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Post date: 2018/08/29 - 10:39

Hi Everyone,

CASS has free tickets to the Calgary Fall Home Show at BMO Centre, September 20-23. If you are interested in going to this event, the tickets will be at the reception desk at the main office.

There will be demo versions of Southland Leisure Centre’s Fitness classes running September 10-27. Drop-in fees apply, schedule in attached to this events listing.



Sep 3: Free Pancake Breakfast @ Kane’s Harley Diner (1209 9 Ave SE) 7-10am.

Sep 3: Labour Day Parade @ Cochrane, begins at 10am. Please see for more info and the route map.

Sep 5: Roasterie Tour @ Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters (618 Confluence Way SE) 12:15-12:35pm. Learn more about roasting and operations.

Sep 7: Calgary International Film Festival Trailer Party @ Globe Cinema (617 8 Ave SW) 6:30pm. Watch the trailers for the films being showcased this year on the big screen, for free. There will be other activities and door prizes available.

Sep 7: Movie in the Park @ Scarboro Community Association (1727 14 Ave SW) 7-10pm. Bring a blanket and enjoy a free screening of a secret movie.

Sep 8: Honens Festival: Open Air @ Central Memorial Park (1221 2 St SW) 1-3pm. This free event marks the wrap up of the Honens International Piano Competition.

Sep 8: Free Class Day @ Free Spirit Dance (112 16 Ave NW) Doors open at 8:30am for registration. Last class starts at 4:30pm. Registrations fill up fast, so come early! Get all of the info at

Sep 8: Brazil Fest @ Eau Claire Market (200 Barclay Parade- Indoors) 5-10pm. Live performances including music, dance shows & Capoeira.

Sep 8: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Outdoor Movie Night @ Bearspaw Lifestyle Centre (253220 Bearspaw Road) Seating begins at 7pm, concessions sold via food truck.

Sep 9: FASD Day pancake breakfast @ North Glenmore Park Community Association (2231 Longridge Drive SW) 8:30am-Noon. For more info see their Facebook page:

Sep 9: Free Pancake Breakfast @ Rotary Challenger Park (3688 48 Ave NE) 10 am-Noon. Free breakfast for the first 200 people, there will be a ‘capture the flag’ game, stretching/meditation and drop-in soccer.

Sep 9: Ski Swap @ Montgomery Community Association (5003 16 Ave NW) 8 -11am. Buy used ski gear for the upcoming season at this garage sale & ski swap.



Sep 5-9: Masters Tournament @ Spruce Meadows. Tickets are $5 for rush seating. You can find more info at

Sep 8: Circle Festival @ Shaw Millennium Park, 11am-11pm. Live music, giant ball pit, circus performances and teaching, food truck and artisan market. Admission is $35. You can also look for volunteer opportunities here:

Sep 8 & 9: Fall Harvest Sale @ Heritage Park, 10am-4:30pm. Regular admission rates apply, very low prices on produce, supporting local charities. has all of the info.

Sep 9: Jam Skate practice session @ Vecova (3304 33 St NW) 11am-1pm. Admission is $10, or $15 if you need to rent skates.





Post date: 2018/08/27 - 11:02

September is just around the corner - time to get back in to routines! CASS in house training is scheduled until the end of the year, so don't miss out! Call reception at 403-283-0611 or email to register.

Employee Center Training for SHP's

Wednesday, August 29 - 4:00 pm, Thursday, September 6 - 5:30 pm, Sunday, September 9 - 11 am, and Monday, September 10 - 10:30 am

Abuse Awareness Training

Wednesday, September 19 - 6-8 pm, Tuesday, October 23 - 2-4 pm, Wednesday, November 21 - 6-8 pm and Thursday, December 13 - 2-4 pm

CPI Training - 1.5 days - Thursdays from 9 - 3:30 and Fridays from 9 - 12:30 - $20 fee for this course

September 20/21, October 11/12, November 8/9 and December 6/7

Challenging Behaviours II - you must complete two on line modules in Open Futures Learning BEFORE registering for this workshop - Introduction to Your Role and Challenging Behaviour

Tuesdays, 1:30 - 3 pm

October 16, November 13 and December 18

Health and Safety - available on line - go to the wesbsite, LOG IN, go to Staff Quick Links - Training - Health & Safety

