th at the Ramada Plaza (3515 26 St NE) Let PDD know what you need from them!

Safe4Life has a self-defence class coming up: December 1, 9am-1pm (register or find more info at  The class will cost $99.

Bob Bahan Pool will be closed for maintenance from Monday, December 3 until Mid-January for maintenance. Please plan accordingly.

Autism Calgary has partnered with Calgary Co-op to start up a food pantry. Check out for more details.



Dec 1: Pet Photos with Santa @ Pisces Pet Emporium ( 4921 Skyline Way NE) 11am-3pm. 1 free picture with a non-perishable food bank donation.

Dec 1: Himalayan Bazaar @ Glamorgan Community Hall (4207 41 Ave SW) 10am-5pm. Arts and crafts from Himalayan Nepal and Tibet.

Dec 1: YYC Alternative Christmas Market @ Inglewood Community Centre (1740 24 Ave SE) 10am-4pm.

Dec 2: Salon and Sale @ Wildflower Arts Centre (3363 Spruce Dr SW) 10am-4pm. look at, and maybe even buy art work from Wildflower artists. Artists will also be available to chat about their art and processes.

Dec 2: Winter Sale @ Wolf Willow Studio (9 Spruce Centre) 10 am-4pm. Great natural and local finds.

Dec 2: Hot Chocolate with Santa @ Renfrew Community Hall (811 Radford Road NE) 10am-1pm. Crafts, games, carols and more.


Nov 27: Jazz Night @ Ambrose University (Airheart Theatre, 150 Ambrose Circle SW)7:30pm. Tickets for the performance are $15.

Nov 28-Dec 4: CUFF Documentary Film Festival @ Globe Cinema (617 8 Ave SW). Tickets are $10 for each show, multi-show passes are available as well.

Nov 29: Out for Lunch Tour: The Arctic @ Glenbow Museum (130 9 Ave SE) Admission is $5 for this curated tour through “The Arctic: Real and Imagined” exhibit. Free for members.

Dec 1-2: Calgary Expo Holiday Market @ BMO Centre. 10am-5 pm. This is the Winter market for all of the Comic Expo fans out there! Tickets are $10.

Dec 2: Community Christmas Market @ Triwood Community Centre (2244 Chicoutimi Drive NW) 10am-4pm. Admission is by donation to the Animal Rescue Foundation.



Post date: 2018/11/08 - 12:48

Hi Everyone,

The Holiday markets continue!

Don’t miss out-- Kevin A will be showing his loom knitting at CASS on Thursday November 15 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Kevin has knitted hats, mittens, scarves, and a queen size blanket.  He will be having a demonstration of simple loom knitting.  Adult and children’s hats will be for sale at $10 each.

Have you been wondering what the signs around town saying “Yes” and “No” are all about? Calgary will be holding a plebiscite (direct vote) on November 13th to find out whether or not there is community support for hosting the 2026 Winter Paralympics and Olympics. The elections workers and Access Calgary have been hard at work making sure that voting is as accessible as possible in the short time frame they have had to organize this vote. Polling stations will be open from 8am-8pm. You can find your polling station at .

Please see for more information about accessibility and a general overview of the process at the polling station.

If you want to know what some of the pros and cons of hosting the Olympics and Paralympics here are, has a link to an engagement toolkit that you can use to discuss the bid with family and friends.



Nov 22: Holiday Craft Market @ SAIT (Heritage Hall 1301 16 Ave NW) 10am-4pm.

Nov 22: Tree Decorating @ the CORE (900 333 7 Ave SW) Lighting big Christmas trees, live entertainment and fireworks! 4-7pm.

Nov 24: MoMo Movement Community Day @ Alexandra Centre (922 9 Ave SE) 11am-2pm. workshops, performances, drafts, and more.

Nov 24: Winter greens and festive lights market @ Westminster Presbyterian church (290 Edgepark Blvd NW) 10am-3pm.

Nov 24: Holiday Market @ West Hillhurst Community Association (1940 6 Ave NW) 10 am-3pm.

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

Nov 24: Vegan Holiday Market @ Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre (197 1 St SW) 11am-4pm.



Nov 22: Calgary Story Slam @ Trolley 5 (728 17 Ave SW) Admission is $5. Come to hear people’s short stories or share your own. The theme this time is “loose ends”.

Nov 24: Starfleet Confidential @ The Alexandra Centre (922 9 Ave SE) 8pm.  Admission is $10. Improvised Star Trek parody show.



Post date: 2018/11/07 - 12:09

Hi Everyone, 

On November 13th, Calgarians will have a chance to vote in a non-binding plebiscite (a direct vote about an important issue) so that the City of Calgary can see if there is support for hosting the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter games.

