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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


10/24 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 12:00 noon 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.

10/24 Tuesday 4:30 p.m.

The PHOENIX MAYOR'S COMMISSION ON DISABILITY ISSUES presents their 2017 DISABILITY AWARDS AND RECOGNITION at the Pueblo Grande Museum on 4619 East Washington Street in Phoenix. For more details contact Peter Fischer at 602-534-9276.

10/24 Tuesday 5:00 p.m.

GOAL BALL EXHIBITION at NAU in the Health and Learning Center from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.. Try your skills in adaptive sports. This exhibition provides an opportunity to see what this sport is like and to offer audience participants the chance to get on the court and join in this inclusive recreation opportunity!.

10/25 Wednesday 1:00 p.m.

The GOVERNOR'S COUNCIL ON BLINDNESS & VISUAL IMPAIRMENT holds an open public meeting of the EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at 1789 West Jefferson Street in Phoenix. You may also attend by teleconference call. The agenda is at the above link or contact Lindsey Powers at LPowers@azdes.gov or 602-542-3780 for more details.

10/25 Wednesday 4:15 p.m.

The Phoenix MAYOR'S COMMISSION ON DISABILITY ISSUES normally holds open public meetings on the fourth Wednesday of every even month at the Phoenix Fire Department, 150 South 12th Street in Phoenix. This meeting may be rescheduled because of their event the night before, so for more details contact Peter Fischer at 602-534-9276.

10/26 Thursday 2:30 p.m.

The VALLEY METRO ADVOCACY AND ADVISORY GROUP monthly meeting is from 2:30 p.m. until 4:00. To join via teleconference call, phone 602-744-5840 and use meeting code 7788.

10/27 Friday DEADLINE

Last day to request an mail-in ballot to vote in local elections on November 07. Get correct and up-to-date registration detail from the list of county recorders at http://emvia.org/arizonarecorders.html.

10/27 Friday

No PARENT TO PARENT GROUP meeting at the Foundation for Blind Children today.

10/28 Saturday 10:00 a.m.

Audio Described movie at SAAVI in Phoenix is titled THE SHACK, starring Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer, and Tim McGraw. A grieving man receives a mysterious, personal invitation to meet with God at a place called "The Shack." It will be shown from 10:00 a.m. to about 1:00 p.m. Bring snacks to share. Call 602-795-0195 for details.

10/28 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.

10/28 Saturday 6:00 p.m.

SHARP’s Fall Festival at the Foundation for Blind Children, 1234 E Northern Avenue in Phoenix. From 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon.

10/28 Saturday 6:00 p.m.

Support the Foundation for Blind Children at their premier annual fundraising event called NIGHT FOR SIGHT from 6:00 p.m. at Dominick’s Steakhouse in Scottsdale. Tickets are $750 each; contact Brianna Lanute at 602-337-8268 or blanute@seeitourway.org.

10/31 Tuesday DEADLINE

Last day to mail in your vote-by-mail ballot in Arizona if you want to be sure it arrives on time to be counted. Get correct and up-to-date registration detail from the list of county recorders at http://emvia.org/arizonarecorders.html.

NOVEMBER


11/01 Wednesday DEADLINE

WEB ACCESSIBILITY IN MIND (WebAIM) at Ohio State University has launched its seventh SCREEN READER USER SURVEY. This survey attempts to track many aspects of screen reader and browser usage by the blind around the world. The survey asks questions on which screen readers and browsers are used and users proficiency with them, as well as questions about the use of headings and landmarks, the accessibility of social media sites, and users feelings on web accessibility in general. This survey will influence web accessibility for years and it only takes ten to fifteen minutes to complete. The survey is open until November 1 and no information that will identify you personally is collected. Contact them at 435-797-7024 or via their web contact form.

11/01 Wednesday

The KENNETH JERNIGAN SCHOLARSHIP from the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults, valued at $12,000, is given annually to a legally blind student who exemplifies the fruits of Dr. Jernigan's teachings. Applications are available from today to March 31. Go to www.nfb.org/scholarships for details.

11/01 Wednesday 7:00 p.m.

The GUIDE DOG USERS OF ARIZONA monthly board meeting teleconference call is always open to the public. Phone 515-739-1030 and use meeting code 151-793-599.

11/01 Wednesday 8:00 p.m.

SUN SOUNDS airs DISABILITY NEWS every Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. and repeats it every Saturday at 10:00 a.m. with articles, updates and tech reviews. 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.

