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Uniting the Community Events

16 17FallCatalogCvrIn partnership with area businesses and organizations, AuSM is pleased to offer monthly opportunities for families and individuals with autism to come together and enjoy fun activities in supportive, welcoming environments. Below is a listing of community events listed in the 2016-2017 AuSM Education Catalog as well as other events that have been added since the catalog was printed. Some events require advance registration. We look forward to seeing you out and about in our great community!

Click here to view the Uniting the Community events calendar from the 2016-2017 AuSM catalog.

The Art of Me - Highland Friendship Club

HighlandFC2016Highland Friendship Club, in partnership with Upstream Arts, is offering The Art of Me, a performance and photography exhibit, free of charge this winter. In The Art of Me program, local, professional actors and artists from Upstream Arts will teach foundational theatre skills, including how to use body language, tone of voice, and facial expressions to express emotion. Participants will dance, write, sing, paint, and play music. All of the activities will be used to create a performance and photography exhibit at the conclusion at the program, which will take place at Park Square Theater. Classes are free, but registration is required; contact Ashley at Highland Friendship Club with questions, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 651.698.4096

The Art of Me SESSION I: Tuesday afternoons 1-2:30 p.m.
weekly, Jan. 3-March 21, 2017
The Art of Me SESSION II: Wednesday nights 7-8:30 p.m.
weekly, Jan. 4-March 22, 2017
The Art of Me SESSION III: Saturday mornings 10-11:30 a.m.
weekly Jan 7-March 18, 2017

The Power of Your Dream and Persistence

MLClogowebJan. 24, 2017
7-8 p.m.

Southdale YMCA
Rotary Room

7355 York Ave. S.
Edina, MN 55435

The Power of Your Dream and Persistence is a free workshop presented by AuSM Premier Partner, Minnesota Life College, as part of their John Lighty Speaker Series. For more information, contact Camille at MLC via e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Click, Clap, and Klunk Minnesota Percussion Trio

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Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 11 a.m.

Weyerhaeuser Auditorium, Landmark Center
75 5th St.
St Paul, MN 55102

Minnesota Percussion Trio: Bob Adney, Erik Barsness, and Paul Hill
Come listen to the wide world of percussion and learn to play an array of energetic rhythms. Music comes from the heart and then you find something to play it on! Using simple or found instruments such as 5-gallon buckets, claves, paper, tin cans and body percussion we can all unlock the musical possibilities of the things around us. Cost: FREE. 

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Hip Hop 4 Autism 2017

HipHop4Autism2017Feb. 19, 2017
Doors open at 5 p.m.
The show starts at 6 p.m.

Amsterdam Bar & Hall - Downtown St. Paul
6 W. 6th St.
St Paul, MN 55102

Join us for the exciting 5th Annual Hip Hop 4 Autism event in support of AuSM and the Minnesota autism community. The line-up, hosted by D-Mil, will include Carnage The Executioner, SP Style All Stars, Maria ISA, St. Paul Slim, Big Wiz, Frostbyte, T.O.N.Y., and more. Cost: $8 in advance (click here); $10 at the door. All proceeds will benefit programs and services for the local autism community.

Steps of Hope 2017 at Southdale

callingallwebMarch 5, 2017
8:30-11 a.m.

Southdale Center
10 Southdale Center
Edina, MN 55435

Join the Minnesota autism community for the state’s most powerful fundraising walk for autism featuring a colossal autism resource fair! And, register to be a part of the first annual AuSM Flash Dash (for a small fee, participants reaching the finish line will receive a medal and bragging rights!). Steps of Hope Registration Cost: Free; AuSM Flash Dash Cost: Minimal. Registration is encouraged. Click here for more information, AUTISM HERO!

Dr. Seuss's The Sneetches at CTC

Sneetches2017March 24, 2017
7 p.m. - Sensory-Friendly Performance

Children's Theatre Company
2400 3rd Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55404

On Sneetch Beach, there’s a line in the sand—Star Bellies on one side, Plain Bellies on the other.  That’s the way it is, was, and will be.  At least until the sneaky and greedy Sylvester Monkey McBean comes to town with his Star On machine.  Suddenly, the difference between the haves and the have nots—those with stars and those without—isn’t so clear. What will the Sneetches do now? In this rousing and inventive musical adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ powerful parable about the surface things that divide us, it will take a courageous friendship between an unlikely pair of Sneetches to find the answers.

