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Post date: 2019/01/21 - 14:05

HI Everyone,

CASS has once again been accepted to be a Community Connections Partner with the Telus SPARK Science Centre. This means that we have passes that you can sign out from the office that will admit up to 6 people at once, per day. They are not to be used for staff personal use and we request that they be returned to the office within a week of sign out.

These passes include entry to dome shows, adults-only nights, and the upcoming “Circus Science under the big top” exhibit. Parking is not included with the use of the pass, and will cost $10 per vehicle. However, if you show a valid parking receipt when you use the pass, you will receive a $5 voucher to the Social Eatery or the Spark Store.

The City of Calgary is looking for feedback about allowing alcohol consumption at picnic sites. For more information, or to have your say in the matter, check out .

The Calgary compilation and performance of “The Democratic Set”, which was presented by this year’s High Performance Rodeo is up, at if you would like to see yourselves, your friends, and  your collaborators on screen.



Jan 30: Luminous Voices- Community Sing @ the new Central Library (800 3 St SE) 3:30-5pm. This is a free singing workshop, no experience required.

Jan 30: The Perks of Being a Wallflower @ The Plaza Theatre (1133 Kensington Rd NW) 6:30-9pm. This screening is part of the “Science in the Cinema” program, and will be followed by a discussion about youth mental health with professionals.

Jan 31- Feb 2: Particle + Wave Media Arts Festival @ Various Locations. Live art, installations, films, and more from around the world. For more info check out events are free, the feature night on Feb 2 requires $15 tickets that you can get here:

Feb 1: Symons Gate Passive Haus Tour @ 274 Sage Bluff Drive NW) Tours will accomodate 25 people at a time, from 1-5pm. Find out how major home builders are dipping into the challenge of building efficient homes.

Feb 2: Community Grants Resource Fair @ Genesis Centre (7555 Falconridge Blvd NE) Noon-2pm. “Learn about funding for community events and activities, along with grant writing tips”

Feb 2: YYC Alternative Market @ Inglewood Community Association Hall (1740 24 Ave SE) 10am-4pm.

Feb 3: Swingin’ Sundays @ the new Central Library (800 3 St SE) 1-2pm- beginner swing dance lesson; 2-4pm- social dance. No partner or experience required.


Jan 29-31: Pop-Up Thrift Shop Fundraiser @ Alberta College of Art & Design Cafeteria (1407 14 Ave NW) Tues & Thurs 12:30-2pm, Wed 12:30-6pm.

Feb 1: Halloween in January @ Monster Mini Golf (2020 32 Ave NE) 6pm-midnight. 10 spooky local bands for $20. Dress up and have fun! Tickets can be bought at

Feb 1-May 20: Walled off: The Politics of Containment @ the Military Museums (4520 Crowchild Trail SW). This new group exhibition at the Military Museums looks at human dignity and denial of freedom. Regular admission rates apply.

Feb 2: Roller Party @ Don Hartman Arena (5206 68 St NE) 8pm-midnight. $10 admission, $5 for skate rentals if you don’t have your own.

Feb 2: Skijordue @ Calgary Polo Club Ranch House (24041 306 Ave W, Okotoks.) 11am-midnight. Early tickets $15, tickets at the event will be $20.  skiers pulled by horseback riders, great food, and the chance to support Prairie Sky Equine Assisted Therapy. (Note: If the ground conditions aren’t acceptable for the event, the event will be moved to Feb 9)


Post date: 2019/01/15 - 09:55

Hi Everyone,

Due to some upcoming inclement weather, CASS is cancelling our planned wander around the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary on Friday January 18th. Stay warm!



Jan 21: Money Basics @ East Calgary Health Centre (4715 8 Ave SE) 2-4pm. This course is designed for parents, to support budgeting, banking, discerning needs from wants & grocery shopping. Please register at . There are also other upcoming session available.

