Core Programs


The Independent Living Resource Center Calgary (ILRCC) turned 36 and unveiled some exciting recreation and entertainment programs. It’s been over 3 decades of improving lives, meeting friends, and learning; we are introducing some new programs such as Finances and budgeting, Literacy, Community Garden, Cooking from around the world, and American Sign Language.

We brought back our popular LEARN programs: Art, Yoga, Music and Movement, Bowling and Cooking and so much more.

Membership Fee = $100 per individual for 3 months. For an additional $50.00 you can register for more programs for $50.00 each program. As promised, we will make a draw for everyone who registered for June, July, and August and we will make a draw on August 31 to receive $50.00 off your next registration.

All of our programs will be virtual or in-person at our office. Bowling at Chinook has started with a waitlist. Please call and register as we want to set up another day and time.

Visit or call 403-263-6880 to find out more.

Make a difference… enjoy the rest of your summer…get back to doing something for you!!!

Manage Your Finances – Mondays from 11:00 – 12:00

This is at our centre or through Zoom

Let’s start with a budget and make a plan to keep track of our money.

It is a series of 6 workshops, each session is 1 hour long. Zoom or at ILRCC (limited space). The first 3 classes will be completed in a group and the last 3 classes with be one on one and can be completed through Zoom.

Information about the classes:

  • Why don’t I have any money?
  • Where is my money going?
  • How much money do I have?
  • Starting a Budget
  • Completing your Budget
  • Understanding your Options, dealing with debt
  • Yes, there is a way to save money
  • Credit: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
  • Keep it Simple, short and long-term plan.


We have planted 2 gardens, one at the office and a larger garden in the SE. Lots of vegetables growing. We are always looking for volunteers to help with garden maintenance and weeding. We will let you know when the vegetables are ready to pick.

Call us and we can update you on the days and times when we will be at the garden and of course always dependant on weather or smoke restrictions.

Topics include:

  • Start your vegetable seeds, start getting ready for wintertime, and planting seeds for next year.
  • Learn how to grow and take care of your herbs
  • How to use your herbs for cooking
  • Start an outside or patio garden
  • What kind of soil to use, how much water, bugs can be your friends
  • Preserve your vegetables in the Fall
  • And many other topics


Cooking – Wednesdays 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Classes run for 12 weeks.

Classes will start on Wednesdays. You are welcomed to come to the office or cook online with our chef. Recipes and ingredients are sent out on weekly basis to help prepare you for the class. We will also give you some options to make more meals with one ingredient. If you have any requests or would like to learn how to cook a specific recipe, send us an email and we will add your recipe to our classes.




Put Pen to Paper

Stay tuned for upcoming dates and times.


Superstuff – Create your own superhero and then learn how to write the opening chapter of an exciting story.

Stay tuned for upcoming dates and times.

Simon Rose is a Calgary author of 15 novels and more than a hundred nonfiction books. Learn more at

Art and Crafts

Learn different styles and techniques for drawing and creating your own art pieces.

Classes run for 12 weeks on Tuesdays from  1:00 – 2:00

The outcome would be to set up an online Art show and hopefully sell the drawings and the sales would be returned to the artist.


Saturday Bowling started at Chinook Bowling Depot.

Classes run for 12 weeks. Time 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.


Sign Language

American Sign Language

Learn everyday conversation using ASL! Learn how to talk with your friends, children, parents, and co-workers who are Deaf.

Thursday evenings from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm for 10 weeks. Our office is open and it is fun to come in person to learn sign language with other people.



Let us know which class you are registering for

Gentle Yoga – Wednesdays from 10:30 – 11:30


Slow Flow Yoga – Thursdays from 10:30 – 11:30

These one-hour classes move at a slow pace for people new to yoga or for those simply interested in stretching and moving mindfully. Students will learn breathwork, terminology, and basic essential yoga poses, which include both standing and floor postures to create a foundation for their practice. Longer holds combined with focused breathwork unwind and relax the body and, with that, the mind follows and unwinds. This often results in having a more restful sleep.

Suitable for all levels. Beginners welcome!

This will run for 8 weeks


Music and Movement with DJ Sparkles – Mondays

Dance to the oldies, country, pop, and rock. Safely mingle with old and new friends on Mondays from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm through Zoom or limited spaces available at ILRCC. This will be a great time for music, movement, and community. DJ Sparkles is happy to take requests so put on your dancing shoes and join the fun!

This will run for 12 weeks.


Friday Night In and Around

We are replacing FNOA with Friday Night In and Around (FNIA) and will have different activities each Friday night. (Karaoke, Movie night, Games, and Bingo – with prizes).

Stay tuned for upcoming dates and times..

Friday Out and About

We are bringing you this new program and will be going to various locations in the city and participating in a variety of activities. We are going to restrict our numbers in the beginning and will open up to more people at a later date.

Times will be determined soon.