You'll want to check out Southside's Calendar - there's lots of great learning opportunities, a Soiree, and egg hunts this month.
March into SPRING!
In March, we start planning for the future. Planning for the immediate summer, planning for graduation and beyond, planning for college or work. There are TONS of opportunities to find more information, and have a little fun in March.
Due to most of the leadership managing Soiree this month, the only SUPPORT GROUP meeting will be held Monday, March 14 at 9:30AM at Kakao Café in Tyrone.
Sat. March 5, 8AM. Griffin High School. 1617 W Poplar Avenue. Griffin.
Life After High School: Metro South Regional Transition Conference. Free.
Features sessions on (in this order) Medicaid, SSI/SSDI, Employment, and Guardianship. Over 20 exhibitors related to the transition of LIFE AFTER HIGH SCHOOL. Contact: Raissa Chandler 770-713-6731. Preregister for event.
Tues. March 8, 7PM. 107 Governors Trace, Fayetteville.
Summer Camp Preview. Exceptional OPS. Free.
Forum discusses local camp options for students with disabilities.
Contact: Janet Smola 770-631-1035.
Sat. March 19. 9AM Clayton State University, Morrow.
FOCUS Conference. Check website for tickets.
Workshops include IEPs, NOW / COMP, Deeming Waiver, and Special Needs Wills & Trusts.
Contact: Elizabeth (770) 234-9111
Sunday, March 20 11AM. Peachtree City Seventh Day Adventist Church.
Community Health Fair. Free
Check your vitals, learn about health, nutrition, and wellness. Say hi to Southside Friends. Door prizes.
Tues. March 22. 8AM Grace Evangelical Church, 162 Flat Creek Trail, Fayetteville
Mental Health Forum. $35 public
Features Nate Call, Director of Behavioral Health and Supports, Marcus Autism Center, and other guest speakers. www.fayettefactor.org for additional information.
FUN THINGS TO DO
Sat. March 12. 7PM The Loft At Due South, Peachtree City. Tickets available at Eventbrite.
Southside Soiree. Annual gala fundraising event for Southside Support. Features Silent Auction, Casino style games, Dancing, Open Bar, and Delectable Cuisine. Formal attire – black tie optional.
Sat. March 19. 10AM Lekotek office. Governors Walk. Fayetteville
Lekotek Egg Hunt. Please rsvp online to participate in this event. Activity stations will open at 10AM, egg hunt will happen promptly at 11AM.
Sat. March 19. 2-4PM Nash Farm Battlefield, Hampton.
11th Annual "Extra Special Easter Party and Egg Hunt"
Registration requested. Send your name and number of people with disabilities and other children who will be participating to email@example.com . Egg hunts start at 2:15PM, no exceptions.
I'm a bit late in posting this. You missed out on the Yard sale, but if we have leftover items, we'll try posting some of the big things on this website....
Big Yard Sale for Southside Support. This Saturday, 10-4 from 8AM to 3PM.
80 Nectarine Drive, Newnan, GA 30265
See the funny puppet video featuring me at http://southsidesupport.weebly.com
Exceptional OPS - Medicaid Waiver basics. See their website at http://www.exceptionalops.com
Parent Panel at Brain Balance (see below) - now's your opportunity to talk to parents directly about the success of using Brain Balance.
People First night at the Henry County Fair held at heritage park this year ( a new location) The Henry County Kiwanis Club invited our special needs families to come and join them on Wednesday night, October 8, starting at 6 when the gates open. The admission for the fair will be free if you are on my list as you check in the night of the fair. You and our immediate family will be able to enter the fair free. (cost is usually about $6.00 a person just to enter). This amount will be donated by the Henry County Kiwanis Club as long as you are on my list as you check in. I will be at the gate from 6:00 to 7:00 PM only, then I am off to enjoy the fair. So you must arrive by 7:00 to get in free.
You will need money for ride bracelets, food, and games, but your entry fee will be waived. I hope each of you will come out and join us next Wednesdaynight. (Oct. 8th) There are several things at the fair free. The exhibits, non-profit booths, 4-H exhibits, the Camp Fortson farm, music and more. Come out and enjoy a nice cool evening at the Henry County Fair. We appreciate each of you and what you mean to our community.
