Calendar of Events

PACER Center: Housing – Starting the Journey : How is it paid for? (Step 2) @ PACER Center
Feb 25 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
PACER Center: Housing - Starting the Journey : How is it paid for? (Step 2) @ PACER Center

Gain a “big picture” view of how housing is funded through federal, state, and county resources. Learn how your son or daughter can become eligible for and access funding. Topics include income supplements and budgets. Registration recommended for all three workshops in this Housing: Starting the Journey series (Monday 2/11, Monday 2/25, Tuesday 3/12).

PACER Center’s 2019 Leadership Training @ PACER Center
Feb 28 – Mar 2 all-day
PACER Center's 2019 Leadership Training @ PACER Center

You are invited to apply for an exciting opportunity – PACER’s Annual Leadership Training for parents of children with disabilities!

To apply, you must be the parent of a child with a disability between the ages of 5 and 20 and be willing to commit to participate in the entire training.  This year’s training will be held Thursday, February 28, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Friday, March 1, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 2, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

This free training will take place at PACER Center at 8161 Normandale Boulevard in Bloomington. For trainees traveling more than 50 miles one way, we will provide non-smoking hotel accommodations (two trainees per room).

Following the completion of this training, trainees will be expected to be willing to engage in activities such as:

  • helping PACER with workshops in your area
  • helping PACER to advertise workshops in your area
  • attending IEP meetings with parents of children with disabilities and serving as a note-taker for the parent
  • speaking or writing to others in your community about children with disabilities
  • working with policy-makers in your school district or other forums

This training will focus on an effective PACER developed tool refered to as the Parent Homework Sheet. This tool was developed to help parents understand how the needs of the student as stated in the ESR (Evaluation Summary Report) connect with the goals and support in the student’s IEP (Individualized Education Program).

During the Leadership Training, participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Gain confidence and understanding of the special education process including IEP development
  • Receive useful materials developed for parents of children with disabilities
  • Gain training and experience in using and facilitating the completion of PACER’s Parent Homework Sheet
  • Network with other Minnesota parents

To apply, please send an email about yourself including the disability and age of your child, your previous community and school involvement, and why you are interested in attending to

Please send this email by Tuesday February 7thThey will notify you if you are selected, by Thursday, February 9th. If you have any questions, please call Vava at 952-838-9000 or 800-537-2237. To use email, send your message to .

Upstream Arts and Merrick present The Art of Me @ Merrick, Inc.
Feb 28 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Upstream Arts and Merrick present The Art of Me @ Merrick, Inc.

Join Upstream Arts & Merrick for an original performance of The Art of Me, co-created by Upstream Arts and Merrick*. Drawing on structured improvisations from Upstream Arts classes, the show features creative contributions of artists with disabilities from the Merrick community, providing a unique platform for self-expression through theater, music, poetry, visual art, and dance. Enjoy an evening of completely original performance, as artists with disabilities share their voices, talents, and perspectives!

Upstream Arts and Merrick present The Art of Me

Thursday, February 28, 2019 | 4:00pm

Merrick, Inc
3210 Labore Rd, Vadnais Heights, MN 55110
(click here for map to the venue)

FREE! No RSVP required.

The venue is fully accessible and the performance will be ASL interpreted.
For additional access needs, please call Upstream Arts at 612-331-4584.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Thank you to the staff at Merrick, Inc. whose grantwriting secured this funding.

*Merrick, Inc. is a nonprofit licensed Adult Day Services provider. For more information visit

PACER Center: The ABCs of the IEP – Making the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Work for Your Child @ PACER Center
Feb 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
PACER Center: The ABCs of the IEP - Making the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Work for Your Child @ PACER Center

This workshop will help parents understand how to use the Individualized Education Program (IEP) to benefit their child. Presenters will use the PACER booklet, “Guide for Minnesota Parent to the IEP”, to help participants understand how each required part of the IEP can be developed to meet the child’s needs. Parents need to bring a copy of their child’s most current IEP.

Funded in part by a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education.

Steps for Autism in Minnesota @ Southdale Center
Mar 3 @ 8:30 am – 11:00 am
Steps for Autism in Minnesota @ Southdale Center

Time to activate your inner superhero! The Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) will present its 19th annual family fun walk and the state’s largest autism resource fair at Southdale Center on March 3, 2019. Each participant is an autism hero, rallying for the 1 in 42 individuals living with autism in Minnesota. Steps for Autism in Minnesota will begin with the third annual AuSM Flash Dash, an all ages and abilities quick walk from 9-9:15 a.m. that will be done in a flash. Families and individuals who register for the AuSM Flash Dash will receive medals at the finish line and bragging rights for completion. Steps for Autism dollars directly support local families and individuals living with autism, from birth through retirement. Donations stay in the community by funding AuSM’s innovative programs and services.

Download this important resource to help you and your team as you work to raise money to support programs and services for people affected by autism in Minnesota.

