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Post date: 2018/04/17 - 14:40

Hi Everyone,

Spring is on its way, I hear, and CASS will be hosting another Clean-up Day at Airways Park, a few blocks South West of the office. On Wednesday May 23, we will be getting our bags, gloves, and some refreshments together, and meeting in the parking lot at 27 Ave & 16 St NE to go through and help clean up a park that we use throughout the year. We will use supplies provided by “The Litter Kit” (TLC), . Come down, bring some friends, and have a great time. Please make sure you are wearing closed-toed shoes, have adequate gear for the weather, and read the “Tips for a successful day” provided in the link above.



Apr 26: Downtown Throwdown @ Stephen Avenue. 3 tonnes of snow are being brought to the city, and freestyle snowboarders will be showing off their skills.

April 27: Parade Of Wonders @ Stephen Avenue (starts at 8 St & 8 Ave SW) 10:30am. This cosplay parade is part of the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo. You can show  up to watch, or register to be in the parade through



April 26-29: Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo @ Stampede Park. Thurs 4-8:30pm, Fri Noon-7:30, Sat 10am-6:30pm, Sun 10am-4:30pm. Ticket prices vary, starting at $25 for a one-day pass. Artists, Writers, Cosplayers, Gamers, Re-enactors, etc. unite! has all of the info.

April 27-29: Market Collective @ Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre (197 1 St SW) Fri 4-9pm, Sat & Sun 10am-6pm. Admission is $5 for the weekend.

April 27- May 6: YYC Taco Fiesta @ Various restaurants. Individual tacos will sell for $4 -$6 and 15% of the sales will go toward charity partners. For all info, check out

April 28: Acadia Vintage Retro and Antiques Show @ Acadia Recreation Complex (240 90 Ave SE)  Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm. Admission is $6. There are lots of antiques to view or buy, and an identification clinic will be set up if you want to get an assessment.


Post date: 2018/04/13 - 13:19

CONGRATULATIONS, to CASS client Kevin A. Check out this month's article on his achievements!

And, don't forget, submissions for the CASS Report are welcome from all CASS Clients and staff. Let us know your achievements, tell us about a book you have recently read, or give us a movie review. Submissions are due the 15th of the month and can be emailed to or dropped off at the office with reception.


Post date: 2018/04/09 - 14:39

Hi Everyone,

The CBC Calgary Reads book sale is gearing up again, and accepting book donations at the Calgary Food Bank (5000 11 St SE) and the Calgary Curling Club (720 3 St NW). These donations will be accepted until May 6, then sorted and put out for sale from May 11-13. You can find out more at

That City of Calgary is looking for input on our budget for 2019-2022. Have your say by going to You do not need to give personal info to give your feedback, but they do ask some demographic questions that you can choose to answer (or not) at the end.



Apr 19: Boomerang Bags YYC@ North Mount Pleasant Art Centre (523 27 Ave NW) starts at 6:30pm. This is a night for people to come together and Sew, cut, iron, stamp, etc. old bags into new ones. Supplies will be provided, but donations of fabric, sewing supplies, irons etc. are welcome.

Apr 20: Calgary Night Market@ Eau Claire Mall. 5-11pm. This is the last indoor night market before the summer comes and the event heads outdoors.

Apr 21: Law Day 2018@ Calgary Courts Centre (601 5 St SW) Tour the Court Centre, get a free legal consultation, or watch a mock trial from 9am-3pm.

Apr 21: Beacon Original Art Annual Spring Art Exhibition and Sale@ Bridgeland-Riverside Community Association (917 Centre Ave NE). 25 artists will be showing and selling their work at this free event. See for details.

Apr 21: Tangled Tree Arts Spring Artisan Market@ Bearspaw Lions Hall (25240 Nagway Rd NW). This Market features 21 artists and their work. has all of the info.

Apr21: Climb for Wilderness@ the Bow Building (500 Centre Street SE) This yearly fundraiser has moved from the Calgary Tower to the bow building. Participant registration is open until April 20, each climber must fundraise $75 to make the climb. Water, snacks, entertainment and an incredible view will be available on the 54th floor—after you’ve made it to the 55th floor! Please see for more info about this event.


