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Post date: 2017/09/11 - 10:26

Hi Everyone, 

Have you ever heard of a Henson Trust? It is a type of trust that enables people with disabilities to protect their assets in a trust, that will not effect their eligibility for government benefits. Alberta is the only province that doesn’t allow for Henson trusts, and Brian Malkinson, NDP MLA for Calgary-Currie is hoping to change that. Please see for more information. There is a petition at the office you can sign if you wish to show your support for Henson Trusts in Alberta.

Prosper Canada is hosting a “Future planning tips for people with disabilities and those who support them” on Thursday September 28th from 11am-12:30pm.  You can access registration for this webinar or find more about it by navigating to .

Indefinite Arts is having an Exhibition/Reception on September 28 from 5:30-9pm at 8038 Fairmount Drive SE. There will be light refreshments along with music and artists’ stories. Please RSVP for this event on their facebook page, at

Whether you are looking for volunteer experience, a good meal, or some community connections, check out The Alex Community Food Centre at to see what interests you. They even have a free Community Lunch every second Wednesday from Noon-1pm!

Pre-Career Program at Columbia College. If you have access to PDD funding, Columbia College may be able to support you in pursuing education and employment in a variety of industries ranging from childcare to automotive work, manufacturing and even office support! can help you navigate Columbia College’s services.



Sep 23: Veg Fest @ Shaw Millennium Park. 11am-6pm. Find local vegan products, listen to some live music, and enjoy the waning summer weekend. More info can be found at

Sep 23: Doors Open YYC @ Various Locations. Calgary has some interesting corners that we don’t always get to see. Doors Open YYC is looking to shine a light on aspects of Calgary as far-reaching as manufacturing, architecture, history, religion, science, technology and more. Get the scoop at

Sep 23: Equinox Vigil @ Union Cemetery (27 Spiller Road SE). 6:30-9:30pm. “Each year on Autumn Equinox, people of all ages and beliefs gather in historic Union Cemetery. There, surrounded by fresh flowers, fluttering prayer flags and glowing lanterns, they join members of Calgary’s vibrant arts community in creating bittersweet rituals of remembrance and reflection.” --

Sep 23 & 24: Kiwanis Apple Festival @ Kamp Kiwanis (241001 Range Road 42). 10 am-4pm. If it has to do with apples, you will find it at this festival! Baking, archery, crafts, games, live entertainment and a farmer’s market --How about them apples?


Sep 20- Oct 1: Calgary International Film Festival @ Eau Claire Cinema & Globe Cinema. Check out for schedule and more info. Tickets are $15 to each film, or you can buy packs of tickets that you can share @ 10 tickets for $12.50 each ($125 total) , or 20 tickets for $12 each ($240 total).

Sep 20: Ghost Tour @ Heritage Park (1900 Heritage Drive SW) 7-8:30pm. $19.95 Admission, unfortunately there is no fee assistance rate for these tours. The tour is 90 minutes of eerie stories of paranormal activity.

Sep 21-24: Calgary Fall Home Show @ BMO Centre. This event has a $16 admission price, but we have plenty of free tickets at the office.

Sep 22 & 23: Oktoberfest @ Big 4 Building. 4pm-Midnight. Tickets start at $15. More info on this fun festival can be found at:


Post date: 2017/09/07 - 12:11

Hi Everyone,

Don’t forget that Joni Righthand’s book launch for her fifth Punctuation Association Comic Book is at CASS on Friday September 15, from 11:30am-1pm. There will be light refreshments and a reading by the author at noon, followed by a Q&A where Joni will answer questions about her creative process, starting her own business, and how she came up with the stories and characters. Joni is currently working on a blog to help keep her fans up to date on the Punctuation Association’s escapades, but until then you can see her featured in an article in the Calgary Metro at . I hope to see you there!

CASS has access to a great ticket deal from the Calgary Hitmen—If we can get 10 or more people to buy tickets to the Hitmen Home Opener at 7pm on Saturday, September 23, The tickets will only be $12 each for adults and $10 for kids, and we will get an equal number of free ticket vouchers to a game of choice in October or November. If enough people let me know that they want in on this, I will order our tickets on Thursday, September 14 at Noon. Please email or phone me ASAP with the names of everyone who wants to go, along with whether you want the ticket voucher for the future game, or want the voucher to go in a draw for someone else.  You will need to pay for the tickets (cash only) by Friday September 15th.

We have complimentary tickets to the Calgary Fall Home & Garden Show:  Sept 21-24. Please let me know if you would like me to get some to you, or you can swing by the reception area at the CASS office and pick some up from there.

