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Post date: 2018/05/02 - 14:02

Hi Everyone,

I hope everyone who went to the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo had a great time this year! There has been a lot of discussion since the Expo about the changes to the Expo Accessibility policies. If you noticed that the Expo was more difficult to attend/get the full experience from with these changes, you are welcome to look into a petition going around to ask the new Expo Organizers to consider changing their policies to ensure that the event can be more accessible for everybody. You can find the petition here:  , and more information about the situation at

While we are discussing accessibility, did you know about the Good Host Audience Accessibility and Inclusion Program? Inside Out Theatre has been doing incredible work making Calgary’s Theatre world more accessible, and are bringing a pay-what-you-can approach to their work. You can read the Announcement here: discusses an app called Click n’ Push, being developed in Edmonton to help wheelchair users navigate “how challenging the route they plan on taking is” in the city.

If any of these stories interest you, you want to make deeper connections, or just celebrate, don’t forget about Disability Pride Alberta on Sunday Jun 3, from 11am-2pm. You can find all of the info here:



May 7: Overdose prevention, naloxone training & Safeworks update @ Sheldon Chumir Health Centre (1213 4 St SW) 6-8pm. Personal and professional perspectives on harm reduction and the opioid crisis. Show up to this event, or go to to find out more about Naloxone kits, etc.

May 8: Father’s Autism Network Monthly meeting @ location to be determined (contact  for more info) whether you are a father on the spectrum, or you have children on the spectrum, this meeting is a time to connect and relax.  

May 10: Pizza party and STI screening for queer and trans youth (ages 24 and under) @ Sheldon Chumir Centre, 3rd Floor. 5-8pm. Get tested in a casual, accessible, low-stress and private setting.

May 11-13: CBC Calgary Reads Big Book Sale @ Calgary Curling Club (720 3 St SW) One of Calgary’s best book sales is coming up, Fri & Sat 9am-9pm, Sun 9am -2pm. Admission is free this year, and all proceeds from book sales goes towards Calgary Reads.

May 12: Wastewater Treatment Tour @ Glenmore Reservoir. 10am-12pm or 1-3pm. Tours are capped at 30 people so register ASAP. For more information and to register, visit The next public tour will be on Saturday September 8th.

May 12: DogFest Spring Fling @ Triwood Arena (2244 Chicoutimi Dr NW) 10am-4pm. has all of the info on this vendor event. You don’t have to buy anything to go and enjoy the pup-filled event, though.

May 12: Calgary Stampeders Fan Fest @ McMahon Stadium (1817 Crowchild Trail NW) The event runs from 9am to 4pm, music and free pancake breakfast at 9am, then a field full of festivities starts at 10am.  

May 12: Science Rendezvouz @ SAIT (Aldred Centre, 1301 16 Ave NW) Come check out what’s going on in robotics, chemistry, film and video.

May 12: Community Street Market @ New Brighton Residents Association (2 New brighton Drive SE) 9am-3pm. Loads of deals, people, and food trucks.

May 12-13: Horde at the Hive @ Chinook Honey Company (386087 16 St W Okotoks, AB) 10 am-5pm both days. Live-action battle re-enactments, artisan market, Viking-style food and, of course, mead. You can find all of the info at

May 12-13: Calgary Spring Fibre Festival @ Crossroads Market (1235 26 Ave SE) Wander through and look at all of the wool, yarn, and finished textiles.

May 12: YYC Alternative Market @ Inglewood Community Association (1740 24 Ave SE) 10am-4pm. This local market is presented by X92.9fm.


May 10: Adults only Night: Suspended Reality @ TELUS Spark Science Centre (220 St George’s Dr NE). This month’s Adults-only night will have you taking on a new identity, meeting strange people, and trying strange things, in the end sorting out an evening-long mystery. Regular Admission rates apply, but you can always sign out one of CASS’s community passes to get 6 people in for free.



Post date: 2018/04/27 - 10:14

Our office closures are a little bit different this year. Please see the list below for details.

General (Statuatory) Holidays & Non-General (Statuatory) Holidays


Stat Holiday – New Year’s Day – Monday January 1, 2018

Stat Holiday – Family Day – Monday February 19, 2018

Stat Holiday – Easter Friday – Friday March 28, 2018

Office Closure – Easter Monday – Monday April 2, 2018

Stat Holiday – Victoria Day – Monday May 21, 2018

Stat Holiday – Canada Day – Monday July 2, 2018

[As per Alberta Labour Standards:]

Canada Day is on July 1 every year except when it falls on a Sunday, then it’s on July 2.

Office Closure – Heritage Day – Monday August 6, 2018

Stat Holiday – Labour Day – Monday September 3, 2018

Stat Holiday – Thanksgiving – Monday October 8, 2018

Stat Holiday – Remembrance Day – Sunday November 11, 2018

Office Closure – Monday November 12, 2018

Stat Holiday – Christmas Day – Tuesday December 25, 2018

Office Closure – Boxing Day – Wednesday December 26, 2018

Office Closure – New Year’s Eve – Monday December 31, 2018

Stat Holiday – New Year’s Day – Tuesday January 1, 2019

Post date: 2018/04/24 - 12:57

Hi Everyone,

Tax Season is over, but if you missed your chance to get your taxes done for free, don’t worry, the CASS CVITP runs year-round, Contact the Resource Facilitator at (403)283-0611 to make an appointment. If you have any questions about phone calls, emails, texts, etc., that say that they are from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), please call 1-800-959-8281 to ask about your taxes. There are a lot of scams going on this tax season, always go to the source, and don’t give any information to anyone before you contact to someone you trust, and the CRA.



Apr 30: RESP Sign Up Event @ Momentum (16, 2936 Radcliffe Dr SE). 4pm. If you have kids and want to find out how to put some money aside for their post-secondary schooling, this free event can help you access $2,000 in government bonds for your kid’s education even if you can’t afford to pay into the RESP. You will need to bring ID, including SIN’s for yourself and your kid(s). You can find out more about Momentum and the event through

May 1: Pokemon Trading Card Game @ Autism Calgary (3639 26 St NE) 6:30-8:30pm. This event happens every first and third Tuesday evening.

May 2: Book Drive & Sale @ Crossroads Market (1235 26 Ave SE). This is the 16th annual book drive and sale in support of Servants Anonymous/RESET Society of Calgary.

May 4: Bike to Work Day @ Eau Claire Market. Starting at 6am, stop by Eau Claire Market on your bicycle, heading to work/school/etc. for some fun!

May 4-July 1: Crescent Heights Village Days @ various locations. There are loads of fun, free events going on in the neighbourhood. See for all of the info.

May 5: Calgary Area Hippie Gardeners Plant Sale @ Dalhousie Community Association (5432 Dalhart Road NW). Starts at 10am. All types of plants, grown without herbicides or pesticides.  If you want to buy plants, they accept cash only.

May 5: Art Gallery Hop @ Various galleries 11am-5pm. 8 downtown galleries will be free to visit and hear artist talks throughout the day. Please see for more information and a schedule of events, whether you want to be a part of the large group, or avoid the large group.

May 6: Mother’s Day Spring Festival @ Hellenic Community of Calgary (1 Tamarac Cres SW) 10 am-5:30pm. Lots of local artists and makers will be showing their stuff! For more information, check out

May 6: Weaselhead Pathways and River Cleanup @ NW corner of Weaselhead parking lot (66 Ave & 37 St SW). Meet at 10 am, and they will provide everything you need to spring clean the park. Please bring a hat and wear close-toed shoes.  


May 4-5: Calgary International Beerfest @ BMO Centre Fri 3-10pm, Sat 2-10pm. Tickets start at $20, check out for all of the details.

May 4-6: Calgary Rock and Lapidary Club’s Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show @ VIVO (11950 Country Village Link NE) Tickets are $7, and there will be demonstrations, rocks, demos, prizes, and even free sapphire mining for kids. Details can be found here:

May 5: Calgary Bike Swap @ City Centre Parkade. 8-4pm, admission is $2. Whether you are looking to buy, sell, or both, come check it out! has all of the info.

May 6: Wings for Life App Run Calgary @ Sidewalk Citizen Bakery (618 Confluence Way SE) Meet up at the bakery at 5 am and walk or wheel your way around a 5 km river pathway, with free breakfast at the end back at the Sidewalk Citizen Bakery. Registration Fees Apply, all money raised will go toward spinal cord research. There is more info available at:

May 6: Hike for Hospice @ Sikome Lake. Registration for this 5km walk is $12. The walk begins at 10am, but the party starts at 9am. Pets are welcome. has all of the info that you need to register.

May 6: Calgary Music Collector’s Show @ Acadia Recreation Complex (240 90 Ave SE) Admission is $5 from 11am-4pm, or you can play $10 and beat the crowds between 9:30-11am. has all of the info.

May 6: Etsy: Made in Canada @ Ross Glen Hall, Mount Royal University. 10am-5pm. Admission is $3 at the door, parking is free. There will be tons of vendors selling handmade and vintage items, food trucks, and fun.


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