Welcome to the Access Press Accessible Fun listings, a sampling of theater, music, arts, walks, runs, dances and gala events for our community. Readers looking for additional opportunities to enjoy the arts have these options:
For information on galleries and theater performances around the state join the Access to Performing Arts email list at [email protected] or call VSA Minnesota, 612-332-3888 or statewide 800-801-3883 (voice/TTY).
To hear a weekly listing of accessible performances, call 612-332-3888 or 800-801-3883. VSA Minnesota is unveiling is new website in February, so links to the calendar will be changing. Go to www.vasmn.org and check out the new look.
Another web events listing is http://c2net.org (c2: caption coalition, inc.), which does most of the captioned shows in Minnesota and across the country. Facebook is another way to connect with performances. Sign up to connect with Audio Description Across Minnesota Connect with ASL Interpreted and Captioned Performances across Minnesota on Facebook
The Sun Serpent
A story of Aztec culture is presented with many masks and media by Mixed Blood Theatre at the Alan Page Auditorium at Mixed Blood Theatre, 1501 S. 4th St., Minneapolis. All performances will use projected subtitles in both English and Spanish during the run Feb. 28-Mar 22. Choose between first-come, first-served, no-cost admission under Mixed Blood’s Radical Hospitality program, or guarantee admission ($20). Any patron that self-identifies as having a disability is eligible for a no-cost advance guaranteed reservation and for a free cab ride to and from the theatre. Call the box office for more information and to reserve these services. FFI: 612-338-613, [email protected], www.mixedblood.com
Cystic fibrosis supporters needed
Volunteers are sought to support a proposed federal law for people with cystic fibrosis.b David’s Law, which is based on a Minnesota case, has more than 14,000 supporters. This law would allow students to carry and administer their own pre-mealtime pancreatic enzymes, with doctor’s approval. Volunteers can check in monthly via Skype, write letters or sign a petition. FFI: 612-282-1211; www.petition2congress.com/2418/davids-law/
Discuss legislative issues
The Arc Greater Twin Cities and ConnectWC invite residents of Senate Districts 38, 39, 43 and 53 to discuss issues affecting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families at a legislative visit with their elected officials, 6:30-8 p.m. Thu, Feb. 20 at Community Thread, 2300 Orleans St. W., Stillwater. Elected officials invited to participate are Sen. Chuck Wiger, Rep. Peter Fischer, Sen. Susan Kent, Rep. Andrea Kieffer, Rep. JoAnn Ward, Sen. Karin Housely, Rep. Bob Dettmer, Rep. Kathy Lohmer, Sen. Roger Chamberlain, Rep. Matt Dean and Washington County Commissioner Gary Kriesel. ConnectWC, an initiative of CCP Foundation, is a network of individuals active in the development of an inclusive community for people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in the Washington County area. The event is free but participants should pre-register by Wed, Feb. 19. FFI: 952-915-3665, [email protected]
Grow business partnerships by meeting with up to 450 area business leaders at Celebrate Opportunity—An Executive Networking and Business Recognition Luncheon, hosted by nonprofit organization Opportunity Partners. The event is 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wed, Feb. 26 at Marriott Minneapolis West, 9960 Wayzata Blvd., Mpls. Keynote speaker is Sam Richter, internationally recognized expert on sales intelligence and author of the best-selling book, Take the Cold out of Cold Calling. It will include a business Partner Showcase, customer awards presentation, two executive networking sessions and a three-course lunch, allowing attendees the opportunity to meet and network. The event will be emceed by WCCO-TV’s Frank Vascellaro. Tickets $50 and sponsorships are available. FFI: 612-723-7181 [email protected], http://celebrateop2014.eventbrite.com
Share a smile
Brighten the day of a senior citizen in north or southwest Minneapolis and have fun. Visit an elder and do things together: movies, games, crafts or just friendly conversation. Hang out with an elder on a regular basis and do things that you both enjoy, like watching a movie, building stuff, playing games or friendly conversation. One-time or ongoing opportunities through the NIP Senior Program. FFI: Jeanne, 612-746-8549, [email protected], or www.neighborhoodinvolve.org
Open the Door to Education
Help adults reach their educational goals and earn their GED. Tutor, teach or assist in a classroom with the Minnesota Literacy Council. Give just 2-3 hours a week and help people expand their opportunities and change their lives through education. The literacy council provides training and support and accommodations for volunteers with disabilities. FFI: Allison, 651-251-9110, [email protected], www.mnliteracy.org/volunteers/opportunities/adults