MoMo Dance Is accepting registration for their Fall Dance classes. This season runs from October 3 to November 21, on Tuesdays from 10-11:30am or 1-2:30pm. The regular fees are $125, low income fees are only $65, and there is a lunch club from 11:30-12:50 if you want to socialize with other dancers. The lunch club costs $30 per season (8 days), or $5 per day for drop-in. Lunch is not served at lunch club, you will need to bring your own packed lunch. The fee is to cover the expense of the room rental. Please visit to register, or find more info.



Sep 11: Comic Editing Workshop @ Fish Creek Library (11161 Bonaventure Drive SE). 6pm. learn editing techniques for comic books, to help you avoid mistakes when publishing your graphic art.

Sep 11: Grant Kanigan @ L’Arche Coffee House (Meadowlark Park Community Hall- 623 58 Ave SW). Enjoy coffee, snacks, and music.

Sep 11: Nifty Fifties Open House @ Parkdale Community Association (3512 5 Ave NW). 11am-2pm. Learn about the Parkdale Nifty Fifties club, and see some program demonstrations- Strength training demo at 11:30am, Tai Chi demonstration at 12:30.

Sep 15: PARK(ing) Day @ 1st street SW between 13 & 14 Ave, in Victoria Park.There will be art installations taking over the metered parking spots for you to engage with and enjoy around noon.

Sep 17: Ferret Education @ Pet Valu (1221 Canyon Meadows Drive SE). 11am-2pm. Come see some loving ferrets and learn more about how to properly care for them.


Sep 14: Adults Only Night: Hack It @ Telus Spark Science Centre. 6-10pm. Hacking is “the art of making something the way you want it, instead of the way it is”. Whether you are hacking electronics, toys, or your mood, this is the place to learn more. Regular admission rates apply, or you can sign out one of CASS’ community connections passes to attend for free.

Sep 15-17: Market Collective @ Inglewood Warehouse (1390 17 Ave SE) Fri 4-9pm, Sat& Sun 10am-6pm. Admission is $5 for the weekend. Join in Market Collective’s celebration of 9 years as an institution with local artists and musicians. For more info, visit



Post date: 2017/09/01 - 11:18

Check out all the exciting events coming up in September!!

Don't miss The Punctuation Association's book launch here at CASS this month!

Post date: 2017/08/29 - 13:41

Hi Everyone, 

The VSLC Adapted program guide for Fall 2017 is out, and attached to this listing. Water Polo is back, along with the usual favourites—Dancepl3y, Drumming, Qi Gong, Zumba, etc.

The March of Dimes is organizing a conference for people who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and the people who support them. The conference is on October 28th and is “consumer-centred”. The deadline to register is September 20th. 

The Honens Piano Festival is here from September 7-10. There will be free open aior performances and a number of ticketed events. Check out for all of the info that you will need to enjoy some



Sep 6: Easter Seals Drop Zone @ Sun Life Plaza (144 4 Ave SW) People will be rappelling down the skyscraper dressed as superheroes from 7am-5:30pm. Don’t forget to “drop” by….

Sep 6 & 7: Free Adult Sampler Classes @ Free House Dance (2020 12 Ave NW). 5pm. A variety of free 30 minutes classes will be running for you to explore. Just show up and have fun.

Sep 8: Night Market @ Inglewood (9 Ave & 10 St) 4pm-late.

Sep 9: Free Class Day @ Free Spirit Dance (209, 112 16 Ave NW) 9am-6pm. Check out the schedule and find links to more information at:

Sep 9: My Treasure Sale @ Nothland Village Mall 9am-3pm. A mix of produce, artists, and lots of other vendors to check out.

Sep 9: People’s Poetry Festival @ Loft 112 (535 8 Ave SE) 10am-10pm.Written poetry, spoken poetry, music, artwork, open mics, and more.  


Sep 9 & 10: Fall Harvest Sale @ Heritage Park. 10 am -5pm. Regular Heritage Park admission rates apply. See for more info.


Post date: 2017/08/23 - 10:31

Aug 28- September 3 Events and Activities

Joni Righthand, winner of the 2016 IDPD Calgary Entrepreneurship award, is launching The Punctuation Association’s 5th book! CASS (2335 30 Ave NE) is excited to be hosting Joni’s book launch on Sept 15, 2017 from 11:30 am – 1 pm. There will be light refreshments and a reading by the author at noon, followed by a Q&A where Joni will answer questions about her creative process, starting her own business, and how she came up with the stories and characters.

