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Post date: 2017/05/31 - 14:20

It's that time of year again.... CASS has rented out the Bowling alley at SAIT for an hour of fun, free bowling. Even shoes are included! 

We will be bowling from 1-2 pm. The bowling alley is located in the basement of the SAIT Campus Centre, adjacent to the c-train station. You can get to the basement either by using the stairs beside the Jugo Juice on the main floor, or via the elevator. If you will need the elevator, please let me know so that I can set up access with SAIT. 

You can RSVP by emailing rachel.janzen@c-a-s-s.org, or calling (403) 283-0611, and asking for Rachel. 

Post date: 2017/05/26 - 11:18

Happy Ramadan!

Calgary’s next municipal election is coming up on October 16th, 2017. While that seems like a long way away, people are already registering as candidates. If you or someone you know would like to register to be a candidate, you can find more information by going here: http://www.calgary.ca/CA/city-clerks/Pages/Election-and-information-services/2017-General-election/Information-for-Candidates/candidate-registry.aspx . There is a link to the registration form on the website. Stay tuned for more voter information, resources, and events.

Calaway Park update:  Rates for people with disabilities has gone up to $15 /day this year, and you will need to have an access 2 entertainment card for staff to get in for free.

The rainy season is upon us, and although there is no indication that there will be large scale flooding hazards this year, it’s always good to brush up on your hazard and emergency plans. www.getprepared.ca has lots of great information on knowing the risks, making a plan, and getting kits to make sure that you are prepared for whatever weather gets hurled at us this season.  There is a specialized guide for people with disabilities at https://www.getprepared.gc.ca/cnt/rsrcs/pblctns/pplwthdsblts/pplwthdsblts-eng.pdf . We also have plenty of information for you at CASS if you have trouble accessing the website.

The basketball hoop list is back!  This week we are looking at SW Calgary:

  • Lakeview@ Lancaster Way & 63 Ave
  • Bankview Community Association @ 2418 17 St SW
  • Bow Cliff Senior’s Centre @ 3375 Spruce Dr SW
  • Elbow park tennis club @ 800 34 Ave SW
  • Killarney Aquatic centre @ 1919 29 St SW

 

FREE:

Jun 2: Dance Festival@ Eau Claire. Performances, free classes, and more. 4-6pm.

Jun 2: Calgary Night Market @ Parking lot of Southcentre mall 5pm-11am. Food, live entertainment, karaoke, and a great time.

Jun 3: “From the Easel” Art show and sale@ Willowridge Community Centre (680 Acadia Drive SE)  10:30-5pm. Plenty of different styles and mediums are yours to explore at this event. http://www.fromtheeasel.net/ Has all of the info.

Jun 4: Lilac Festival@ 4 St. SW. 10am-6pm. If you like big crowds and lots of action, Lilac festival is for you. There will be thousands of people at this pedestrian event filled with local talent.  See https://www.lilacfestival.net/ for details.

PAID:

May 26 - Jun 4: Royal Canadian Family Circus SPECTAC!@ Spruce meadows (May 26-28, Crossiron Mills June 1-4). Although they still have some animal acts, the Royal Canadian Family Circus no longer features exotic or endangered animals. Tickets start at $25, and can be found here: http://www.royalcanadiancircus.ca/tickets/

Fri Jun 2: A Chinatown walk into the past@ Various Locations. Events begins at 4pm at The Chinese cultural centre museum ($5), then at 5pm there will be a walking tour with Dale Lee Kwong and Weyman Chan ($5). To wrap up the day there will be a 10-course meal at Silver Dragon Restaurant ($25 tax & tip included) Tickets for the dinner and more information can be found at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/dinner-a-chinatown-walk-into-the-past-25-tickets-34616245121

Jun 2-4: Okotoks’ Film Festival@ Rotary Performing Arts Centre (3 Elma St. E, Okotoks, AB).  Tickets are $15 per film, or $50 for a full festival pass. Everything from film industry inside info, to family friendly daytime screenings to horror movies, Okotoks’ first film festival should be interesting. Check out http://okotoksfilmfestival.ca/festival.php for all info. 