Medication Assistance - check with your coordinator before registering for this course, then email



Post date: 2018/08/22 - 14:52

Hi Everyone,


Happy Pride week! There are events happening all over the city for the next week, including parties, discussions, and free gelato! You can find out more about Calgary’s celebrations of gender and sexual diversity here:

Are you looking for the perfect volunteer opportunity? There will be a volunteer pop up shop at the Genesis Centre on August 37 from 10am-Noon. You will learn how to use the Propellus volunteer connector, and can ask any questions you have about volunteering in Calgary. To see the Propellus volunteer connector, visits

If you are looking for a way get some exercise while enjoying the sun, there is a full list of parks with outdoor fitness equipment, sorted by quadrant of the city, here:



Aug 26: Fluid Art Demo @ East Village Junction (439 8 Ave SE) 1-3pm. Learn more about Acrylic paint and fluid art techniques.  This is an outdoor event. You can register through

Aug 28: The Market on Stephen Ave (340 8 Ave SW) 10am-4pm. Come check out the sights and sounds of this biweekly downtown outdoor market.

Aug 29: Salsa Fest @ Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association (1320 5 Ave NW) 3-7pm. Bring your own chips, or get a bag for a donation, and sample salsas from all of the usual HSCA Farmer’s market vendors. There will be live Latin music and salsa dancing demonstrations.

Aug 30: The Yoga Social @ cSPACE King Edward (1721 29 Ave SW) 7pm. Free yoga. Bring your own mat and water bottle. You will need to pre-register through

Aug 30-Sept 2: BUMP Festival @ Various locations. Check out all of the new street art/ murals up in the beltline area, and enjoy live music at an alley party to wrap up the week. Find out more at

Aug 31-Sept 2: Fiesta Filipino @ Olympic Plaza (228 8 Ave SE) Fri 11am-Noon, opening ceremony; Sat 9am-10pm; Sun 11am-4pm. You can find out more about this festival here:



Aug 27: Tacos and board games @ Greater Forest Lawn 55+ society (3425 26 Ave SE), taco bar opens at noon, followed by games and an open pub. Admission is $5.

Aug 30: Field Trip of Terror: Brainscan @ The Rec Room (1180 901 64 Ave NE). Screening at 8pm. If you need transportation, there will be a 7pm pickup by the bassbus at Kensington C-Train station. $20 if you need transportation, or meet up with everyone at the Rec Room and pay by donation. Find out more at

Aug 30-Sept 8: Honens Piano Competition & Festival @ Arts Commons(205 8 Ave SE) Dates and times vary. Ticket prices range from $10 to $97. has all of the details.

Aug 31-Sept 2: Cross Border Bonspiel @ North Hill Curling Club (1201 2 St NW). Team registration is $280, or you can watch for free. has all of the info.

Post date: 2018/08/13 - 14:14

Hi Everyone,

It’s CASS’ 30th Anniversary this year, and you can find out all of the ways that you can join the celebrations by checking out the CASS News post here:

MoMo dance class registration is open for the Fall. You can get more information or register here: Please note that there will be a chance in location for this upcoming session, and classes will now be held at DJD Dance Centre (111 12 Ave SE)

Did you know that the City of Calgary has gotten goats involved in the city’s weed control plan again this year? They are living just off of Memorial Drive, near Centre Street this year, and will be grazing McHugh Bluff until August 15th. If you can’t make it out to see them this year, don’t worry, they have a 4 year contract. There is a great article with lots of great videos of the goats here:



Aug 23: Lethal Weapon 2 @ ContainR, Sunnyside (1020 2 Ave NW) 9pm. Free outdoor movie screening. Bring your own chair.

Aug 24: Overboard @ Kensington Summertime Outdoor Movies (1210 Kensington Rd NW) Movie starts at 9 pm, bring your own chair. More info here:

Aug 24 & 25: Carifest @ Olympic Plaza (24th ; 4-10pm) & Shaw millennium Park (25th ; 4pm-8pm). A vibrant festival celebrating Caribbean cultures through music, performances, food, and more.