Joni is currently working on a blog to help keep her fans up to date on the Punctuation Association’s escapades, but until then you can see her featured in an article in the Calgary Metro at .


It’s still pride week! There are TONS of fun activities for everyone, including the parade on Sept. 3 from Noon-1:30pm, and a big party on Prince’s Island from noon-6.

The Wilma Milson Club will be starting to host dances at the Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association again on September 9th, from 6:30-9:30pm. There is a schedule available at the office, and attached to this posting.

The Flying Squirrel has a 50% off classes offer right now ($7.50 instead of $15) You can access this price by going to



Aug 29: Sunnyside Open Stage @ containR site, Sunnyside. 5-8pm. Come on down to play or enjoy some music and meet new people.

Aug 31: International Overdose Awareness Day @ City Hall 11:30am-1pm. The tag line for this event is “Educate, Communicate, Connect”. Learn more about addiction and overdose from the people who experience it’s effects, and professionals in the field.

Aug 31: Human Centered Design Lunch & Learn @ emergeHUB (3515 17 Ave SE). This is a free event (but you will need to register at ). If you have an idea for a product or service, this might be a good place to take your idea to get a feel for how to help make it accessible.  

Sep 1-3: Fiesta Filipino @ Olympic Plaza. The schedule should be up at soon. Celebrate Filipino Culture for three days!

Sept 1-17: Mobile Skate Park @ Willow Ridge Community Association (680 Acadia Drive SE) M-F 3-7pm, S/S 10am-6pm. If you skateboard, rollerblade, or ride a scooter, come out for some fun this month. Helmets are mandatory and you will need to sign a waiver. More info is available if you call 311 or check out


Aug 30: $5 Weekly French Lesson @ Crowfoot Public Library (8665 Nose Hill Drive). For a drop-in fee of $5, you can join this weekly class that teaches French vocabulary. This week’s vocabulary is based on “Back to School.”

Aug 31: Robocop’s 30th Anniversary @ Globe Cinema (617 8 Ave SW) Movie starts at 7pm. Tickets are $10. You can buy them in advance at: (please note: this venue is not wheelchair accessible)



Post date: 2017/08/15 - 15:13

Hi Everyone, 

CASS has access to a special offer for Stampeder tickets for the August 26th game against the Argonauts, and the Labour Day Classic on September 4. Check out to see the offer and get your tickets.

Do you think there should be more ways of making sure that you aren’t paying too much for too little? There is a new Consumer Protection Survey at . The last survey like this was to get feedback bout people’s experiences with payday loans, and they are hoping to expand on your experiences with things like door to door sales and high pressure warranties so that Alberta can have better rules about how businesses can sell things to people. Have your say!

Calgary Pride Week is here! There are lots of events, most of which you can find here: Happy Pride, everyone!



Aug 25: Night Market @ Southcentre Mall. 5-11 pm. Food, local vendors, and entertainment.

Aug 26: Okotoks Chili Fest @ Elizabeth St & Elk Ave, Okotoks. Admission is free, but chili tasting tickets are $5. The Chili tasting runs from 11am-1pm.

Aug 26: Carifest @ Shaw Millennium Park. Event starts at 9:30am. Local, national, and Caribbean art food & entertainment.

Aug 26: Calgary Vegetarian Food Festival @ Bowness Community Centre ( 7904 43 Ave NW). Sample diverse, amazing vegan and vegetarian foods!


Aug 23: Rogue One @ Spruce Meadows. Gates open at 7:30, movie begins at dusk. Tickets are $15 per vehicle. Please visit   for more info and to purchase tickets.

Aug 26: Killarney Record Fair @ St Matthews United Church (2035 26A St SW) 11am-4pm. Admission is $2. Check out some records and chat with some music lovers.


Happy planning!

Post date: 2017/08/11 - 08:43

Happy Summer!

The August CASS Report has a schedule for the Advisory Forum! Mark your calendars, and don't miss your opportunity to have your say about CASS and your community!


Post date: 2017/08/09 - 15:08

Hi Everyone,

I know some of you have made it down to check out all of the free community events at the containR gallery in Kensington, so you might be interested to know that another has popped up in East Village, at 439 8 Ave SE. Check it out to find a lot more free, creative things to do and be a part of.

The  March of Dimes Canada has partnered with 5 guys burgers and fries. If you eat at  5 guys between 5:30 & 9pm on Thursday August 24, and mention that you are a March of Dimes Supporter, or bring the attached flyer in, they will be giving 20% of the proceeds to March of Dimes Canada.