April 16-22: Calgary Underground Film Festival@ The Globe Cinema (617 8 Ave SW). All info about the films being shown this year, prices and times can be found here:

April 19: nêhiyawak - AlbertaSpotlight Series@ Studio Bell National Music Centre (850 4 St SE). 8pm. This concert series is intended to explore and celebrate local talent. Admission is $15.

Apr 19: Musicians for CKUA finding drive event@ The Ironwood (1229 9 Ave SE). starts at 7pm, reservations are recommended. Admission is $10 to this local live music event, that includes a silent auction and supports the CKUA listener supported radio station.

April 20-21: Ujamaa Grandmas Fabric and Yarn Sale@ Woodcliff United Church (5010 Spruce Drive SW). If you knit, crochet, sew or felt, this sale is your chance to get incredible materials at affordable prices. Admission to the sale is $2, and most skeins/fabrics are $1-$2. The sale runs Fri 2:30-7:30pm, and Sat 9am-2pm.

April 20-28: Calgary Poutine Week@ Various locations. has all of the details to get some great poutine and help support Mealshare, a non-profit venture that provides a free meal to someone in need for every poutine sold.

April 21: The Fibre Shindig@ Hiilhurst Sunnyside Community Association (1320 5 Ave NW) Admission to this fibre arts sale is $5, both materials to make your own fibre art, and finished projects will be available for sale from 10am-5pm.

Apr 21-22: Calgary Pet Expo@ Spruce Meadows. Admission is $10 for adults, $6 for seniors, kids 12 and under get in free. Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-5pm. Entertainment, “ask a vet”, products, and pet servies will be on display.

April 21-22: Spring Frenzy@ C-Square, East Village (7 Ave & 5 St SE). This yearly food truck bonanza also has art, vendors and live music to enjoy while you celebrate the (tentative) start of Spring in Calgary!

Post date: 2018/04/04 - 09:55

Hi Everyone,

Supported Lifestyles has a new round of cyber safety classes coming up. If you are interested in learning more about how to be safe on the internet, see the attached form for more information about this 5-week course. 

MoMo Dance has some open spots in their new Thursday class from 1-2:30pm, at the Wildflower Arts Centre. Please see the attachment for more information about registration for this class.

Nature Calgary has a lot going on these days, including FREE field trips in the Calgary area. You can find a list of upcoming trips here and scan the website for more information about Nature Calgary and everything you need to know before you go.



Apr 9: Weighted Blanket information night@ Lymph Balance Centre (707 12100 MacLeod Trail SE). 7pm.  Find out more about weighted blankets, and what they are all about.

April 11: Farmers Market@ Hillhurst-Sunnyside Community Association (1320 5 Ave NW) is back! 3-7pm.

April 12: Adults Only Night – Science Fiction@ TELUS Spark Science Centre. 6-10pm. Regular admission rates apply for this even, but you can always sign out one of CASS’ community connections passes to get in for free!

Apr 14-15: Aggie Days 2018@ Stampede Park. Find out more about animal farming in Alberta. has all of the info.

Apr 14: Calgary Creative Arts Guild Annual Spring Show and Sale@ Montgomery Community Association (5003 16 Ave NW). 10am-4pm. Check out the guilds new art, and feel free to bring a donation for the veteran’s food bank. You can get all of the details here:

Apr 15: Triwood Spring Market@ Triwood Community Association (2244 Chicoutimi Drive NW) 10am-3pm. Over 50 vendors to check out.


Apr 14: Wildlife Baby Shower @ Bow Habitat Station (1440 17A Street SE) Admission is $5 and please consider bringing an item from the wildlife refuge’s wishlist to help them out with all of the wild babies they take care of this time of year: toilet paper, paper towel, towels, white office paper, stamps.

Apr 14-15: Supertrain2018 @ Genesis Centre (7555 Falconridge Blvd NE) 9am-5pm. Admission is $15 to Canada’s Largest Model Train show. There are still spots available for volunteers if you want to attend for free. Check out www. for more info.

Apr 14-15: Calgary Woman’s Show@ BMO Centre Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-5pm. Tickets are $14, details are at

Apr 15: Springbank Big Band performance @ Juction (628 8 Ave SW). 2pm. Admission is $10.