Aug 25: Muslim Heritage Day @ Olympic Plaza (228 8 Ave SE) 11am-6pm. Free snacks, raffles, performances, along with exhibits depicting early scientific inventions, art and architecture, and more. There will be more info on their Facebook page, here:

Aug 25: 70th Anniversary Community Party @ Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association (1320 5 Ave NW) 1-7pm. The Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association turns 70 this year, come join the celebration, there will be lots of games and live music. GO to for details.

Aug 26: Ride The River Cleanup Day @ Bow River- Shouldice Park to St George’s Island. 10am-2:30pm. Bring your own water craft and garbage bags to the launch at Shouldice Park and float down the river, and clean as you go. Has all of the details.


Aug 22: Jumanji @ Spruce Meadows, gates open at 7:30pm, movie starts at sundown. $20 per carload of people, or $15 in advance. Advance tickets can be purchased through

Aug 23: Breakfast for Dinner Night @ Highland Park Community Association (3716 2 St NW) 4:30-6:30pm. Pancakes, Sausages, and live music. $1 for members, $2 for non-members.

Aug 25: Killarney Record Fair @ St Matthews United Church (2035 26A St SE) 11am-4pm. $2 admission. Find new records, and chat with other music lovers.



Post date: 2018/08/10 - 08:52

Hi Everyone,

Southland Leisure Centre has released their Fall Adapted Programs Schedule. There are fitness classes, drum aerobics, dancing, meditating, rock climbing, cycling, and balance classes available. Please see the attachment for more information.

The Cerebral Palsy Association of Alberta has new programs coming for the fall as well, including Art Fundamentals, Music Therapy, Horticulture, a meet up group, and computer classes. Please see the attachment for all info.



Aug 13: Banff Train Conversation Club @ Banff Trail Community Association (2115 20 Ave NW) Noon-3pm. If you are a Banff Trail resident and would like to meet with other residents to snack and talk about anything and everything, you’re welcome to join this conversation café.

Aug 14: Pakistan Festival 2018 @ Olympic Plaza (228 8 Ave SE) 11am. Performance, clothes, face painting and songs.

Aug 14: YYC Free Market @ Sunnyside ContainR Site (1010 2 Ave NW) 5-8pm. Give what you can, take what you need. There will also be live experimental music.

Aug 15: Board Game Night @ Titan’s Vault Games (130 10 Brentwood Cm NW) 4:30pm-close. Bring your own games, or use store copies.

Aug 15: Elk Calling Seminar @ Jim-Bows Archery (102 620 46 Ave NE) 6:30pm. To attend you will need to register by calling the store number that you can find at

Aug 16: Tour of Inclusio @ Inclusio (1129 23 Ave NW) 2-3pm. Come and visit Accessible Housing’s innovative housing solution for people with limited mobility.

Aug 16: Wheels & Wheelies @ Bridgeland Riverside Community Association (917 Centre Ave NE) 2:30-6:30pm. Use whatever wheels you have to come over to this week’s farmers market, featuring bike, wheelchair, walker, scooter, skateboard, etc. decorating, tricks, and tips.

Aug 17: The Parent Trap @ Kensington Summertime Outdoor Movie Series (1210 Kensington Rd NW) 9pm. Bring your own chair and enjoy this free movie.

Aug 18: Korean Day Festival @ West Hillhurst Community Association (1940 6 Ave NW) 10am-6pm. Korean food, K-pop contest, performances and martial arts demonstrations.

Aug 18: Sandstock @ Sandstone Park (99 Sandstone Dr NW) 1-5pm. Free live music and an artisan market, in a family festival atmosphere.

Aug 18: Love Your Library Day @ All Calgary Public Library Locations, 10am-2pm. Tours, special guests, music, collaborative art, and more to celebrate everything your library brings to your community. There will also be a refer-a-friend prize draw, the winner of which receives a number of prizes, including late fine forgiveness!

Aug 18: Pre-Eid Bazaar @ Akram Jomaa Islamic Centre (2612 37 Ave NE) 11am-7pm. Henna, clothing, jewelry, food and more.

Aug 18: Chinatown Street Festival @ 328 Centre St SE, 9am-6pm. Cultural Performances, merchants, and family fun.

Aug 18: Franco Festival Calgary @ Olympic Plaza (917 Centre Ave NE) 11am-9pm.  A celebration of the numerous francophone cultures and communities in Calgary. Workshops, performances, and more.

