March-April 2021 Calendar and Newsletter

March-2021-Calendar         April-2021-Calendar

GO! (Get Outdoors)
March 10th: Ireland (on site) 1-3 p.m.
April 14th: TBD   1-3 p.m.

The DAC’s very popular GO! (Get Outdoors) Program will continue in 2021, although we have had to alter the format and bring the great outdoors to us….with indoor virtual events in the recent months. The Go! Program is a way to increase the recreational, social, and fitness opportunities available to individuals with disabilities in Marion County. We do hope to return to many of our favorite off-site GO! events when it is safe to do so including swimming, Palatine Park activities and concerts, field trips, sporting events, farmer’s markets, and other activities that get us up and moving.
NOTE: YOU MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE FOR ALL GO ACTIVITIES. SPACE AND TRAVEL IS LIMITED.

The Disability Action Center & Marion County Schools
Transition Fair 2021……VIRTUAL!!! 

The Disability Action Center is proud to host the 2021 Virtual Transition Fair in conjunction with Marion County Schools. While the challenging times of COVID-19, safety concerns, and the need to socially distance will prevent us from holding the annual fair in person,  we believe it is important to have a sense of community and safely come together virtually; offering the same post-secondary opportunities and vital resources to the students as we have in years past.
This year’s fair will “air” for students in March 2021 and will remain available online or by request for family members, caregivers, and educators to help guide students in their future planning.


Friday Night Outs
March 12, 2021 5-6 p.m. (St. Paddy’s Theme)
April 9, 2021 5-6 p.m. (Talent Show)
In maintaining our commitment to safety, the FNO will be a drive by/pick up event as we are unable to meet in large groups at this time. We will also provide either a take home activity and/or a virtual event (talent show) to go along with the Friday Night Out Meal.
If you are interested in hosting or assisting with one of these activities, please let us know!

 Experience IT Co-Op
Full STEM Ahead and Creative Arts
A partnership of the DAC and Homestead Farm Center
The DAC and HFC are pleased to continue the very successful Full STEM Ahead and Creative Arts classes that includes:

  • Abilibots (adult robotics class) on Tuesdays 10 to 11:30 a.m. Last Abilibots Class is March 23rd and the program will begin again in the Fall.
  • Painting with Acrylics on Wednesday at 10 a.m.
  • Try This Thursday (TTT) on Thursday from 10-11:30 a.m.

March TTT: STEM Design Challenge
April TTT: Earth Science (Gardening, Soil, Rocks) Note: Classes may be offsite.

  • SPECIAL NOTE: Handbell Choir will meet on Thursdays directly following Try This classes in March. The Handbell Choir will be performing at the April Friday Night Out Talent Show.

Try This Thursday classes will be 4 weeks blocks of amazing programming including music, home economics, STEM, photography, theatre, board games, and much more.
Check the calendar for full details and descriptions of classes.


April Friday Night Out-DAC’s Got Talent
April 9th, 2021
Our ABLE Project ladies will be leading the Friday Night Out on April 9, 2021. The theme will be The Comeback! Anyone can participate in the Talent Show….Pre-Registration and a virtual submission is required.  DAC can help you will a video and anything you need to submit your talent. Remember, we all have a special talent to share….whether it be singing, dancing, reading, robots, art, Legos, writing, storytelling, stand-up comedy, or just being you!!

DAC SUB SALE
April 15 and 16, 2021
It’s time again for our Semi-Annual Sub Sale!
Please see the enclosed order form for more details!
Our goal is to surpass the 2,000 Sub Mark and make a comeback from last year! We Can Do It!
Volunteers are also needed on April 15th and 16th to prepare for the sale, make the subs, deliver the subs, and help out in any way possible.
Most of all we need to SELL THOSE SUBS!
Please call the center (304) 366-3213 and sign up if you are interested in volunteering!

Save the Date for these upcoming Spring/Summer Events:
Please note we hope to hold these events in person if permitted under the guidelines of the CDC and Marion County Health Department.

 Basket Bingo
May 23, 2021     11 a.m.to 3 p.m.
Knights of Columbus
Tickets for our Annual Basket Bingo will be available in March. Liz is working hard already on preparing some amazing baskets and prizes for this fundraiser.
In the event that the Bingo cannot be safely held in person we will hold our Virtual Basket Bingo Blitz again….that was a lot fun too!

RURAL Program (Rural to Urban Agricultural Learning)
10 week summer education and training program in partnership with The
Homestead Farm Center. Applications will be available March 1, 2021 and must
be returned by May 3, 2021
Please contact Ann Burns for more information.

 DAC/Mallamo Golf Tournament
  (Date To Be Determined)
    9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Volunteers, Golf Tournament Sponsors, and of course golfers are needed to participate in this year’s tournament. This tournament is one of our largest fundraisers and the longest standing Golf Tournament in Marion County. If you are interested in being a part of the tournament, please contact Julie at the Center at (304) 366-3213   Or Jimmy Hess at (304) 838-0571.

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