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Post date: 2017/10/27 - 10:04

Hi Everyone, 

Don’t’ forget- CASS is having a Halloween Party on Monday, October 30th from Noon-2pm at CommunityWIse Resource Centre (223 12 Ave SW). See you there!

Deerfoot City has a new rec room! There is an arcade, virtual reality room, augmented climbing wall, and lots of places to eat, spread out over 2 stories of fun. Admission is free, but you will need to buy credits for games. Prices for game credits range from $10 for 40 to $30 for 200. Learn all about it here:



Nov 1: Free Skate @ SAIT Campus Centre Rink.  10 am-1pm.

Nov 4: CanZine: Festival of Zines & Underground Culture @ 1221 2 St SW. Noon- 7pm. Learn more about self-publishing and self-published artists in Calgary.

Nov 4: Christmas Market @ Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association. 10am-3pm.

Nov 4: Peace by Piece Christmas Market @ St Peter’s Anglican Church (903 75 Ave SW) 10 am-4pm. Non-perishable food donations accepted for veteran’s food drive.

Nov 5: Mount Pleasant Potter’s Guild Fall Sale @ Triwood Community Hall (2244 Chicoutimi Dr NW) 10am-4pm. For more info on the artists and the event, visit


Nov 2: Make it! Holiday Market @ Big 4 building. Thurs & Fri 11am-9pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-5pm.  Admission is $8. Find more information and buy discounted tickets here:

Nov 4: Bowness Christmas Craft Sale @ Bowness Community Centre (7904 43 Ave NW) 10am-3pm.

Nov 4-5: Fibre Arts Fair @ Big 4 Building. 9am-5pm. Admission is $5 for the whole weekend. You can find out more at

Nov 5: Calgary European Film Festival @ Eau Claire Cineplex Odeon. For information of films and times, see



Post date: 2017/10/17 - 15:19

Hi Everyone,

Did you know that EMMEDIA runs free videography workshops throughout the year? You can look through the list and sign up for the workshops here:

Bow Valley College is having an open house on Saturday October 21st from 10 am-3pm. Learn more about their programs and courses, and see if they have anything that fits you.

CASS’ Halloween party is right around the corner! Come join us for food, karaoke and fun fromNoon-2pm on Monday October 30th, at CommunityWise Resource Centre (223 12 Ave SW)



Oct 23: Car Maintenance Workshop for Women @ Women’s Centre of Calgary (39 4 St NE) 6-8pm. come learn some hands-on Basic car maintenance skills and winterization

Oct 25: Art of Our Times @ Contemporary Calgary (117 8 Ave SW) Noon-1pm. This is a noon hour talk by one of the gallery staff. Please register at

Oct 25: Drop-In Chess Night @ Tuscany Club (212 Tuscany Way NW) 7-9:30pm. All ages & Skill levels welcome.

Oct 26: Pamuya Inuit Soul Music @ Festival Hall (1215 10 Ave SE) 6:30-8:30pm. Find more information and register at

Oct 27: Open House @ SAIT (Stan Grad Centre). This is your chance to learn more about SAIT, try out some of the trades through state of the art simulations, and you can even apply to become a student at SAIT for free at the open house (application fee is regularly $75) Find out more at:

Oct 28: Open House @ Mount Royal University (Roderick Mah Centre of Continuous Learning, 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW) Begins at 9:30am. This is your chance to see what MRU has to offer. There are sessions on admissions, and student financial aid, as well as a tour and a chance to chat with current and past students.

Oct 28: Halloween in Kensington! The adventure begins at 2 pm and continues on throughout the evening. Follow a map around Kensington’s hotspots, including a complimentary wine tasting, and an 80’s themed costume party.

Oct 28: Boo! Spooktaular Family Fun @ Calgary Farmer’s Market (510 77 Ave SE) 10 am start. Vote for your favourite pumpkin, or check out the Haunted Fun Photo Booth!



Oct 26 – 29: Ghouls’ Night Out @ Heritage Park. Thurs & Fri 6-9pm, Sat 5:30-9pm, Sun 4-7:30pm. Tickets are 10.95 for this night out on the haunted old town. Parking is $3/vehicle.