NEW! Tiered Fundraising Prizes: Raise the following amounts as an individual or team and win prizes:
$100: Steps for Autism 2019 T-shirt (One T-shirt per $100 raised, limit 5)
$250: AuSM Waterbottle
$500: AuSM/Soda Branded Baseball Hat
$1,000+: AuSM/Fjallraven Kanken Book Bag

TIME-SENSITIVE Fundraising Prize Incentives
Raise $250 by Feb. 1: 6 tickets to MN WILD game on March 3 at 6:30 p.m., includes 4 tickets to ride the Ice Cruiser during the first intermission
Register for the AuSM Flash Dash by Feb. 22: 6 tickets to MN WILD game on March 16 at 7 p.m., includes 4 tickets to ride the Ice Cruiser during the first intermission

For information about volunteering and additional opportunities, please sign up here.

AuSM Gala @ Minneapolis Marriott Southwest
Apr 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
AuSM Gala @ Minneapolis Marriott Southwest

Join AuSM for an exciting evening bringing the community together for fantastic food, drinks, games, prizes, a silent auction, and a celebration of those serving as true inspirations to individuals affected by autism. All gala proceeds will benefit programs and services for the Minnesota autism community.

Upstream Arts: The Art of Social Skills @ Davis Center
May 7 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Upstream Arts: The Art of Social Skills @ Davis Center

MPS Special Education Department & Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC), in partnership with Upstream Arts, present
A hands-on workshop series exploring Inclusivity through Creativity!
In support of district priorities of Social Emotional Learning, Equity, & Multi Tiered Systems of Support

WHAT: A 1-hour program that will give you tools for using creativity and the arts in your home and at school.
 For all ages, side by side!
Tuesday May 7 2019 from 6-8pm (program at 6.30)

Light meals, interpreters, and child care will be provided.

For more information call/email:
Sara Stack, MPS Director of Special Education — 612.668.0914 or
Sarah Washington, SEAC Parent Lead —

PACER’s Annual Benefit @ Minneapolis Convention Center
May 11 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
PACER's Annual Benefit @ Minneapolis Convention Center

The Beach Boys changed America’s music landscape, and they continue to play their hits to sold-out houses. Spend an unforgettable evening with one of the most influential and critically acclaimed bands of all time! Led by Mike Love, you’ll hear timeless songs like “California Girls,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” “Surfin’ USA,” “Good Vibrations,” and many more!

This spectacular event celebrates PACER’s work on behalf of families of children with disabilities and students who are bullied. All proceeds support PACER’s programs.

Benefit Events

Silent auction: 6 pm

Live auction: 8 pm

Benefit performance: 8 pm

Patron party: After the performance

Performance will be ASL interpreted.

Evening Features

Wine Pull
Don’t miss out on your opportunity to participate in PACER’s fabulous Wine Pull! For just $25 you can select a numbered cork that corresponds to a particular bottle of wine valued between $20 and $200. You also have a chance to win special wine tasting experiences for you and your friends!

Extravaganza Bags
Will you be holding one of the lucky bags? Find out when you purchase one of the limited Extravaganza bags for $100 each during the Silent Auction and cocktail hour.

Purchasing a $100 raffle ticket during the Silent Auction enters you into the drawing. The winner will be announced prior to the performance; you need not be present to win.

Silent Auction

Each year, our Annual Benefit hosts the largest Silent Auction in the Twin Cities. Bid on packages ranging in value from $50 items to priceless, once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Be sure to check out our Sneak Peek Preview of all the items, which will be available online two weeks prior to the event.

For the first time ever, we’ll be using Mobile Bidding for the Silent Auction! Bidding opens online on Thursday, May 9th and will remain open until the Silent Auction closes on the night of the event. With mobile bidding, you’ll be able to bid early and often and keep track of the most in-demand packages. Don’t forget to bring your charged mobile phone to the event!

People for Parks 3rd Annual Root Beer Run @ Boom Island Park
May 12 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
People for Parks 3rd Annual Root Beer Run @ Boom Island Park

The Root Beer Run is open to all people from throughout the community who want to be active in our parks and who enjoy root beer with or without ice cream. Participants choose to run, walk, or stroll either a 1⁄2 mile or full mile and then receive root beer after they cross the finish line. 100% of all registration fees are donated to People for Parks, a Minneapolis nonprofit that sponsors programs and projects to enhance and promote our city’s parks.

Yes, we know this event is on Mother’s Day and we can’t think of a more fun or healthier way to spend time with your family! Think of it as the alternative to brunch where you get to be outside and active! There will be a fabulous bounce house, lots of games and even more swag giveaways from our partners.

Sponsorships are available, message People for Parks for more information!

Saint Croix Encourage Breakfast @ Envision Event Center
May 14 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am

Join us for the 12th annual Encourage Breakfast, Tuesday, May 14, 2019 benefiting Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute – St. Croix

Enjoy breakfast and conversation, be inspired by stories of abilities and possibilities, and the opportunity to make a difference for thousands of children and adults who will be served in the local community this year.

We look forward to having you join us as a community celebrating abilities at this year’s event.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Registration: 7:30 a.m.
Program and Breakfast: 8:00-9:00 a.m.

*There is no cost to attend, but you will be invited to make a contribution.

Inwood Oaks ( Formerly Envision Event Center)
484 Inwood Avenue N.
Oakdale, MN 55128

Register today by reserving individual seats or signing up as a table host.

Get involved by being a table host! Hosting a table is easy and free; simply invite 9 of your friends or colleagues to make a table of 10.

If you are interested in learning more about sponsorships or have questions, please contact us at

Thank you for supporting Courage Kenny’s vision that one day all people will live, work, learn and play in a community based on abilities, not disabilities.