Post date: 2017/05/17 - 11:34

Hi Everyone,

I’m taking the week off from listing great outdoor basketball spots in town, but will be back the following two weeks with excellent places to play in South Calgary.

BOWLING AT SAIT is back! We have rented out the SAIT 5-pin bowling alley onFriday June 16 from 1-2 pm! This means that up to 40 people can bowl for FREE-- even the cost of shoes will be covered. We will need you to RSVP ASAP to reserve your spot. The bowling alley is located in the SAIT Campus Centre, conveniently adjacent to the SAIT/ACAD/Jubilee LRT station, down the stairs by the Jugo Juice. If you need to use the elevator, please let us know when you RSVP so that we can have it set up for our use. You will need to RSVP for this event. Please contact the resource facilitator at rachel.janzen@c-a-s-s.org, or (403) 283-0611.

Heritage Park opens for the season on May 20th. Don’t forget to bring your Fee Assistance card for a massively discounted admission fee.

Calaway Park is open on weekends starting May 20th  as well, and season passes are only $45.95 until May 23, when they jump up to $115.95. Regular admission is $39.95. I am waiting on more information about Calaway Park’s reduced rates, and will update you all when I get more info on that.

I’m sure everyone is done thinking about taxes for the year, but it’s a great time to get started on planning for the future, and Momentum is hosting an information session on the Disability Tax Credit and RDSP’s on Wednesday May 31 from 6-8pm. Val Hazle from Plan Calgary will be presenting, and is a wealth of information about how to apply for the Disability Tax Credit, and what doors it can open for you and your family. If you would like to register for this session, please contact Brenda at brendap@momentum.org, or call 403-204-2695.

Calgary will be holding a municipal election on October 16, 2017. If you want to find out who is running and learn more about the issues that affect you, head to http://www.calgary.ca/CA/city-clerks/Pages/Election-and-information-services/2017-General-election/default.aspx .

 

 

FREE:

May 24-27: Calgary International Children’s Festival @ Olympic Plaza. Please note that there are ticketed performances during this event, but all outdoor activities and performances are free.  If you go to http://calgarykidsfest.ca/public/ you can see a full list of activities that are free, as well as shows that you can buy tickets for. This event is engaging for people of all ages.

May 26: Prairie Winds Park Reopens! (223 Castleridge Blvd NE). 3-6pm. This park boasts a zipline, running bowl, picnic shelters and cooking equipment, public art and more. The reopening event will have food trucks, music, speeches, and ribbon cutting and guided public art walks.

May 26-27: Absolutely Art Exhibition and Sale @ Earl Grey Golf Club (6540 20 St SW) Fri 4-9pm, Sat 10am-5pm.

May 27: Inglewood Parade of garage sales @ various locations in Inglewood. Come for a walk through the neighbourhood to see what’s out of store.

May 28: The Calgary Marathon is back! Whether you are running in it or not, it’s a fun day of making noise and cheering people on. (it’s also helpful to be aware of the road closures associated with this event—all info can be found at http://www.calgarymarathon.com/

May 28: Bowness Spring Cleanup @ Bowness Community Association (7904 43 Ave NW) Join the cleanup and connect with your community from 9am-1:30pm.

PAID:

May 25-27: Mind Games @ INKubator Theatre (200 Barclay Parade). 7-10:30pm. Mentalist Jeff Newman will be performing “Science, suggestion and good, old fashioned trickery” Tickets are $18 and can be purchased through https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/mind-games-at-the-inkubator-theatre-tickets-32866071304

May 26-28: Flat Track Fever Roller Derby Tournament @ Acadia Recreation Complex (240 90 Ave SE) Tickets to this rager are $15 /day or $30 for the whole event and can be purchased through http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2889461

May 27: Open House @ Rothney Astrophysical Observatory (Priddis, Ab). 8-11pm. cost is $20 per vehicle. This is your chance to use the RAO’s telescopes to see beyond our world. Sean Stotyn will also be speaking about black holes. For more info on this and other events at the observatory, go to https://www.ucalgary.ca/rao/2017_open

May 27&28: Calgary Reptile Expo @ Cedarbrae Community Centre (11024 Oakfield Drive SW) Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-4pm) Regular admission is $7. Come see what the Alberta Reptile and Amphibian Society has to show.

