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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.

Focus on Autism and Mental Health - Iron Range Free Workshops

iStock 000014432495SmallDec. 7, 2016 at 6 p.m.
Dec. 8 at 10 a.m.

Mt. Iron Community Center
8586 Enterprise Dr.
Mt. Iron, Minn.

AuSM and The Arc Range will present two free workshops in northern Minnesota on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. (including free pizza served at 5:50 p.m.) and on Thursday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (including a light lunch). Both workshops will be held at the Mt. Iron Community Center, 8586 Enterprise Drive, Mt. Iron, Minn., and will focus on Autism and Mental Health and Positive Behavior Supports. AuSM's Dr. Amy Carrison will provide tools and strategies to support individuals with autism and coexisting conditions who have both challenges and gifts. Dec. 7 topics will include Mental Health Assessments and What to Ask For and Executive Functioning. Dec. 8 topics will include Co-Existing Mental Health and Positive Strategies. Attend one or both workshops. The workshops are free, but you must register to attend. To register, contact The Arc Range at 218.750.1251 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

You Are What You Eat

MLClogowebDec. 13, 2016
7-8 p.m.

Southdale YMCA
Rotary Room

7355 York Ave. S.
Edina, MN 55435

You Are What You Eat 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..

Toneworks Music Therapy Sensory Friendly Christmas Party

musicnotes2016December 15, 2016 from 6-8 p.m.

18205 45th Ave. N. #A
Plymouth, MN 55446

Free Sensory Friendly Christmas party for the whole family. Includes treats (dietary restricted options provided as well); Christmas sing-a-long; and a gift. For more information, contact Lyndie Walker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Cinderella at Children's Theatre Company

CTCCinderella2017Jan. 6, 2017
7 p.m. - Sensory-Friendly Performance

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

Hold on to your pumpkins! The magical, fantastical, and all-too-hilarious Cinderella returns to our stage for the holiday season. Freshly updated with all new songs, gags, and mayhem, you’ll jeer at the deliciously dysfunctional stepmother and sisters as much as you’ll cheer for Cinderella in her quest to attend the magnificent ball and fulfill her destiny. Put on your glass slippers, and join us for this spectacular and outrageous telling of our unique Cinderella, guaranteed to delight.

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.

Storytime at Wild Rumpus Bookstore

WildRumpusDoorJanuary 12, 2017
11 a.m.

Wild Rumpus Bookstore
2720 W 43rd St.
Minneapolis, MN 55410

Join us for sensory-friendly story time at the most creative and fun bookstore in town! Also on Feb. 9 and March 9, 2017! Cost: Free

Games by AuSM

boardgamesJanuary 14, 2017
2-4 p.m.

AuSM
2380 Wycliff St. #102
St. Paul, MN 55114

Bring your favorite board game to play and meet new friends. This event is open to individuals with autism ages 15 and up. Cost: Free; registration is required.

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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..

An AuSM Night at the Science Museum

ScienceMuseumDinosFebruary 2, 2017
5-9 p.m.

Science Museum of Minnesota
120 W Kellogg Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55102

The Science Museum of Minnesota invites AuSM families to visit the museum for an evening of exploration. Cost: $13 adults; $10 ages 4-12; 3 and under free. Limited income discounts available.

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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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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