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REMINDER CALENDAR - MARICOPA, YUMA, PINAL COUNTIES AND NORTHWARD

Upcoming visual impairment related events in Maricopa County. This calendar is a relatively short term reminder list of events with a blindness or other visual impairment component. Click here for the longer term Arizona Statewide edition. All times are Mountain Standard Time. JAWS users can navigate by headings or paragraphs. Press the letter H to move through the headings, or Shift H to step backwards through the headings.


THIS MONTH


now to 5/26 Sunday

The DESERT CHALLENGE GAMES are multi-day competitions for individuals ages 6 through adulthood with a physical, visual or intellectual disability. This event is part of the World Para Athletics Grand Prix. They need volunteers ! Contact them at 480-835-6273 or programs@arizonadisabledsports.com .

now through 5/26 Sunday

The 2019 USABA GOALBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS are hosted by Georgia Blind Sports in Atlanta Georgia.

5/27 Monday

MEMORIAL DAY.

5/27 Monday through 6/07 Friday

The NFB of Arizona will hold two BELL ACADEMY programs at SAAVI this year. This date is for the Pima County program at SAAVI on Grant Road in Tucson, daily from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Contact Amy Porterfield at 520-795-1331 or aporterfield@saavi.us . See the entry dated 7/22 for the Phoenix program information.

5/28 Tuesday 9:00 a.m.

The SAAVI COMMUNITY GROUP meets every Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00. Explore the different program services that are available through SAAVI Services for the Blind. Learn new skills to remain independent and meet other blind/visually impaired people who are also adjusting to changes in their vision. Call 602-795-0195 for details.

5/28 Tuesday 12:00 noon

The FLAGSTAFF DISABILITY AWARENESS COMMISSION meetings are open to the public and held on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 12:00 noon in the City Hall Council Chambers. The meetings are also streamed on the web. Contact: Denise Thompson at dthompson@flagstaffaz.gov or 928-213-2095.

5/28 Tuesday 2:00 p.m.

The Arizona GOVERNOR'S COUNCIL ON BLINDNESS & VISUAL IMPAIRMENT holds an open public meeting of the PUBLIC INFORMATION COMMITTEE from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 at Arizona Industries for the Blind, 515 North 51st Avenue in Phoenix. Members of the public are always welcome to attend meetings by phone or in person. The agenda is at the above link or contact Lindsey Powers at LPowers@azdes.gov or 602-542-3780 for more details.

5/30 Thursday 2:00 p.m. Phoenix

Described live performance by the ARIZONA THEATER COMPANY at 222 East Monroe Street in Phoenix occur only twice this show’s run. This show is THINGS I KNOW TO BE TRUE by Andrew Bovell makes its American premier. Can a parent love their children too much? Is it possible to not love them enough? These are questions that hover over THINGS I KNOW TO BE TRUE, a portrait of a family and the frictions that arise when grown-up children try to push beyond the confines of their loving parents’ expectations. For more details go to the brochure at arizonatheatre.org or call 602-256-6995.

5/30 Thursday 3:00 p.m.

The Arizona GOVERNOR'S COUNCIL ON BLINDNESS & VISUAL IMPAIRMENT holds an open public meeting of the EMPLOYMENT COMMITTEE from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 at 1789 West Jefferson Street in Phoenix. Members of the public are always welcome to attend meetings by phone or in person. The agenda is at the above link or contact Lindsey Powers at LPowers@azdes.gov or 602-542-3780 for more details.

JUNE 2019


6/01 Saturday 9:30 a.m.

NFB PHOENIX CHAPTER meets the first Saturday of each month at 9:30 a.m. at SAAVI Services for the Blind in Phoenix. Call 815-501-1153 for more information.

6/01 Saturday 10:00 a.m.

KJZZ with South Mountain Community College’s Storytelling Institute Arizona holds this summer’s STORYFEST AND AUTHORS’ SHOWCASE at the Mesa Convention Center building C, 263 North Center Street in Mesa. There is an interactive creative area where little ones can enjoy stories, crafts, and more, and the Authors’ Showcase is a unique opportunity to meet nearly two dozen of Arizona’s children’s authors in person, buy the books you love on the spot, and get them signed by the author. All proceeds benefit Sun Sounds of Arizona. Contact them at 480-774-8400 or member_services@rioradio.org.

6/02 Sunday through 6/08 Saturday

CAMP ABILITIES TUCSON will again be held at the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind on 1200 West Speedway in Tucson. Contact campabilitiestucson@gmail.com.