 

Post date: 2017/05/12 - 10:18

We will be drawing for Stampeder's Home games again this year!

CASS Clients can call Reception at 403-283-0611 to enter any, or all the draws! The Labour Day Classic is a draw for CASS Staff.

2017 Home Games

BC Lions - Tuesday, June 6 - 7 pm

Ottawa Red Blacks - Thursday, June 29 - 7 pm

Saskatchewan Roughriders - Saturday, July 22 - 7 pm

Hamilton Tiger Cats - Saturday, July 29 - 7:30 pm

Toronto Argos - Saturday, August 26 - 7 pm

Edmonton Eskimos - Monday, September 4 - 1 pm - this draw is for staff only

BC Lions - Saturday, September 16 - 5 pm

Montreal Allouettes - Friday, September 29 - 7:30 pm

Saskatchewan Roughriders - Friday, October 20 - 7 pm

Winnipeg Blue Bombers - Friday, November 3 - 7:30 pm

Western Semi-final or Final - Sunday, November 12th or 19th - 2:30 pm

Post date: 2017/05/03 - 17:19

Hi Everyone, 

The Calgary Ability Network is back!  If you are interested in being a part of collaborative groups addressing Poverty Reduction, Transportation, Recreation, or Human Rights, Check out http://www.calgaryabilitynetwork.ca/ or call 403 219 3606. These groups are open to everyone, and occur during the day. 

Starting in June, you can take a bus to Banff for $10! Starting in Okotoks, with stops in Calgary, Cochrane and perhaps even Canmore, there will be ~13 round trips every day to start until they can work out what the demand will be. I will post more info as it becomes available.

The Disability Action Hall’s Speak Out Event will be held on June 2 this year. The theme this year is: ”Humanity & Me”, and is a celebration of the people who have created the rich disability history in Alberta. The event will be held at the Lougheed House (707 13 Ave SW) from 10am-3pm. There are some free tickets available for people with low incomes, and support workers get in for free. General admission will be $4 at the door. Please join us in celebrating the people who have made CASS and our larger communities what they are today.

Continuing on the Basketball hoop hunt, this week I have a list of some great spots in the NE:

Renfrew Aquatic Centre(810 13 Ave NE)

Abbeydale Community Association(821 Abbeydale Dr NE)

Monterey Park(@ Laguna Way/200 block of Los Alamos Way)

Temple Community Association167 Templegreen Rd NE)

Calgary Rotary Challenger Park Society(3688 48 Ave NE)—You will need to call ahead and book the basketball hoops at a rate of $52.50/hour.

Shaw Campus(2400 37 Ave NE)

Please keep telling me your favourite spots for summer activities!

 

FREE:

May 15:Indigenous Career Fair @ SAIT. Noon-4pm. Bring your resume to get advice on it, or to leave it with potential employers.

May 16:The Market on Stephen Ave is back! Every second Tuesday from 11am-5pm, Stephen Ave will be flooded with people and things. If you enjoy the hustle and bustle of a busy market street, this is a great way to spend the day.

May 20: Razuna’s Ramadan Bazaar@ Kingsland Farmers Market (505 78 Ave SW). Art, Food & Culture of the Middle East.

PAID:

May 19 & 20: Raiders of the Lost Ark- Original Film with Orchestra@ Jubilee Auditorium. Fri @ 7:30pm, Sat @ 2pm. Tickets start at $20, and can be found through http://calgaryphil.com/event/raiders-of-the-lost-ark-original-film-with-orchestra/2017-05-19/

May 20: Serbian Fest@ St. Simeon Mirotocivi Serbian Orthodox Church (16025 243 Ave E, De Winton, Ab (Just south of Cranston). 11am-5pm. Food, Dance, Sprots & Entertainment. Admission is $5.