Supported Lifestyle’s personal development classes are back, featuring Sexual Education, Anger Management, Men's Group, Women's group, and BUDS. You will need to apply before September 1st. Please see the applications and information forms attached to this news posting. 


Aug 15: Market on Stephen Ave @ 1 st SE -2st SW along Stephen Ave. market starts at 11am. Enjoy a walk downtown while checking out local artists and vendors.

Aug 15: Focus Group: Older LGBTQ+ Canadians @ Kerby Centre for the 55+. 10 am-Noon. This is a research event to get stories from the lived experiences of older adults who identify as LGBTQ+. Please RSVP if you plan on participating by emailing

Aug 15: Sunnyside Open Stage @ containR gallery in Kensington. 5-8pm. Whether you want to take part in the open jam or just come by to listen and be a part of the community, this free, welcoming event is a great end to your Tuesday.

Aug 17: The Golden Era: Canadian Reggae Music@ King Eddy Hotel (438 9 Ave SE). This is the free portion of the Calgary Reggae Fest.

Aug 18: Exploring Entrepreneurship @ Momentum (16-2936 Radcliffe Dr SE) 1:30-4pm “Join us for an orientation into entrepreneurship. We'll show you how to take your idea and turn it into a reality. We'll help you assess whether your idea is viable, as well as provide you with the tools, resources and guidance to help you along the way.” Please contact Elizabeth at 403 204 2671 or email elizabethl@momentum.orgif you wish to attend.

Aug 19: Calgary Korean Day Festival @ West Hillhurst (1940 6 Ave NW) 10am-6pm. Traditional dances, martial arts and more.

Aug 19 & 20: Alberta Open Farm Days @ Various Locations. See find out more about the farms and the experiences. There may be costs associated with some of the tours, so please use the experience planner on the website to ensure that you know what you are getting into.


Aug 15-26: GlobalFest Fireworks @ Elliston Park Tickets to each of the shows are currently $20. Direct Support Providers can attend for free. This year the fireworks displays will be representing different Canadian regions instead of countries from around the world. Tuesday Aug 15- The west, Thursday Aug 17- Prairies, Saturday Aug 19- Ontario, Tuesday Aug 22, Quebec, Thursday August 24- Atlantic, Saturday Aug 26- Finale. For more info and to purchase tickets, please see

Aug 16: The NEW Guardians of the Galaxy @ Spruce Meadows. Gates open at 7:30, movie begins at dusk. Tickets are $15 per vehicle. Please visit more info and to purchase tickets.

Aug 17: Milky Way Nights @ Rothney Astrophysical Laboratory (Priddis, AB). 10pm – midnight. Late night sky observation. $20 per vehicle. a list of past and upcoming events and all of the information that you will need.

Aug 18-19: Reggaefest @ Shaw Millennium Park.  Fri 4-10pm, Sat Noon-11pm. Groups from Mexico, Jamaica, and all over Canada will bring the party to this yearly family festival. Tickets range from $25-$45. See details. 

Aug 18-20: Expo Latino @ Prince’s Island Park the scoop on all of the events and performances associated with this Hispanic arts festival.  Day passes are $10-$20, weekend passes are $20-$35, and there are still volunteer positions available!

Aug 18-20: YYC Taste the Trucks @ Riverwalk Plaza, East Village. $5 admission gets you in for the whole weekend, if you plan on buying food at the event, regular costs will apply.

Aug 19 & 20: Antiquing @ Acadia Recreational Complex (240 90 Ave SE) 10 am-4pm. $6 admission. Check out some antiques in a friendly atmosphere. See details.

Post date: 2017/08/02 - 09:04

Hi Everyone,

March of Dimes Canada will be offering a Learning Independence for Future Empowerment (L.I.F.E.) program from October 16-27 for people between the ages of 18-30 with a physical disability who are able to direct their own care. The program includes goal setting, financial literacy, health & wellness, as well as recreation and even some music therapy. Please the attached poster for more info and contact information.

Studio C’s August Exhibition is called “Serial Colour”, and will be running form August 3-25. Check back with them every month at see what’s new.

Composting is here(well, almost here…)! Find out all about the composting process from your home to the composting facility and back again at: an overview of the recycling process, check out: you would be interested in a tour of Calgary’s Waste Management Facilities, let me know. We will need at least 10 people to schedule a tour.



