Past Programs and Events

Below are some of the events and programs we have run in the past. Have a look at the kind of things we’ve been up to & you’ll be ready to jump on the next great opportunity for fun!

PAST FAMILY/KID PROGRAMS:

Horsin’ Around Sleigh Ride and Bonfire!

ASVI participated in a sleigh ride in the country side! To end the day of sleigh riding, we all came together around a nice warm cozy bonfire to sip on some hot chocolate and a few snacks! Thank you to Horsin’ Around for letting ASVI spend the day with the animals in the petting zoo!

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Build-A-Bear ASVI Christmas Party!

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Pumpkin Carving and Decorating!

Halloween Pumpkin photo
Our ASVI members gathered at the CNIB on Friday October 18, 2013 to get into the Halloween spirit!! We carved and decorated pumpkins with our families and friends! Lots of spooky pumpkins were carved, and even made some glittery pumpkins too!  Thank you to all that came out to decorate! We look forward to next year’s ASVI Halloween party!


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Calgary Corn Maze!

Thanks to the families that joined us at the Calgary Corn Maze on Sunday October 6. We had a great time exploring and getting a little lost in the maze. Every child was able to choose a mini pumpkin to take home with them and we even got to spend time in the petting zoo feeding goats! We also watched a bulldozer dump 500 pounds of pumpkins from way up in the air, smashing them down on the ground!


Slam! Poetry

Poetry logoOur members experienced the expertise of expressive poem writing with well renowned Wakefield Brewster of SOUNDKREATIONS. He is a poet and performer, he guided us through a workshop filled with different lyrical techniques, powerful words and a variety of vocal dynamics! Our poems were shared with one another and a great time we had.


Diggin’ Artifacts at Fort Calgary!

Members of ASVI gathered at Fort Calgary where we participated in a mini archaeological dig. We learned about what types of artifacts would have been left behind by First Nations, RCMP and families of Settlers. We learned how to figure out which artifacts were left by which group so that we knew what types of artifacts we were digging up in our own excavations! Fort Calgary was a ton of fun and a great place to visit if you’ve never been.

Fort Calgary photo

There will be a $20.00 fee imposed for any person who registers for a program but fails to attend without cancelling.

Calaway Park!

Calaway Park logoASVI members enjoyed a warm summer day filled of rides, games and fun at Calaway Park! Families took a break to join fellow members for a picnic lunch! Thank you to those who took part in the Family Day at Calaway! We hope to get out there again!
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Canadian Reptile Encounter!

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A big thank you to Raine from Reptile Encounters for giving us the opportunity to get up close and personal with a huge variety of critters, from an albino corn snake, to a monitor lizard to a boa constrictor and even a tarantula! Those who came to the presentation got to touch and feel all the different reptiles and learn about each species. We found out that there’s no such thing as a poisonous animal, only venomous and that pet boa constrictors are only fed one rabbit every week!

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Calgary Zoo Adventure!

Calgary Zoo penguinsWith the help of our extraordinary volunteers, the children and siblings of ASVI spent the day wandering the Zoo. We visited the penguins, bears and tigers! The hippos were a big hit as we even felt some splashes from their tank! Looking very forward to our next Zoo Adventure at the Calgary Zoo. Thank you to all the volunteers that came to join us at the Zoo!


Matinee Movie – “The Croods”

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Pool Party at the Shawnessy Super 8!

Beach ball photoFamilies of ASVI took part in a pool party at a local hotel here in Calgary. Although the weather outside has been cold and snowy, we took the opportunity to spend the day indoors with friends in the pool (and hot tubs of course!)  Thank you to all who joined in the fun!


Painting Clay at The Clayground Studio Calgary!

pottery bowl photoThank you to all that joined us on Saturday at the Clayground Studio for some artistic fun! We had a great afternoon painting our own bowls, mugs and plates. Everyone’s inner artist came out with bright, colourful and fun designs. Emails will be sent out to those who attended as soon as the glazed and fired pieces are available for pick up at the CNIB office. Thanks again to those who joined us, and we look forward to our next event in April!


Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra Intimate & Interactive Experience!

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra logoFamilies of ASVI enjoyed a very loud and energetic morning February 24th! The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra came out to preform their songs using a variety of instruments. The children even had the opportunity to touch and play some the instruments with the Orchestra musicians.

 

 

 

 

 

PAST PARENT PROGRAMS:

Three Day Seminar – Apple Accessibility Initiative

These seminars welcome educators, visually impaired persons, parents/guardians, students and interested persons who provide decisions regarding the technological journey of a visually impaired student. These day long seminars will include a hand’s on experience in accessing the features and technologies of Apple products. Find out which iOS apps can make your child/student more proficient, explore the different built in low vision options available on these devices, showcase on QWERTY on-screen and wireless keyboard options, Download and Read Books, Voiceover as well as the numerous games and special features will be featured during the seminar. Larry L. Lewis will be “coming prepared to provide us with the most comprehensive, professional, and fun workshops that you all have EVER experienced” ASVI is proud to have Mr. Larry L. Lewis coming all the way from Ohio to present for us his passion for teaching others the incredible features of accessible technologies for students and adult alike!

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014
Professionals and Educators who support technology training on the iOS devices.

Friday, January 24th, 2014
Students who are looking to learn more about their iOS devices.

Saturday, January 25th, 2014
Public community interested in the iOS devices and technologies related to visual impairments.

January 23rd and 24th seminars will be held at:
Career and Technology Centre
2336 53rd Avenue S.W Calgary, AB T3E 1L2

January 25th seminar will be held at:
CNIB Building (TT Room)
15 Colonel Baker Place N.E Calgary, AB T2E 4Z3

The seminars will be full days from 9:00am until anywhere between 3:00pm and 4:00pm (with a lunch break and morning and mid-afternoon break).

Please RSVP by email to yvonne.asvi@gmail.com and provide names and ages of all participants and specify which day you would like.


Ride for Sight!

Ride for Sight is the longest running motorcycle charity fundraiser in Canada; the first ride began in 1979 in Central Ontario. Each regional Ride has its own unique features. Annual Ride for Sight weekend celebration events are supported in part by generous corporate sponsorship and are organized by volunteer Ride for Sight Planning Teams. While Ride for Sight participants are primarily comprised of motorcyclists — volunteers, fundraisers and supporters also include non-motorcyclists and families affected by retinal diseases.

To-date, Ride for Sight has raised more than $19 million in support of the Foundation Fighting Blindness, the only charity in Canada funding sight-saving research.

Go to http://www.rideforsight.com/ for more information.

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