Post date: 2018/04/03 - 14:38

Dear CASS Staff,

On behalf of the CASS Senior Leadership Team, I am happy to send out the following announcement of a new CASS program.

Calgary Alternative Support Services is proud to welcome the addition of Stepping Stone Manor to our CASS community. Effective April 1, 2018, Stepping Stone Manor joins CASS in our mission towards facilitating connections and opportunities that promote personal development and inclusive communities.

Stepping Stone Manor represented the first success of the Calgary Homeless Foundation's (CHF) innovative RESOLVE Campaign - a partnership between the CHF and a number of Calgary home builders including Cedarglen Living - the builder of Stepping Stone Manor.

This permanent supportive housing project which supports people with a history of chronic or episodic homelessness meets the CASS mandate of supporting people to have greater overall well-being through housing, employment, life skills development, community involvement and opportunities to develop social networks and engage in valued roles in their communities.

We enthusiastically welcome Stepping Stone Manor, its staff and tenants to the CASS community!

To learn more about the history of Stepping Stone Manor, click on the links below.

Initial Project Announcement - Resolve Campaign Video - April 28, 2014
Calgary Homeless Foundation Announcement - CHF Article - March 9, 2016
Resolve Campaign Building Completed - Calgary Herald Article - March 12, 2016
Building Opening - Global News Video - June 28, 2016

Post date: 2018/03/29 - 11:25

Hi Everyone,

The 2018 Picture This… film festival is happening from April 11-13 at Calgary SCOPE Society, and will present films from all over the world with a focus on disability rights. Tickets are available at the door for $7.50-$10, and popcorn is always free! has all of the information that you will need to enjoy this festival.

CASS is still doing client taxes for free! You will need to book your appointment  or drop of your tax package by April 9th to ensure that there is time to get them prepared and filed before the deadline. Contact Rachel by calling 403-283-0611, or emailing for more info or to book. Packages are available at the CASS Resource Area, or can be emailed to you to print off yourself.



Apr 2: YYC World Autism Awareness Day @ Olympic Plaza. 11am-2pm. Come enjoy a day full of bubbles and autism acceptance.

Apr 3: Trailer Park Boys signings and photo ops @ Liquor Depot (1140 17 Ave SW) 2-4pm. with Ricky, Julian, and Bubbles.

Apr 7: Motorcycle Swap Meet @ Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association (1320 5 Ave NW). 10am-2pm. motorcycle parts and motorcycle enthusiast will be all over the community centre.

Apr 7: Korean Food Market Spring Sale @ Calgary Korean Association (7008 Farrell Rd SE) 10 am-4pm. Unlike most food festivals, this one is a place to buy food that you can make at home later, not food that you eat at the festival. IF you want fast, easy, affordable semi-prepared meals with a kick, this festival if for you!

Apr 7: The little Vegan Spring Market @ Marda Loop Community Association (3130 16 St SW) 11 am -4pm. Please see for more details.

Apr 7: Community Grants Information Workshop @ Genesis Centre (7555 Falconridge Blvd NE). 2-4pm.  Learn about ways to get money from the government to help bring your ideas of how to build up your community to life. Please register your attendance with


Apr 8: $5 Drop in Yoga Class@ Yoga Passage (#220 524 11 Ave SW) 4-5:30 pm.

Apr 8: The Music of Charles Mingus @ Junction (628 8 Ave SW). 6pm. The Paul Ashwell Septet will be bringing out all of the hits.  Admission is $20.


Post date: 2018/03/15 - 11:00

Hi Everyone,

If you want to watch some of the live coverage of the Paralympics in Pyeongchang, head to It will be running until March 18th.

The Centre 4 Artistic Soles is opening registration for their spring programs. We have registration packages at the office, or you can check out



Mar 26: Canadian Rabbit Hopping Club @ Whitehorn Village (5200 44 Ave NE) 7pm. The rabbits will be strutting their stuff at this live demonstration. Check out for some awfully cute videos and more information.