 

 

 

Post date: 2017/05/01 - 15:57

HAPPY SPRING Everyone!!

Check out May's CASS Report for a great summer time recipe, an article on linking exercise to a healthy mind and information on training for staff at CASS!

 

Post date: 2017/05/01 - 14:26

Ok. I think it’s actually spring now, and that calls for active, relaxing days at the park.

There are Saturday beginner birdwatching courses throughout the city fo r$26.25 that you can register for here: http://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Parks/Pages/Programs/Birding-programs.aspx.

Whether you are looking for a day at the beach, or a hike on paved pathways or through a wild coulee, there is always something to explore. You can find a list of major parks by quadrant here: http://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Parks/Pages/Locations/All-city-parks.aspx, and a list of every park that the City of Calgary maintains here: http://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Parks/Pages/Locations/Community-parks-and-playgrounds.aspx. (Please note: Prairie Winds Park is still under construction, and Confluence Park will have goats again this year!)

Sled Islandis on its way, June 21-25. They are always looking for volunteers, if you would like to get in to the festival for free. This volunteer opportunity requires a significant time investment. Please see http://www.sledisland.com/get-involved/volunteerfor details.

There are some great spots for free outdoor basketball in Calgary. This week I will focus on North West Calgary spots, and each upcoming week I will have a new quadrant of the city for you to explore. I will not be including hoops set up at schools, although once schools are out for the summer, your basketball options will open up greatly.

Royal OakBasketball Playground @ 61 Royal Birkdale Dr NW

HamptonsOutdoor Rink @ Hamptons Blvd NW

John Laurie Park@ Edgemont Drive & Edgemont Blvd NW

Shouldice Aquatic Centre@ 5303 Bowness Rd NW

Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association@ 1320 5 Ave NW.

Do you have a favourite spot to shoot hoops? I’d love to hear about it from you!

FREE:

May 12-14: CBC Calgary Reads Big Book Sale@ Calgary Curling Club (720 3 St SW) Fri & Sat 9am-9pm, Sun 9am-1pm. More information about this epic book sale can be found here: http://calgaryreads.com/news-events/cbccalgary-reads-book-sale/, including volunteer opportunities.

May 13: Calgary Stampeders Fan Fest@ McMahon Stadium (1817 Crowchild Trail). 8:30am-1pm.  Pancake breakfast from 8:30-9:30, then activities on the field until 1pm. Don’t miss this opportunity to kick off the season! See http://www.stampeders.com/fanfest/for more details.

May 13: New Brighton Community Street Market@ New Brighton Club (2 New Brighton Drive, SE) A bike Swap compliments this outdoor market- all are welcome. There will also be garage sales throughout the community.

May 13: Deer Run Community Garage Sale@ Deer Run Community Association (2223 146 Ave SE) Starts at 8am.

May 13: Westwinds Family Fun Day@ Park 96 (14660 Parkland Blvd SE) Noon-5pm. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the park and live music from the Westwinds choirs and concert bands.

May 13 & 14: Horde at the Hive@ Chinook Honey Company (386087 16 St W, Okotoks, AB) Viking Re-enactments! Food! Mead! Enjoy! The Facebook page for the event is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/706756892835493/   

May 13: Bears Paw Mother’s Day Artisan Market@ Bearspaw Lions Hall (25240 Nagway Rd NW) Market opens at 10:30am.

PAID:

May 11-13 African Film Festival@Globe Cinema (617 8 Ave SW). These films showcase Nigerian, Tanzanian, and other African & diaspora cinema. Tickets are $10 per film, or $35 for all four. For more info, check out http://afrikadey.com/film-festival

 

 

Post date: 2017/04/25 - 15:18

Spring is here-ish, and that means that Jane’s walks are back. The tenth anniversary of these local walks runs from May 5-7, and there is something for everyone. You can search for a walk near you by going to http://janeswalk.org/canada/calgary/ . Meet people, learn more about Calgary’s history, present and future.