The non-binding part of this vote means that they are just looking to see if there is support- this vote will not decide the fate of Calgary’s bid for the games. Some of the reasons for this are: Even if Calgarians want the games, there may be things in the way of Calgary bidding to be a host City, and if Calgarians don’t want the games, there may be things that change before the bid that would make the opportunity more appealing. Let the City of Calgary know what you want, so that it can help inform this big decision!

There is some important information about the voting process--

Access Calgary: for voting day, Access Calgary will allow a 30 minute turnaround time to polling stations (Regular turnaround time between drop off and pickup is 1 hour). You can request more time than this, but there is now an option for quick turnaround on election days. If you get to your polling station and you think you need more time than you have booked, please call Access Calgary at (403) 537-7777 and cancel your pick up so that you don’t have to leave early without voting. You will be waitlisted for the next available trip. Access Calgary cannot guarantee pickups on that short notice, but they are aware that this is important and are working to make voting accessible for their users.  You can start booking your trips for voting day on Friday November 9. Please note that Access Calgary’s bookings line will be closed on Sunday November 11th for Remembrance Day. Trips for voting will need to be booked by 1 pm on Monday, November 12.

To find your polling station or to get more information about the voting process for this plebiscite, you can go to . For specific questions that you can’t find the answers to online, please call the elections office at (403) 476-4100.

What happens when I get to my polling station?

Your experience may not go exactly the way it has been described below, but in general you can expect:


  1.     When you enter your polling station an elections worker will ask to see your ID to make sure you are at the right place, and direct you to line up to get your ballot.
  2.    When you get your ballot, you can ask this elections worker questions, and make accessibility requests.
  3.     You will go to the voting booth, and fill in your ballot. The ballots for this plebiscite only have two options, and you will need to fill in the option that you want by filling in the bubble completely.
  4.    From here, you will go to deposit your ballot in a machine that will read and count your vote. It’s a lot like a “scantron” machine, so make sure that you have filled the bubble in completely and not jut marked an “X”, as you may be used to doing.


Accessibility issues:

Not all polling stations are wheelchair accessible, or they may have other barriers to accessibility.   However, if your polling station does not meet your accessibility needs, you can still vote at you polling station! You can either send someone in for you to request that election workers come outside to you to bring your ballot, or you can call the election office at (403) 476-4100 and they will contact the polling station to send election workers out to you with your ballot. If you are wondering about your polling station, please call (403) 476-4100 to ask about the accessibility of your particular location before you go. Please call as early as possible, they will be very busy on voting day.  You can find out where your polling station is by going to

Will people who need support to mark their ballot be able to get that support? Yes. You can ask someone that you trust to come into the voting booth with you to help you read, understand, and/or mark your ballot.

Mail in ballots- requests are due by noon on the 13th. Call (403) 476-4100 to request yours. The earlier you make your request the better.

Accessible ballot marking devices? They are only available at advance polling stations, not on the  November 13 voting day. However, on voting day you will be able to bring someone that you trust to come into the voting booth with you to help you read, understand, and/or mark your ballot.

Can you describe the accessible ballot marking devices? Paddle board, braille, “sip & puff”.

There will be polling stations in hospitals and long-term care facilities.


Post date: 2018/11/06 - 11:51

Don't miss the November CASS Report - client artwork is on the first page!!

Also, details for the upcoming CASS Christmas party are included! Call Reception to RSVP!



Post date: 2018/11/05 - 11:40

Hi Everyone,

Holiday Craft Fair Season is upon us! Check one out in your neighbourhood if you are looking for something to do this weekend.



Nov 13-18: Marda Loop Justice Film Festival@ Various Locations. An Annual festival of engaging films.

Nov 15-Dec 23: Calgary Christmas Market@ Calgary Farmers Market (510 77 Ave SE) 9am-5pm. Runs Thurs-Sun.

Nov 17: Artisan Holiday Market and Free Day of Dance@ Marlborough Park Community Association (6021 Madigan Dr NE) 11am-5pm. A unique market with free beginner dance lessons throughout the day.

Nov 17: Christmas Market @ Balzac Community Hall(10075 Township Rd 262, Balzac) 10am-4pm.

Nov 17-18: Handmade Here Holiday Show and Sale@ Triwood Community Hall (2244 Chicoutimi Dr NW) 10am-5pm.

Nov 17-18: Artisans Christmas Sale@ Bragg Creek Centre  (23 White Ave, Bragg Creek) 10am-5pm.


Nov 16: Pyrogy Supper & Bazaar@Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church (704 6 St NE) 5-9pm. $15 for a plate of pyrogies, cabbage rolls and sausage, or get some takeout. Cash only.

Nov 16- Dec 2: International Christmas Market@ Spruce Meadows. Fri 10am-8pm, Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 10am-5pm. Admission is $12 at the gate, or $10 in advance through

Nov 17: Authentically Indigenous Holiday Craft Show and Marketplace@ Kerby Centre (1133 7 Ave SW) 10am-5pm.