Oct 27: Otafest Japanese Horror Movie Marathon @ The Globe Cinema (617 8 Ave SW) Movies start at 6pm. $5 minimum donation for entry. Costumes are encouraged, but not mandatory.

Oct 28: Halloween Horror Movie Marathon @ Globe Cinema (617 8 Ave SW) Movies start at 7pm and run until 7am on the 29th. Includes a midnight costume contest & breakfast in the AM. Tickets are $20. Check out for more info.

Oct 28-29: Maker Faire @ Spruce Meadows 10am-5pm both days. Check out what’s happening in the worlds of robotics, cosplay, 3D printers, backyard blacksmithing, high tech fashion, and more. There are free passes for volunteers, regular admission is $18. is the place to get all of the details.

Oct 29: Hallow-AAFS Spooktacular @ Hose & Hound Pub (1030 9 Ave SE). Starts at 7pm. Ghost stories, raffles, silent auction and more at this fundraiser for the Autism Aspergers Friendship Society of Calgary. Tickets are $30.


Post date: 2017/10/11 - 11:53

Hi everyone,

For a bit of Levity in this election season, Grant Neufeld has made a “Political Buzzword Bingo” card generator. You can check it out at . See if your favourite candidates can get you a bingo with their platforms!

The Calgary Ability Network has also released the YYC votes- disability lens document, that you can use to determine who in your ward prioritizes accessibility, poverty reduction, and housing in their platforms. You can download the whole thing, or just your ward from here:

We have free tickets to the Calgary Woman’s Show, Oct 21 & 22 at the BMO centre! If you are interested, please contact me to put your name in the draw for these. The Draw will be held Monday October 16 at 11am.  

Yau can also access free admission to the Calgary Gem and Mineral Show (see below for details)-- all you have to do is tell the ticketing staff that you are with Calgary Alternative Support Services when you are attending as, or with, support staff. 

Yearly holiday markets are already starting! See below for the first wave of cozy markets to check out this season, and don’t forget CASS’ Halloween Party on October 30th from Noon-2pm at CommunityWise Resource Centre (223 12 Ave SW)



October 16: Voting day! If you need some help figuring out your ward or where you vote, feel free to contact me for support.

Oct 20: Monthly Sale @ MCC Thrift Shop (2946 32 St NE) Adults clothing is $1 each, Childrens clothing is $0.50 each. Red tag/boutique items are not included in the sale.

Oct 20 & 21:  Ujamaa Grandma’s Market @ Marda Loop Community Association (3130 16 St SW) Fri 2-8pm, Sat 10am-3pm.

Oct 21: Free Pumpkin Giveaway @ Evanston Community Park (115 Evanston Drive NW). 11am-2pm.  Come early and get a free pumpkin before they run out!


Oct 13-28: ScreamFest @ Grandstand Building, Stampede park. Fridays and Saturdays 7pm-Midnight. 6 Haunted houses await you and the bigger and scarier 2017 ScreamFest. General admission is $30, but you can buy advance tickets online for $25 through

Oct 18-28: Fluid Fest @ various locations. Tickets for this dance and movement art festival can be found for $20/performance here:

Oct 20-22: Calgary Gem & Mineral Show @ Big 4 Building, Stampede Park. Fri 1-9pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm. See for details. Let them know that you are attending from Calgary Alternative Support Services for free entry when attending as, or with, support staff. 

Oct 20 & 21: New Craft Coalition Market @ Inglewood Festival Hall (1215 10 Ave SE) Fri 4-9pm, Sat 10am-6pm. For an idea of what the market will carry, check out Admission is $2.

Oct 20-22: 35th Annual Bearspaw Fall & Christmas Market @ Bearspaw Lifestyle Centre (253220 Bearspaw Rd.) Fri 10am-8pm, Sat 10am-5 pm, Sun Noon-5pm. Admission is $3.

Oct 21: The Fibre Shindig @ Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association (1320 5 Ave NW) 10am-5pm. Admision is $5, and you can find everything you want, or want to make to stay cozy and warm this winter.