With spring comes outdoor sports! There is a full listing of parks with outdoor fitness equipment in them here: http://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Parks/Pages/Locations/Parks-with-fitness-equipment.aspx . get some exercise while enjoying the outdoors.

Please let me know if you are interested in Escape Rooms-- We have a project brewing with one in our neighbourhood. Check your CASS email for more information, please.

 

FREE:

May 2: Alberta Theatre Projects Block Party @ Olympic Plaza. 11:30am-1:30pm. Celebrate the company’s new theatre season, and enjoy a free BBQ lunch and live music.

May 5: Bike to Work Day @ Eau Claire Festival Plaza (139 Barclay Parade). Free breakfast, live music and more to celebrate bicycling as transportation. See http://biketoworkdaycalgary.ca/ for more info.

May 6: Dog Fest @ Triwood Arena (2244 Chicoutimi Drive NW). Come check out the world of fancy dogs and their accessories. This event is free for humans, and $10/dog. www.dogfest.ca has all of the info.

May 7: Mount Pleasant Potter’s Guild Spring Market @ Triwood Community Hall (2244 Chicoutimi Dr NW) 10am-4pm, complimentary refreshments available.

PAID:

May 5&6: Calgary International Beer Fest @ BMO Centre. Fri 3-10pm, Sat 1-9pm. Admission varies ($20-$50) and can be purchased here: https://www.myshowpass.com/2017-calgary-international-beerfest/ Over 500 beers, as well as food from 30 local restaurants.

May 5-7: Calgary Rock and Lapidary Show’s annual Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show @ Vivo (11950 Country Village Link NE) Tickets are $7/day, or you can volunteer for a two hour shift to get into the show for free on the day that you volunteer. Check out http://crlc.ca/volunteer for more info about volunteering at the show.

May 6: Calgary Bike Swap @ City Centre Parkade (340 10 Ave SW). 8am-4pm. Admission is $2, $15 to rack your bike for sale. This is a fun community event if you are looking to get a new bike, or just want to see what’s out there.

May 6: Calgary Barn Dance @ Thorncliffe Greenview Community Association (5600 Centre St N). 6:30-10:30. Let the Bow Valley Fiddlers bring you into party mode for the weekend. Admission is $20. 

Post date: 2017/04/21 - 09:33

Deaf & Hear Alberta is offering an immersive ASL summer camp again this year. Camps will run August 8-11 and 14-17. Whether you have a background in ASL or not, there will be something for everyone at the camp. The cost is$250 if you register before June 30. If you are interested in the camp, but cannot afford the fee, please ask about financial assistance. More info can be found on the attached poster.   

FREE:

Apr 29: World Tai Chi & QiGong Day @ Calgary Canoe Club (7305 Crowchild Trail SW) from 10am-Noon, you can be a part of a worldwide practice. Please visit https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/world-tai-chi-and-qi-gong-day-tickets-32638409361 to register.

Apr 29: 8th Annual Calgary Vegan Bake Sale @ Community Natural Foods, Chinook location. The bake sale starts at 11am, and proceeds go to The Alice sanctuary and the Free Spirit Sanctuary. More info can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/122090428312517/ . Please bring your own reusable containers.

Apr 29: Himalayan Bazaar @ Glamorgan Community Hall (4207 41 Ave SW). 10 am-5pm. Jewellery, scarves, stones, beads and more.

Apr 29: St. Andrews Heights Artists’ Society Spring Art Show @ Holy Cross Anglican Church (2828 19 St NW) 10am-4pm. Info can be found at http://sahas.ca/

Apr 29: Calgary Creative Arts Guild Spring Show @ Montgomery Community Centre (5003 16 Ave NW) 10am-4pm. While admission is free, donations to the Veteran’s food bank are welcome at the event. See https://calgarycreativeartsguild.wordpress.com/ for more about the Calgary Creative Arts Guild.

