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Upcoming Events at a Glance

Adelante Con Orgullo Mujer Immigrante Conference / Women Immigrant Forward with Pride Conference - Saturday, December 2

Deaf & Hard of Hearing Service Center Holiday Potluck with Deaf Santa - Saturday, December 2

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Family Support Group - Saturday, December 2

Soothing Santa Visits Northridge Mall - Sunday, December 3

Point Lobos Easy Access Adventures - Wednesday, December 6

Monterey Peninsula Autism Assistance Special Education Workshop - Thursday, December 7

Sensory-Friendly Santa Visits Greenfield - Sunday, December 10

REACH Theatre at ARIEL Theatrical presents Stone Soup - Saturday, December 16

Support Special Kids Crusade at Peninsula Gem & Jewelry Supply on Saturday, December 16

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Family Support Group - Saturday, December 16

Monterey Peninsula Autism Assistance presents Sensory Santa at the Monterey Moose Lodge - Sunday, December 17

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Family Support Group - Saturday, January 6

South County Parents of Children with Special Needs Support Group - Friday, January 12

San Andreas Regional Center Monthly Board Meeting - Tuesday, January 16

Parents of Special Needs Children Support Group (Spanish) at the San Andreas Regional Center - Thursday, January 18

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Family Support Group - Saturday, January 20

"Help! My Child is Turning 18" Limited Conservatorship Workshop - Wednesday, February 7

Chuparrosa Parent Support Group (Greenfield) - Friday, February 16

 

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Adelante Con Orgullo Mujer Immigrante Conference
Women Immigrant Forward with Pride Conference
Saturday, December 2 ~ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Hartnell College, 411 Central Ave., Salinas

Registration Form

This annual FREE conference focuses on educating immigrant women in Monterey County about the role of health prevention and overall well-being.. Conference participants come from all over the county, including as far south as King City, are invited to attend this free conference. Free transportation is available through Monterey Salinas Transit. Workshops on child education, parental mental well-being, "Aging with Power," and more will be available. The event also includes a resource fair, free breakfast, lunch and child care. Advance registration is required. For more information, call Angelica Chavez at (831) 755-4514.

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Deaf & Hard of Hearing Service Center Family Holiday Potluck
with Deaf Santa
Saturday, December 2 ~ Noon - 4 pm
St. Ansgars Lutheran Church
72 E. San Joaquin St., Salinas
Event flyer: English     Spanish

Join DHHSC Central Coast Outreach for their annual holiday potluck for adults, children & families! Bring a casserole or dessert to share. Enjoy BBQ, activities, games, ASL (American Sign Language) story time and visit Deaf Santa! For more information, call (831) 753-6540 or email ccinfo@dhhsc.org.

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National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Family Support Group
Saturday, December 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. NOTE: This is a recurring event so please call the NAMI office at (831) 22-6264, prior to attending, to confirm this support group meeting date/time.

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Soothing Santa visits Northridge Mall
Sunday, December 3 ~ 8:30 am - 10:30 am
Northridge Mall (Center Court Area), Salinas

Santa knows some children need extra patience and quiet time during holiday visits. This ​soothing​ ​and sensory-friendly event allows ​​children​ ​with​ ​all spectrums of special​ ​needs​ ​and their families to experience a time-honored tradition with Santa in a comforting environment outside the center’s public hours. Two dates are available for Soothing Santa visits:  November 26 & December 3, both from 8:30-10:30 am. Registration is requested. Click on the date links, above, to register. Visits are free but there is a charge for photos.

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Point Lobos Easy Access Adventures
Wednesday, December 6 ~ 10 am - 12 noon ~ Sea Lion Point
Point Lobos is located on Hwy 1, 2.2 miles south of Carmel
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Visitors of all abilities are invited to experience the Easy Access Trails at Point Lobos. You are welcome to tour at your own pace, whether you walk fast or slow, are pushing a stroller or walker, using a cane or wheelchair. Docents with scopes, binoculars, otter pelts, photos and more will be stationed along the trails to make Point Lobos come alive. For more information, visit www.pointlobos.org or contact Melissa Gobell, Docent Program Coordinator at melissa.gobell@parks.ca.gov or call (831) 625-1470.

