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Post date: 2017/05/03 - 17:19

Hi Everyone, 

The Calgary Ability Network is back!  If you are interested in being a part of collaborative groups addressing Poverty Reduction, Transportation, Recreation, or Human Rights, Check out or call 403 219 3606. These groups are open to everyone, and occur during the day. 

Starting in June, you can take a bus to Banff for $10! Starting in Okotoks, with stops in Calgary, Cochrane and perhaps even Canmore, there will be ~13 round trips every day to start until they can work out what the demand will be. I will post more info as it becomes available.

The Disability Action Hall’s Speak Out Event will be held on June 2 this year. The theme this year is: ”Humanity & Me”, and is a celebration of the people who have created the rich disability history in Alberta. The event will be held at the Lougheed House (707 13 Ave SW) from 10am-3pm. There are some free tickets available for people with low incomes, and support workers get in for free. General admission will be $4 at the door. Please join us in celebrating the people who have made CASS and our larger communities what they are today.

Continuing on the Basketball hoop hunt, this week I have a list of some great spots in the NE:

Renfrew Aquatic Centre(810 13 Ave NE)

Abbeydale Community Association(821 Abbeydale Dr NE)

Monterey Park(@ Laguna Way/200 block of Los Alamos Way)

Temple Community Association167 Templegreen Rd NE)

Calgary Rotary Challenger Park Society(3688 48 Ave NE)—You will need to call ahead and book the basketball hoops at a rate of $52.50/hour.

Shaw Campus(2400 37 Ave NE)

Please keep telling me your favourite spots for summer activities!



May 15:Indigenous Career Fair @ SAIT. Noon-4pm. Bring your resume to get advice on it, or to leave it with potential employers.

May 16:The Market on Stephen Ave is back! Every second Tuesday from 11am-5pm, Stephen Ave will be flooded with people and things. If you enjoy the hustle and bustle of a busy market street, this is a great way to spend the day.

May 20: Razuna’s Ramadan Bazaar@ Kingsland Farmers Market (505 78 Ave SW). Art, Food & Culture of the Middle East.


May 19 & 20: Raiders of the Lost Ark- Original Film with Orchestra@ Jubilee Auditorium. Fri @ 7:30pm, Sat @ 2pm. Tickets start at $20, and can be found through

May 20: Serbian Fest@ St. Simeon Mirotocivi Serbian Orthodox Church (16025 243 Ave E, De Winton, Ab (Just south of Cranston). 11am-5pm. Food, Dance, Sprots & Entertainment. Admission is $5.




Post date: 2017/05/01 - 15:57


Check out May's CASS Report for a great summer time recipe, an article on linking exercise to a healthy mind and information on training for staff at CASS!


Post date: 2017/05/01 - 14:26

Ok. I think it’s actually spring now, and that calls for active, relaxing days at the park.

There are Saturday beginner birdwatching courses throughout the city fo r$26.25 that you can register for here:

Whether you are looking for a day at the beach, or a hike on paved pathways or through a wild coulee, there is always something to explore. You can find a list of major parks by quadrant here:, and a list of every park that the City of Calgary maintains here: (Please note: Prairie Winds Park is still under construction, and Confluence Park will have goats again this year!)

Sled Islandis on its way, June 21-25. They are always looking for volunteers, if you would like to get in to the festival for free. This volunteer opportunity requires a significant time investment. Please see details.

There are some great spots for free outdoor basketball in Calgary. This week I will focus on North West Calgary spots, and each upcoming week I will have a new quadrant of the city for you to explore. I will not be including hoops set up at schools, although once schools are out for the summer, your basketball options will open up greatly.

Royal OakBasketball Playground @ 61 Royal Birkdale Dr NW

HamptonsOutdoor Rink @ Hamptons Blvd NW

John Laurie Park@ Edgemont Drive & Edgemont Blvd NW

Shouldice Aquatic Centre@ 5303 Bowness Rd NW

Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association@ 1320 5 Ave NW.

Do you have a favourite spot to shoot hoops? I’d love to hear about it from you!


May 12-14: CBC Calgary Reads Big Book Sale@ Calgary Curling Club (720 3 St SW) Fri & Sat 9am-9pm, Sun 9am-1pm. More information about this epic book sale can be found here:, including volunteer opportunities.

May 13: Calgary Stampeders Fan Fest@ McMahon Stadium (1817 Crowchild Trail). 8:30am-1pm.  Pancake breakfast from 8:30-9:30, then activities on the field until 1pm. Don’t miss this opportunity to kick off the season! See more details.