6/02 Sunday through 6/14 Friday

ASDB in Tucson sponsors CAMP LEAP 2019. Join ASDB and PDSD classmates at CampLeap in Tucson. Take a splash at thrilling water parks, visit Arizona colleges and adventure through the woods during a multi-day camping trip! It’ll be a summer you’ll never forget full of new experiences and discoveries. Camp Leap is geared toward deaf, hard of hearing and deaf-blind teens entering grades 8 through 12. Register before 5/20. Contact Jennifer Hensley at jennifer.hensley@asdb.k12.az.us.

6/03 Monday 1:00 p.m. DAY CHANGE

The WRITING IN THE DARK group now meets every first Monday of the month at the Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Phoenix from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00. The group’s focus is all who are blind or otherwise visually impaired and who want to write for publication. Contact Robert Sollars at 480-251-5197 or robertsollars2@gmail.com for more information.

6/03 Monday 6:30 p.m.

The Tempe COMMISSION ON DISABILITY CONCERNS meetings are usually held at 6:30 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at the Tempe Public Library on Rural Road. For details contact Michele Stokes at 480-350-2704.

6/04 Tuesday 9:00 a.m.

The SAAVI COMMUNITY GROUP meets every Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00. Explore the different program services that are available through SAAVI Services for the Blind. Learn new skills to remain independent and meet other blind/visually impaired people who are also adjusting to changes in their vision. Call 602-795-0195 for details.

6/05 Wednesday to 6/09 Sunday

There will be 5 separate regional ARIZONA YOUTH LEADERSHIP FORUM CONFERENCES in 2019. This first session is at Dine College in Tsaile. Visit www.azylf.org or contact Mellie Santora at 602-425-5135 or mellie@diverseabilityincorporated.org.

6/05 Wednesday 4:00 p.m. DAY CHANGE

The WRITING IN THE DARK group was meeting on Wednesdays but now meets every first Monday of the month at the Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Phoenix. Contact Robert Sollars at 480-251-5197 or robertsollars2@gmail.com for more information.

6/07 Friday and 6/08 Saturday

Free Lions vision screening at ARIZONA MISSION OF MERCY NORTH is at NAU in Flagstaff. Volunteers are needed for Arizona Lions Vision Screenings and reading glasses selection. Contact Donna Harris at 602-617-8051 or Liondonna.harris@gmail.com.

6/07 Friday and 6/08 Saturday

Northern Arizona’s first MISSION OF MERCY event on NAU’s Flagstaff campus will be transformed into a 50 chair dental clinic to provide free restorations, extractions, hygiene services, dentures, endodontic services, and education to adults and children. THEY NEED 600 VOLUNTEERS, both dental and non-dental volunteers are needed. Contact Amy Smith at amy@cadsfoundation.org.

6/08 Saturday 9:00 a.m.

The BOARD MEETINGS of the ARIZONA COUNCIL OF THE BLIND are scheduled for the second Saturday of every month at 9:00 a.m. Call 520-468-0000 and use meeting code 85715# to join in.

6/08 Saturday 10:00 a.m.

National Federation of the Blind SENIOR DIVISION MEETING will take place from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon at the Thomas at Midtown Apartment Complex meeting room at 200 East Thomas Road in Phoenix. Call 480-489-1247.

6/11 Tuesday 7:00 a.m.

The Chandler MAYOR'S COMMITTEE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES holds meetings usually on the second Tuesday of every month at Chandler Community Center on Commonwealth Avenue; sometimes at Yoli’s Cafe, 241 South Oregon Street, so call first! Call 480-782-2702 for more information.

6/11 Tuesday 9:00 a.m.

The 2019 PARTNERS IN PREPAREDNESS SUMMIT will be held at the Black Canyon Conference Center in Phoenix. This biennial preparedness summit involves communities, individuals, and organizations working on disaster readiness Contact Sara Ann Joehnk at saraann@azsilc.or at 602-262-2900 or via their web site.

6/11 Tuesday 9:00 a.m.

The SAAVI COMMUNITY GROUP meets every Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00. Explore the different program services that are available through SAAVI Services for the Blind. Learn new skills to remain independent and meet other blind/visually impaired people who are also adjusting to changes in their vision. Call 602-795-0195 for details.

6/12 Wednesday to 6/16 Sunday

There will be 5 separate regional ARIZONA YOUTH LEADERSHIP FORUM CONFERENCES in 2019. This session is at Arizona Western College in Yuma. Visit www.azylf.org or contact Mellie Santora at 602-425-5135 or mellie@diverseabilityincorporated.org.