Did you know? The Point Lobos Foundation offers grants to cover the cost of entering Point Lobos for the Easy Access Adventure Program. If cost is a prohibitive factor for you, we encourage you to apply for one of these grants. Applications must be received and approved at least one week prior to the visit date.

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Special Education Rights Workshop
Thursday, December 7 ~ 6:00 pm - 8:00pm
Boys & Girls Club of Monterey County ~ 1332 La Salle Ave., Seaside
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Do you have a child with an IEP or 504 Plan? Do you suspect your child may have a learning disability? Are you confused by the process? Join Advocate Mary Peitso and Attorney Christian Knox for a Special Education Rights Workshop. There is no cost, by space is limited. RSVP to mp@mpautism.org. (We are sorry, but no childcare is available.)

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Special Kids Crusade presents...
A Day
with Sensory-Friendly Santa Visits Greenfield
Sunday, December 10
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tyler Park Townhomes Community Room
1120 Heidi Dr., Greenfield

Special Kids Crusade invites families with children who have special needs to come visit a sensory-friendly Santa on Sunday, December 10 in Greenfield. Get your photo taken, enjoy some holiday treats and, for those children on Santa's "Nice" list, get a fun gift. Santa needs to know which children are coming so he'll have a gift ready! Please RSVP to Special Kids Crusade via email at laura@specialkidscrusade.org or by calling (831) 372-2730, ext. 102. Se habla español.

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REACH Theatre at ARIEL Theatrical presents Stone Soup
Saturday, December 16 ~ 10:30 am
The home of ARIEL Theatrical ~ 320 Main St., Salinas, CA 93901

Kids and kids-at-heart will enjoy ARIEL Theatrical’s delightful musical adaptation of Stone Soup with a holiday twist. Designed around a cast that is inclusive of a wide range of abilities, this collaborative effort between ARIEL Theatrical and Special Kids Crusade will be the highlight of your holiday season.

Bring the entire family! Space is limited. Be sure to get your tickets before they sell out. Tickets are available online at https://reachstonesoup.eventbrite.com. For more information, call (831) 372-2730.

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Support Special Kids Crusade at
Peninsula Gem & Jewelry Supply

Saturday, December 16
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
2245 N. Fremont St., Monterey

Special Kids Crusade will receive 10% of gem and jewelry sales at Peninsula Gem & Jewelry Supply on Saturday, November 16. The North Fremont Business District in Monterey is connecting local businesses with worthy nonprofits this season! The wonderful people at Peninsula Gem & Jewelry Supply will be donating 10% of their sales on Saturday, December 16 to Special Kids Crusade. The money you saved on Black Friday now has a perfect place to be spent.

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National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Family Support Group
Saturday, December 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. NOTE: This is a recurring event so please call the NAMI office at (831) 22-6264, prior to attending, to confirm this support group meeting date/time.

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Monterey Peninsula Autism Assistance's
Afternoon with
Sensory Santa
Sunday, December 17 ~ 2 pm - 4 pm
Monterey Moose Lodge ~ 555 Canyon Del Rey Blvd, Del Rey Oaks (Monterey)

Sensory Santa is coming the the Monterey Moose Lodge! No waiting in long lines, low music and fun activities await for families who might otherwise find a visit to Santa a bit overwhelming. Santa will have a wrapped gift for your child, too! This is a FREE event but RSVPs are needed by December 13 to mp@mpautism.org.

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National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Family Support Group
Saturday, January 6 ~ 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. NOTE: This is a recurring event so please call the NAMI office at (831) 22-6264, prior to attending, to confirm this support group meeting date/time.

 

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South County Parents of Children with Special Needs Support Group
Friday, January 12 ~ 6 pm - 8 pm
Gabilan School ~ Multipurpose Room
330 Walker Drive, Soledad

Parents and family members of children with special needs are invited to participate in these group meetings to receive support while receiving vital information regarding special education, legal , mental health, behavior and more. This group meets on the 2nd Friday of each month. For more information, please contact Josefina Muñoz (831) 678-1287, María Sánchez   (831) 678-2204, Alicia Lustre  (831) 214- 7278, or Sandra Acevez  (831) 678-0342. Child Care provided by Forever Friends.

