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REMINDER CALENDAR - MARICOPA, YUMA, PINAL COUNTIES AND NORTHWARD

Upcoming visual impairment related events in Maricopa County. This calendar is a relatively short term reminder list of events with a blindness or other visual impairment component. Click here for the longer term Arizona Statewide edition. All times are Mountain Standard Time. JAWS users can navigate by headings or paragraphs. Press the letter H to move through the headings, or Shift H to step backwards through the headings.


THIS MONTH


5/23 Tuesday 12:00 noon

The FLAGSTAFF DISABILITY AWARENESS COMMISSION meetings are open to the public and held on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the fourth in the City Hall Council Chambers. The meetings are also streamed on the web. Contact: Denise Thompson at dthompson@flagstaffaz.gov or 928-213-2095.

5/24 Wednesday 7:30 p.m.

The Arizona Theater Company has described performances of HOLMES AND WATSON on 5/24 and tomorrow on 5/25. This is a thrilling new Sherlock Holmes mystery. Following Holmes’s death at Reichenbach Falls, Dr. Watson is called upon to disprove the many frauds, fakes, and charlatans who have popped up all over the world claiming to be Holmes. Then a remote mental asylum reports that three men have recently been admitted, each claiming to be the late detective. Watson travels to the asylum to confront the three patients, convinced that one of them must be the real Holmes. Large print programs are also available. For more accessibility information contact Eileen Bagnall at ebagnall@arizonatheatre.org or 520-884-8210.

5/25 Thursday 2:00 p.m.

The Arizona Theater Company described performance of HOLMES AND WATSON is at 2:00 p.m. This is a thrilling new Sherlock Holmes mystery. Following Holmes’s death at Reichenbach Falls, Dr. Watson is called upon to disprove the many frauds, fakes, and charlatans who have popped up all over the world claiming to be Holmes. Then a remote mental asylum reports that three men have recently been admitted, each claiming to be the late detective. Watson travels to the asylum to confront the three patients, convinced that one of them must be the real Holmes. Large print programs are also available. For more accessibility information contact Eileen Bagnall at ebagnall@arizonatheatre.org or 520-884-8210.

5/25 Thursday 4:00 p.m.

ASB High School Graduation is from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 at the Berger Performing Arts Center in Tucson.

5/26 Friday

Last Day of School at ASDB.

5/27 Saturday 1:30 p.m.

NFB WEST VALLEY chapter meets on the fourth Saturday of every month from 1:30 to 3:30 at the Thunderbird Banner Medical Center at 5555 West Thunderbird Road in Glendale. Contact them at 602-942-0181.

5/28 Sunday 2:00 p.m.

The NFB SPORTS AND RECREATION DIVISION has an open membership call for blind people who are interested in sports and recreation to gather and learn more about the Division, share ideas, and encourage one another in the pursuit of a healthy lifestyle. Come prepared to share one fitness goal and one sports and recreation related success. Dial in to 712-432-1500 and use meeting code 1082284#. For more information contact Jessica Beecham at Jessica@wefitwellness.com or 866-543-6808.

5/29 Monday

Memorial Day federal holiday.

5/29 Monday to 6/09 Friday Tucson

The NFB BRAILLE ENRICHMENT FOR LITERACY AND LEARNING (BELL) ACADEMY prepares blind and low vision children ages four through twelve to grow into confident and independent blind people. The program provides Braille and non-visual skills instruction through fun, hands-on learning in a day program or residential setting. In addition to Braille crafts, games, and other engaging projects, children learn vital independent living skills, interact with blind adults who serve as mentors, and enjoy field trips to sites related to the curriculum. Through these activities and interactions, the children learn that blindness or low vision does not define them or their future. This runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at SAAVI in Tucson. Transportation may be provided if needed. Contact Amy Porterfield at 520-795-1331 or aporterfield@saavi.us.

JUNE


6/02 Friday 10:00 a.m.

Arizona State Independent Living Council FULL COUNCIL MEETING is at New Horizons Independent Living Center in Prescott Valley Arizona. Call 602-262-2900 for more information.

