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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

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11/16 Friday 9:00 a.m.

The 22nd annual VRATE, the VISION REHABILITATION AND ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY EXPO, will be at the Glendale Civic Center, 5750 West Glen Drive in Glendale. Learn about assistive technology, hear from professionals on topics such as new research in the field of vision, employment, and much more. There is no charge to attend. Volunteers are very much needed at the registration table, as guides and so on, and lunch will be provided. Contact Mike Abell, VRATE Volunteer coordinator at bigdog4744@gmail.com or 602 253-4084.

11/17 Saturday 10:00 a.m.

The Foundation for Blind Children holds a DESCRIPTIVE MOVIE DAY and they’re going to the Harkins Christown in Phoenix to see HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS with audio description without headsets. Tickets need to be purchased by 11/10. Contact Ashley Cerna at 602-337-8264 or acerna@seeitourway.org.

11/17 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.

11/21 Wednesday 12:00 noon

THE COMMISSION ON DISABILITY ACCESS AND DESIGN at NAU holds a monthly meeting every third Wednesday of the month from 12:00 noon until 1:30 p.m. at Northern Arizona University Union.

11/22 Thursday

THANKSGIVING DAY HOLIDAY.

11/24 Saturday

No SHARP program today.

11/24 Saturday 1:30 p.m.

NFB WEST VALLEY chapter meets on the fourth Saturday of every month from 1:30 to 3:30 at the Thunderbird Banner Medical Center at 5555 West Thunderbird Road in Glendale. Contact them at 602-942-0181.

11/27 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.

11/28 Wednesday 4:15 p.m.

The Phoenix MAYOR'S COMMISSION ON DISABILITY ISSUES holds open public meetings on 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.

11/28 Wednesday 7:30 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 ERMA BOMBECK: AT WIT'S END by Margaret and Allison Engel, a loving tribute to the Ohio wife and mother turned longtime Arizona resident who made herself into a national superstar as a bestselling author and syndicated journalist, who was lauded for opening up the secret world of the mother and housewife. Discover the story behind America’s beloved humorist, who championed women’s lives with wit that sprang from the most unexpected place of all: the truth. For more details go to the brochure at arizonatheatre.org or call 602-256-6995.

11/29 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 ERMA BOMBECK: AT WIT'S END by Margaret and Allison Engel, a loving tribute to the Ohio wife and mother turned longtime Arizona resident who made herself into a national superstar as a bestselling author and syndicated journalist, who was lauded for opening up the secret world of the mother and housewife. Discover the story behind America’s beloved humorist, who championed women’s lives with wit that sprang from the most unexpected place of all: the truth. For more details go to the brochure at arizonatheatre.org or call 602-256-6995.

DECEMBER 2018


12/01 Saturday 8:00 p.m.

SUN SOUNDS broadcasts the descriptive audio of a classic movie on the first Saturday of every month at 8:00 p.m. This month's will be will be JINGLE ALL THE WAY, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sinbad. A father vows to get his son a Turbo Man action figure for Christmas. However, every store is sold out of them, and he must travel all over town and compete with everybody else in order to find one. For more information contact Sun Sounds at Info@sunsounds.org or call the Tempe office at 480-774-8300, Tucson at 520-296-2400, or Flag at 928-779-1775.

12/01 Saturday 9:30 a.m.

NFB PHOENIX chapter meets the first Saturday of each month at 9:30 a.m. at Coco’s, 2026 North 7th Street in Phoenix. Call 815-501-1153 for more information.

12/03 Monday 4:00 p.m.

The WRITING IN THE DARK group meets every first Monday of the month at the Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Phoenix from 4:00 p.m. until about 6:00. 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 rdsollars@aol.com for more information.

12/03 Monday 6:30 p.m.

TEMPE MAYOR’S COMMISSION ON DISABILITY CONCERNS meets from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 at the Tempe Public Library on Rural Road. Teleconference attendance may be available. Contact Michele Stokes at 480-350-2704.

12/06 Thursday 10:00 a.m.

THE ARIZONA DISABILITY COALITION holds an open public meeting on the first Thursday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to noon at ABILITY360 on Washington Street in Phoenix. You can also attend by teleconference by calling 602-443-9061. For details call them at 602-262-2900.

12/08 Saturday 9:00 a.m.

The BOARD MEETINGS of the ARIZONA COUNCIL OF THE BLIND are scheduled for the second Saturday of every month from 9:00 a.m. until about 11:00. Please call 520-468-0000 and use meeting code 29222 to join the board meeting.

12/08 Saturday 9:00 a.m.

FBC’s SHARP program has a WORKSHOP DAY at FBC. Workshop Day is a day for learning more of the Expanded Core Curriculum. They will be doing activities like sports, science and cooking. There is no cost. Sign up deadline is 12/01.

12/11 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.

12/12 Wednesday 4:15 p.m.

The PHOENIX MAYOR’S COMMISSION ON DISABILITY ISSUES holds an open public meeting at the Phoenix Burton Barr Central Library in Phoenix. Contact Peter Fischer at 602-534-9276.

12/12 Wednesday 6:00 p.m.

The City of Surprise’s Disability Advisory Commission Meeting is usually on the second Wednesday of each month from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Surprise City Hall. The Commission focuses on community-wide advocacy to address the needs of people with disabilities while increasing public awareness. Public attendance is encouraged. For more details call 623-222-3545 or write to Michelle Casciato at michelle.casciato@surpriseaz.gov.

12/15 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.

12/15 Saturday 5:00 p.m. to 12/16 Sunday 9:00 a.m.

FBC’s SHARP program holds it’s annual WINTER LOCK-IN night at FBC. They will have lots of things to do; some favorite activities could include midnight bingo, movies, art, and karaoke, and a movie at Harkins Theater. Dinner and breakfast are provided. Sign up deadline is 12/08.

12/17 Monday 1:00 p.m.

Arizona State Independent Living Council FULL COUNCIL MEETING is held in-person at 3839 N. 3rd Street in Phoenix and via conference call. For more information go to the above link or contact Melissa Ann Santora at melissa@azsilc.org or 602-262-2900.

12/19? Wednesday 12:00 noon

THE COMMISSION ON DISABILITY ACCESS AND DESIGN at NAU holds a monthly meeting every third Wednesday of the month from 12:00 noon until 1:30 p.m. at Northern Arizona University Union.

12/22 Saturday

No SHARP program today. They resume 1/12/19.

2/22 Saturday 1:30 p.m.

NFB WEST VALLEY chapter meets on the fourth Saturday of every month from 1:30 to 3:30 at the Thunderbird Banner Medical Center at 5555 West Thunderbird Road in Glendale. Contact them at 602-942-0181.

12/25 Tuesday

CHRISTMAS DAY.

12/26 Wednesday 4:15 p.m.?

The Phoenix MAYOR'S COMMISSION ON DISABILITY ISSUES holds open public meetings on 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.

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