Calendar of Events

Oct
22
Mon
The ABC’s of AAC: Augmentative Communication Basics for Parents @ PACER Center
Oct 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
The ABC’s of AAC: Augmentative Communication Basics for Parents @ PACER Center

Join us to explore augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) technology and learn about the process from trying available communication technologies to purchasing a piece of technology. Parents will learn about available technology, what questions to ask your provider, resources to support the process, and more. This session will be presented by Elizabeth Barry, Assistive Technology Specialist at PACER Center, and Meghan Kunz, Augmentative Communication Consultant with Prentke Romich Company.

Live web streaming available – choose livestream option during registration.

Oct
23
Tue
Special Events : ABLE to Save – ABLE Accounts, a New Savings Opportunity for Individuals with Disabilities @ PACER Center
Oct 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Special Events : ABLE to Save – ABLE Accounts, a New Savings Opportunity for Individuals with Disabilities @ PACER Center

Join national speaker Miranda Kennedy from the ABLE National Resource Center here at PACER Center to learn how new Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Accounts allow families to save up to $15,000 per year for their child with a disability without affecting their eligibility for Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI) or Medicaid. Kennedy and Colin Stemper from Minnesota’s ABLE Plan will discuss how ABLE accounts can make a difference in your child’s future. Eligibility requirements, qualified expenses, annual and lifetime savings limits, and the relationship of ABLE Accounts to special needs trusts will be covered. Join us to get the answers you need. Suitable for parents of children of all ages, birth through adulthood.

Live web streaming available – choose livestream option during registration.

Oct
27
Sat
Posters for Parks @ REI Bloomington
Oct 27 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Posters for Parks @ REI Bloomington

​Posters for Parks is a one day, pop-up gallery featuring limited edition posters inspired by Minneapolis parks and created by local artists and designers.

50% of all profits are donated to People for Parks to support our award-winning park system.

The show is a FREE and family-friendly event.

Artists for this year’s show include:

Jaime Anderson • Ivine Badran • Vanessa Berglund • Ross Bruggink • Lucy Comer • Brant Day • Matt Erickson • Sierra Fosness • Joshua Gille • Marty Harris • Joseph Hrabe • Ben Johnson • Monique Kantor • Meher Khan • Dana Kingery • Jill Kittock • Abbey Kleinart • Ian Kolstad • Jesse Lindhorst • Corey Loven • Britt Madson • Steve Marinelli • Meghan Murphy • Austin Nash • Joe Neumann • Vincent Night • Cody Petts • Molly Poganski • Theresa Ptak • Megan Reiner • Lucas Richards • Violeta Rotstein • Jessie Schneider • Brent Schoepf • Karl Schweikart • Beth Sicheneder • Todd Thyberg • Jared Tuttle • Annie Tyner • Tou Yia Xiong • Yuchen Zhang

Check out previous shows HERE: https://www.lovemplsparks.org/posters/

Can Do Canines Fall Graduation @ Can Do Canines
Oct 27 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Can Do Canines Fall Graduation @ Can Do Canines

Join us at our Fall Graduation Ceremony. This one-of-a-kind event recognizes and honors the effort put into training each assistance dog team.

The ceremony represents the culmination of a long journey for the team. The puppy begins training in volunteer homes or at one of five Minnesota and Wisconsin prisons where they are reared and taught basic obedience and early assistance dog skills. After around 18 months, they return to Can Do Canines for final training with staff and to begin their new life with a person with a disability.

Graduates receive diplomas in recognition of graduating from our program, and their assistance dogs receive their very own “doggy diploma”(nylabone).

All are welcome and no RSVP is required. Join us for a heartwarming event!

Young Dance Pasta Promenade @ Powderhorn Recreation Center
Oct 27 @ 3:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Young Dance Pasta Promenade @ Powderhorn Recreation Center

Program

  • Music and Dance Party with DJ Hip-Shaker – All night long!
  • Dinner: Pasta (Gluten Free and Spaghetti), Salad, French Bread, Homemade Tomatoe Sauce (Meat and Vegetarian), Vegetables, Lemonade, Coffee, and Desserts. Dinner Seatings: 3:15 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 6:15 p.m.
  • Family Dance Class: 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Student Dance Performance: 5:30 p.m. –  6:00 p.m.
  • West African Dance Class with Duniya Drum & Dance: 6:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
  • Games and Raffle Prizes!

Purchase Tickets:

The Pasta Promenade is a FRIEND – raiser, but also a  fundraiser for Young Dance. We are excited to gather together and celebrate dance! Purchasing a ticket before the event helps us plan ahead, and saves us money. Tickets will also be available for sale at the door. Check, Cash, and Credit accepted.

Oct
29
Mon
IEP Workshop Series : Hot Tips on the Individualized Education Program: Is Your Child’s IEP Individualized and Appropriate? @ PACER Center
Oct 29 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
IEP Workshop Series : Hot Tips on the Individualized Education Program: Is Your Child’s IEP Individualized and Appropriate? @ PACER Center

Parents will learn to use their child’s special education evaluation report to determine how well the Individualized Education Program (IEP) addresses their child’s needs. Parents must bring the child’s most current school evaluation and IEP.

Please also plan to attend ONE of “The ABCs of the IEP” workshops.

Nov
2
Fri
Raise A Glass – A Toast to PACER @ Surly Brewing Company
Nov 2 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Raise A Glass - A Toast to PACER @ Surly Brewing Company

Join us at Surly Brewing Co. in Minneapolis on Thursday, Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. for a fun evening that supports PACER’s projects! This year’s event features tiered tickets, one of which includes a 30-minute tour of Surly’s facilities so you can see first-hand how their beer is made.

Tickets may be purchased at the event.

Tickets

Friend Ticket: $20
Includes appetizers and 1 drink token.

Patron Ticket: $35
Includes tour of Surly, appetizers, and 2 drink tokens.

Ticket Add-on: $5 Surly Tasting
For an additional $5 donation, guests will have the opportunity to taste a variety of Surly’s beer.

Tickets for non-drinkers are $15.

Purchase tickets online or call (952) 838-9000. Attendees must be 21 or older.

Nov
3
Sat
Tech for Teens Club: Programming Robots @ PACER Center
Nov 3 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Tech for Teens Club: Programming Robots @ PACER Center

In this workshop, teens with disabilities will learn some of the fundamentals of robotics by programming a Finch robot to interact and respond to its environment. Students will use Snap!, an online tool, to program a Finch robot’s lights, movement and reaction to obstacles. This workshop is designed for students with basic computer skills, but no previous coding knowledge is required. Students of all abilities are encouraged to attend.

Nov
8
Thu
Transition: Pathway to the Future @ PACER Center
Nov 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Transition: Pathway to the Future @ PACER Center

This workshop for parents of students in the eighth grade and above who have Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) understand how to develop transition services to support planning for life after high school.

Nov
10
Sat
Tech for Girls Club : Artbots – Part I @ PACER Center
Nov 10 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Tech for Girls Club : Artbots – Part I @ PACER Center

Wires, circuits and art, oh my! In this workshop, girls with disabilities, ages 11-18, will make a doodle bot (a drawing robot) and create a circuit to make it draw. They will also learn how to code the Hummingbird robot. Girls will draw their own creature and use their newly learned skills to make it come alive in the next Tech for Girls workshop. This workshop is led by TPT, Twin Cities Public Television. No programming experience is necessary; all skill levels are welcome.