May 13: New Brighton Community Street Market@ New Brighton Club (2 New Brighton Drive, SE) A bike Swap compliments this outdoor market- all are welcome. There will also be garage sales throughout the community.

May 13: Deer Run Community Garage Sale@ Deer Run Community Association (2223 146 Ave SE) Starts at 8am.

May 13: Westwinds Family Fun Day@ Park 96 (14660 Parkland Blvd SE) Noon-5pm. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the park and live music from the Westwinds choirs and concert bands.

May 13 & 14: Horde at the Hive@ Chinook Honey Company (386087 16 St W, Okotoks, AB) Viking Re-enactments! Food! Mead! Enjoy! The Facebook page for the event is here:   

May 13: Bears Paw Mother’s Day Artisan Market@ Bearspaw Lions Hall (25240 Nagway Rd NW) Market opens at 10:30am.


May 11-13 African Film Festival@Globe Cinema (617 8 Ave SW). These films showcase Nigerian, Tanzanian, and other African & diaspora cinema. Tickets are $10 per film, or $35 for all four. For more info, check out



Post date: 2017/04/25 - 15:18

Spring is here-ish, and that means that Jane’s walks are back. The tenth anniversary of these local walks runs from May 5-7, and there is something for everyone. You can search for a walk near you by going to . Meet people, learn more about Calgary’s history, present and future.

With spring comes outdoor sports! There is a full listing of parks with outdoor fitness equipment in them here: . get some exercise while enjoying the outdoors.

Please let me know if you are interested in Escape Rooms-- We have a project brewing with one in our neighbourhood. Check your CASS email for more information, please.



May 2: Alberta Theatre Projects Block Party @ Olympic Plaza. 11:30am-1:30pm. Celebrate the company’s new theatre season, and enjoy a free BBQ lunch and live music.

May 5: Bike to Work Day @ Eau Claire Festival Plaza (139 Barclay Parade). Free breakfast, live music and more to celebrate bicycling as transportation. See for more info.

May 6: Dog Fest @ Triwood Arena (2244 Chicoutimi Drive NW). Come check out the world of fancy dogs and their accessories. This event is free for humans, and $10/dog. has all of the info.

May 7: Mount Pleasant Potter’s Guild Spring Market @ Triwood Community Hall (2244 Chicoutimi Dr NW) 10am-4pm, complimentary refreshments available.


May 5&6: Calgary International Beer Fest @ BMO Centre. Fri 3-10pm, Sat 1-9pm. Admission varies ($20-$50) and can be purchased here: Over 500 beers, as well as food from 30 local restaurants.

May 5-7: Calgary Rock and Lapidary Show’s annual Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show @ Vivo (11950 Country Village Link NE) Tickets are $7/day, or you can volunteer for a two hour shift to get into the show for free on the day that you volunteer. Check out for more info about volunteering at the show.

May 6: Calgary Bike Swap @ City Centre Parkade (340 10 Ave SW). 8am-4pm. Admission is $2, $15 to rack your bike for sale. This is a fun community event if you are looking to get a new bike, or just want to see what’s out there.

May 6: Calgary Barn Dance @ Thorncliffe Greenview Community Association (5600 Centre St N). 6:30-10:30. Let the Bow Valley Fiddlers bring you into party mode for the weekend. Admission is $20. 

Post date: 2017/04/21 - 09:33

Deaf & Hear Alberta is offering an immersive ASL summer camp again this year. Camps will run August 8-11 and 14-17. Whether you have a background in ASL or not, there will be something for everyone at the camp. The cost is$250 if you register before June 30. If you are interested in the camp, but cannot afford the fee, please ask about financial assistance. More info can be found on the attached poster.   


Apr 29: World Tai Chi & QiGong Day @ Calgary Canoe Club (7305 Crowchild Trail SW) from 10am-Noon, you can be a part of a worldwide practice. Please visit to register.

Apr 29: 8th Annual Calgary Vegan Bake Sale @ Community Natural Foods, Chinook location. The bake sale starts at 11am, and proceeds go to The Alice sanctuary and the Free Spirit Sanctuary. More info can be found at . Please bring your own reusable containers.

Apr 29: Himalayan Bazaar @ Glamorgan Community Hall (4207 41 Ave SW). 10 am-5pm. Jewellery, scarves, stones, beads and more.

Apr 29: St. Andrews Heights Artists’ Society Spring Art Show @ Holy Cross Anglican Church (2828 19 St NW) 10am-4pm. Info can be found at

Apr 29: Calgary Creative Arts Guild Spring Show @ Montgomery Community Centre (5003 16 Ave NW) 10am-4pm. While admission is free, donations to the Veteran’s food bank are welcome at the event. See for more about the Calgary Creative Arts Guild.

