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Upcoming Events at a Glance

NAMI Family Support Group - Saturday, September 2

Touch a Truck! Coastal Kids Home Care Benefit - Sunday, September 10

Special Kids Crusade's Mom's Night Out - Monday, September 11

Hearing Dog Demonstration - Wednesday, September 13

"Help! My Child is Turning 18" Limited Conservatorship Workshop - Wednesday, September 13

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) Support Group - Thursday, September 14

Employment First Conference: Innovation and Best Practices in Day and Employment Services - Friday, September 15

Chuparossa Parent Support Group (Greenfield) - Friday, September 15

Grandparents Raising Children with Special Needs Workshop - Sat. September 16

Creating Positive Relationships When Challenging Behaviors Get in the Way - Saturday, September 16

NAMI Family Support Group - Saturday, September 16

Beginning American Sign Language (ASL) Classes - 8 week course begins Monday, September 18

San Andreas Regional Center Monthly Board Meeting - Monday, September 18

Intermediate American Sign Language (ASL) Classes - 8 week course begins Tuesday, September 19

Parents of Children with Special Needs Support Group (Spanish) - Thursday, September 21

24th Annual Labor of Love - Thursday, September 28

First Annual Northern California Autism Symposium - Friday, Sept. 29 & Sat., Sept. 30

Hope, Horses & RIBS BBQ Fundraiser for Hope, Horses & Kids - Saturday, Sept. 30

San Andreas Regional Center Monthly Board Meeting - Monday, October 16

Emotional Healing in the World of Developmental Disabilities: Trauma Informed Care - Monday, October 16

Special Kids Crusade's REACH Theatre Fall 2017 program begins Saturday, November 11

San Andreas Regional Center Monthly Board Meeting - Monday, November 20

 

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National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Family Support Group
Saturday, September 2 ~ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
NAMI Monterey County Office, 1020 Merrill Street, Suite 1015, Salinas

NAMI Family Support Group is a free confidential support group for family members, friends, and partners of loved ones living with a mental illness. It takes place on the first and third Saturday of each month. Join a caring group of individuals helping one another by utilizing their collective experiences and learned wisdom. Learn more at www.namimonterey.org.

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Touch a Truck!
Family-fun benefit for Coastal Kids Home Care

Sunday, September 10 ~ Noon to 4:00 pm
Salinas Rodeo Grounds ~ 1034 N. Main St., Salinas

Coastal Kids Home Care is holding its Fourth Annual Touch-A-Truck, a family-friendly event benefiting children in our community coping with cancer and other serious illnesses. On Sunday September 10 from 12:00 – 4:00 pm the Salinas Rodeo Midway will be transformed into an interactive play museum for kids of all abilities to explore and learn about a variety of vehicles – construction, utility, agriculture and emergency – all generously provided by local businesses. There will be more than 50 emergency, construction, utility and other vehicles to explore. New this year – Food Trucks with a great selection of food, beverages and desserts for all to enjoy. There will be entertainment, arts and crafts, face painting, a raffle (with Disneyland ticket prizes) and more. Admission is $5 per person or $20 per family. Purchase tickets at:  http://touchatrucksalinas.eventbrite.com/

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Special Kids Crusade's Mom's Night Out
Paint & Potluck at Roaring Mice Studio

Monday, September 11 ~ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Roaring Mice Studio ~ 374 Main St., Oldtown Salinas

Leave your kids and cares at home and join us for a fun and artsy Mom's Night Out. The cost is $25 for paint and supplies. Bring a dish to share and a beverage of choice (wine is welcome!) bottle!). RSVPs are REQUIRED because studio space is extremely limited. . For more information or to RSVP, call (831) 372-2730 or email lori@specialkidscrusade.org

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Hearing Dog Demonstration
Wednesday, September 13 ~ 2:30 pm
Deaf & Hard of Hearing Service Center, Central Coast Outreach
1188 Padre Drive, Suite 115, Salinas

Wonder if a hearing dog is right for you or for a family member? This is a great opportunity to see a hearing dog in action and learn from the experts. Bring your questions! For more information, contact Wayne Johnson at (831) 753-6540 (voice) or (831) 753-6541 (TTY). You can also email Wayne at waynej@dhhsc.org.