Aug 18: Calgary Thunderbird Club Show ‘n’ Shine @ Richmond Knob Hill Community Association (2433 26 Ave SW) 10am-2pm. A full range of Classic Fords to ogle.

Aug 18-19: Alberta Open Farm Days @ Various farms. Meet our rural neighbours, tours farms and watch demonstrations. has all of the info.



Aug 15: Avengers Infinity War @ Spruce Meadows. Gates open at 7:30 pm, movie starts around 9pm (sunset). $20 admission per carload, or you can buy tickets in advance through for only $15.

Aug 16: The Food Realm @ Blank Page Studio (1221 Kensington Rd NW) 5-9pm. This is a weekly food truck gathering. Admission is free, food will be sold at regular prices from the trucks.

Aug 16-25 Global Fest @ Elliston Park Admission is $10 for most shows. For schedules, tickets, and more info, check out




Post date: 2018/08/02 - 14:36

CASS is proud to be celebrating 30 years this year!

Events are being planned as we go to print for the August CASS Report - watch your @c-a-s-s emails, social media and this web site for ways to share in this milestone.


Post date: 2018/08/01 - 11:17

Hello CASS community,

CASS has been facilitating connections and opportunities that promote personal development and inclusive communities for 30 years – we are proud to celebrate this milestone with you. Your contributions to CASS and the people we serve has had a significant positive impact on people’s lives. In order to celebrate and recognize this work, we are asking our CASS community to share quotes, memories and photos. We will share these on our website and social media platforms to showcase and celebrate 30 years of advancing inclusion in Calgary.

Help us to continue to promote inclusion and celebrate diversity. Here are a few ways you can participate:

  • Send us a 1 sentence quote about CASS
    • What do you love about CASS?
    • What should the community know about CASS?
    • What is the biggest impact that you think CASS has had on the community?
  • Send us a fact about CASS that other people may not know
  • Snap a picture with us for our CASS photo days, at the CASS office, on Tuesday, August 14 from 12:00 – 2:00 PM or Wednesday, August 29 from 12:00 – 2:00 PM
  • Check out our CASS timeline, at the office, and feel free to participate with a personalized CASS sticker

Send your submissions to:

Use the hashtag #CASScommunity30 and follow along on Twitter @CalgaryAlt and Facebook @CalgaryAlternativeSupportServices

Submissions can also be emailed to

We look forward to sharing this milestone with you!

Post date: 2018/07/26 - 14:29

Hi Everyone,


Shakespeare by the Bow’s annual pay-what-you-will theatre on Prince’s Island Park is starting to wind down for the year, so make sure to check it out before August 20th. This year’s performance is “The Two Gentlemen of Verona”, running Tuesday to Saturday at 7 pm, and Sundays at 2 pm and 7pm.


Supported Lifestyles has another round of personal development classes coming up. These classes include: Women’s Group, Sexual Education, Anger Management, Men’s Group and BUDS group. Please see the attachments for more info about these classes.  




Aug 9: Taste of Calgary @ Eau Claire Plaza (Barclay Parade & 3 ST SW) 11am-9pm. Admission is free, but tasting tickets cost $1 each, and dishes will require multiple tickets. There will be live music, as well.


Aug 10: Inglewood Night Market @ Inglewood (Along 10th Ave, 10th St & 11 St) 5-11pm. Vendors, food trucks, live music.


Aug 11-12: Calgary Dragon Boat Race and Festival @ North Glenmore Park (7305 Glenmore Park SW) Cheer on the competitors and experience the full festival.


Aug 12: Music in the Park: A Taste of the Caribbean @ South Glenmore Park (8415 25 St SW) Noon-2pm. The Carican Steelband will perform. Food trucks will be on site.


Aug 12: Marda Gras Street Festival @ Marda Loop (33 Ave SW between 18St & 22St.) All of the info on the 34th year of this festival can be found at




Aug 6: Heritage Day @ Heritage Park 10am-5pm. Regular admission rates apply.  Live music, BBQ, scavenger hunt, drumming, dancing & games.


Aug 7: LGBTQ+ Lawn Bowling @ Inglewood Lawn Bowling Club (1235 8 Ave SE) $10 drop in, there is a community dinner at 6pm that costs and additional $7, games run from appx. 7-9pm.  come a bit early if you need to learn how to play. Flat-soled shoes only.