Apr 29: “Astrophysics on the Cutting Edge” Open House @ Rothney Astrophysical Observatory (Priddis, Ab). The cost is $20 per car for this event, which runs from 8pm-11pm. For more information on this and other events at the observatory, check out https://www.ucalgary.ca/rao/2017_open

PAID:

Apr 25: True Grit: The lives behind the comics @ The Plaza Theatre (1133 Kensington Rd NW). Tickets are $20 and can be found through https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/true-grit-the-lives-behind-the-comics-tickets-33734009330  to hear this behind-the scenes speaker’s panel on what it takes to make a career in comic art. 

Apr 27-30: The Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo @ BMO Centre Tickets start at $20 for a one day pass. Please see the Expo’s accessibility policy at https://calgaryexpo.com/about/policies/accessibility-policy/ to find out more about how to navigate the event with direct support workers, and any other questions you may have before you go.

April 29-30: Garden Show @ Spruce Meadows. The Calgary Horticultural Society is ready to help get you started on your garden. Tickets in advance are $18 and can be found through http://calhort.org/garden-show.aspx or $20 at the door.

 

Post date: 2017/04/13 - 16:14

April 17-23 Events and Activities

HI Everyone,

Money Mattersis presenting their workshop series again beginning on May 31st. If you or someone you know self-identifies as having experienced mental health or addictions challenges, they are welcome to come and learn more about budgeting, assets, banking, credit, debt management and consumerism. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

“Signing Naturally” ASL courses are coming to SCOPE beginning April 24th. These immersive “no voice” courses are fun and interactive. Please see the attachment for more information.

Tuesday April 18th will be CASS’ Advisory Forum’s 2nd Annual Park Cleanup Day. We will meet at the office at Noon, or at the parking lot of Airways park (corner of 27th Avenue and 16th St NE) at 12:15. There will be coffee and tea and time outdoors with friends while we pitch in to help keep our community clean. Please email rachel.janzen@c-a-s-s.org if you plan on attending so that we can make sure that we have enough supplies for everyone.

The Calgary Comic Expois coming up fast! For more information, head over to www.calgaryexpo.com for the general scoop. If you want to know more about the Calgary Expo’s accessibility policy, you can head directly to https://calgaryexpo.com/about/policies/accessibility-policy/ . If you require a direct support to be with you at the event, let them know and one direct support person can get complimentary entrance to the expo with you. If you are looking to volunteer https://calgaryexpo.com/about/crew/ is the place to check out what you might be able to help out with.

 

FREE:

April 22: Beacon Original Art Annual Spring Show and Sale@ Bridgeland Riverside Community Association (917 Centre Ave NE) 10am-4pm. Art of all mediums will be on display.

PAID:

Apr 21 & 22: Ujamaa Grandmas’ Fabric and Yarn Sale@ Woodcliff United Church (5010 Spruce Drive SW). Fri 2:30-7:30pm, Sat 9am-2:30pm. This is the best place to go to build your crafting stash all year! Admission is $2 and the space is bursting with fabric, yarn and notions. All proceeds go to the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

Apr 22: Improv Games@ Festival Hall (1215 10 Ave SE) 8pm. Come and see improve comedians battle it out. You can get tickets for $20 from http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2898798

Apr 22-23: YYC Spring Frenzy@ Riverwalk Plaza, East Village. From 11am-7pm vome down to this yearly food truck festival that boasts live music and lots of other entertainment. Admission is $5.

Apr 22-23: Acadia Vintage Retro and Antiques Show@ Acadia Recreation Complex (240 90 Ave SE) Admission is $6. Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm.  More information is available at https://www.facebook.com/events/391393404533792/

Apr 22-25: Calgary Spoken Word Festival@ Various locations Ticket prices vary by event, starting at $5. Please visit http://www.calgaryspokenwordfestival.com/festival for more information.