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"Help! My Child is Turning 18" Limited Conservatorship Workshop
Wednesday, September 13 ~ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Good Shepherd Fund ~ 1641 North First St., Suite 155, San Jose

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This FREE interactive presentation by special needs planning attorney Lorna J. Drope will inform you on how to prepare and protect your loved one with a developmental disability and keep him/her from harm or exploitation as they approach and enter adulthood. Learn how a limited conservatorship can protect an adult with developmental disabilities while allowing for the development of maximum self-reliance and independence.

Speaker Lorna J. Drope is a tax and estate planning attorney who has been practicing law in California, Nevada and Arizona and holds a Masters in Tax Law. She has clients in Monterey, San Jose.

This is a FREE workshop, but pre-registration is necessary. Click here to register.

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Exceptional Family Members Program Support Group
Thursday, September 14 ~ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Army Community Service Gold Room ~ Building 4260, Ord Military Community

Funded from military service branches, Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) serves to improve the quality of life of families that have a family member with a special need. The monthly Support Group meets the second Thursday of each month in the Army Community Service Gold Room.  Free child care is provided by Aptitude Habilitation Services until 8 pm. The evening's agenda includes: Introductions 6:00–6:15 pm, presentation from 6:15 to 7:15 pm, a facilitated support group from 7:15 to 8 pm. Feel free to stay a bit longer to socialize. All in the community are invited to attend. For more information and to RSVP, please contact the EFMP manager at (831) 242-7960.

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Employment First Conference
Innovation and Best Practices in Day and Employment Services

Friday, September 15 ~ 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
San Andreas Regional Center ~ 6203 San Ignacio Ave., San Jose
Conference Flyer

Learn and be a part of the discussion regarding the Employment First initiative. Members of the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) will be speaking about where California is with employment and the direction the state is heading. There will be a panel discussion with San Andreas Regional Center vendors. The cost is $15 per person (plus a $1.81 credit card fee). Register online via sarc.org or click here.

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Chuparrosa Parent Support Group
Friday, September 15 / Viernes, 15 de septiembre ~ 6 pm - 8 pm
Tyler Park / Tyler Park Salon Comunitario ~ 1120 Heidi Dr., Greenfield

Hear from Maria Villagomez on the topic of Depression at this month's support group meeting. Chuparrosa is a parent support group for parents who have children with differing abilities and special needs. Our mission is to offer Special Education resource and related services workshops monthly. Workshops are presented primarily in Spanish and are free and open to the public. This group is supported by Special Kids Crusade. For more information, contact Rosy Montoya at (831) 674-3560 or Faustino Salvador at (831) 272-1310.

Chuparrosa es un grupo de apoyo para padres de niños con diferentes habilidades y/o necesidades especiales. Nuestra misión es ofrecer talleres de Servicios y Recursos relacionados con la Educación Especial mensualmente. Los talleres son presentados en español e inglés totalmente gratis y abiertos al público. Este grupo es apoyado por Special Kids Crusade. Para más información:Rosy Montoya (831) 674-3560 o Faustino Salvador (831) 272-1310.

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Grandparents Raising Children with Special Needs
Saturday, September 16 ~ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Monterey County Office of Education's Head Start Conference Room
901 Blanco Circle, Salinas

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Specialist Netta Anderson works with families who have children with special needs.  She’s a grandparent, too!  She will help other grandparents increase their knowledge around special education, begin to create a map for the future, and build skills in raising children with special needs. This is a FREE workshop. Child care is available with advance notice. This workshop will be presented in English and Spanish. For more information and to RSVP, call:
Kaycee Day ~ (831) 784-4202 or Claribel Solis ~ (831) 755-6431 (Spanish speakers).