Apr 29: “Astrophysics on the Cutting Edge” Open House @ Rothney Astrophysical Observatory (Priddis, Ab). The cost is $20 per car for this event, which runs from 8pm-11pm. For more information on this and other events at the observatory, check out


Apr 25: True Grit: The lives behind the comics @ The Plaza Theatre (1133 Kensington Rd NW). Tickets are $20 and can be found through  to hear this behind-the scenes speaker’s panel on what it takes to make a career in comic art. 

Apr 27-30: The Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo @ BMO Centre Tickets start at $20 for a one day pass. Please see the Expo’s accessibility policy at to find out more about how to navigate the event with direct support workers, and any other questions you may have before you go.

April 29-30: Garden Show @ Spruce Meadows. The Calgary Horticultural Society is ready to help get you started on your garden. Tickets in advance are $18 and can be found through or $20 at the door.


Post date: 2017/04/13 - 16:14

April 17-23 Events and Activities

HI Everyone,

Money Mattersis presenting their workshop series again beginning on May 31st. If you or someone you know self-identifies as having experienced mental health or addictions challenges, they are welcome to come and learn more about budgeting, assets, banking, credit, debt management and consumerism. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

“Signing Naturally” ASL courses are coming to SCOPE beginning April 24th. These immersive “no voice” courses are fun and interactive. Please see the attachment for more information.

Tuesday April 18th will be CASS’ Advisory Forum’s 2nd Annual Park Cleanup Day. We will meet at the office at Noon, or at the parking lot of Airways park (corner of 27th Avenue and 16th St NE) at 12:15. There will be coffee and tea and time outdoors with friends while we pitch in to help keep our community clean. Please email if you plan on attending so that we can make sure that we have enough supplies for everyone.

The Calgary Comic Expois coming up fast! For more information, head over to for the general scoop. If you want to know more about the Calgary Expo’s accessibility policy, you can head directly to . If you require a direct support to be with you at the event, let them know and one direct support person can get complimentary entrance to the expo with you. If you are looking to volunteer is the place to check out what you might be able to help out with.



April 22: Beacon Original Art Annual Spring Show and Sale@ Bridgeland Riverside Community Association (917 Centre Ave NE) 10am-4pm. Art of all mediums will be on display.


Apr 21 & 22: Ujamaa Grandmas’ Fabric and Yarn Sale@ Woodcliff United Church (5010 Spruce Drive SW). Fri 2:30-7:30pm, Sat 9am-2:30pm. This is the best place to go to build your crafting stash all year! Admission is $2 and the space is bursting with fabric, yarn and notions. All proceeds go to the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

Apr 22: Improv Games@ Festival Hall (1215 10 Ave SE) 8pm. Come and see improve comedians battle it out. You can get tickets for $20 from

Apr 22-23: YYC Spring Frenzy@ Riverwalk Plaza, East Village. From 11am-7pm vome down to this yearly food truck festival that boasts live music and lots of other entertainment. Admission is $5.

Apr 22-23: Acadia Vintage Retro and Antiques Show@ Acadia Recreation Complex (240 90 Ave SE) Admission is $6. Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm.  More information is available at

Apr 22-25: Calgary Spoken Word Festival@ Various locations Ticket prices vary by event, starting at $5. Please visit for more information.


Post date: 2017/04/12 - 12:54
CASS is hosting a series of 7 money management workshops for individuals who have experienced mental health or addictions challenges.Dollar Sign
When:   May 31st – July 12th
Time:  13:00 – 15:00 (1pm to 3pm)
Where:  CASS Office 2335 – 30th Avenue NE, Calgary AB


May 31st:  Budgeting 1 – What’s Your Money Personality?
June 7th:  Budgeting 2 – Learn to Tell Your Money Where to Go
June 14th:  Assets – Discovering Your True Wealth
June 21st:  Banking – Understanding Your Options
June 28th:  Credit – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
July 5th:  Debt Management – Yes, There is a Way
July 12th:  Consumerism – Moving Towards Simplicity
For more information, or to register, contact:
Phone: 403.283.0611
Post date: 2017/04/05 - 10:33


Post date: 2017/04/03 - 14:28

Happy Easter, everyone.

Please enjoy your upcoming long weekend with some of these free or affordable activities going on around town.



April 3-28: This is My City Art Festival 2017 @ Various Locations. Come celebrate and take part in “art from the margins”. More info on exhibits and group activities can be found here:

Apr 10 – May 1: Book Donations accepted @ Outpost Tent- Crossroads Market (1235 26 Ave SE) 10 am-5pm. Bring your gently used books to donate to the 15th anniversary SAS Book Drive. The sale will run from May 5-7.

