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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.

Toneworks Music Therapy Spooktacular Concert

musicnotes2016October 23, 2016 from 3-4 p.m.

Minnetonka Community Center
14600 Minnetonka Blvd.
Minnetonka, MN 55345

"Spooktacular" is a sensory-friendly concert with the Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra. Participants are encouraged to wear costumes to this fun event. For more information, contact Lyndie Walker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Transition: Pathway to the Future

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Oct. 25, 2016
6-8 p.m.

Pizza Ranch
106 Jefferson St. S.
Wadena, MN 56482

This workshop organized by PACER will help parents of children with disabilities understand how to use the special education transition process to help plan for life after high school. Parents of students in the eighth grade and beyond are encouraged to attend. This workshop is free, but registration is required.


AuSM MN History Center Playdate

history centerNovember 6, 2016
10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Minnesota History Center
345 W Kellogg Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55102

Visit the Then Now Wow galleries while the museum is closed to the public. A make-it-take-it craft will be available. Cost: Free; registration is required.


Pluck, Strum, Hammer and Bow - Making Music with Strings

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Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 at 11 a.m.

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

The Swedish Trio: Ross Sutter, Cheryl Paschke and Marya Hart
Lively Scandinavian music and song will fill the air as the Swedish Trio plays a variety of traditional stringed instruments. Audience will be able to play some of the instruments themselves and learn the science behind the sounds they make. Cost: FREE.


Sensory Santa 2016

santaNovember 27/December 4, 2016

Eden Prairie Center, Nov. 27 (9-11 a.m.)
8251 Flying Cloud Dr.
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Northtown Mall, Dec. 4 (8-10 a.m.)
398 Northtown Dr. N.E.
Blaine, MN 55434

Southdale Center, Dec. 4 (9-11 a.m.)
10 Southdale Center
Edina, MN 55435

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

Toneworks Music Therapy Sensory Friendly Christmas Party

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

Location to be announced.

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.


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.

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.


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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