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Post date: 2016/09/21 - 13:23

Hi Everyone, 


Alberta Culture Days is back, with tons of events across the province. A list of participating organizations can be found here: This year there will be a block party at Olympic Plaza from 11am-2pm on Friday September 30, featuring art activities, performances, stilt walkers, buskers, and so much more.

The Autumn Pumpkin Festival at Calgary Corn Maze starts up again this weekend as well. The festival runs on weekends throughout the month of October. Adult admission is $13.50, and season passes can be purchased for $25-32. Please see for more info.

Cobb’s Corn Maze Pumpkin Palooza & flashlight nights start this weekend, too. Adults admission is $13.50, Season’s passes are $50. New this year are a ropes course, black light mini golf and more. See for info.

On Monday October 3, VSLC has a selection of free activities for the 50+ crowd. Please see the attached flyer for details.

The CASS Advisory Forum is meeting on September 28, 3-5pm. Come eat with us and let CASS know what you want from your services.

We have two free tickets left to the Calgary Tattoo and Arts Festival, October 14-16. Please contact me if you are interested. First come first served. 



Sep 28: Starry, starry night (cancelled going forward- we will notify you of any changes)

Sep 30- Oct 1: Print It Yourself Festival @ Olympic Plaza. Fri 11am - 2pm & Sat 11am - 4pm. Keep the Culture Days block party going with this immersive printmaking activity.

Oct 1: Free Art Sampler @ In-Definite Arts. This event is an open house for Alberta Culture Days and features a variety of free art demonstrations, door prizes, and a family BBQ.



Sep 21-Oct 2: Calgary International Film Festival @ Various Cinemas. Tickets are available for $15/show, with various ticket packages and passes available. For full film info, please see

Sep 26-Oct 1: YYC Comedy Festival @ Various Locations. Many iconic Canadian Comics will be throwing up the laughs at this yearly festival. Check out to see who’s coming this year!

Sep 28-30: Making Treaty 7 @ Grey Eagle Resort and Casino. 7 pm. The performance “explores the historical significance of the events at Blackfoot Crossing in 1877, while investigating the consequences and implications of Treaty 7, 139 years later. The Society invites people of all ages and backgrounds to consider and enlightened, sustainable future for everyone- together” Tickets are $40 and can be found through

Sep 29: Calgary Story Slam @ Craft Beer Market (345 10 Ave SW) 7pm. Listen to stories that are (mostly) true of a time that the storyteller got “busted!” Find out more about Calgary Story Slam by visiting





Post date: 2016/09/13 - 12:05

The Calgary Home + Design show is back at the BMO centre. Admission is regularly $16, but we have Free Passes at the office. Please let me know if you would like some- they are open to anyone, and good for any day of the show. . The show runs Thurs 4-9pm, Fri Noon-9pm, Sat 10am-9pm & Sun 10am-6pm.

If you are interested in a FREE Food handling safety course on Wednesday September 21, put on by the AHS, please email the Edgemont Community Association at ASAP to get more information and secure a spot.

The Chinese Artifacts Museum Is located at the lower level of the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre. Admission is $5, and showcases more than 3,000 years of history. The museum is open from 11am-5pm. Please see for all of the details.

Did you know that Calgary has a Horseshoe Club? And that its outdoor pits are free to use? See for more details.



Sep 20:Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ @ Stephen Avenue from Bankers Hall to Olympic Plaza. Starts at 11:30 am. Come support this yearly walk which brings more than 200 men together walk a mile in high heels to raise money in support of the YWCA’s work to break the cycle of domestic violence.

Sep 23-27: International Balloon Festival @ Heritage Inn, High River. There will be 27 international balloons from Belgium, the UK, US & Canada. This festival includes a “balloon glow”, where the balloons will be lit up for night viewing. The balloon glow will take place on September 23 at 7pm. The location of the glow is Spitzee Elementary School in High River.

Sep 24& 25: Kiwanis Apple Festival @ Kamp Kiwanis (241001 Range Rd 42). This historic festival runs from 10am-4pm and features apple archery and plenty of taste testing.