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Creating Positive Relationships When Challenging Behaviors Get in the Way
Saturday, September 16 ~ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Westgate Church ~6598 Camden Ave., San Jose
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Wondering how to survive your child's challenging behavior? Is whatever you are doing today just not working? Come and gain an understanding of challenging behaviors and how use person-centered approaches for strategies that allow your family to work toward a peaceful coexistence. Nathan Ory, a registered Psychologist, has worked in Victoria, British Columbia since 1978 with children and adults with brain-based disorders. He specializes in clients with developmental disabilities, autism, intellectual disabilities and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, extremely challenging behavior, and/or diagnosis along with a concurrent mental illness. This workshop is presented by Parents Helping Parents, in San Jose.

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National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Family Support Group
Saturday, September 16 ~ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
NAMI Monterey County Office, 1020 Merrill Street, Suite 1015, Salinas

NAMI Family Support Group is a free confidential support group for family members, friends, and partners of loved ones living with a mental illness. It takes place on the first and third Saturday of each month. Join a caring group of individuals helping one another by utilizing their collective experiences and learned wisdom. Learn more at www.namimonterey.org.

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Beginning American Sign Lang ague (ASL) Class
8 Mondays, beginning September 18 ~ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Deaf & Hard of Hearing Service Center ~ 1188 Padre Drive, Suite 115, Salinas

Open to ALL! Here's a chance to learn the basics of communicating in American Sign Language (ASL) or to refresh your ASL skills. Classes begin Monday, September 18 and run through Monday, November 6. The cost is $40. For more information, contact Wayne Johnson at (831) 240-4020 or email krystalr@dhhsc.org.

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San Andreas Regional Center Monthly Board Meeting

Monday, September 18 ~ 6:00 pm
San Andreas Regional Center Monterey County Office
344 Salinas St., Suite 207, Salinas, CA

Whether you, or a member of your family, is a SARC consumer or if you are a service provider, a professional or a member of the community who wishes to get more involved in service delivery for people with developmental disabilities, this is a great opportunity to learn more! San Andreas Regional Center monthly board meetings are open to the public and time is given, in each meeting, for public comment. This month's meeting takes place at the Monterey County (Salinas) office. For a list of the 2017 meeting times and locations, click here. To view past meeting agendas and minutes, click here.

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Intermediate American Sign Lang ague (ASL) Class
8 Tuesdays, beginning September 19 ~ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Deaf & Hard of Hearing Service Center ~ 1188 Padre Drive, Suite 115, Salinas

Open to ALL! Here's a chance to learn the basics of communicating in American Sign Language (ASL) or to refresh your ASL skills. Classes begin Tuesday, September 19 and run through Tuesday, November 7. The cost is $40. For more information, contact Wayne Johnson at (831) 240-4020 or email krystalr@dhhsc.org.

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Parents of Special Needs Children Support Group (Spanish)
Thursday, September 21 ~ 10 am
San Andreas Regional Center ~ 344 Salinas St., Suite 207
Informational Flyer (Spanish) PDF

Spanish-speaking parents in Monterey County are invited to participate in a parent support group hosted by the San Andreas Regional Center (SARC) in Salinas. This group meets on the third Thursday of each month in the San Andreas Regional Center office. Parents do not need to be SARC-eligible to attend. Light refreshments are served. For more information, contact Minerva Valdez at (831) 759-3164.

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24th Annual Labor of Love: A Pregnancy Celebration
Thursday, September 28 ~ 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Sherwood Hall ~ 940 N. Main Street, Salinas

Monterey County’s largest baby shower will host over 35 community agencies and hundreds of pregnant women. Pregnant, soon to be pregnant, and parenting women can learn about programs and services and receive valuable parenting information. Games, gifts, and free and healthy snacks will be available. In support of child safety and obesity prevention, the Labor of Love will raffle off free car seats and strollers. There will be free car seat presentations in both English and Spanish to teach parents how to properly install and secure their children in car seats.  First-time dads can participate in the Dads’ Diaper Derby and Feed the Big Baby contests, challenging their diapering and feeding skills. For more information, contact Michelle Fox, Women, Infants & Children Nutrition Program (WIC) via email at foxm@co.monterey.ca.us or by phone (831) 796-2875.

