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December 1, 2020
  • Tour for People with Memory Loss - DIS

    December 1, 2020  10:00 am - 11:30 am
    James J. Hill House, 240 Summit Ave, St Paul, MN 55102, USA

    Take a sensory-based tour designed for people with memory loss and their caregivers. Each themed tour, usually an hour or less, highlights three rooms in the James J. Hill House and is followed by an optional social time until 11:30 with pastries and coffee. Tours are offered the first Tuesday of every month. Private group tours are available for care facilities. Tours are made possible through funding by the Bader Foundation. Tix: Free. Reservations required: 651-259-3015 or online. More info: 651-297-2555, hillhouse@mnhs.org. Website: http://sites.mnhs.org/historic-sites/james-j-hill-house.

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December 3, 2020
  • Open Flow Forum (for Artists with Disabilties)

    December 3, 2020  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Walker Community United Methodist Church, 3104 16th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407, USA

    For the Artists with Disabilities Alliance (AWDA). Join artists with disabilities and supporters at this monthly “First Thursday” meeting to share visual art, writing, music, theatre and other artistic efforts or disability concerns. Informal, fragrance-free, shared refreshments. Facilitators are Dan Reiva, Tara Innmon, Kip Shane and Jon Skaalen. Fully accessible, but if you need special accommodations, contact Jon at VSA Minnesota, 612-332-3888 or jon@vsamn.org. Website: http://vsamn.org/artists-disabilities/.

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December 13, 2020
  • Sensory Friendly Sunday at the Walker

    December 13, 2020  8:00 am - 11:00 am
    Walker Art Center, 725 Vineland Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55403, USA

    On the second Sunday morning of each month, Sensory Friendly Sunday is a free opportunity for kids, teens and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder or sensory sensitivities and their families to make art together, explore the galleries, watch a short film, or just hang out in a different setting. The galleries will be closed to all other visitors, allowing guests to enjoy the museum in a safe environment where accommodations such as quiet spaces, headphones and fidgets can be provided. In order to ensure an optimal experience and avoid crowds, reserve space ahead of time online. This program was created in consultation with the Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) and the University of Minnesota’s Occupational Therapy Program. Tix: Free. 612-375-7610 or access@walkerart.org. Website: www.walkerart.org/visit/sensory-friendly-sundays

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December 20, 2020
  • Sensory Friendly Sunday at the Science Museum

    December 20, 2020  9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Science Museum of Minnesota, 120 W Kellogg Blvd, St Paul, MN 55102, USA

    Held on the third Sunday of every month, Sensory Friendly Sundays give visitors who learn best in a quieter environment early access to the exhibit galleries and a lights-up, sound-down Omnitheater show. (This month’s event feature a sensory-friendly 9 a.m. showing of CUBA in the Omnitheater.) Other tools for making a museum visit successful for visitors with autism and other sensory processing issues include pre-visit social narratives available for download online, Sensory Friendly companion scripts for Omnitheater films, noise-dampening headphones, a Sensory Friendly Visitor Guide, and a renovated Wellness Room designed to give visitors a private, out-of-the-way space to nurse a child, pray, or simply recharge away from the hustle and bustle of a busy museum. Located on level 4 near the Native American exhibition, the room is outfitted with soft lighting, a door that locks, a changing table, rocking chair, and other seating. Ask at the Exhibits Entrance for sound dampening headphones, a timer, or a kit containing headphones, fidgets, gloves, and sunglasses. It is available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. This program was created in consultation with the Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM). Tix: $8.95 to $24.95. Discounts for individuals, families and groups with limited incomes and free for working Personal Care Attendants when visiting with a client. Phone: 651-221-9444 or 800-221-9444; email: info@smm.org; Open Sun., Tues., Wed. 9:30-5:00, Thurs.-Fri.-Sat. 9:30-9:00, closed Mon. To request other accommodations for exhibits, call at least 72 hours in advance: 651-221-9406. Website: www.smm.org/sensorysunday or www.smm.org/accessibility or www.smm.org/tickets.

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December 22, 2020
  • Partners & Spouses Support Group Meets in Falcon Heights

    December 22, 2020  6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    Falcon Heights United Church of Christ, 1795 Holton Street (Holton & Garden)

    The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Minnesota is sponsoring a support group specifically for partners or spouses of someone who lives with a mental illness. The Partners & Spouses support group meets on the 2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month For more information, call Lois at 651-788-1920, or Donna at 651-645-2948 ext. 101.

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