Jan 21: Free Energy Savings Workshop @ Central Library (800 3 St SE) 5:30-7:30pm. Get ideas about how to understand and lower your energy bills, as well as home safety tips and advice. If you bring your electricity or natural gas bill you can get a free energy saving kit. This workshop is presented by

Jan 22: Let’s talk about…movement @ Central Library (802 3 St SE) 6-9:30pm. This speaker panel will explore what it means to design a city that people can move in.

Jan 24: Sheila Adams Paint-In @ Webster Galleries (624 77 Ave SE) Live painting from 10:30 am -3 pm

Jan 25: Winter Exhibitions Open @ Esker Foundation (4th floor 1011 9 Ave SE) 6-10pm. Come and see the new art exhibitions, in partnership with the TRUCK gallery.

Jan 26-27 & Feb 2-3: Lunar New Year Festival @ Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre (197 1 St SW) Noon-6pm. See for all of the info.


Jan 24: Calgary Story Slam: Miscommunication @ Trolley 5 Brew Pub (728 17 Ave SW) 6:30pm. Admission is $5. Come and hear other people’s 5-minute stories about miscommunication, or tell your own.

Jan 26: Roller Derby Game (B-52 Bellas & Cut-Throat Car Hops) @ West Hillhurst Community Association (1940 6 Ave NW) 6pm. Admission is $5.


Post date: 2019/01/07 - 09:20


CPI Training-  CPI is usually scheduled on Thursdays and Fridays. There is a $20 fee for this course payable with cash or cheque at reception the first day of the course, or sign off on a payroll deduction with the instructor that first day. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing and bring water and snacks for both days. The training room is small with no windows - it is a NO PERFUME Zone for the comfort of all participants.

Thursday and Friday, January 31, 9 - 3:30 and February 1, 9 - 12:30

Thursday and Friday, February 21, 9 - 3:30 and February 22, 9 - 12:30


Abuse Awareness Training

Wednesday, January 23, 6 - 8 pm
Tuesday, February 19, 2 - 4 pm
Wednesday, March 20, 6 - 8 pm
Thursday, April 25, 2 - 4 pm
Wednesday, May 22, 6 - 8 pm
Tuesday, June 18, 2 - 4 pm
Wednesday, July 10, 6 - 8 pm
Thursday, August 22, 2 - 4 pm
Wednesday, September 11, 6 - 8 pm
Tuesday, October 22, 2 - 4 pm
Wednesday, November 20, 6 - 8 pm
Thursday, December 12, 2- 4 pm

Open Future Learning (OFL)
Two modules of OFL are mandatory for all CASS Staff - "Challenging Behaviour" and "Introduction to Your Role". Email to register for OFL.

Challenging Behaviour - Part II - Tuesdays from 1:30 to 3:00 pm - January 22, February 12, March 19, April 16, May 14, June 18 and July 16.
You must complete OFL before registering for this course.

Medication Administration - If you need Med Admin for your position with CASS, email to register for this course. When you have completed the course, email for the profiency test.

Health and Safety - this course is available on line - go to the website, LOG IN, go to staff resources>training>Health and Safety.

First Aid/CPR - Staff that need to update their First Aid/CPR need to be sure the trainer is Government of Alberta OH&S Approved.
The following link gives a list of the approved training providers:
Also, ACDS offers first aid training for staff.


Training dates are on page four of the CASS Report each month which is posted in "News" here on this website.


Post date: 2019/01/04 - 13:58


Just a reminder for all CASS people - the CASS Report is published once a month. It gives training updates for staff and includes client business ads, dinner club info and CASS Events. Anyone involved in CASS is welcome to contribute to the newsletter! Submissions for the newsletter are due on the 15th of the month prior to publication. Submissions can be dropped of at reception attention Sarah Clark, or can be emailed to Sarah at

The newsletter is posted here on the CASS website in the News section each month. It is mailed out to clients who are on the current mailing list. If you are a CASS Client and do not receive the newsletter, please give your address to reception at CASS. If you currently receiving the newsletter and do not wish to have the newsletter mailed to you, let your coordinator know. You can catch up on news here on the website.


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.