6/12 Wednesday 12:00 noon

THE COMMISSION ON DISABILITY ACCESS AND DESIGN at NAU holds a monthly meeting every second Wednesday of the month from 12:00 noon until 1:30 p.m. at Northern Arizona University Union. Skype 928-523-0078 using meeting code 5667562. Contact them at 928-523-8686 or sch276@nau.edu.

6/12 Wednesday 6:00 p.m.

The City of Surprise VETERANS, DISABILITY AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month in the City Hall Council Chambers at 6:00 p.m. All meetings are open to the public and will be on line at Surprise TV. For more details call 623-222-3154 or write to Michelle Boyer at michelle.boyer@surpriseaz.gov.

6/12 Wednesday 7:30 p.m. Tempe

The New Musical CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY is at the ASU Gammage Auditorium in Tempe Arizona. Roald Dahl's amazing tale has songs from the original film alongside a toe-tapping and ear-tickling new score from the songwriters of Hairspray. Get ready for Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, the great glass elevator, and more at this everlasting showstopper! Audio Description is available at this one performance only. Use the link above or call the box office at 480-965-3434.

6/15 Saturday 12:30 p.m.

NFB EAST VALLEY chapter meets on the third Saturday of each month at the Pyle Center at 655 East Southern Avenue in Tempe from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00. Members usually gather for a bite to eat at a local restaurant afterwards. For more details contact Megan Homrighausen at 480-510-6196.

6/16 Sunday

FATHER'S DAY.

6/16 Sunday through 6/19 Wednesday

THE GREAT PLAINS ADA CENTER hosts their annual NATIONAL ADA SYMPOSIUM in Dallas Texas. ACTCP credits are available and early registration ended May 17th.

6/16 Sunday through 6/22 Saturday

The National Federation of the Blind ENGINEERING QUOTIENT program is a weeklong summer engineering program for blind and low-vision teens from around the United States. Participants spend each day engaged in activities designed to strengthen their knowledge of engineering as well as their problem solving abilities. In the evenings, participants explore the local community and participate in various recreational activities. Blind and low-vision teens who are ready to learn new things, meet new people, and have an adventure this summer are encouraged to apply. There are no fees for this program. Contact STEM@nfb.org.

6/18 Tuesday 9:00 a.m.

The SAAVI COMMUNITY GROUP meets every Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00. Explore the different program services that are available through SAAVI Services for the Blind. Learn new skills to remain independent and meet other blind/visually impaired people who are also adjusting to changes in their vision. Call 602-795-0195 for details.

6/19 Wednesday to 6/23 Sunday

There will be 3 more regional ARIZONA YOUTH LEADERSHIP FORUM CONFERENCES in 2019. This session is at Prescott College. Visit www.azylf.org or contact Mellie Santora at 602-425-5135 or mellie@diverseabilityincorporated.org.

6/21 Friday

SUMMER SOLSTICE.

6/21 Friday and 6/22 Saturday

The 2019 BRAILLE CHALLENGE NATIONAL FINALS will be at the University of Southern California with the top 50 students with the highest scores invited to Los Angeles for the final round. Congratulations to the two finalists from Arizona, Ciara Peterson and Joey Parra.

6/22 Saturday 1:30 p.m.

NFB WEST VALLEY chapter meets by teleconference from 1:30 to 3:30 at 605-475-6777 using meeting code of 9378. Contact them at 602-758-0057 or 720-299-8039.

6/25 Tuesday 9:00 a.m.

The SAAVI COMMUNITY GROUP meets every Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00. Explore the different program services that are available through SAAVI Services for the Blind. Learn new skills to remain independent and meet other blind/visually impaired people who are also adjusting to changes in their vision. Call 602-795-0195 for details.

6/25 Tuesday 12:00 noon

The FLAGSTAFF DISABILITY AWARENESS COMMISSION meetings are open to the public and held on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 12:00 noon in the City Hall Council Chambers. The meetings are also streamed on the web. Contact: Denise Thompson at dthompson@flagstaffaz.gov or 928-213-2095.

6/26 Wednesday 4:15 p.m.

The Phoenix MAYOR'S COMMISSION ON DISABILITY ISSUES holds open public meetings on the third or the fourth Wednesday of every even month at the Phoenix Fire Department, 150 South 12th Street in Phoenix. For more details contact Peter Fischer at 602-534-9276.

6/26 Wednesday to 6/30 Sunday

There will be 2 more separate regional ARIZONA YOUTH LEADERSHIP FORUM CONFERENCES in 2019. This session is at Arizona State University in Phoenix. Visit www.azylf.org or contact Mellie Santora at 602-425-5135 or mellie@diverseabilityincorporated.org.

For entries beyond this day you can check the longer Arizona statweide calendar.