Oct 21-22: Calgary Woman’s Show @ BMO Centre. Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-5pm. Admission is $14 for the day or $20 for the whole weekend. (or enter our draw for free tickets!)

Post date: 2017/10/03 - 13:49

Hi Everyone, 

If you are looking for some lighthearted election coverage that is clear, concise, and issue-based rather than candidate based, check out . Whether you like to watch videos or read, there is a good selection of media types to engage with.

Here are some more ways to get info about the people who are running for election in your ward. Metro Calgary has put a series of videos up on youtube of candidates for councillor. They have only made it to ward 6 so far, but stay tuned! Check them out here:

Ward 1:

Ward 2:

Ward 3:

Ward 4:

Ward 5:

Ward 6:

Mayoral Candidates are here:

And don’t forget to learn more about the trustee candidates running for the public and separate school boards while you are learning about the people who want to be the mayor or acouncillor!

You can find info about all of them here:

Find their websites and social media accounts through the links found here:

If surfing the internet to figure out who you want to vote for isn’t your thing, I will have simple, concise candidate overviews available next week, and a list of questions you can discuss to figure out "WHAT ON EARTH ARE THEY SAYING?!?!"  To explore what you think about the issues and who you want to vote for.

Also: Please support people to come by the CASS advisory forum meeting on October 11: Calgary Municipal Election Edition! This is open to everyone, and will be an unbiased exploration of what the candidates are saying, and what you agree with, along with how to find your polling station and how to vote

If you’ve made it this far through this listing, let me know if you want to be entered into a draw for a FREE Ticket Voucher from Lunchbox Theatre (, and/ or a 2 for 1 admission for the Calgary Tattoo & Arts Festival (! The tattoo festival is normally $25 admission for a day, but you can get two people in for $25 with this ticket (support staff receive complimentary admission). There are 4 up for grabs, so let me know if you want it!

I will be drawing for both of these on Wednesday October 11, at 1pm.  



Oct 11: Downtown Harvest Market @ Gulf Canada Square (401-9 Ave SW) 10am-2pm. Local food, art, fashion & wellness products.

Oct 11: Why Diversity & Inclusion matters @ The National Beerhall (240 8 Ave SW). 3:30-5:30pm. Discuss diversity and inclusion with business leaders & advocates. This event is part of Disability Employment Awareness Month.

Oct 12: Mental Health Awareness Expo @ SAIT Atrium. 11am-1pm. You can find more info at

Oct 14: A Golden Acre Autumn @ Golden Acre Home & Garden (620 Goddard Ave NE) 9am-3pm. Pancake breakfast, live music & local vendors.

Oct 14 & 15: Beacon Original Art Annual Fall Show & Sale @ Bridgeland Riverside Community Association (917 Centre Ave NE) 10am-4pm. different artists each day, including painters, photographers, and many other mediums. Visit for more info.


October 12: Adults only night: Crime & Punishment @ Spark Science Centre. 6 pm. Explore the psychology of criminal behaviour, and take a historical delve into controlling crime. You can use the CASS community connection passes for this event.

October 14 & 15: Calgary Tattoo & Arts Festival @ BMO Centre (Stampede Park). Fri 4pm-Midnight (over 18 only), Sat Noon-10pm, Sun noon-6pm. for all info.


Post date: 2017/10/02 - 11:45

 Workshops - Parties - Advisory Forum

Don't miss the upcoming dates - MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!


Post date: 2017/09/29 - 11:09

Hi Everyone,

October is DEAM month! I will be putting all of the Disability Employment Awareness Month  events in the Events listing, but make sure to check out so that you can get the full picture of the events going on to support DEAM.

If you want to vote early in the municipal election, but you don’t know where to go, check out . You just need to put your home address in, and it will give you a number of locations where you can vote at your convenience, and beat the Election Day rush.



Oct 2- December: Strong and Free @ +15 North Bridge of Bankers Hall. Find the superhero mural and strike a pose with your friends for a chance to win a prize pack every month by sharing the picture on social media with the hashtag #myCanada, or just for a fun time.

Oct 2: DEAM Proclamation @ City Hall (800 MacLeod Trail SE) Noon – 1pm. Come join the excitement as ministers from the provincial government will be in town to proclaim October Disability Employment Awareness Month.