11/02 Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 11/03 Friday

The AZAER FALL CONFERENCE is at the Poco Diablo Resort in Sedona. The conference will have multiple concurrent sessions on a variety of topics, such as O&M, Braille, assistive technology, STEM, and so on. Please check out the conference program for all of the sessions. CEUs will be available. Early registration is $150 for AER Members and $250 for non-members. For more information contact Becky Hole at rebecca.hole@asdb.az.gov.

11/02 Thursday 10:00 a.m.

THE ARIZONA DISABILITY COALITION holds an open public meeting on the first Thursday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to noon at ABILITY360 on Washington Street in Phoenix. You can also attend by teleconference by calling 602-443-9061. For details write to Larry Wanger at larry@azsilc.org or call them at 602-262-2900.

11/04 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 11/28.

11/04 Saturday 9:30 a.m.

NFB PHOENIX chapter meets the first Saturday of each month at 9:30 a.m. at SAAVI Services for the Blind in Phoenix. Call 602-281-5955 for more information.

11/04 Saturday 1:00 p.m.

The former Maricopa County Club of the Blind, now the CENTRAL ARIZONA COUNCIL OF THE BLIND, holds their holiday luncheon at My Mother’s Restaurant, 4130 North 19th Avenue in Phoenix from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Each person pays for their own food. Contact Barbara at barbmcd45@gmail.com if you will be attending to let the restaurant know. You can talk, eat, and have a relaxing enjoyable time, and you don’t need to be a member.

11/04 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, or Flag at 928-779-1775.

11/05 Sunday 2:00 a.m.

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ends.

11/06 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.

11/06 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.

11/07 Tuesday

Election Day.

11/08 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.

11/09 Thursday 4:00 p.m.

ARIZONA SCHOOLS FOR THE DEAF AND BLIND (ASDB) BOARD MEETING is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. at the Berger Center at the ASDB Tucson campus. For more information contact Leticia Cruz at 520-770-3700.

11/10 Friday

VETERAN'S DAY federal holiday.

11/11 Saturday

VETERAN'S DAY actual.

11/11 Saturday 9:00 a.m.

The November 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 520-468-0000 and use meeting code 29222 to join the board meeting.

11/11 Saturday 9:30 a.m.

GUIDE DOG USERS OF ARIZONA (GDUAZ) 2017 ANNUAL CONFERENCE is at the Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Phoenix and it’s now free. Register at the above link.

11/14 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.

11/15 Wednesday 8:00 p.m.

SUN SOUNDS airs a one hour program titled DISABILITY NEWS every Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. and repeats it every Saturday at 10:00 a.m. with articles, updates and tech reviews. 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

11/18 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.

11/23 Thursday

THANKSGIVING DAY holiday.

11/25 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.

11/28 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 12:00 noon 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.

11/29 Wednesday 7:00 p.m.

The GUIDE DOG USERS OF ARIZONA monthly board meeting teleconference call is always open to the public. Phone 515-739-1030 and use meeting code 151-793-599.

11/29 Wednesday 7:30 p.m. Phoenix

Described live performance by the ARIZONA THEATER COMPANY at 222 East Monroe Street in Phoenix occur only twice this show’s run. THE RIVER BRIDE by Marisela Treviño Orta is about a secret the river won’t give up. Once upon a time, in a fishing village along the Amazon, there lived two sisters struggling to find their happily-ever-after. Helena is dreading her sister’s wedding as the groom should have been hers, but three days before the wedding fishermen pull a mysterious stranger out of the rive, a man with no past who offers both sisters an alluring, dangerous future. For more details go to ArizonaTheatre.org or call 602-256-6995.

11/30 Thursday 2:00 p.m. Phoenix

Described live matinee performance by the ARIZONA THEATER COMPANY at 222 East Monroe Street in Phoenix occur only twice this show’s run. THE RIVER BRIDE by Marisela Treviño Orta is about a secret the river won’t give up. Once upon a time, in a fishing village along the Amazon, there lived two sisters struggling to find their happily-ever-after. Helena is dreading her sister’s wedding as the groom should have been hers, but three days before the wedding fishermen pull a mysterious stranger out of the rive, a man with no past who offers both sisters an alluring, dangerous future. For more details go to ArizonaTheatre.org or call 602-256-6995.

11/30 Thursday 4:30 p.m.

ARIZONA COMMISSION FOR THE DEAF AND THE HARD OF HEARING (and the deaf-blind) meets at 100 North 15th Avenue in Phoenix. Call 711 or 800-352-8161, or write to info@acdhh.az.gov for the agenda.

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