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Upcoming Events at a Glance

EFMP Women's Support Group - Tuesday, August 1

Point Lobos Easy Access Adventures - Wed. August 2 & Sat. August 19

NAMI Family Support Group - Saturday, August 5

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) Support Group - Thursday, August 10

14th Annual Gathering of Extraordinary People - Friday, August 11

Special Kids Crusade's Mom's Night Out - Monday, August 14

Parents of Children with Special Needs Support Group (Spanish) - Thursday, August 17

NAMI Family Support Group - Saturday, August 19

San Andreas Regional Center Monthly Board Meeting - Monday, August 21

Monterey Peninsula Autism Assistance Special Education Rights Workshop - Tuesday, August 22

South County Community Resource Fair: Getting Help for my Child with Disabilities - Wednesday, August 23

EFMP Men's Support Group - Thursday, August 24

AYSO VIP Soccer First Day - Saturday, August 26

23rd Annual Community Resource Fair - Sunday, August 27

NAMI Family Support Group - Saturday, September 2

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

NAMI Family Support Group - Saturday, September 16

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

24th Annual Labor of Love - Thursday, September 28

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

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

 

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EFMP Women's Support Group
Tuesday, August 1 ~ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
California Pizza Kitchen or Lalla Grill ~ Del Monte Center, Monterey

This group, sponsored by the Exceptional Family Member Program, is for women with children or spouses with special needs. Come, share resources, ask questions and get answers from others who understand. It meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month at Del Monte Center, at California Pizza Kitchen OR at Lalla Grill. Registration is required. Visit EFMP's Facebook page to determine the chosen location. Learn more at www.mwrmonterey.com/acs. Call ACS at (831) 242-7960 to register and for information.

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Point Lobos Easy Access Adventures
Wednesday, August 2 ~ 10 am - 12 noon ~ Sea Lion Point

Saturday, August 19 ~ 10 am - 12 noon ~ Sea Lion Point
Point Lobos is located on Hwy 1, 2.2 miles south of Carmel
View Flyer

Visitors of all abilities are invited to experience Point Lobos at their own pace on ADA-conforming trails. 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. The Point Lobos Foundation offers a grant to cover the cost of entering Point Lobos for the Easy Access Adventures Program. If cost is a prohibitive factor for you, you may apply for a grant. The grant application is on page 3 of the Easy Access informational packet (PDF). 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.

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National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Family Support Group
Saturday, August 5 ~ 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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Exceptional Family Members Program Support Group
Thursday, August 10 ~ 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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14th Annual Gathering of Extraordinary People
Friday, August 11 ~ 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
Harvey West Park, 326 Evergreen Street, Santa Cruz

Celebrate an extraordinary community with a day full of great music, fun, food, talent, music, face painting and friends. Imagine Supported Living Services (Imagine SLS) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower people with developmental disabilities through service and advocacy. All are welcome to attend this family-friendly event. Don’t miss the chance to perform at the annual Talent Show, hosted by Imagine SLS. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate! Contact Drea for more info: drea_batteast@imaginesls.org or 831-464-8355. If you would like to share in the delicious food and drink, a $5 donation is requested. For RSVP and registration info, call Alexis at (831) 464-8355, ext.0 or register online at www.imaginesls.org.

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Special Kids Crusade's Mom's Night Out
Special Education Q&A with Special Education Advocate Mary Peitso

Monday, August 14 ~ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
El Torito - 600 Cannery Row, Monterey

The new school year is upon us. If you have questions about your child's IEP, 504 plan or how to ask for services you would like to see in place for your child, bring them to Mom's Night Out. Special Education Advocate Mary Peitso will join us to answer your questions and address your concerns. This is intended to be an upbeat informational gathering in the spirit of offering advice and guidance to parents with children in all ages and stages of the educational system! RSVP to lori@specialkidscrusade.org or call (831) 372-2730.

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Parents of Special Needs Children Support Group (Spanish)
Thursday, August 17 ~ 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, August 19 ~ 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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San Andreas Regional Center Monthly Board Meeting

Monday, August 21 ~ 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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Monterey Peninsula Autism Assistance Education Rights Workshop
Tuesday, August 22 ~ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
YMCA of the Monterey Peninsula ~ 600 Camino El Estero, Monterey

Do you have a child with an IEP or a 504 Plan? Do you suspect your child may have a learning disability? Are you confused by the process? Join Special Education Advocate Mary Peitso and Attorney Christian Knox for this Special Education Rights workshop. The workshop is free but space is limited! You must RSVP to mp@mpautism.org.

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South County Community Resource Fair:
"Getting Help for My Child with Disabilities
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Wednesday, August 23 ~ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
King City High School
720 Broadway St., King City

SELPA's Community Advisory Committee invites parents and caregivers to this annual resource fair, designed to raise awareness of services and programs that are available for children of all ages, with a variety of disabilities. Bilingual (Spanish/English) materials will be provided and, for those organizations who lack the ability to speak Spanish, SELPA will have roving interpreters available. Organizations interested in having a table should contact Val Wiltse at selpa@montereycoe.org or (831) 755-6464.

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EFMP Men's Support Group
Thursday, August 24 ~ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Chili's Restaurant ~ 1349 Canyon Del Rey Blvd., Seaside

This group, sponsored by the Exceptional Family Member Program is for men with children or spouses with special needs. Come, share resources, ask questions and get answers from others who understand. It meets on the 4th Thursday of each month. Registration is required. Learn more at www.mwrmonterey.com/acs or call ACS at (831) 242-7960 for more information.

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AYSO V.I.P. Soccer
First Practice: Saturday, August 26 / Primera practica 26 de Agosto
Manzanita Park, 17100 Castroville Blvd., Prunedale

The AYSO V.I.P. (Very Important Players) Soccer Program provides a quality soccer experience in a team environment for children and adults whose physical or mental disabilities make it difficult to successfully participate on mainstream teams. VIP teams may include children with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, cognitive delays, visual impairment, as well as those with mobility challenges/impairments. Children must be 4 yrs 6 months old by July 31, 2017 and no one is ever "too old" to play. All games and practices will be at Manzanita Park in Prunedale on Saturdays from 10 am to 12 noon. For more information, call Charly Strong at (831) 663-6701 or visit www.eayso.org to download and complete a player registration form.

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23rd Annual Community Resource Fair
Sunday, August 27 ~ 12 pm - 5 pm

Patriot Park ~ 1351 Oak Avenue, Greenfield
English Flyer (PDF)    Spanish Flyer (PDF)

Free and open to the public, this 23rd Annual Community Resource Fair will offer resource information from over 40 non-profit health and social service agencies. Come for the information and stay for the fun! There will be games for children, live music, raffle prizes, food vendors and more.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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