Oct 6: Glow Green for Cerebral Palsy @ Eau Claire Market. 6-9pm. Celebrate world CP day. Wear your best glow in the dark apparel or buy it at the event, and celebrate the leaps that have been made in the disability world.

Oct 6: Launch Party @ Glenbow Museum (130 9 Ave SE) 7:30pm-11pm. Get the first look at the Museums new exhibitions. Admission is by donation.

Oct 8: Gamer Sundays @ Dickens Pub (1000 9 Ave SW) Opens at noon. Tabletops games, Starcraft on TV, figurine painting. A laid back day of fun and new people. See for events details.

Oct 8: Alzheimer Run & Walk @ Eau Claire Market. 10 am-Noon. Register as a participant or just come down to cheer people on!


 Oct 3: Free Cover Day @ Boxcar Café (1215 1 St SW). You can play games for free all day if you buy at least 10$ worth of food and drinks. If you have the means to buy a lunch, you can add some value to your meal and check out some of their fantastic games! Repeats every Tuesday until November 28th.

Oct 7: Wannabe- A Spice Girls Tribute @ SAIT Gateway (V203 1301 16 Ave NW). 8pm-1am. Tickets are $15 in advance through Sloth records or at the SAIT campus, or $19.50 + fees at the door. A Spice Girls tribute group will be performing the group’s hits, along with some other 90’s faves.

Oct 8: Pumpkin Festival @ Blue Grass Nursery (260130B Whiting Creek Cres.) 11 am-3pm. Pumpkin coach rides, a maze, and even a pumpkin smash. There is a suggested donation of $5 per person which will go towards The Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation.




Post date: 2017/09/19 - 14:27

CASS has a voucher for 2 free tickets to “Nine Dragons”, a performance at Vertigo Theatre, good through September 16 - October 15. Performances are weekday evenings at 7:30 pm, and weekend afternoons at 2 pm. If you are interested in these tickets please let me know and I will draw names on Friday September 22 at 1 pm. You can find out more about this crime thriller here:

The March of Dimes Canada’s Learning Independence for Future Empowerment (L.I.F.E.) Program will be running in Calgary from October 16-27. This program covers goal setting, financial literacy, health & wellness, music therapy and more.  Please see the poster and application form attached. Spots fill up quickly, so get yours in fast!

The candidates for the 2017 Calgary municipal election have all been declared. There are a lot of great resources to find out more about each of the candidates for mayor, councillor, and trustee. A great place to start is at . This site has links to any web presence and platform information that there is about the candidates.

You can see the list of everyone who is running, and for which position they are running for here: , and keep checking back  here to find non-partisan resources to get accessible information about the issues, the candidates, and the process of voting in the upcoming municipal election.



Sep 22- Oct 1: Backyard Alley Party @  The alley North of 17th Ave SW, between 4 & 5 St. While 17th Ave is under construction, the nightlife has moved to the back alley. There will be lots of art, activities, and patios set up, Fridays from 6-10 pm, Sat & Sun from 10 am-10pm.

Sep 27- Oct 1: Heritage Inn International Balloon Festival @ High River, Ab. High River is 45 minutes away, but even if you can’t make it, you might still be able to see the balloons from the city—check out to see the schedule, and keep your eyes peeled!

Sep 29-Oct 1: Alberta Culture Days @ Various locations. This is the yearly interactive arts festival that pops up all over Alberta! Go to to find what is going on where, and when.

Sep 30: Print It Yourself Festival @ Alberta Printmakers Studio and gallery (4025 4 St SE) 11 am-4pm. See the printmaking process and try out linocut printing, silkscreening, and even a letterpress. has all of the information. They will also have a spot set up at the Alberta Culture Days event at Olympic Plaza on September 29.


Sept 22- Oct 1: YYC Pizza Week @ various locations. Prices also vary, so check out for all of the info to take part in the pizza parade.

Sep 28: Ghost Tour @ St Mary’s University (14500 Bannister Rd SE). Registration and other information can be found here: Tickets are $11, children 12 & under are free. Please arrive by 6:30pm.



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!