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Post date: 2016/12/21 - 08:19

Short and sweet his holiday week--


Dec 28: Farmer’s Market @ Parkdale (3512 5 Ave NW) 2-6:30 pm. Indoor Farmer’s market.

Dec 31: New Year’s Eve @ Olympic Plaza. Starts up at 7pm. There will be ice skating, an ice slide, fire spinning, a glow in the dark dance party, music and much more at the free indoor/outdoor party. There will even be fireworks at midnight!

Jan 1: Calgary Ice Breaker Polar Dip @ 100 Misty Morning Drive, Elbow Valley. 1pm. Warm drinks available for everyone. Watching the plunge is free. If you want to take the plunge, you will need to register for in advance and fundraise. Information about that can be found here: .

Jan 1: “Inside Out” Animated Film @ Olympic Plaza. 5 pm. There will be fire pits on site, but don’t forget to dress for the weather!


Dec 26- Jan 1: The Mac’s Tournament @ Various Locations. Watch all of the AAA Action go down. Tickets are $10/day or $45 for the whole tournament. For all information check out

Dec 31: Noon Year’s Eve @ Spark Science Centre. Starts at 9am, regular admission rates apply. There will be a countdown at noon for those of us who aren’t going to manage to still be awake at midnight! Please contact the resource facilitator if you need to use one of the CASS passes to get in for free.


Post date: 2016/12/13 - 14:17

Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Joyous Kwanzaa, Yuletide Greetings!

Parks Canada is offering FREE Passes for 2017. You can order yours online at .

A new issue of the International Journal for Direct support Professionals is out. The topic is “The Art of Holding Space” You can find this issue and all of the back issues of the journal at

We have free tickets to the Calgary Renovation Show @ BMO Centre January 13-15. The tickets will be available at CASS reception while they last.

There are a handful of coupons for $5 off Friday night drum circles at Circles of Rhythm (Inglewood Community Hall (1740 24 Ave SE) 7-9pm. Regular cost is $15. Please contact me to get a coupon. There is also one free pass for a drop-in Kung Fu lesson at the Canadian Wing Chun Kung Fu Academy. These are all first-come-first served.

Check out Calgary’s best skating rinks @



Dec 20: Singer/Songwriter Open Mic @ Café Koi (1011 1St SW) 8pm.

Dec 22: Santa’s Little Extraordinary Helpers @ Mustard Seed Sorting Centre (Bay 27, Foothills industrial Area- 4216 54 Ave SE). Come and help sort backpack gifts for Mustard Seed Guests. You will need to sign up by sending an email to

Dec 24: Christmas Eve in Kensington Lights, carolers, and selfies with Santa from 1-3pm. Free screening of “Home Alone” @ the Plaza Theatre in Kensington at 3:30


Dec 19: Yoga @ The Grand (608 1 St SW) third floor space 12:15-1:15 pm. $10 Drop In.

Dec 21: Heavy Metal Ugly Christmas Sweater Party @ Broken City (613 aa Ave SW) $3 admssion.

Dec 23: The Jingles: Always in Season @ Gravity Espresso & Wine Bar (909 10 At SE) 7-10pm. A night of holiday music and entertainment. $10 admission, proceeds go to Calgary Food Bank.

Dec 23: Christmas Skate @ Olympic Oval Noon-5pm. $2 Admission.


Happy Planning!

Post date: 2016/12/08 - 14:10

Hi All,

CASS partners with the Community Kitchen of Calgary's Spinz-A-Round program every Tuesday to bring fresh and non-perishable food donations to the office to help people out with their grocery bills. Please be aware that the Spinz A Round warehouse will be closed for the holiday season, so the last Spinz A Round day for 2016 will be Tuesday December 13th. We will begin running the regular Tuesday grocery program again on January 10th.


The Vecova Professional Supports Education Series January-March sessions have been announced. The sessions in this series will be “Dealing with Emotions”, “The Mind-Body Connection”, and “Multiple Identities and Social Justice”.  Please contact me if you would like more information.


