Enjoy! September 2021

Made in the Shade returns in-person Made in the Shade is a non-competitive fundraising walk, benefiting seven local nonprofit partners, […]

Made in Shade run event

Made in the Shade returns in-person

Made in the Shade is a non-competitive fundraising walk, benefiting seven local nonprofit partners, raising money for those living with disabilities. Made in the Shade is an annual celebration of relationships, fundraising and community building that makes a difference for hundreds of people served by partner organizations.
After an in-person hiatus in 2020, Made in the Shade is back in-person and virtually for 2021. This year’s event is 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sat, Sept, 18 at Thomas Beach, Lake Bde Maka Ska, 3700 Thomas Ave. S., Mpls.

In-person and virtual participation options are available for anyone wishing to walk, run or roll. The groups will follow health guidelines for the in-person event.

Episcopal Group Homes, Homeward Bound, PAI, Partnership Resources Inc., Phoenix Residence, TSE and Wingspan Life Resources will directly benefit from funds raised.

Participants sign up through the organizations they wish to support. Check for updates on the event Facebook page or through sponsor websites.

Check-in starts at 9:30 a.m. A welcome program is at 10 a.m., with a warm-up for the walkers at 10:20 a.m. The walk, run and roll starts at 10:30 a.m. At 11 a.m. is the post-event celebration featuring lunch and music. The event ends at noon.

The Made in the Shade event will follow CDC and MDH guidelines for large gatherings. Masks will be available. Unvaccinated participants and guests are strongly encouraged to wear masks.  Safety stations with hand sanitizer and first-aid supplies will be in place.

Check the event Facebook page for updates. FFI: https://www.facebook.com/madeintheshade5k

NAMIWalks raises awareness

The 15th annual NAMIWalks Minnesota, a 5K walk to raise awareness about mental illnesses and celebrate hope, is 1 p.m. Sat, Sept. 25 at Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis. NAMIWalks supports the efforts of NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) to provide education, support and advocacy for children and adults with mental illnesses and their families. The event opens at 11 a.m. and runs through 3 p.m. There will be picnics & food trucks, speakers, mental health resource tables, a t-shirt contest, a tree of hope and more. This year walkers will also have the option of joining the Walk and raising awareness in their own way in their home communities. There is still time to register and form a team. FFI: 651-645-2948, www.namimn.org

Open Flow Forum

The Artists with Disabilities Alliance meets via Zoom 7-9 p.m. the first Thu of the month. Upcoming dates Thu, Sept. 2 and Oct. 8. Virtually join artists with disabilities and supporters to share visual art, writing, music, theater and artistic efforts or disability concerns. Facilitators are Tara Innmon, Kip Shane and Springboard for the Arts. The gatherings are fully accessible. Anyone needing special accommodations should contact Andy Sturdevant at host organization Springboard for the Arts. Funding is available for access needs. FFI: 651-294-0907, [email protected]

Self-advocacy classes

Upstream Arts offers virtual self-advocacy classes through Sept. 20. Artists aged 18 and older are welcome to attend one of three weekly times at 10-11 a.m. Mon, 1-2 p.m. Wed, or 4-5 p.m. Thu. Classes are online and pay-what-one-can. All classes have ASL interpretation and close captioning. In-person classes are coming in the fall. FFI: 612-331-4584, upstreamarts.org

Less to Enjoy!

Restrictions have eased in the entertainment world, but with the spike in COVID-19 cases, arts organizations are making contingency plans. It’s more important than ever to check on events and activities before heading out.

Some of the museums, arts and theater groups that typically have listings in the Access Press Enjoy! calendar have moved to online services or are offering in-person services with social distancing and safety measures. Others are offering their art in-person. Please check with a venue or organization before making plans. Check to see what classes and performances are offered online. See what is available through the Minnesota Access Alliance and its calendar, at https://mnaccess.org/

  • Work with your care provider to stay healthy. Protect yourself. Vaccines are your best protection against being sick.
  • Wash your hands! Hands that look can still have icky germs!

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