In an effort to make sensory friendly performances more accessible for families who may not have the means to attend at the current single ticket rate, CTC offers group rates and the ACT Pass program. Click here for more information.

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Volunteer and see this CTC show for FREE
CTC is seeking volunteers to assist with welcoming, ushering and assisting families who participate in this sensory-friendly performances. Volunteers are asked to come one hour prior to the start of the performance and will participate in a 20-minute training followed by 40 minutes of greeting and supporting arriving audience members. Volunteers also receive one free admission to watch the performance for which they volunteer. If you are interested in volunteering for a CTC sensory-friendly performance, please click on the below link and complete the form. AuSM will contact you with details specific to your performance(s) of choice. Eight volunteers are needed for each performance.

Click here if you would like to volunteer for this CTC sensory-friendly performance.

Caring Bunny

easterbunnyApril 2, 2017
8-10 a.m.

Northtown Mall
398 Northtown Dr. N.E.
Blaine, MN 55434

Avoid lines and visit with the Easter Bunny in a sensory-friendly, welcoming environment. Cost: Free; registration may be required at some mall locations.

Navigating MSP Airport - May 6, 2017

wingsMay 6, 2017
1-3 p.m.

Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport

Walk through the steps of an airport visit, from walking in the door to finding your seat on a plane. Cost: Free; registration is required and space is limited.

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A Year with Frog and Toad

FrogToadJune 16, 2017
7 p.m. - Sensory Friendly Performance

Children's Theatre Company
2400 3rd Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Waking from hibernation, the perky Frog and the worrywart Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding, and learn life lessons. Cost: $15 child/$20 adult (reduced from $41 child/$51 adult). Limited income discounts available.

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Volunteer and see this CTC show for FREE
CTC is seeking volunteers to assist with welcoming, ushering and assisting families who participate in this sensory-friendly performances. Volunteers are asked to come one hour prior to the start of the performance and will participate in a 20-minute training followed by 40 minutes of greeting and supporting arriving audience members. Volunteers also receive one free admission to watch the performance for which they volunteer. If you are interested in volunteering for a CTC sensory-friendly performance, please click on the below link and complete the form. AuSM will contact you with details specific to your performance(s) of choice. Eight volunteers are needed for each performance.

Click here if you would like to volunteer for this CTC sensory-friendly performance.

Shrek the Musical

ShrekStagesJuly 22, 2017
10 a.m. - Sensory Friendly Performance

Stages Theatre Company
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN 55343

Enjoy the fairy tale adventure of an ogre turned unlikely hero, a wise-cracking Donkey, a feisty princess, and dozens of fairy tale misfits who stir up the kind of muddled mayhem that calls for a real hero. Cost: $10; tickets must be purchased by calling the Stages Theatre Company box office, 952.979.1111. Limited income discounts available.

The Really BIG Game with HFC

baseballAugust 2017
(date and time to be announced)

Highland Park Ball Field, St. Paul 

Join AuSM and the Highland Friendship Club for an exciting baseball game while enjoying free hot dogs and water as well as many fun celebrity guests including Saint Paul Saints announcers and more. Cost: Free

Stages Theatre Company Sensory Friendly Performances

StagesTheatreLogoSensory-Friendly Performance Schedule

Stages Theatre Company
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN 55343
Box Office: 952.979.1111

The Stages Theatre Company sensory-friendly performances are designed for children on the autism spectrum or others with sensory sensitivities. House lights will be on and sound levels will be lowered, and crowds are minimized for these for these judgement-free, “shush-free” performances.

2017 Sensory-Friendly Performances

Fancy Nancy: The Musical: Saturday, Jan. 28 at 10 a.m.
The Velveteen Rabbit: Thursday, March 16 at 10 a.m. and Saturday, March 18 at 10 a.m.
Stone Soup: Saturday, May 6 at 10 a.m. and Wednesday, May 10 at 10 a.m.
Flora & Ulysses: Saturday, May 13 at 10 a.m.
Shrek The Musical: Saturday, July 22 at 10 a.m.

Click here for more information on the sensory-friendly performances and to order tickets.