Christmas light displays are everywhere! Here is a list of some of the biggest displays in Calgary. Let me know if I missed one that is a favourite of yours so that more people can find out about these dazzling displays.

Zoolights- 6-9pm from November 25- January 8. Regular admission rate is $14.99

Lions Festival of Lights- 6pm-Midnight from November 26-Jan 8. Free @ Confederation Park (24 Ave & 14 St. NW)

Airdrie Festival of Lights- 6-9pm from December 1-31. Free @ Nose Creek Pond in Airdrie

Christmas Lights at Spruce Meadows- 5-10 pm from December 10-January 8.

CP Holiday Train @ Anderson Station at 6:45 pm on December 10. 14 rail cars will be decorated. Visitors are encouraged to bring Food Bank Donations.

Private displays can be found through the Lighten Up Calgary interactive map posted here:

Other lights: Stephen Ave, Olympic Plaza, McDougall Centre



Dec 15: Winter Party Potluck @ CommunityWise Resource Centre (223 12 Ave SW) Drop-in 6-9pm. Come by with a dish to share and celebrate winter with our fantastic community partners at CommunityWise Resource Centre. Contact  to RSVP & sign up for the potluck or contribute to a performance at the party.

Dec 15: Art House: Behind the Bar @ Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters in Mission (2207 4 St. SW) The coffee shop will be turned into an art gallery from 7-10 pm.

Dec 18: Rock N Roll Garage Sale @ The Palomino Social Club (109 7 Ave SW) Sale starts at 1pm, Bands will play at 3pm. Admission is free with a donation to the Veteran’s Food Bank, or will be $15 without a donation.


Dec 16-18: Market Collective @ Chinese Cultural Centre (197 1 St SW) Fri 4-9pm, Sat & Sun 10-6pm. Admission is $5. This is the last weekend of the Market Collective for the year. Enjoy!

Dec 17: Christmas with New west Symphony and Chorus @ Jack Singer Concert Hall (205 8 Ave SE) 7:30-10pm. Tickets vary in cost from $15-$25 and can be purchased through

Dec 18: Carol of the Belles @ Flames Central (219 8 Ave SW) 2-5 pm. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. This event is a local music favourite and proceeds go to the Calgary Sexual Health Centres Wise Guyz program.  Visit to buy tickets and get more information.


Happy Planning!





Post date: 2016/12/05 - 14:29

The last month of the year! Where does the time go?

Check out the 9 Steps to a Healthy Holiday Season in this final issue of 2016.


Post date: 2016/11/28 - 13:05

Hi Everyone,

The CASS dinner club will be meeting this week for our annual holiday meal at Swiss Chalet If you would like to join in the festivities, you will need to RSVP with The dinner club by calling (403) 283-0611 or emailing

Beginning on December 17th, Winsport will be adding tubing to its list of activities! You can buy a day pass for tubing only, or for all parts of the park. Enjoy!



Dec 3- 24: Christmas in Kensington- Saturdays and Sundays throughout December Kensington will be taken over by wagon rides, carolers, free hot chocolate and coffee, and a different free Christmas movie at the Plaza theatre each week.

Dec 8-11: Christmas market @ Calgary Farmer’s Market 9am-5pm.  This is the final weekend for this market.

Dec 10-11: Festive Season Public Sale @ Calgary Rock and Lapidary Club (13, 3650 19 St NE) 10am-5pm both days. Lots of great handmade items using rocks, gems, minerals and fossils.

Dec 10-Jan 8: Christmas Lights @ Spruce Meadows. From 5-10pm each evening Spruce Meadows will be lit up throughout a 2km drive. All info about this activity can be found here:



Dec 8-11: Festival of Crafts @ Stampede Park. Thurs & Fri 10am-9pm, Sat & Sun 10am-6pm. Admission is $7. There will be more than 250 artisan booths.

Dec 9: Stuck in the Middle: Improv @ The Lab (112 16 Ave NW) 8-9:15pm Admission is $10 to this performance.