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First Annual Northern California Autism Symposium
Friday, Sept. 29 & Saturday, Sept. 30
California State University, Chico Campus
300 Orchard City Drive, Suite 170, Campbell

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California State University, Chico will host a "First Annual Northern California Autism Symposium" on September 29 & 30. This two-day event will feature sessions with compelling topics with a breadth of presenters from both inside and outside the Northern California to individuals with ASD, their families, teachers and service providers. The featured presenter will be John Elder Robison, a New York Times best-selling author and leading voice on ASD. Registration is $175 for two days or $99 per day. Learn more at http://rce.csuchico.edu/northern-california-autism-symposium.

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Hope, Horses & RIBS
BBQ Fundraiser for Hope, Horses & Kids

Saturday, Sept. 30 ~ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Carmel Valley Trail and Saddle Club
85 East Garzas Road, Carmel Valley ~ Directions

Join Hope, Horses & Kids for their 3rd annual Hope,Horses & Ribs BBQ on September 30. Hope, Horses & Kids is a nonprofit equine learning program designed to help local kids with social and emotional difficulties or disabilities. Visit https://www.hopehorseskids.org/shop for ticket information or email mary.compagno@gmail.com.

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San Andreas Regional Center Monthly Board Meeting

Monday, October 16 ~ 6:00 pm
San Andreas Regional Center Campbell Office
300 Orchard City Drive, Suite 170, Campbell

Whether you, or a member of your family, is a SARC consumer or if you are a service provider, a professional or a member of the community who wishes to get more involved in service delivery for people with developmental disabilities, this is a great opportunity to learn more! San Andreas Regional Center monthly board meetings are open to the public and time is given, in each meeting, for public comment. This month's meeting takes place at the Santa Clara County (Campbell) office. For a list of the 2017 meeting times and locations, click here. To view past meeting agendas and minutes, click here.

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Webinar: Emotional Healing in the World of Developmental Disabilities: Trauma Informed Care
Monday, October 16 ~ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Register at http://bit.ly/2vo8BB6

Could some of the reactions we describe as behavior problems really be a past trauma response? Trauma informed care is an organizational structure and treatment framework that involves understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma. Webinar host Karyn Harvey says, " ...in this field we so often focus on behaviors as though the behavior is driving the person and the behavior is the issue, when it’s really a symptom. And what it’s often a symptom of is post-traumatic stress disorder." Listen, ask questions and gain perspective with us. Karyn Harvey, Ph.D. is the author of "Trauma-Informed Behavioral Interventions: What Works and What Doesn't" and is the Assistant Executive Director of Clinical Supports at the ARC Baltimore.

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Special Kids Crusade's
REACH Theatre Fall 2017 Program

Saturday, November 11 through Saturday, December 16
9:00 am - 11:30 am
ARIEL Theatrical ~ 320 Main Street, Oldtown Salinas

REACH Theatre, an inclusive performing arts experience for children and young adults, ages 12 to 22, is beginning its third session under the care and guidance of Special Kids Crusade. Through REACH Theatre, actors of all abilities and talents are given opportunities to gain self-confidence, improve their communication skills, find new ways to express themselves, and learn how to work effectively and creatively with others. This fall, REACH Theatre participants will be working on a production of Stone Soup. Space is limited. To register, visit http://reachfall2017.eventbrite.com or download a registration form here. For information, contact Special Kids Crusade at (831) 372-2730.

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San Andreas Regional Center Monthly Board Meeting

Monday, November 20 ~ 6:00 pm
San Andreas Regional Center Campbell Office
300 Orchard City Drive, Suite 170, Campbell

Whether you, or a member of your family, is a SARC consumer or if you are a service provider, a professional or a member of the community who wishes to get more involved in service delivery for people with developmental disabilities, this is a great opportunity to learn more! San Andreas Regional Center monthly board meetings are open to the public and time is given, in each meeting, for public comment. This month's meeting takes place at the Santa Clara County (Campbell) office. For a list of the 2017 meeting times and locations, click here. To view past meeting agendas and minutes, click here.

 
   
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