Sep 25: Doors Open YYC @ Various Locations. Throughout the day buildings all over Calgary will open their doors for public tours and behind-the-scenes experiences. To see the site listing of participating buildings, check out



Sep 21- Oct 2: Calgary International Film Festival @ Various Locations Lots of info can be found here: . There are some incredible looking films coming to Calgary this week. Tickets are $15, passes start at $115.

Sep 23&24: Calgary Oktoberfest @ Big 4 building. Tickets to this annual beer festival full of German music, dancing and games. Tickets start at $19/day online, $25 /day at the door, or $30 for the weekend pass and can be purchased online here:

Sep 24: Etsy: Made in Canada @ Genesis Centre (#10 7555 Falconridge Blvd. NE) 9am-5pm. Admission is $5. Check out the vendor list here:

Sep 25: Unity: Dance Across Africa @ University Theatre, UofC. 6:30pm. This dance performance represents the diversity of dance throughout Africa, highlighting Burundi, Cameroon, Ghana, Guinea, Nigeria and North Sudan. Information and tickets (which start at $15) can be found here:

Happy planning!

Post date: 2016/09/09 - 09:36

Fall could be a great time to catch up on all your training needs! Training dates and times are always found on page 4 of the CASS Report. The CASS Report is mailed to clients on the current mailing list. The newsletter is always posted on our website under News.

Abuse Awareness Training

Wednesday, September 21 6 - 8 pm

Tuesday, October 18 2 - 4 pm

Wednesday, November 23 6 - 8 pm

Thursday, December 15 2 - 4 pm



Tuesday, September 13 - CLASS IS FULL

Tuesdays, November 8 and December 6 - class is a full day, 9 - 4 pm


Mental Health First Aid

Tuesday and Wednesday, October 4 and 5th 9 - 4 pm both days


First Aid and CPR - next Thursday, September 15 from 9 - 4 pm - call the instructor to register, Melainie Hatt 250-919-6403 or email


Challenging Behaviours - Part II (to be taken after Open Futures on line training is complete)

email to register for the on line course and complete Introduction to Your Role and Challenging Behaviours

Tuesdays, September 13 and September 27


Medication Assistance - email to register for this course. Once it is complete email for the proficiency portion of this course.




Post date: 2016/09/09 - 09:06

Don't miss this month's Speakers Corner (always written by a CASS client)! And, catch up on the CASS Advisory news!

Post date: 2016/09/07 - 10:50

Hi All,

The new issue of Service, Support and Success International Journal for Direct Support Professionals is out. This Issue is about supporting informed decision making and the right to risk. It can be foundalong with all past issues at 

Food Fit is a 12- week program that combines hands on cooking sessions, take-home recipes, group exercise, shared meals, and self-directed goal setting. The next session starts on September 12th, and fills up fast. Email to register and schedule an intake session, and check out for info.

Mixed-ability theatre classes at Inside Out Theatre are open for registration. You can find info about the theatre and the upcoming classes here: . Registration is just $50 for ~ 2 months of incredible drama training.


It’s Beakerhead, time! From September 14-18 Calgary will be taken over by Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.  From Extreme Board Gaming to learning how to make squeaky cheese curds for poutine, to mixing your own concrete furniture, there is something interesting for everyone.

From the media release: 10 Highlights to experience at Beakerhead:

·         Beakernight; an evening full of quirky surprises illuminate the streets of Bridgeland where everyone will enjoy interactive works and performances, live music, the Beakerbar, a pedal-powered brain, a can-crushing cow and a human-sized hamster wheel, just to name to few.

·         Torched; an original food experience that will jolt everyone’s expectations. Six top Calgary chefs and mixologists are getting creative in an industrial compound - turned skate park in Ramsay. Imagine a car on its side turning a spit, a giant flame under an array of roasted trout in wire baskets, and a warehouse setting full of surprises.

·         Cornstarch Walk; try your luck at walking across a trough of cornstarch and water – barefoot - without sinking!

·         International premiere of BASS Ship, a two-story high communications device for sending messages to outer space – if you can crack the code. Hop in! It’s in the East Village.

·         A building turned into a social barometer in Mission. This is Highly Social Science!

·         Tentacles; A massive octopus has managed to get inside one of Inglewood’s historic building!

·         Saturnian; walk barefoot inside the belly of an inflatable robotic, exploratory, humpback – narwhal hybrid.