Dec 9-11: Market Collective @ Chinese Cultural Centre (197 1 St SW)  Fri 4-9pm, Sat & Sun 10am-6pm. Admission is $5.

Dec 11: Winter Fantasia @ Bella Concert Hall, MRU (4825 Mount Royal Gate SW) 3pm. Seasonal Favourites from the conservatory. Tickets run from $10-$30 and can be purchased by  going to



Happy Planning!


Post date: 2016/11/24 - 13:10

There is an Emergency First Aid class for adults coming up on Tuesday, December 13. It will start promptly at 9:30 am here at the CASS Office.

Anyone wishing to take the course must contact the instructor directly for more information, registration and payment.

Melainie Hatt - 250-919-6403 or


Post date: 2016/11/23 - 11:05

Hi Everyone,


The Yearly CASS Holiday party is coming up on December 2 from 6-10pm at the Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association. Please RSVP by November 28th with CASS reception. There will be a buffet meal, dancing to our ‘Musical Twist’ DJ Cameron, and lots of great company.

Also On December 2, is International Day of People with Disabilities! There will be a celebration of diversity at the Calgary Municipal Building (800 MacLeod Trail SE) from 11am-2pm. There will be interactive displays and exhibits. Hon. Kent Hehr, Minister of Veteran Affairs and Michael Sametz, Bronze Medal Paralympian, Rio 2016 Paralympic Summer Games will be the guest speakers this year.  You can call 311 for more info.



Nov 28: Calgary Public Library Book Truck @ McKenzie Towne Hall (40 McKenzie Towne Blvd SE) 4pm. The Calgary Public Library comes to you!

Nov 28: Knitting workshop #1 @ Global Village Calgary ( 3rd floor 515 1 St SE) 3:45 pm. knitting needles and yarn will be provided. This si the first of three weekly workshops.

Nov 30: Slam ‘n’Jam @ UofC Empty Space (MacEwan Hall) @6:45pm Free Admission and Free Pizza. This Months featured poet is Audrey Lane Cockett.

Dec 1: Free Introduction to permaculture. 6-9pm. You will need to register to attend this free event. You can do that by emailing You will be given more information at that time.

Dec 1: Winter Word Fair @ Central Library (616 Macleod Trail SE)  5-8pm. Independent booksellers and other wordy vendors for all of the book lovers out there.

Dec 1-Jan 14: Deck the Walls @ Newzones Gallery (730 11 Ave SW). This exhibit is also a shopping trip- find small to medium sized artworks for you and yours.

Dec 4: Wildflower Salon and Sale @ Wildflower Art Centre (3363 Spruce Dr SW) 10 am-4pm. Everything from photography to ceramics.

Dec. 4-11: Jewish Book Festival @ Jewish Community Centre Calgary (1607 90 Ave SW). This yearly festival is full of a wide assortment of events. Please see the full listings here: All events are free unless otherwise noted.


Nov 30: Movies that Matter: Migrant Dreams @ Taylor Family Digital Library, U of C (410 University Ct. NW) 7-9pm. $10 suggested donation

Dec 2&3: Jingle & Mingle @ Truck Contemporary Art (2009 10 Ave SW) This Art market features treats from Sidewalk Citizen Bakery, Big Rock, and Caffe Beano while you shop and support local artists.  Fri 5-9pm, Sat 10-5pm. $5.




Post date: 2016/11/15 - 15:34

Hi Everyone,

November is Financial Literacy Month. Momentum Calgary is an excellent resource for help with managing and saving money, improving your skills, and more. Head to their website at to check out upcoming classes, get to know their programs and services, or even work out your budget with a solid online budget planning tool.



Nov 21: Protecting yourself in a social world @ Woodcreek community association (1991 Woodview Drive SW) 7pm. Cnst. Jeremy Shaw will discuss how CPS uses social media and give an overview of the basics of social media security.

Nov 22: Know Your Rights @ MacEwan Hall (2500 University Drive NW) The UofC Student Legal Association is presenting a ‘know your rights’ session at 2pm in Council Chambers that will cover situations ranging from landlords withholding security deposits to speeding, DIP, etc.