Mar 28: Work Search 2-day Workshop @ Alberta Supports Centre (Fisher Park, 100, 6712 Fisher Street SE). register online at , then find out about all of the employment and training programs offered through community organizations, non-profit agencies, colleges, businesses and more.

March 30: Easter at the Market @ Calgary Farmers Market (510 77 Ave SE) 10am-2pm. Cookie decorating while supplies last, and pictures with the Easter Bunny in exchange for a donation to the Calgary Food Bank.

April 1: Nevruz Calgary Spring Festival @ Genesis Centre (10,7555 Falconridge Blvd NE) 10am-8pm. This event celebrates that start of the New Year with cultural food and drink, and lots of colour.


March 30-31: Easter Eggstravaganza @ The Calgary Zoo. 9am-2pm. There will be activities from Cobb’s Corn Maze, a themed photo booth, information about local bees, and, my personal favourite, rabbit racing with the Canadian Rabbit Hopping Club. Regular admission rates apply.

Mar 31: Taste of Jamaica @ Thorncliffe Greenview Community Association (5600 Centre St N). Noon-8pm. Celebrate Jamaican culture through food, music, and more. Tickets are $15 for adults, more information is available at



Post date: 2018/03/13 - 15:44

Hi Everyone, 

Calgary City Council is looking into 24/7 On demand Wheelchair Accessible Taxis in Calgary, and will be discussing it at a city council meeting on March 19th. If you wish to support this more flexible option for affordable, accessible transit, consider sending a brief note of support to your city councillor. Please title your note “24/7 On demand Wheelchair Accessible Taxis in Calgary”. They just need to know that they have constituents who support this project, going into the meeting.



Mar 18-20: Earth Science for Society Exhibition@ BMO Centre. There will be hands-on exhibits taking you through the different Earth Sciences and how they affect our everyday lives. The exhibition runs Sun: 11:30am-5pm, Mon 8:45am-2:45pm, and 6-9pm, And Tues 8:45am-2:45pm. There will be speaker sessions on “How and Where to Find Fossils in Alberta, and “Everyday Astronaut”. More information is available at

Mar 19: Chapters & Chat Book Club Meeting @ Forest Lawn Library. 6:30-8:30pm. The reading this meeting is the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s “94 Calls to Action”. You can download the reading for free at

Mar 22: 100 Years of History in Marda Loop @ Marda Loop Community Association (3130 16 St SW). 7pm. Join the Ward 8 Councillor and a local Historian and travel back in time, with live music, local food and a cash bar.

Mar23: The Power of Connections Dinner @ Crossroads Community Association (1803 14 Avenue NE). This is a free dinner and discussion with elected officials from different levels of government, themed “What does your order of Government do for crime prevention?” It is geared towards the communities that make up CPS District 4: Mayland, Franklin, Marlborough, Marlborough Park, Abbeydale, Applewood Park, Penbrooke Meadows, Forest Heights, Albert Park/Radisson Heights, Forest Lawn, Southview, Dover and Erin Woods.

Mar 23: Pakistan Day Show and Dinner @ Falconridge Castleridge Community Hall (95 Falshire Drive NE). Dinner, Dances, Entertainment and a lot of celebration, everything starts at 6pm. There is more information at


Mar 22: Fantastic Fossils: Where, How and Why to Find them @ Fish Creek Environmental Learning Centre (13931 Woodpath Rd SW).  7-8pm. Many fossils were unearthed in the 2013 floods, and this is your chance to learn more about where you can find out more about the pre-history of this area. To attend this event you will need to pay $5 and register at . The tickets are selling out fast!

Mar 22: Calgary Story Slam: @ The Pint (1428 17 Ave SW) 7 pm. admission is $5, and you can watch as other people tell their 5-minuite stories, or bring one of your own to share. The theme for this slam is “forgotten”.

Mar 22- Apr 11: Alchemy Festival of Student Work @ University of Calgary (various times and locations within the campus) For more information, go to

Mar 24-25: The Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show @ BMO Centre. 10am-5pm. Admission is $8, free for support providers. Exhibitors include nearly any travel or adventure group you can think of, from the Northwest Territories, to Hawai’I to Nepal, and even locally based.