6/03 Saturday 9:00 a.m.

FOUNDATION FOR BLIND CHILDREN’S SHARP PROGRAM has SUPER SATURDAY from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at their main location. There are activities like technology, art, cooking, games and fitness. There is no cost. The sign up deadline is 5/27.

6/03 Saturday 9:30 a.m.

NFB PHOENIX chapter meets the first Saturday of each month at 9:30 a.m. at the Southern Arizona Association for the Visually Impaired in Phoenix. Call 602-281-5955 for more information.

6/03 Saturday 8:00 p.m.

SUN SOUNDS broadcasts the descriptive audio of a classic movie on the first Saturday of every month at 8:00 p.m. For more information contact Sun Sounds at Info@sunsounds.org, or call the Tempe office at 480-774-8300, Tucson at 520-296-2400, Flag at 928-779-1775, or Yuma at 928-329-6681.

6/04 Sunday through 6/10 Saturday

Camp Abilities is a comprehensive educational sports camp for children and young adults who are blind, deafblind, or have multiple disabilities including visual impairment. The camp provides sports instruction, adapted to individual needs, and 1:1 coaching for each child. Camp Abilities Tucson serves 25-30 athletes with visual impairments each summer. Call Maria Lepore-Stevens at 302-229-3708 for details.

6/05 Monday 4:00 p.m.

The WRITING IN THE DARK group meets every first Monday of the month at the Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Phoenix from 4:00 p.m. until about 6:00. The group’s focus is all who are blind or otherwise visually impaired and who want to write for publication. Contact Robert Sollars at 480-251-5197 or rdsollars@aol.com for more information.

6/05 Monday 6:30 p.m.

TEMPE MAYOR’S COMMISSION ON DISABILITY CONCERNS meets from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 at the Tempe Public Library on Rural Road. Teleconference attendance may be available. Contact Michele Stokes at 480-350-2704.

6/08 Thursday 9:30 a.m.

ARIZONA PARTNERS IN PREPAREDNESS CONFERENCE, sponsored by the Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council and others, is at the Desert Willow Conference Center in Phoenix from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Topics will include what to expect in a disaster, emergency evacuation, issues with displacement and reunification, and preparedness for resilient communities. The target audience includes people with disabilities and family members, personal care attendants, and representatives from disability related organizations. It is free to attend and includes a working lunch. Check the agenda and/or register at surveymonkey.com/r/2017_Partners_In_Preparedness or contact AZSILC at 602-262-2900.

6/08 Thursday 10:00 a.m.

The ARIZONA DISABILITY COALITION holds a business meeting on the second Thursday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at 5025 East Washington Street in Phoenix. You can also attend via teleconference by calling 602-443-9061. For more information call 602-262-2900 or write Larry Wanger at larry@azsilc.org.

6/08 Thursday 4:00 p.m.

ARIZONA SCHOOLS FOR THE DEAF AND BLIND (ASDB) BOARD MEETING is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. at the Sports Performing Arts Center at the Phoenix Day School for the Deaf in Phoenix. For more information contact Leticia Cruz at 520-770-3700.

6/10 Saturday 8:00 a.m.

Lions Club fundraiser is the Twenty Ninth Annual Ponderosa Lions Charity Golf Classic in Show Low. Cost is $75 for the 8:00 a.m. shotgun start. For more information contact Donna Doss at 602-677-1339.

6/10 Saturday 9:00 a.m.

The June BOARD MEETING of the Arizona Council of the Blind is scheduled for the second Saturday of every month from 9:00 a.m. until about 11:00. Please call 218-936-8581 and use meeting code 6320547 to join the board meeting.

6/10 Saturday 12:00 noon

Sun Sounds’ Flagstaff office holds its biggerst fundraiser called the 25th annual MADE IN THE SHADE BEER TASTING FESTIVAL at Ft. Tuthill County Fairground and Park. It’s Northern Arizona’s longest running, most popular craft beer tasting event. Check the above link or contact Gina Byars at gbyars@sunsounds.org or 928-779-1775 for more information.