Nov 24: Narcan Training @ Emmedia (351 11 Ave SW) 7:30 pm. An instructor from Alberta Safeworks will be running the session. You will be trained on the proper use of Naloxen Narcan Kits, and they will be available. CPR Fundamentals relating to overdoses will also be taught. Space is limited, so please RSVP to

Nov 24: Mental Health Awareness Bakesale @ UofC (Science B, 834 Campus Place NW) Bakesale begins at 9am.

Nov 24: Closet Raid: Men’s Edition @ Last Best Brewery (607 11 Ave SW) 5-9pm Shop for gently used, curated consignment men’s clothing. Cash, credit and ATM accepted for clothing, admission is free. Clothing Donations to the Drop-In centre are welcome.

Nov 24: Smart Renting and Safe Homes @ Forest Lawn Library (4807 8th Ave SE)  6:30-8:30pm Learn about tenants rights, landlord rights, etc. Registration is required! Email A light meal will be provided.

Nov 25: Distinctly Nanton Market @ Nanton Community Centre, 40 mins south of Calgary on Hwy 2. 10 am-5pm. All info can be found at

Nov 26: Speedcubing competition@ McDonald Hall, SAIT. You can register to compete in this competition designed to test your Rubik’s Cube solving, or just come by to watch the action. This event is free for spectators, but if you want to compete, it will be $15+. Please see for more information. Volunteers are also needed


Happy Planning!

Post date: 2016/11/09 - 10:21

Hi Everyone,


There are lots of holiday events coming up and markets are everywhere. If you are looking for a market please see some of the past events listing, in particular, this one: .  



Nov 14: Book Release- On Not Losing My Father’s Ashes in the Flood @ Shelf life books 7-9pm.

Nov 14: Painting Party @ Dickens Pub (1000 9 Ave SW) Come down to the pub and paint, with inspiration drawn from streaming painting shows. There is no cover charge, but donations are accepted to help keep up with the demand of painting supplies, and any regular pub fare is regular price.

Nov 18 & 19: ACAD Show & Sale @ ACAD (1407 14 Ave NW) Fri Noon- 7pm, Sat Noon- 4pm. Admission is free but donations are accepted. Come by and see what ACAD students have been doing this year. There is more information at

Nov 19 & 20: Printed Matter Affair @ Stride Gallery (1006 Macleod Trail SE) Books, Zines, Prints and more from more than 30 local artists. 11 am-6pm both days.

Nov 19 & 20: Artisan Sale @ Calgary Rock and Lapidary Club (#13 3650 19 St. NE) 10am-5pm. Rocks, Gems, Minerals, and Fossils made into handcrafted jewellery, metal work and more will be on display. Come look at the beautiful handmade pieces, and maybe even get some holiday shopping done.

Nov 20: Japanese Food and Craft Bazaar @ Calgary Nikkei Cultural & Senior Centre (2236 29 St. SW) 11am-3pm.


Nov 17: Calgary Story Slam @ 80th & Ivy (1127 17 Ave SW) 7pm. Come to listen or come to tell 5-minute, mostly true, stories. The theme is “Catch Up”. Register at the beginning of the evening. Admission is $5.

Nov 17-20: Calgary Underground Film Festival Documentaries @ Globe Cinema(617 8 Ave SW). Various times. Please visit to learn more about the films that will be presented, see the schedule, and buy tickets.

Nov 17: Adults Only Night- Energy Series: Extraterrestrial Energy @ Telus Spark Science Centre. 6-10pm. Astronauts, Space Travel and Energy! Regular admission rates apply, or sign out one of the CASS Community Connections passes to get in for free. Visit for additional info.



Post date: 2016/11/04 - 09:29

Calgary Alternative Support Services Inc. (CASS) is currently accepting proposals from vendors to supply, implement and maintain a Human Services Management System or similar solution with comparable capabilities that will allow agency staff to effectively administer, support and manage the delivery of services to clients.

Please see the attached Executive Summary for more detail and email the project co-leaders for the full Request for Proposal if you think your company can help.