·         Nibbles; for those who remember last year’s rabbits in Central Memorial Park… You know what rabbits do? It has happened. Welcome … baby bunnies!

·         Cloud 17; three interactive experiences will provide you with light, images and sound in the heart of 17th ave.

·         Engineered Eats; Explore engineered temptations at 32 participating bars and restaurants during Beakerhead - citywide.



Sep 13: Calgary Career and Training Expo @ BMO Centre 4-10 pm. This event will be filled with education and training exhibitors as well as career exhibitors. If you are looking for a job, or even would just like some experience networking, this free event might be worth your while.

Sep 14: Imagine Calgary 10 year celebration @ Festival Hall, Inglewood (1215 10 Ave SE) 5:30-8:30pm. This event is free, but you will need to register through There will be light refreshments and a cash bar.

Sep 16: Beakerhead Party @ Parking Lot 6B (corner of 4 ave & 8 St SW) Interactive art displays, workshops, and live DJs. Expressive dress and costumes are encouraged at this family-friendly event.


Sep 15: Ghost Tour @ St Mary’s University 7:30pm. Tickets are $11 for adults. Take a tour through the water tower and underground towers, with a fireworks display at the end. Register at

Sep 16-18: Calgary Greek Festival @ Calgary Hellenic Society Community Hall (1 Tamarac Cr SW) Fri 4-9pm, Sat 11am-9pm, Sun Noon-5pm.  Enjoy Music, food, dance, wine, and cultural tradition.



Happy planning!



Post date: 2016/08/29 - 12:47

Hi Everyone, 


We have complimentary tickets to the Calgary Home + Design Show at the BMO Centre Sept 22-25. You can pick yours up at the CASS front desk, or by contacting me.

It’s time to register for the fall session of MoMo Dance. Check out to see which classes are running and to register. Registration closes on September 20th.

If you have trouble figuring out contemporary etiquette, there is a podcast for you! Schmanners ( covers everything from telephone manners to roommates, to picnic & potlucks. Learn “Extraordinary Etiquette for Ordinary Occasions” In a fun, informative way.

With all of the talk about electoral reform in Canada, Samara Canada has released a guide to all of the terms, types of electoral systems, and resources around learning more about the prospect of our changing electoral system. You can find their PDF document: “What we talk about when we talk about electoral reform” here: . If you are interested, you can be a part of the online consultation by answering the parliamentary questionnaire here:

Every Friday night, Alberta Dancesport holds a dance party @ Vecova from 9:15-midnight. There are beginner dance workshops from 8:15-9:15. Admission is $8, and will get you in to both. Workshops schedule can be found here:

Lloyds Roller Rink is now open Weekday afternoons (except Tuesdays). Admission is $6.50 from 1-4pm. Check out their special events page before you go to confirm availability at



Sep 3-5: UpDog Challenge @ South Glenmore Polocrosse Field 9am-5pm each day. Watch the pups play at this Calgary Disc Dog event.  

Sep 6&7: Free Adult Sampler Classes @ Free House Dance Plus (2020 12 Ave NW) Choose from a multitude of dance styles and reserve your spot here:

Sep 8: Honens Festival free event: Vexations by Erik Satie @ Stephen Avenue Gallery. This events begins at 4:30 am, and will run for 18 hours. Written as a short piece in 1883, the 80-second motif is to be played 840 times and is actually the longest piano piece in history. Vexations will be played in shifts by over 30 pianists.

Sep 9: Canadian Rabbit Hopping Club Monthly Practice & Hoppy Hour @ Braeside Community Centre (11024 Braeside Dr SW) for more info on the club, and to see some really cute bunnies jumping, go to

Sep 10: El Grito Mexican Independence Day Celebration @ Chinese Cultural Centre (197 1 ST SW) 4-8pm. Dancers, singers, activities and food. See for more info.




Sep 7: Dinner Club @ Cheesecake Cafe (7600 MacLeod Trail SE) 6pm. You will need to RSVP to the dinner club by calling the CASS office or emailing by noon on Tuesday September 6th to reserve your spot. 

Sep 8-11: Honens Festival @ various locations. Ticket prices vary- under 18 is $10, 18-39year olds can access performances for $18 by joining the A440 membership program. The application can be found here: and the performance and event list can be found here: Full festival passes are $119.

