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Superhero 5K and Family Fun Run

5 Apr

Check out my guest blog over at www.northtexaskids.com!

Click here for my story about the upcoming Superhero 5K and Family Fun Run benefitting Dallas CASA.

-Jennifer

Summer Fun for ASD Kids!

31 May

Summer scares me. With good reason.

Last summer ranks as one of the most difficult for Paige, my now-15-year-old daughter with autism.  She was restless, moody, and generally miserable.  As her mother, I was restless, moody, and generally miserable, too!  Our tough season had many benefits—not the least of which was that we pushed for her to qualify for Medicaid (which she did) and funds for respite care (another yes).  We also switched schools, one of the few decisions I’ve made as a mom that has no down sides.  It’s all good!  Seriously!!

If you’re dreading the summer with your special-needs kid, consider reaching out to your local Easter Seals or school district for a list of camps and activities in your area.  Your kid probably could do with a dose of stimulation—and you need the break.

Here’s one program I love!  The following is an email I received over the weekend from the Dallas Museum of Art.  (I think this is such a fabulous program; the folks there are fantastic.)

Summer Art Camp for Children with Autism at the DMA – reduced price and expanded age range!

Due to the high number of adults who are interested in helping with the camp, we have decided to expand the camp’s age range from ages 9-12 to ages 7-12 since each child will be able to have more personal attention.  The summer art camp is specifically designed for children on the Autism Spectrum.  Stacey Callaway, the autism specialist that we work with to develop Autism Awareness Family Celebrations, and I will co-teach the camp for children ages 7-12.  The camp is a four day camp and will explore works of art in the Museum’s collection, integrate multisensory experiences, and have a wide-range of materials in the studio for art-making.  We will have several specially-trained volunteers on hand to assist with the camp.

Camp description:

hands-on art for children with autism
ages 7-12
Interact with works of art in the galleries, engage in a variety of hands-on experiences, and explore art processes to create a masterpiece in the studio during this four-day camp designed specifically for children with autism spectrum disorders. Taught collaboratively with an autism specialist and Museum staff, this camp will offer various media experiences and will focus on themes in works of art from many cultures. Visual picture schedules will be used to integrate art, music, social interaction, sensory exploration, and movement.
Please note this is a four day camp.

Cost: Members was $140, now $100! Nonmembers was $152, now $112!
Monday–Thursday, June 20–23, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Teachers: Amanda Blake and Stacey Callaway

To register for this camp with the new price, please contact JC Bigornia at 214-922-1822 or JBigornia@DallasMuseumofArt.org
Website with general summer camp info (please note that the new price and age group is not listed in the brochure):
http://www.dm-art.org/Family/SummerCamps/index.htm

Also: the Dallas Museum of Art will be hosting a free event for children on the autism spectrum and their families on Saturday, June 18. The Center for Creative Connections in the Museum will open two hours early for families to enjoy the space and to participate in a variety of activities. (I’ve been to one of these and they are excellent!)

Pre-registration for the event is required. For more info, visit www.dm-art.org.

Jazz Under the Stars at the DMA

24 May

Thursdays, May 12–June 16, 2011, 8:00 p.m., Ross Avenue Plaza, Dallas Museum of Art, FREE

Summer nights sizzle with cool jazz under the stars. Bring a picnic and blanket or purchase food and beverages on-site. (*NO glass containers allowed.)

May 19:  UNT One O’Clock Lab Band

May 26:  Sharel Cassity Quintet

June 2:  Natural Change featuring Tony Blaine and Paul Rogers

June 9:  Tim Ries and The Rolling Stones Project

June 16:  Rosana Eckert

CityArts Fair Park Festival

24 May

From www.cityartsfestival.com:

Friday, May 27 through Sunday, May 29, 2011
Free & open to the public

Showcasing spectacular cultural, performing, visual and culinary arts, CityArts Festival presented by Big City Crushed Concrete will fill historic Fair Park with three days of art-loving, museum-visiting, chef-cooking, craft-making, film-watching, music-playing, fireworks-flying, water-dancing, full-blown family fun, Friday, May 27 – Sunday, May 29.

