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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.

Skateville Sensory Friendly Skating

Skateville2016Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016
4-6 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016
6-8 p.m.

Skateville Family Roller Skating Center
201 S. River Ridge Cir.
Burnsville, MN 55337

Skateville is hosting two sensory-friendly skating sessions this fall. Sessions will include lower music volume, fewer and more quiet DJ announcements, the elimination of flashing lights, a quiet table in the lobby, and paper towels replacing hand dryers in the bathrooms. Parents also will be able to enter the rink while wearing shoes. Bring your own earplugs, comfort items, fidgets, etc. E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.

Second Saturdays at TPT: Anti-Bullying

arthur2016October 8, 2016
9-10 a.m.

Twin Cities PBS
172 4th St. E.
St Paul, MN 55101

Meet Arthur; enjoy some coffee, juice, and snacks; play in the park; and watch PBS Kids on the big screen. Cost: Free; registration is required and space is limited.

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AuSM Pumpkin Patch Trolley 2016

PumpkinwebOctober 15, 2016
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Minnesota Streetcar Museum
Linden Hill Station
Queen Ave. S. and W. 42nd St.
Minneapolis, MN 55410

The Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) and the Minnesota Streetcar Museum invite you to experience the thrill of riding a trolley, spend some time with Minnesota autism community friends, and pick a perfect pumpkin during this fun October event for individuals and families affected by autism.

MNStreetcarLogoJoin us for a fun ride along the rails, including a stop where you will be able to select a pumpkin to take home. The first trolley charter will leave the station at 10:30 a.m. and the final charter will roll back to the station at 12 p.m. Cost: $5 per family. Space is limited.

Click here to view AuSM's trolley social narrative.

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Mockingbird at Youth Performance Company

MockingbirdOct2016Saturday, Oct. 15 at 4 p.m.
Sensory-Friendly Performance co-presented by Minnesota Life College

Youth Performance Company
3338 University Ave. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Maybe you know someone with Asperger's sndrome. Maybe you have a child or student on the spectrum. Or perhaps you would like to learn more about the inner lives of those who struggle with this. No matter how much or little you know, you will be forever moved by the touching story of Caitlin, an unforgettable character who first appeared in the National Book Award-winning young adult novel. This play unfolds as Caitlin is coping with the loss of her brother Devon, who was killed in a school shooting. Her unique experience of grief and search for closure helps her move beyond her old black-and-white world and into a life of deeper complexity and greater understanding. This show is a must-see for anyone who teaches or cares about someone on the spectrum.

The Oct. 15 performance is specifically designed for individuals with sensory, social, and learning disabilities and their families. Cost: $12 for children/seniors and $15 for adults. Call 612.623.9080 for tickets for this or any performance.

Litchfield Life with Autism Series Workshop

autism boy1Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

First Lutheran Church
703 S. Sibley Ave.
Litchfield, MN 55355

A Full-Day Workshop presented by AuSM and West Central Industries (WCI) Resource Center Program: Autism basics and in-depth strategies from new diagnosis through the teen years

8:30 a.m. - Registration

9-10 a.m. - Intro to Autism Part 1
Understand the basics of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), resource options, and positive behavior supports. Learn how families, schools, and the medical community can work together to educate and support those with ASD. Get practical tips on helping individuals with ASD meet their potential.

10 a.m. - Break

10:15-11:30 a.m. - Intro to Autism Part 2, Q&A

11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. - Lunch and Networking

12:45-2:30 p.m. - Breakout Sessions (select one)
Session 1: Newly Diagnosed (18 mos.-12 yrs.) Obtain information on topics including the definition of autism, parent feelings, neurological findings, therapies, communication strategies, teaching daily living skills, challenging behavior, sensory needs, visual supports, and using social stories.
Session 2: Adolescence and Transition (11-21 yrs.) Obtain information on topics including parent emotions, the impact of autism on adolescents, independence in daily living skills, public social skills, reciprocal relationships, sexuality, privacy and safety, transitions into adult living and workplace issues, self-determination skills, behavior management, and emotions.

2:30-3 p.m. - Q&A

Cost
$25 Two Parents/Caregivers
$35 Professional

To register online, click the button below. Or, click here to download a registration form to complete and return to The Resource Center Program of WCI.

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Elephant & Piggie's We Are In a Play

elephantpiggie2016Oct. 21, 2016
7 p.m. - Sensory-Friendly Performance

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

Let’s talk about the elephant in the room, Gerald is no good at dancing. But the pessimistic pachyderm has the help of his perky pal Piggie to teach him how. The melodic musings of this dynamic duo make for one grand day at the theatre as Elephant and Piggie put on a show where we learn the important responsibilities of being a good friend.

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.

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..

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.

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

AzureConcerts16 17Azure Family Concerts with the Schubert Club

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. Click here for more information.

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

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.

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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.

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