Sep 9-11: LEGO Imagine Nation Tour @ BMO Centre. Tickets are $28.50 . Life size models, a huge brick pit, and a ton more LEGO fun.

Sep 10: Prairie girls vintage market @ Cochrane Agricultural Society Barn (43080 Bow Valley Trail, Cochrane) 9am-4pm, Handmade & Vintage Antiques. Admission is $3.

Sep 10: Circle the Wagons @ University District South Park. 11 am-11pm. Multiple Stages of musical performances, roving and stage circus performances, food, beer, a wiener-dog dash, circus school and a bubble soccer league. Tickets are $35, kids under 14 get in for free. Info can be found at



Happy Planning!

Post date: 2016/08/29 - 09:24

August 29, 2016

Dear CASS Staff,

Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers remain in negotiations as of today - Monday, August 29. The threat of possible job action by Canada Post workers has been placed on hold for 24 hours starting last night. CASS will continue to hold mail until we know more information about the status of the continued negotiations.

You can follow updates in the CASS news on the CASS website.

If you have any questions please contact Reception at 403-283-0611 or at

Post date: 2016/08/26 - 10:57

Update: Please see this news post for the most current details: 

As you may be aware the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) issued a 72 hour notice of job action yesterday. CUPW and Canada Post are going into mediation this weekend, however there is potential that these talks will breakdown and result in a work stoppage. CASS relies on Canada Post to send out important agency correspondence, so the agency has decided to take proactive steps to ensure that staff and client mail is not held up in the mail if a strike occurs.

With no definitive answer on whether or not a work stoppage will happen, CASS will be holding all mail at the main office location of 2335 30 Ave NE which will be available for pickup during regular business hours (Monday to Friday from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM – excluding holidays).

Staff Mail

All staff mail will be held at the office including, but not limited to, expense and mileage cheques, pay stubs, etc.

Expense and mileage cheques will continue to be processed within 7 business days and will be left at the front desk with Reception. Please contact Reception at 403-283-0611 to inquire about mail being held for you PRIOR to coming to the office to make certain that the trip is required.

Consider emailing or dropping off documentation at the office that you may normally mail, so that it is not held up in the mail if there is a strike. Just a reminder that there is an outdoor mailbox located at the front door of the CASS main office where you can deliver mail outside of regular business hours. You will still be held responsible for meeting job requirements (training documentation, reporting etc.) regardless of a postal service interruption.

Client Mail

Please work with the clients that you support to help them get any mail that is typically processed through the CASS office, whether this be cheques or other important documentation. Contact the appropriate CASS Coordinator or other CASS staff, if you have a client that has accessibility or mobility issues that may make it difficult for them to reach the office so that alternative arrangements can be made for delivery.

Self-Service Options

CASS offers a number of self-service options that don't require staff to rely on mail.

If you are interested in signing up for electronic pay stubs you can find more information on the CASS website on the Forms and Documents page of the CASS website under staff resources (after logging in). The forms/documents needed to register for electronic pay stubs are:

- Ceridian epost Communication
- Ceridian epost Enrollment Instructions

You can also access CASS news and the CASS blog on the CASS website.

If you don't remember your CASS website account password you can have the website send an email containing a one-time login link to your email address by clicking on the "Request new password" tab on the Staff Login page and following the instructions.

An update will be provided to staff on Monday in the event that there is no strike.

If you have any questions, please contact Reception at 403-283-0611.

Post date: 2016/08/18 - 14:22

The CASS Advisory Forum would like to invite you to a celebratory viewing party on Friday September 9th!

In celebration of the Rio 2016 Paralympics, we will be setting up at the CommunityWise Resource Centre @ 223 12 Ave SW from 12:30-3:30 pm.

There will be FREE snacks (vegan/gluten-free and non-vegan options) and the FREE coffee will be provided by KaffeeKlatsch.

If you would like to come, please RSVP by calling CASS reception at (403) 283-0611 so we can make sure that we have enough for everyone!  

Please feel free to share this invitation with interested parties.

Looking forward to seeing you there,

The CASS Advisory Forum

Post date: 2016/08/16 - 10:12

Sorry for the delay in posting the August Newsletter! The summer is going so fast!