Apr 12: Focus on Safety: Fraud @ Forest Lawn Library (4807 8 Ave SE) 6:30-8:30pm. Find out how to be aware of fraud and learn some preventative strategies. Please register by emailing

Apr 12: Live Art @ Rumble House (1136 8 Ave SW) 7:30-10:30pm. Drop in and watch art in action! At the end of the event, the artist(s) will auction off the work that they have created.

Apr 13: GATTACA @ The Globe Cinema (617 8 Ave SW) doors at 6pm. Admission and popcorn are free. This film is being presented as part of “Science in the Cinema”.  See for more details.

Apr 13: Adults Only Night: The Final Frontier @ Telus Spark Science Centre. Come learn more about our inspirational solar system. This event is a regular admission event ($19.95) but is free if you use one of CASS’ Community Partnership memberships. Please contact me if you would like to sign one out. If you choose to explore the Star Trek exhibit, it will cost $5/person even with the pass.

Apr 14: Easter at the Market @ Calgary Farmer’s Market (510 77 Ave SE) 10 am-3pm. Enjoy the celebration and bring a non-perishable food donation to get a picture with the Easter Bunny.

Apr 15: Classic Simpsons Trivia @ Dickens Pub (1000 9 Ave SW). Get a team together of up to 8 people to answer trivia questions and enjoy some episodes. There is no cover charge, but you will have to pay for any food/drinks you have. There is an elevator if needed. Please have a plan to let Dickens staff know so that they can bring it up to ground level for you when you get there.


Apr 14-15 Easter Eggstravanaga @ The Calgary Zoo. Don’t miss the bunny races! 9am-2pm. All info can be found here:

April 15: Taste of Jamaica @ Thorncliffe Greenview Community Association (5600 Centre St N) Noon-8pm. Admission is $15 and includes a serving of authentic Jamaican food. There will be dance, music, activities and a kids area, all geared towards giving a taste of Jamaican culture.

April 17-23 Calgary Underground Film Fest @ The Globe Cinema (617 8 Ave SW) Ticket and pricing info can be found here: There are 40 films, 20 shorts, and even a Saturday Morning Cartoon event, complete with a custom arcade!


Post date: 2017/03/30 - 09:45

Hi Everyone, 

The CASS Dinner Club will be on April 5, 2017 at The Old Spaghetti Factory in Marlborough. You must RSVP by noon on April 4th by calling (403) 283-0611 (ask for the dinner club) or email to attend. Please arrive no earlier than 5:45 pm for the reservation.

Momentum ( is hosting a free info session on Wednesday April 5th. From 6:30-8:30pm about building and maintain healthy credit. If you have struggled with credit and debt, this information session is designed to give insight into what credit scores look at and how to get yours right.



Apr 1-9: Vintage and Antiques Sale @ Heritage Park. 10am-6pm. Furniture, china, toys and jewelry are available to look at or buy at the celebration tent in heritage park. Admission is free, but there is a suggested donation of $2. 

Apr 3-5: Dance @Noon @ FR Matthew Theatre, UofC. This free, noon-hour program showcases  the work of the junior students in the dance program.

Apr 3-27: This is my City Festival @ various locations.  Art “from the margins” will be on display throughout the city for the month of April. Visit to find out more about what is happening and where.


Apr 5: Wednesday Night Jazz Series @ Cliff Bungalow-Mission Community Association (2201 Cliff St, SW) 8pm. $15 admission, cash only. Come enjoy some of Calgary’s Jazz greats.

Apr 7-8: Dance @ Night @ University Theatre, UofC. 8pm. $15. This program showcases the work of the Seniors students in the dance program.

Apr 7-9: Make It! Handmade Market @ Big Four Building, Stampede Park. $5 admission at the door, $3 in advance at

Apr 8: Asian Night Market @ Chinese Cultural Centre (197 1 ST SW). 6-9pm. Admission is $5, plus whatever food tickets you wish to buy there. There will be a variety of cuisines to explore. For more information please visit

Apr 8: Tibetan Spring Bazaar @ Westgate Community Hall (4943 8 Ave SW) 10am-6pm. Adult admission is $2. Jewelry, crafts, food, and traditional Tibetan dances to explore.

Apr 8 & 9: Kitties n’ Blooms Cat Show @ Shouldice Arena (1515 Home Road NW) Adult admission is $6, Seniors $4, kids 6-12 $2. Sat 9:30am-5pm, Sunday 9am-4pm. You can find the spectators guide at: