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Post date: 2018/03/01 - 12:25


Check out this month's Speak Up page - The Advisory Forum found some answers to many questions about AISH.


Post date: 2018/02/27 - 16:04

Hi Everyone,

St. Patrick’s Island has free outdoor curling until the end of March, from 9am-7pm! For more information about the set up, pictures of the curling sheets in action, and how to get there, visit

Have you ever wondered if there is anything that you or someone you support is missing out of in terms of access to federal or provincial benefits? has a tool that can get you a customized list of benefits that you can access after answering a few non-identifying questions. Try it out today!



Mar 5: Mini Medical School: From Gums to Bums- Everything you wanted to know about Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome @ Libin Theatre, Cumming School of Medicine (near Lot 6, Foothills Medical Centre). It is free to attend this lecture, you need to register in advance. More information, audio from previous lectures, and registration can be found here:

Mar 6: Basic Income Calgary Meeting @ The Alex Community Food Centre (4920 17 Ave SE) 6:30pm is an overview for newcomers, and the meeting will start at 7pm. If you have any questions, or want more info, please contact

Mar 10: The Group Art Society of Calgary’s 50th Anniversary Celebration and Sale @ Haysboro Community Association (1204 89 Ave SW) 10am-4pm. There will be a painting demonstration, snacks, and a lot to look at. Please see for more info.


Mar 10: Pie Making Day w/ Innisfail Growers @ Calgary Farmer’s Market (510 77 Ave SE). You can buy tickets for $20 through Times are 10am, 11am, 1pm & 2pm. Bring an apron and get ready to get messy. You will be making your own 6” pie from scratch, and taking it home afterward.

Mar 11: Roller Skating Is Staying Alive @ Chinese Cultural Centre (197 1 St SW) Noon-10pm. Beginner skate lessons and family skating from noon-6pm, The evening skate party is from 6-10pm. Admission is $15 for adults. You will need to bring your own skates this time, but the proceeds from this event will go towards buying rental roller skates for future events.



Post date: 2018/02/22 - 12:49

Hi Everyone, 

The Village Square Leisure Centre Spring Program Guide is out now—you can find it attached to this post. More Dancepl3y, Drumming, water polo, Qigong, and other fitness and recreation classes are available. And if you have a fee assistance card, your first class of the year will be 75% off!

Did you know that Meals on Wheels provides nutritious meals to ANYONE in Calgary? And that if you have a lower income, two meals a day, for a whole week, might only cost you $60 total? And that they are able to work with food allergies?

Meals on Wheels is also always looking for volunteers, so if you have access to a vehicle, you can help support getting this good food to people.

For more information about Calgary Meals on Wheels, check out:

CASS has free tickets (Thursday only) for the Calgary Home and Garden Show at the reception desk. The show runs March 1-4 at the BMO centre. If you can’t make it on Thursday, regular admission is $16.

Also, The CASS CVITP Tax Program opens on February 26th. Please contact the CASS Resource Facilitator at if you need a taxpayer information package to fill out, want to book an appointment, or have any other questions regarding the mechanics of the program. Appointment times are available throughout March and April, but we request that appointments are booked by March 15th. If an appointment does not work for you, we still offer drop-off tax preparation and filing, these packages will need to be in to the Resource Facilitator by April 10. 



Feb 28: GENi This is My Story: ”We Are All Treaty People” @ John Dutton Theatre, Calgary Public Library (616 MacLeod Trail SE). 5-8pm. This is the start of a 4-event series. Refreshments will be served, please bring your own reusable dishes and utensils. This first event includes panel speakers Thomas Snow, Michael Broadfoot, Hal Eagletail, Lindsey Red Crow, Lowa Beebe, and Clarence Wolfleg (elder) of Miiksikaam (Red Crane). This event is free, but registration is necessary. You can register here:

Mar 3: Magpie Dispersal @ Weaselhead Park. Meet at the parking lot on the West side of 37 street at 66 Avenue at 6:45 am, and watch the Magpies leave their nests around 7:17 in a great heap of bird.

Mar 3: Open House @ CBC Calgary (#105 1000 Veterans Place). 11 am. Check out the new space, Meet the mascots, play with the green screen, and spin the prize wheel to take something home.

Mar 3: Lego Building Contest @ Millican-Ogden Community Association (6901 20A St SE). View the Lego masterpieces from Noon -2pm.


Feb 28-Mar 28: Ghost Tours @ Heritage Park. 7-8:30pm or 7:30-9pm. Admission is $19.95, for a warm drink and an hour and a half of spooky history. This event recurs every Wednesday until March 28. 

Mar 3-4: Calgary Maple Festival/Festival Des Sucres @ Heritage Park. This celebration of French Canadian, First Nations and Metis Cultures  includes maple taffy making, drumming, finger weaving and live music. Admission is $15. For more information, check out

Mar 4: The Dragon Dance @ Yoga Passage (#200 524 1 Ave SW) 2pm. Admission is $5 for this Indian/Daoist fusion flow class.


Post date: 2018/02/16 - 10:55

Hi Everyone,

The Family Day long weekend is here, and lots of things are going on around town. Enjoy your long weekend, and please note that the CASS Tuesday food program will not be running on February 20th.  We will be back with more food next Tuesday, February 27.

There is an ongoing Thursday noon-hour inclusive, supportive dance program at CommunityWise Resource Centre (223 12 Ave SW) The classes are by donation (suggested 10-15$), and all you need to do is drop in. Classes run until March 8th. See for more info.

Once again, CASS is part of the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) for the 2017 tax season. Tax information packages will be ready to be picked up on Thursday February 22, for/by CASS clients interested in getting their taxes prepared and filed through the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program. All that you need to do is fill out the info sheets in the package, and collect your tax slips (T4’s, T5507’s, etc) then bring the whole thing back to CASS.

There are two options for filing with the CASS CVITP program: You can book an appointment to have your taxes prepared while you wait (recommended), by contacting the Resource Facilitator.  Otherwise, you can drop your tax package off at the office, and it will be prepared, filed, and sent back to you. We recommend that the taxpayer is present when taxes are prepared to minimize the amount of times that we need to contact you/the taxpayer for extra information, or signatures.

Please submit your tax information by April 10 help ensure that your taxes are filed before the cut off.  Please note that the CVITP is meant for low-income earners with a simple tax situation, who do not wish to have the full-service support that might come from a paid tax preparation service. If you are looking for tax advice, or year-round contact with your tax preparer, we can recommend a tax preparation service that better fits your needs.



Feb 19: Family Fun Day @ Eau Claire Market. 11am-4pm. Live entertainment, a petting zoo, games, crafts, and more

Feb 19: XL 103 Family Fun Skate @ Olympic Plaza. Starts at noon. While it is free all winter to skate at Olympic Plaza, this one comes with free hot chocolate and coffee, with music pumping through the rink, too. Donations will be accepted for the Kids Cancer Care Foundation, Rentals are available, at regular rates from the rink. 

Feb 25: Leap into spring: Free Dance Classes @ Free House Dance Plus (2020 12 Ave NW) 10am-2pm. There are a number of 30-minute dance classes that are free to try out. No registration required. For more information go to[event]/13/


Feb 19: High Fitness Family Day Party @ Hounsfield Heights Briar Hill Community Association Gym (1928 14 Ave NW) 9:45 am. Admission is by donation, donation go to the NICU Family Care Program. The class will run for 45 minutes, and is geared towards all ages and fitness levels. Just bring a water bottle, indoor shoes, and enjoy!

Feb 19: Family Day Ft. Kid Koala @ Studio Bell (850 4St SE) Come take part in a “Music to draw to” session (11 am and 2pm), or for any of the other great music programming. Regular admission rates apply, yearly passes are 20% off between now and February 19th.

Feb 19: Winterfest @ Fort Calgary. 10 am-4pm. Cabane a sucre, Blackfoot stories, mountie commemorative band, and much more. Adult admission is $12.  There is also an interactive Character Brunch for $25. Please see for more info.

Feb 19: Family Day @ The Military Museums. 10am-5pm. There will be plenty of activities, including musket shoots and theatre presentations.


Post date: 2018/02/09 - 16:04

Hi Everyone,

There have been some changes made to the way that some of you may file taxes this year. If you receive a letter saying that you are eligible, you may file your taxes over the telephone! You will need to be able to answer identifying questions, and some tax-related questions. If you don’t receive this letter, or you do receive the letter, but don’t want to file your taxes over the phone, CASS continues to offer free tax preparation and filing services for clients through the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP). We will have tax information packages to send out by mid-February, that you can fill out and return, or you can set up a face to face appointment. Please feel free to contact me for more information about this program, or to get a tax information package for yourself, your family member, or someone you support.

There is a new ‘Entertainment’ Coupon book in the resource area in the office. Coupons are first-come-first-served, but please only take what you will use.

Did you know that HippoHug makes weighted blankets and is a local business? If you have ever been interested in trying out a weighted blanket, check them out at They have different thicknesses and sizes, so be sure to ask questions to make sure you are getting one that works well for you. There is more info at the CASS resource area. 



Feb 13: Make your Own Bath Salts @ Rocky Mountain Soap Company, Market Mall.  10 am. Materials provided, come and make your own bath magic.

Feb 13: Forests, Fins & Footprints: Clearcutting a Community @ Crowsnest Hall, multipurpose room, University of Calgary (250 Collegiate Blvd NW). 5:30-8pm. This installment of the Documentary + Discussion series explores the impact of clear cutting on the ghost valley watershed, just northwest of Calgary. Seating is limited, so please register for your free ticket at

Feb 14: The Powerful Buffalo SIlencer Book Launch @ CASS (2335 30 Ave NE) Glenn Crowchief has released his first book - The Powerful Buffalo Silencer. EVERYONE INVITED! 11:30 am – 2:30pm Glenn will be selling his book during this time and will be available for an informal Q&A to answer questions about his book.

Feb 14: Pop-Up Farmer’s Market @ South Calgary Health Centre. 11 am-1pm. Check out 11 vendors from The Calgary farmer’s Market, in the deep south.

Feb 14: Free Skincare Demos @ Planet Organic (#100 4916 130 Ave SE) 11 am. Try out body oils, lip balms, and bath salts.

Feb 14: Open Drum Circle @ Vitruvian Space, University of Calgary Dining Centre. (124 University Gate NW) 4:30-5:45 pm.

Feb 14: Science in the Cinema YYC- Flatliners @ The Plaza Theatre (1133 Kensington Rd NW). Doors at 6 pm, free admission and free popcorn.

Feb 14: CASS Advisory Forum Meeting @ CASS (2335 30 Ave NE) 3-4:30pm. Come have a meal and discuss self-advocacy, CASS policy, and the things that are important to you.

Feb 15: Women`s Safety Circle @ City of Calgary Building (3810 17 Ave SE). 6:30-8:30pm. This event is put on by 12 CSI and is intended as a conversation circle about “Safety in Calgary”.


Feb 14: CrosFit Community Karma Day @ Bedrock CrossFit (Unit 104, 620 46 Ave NE) All CrossFit classes will cost $5 for the day, and proceeds go to the Easter Seals.

Feb 14: Adults Only Night: This is your Brain on Love @ Telus Spark Science Centre 6-10pm. Dome shows are free, the Whales/Tohora exhibit is up, and it’s all free if you use one of CASS’ Community Connections passes.

Feb 15: Northern Cree @ Studio Bell (850 4 St SE) doors at 7:30 pm. This performance is part of the Alberta Spotlight Series, and tickets cost $20.

Feb 15-17: Block Heater Music Festival @ Various Locations. IF you have been missing the folk fest, here is the winter version. Check out for all of the info you need.

Feb 17: Little Modern Market @ Rally Pointe (11511 35 St SE). 9:30 am-3:30pm. Tons of local vendors and food truck. Admission is $5.


Post date: 2018/02/07 - 19:53

Update: The snowfall warning is over and it's back to business as usual.


Calgary Alternative Support Services has enacted its Business Continuity and Emergency Response Plan and will be closed on Thursday, February 8 due to the winter storm warning announced by Environment Canada. The CASS Main Office will be closed and all non-essential services have been suspended. The office will re-open on Friday, February 9 unless the weather does not improve. Voicemails will be checked throughout the day and directed appropriately.

CASS staff please check your email regularly as per the CASS Business Continuity and Emergency Response Plan.

Stay safe and warm everyone!

Post date: 2018/02/01 - 15:01

DON'T MISS THIS MONTH'S CASS REPORT! February is a busy month for CASS Clients and Staff!

Dinner Club, February 7th - Fiore Cantina

A visit to the NEW and IMPROVED CALGARY FIREFIGHTER'S MUSEUM - February 9th - RSVP BY February 6th!

Client Book Launch - Glenn Crowchief has released his book, The Powerful Buffalo Silencer - Wednesday, February 14th here at the CASS Office. Books will be sold at $5 each and Glenn will be on hand to answer questions and maybe even sign your copy!!



Post date: 2018/01/30 - 16:15

Hi Everyone,

We are going to the Calgary Firefighter’s Museum this month! If you have RSVP’d by February 6th, you can join up with a group from CASS visiting the museum on Friday February 9th for a guided tour, and, if you want, an art activity afterward. Please contact me directly to let me know if you want to come. Space is very limited, so RSVP’s are needed.

The Cerebral Palsy Association of Alberta Has a wealth of social and educational programs running this year. If you are looking to have fun while building on your art, music, horticultural, or computing skills, Check out the attached program guide for more info. There are also social groups and FREE massage therapy times for people with disabilities and their supports/family members, provided by the Mount Royal University second year practicum students.

Inside Out Theatreis currently accepting new registrations for their theatre programming. Each 10-week session will cost $50, and scholarships are available. See for class types and times, or to register.

We are starting another new year of the Community Connections program with the Telus Spark Science Centre. The program is mostly the same, except all dome shows and special exhibits are free with the passes now! The current exhibit is Whales Tohora, and is a huge interactive area filled with artifacts, games, and videos so you can learn about whales, Maori whaling cultures, and the effects that over-harvesting and scientific research has had on both. Please contact me if you would like to sign out a pass. We ask that passes are brought back within a week of signing them out. Passes are not to be used for staff or family visits, a CASS client must be present each time a pass is used. Passes may only be used once per day.




Feb 5: Responsible Pet Ownership @ Forest Lawn Public Library (4807 8 Ave SE) 6:30-8:30pm. If you have any questions about pets and how to care for them, please RSVP to and join the conversation.

Feb 5-9: Human Bonspiel @ Calgary Olympic Plaza. Noon-ish-1:15pm each day. Come watch people launch themselves across the Olympic Plaza ice rink on giant tubes, in a life-sized curling game!  

Feb 7: No Longer Silent: Workshop and Meeting @ Calgary Sexual Health Centre (700, 1509 Centre St SW). 2:30pm. This event is for service providers, to discuss how to provide safe supports for older LGBTQ adults.

Feb 8: Age-Friendly Innovation @ Kerby Centre (1133 7 Ave SW) 6:30-8pm. This event focuses on aging in place, how to meet housing needs for seniors, etc.  Please RSVP at

Feb 10: Imagine 2018 Art Show and Sale @ First Church of the Nazarene (65 Richard Way SW) 10 am – 4 pm. Artist will be in attendance and there will be refreshments.

Feb 10-18: Chinese Lunar New Year Festival @ Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre (197 First St. SW). There will be an ongoing exhibit at the cultural centre- It’s being called “The most colorful festival market event Calgary has ever seen”. The festival market and performances will be Feb 10, 11, 17 &18 from 10 am -7:30pm, and the exhibits will run through Feb 10-18 from 10 am-8pm.


Feb 5: Book Sale @ MacEwan Student Centre, University of Calgary. Starts at 10 am. All paperbacks are $2, and Hardcover books are $3, or just come to look around, admission is free.  


Post date: 2018/01/22 - 16:50

Hi Everyone,

Check out Sport Calgary’s “All Sport One City” from January 22-27. There are a ton of free, accessible sports activities all over the city! See for details.

CASS has set up a tour to the new and improved Calgary Firefighter’s Museum On February 9. Join us from 10:30 am-noon at 4144 11 St SE to learn more about Calgary’s Firefighting history in the interactive museum.  Please note that you will need to RSVP as soon as possible for this event, as there is a maximum number of people that can attend. We will not be able to accept RSVP’s after February 6. If you miss out on this event, or want to go without the big group, check out for all the info you need.