Aug 9: Adults Only Night: Through the Haze @ Telus SPARK Science Centre (220 St George’s Dr NE) 6-10pm.  This event is “your chance to learn more about the myths and science behind marijuana and its effects, since it is being legalized for recreational use in Canada”. Regular admission rates apply, you can also sign out one of CASS’ community connections passes to get up to 6 people in for free. You may want to get your tickets in advance, as these night programs regularly sell out.


Post date: 2018/07/24 - 12:15

Hi Everyone,

Running low on recreation activities and funds? Check out for some ideas around town.

Last week CASS staff sent in a link to Accessible YYC’s open google map, which helps you identify businesses that are wheelchair accessible around town. Use the map to find places to go, or help build the map by adding your own accessibility pins to it! Here is the link: If you see anything that you think would be useful or interesting for the CASS community, please feel free to send it my way so it can get out to everyone!

Vecova’s Professional Supports Education Series for July-September has started, please see the attachment to find out more about these free professional development events.



Jul 27- Aug 12: Wreck City @ Various Locations. 21 artists have taken over 4 locations around town and created free, public art installations to explore, and get involved in. Each location has different times and dates that you can visit, so make sure to keep up to date on the schedule at under “events”.

Jul 30: Music at McDougall @ West Grounds of McDougall Centre (455 6 St SW) 11:45am-1pm. This free concert is presented by CKUA Radio and the Alberta Government.

Aug 2 & 3: Music in the Park @ Central Memorial Park (1221 2 St SW) Noon-1pm. has all of the info on artists, and future events.

Aug 4: Inglewood Sunfest @ Mainstreet Inglewood (9 Ave SE from 11 Ave to 14 Ave) 11am-6pm. This event features a good mix of vendors, performance art and festival atmosphere. has everything you need to know.

Aug 4: International Jousting Tournament @ The Military Museums (4520 Crowchild Trail SW) 11am-2pm.

Aug 4-6: Tour de Bowness @ various locations. Start times: Sat 9am, Sun 8:30am, Mon 8am. Alberta’s answer to the Tour de France is here, and free to watch. Learn more at



Jul 30- Aug 4: Calgary International Blues Fest @ Various Locations. Day passes are $50, Thursday has 2 for 1 day passes. For Schedules and info check out

Jul 31: Mars Night @ Rothney Astrophysical Observatory (200, 198070 Hwy 22). This is a clear weather event, and will be cancelled if the sky is overcast. However, if it’s a clear night, this is a great chance to get to see Mars as Earth passes between it and the sun. This is also the night which Mars will be as close as it gets to the sun, since 2003. Admission for the events will be a donation to the educational programs at the conservatory. has good directions, and more info.

Aug 1: The Lion King movie screening @ Spruce Meadows. Movie starts at sunset (appx. 9:30pm). Admission is $20 per carload, or $15 in advance. This is part of a series of movies being screened in Spruce Meadows every week. For full listings, see

Aug 3-6: Alberta Kennel Club Summer Classic @ Spruce Meadows. Admission is $10. Learn more about dogs and watch them do a number of things over the course of the weekend.

Aug 3-11: Calgary Fringe Festival @ Various locations, various prices. There will be fringe fest street performances happening during Inglewood Sunfest on Aug 4, if you want to get in on the theatre for free. The rest of the information is here:

Aug 4: Canmore Folk Music Festival @ Centennial Park, Canmore. There will be a fre pancake breakfast and a free concert of Friday evening. See for details.



Post date: 2018/07/23 - 09:13

PLEASE NOTE: The September date for CPI is now the 20th and 21st.

CPI training dates have been added to the schedule for September and October.

Thursday and Friday, September 20th and 21st and Thursday and Friday, October 11th and 12th. The course runs 1.5 days starting at 9 am sharp both days and finishing at about 3:30 on Thursday and around 12:30 on the Friday. These classes fill quickly and there is often a wait list for new staff to register.

If you have signed up for the course and end up not being able to attend PLEASE let reception know as soon as possible!

Training dates are listed on page four of the CASS Report which is posted in this News section of the newsletter every month.

Call or email reception to register, 403-283-0611 or