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Upcoming Events at a Glance

NAMI Family Support Group - Saturday, July 1

Point Lobos Easy Access Adventures - Wed. July 5 & Sat. July 15

Shared Adventures' Day On the Beach - Saturday, July 8

3rd Annual San Andreas Regional Center Summer Festival - Saturday, July 8

BINGO Benefit for Monterey Peninsula Autism Assistance - Sunday, July 9

Special Kids Crusade's Mom's Night Out - Monday, July 10

EFMP Women's Support Group - Tuesday, July 11

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) Support Group - Thursday, July 13

NAMI Family Support Group - Saturday, July 15

Parents of Children with Special Needs Support Group (Spanish) - Thursday, July 20

National Down Syndrome Congress' 45th Annual Convention (Sacramento) - Thursday, July 20 through Sunday, July 23

32nd Annual Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System Mark Velcoff, M.D. Asthma Camp - Monday, July 24 through Friday, July 28

EFMP Men's Support Group - Thursday, July 27

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

EFMP Women's Support Group - Tuesday, August 8

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

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

EFMP Men's Support Group - Thursday, August 24

23rd Annual Community Resource Fair - Saturday, 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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National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Family Support Group
Saturday, July 1 ~ 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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Point Lobos Easy Access Adventures
Wednesday, July 5 ~ 10 am - 12 noon ~ Sea Lion Point

Saturday, July 15 ~ 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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Shared Adventures' Day on the Beach 2017
Saturday, July 8 ~ 10 am - 4 pm
Cowell's Beach, Santa Cruz
Map & Directions

Shared Adventures' Day on the Beach invites people with special needs and volunteers team up to share a full day of kayaking, outrigger, canoeing, SCUBA diving, beach wheelchair rides, and life-changing memories. Volunteers create a unique 5,700 square foot platform on the beach that enables those with mobility issues to travel over the sand with ease. Beach wheel chair rides are also offered as an opportunity to explore the beach in a new way! Enjoy free live music and entertainment, free food, sand castle building, and much more! Participants represent a diverse range of ages (4 to 83 years old), and come from across the state and even the country to attend. Learn more at www.sharedadventures.org/dayonthebeach/index.html.

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3rd Annual San Andreas Regional Center's
Monterey County Summer Festival for the Special Needs Community

Saturday, July 8 ~ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tatum's Garden ~ 1 Maryal Drive, Salinas

Come join us for a family day full of fun and games to welcome the summer while coming together as a Special Needs Community. There will games, entertainment, prizes, food trucks, and much more. The entire Special Needs Community, family members, and service providers are invited to attend this third annual Summer Festival!

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Monterey Peninsula Autism Assistance
BINGO Benefit

Sunday, July 9 ~ 12 Noon
Monterey Moose Lodge ~ 555 Canyon Del Rey Blvd., Del Rey Oaks

Monterey Peninsula Autism Assistance (MPAA) is a California 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to providing community-based support and services to under-resourced children and families affected by autism.  It is a resource for families who have children who aren’t receiving what they need and without financial assistance, or assistance with advocacy in schools, needed services would be unobtainable.  MPAA serves families who reside in Carmel, Carmel Valley, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Seaside and Marina.

The BINGO Benefit costs $25 per person. Doors open at 12 noon, early bird games begin at 12:30 pm and the regular games begin at 1 pm. Prizes include a smart watch, drone, Jewelry, dining gift certificates, a FitBit, gift baskets and much more. Food is available for purchase. for more information, call Mark at (831) 383-1323.

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Mom's Night Out Celebrates 10 years!
Monday, July 10, 5:45 pm
The Beach House at Lovers Point ~ 620 Ocean View Blvd., Pacific Grove

Special Kids Crusade is celebrating its 10th Anniversary and we've got ten years of moms joining us! Join us for a very special evening on Monday, July 10 at the Beach House at Lovers Point. As always, this is a no-host event.

* If you are seated by 6 pm, you can take advantage of the BEACH HOUSE's Sunset Specials menu, extended to 6 pm for our Moms who RSVP by Friday, July 7.

For more information or to RSVP, call (831) 372-2730 or email lori@specialkidscrusade.org.

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EFMP Women's Support Group
Tuesday, July 11 ~ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
(Note the change in week due to July 4 holiday)
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 typically 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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Exceptional Family Members Program Support Group
Thursday, July 13 ~ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Army Community Service Gold Room ~ Building 4260, Ord Military Community

About EFMP: 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, July 15 ~ 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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Parents of Special Needs Children Support Group (Spanish)
Thursday, July 20 ~ 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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45th Annual Convention
National Down Syndrome Congress

Thursday, July 20 through Sunday, July 23
Sacramento Convention Center, Sacramento

Convention Brochure (PDF)

Each year, thousands of people from across the globe attend the NDSC Annual Convention. This year, it's happening in our own state! For most, it’s an opportunity to hear the latest information from world-renowned experts. For others, it’s a great vacation. However, for nearly all, there’s the one-of-a-kind NDSC “giant family reunion” feeling that permeates the convention weekend.

  • PARENTS learn from the best, as internationally known experts come to Sacramento to share their knowledge across the life span of individuals with DS.
  • SELF ADVOCATES join together with over 300 friends from across the world to learn, share, become empowered and have an amazing time!
  • SIBLINGS share and learn alongside peers, from each other, as well as from professionals.
  • VOLUNTEERS have the experience of a lifetime by volunteering in an number of capacities available.

Registration is now open! Learn more at www.ndsccenter.org/the-convention.

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The Mark Velcoff, M.D. Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System
32nd Annual Asthma Camp

Monday, July 24 through Friday, July 28
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Lincoln Elementary School ~ 705 California St., Salinas
View flyer (English & Spanish)

Children living with asthma have the unique opportunity to learn how to better manage their condition while experiencing a summer camp environment with other children and adults who understand the impact of asthma. The Mark Velcoff, MD Asthma Camp, which is celebrating its 32nd year, offers children with mild to severe asthma a chance to enjoy outdoor activities in a safe and supervised environment. The weeklong camp is held at Lincoln Elementary School from July 24-28, 9 am to 3 pm for children ages 6 to 12 with mild to severe asthma. 

This year, the Mark Velcoff, MD Asthma Camp continues a new tradition which includes an overnight camp experience. The cost is $55 per child and scholarships are available. More information is available online at svmh.com/asthmacamp. To register or for more information call 831-757-3627. Registration deadline is July 14.

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EFMP Men's Support Group
Thursday, July 27 ~ 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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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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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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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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23rd Annual Community Resource Fair
Saturday, 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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