6/11 Sunday to 6/23 Friday

2017 SUMMER TRANSITION CAMP at ASDB in Tucson. Voc Rehab eligible Deaf and Deaf-blind campers will receive specialized TRANSITION FROM SCHOOL TO WORK and leadership programming. Campers aged 13 to 17 years old will come from all over Arizona to develop and enhance their vocational knowledge and skills, engage in leadership training, and work towards self-advocacy. Contact Jennifer Hensley at Jennifer.Hensley@asdb.k12.az.us or 520-770-3863 for more information.

6/13 Tuesday 7:00 a.m.

The Chandler MAYOR'S COMMITTEE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES holds meetings USUALLY on the second Tuesday of every month at Chandler Community Center on Commonwealth Avenue; sometimes at Yoli’s Cafe, 241 South Oregon Street, so call first! Call 480-782-2702 for more information.

6/14 Wednesday 1:25 p.m.

The MARICOPA COUNTY CLUB OF THE BLIND meets on the second Wednesday of the month at the Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired located at 3100 East Roosevelt Street in Phoenix. On the agenda is a discussion on the Annual Meeting for February, and plans for support, social, advocacy, and speaker's events for the 2017 year. You do not have to be a member to attend this meeting. For more information write to maricopa@azcb.org.

6/14 Wednesday 6:00 p.m.

The City of Surprise’s DISABILITY ADVISORY COMMISSION meets usually on the second Wednesday of each month from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Surprise City Hall. The Commission focuses on community-wide advocacy to address the needs of people with disabilities while increasing public awareness. Public attendance is encouraged. For more details call 623-222-3154 or write to Lorraine Nevarez at Lorraine.Nevarez@surpriseaz.gov.

6/15 Thursday

The 21ST ANNUAL HELEN KELLER ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS, established by AFB in 1994 to acknowledge Keller's extraordinary efforts and promote the notable achievements of individuals and organizations that have improved quality of life for people with disabilities, are at the Marriott Essex House in New York City. For reservations or to place an ad in the dinner journal contact Suzette Williams at swilliams@afb.net or 212- 502-7621.

6/17 Saturday 12:30 p.m.

NFB EAST VALLEY chapter meets on the third Saturday of each month at the Pyle Center at 655 East Southern Avenue in Tempe from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00. Members usually gather for a bite to eat at a local restaurant afterwards. For more details contact Megan Homrighausen at 480-510-6196.

6/18 Sunday through 6/23 Friday

The ARIZONA YOUTH LEADERSHIP FORUM is coordinated by the Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council and it is a 6 day conference designed to foster personal growth for students and young adults who have disabilities as they prepare for and progress through transition to adulthood. It will be held at the Arizona State University Downtown Phoenix Campus. Applications are due by 4/41 and are available at the above link or contact Melissa Ann Santora at melissa@azsilc.org or 602-262-2900.

6/22 Thursday to 6/24 Saturday

The 2017 USABA GOALBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS are in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

6/23 Friday 10:00 a.m.

ARIZONA STATE INDEPENDENT LIVING COUNCIL meets from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Check the above link for details or call 602-262-2900.

6/24 Saturday 1:30 p.m.

NFB WEST VALLEY chapter meets on the fourth Saturday of every month from 1:30 to 3:30 at the Thunderbird Banner Medical Center at 5555 West Thunderbird Road in Glendale. Contact them at 602-942-0181.

6/26 through 7/02

Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week by presidential proclamation since 1984.

6/27 Tuesday 12:00 noon

The FLAGSTAFF DISABILITY AWARENESS COMMISSION meetings are open to the public and held on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the fourth in the City Hall Council Chambers. The meetings are also streamed on the web. Contact: Denise Thompson at dthompson@flagstaffaz.gov or 928-213-2095.

6/30 Friday to 7/04 Tuesday

The Lions Clubs ONE HUNDREDTH INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION is in Chicago.

6/30 Friday through 7/07 Friday

The 2017 CONFERENCE AND CONVENTION of the American Council of the Blind will be held in Reno Nevada. Details as they become available.

For entries beyond this month you can check the longer Arizona statweide calendar.