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San Andreas Regional Center Monthly Board Meeting

Tuesday, January 16 ~ 6:00 pm
San Andreas Regional Center Santa Clara County Office
6203 San Ignacio Ave., Suite 200, San Jose

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 (San Jose) office. For a list of the 2018 meeting times and locations, click here. To view past meeting agendas and minutes, click here.

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Parents of Special Needs Children Support Group (Spanish)
Thursday, January 18 ~ 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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National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Family Support Group
Saturday, January 20 ~ 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. NOTE: This is a recurring event so please call the NAMI office at (831) 22-6264, prior to attending, to confirm this support group meeting date/time.

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"Help! My Child is Turning 18" Limited Conservatorship Workshop
Wednesday, February 7 ~ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Good Shepherd Fund ~ 1641 North First St., Suite 155, San Jose

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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Chuparrosa Parent Support Group
Friday, February 16 / Viernes, 16 de febrero ~ 6 pm - 8 pm
Tyler Park / Tyler Park Salon Comunitario ~ 1120 Heidi Dr., Greenfield

Our mission is to offer Special Education resource and related services workshops monthly. A representative from Special Kids Crusade's Outreach Mentoring Team will be on hand to support questions about service access through the San Andreas Regional Center. 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. Un representante del equipo de mentores de SKC estará disponible para contestar preguntas sobre el acceso a servicios a través del Centro Regional de San Andreas.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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San Andreas Regional Center Monthly Board Meeting

Tuesday, February 20 ~ 6:00 pm
San Andreas Regional Center Santa Cruz County Office
1110 Main St., Suite 8, Watsonville

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 Cruz County office. For a list of the 2018 meeting times and locations, click here. To view past meeting agendas and minutes, click here.

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San Andreas Regional Center Monthly Board Meeting

Monday, March 19 ~ 6:00 pm
San Andreas Regional Center Monterey County Office
344 Salinas St. Suite 207, Salinas

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 (San Jose) office. For a list of the 2018 meeting times and locations, click here. To view past meeting agendas and minutes, click here.

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San Andreas Regional Center Monthly Board Meeting

Monday, May 21 ~ 6:00 pm
San Andreas Regional Center Santa Clara County Office
6203 San Ignacio Ave., Suite 200, San Jose

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 (San Jose) office. For a list of the 2018 meeting times and locations, click here. To view past meeting agendas and minutes, click here.

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San Andreas Regional Center Monthly Board Meeting

Monday, June 18 ~ 6:00 pm
San Andreas Regional Center Santa Cruz County Office
1110 Main St., Suite 8, Watsonville

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 Cruz County office. For a list of the 2018 meeting times and locations, click here. To view past meeting agendas and minutes, click here.

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San Andreas Regional Center Monthly Board Meeting

Monday, July 16 ~ 6:00 pm
San Andreas Regional Center Santa Clara County Office
6203 San Ignacio Ave., Suite 200, San Jose

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 (San Jose) office. For a list of the 2018 meeting times and locations, click here. To view past meeting agendas and minutes, click here.

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San Andreas Regional Center Monthly Board Meeting

Monday, September 17 ~ 6:00 pm
San Andreas Regional Center Monterey County Office
344 Salinas St. Suite 207, Salinas

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 (San Jose) office. For a list of the 2018 meeting times and locations, click here. To view past meeting agendas and minutes, click here.

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San Andreas Regional Center ANNUAL Board Meeting

Monday, October 15 ~ 6:00 pm
San Andreas Regional Center Santa Clara County Office
6203 San Ignacio Ave., Suite 200, San Jose

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 (San Jose) office. For a list of the 2018 meeting times and locations, click here. To view past meeting agendas and minutes, click here.

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San Andreas Regional Center Monthly Board Meeting

Final Board Meeting of 2018
Monday, November 19 ~ 6:00 pm
San Andreas Regional Center Santa Clara County Office
6203 San Ignacio Ave., Suite 200, San Jose

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 (San Jose) office. For a list of the 2018 meeting times and locations, click here. To view past meeting agendas and minutes, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
   
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