Post date: 2018/03/06 - 15:06

Hi Everyone,

Spring is here, and there is a lot going on to get your garden started! If you’re not much of a gardener but still want access to nutritious, affordable food, check out the Alex Community Food Centre, at 4920 17 Ave SE. They have a ton of programs and a free drop-in community lunch on Wednesdays. Check out their program schedule for more info at

The “Coming Out Monologues” are back, and have pay-what-you-can entry fees starting at $3, on March 21-23, at the John Dutton Theatre in the downtown library. It’s an accessible theatre on the C-train line. You can get tickets through , or find out more about the event at . Hillhurst United Church is also hosting “Coming Out in Faith” April 6 & 7, and you can get tickets for that event here:

If you have lost, or don’t have legal ID, Calgary Legal Guidance has their Spring ID Schedule up! You can get free picture ID. It is not government ID, but it is legal ID. Please arrive on time.

March 14: 4:30-5pm @ Calgary Legal Guidance (840 7 Ave SW)

March 21: 5:30-6pm @ Women’s centre of Calgary (women-inclusive only)

March 29: 9-9:30am @ Calgary Legal Guidance (840 7 Ave SW)

April 11: 4:30-5pm @ Calgary Legal Guidance (840 7 Ave SW)

April 18: 5:30-6pm @ Women’s centre of Calgary (women-inclusive only)

April 27: 9-9:30am @ Calgary Legal Guidance (840 7 Ave SW)

May 9: 4:30-5pm @ Calgary Legal Guidance (840 7 Ave SW)

May 16: 5:30-6pm @ Women’s centre of Calgary (women-inclusive only)

May 25: 9-9:30am @ Calgary Legal Guidance (840 7 Ave SW)



Mar 12: Renter’s Rights Workshop@ Women’s Centre of Calgary (39-4 St NE). 6pm. This interactive workshop aims to empower renters to know and exercise their rights. It is intended for women-identified participants. There will be light refreshments and childcare available. RSVP by calling (403) 264-1155. For more info about the group putting on the workshop, email

Mar 12: Calgary Gets Consent Workshop: Community Bystander Interventions @ CommunityWise Resource Centre (223 12 Ave SW). 4-7 pm, refreshments provided. Learn more about consent, relationships, and what it means to be an “active bystander”.

Mar 14: Mario Kart Classic @ The Rec Room (1180 901 64 Ave NE). 7pm. Tournament winners will get prizes, everyone will get a good time playing classic Nintendo on the switch.

Mar 14: Maudie @ The Plaza Theatre (1133 Kensington Road NW). This movie is being shown as part of the “Science in the Cinema” Series. Movie starts at 6:30pm, and follows a Nova Scotian woman with arthritis. Dr. Mosher, Chief of the Division of Rheumatology at the U of C will lead a discussion after the movie.

Mar 15: Rock-a-Palooza Gem & Mineral Show @ Spruce Meadows, Gallery in the Green Congress Hall. Thurs-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am-5pm.  Get your inner geologist going!

Mar 16: Planning your Garden @ Lee Valley Hardware (7261 11 St SE). This event will give you an idea of what you need to plan before you get your garden in the ground, with lots of free tips and advice.

Mar 16: Open House @ The Worx (130 910 7 Ave SW) Check out accessible services, and demonstrations of assistive technologies from 2-4 pm.



Mar 14: Planning your Edible Garden for Success @ West Hillhurst Community Association (1940 6 Ave NW). 6:30-9 pm. $20. Learn about what grows well in Calgary, and gets tips and a starter kit, including a “gardeners cheat sheet”. Please phone (403) 283-0464 to register.

Mar 17: Seedy Saturday @ Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association. 10 am. Admission is $2, and Calgary Dollars are accepted.

Mar 18: Lego Building Competition @ Renfrew Community Association (811 Radford Rd NE) Public Admission $2,  2-4pm. If you want to enter the competition, email for more info.




Post date: 2018/03/01 - 16:18

It is time for the annual Money Matters Workshops. This free series of 7 workshops is open for CASS clients, and held right here at CASS.

Workshops will be held Thursday afternoons from 1 - 3 pm, beginning May 3rd.

Contact Shannon at 403-283-0611 or email but HURRY - the program is filling up fast!