Teach English or be a classroom tutor
Help adult refugees and immigrants learn the reading, writing and speaking skills needed to thrive in the U.S. Morning, afternoon or evening classes are available throughout the Twin Cities through the Minnesota Literacy Council. The council has many opportunities that are accessible to volunteers with disabilities, and makes accommodations whenever possible. The literacy council provides training and support. FFI: Allison, 651-251-9110, [email protected]
Give away that car
Autos for Arc can take old vehicles off your hands, give you a tax deduction and say “Thank you” for helping change the lives of people with disabilities. Autos for Arc accepts cars and trucks of any model and condition and other vehicles including boats (with trailers), RVs, ATVs, golf carts, personal watercraft, motorcycles and snowmobiles. Within the seven-county metro area, Autos for Arc can arrange to have a vehicle towed free of charge. Call the toll-free Autos for Arc hotline, 1-877-778-7709, to arrange a pickup. Or drop off vehicles at a Value Village location. FFI: 1-877-778-7709, www.autosforarc.org
Volunteer with RSVP
Volunteers age 55 and older are eligible to receive free supplemental insurance, mileage reimbursement and other benefits through the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) sponsored by Volunteers of America of Minnesota. RSVP/Volunteers of America of Minnesota and AARP Foundation need volunteers with good budgeting and organizational skills to help manage finances of older or disabled low-income individuals. Have a few hours a month to volunteer? Money Management Program staff will train and match you with someone in the community. FFI: 612-617-7821.
Kids who stutter
Kids who stutter have a lot to say in Stuttering: For Kids By Kids, a new DVD starring real children who stutter. Check it out free at area libraries. Many children who stutter have never met anyone else who struggles with the same disability. In this DVD from the Stuttering Foundation, they meet other children who recount how they handle challenges such as teasing, speaking out in class, and teaching others about stuttering. Swish, a lively and engaging animated basketball character designed by students at Purdue University, narrates the DVD. The children, who range in age from first-graders to high school students, offer frank and sometimes differing views of stuttering. “All those interested in helping kids learn more about stuttering will want to see this tape,” said speech-language pathologist Bill Murphy of Purdue University. “The children featured are a perfect example of how to openly and honestly handle stuttering. FFI: 1-800-992-9392, [email protected] or visit www.stutteringhelp.org or www.tartamudez.org
Expressions of Faith is Landmark exhibit
Local artist Kari Wagner brings her art to St. Paul’s Landmark Center in July. Wagner’s work will be displayed in the North Gallery of Landmark Center July 5-29, noon-3 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Based in the Twin Cities, Wagner is known for her paintings of landscapes and seascapes, but, most of all for her wonderful flowers. Because of her cerebral palsy, she is non-verbal and unable to hold a paint brush in her hand. Wagner creates her unique artwork through the use of an adaptive headgear that holds her paint brush. Her head movements then dictate her brushstrokes.
Wagner expressed an interest in art as a very young child, coloring for hours. With the assistance of art therapists, she has explored a variety of art mediums, from ceramics to painting, as a means of expressing her feelings and her faith. She especially enjoys painting using watercolor or acrylic paints. Her artwork has been featured in art shows, on holiday greeting cards, on wedding invitations and on the walls of homes and offices of family and friends.
Anyone who would like an opportunity to meet the artist can visit Landmark Center noon-3 p.m. July 6, 7, 8, and 21. Wagner is excited to share her art with the community through her Expressions of Faith exhibit at Landmark Center. To find out more about her work, visit: www.kariwagner-artwork.com or www.landmark center. org/kari.html for more information about the exhibit.
Landmark Center, owned and sponsored by Ramsey County, is located in downtown St. Paul at 75 West 5th Street, facing Rice Park, next to the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts and The Saint Paul Hotel. Landmark Center is fully accessible. Parking is available on street and in nearby Macy’s, Lawson, Science Museum and RiverCentre ramps.
The Cole Porter/Paul Blake romantic comedy is presented by the Guthrie Theater on the company’s McGuire Proscenium Stage, 818 2nd St. S., Mpls. AD show is 1 p.m. Sat, June 30 with a sensory tour 10:30 a.m. There is another AD show at 7:30 p.m. Fri, July 6, ASL shows are 7:30 p.m. Fri, July 13 and Thu, July 19. Captioning is 1 p.m. Wed, July 18, and 7:30 p.m. Fri, July 20. Tickets are reduced to $20 for AD/ASL, $25 for Captioning (regular $29-67) FFI: 612-377-2224, TTY 612-377-6626, www.guthrietheater.org
Enjoy a movie tonight
Several theaters around the state offer accommodations for movie-goers, such as captioning or descriptive services. www.captionfish,com lists cinemas with access (AD/CC) features. Find theaters in your area by typing in your zip code. MoPixequipped Rear Window Captioned Films are listed at cam.wgbh.org/mopix/nowshowing.html#mn