Aug 8-11: GlobalFest Human Rights Forum 2017: Exploring Indigenous Rights across Turtle Island. @ John Dutton Theatre, Central Library. 4-6 pm each day.  Admission is free and light snacks are provided. For more info on the forum and all of the other global fest events, check out:

Aug 10: Taste of Calgary@ Eau Claire Market. 11am-9pm. Admission is free, but you will need to purchase food tickets ($1 each, number of tickets varies per dish) to sample the dishes. There will be live music and nearly any sort of food imaginable to sample.

Aug 12-13: Dragon Boat Festival@ North Glenmore Park. 7 am-6pm. Entertainment, food trucks, beer gardens, live music and even a bit of dragon boat racing.  For info, maps, and more, check out

Aug 12-13: Art in the Garden@ 3443 Kerrypark Rd  SW. Gardens, Art, Art Gardens and Garden art. 10am-4pm.  You can find out more about this event through their facebook page at

Aug 13: Marda Gras Street Festival@ Marda Loop 10am-5pm. One of Calgary’s staple street festivals. Check out everything you need to know before you go. 


Aug 9: Back to the Future @ Spruce MeadowsGates open @ 7:30, movie starts at dusk (appx. 9:20pm) Tickets at $15 per vehicle. Please visit  to buy tickets and get more information.

Aug 10: Adults Only Night: Ka-Ching@ Telus Spark Science Centre. 6pm. Learn all about… money? While enjoying an adult-oriented science night. You can use CASS’ Community access passes to get your tickets for free, or you can pay the regular $19.95 admission.

Aug 12: Calgary Japanese Festival Omatsuri@ Max Bell Centre. 11am-6pm. Arts & crafts, food, sake tastings, kimono dressing, and anime presentations. more info.

Aug 13: Stand Up Paddle (SUP) Board Race@ Shouldice Park to Prince's Island Park. Starts at 10:30am. If you want to compete you will need to register and pay $20 at Red Nik Surf & Swim (22 Richard Way SW) or, you can watch for free from the riverside.



Post date: 2017/07/24 - 14:40

Hi Everyone, 

Historic Calgary Week is here! This yearly glimpse into history will be running from July 28-August 7. There are a ton of interesting things going on. You can find out more by heading to .

Beakerheadis back--that week every autumn when Calgary is taken over by science, art and engineering installations. This year there will be a virtual reality space station at the Calgary Tower, a science storytelling panel, giant see-saws, and dozens of other cool and inspiring street projects that are free to check out. (There are ticketed events too, but you can get a pretty good taste of Beakerhead just by wandering through Calgary’s East Village). Find out what interests you by heading to  If you are looking for a volunteer experience, you can apply your interests and talents to Beakerhead by filling out their volunteer form here:  And remember—nearly any arts/culture festival in Calgary has volunteer opportunities. Don’t forget to check out how to get free admission while meeting new people and having a great time volunteering whenever you are looking up info on a festival.

The City of Calgary is also looking for elections workers. To find out more, and apply to be an election worker, check out .

Last but not least, we have “entertainment” coupon books again! Swing by the office to take a look at the deals at local restaurants, attractions and more.



Aug 3: Do you live on an Airport? @ Central United Church (131 7 Ave SW). Begins at noon. Did you know that Calgary has had 6 airports, most of which are now built over? The Canadian Aviation Historical Society will be giving an overview of Calgary’s flying history, from hot air balloons to piracy, with a few bankruptcies thrown in.

Aug 4-6 Franco Festival Calgary @ Murdoch Park (9th St & Centre Ave NE). This Francophone Multicultural Festival features spoken arts as well the regular festival fun. Check out for info.

Aug 5: Sunfest @ Inglewood. Watch Inglewood transform into a fantastic street market, beginning at 11am.

Aug 5-7: Tour de Bowness @ Various locations. Come and watch the 60th Tour de Bowness Bike race. You can see the schedule here:

Aug 7: Heritage Day Festival @ Olympic Plaza. Noon-6pm. This multicultural festival will celebrate with music, performances, food and crafts from around the world.


July 31-Aug 6: Calgary International Blues Fest @ Shaw Millennium Park. Tickets start at $30, but there are a few free performances throughout the week. Check for the schedule to find deals.

Aug 2:Movies @ Spruce Meadows- Beauty and the Beast. Gates open @ 7:30, movie starts at dusk (appx. 9:20pm) Tickets at $15 per vehicle. Please visit to buy tickets and get more information.

Aug 4-12:Calgary Fringe Festival @ Various Locations. Ticket prices vary, check out for how to purchase tickets.