Enjoy! September 2022

Sit! Stay! At the Woofaroo 

The Can Do Canines Woofaroo 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat, Sept. 24, with live music, a dog costume contest, an assistance dog demonstration, campus tours and more. The one-mile fundraising walk starts at 10 a.m. Music, dog-centric vendors and much more are planned for well-behaved dogs and their people. Money raised allows the nonprofit train and place more assistance dogs with people who need them. Registration for the walk is underway. The event is held at the Can Do Canines campus, 9440 Science Center Drive, New Hope. Individuals can register on their own or as part of a team. Collect pledges and donations toward this fundraiser. The proceeds make it possible for Can Do Canines to match assistance dogs with people with disabilities. It costs about $45,000 to raise and train an assistance dog, but Can Do Canines provides them free of charge. FFI: https://candowoofaroo2022.causevox.com/ 

LIFE is Better Together  

LIFE Mower County is celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2022. The LIFE is Better Together 70th Anniversary Celebration is 5 p.m. Sun, Oct. 16, at the Holiday Inn and Austin Conference Center, Austin. The family-friendly event starts with a 5 p.m. social hour with hors d’oeuvres, followed by dinner at 6 p.m. The evening’s activities include entertainment, a cash bar, raffles, a Heads or Tails game, and 70th anniversary presentation and video premiere. Tickets are $52 per person or $35 per person with an intellectual or developmental disability. Tickets purchased in advance. Sponsorship opportunities are available now. LIFE Mower County is a privately funded, non-profit organization. www.lifemowercounty.org/70thanniversarycelebration 

Get Up Stand Up social 

Get Up Stand Up hosts its 2022 Social fundraiser at 5:30 p.m. Fri, Sept. 23, at the Mpls Club. It is the organization’s most important event of the year, Presale tickets start at $30. Proceeds fund vital research projects, adaptive fitness scholarships, monthly peer group sessions and educational resources for people coping with spinal cord injury recovery. The Social will feature dinner, drinks and exciting silent and live auctions. Tickets include one drink and secure parking in the Mpls Club ramp. Ticket prices increase after Sept, 9. A presale is on now. FFI: https://www.gusu2cure.org/ 

NAMIWalks is back in-person 

The 16th annual NAMIWalks Minnesota, a 5K walk to raise awareness about mental illnesses and celebrate hope, is 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat, Sept. 24, at Minnehaha Park, Mpls. It’s the first in-person walk in two years. NAMIWalks supports the efforts of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Minnesota to provide education, support, and advocacy for children and adults with mental illnesses and their families. Food, music, speakers, mental health resource tables, a t-shirt contest, a tree of hope and more are offered. Walkers can also join in their own way to raise awareness in their home communities, with some choosing to bike, run, skate, swim, canoe, post signs, start conversations, or walk. FFI: 651-645-2948, namimn.org  

Made in the Shade Walk, Run and Roll 

The Made in the Shade Walk, Run and Roll helps disability service organizations raise money and awareness. The event is a non-competitive fundraiser, which helps Episcopal Group Homes, Homeward Bound, PAI, Partnership Resources Inc., Phoenix Residence, TSE and Wingspan Life Resources. The 2022 event is 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sat., Sept. 17 at Thomas Beach, Bde Maka Ska, 3700 Thomas Ave., Mpls. People can participate in-person or virtually. The event starts with a program, then the walk, and then a celebration for all. Enjoy music, food and fun with friends from the disability community. Register solo or as a team to raise funds. Register through a participating organization, all of which are being featured in Facebook. FFI: https://www.facebook.com/madeintheshade5k/ 

Open Flow Forum 

The Artists with Disabilities Alliance meets via Zoom 7-9 p.m. the first Thu of the month. Upcoming dates Sept. 1 and oct. 6. 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, resources@springboardforthearts.org  

Less to Enjoy!  

The Enjoy listings are for arts events as well as banquets and fundraisers for disability services organizations. Schedules may be subject to change. Some venues still may have mask and vaccine requirements. Please check with a venue or organization before making plans.  
See what is available through the Minnesota Access Alliance and its calendar, at https://mnaccess.org/