Free and open to the public, the event will boast a worldly array of festivities for families and art aficionados to enjoy Memorial Day weekend against the backdrop of Fair Park, a national landmark featuring the world’s largest collection of art deco exhibit buildings, art and sculpture.

New this year – ARTFEST will return to its traditional outdoor setting over Memorial Day weekend, a Friday night flick al fresco debuts as the perfect date night destination and rooftop fireworks will rock the town Saturday night!

Thanks to Atmos Energy, Fair Park’s eight museums will offer free admission during the weekend (hours vary) including the African American Museum, Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park, The Women’s Museum, Dallas Historical Society/Hall of State, Texas Museum of Automotive History, Texas Discovery Gardens, Museum of Nature & Science and Museum of the American Railroad.

Other highlights at CityArts Festival will include musical, dance and other performing arts acts on the main stage sponsored by MetroPCS; a children’s area sponsored by Prudential featuring more than 20 prominent arts organizations and nonprofits offering arts and crafts, interactive activities and family-fun entertainment; multi‐disciplinary demos and workshops; and a culinary area complete with demos and samplings by local chefs, plus beer, wine and liquor tastings.

And if that were not enough, you can watch Bellagio-style “dancing water” shows at the Esplanade Fountain, synchronized to music at the top of every hour from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday; and 12 noon – 5 p.m. Sunday.

Late Nights at the DMA

19 May

Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art

Friday, May 20
6:00 p.m.–midnight; admission $10; members are free

Join us for an evening of music, performances, tours, and family experiences celebrating the exhibition Art of the American Indians: The Thaw Collection. Enjoy special performances by Native Spirit Productions featuring Brian Hammill, the 2009 and 2011 Hoop Dance World Champion. Meet North American animals from the Dallas Zoo, and stay late for Showdown at the Space Bar and our After Hours Music Showcase featuring Seryn.

Click here for a complete schedule of events.

Butterfly Plant Sale at Texas Discovery Gardens

19 May

May 21, 10 am to 2 pm
Member’s Preview: May 20, 4 pm to 7 pm

Choose from butterfly host and nectar plants, herbs, perennials and more! Proceeds from the Butterfly Plant Sale allows Texas Discovery Gardens to follow its mission to teach effective ways to restore, conserve and preserve nature in the urban environment, with a focus on gardening organically and sustainably.

For more information, click here.

I Am

18 May

This Mother’s Day I am taking time to reflect on what’s important in my life.  My mom heard about a movie called “I Am,” and she invited me to see it last weekend.  It was put together by a Hollywood producer (whose productions include Ace Venture and Bruce Almighty) who had a profound epiphany he’s determined to share with others.

This film sets out to answer two basic questions: what’s wrong with our world and what can we do about it?  The producer interviews several of today’s great minds to try and find the answers.

I have been on overdrive in my spiritual quest since my girlfriends and I began The (February) Prayer Project (click here for the blog).  The ideas introduced in this movie were not news to me; however, I feel they are so important, I wanted to share this with our readers.

This movie provided a lot of science-based (although skeptics will still try and debunk “quantum” physics) explanations for things Eastern philosophers and religious leaders have been saying for centuries.

One of the main lessons from the movie is connectedness.  We are all connected to one another.  There is no denying it.  As a result of the connectedness, what people say and do matters.  Every single interaction a person has has power: the power to promote love or fuel hate.

If you’re looking for change or need a jump start in your own spiritual quest, I highly recommend this movie.  Viewers will never be the same.  It’s playing now at the Landmark Inwood Theater in Dallas.  For movies times, click here http://www.landmarktheatres.com/market/dallas/inwoodtheatre.htm

To view the I Am trailer, click here http://www.iamthedoc.com/.

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