If you haven’t seen it yet, The Alberta Government is looking to review the PDD program. The last time it was reviewed, the review was done by an accounting firm. This time, we are anticipating that the review will be opened up for input by people who receive PDD-funded supports, as well. Keep connected to this process to have your say! See for a media report on the announcement.

 The Alberta Government is looking for input into the 2018 Budget. Consultations will open on February 9th. You can take part in the consultations via an online survey, written submissions, and two telephone town halls. Go to to get more information and take part. The online survey will be closed on February 9, 2018.

Do you have an idea to get people active and connected with their neighbours? Activate YYC is looking to fund short term projects that meet that description. For more information and to apply for a grant, check out



Jan 29-31: RuSSA Bake Sale @ University of Calgary. Noon-3pm. Traditional Slavic foods for sale!

Jan 30: Community Garden Workshop @ Crescent Heights Community Association (1101 2 St NW). IF you live in the area and want to be a part of starting up a community garden, head out to this info session and connect with your neighbours!

Jan 30: Free Retirement Investing Seminar @ Cedarbrae Community Centre. 7-8pm. First Calgary Financial, a local credit union, is presenting information of TFSA’s and RSP’s. Come find out what they are, and how they can help your future. See or for the basics that will be dicussed.

Jan 31: Free Karaoke @ The Gateway (SAIT) starts at 7pm. Free admission, Wings specials with beverage purchase. Photo ID required.

Feb 1-9: Love and Diversity @ Women’s Resource Centre, University of Calgary. The Right to love group, a joint project between the Disability Action Hall and the Calgary Sexual Health Centre has an exhibit  open for viewing, with a guided round table discussion on Feb 1 from 1-3pm.

Feb 1-3: Particle + Wave Media Arts Festival @ various locations. Most events are free, but some have a cost associated with them. Please see for details.

Feb 3-May 9: Winter Exhibitions Open @ Esker Foundation (4th floor, 1011 9 Ave SW)


Feb 1: Comic Life @ Fort Calgary. This event features a panel of graphic artists talking about the industry and their art. Tackets range from $15-$20 and can be found here:

Feb 1-28: YYC Hot chocolate Fest @ various locations. Buy hot chocolate all over the city and let them know your favourites. TO find participating vendors and plan your month of treats local, chocolatey treats, check out




Post date: 2018/01/15 - 12:46

Hi Everyone, 


Indefinite Arts will be sending some of its artist’s works overseas, but before they do, you can check The exhibit, titled LAUNCHPAD at a pop up gallery at Dialogue (300 134 11 Avenue SE) from 9am-4pm until February 14.



Jan 25: Introduction to Urban Beehives @ Fish Creek Library, 3rd Floor (11161 Bonaventure Drive SE) 6:30-8:30pm. Check out for more info about the class and to register. Space is limited!

Jan 25: Banff Trail “This Is My Community” engagement session with the City of Calgary @ Banff Trail Community Centre. 6:30-8:30pm. IF you live in the community of Banff Trail, this is your chance to talk about community issues and what you’d like to see in Banff Trail to make is an even better community.

Jan 25: Free Cross Fit Intro Class @ Chinook CrossFit (Bay 104 4600 – 104 Ave SE) . 7:30pm. fF you’ve always wondered what Cross Fit is, here is a chance to check it out.

Jan 28: YYC Hot Chocolate Fest Launch @ Southcentre Mall (100 Anderson Road SE) 10 am-2 pm.The Fest starts next week, but here’s your chance for a free sample from the competing hot chocolate-making local businesses. See for more info.


Jan 25: The Buzz about Native Bees @ University of Calgary (Science Theatres ST135, 527 Campus Place NW) 7-8pm. Learn about the over 300 species of Bees that are native to this area, how and where they live, and how you can promote native bees where you live. Suggested donation for this event is $5.

Jan 25: Calgary Story Slam @ The Pint (1428 17 Ave SW) stories start at 7pm. The theme of this slam is “gumption”. Cost is $5, come by to tell a five minute story about yourself, judge, or just hear some stories.

Jan 25-28 Calgary RV Show @ BMO Centre. Thu 1-10pm, Fri & Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 10am-5pm. Admission is $15, you can get more info at