Enjoy! March 2024

Young Dance mini golf Young Dance hosts its third annual Build-Your-Own Miniature Golf gala, 1 to 6 p.m. Sat, March […]

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Young Dance mini golf

Young Dance hosts its third annual Build-Your-Own Miniature Golf gala, 1 to 6 p.m. Sat, March 23 at Lake Monster Brewing Company, 550 Vandalia St., #160, St. Paul. This year’s theme is to design miniature golf hole inspired by Alice in Wonderland. Work individually or collaborate with friends, utilizing provided materials like cardboard, wood, and tubes to bring your imaginative concepts to life. Skilled construction workers will be present to offer guidance and ensure that the creations shine. At 4 p.m., the course opens to the public for play. Choose one’s price to participate, with a suggested donation of $15 per person. All proceeds directly support Young Dance’s mission of transforming lives through movement by expanding access to its inclusive dance programming. FFI 612-423-3064, [email protected].

DASMn benefit concert

A benefit concert for the Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota (DSAMn) is 7 p.m. Sat, March 23 at the Underground Music Cafe, 408 3rd Ave N., Mpls. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased in advance or at the door. Attendees must be age 18 or older. The concert features the band Turn Turn Turn and singer/songwriter Adam Levy. This special event aims to raise funds to support DSAMn’s mission of empowering individuals and families, creating community, and celebrating the abilities of people with Down Syndrome. The event also continues DSAMn’s World Down Syndrome Day Celebrations. FFI: https://dice.fm/venue/undergroundmusic-venue—event-space-3ab8 or www.dsamn.org

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Save date for expo 

Save the date of Sat, April 20 for the Discover Abilities Expo, a showcase of all-things adaptive sports and recreation in Minnesota. Organizers hope to have more than 60 organizations that provide some sort of adaptive sports or recreational opportunities in Minnesota on hand. 

The expo is designed both for individuals with disabilities (primary user of services) to learn about and try adaptive recreational opportunities as well as healthcare professionals, educators, students, volunteers and more to learn about adaptive sports and recreational opportunities. It is held at the University of Minnesota Recreation & Wellness Center in Mpls. and organized by the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute Sports and recreation Team. FFI: 612-775-2311, [email protected] 

Goo Goo Dolls at PACER 

The 2024 PACER Center benefit will feature the band the Goo Goo Dolls. The 41st annual benefit is Sat, April 27 at Mpls. Convention Center. Tickets are now available at a range of prices. Formed by Rzeznik and Takac in Buffalo, NY during 1986, the Goo Goo Dolls have quietly broken records, contributed a string of staples to the American songbook, connected to millions of fans, and indelibly impacted popular music for three-plus decades. FFI: 952-838-9000, [email protected], pacer.org 

Open Flow Forum  

The Artists with Disabilities Alliance meets via Zoom 7-9 p.m. the first Thu of the month – March 7. Virtually join artists with disabilities and supporters to share visual art, writing, music, theater and artistic efforts or disability issues. Facilitators are Tara Innmon and Andy Sturdevant from Springboard for the Arts. Anyone needing accommodations including ASL interpreting or captioning should contact Sturdevant at Springboard. Funding is available for access needs. FFI: 651-294-0907, [email protected], [email protected]

Resources to Enjoy!  

The Enjoy listings are for arts events as well as banquets, fundraisers, walks and other fun events by and for disability services organizations. Schedules may be subject to change, so check with a venue or organization before making plans. Arrange for disability accommodations well in advance at any event. 

Disability service organizations typically send e-news blasts and have social media. Both are other ways to find out about events. 

The Minnesota Access Alliance (MNAA) provides an Accessible Arts & Culture Calendar for arts patrons who use accessibility accommodations such as audio description, captioning, ASL interpreting and sensory-friendly accommodations. Link to more details at https://calendar.mnaccess.org. Be sure to check the listing or venue to find out any COVID-19 protocols and if an advance reservation is needed for an accessibility service.  Accessible events can be submitted to the MNAA Calendar (and MinnesotaPlaylist.com)

To receive a free monthly events calendar, email [email protected] and/or [email protected]. Ask for the entire events list or specific lists for ASL interpreting, captioning, audio description, sensory-friendly accommodations or disability-related topics. 

For other accessibility resources or upcoming webinars presented by MNAA, sign up for emails at Minnesota Access Alliance

 Post your event online

Access Press is moving more event listings online. There is a word limit and we require that those posting information include event costs as well as accommodations. Are ASL and AD offered? Is there companion seating? A quiet room? Fidgets? COVID-19 protocols? 

Accommodations are much more than a ramp for many of us. That kind of information can help someone decide whether or not to attend an event. 

To post an event, go to accesspress.org, click the resources tab at top right, and go to the post an event line. This is for Minnesota-focused, disability community events. it is not for business advertising for events that aren’t sponsored by a disability group or organization or that do not have a disability focused.  

Consider that a small web or print ad can also generate interest in an upcoming event. For questions about ads, email [email protected] 

Access Press reserves the right to reject events if they do not meet our guidelines. Call the editor at 651-644-2133 ext. one or email [email protected] with events questions. 

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