Thanks, Connie, Joan, Tina, and Cynthia
Directors, People First of Henry County
Our next planned Southside gathering is a play group. Fayette Family YMCA playpark on Huiet Road. Bring a snack or pack a picnic lunch and play in castle park. 10AM to noon.
See you out there!
Whew! Busy week. Can't wait til SYMPOSIUM in a few weeks - it'll be awesome!!
See you out there!
Have a Great Holiday!
Advocacy Training - Tuesday, July 22. Peachtree City, GA
Whether or not you agree with Autism Speaks or not, they are providing a FREE training about advocacy.
Advocacy in this context means - how do you change the world for the better through influencing legislation?
Shelley, the presenter, promised me that this is part training, part comedy routine, which is good.
In my experience, many grassroots advocacy training programs comes from a sense of urgency (fear) or decorum (boring).
Even if you don't have a loved one affected by Autism, I'm hoping she'll talk about the process of changing laws. But if you want to hang back til next time, that's fine - I think she's coming back in the fall.
If you're coming, make sure your RSVP. There's no childcare at this event (I'm in the same boat as you - I'm bringing my kids and hoping for the best.) RSVP at http://bit.ly/ASBTB-GA
See you there! We could go to Mellow Mushroom for lunch afterwards....
HOPE PARK Miracle League invites us to participate in baseball this Saturday. Please contact Matt Clark directly if you'd like to play ball.
It's in LOVEJOY, which means central for Fayette, Clayton, Spalding, and Henry Counties. Play Ball! (But please RSVP with Matt):
I really appreciate your support and offering to help. The Miracle league is designed for people with disabilities to play baseball. The age, gender, or disability does not matter. Anyone that wants to come is more than welcome.
It's this Saturday July 12th at 10:00 am. Casey Motter, the Atlanta Braves Announcer, will be on hand to announce the kids. The kids don't need to bring anything, but they can bring a glove if they want. Parents may want to bring chairs incase we have a lot of visitors and kids. The game is at Foundation Sports. 2497 Lovejoy road lovejoy ga
We would love to have a bunch of kids come out Saturday. They will all receive snacks and a gift or two.
Please have them let me know if they plan on coming via email or phone so we are sure to have enough for everyone.
If you want to see our vision and what we are working towards having please check out OurHopePark.com
We are working on have over a half an acre all accessible playground a turf field for special needs and much more.
FYI - if you're interested in fall ball, there are numerous leagues along the Southside. We know
Challenger Baseball (through Peachtree City Little League)
Miracle League (in Lovejoy and South Fulton)
Sunshine League in Henry County
I think there's a couple more League teams along the Southside, just haven't met them yet.
Play groups this Friday at my house. You're going to have to email or call me for directions - I don't post my address online (I live in Fayetteville, near the hospital). My pool can only hold up to about 5 families comfortably, so RSVP quick.
3PM - younger kids (Elementary and younger)
5PM - everyone. We order/pick up pizza at 6.
I'm still trying to work out details for more play groups for the rest of the summer - it has proven difficult to try to organize since I'm recovering (nicely) from surgery 2 weeks ago. But stay tuned, and watch for pop up play dates on facebook and on the website calendar. www.southsidesupport.org
The next event that we'll be at with Safe Space is the Fayetteville Market Day on July 19. We're always looking for volunteers to help set up, take down, and hang with. "Volunteering" can be as simple as bringing you and the family to the event, and hanging out at the tent for about 30 minutes. Find out more about Safe Space.
See you out there!
Frozen Moovie, Twisted Moms, Encore:Life101, Legos, Survey....
Here are some happenings going on. Hope to see you out there!You can always find out interesting things through our facebook page feed on the website: www.southsidesupport.org.
Friday, June 20. Dusk. Gates open at 7PM
Free Family “Moovie Night”
sponsored by Chick-fil-A &
Southern Ground Amphitheater (Lafayette Avenue, Fayetteville)
Also making a special appearance is ELSA and KRISTOFF
Gates open at 7:00 p.m. Movie starts at sunset.
Southside Safe Space will be there to provide a free place to change diapers (for kids of any age) and a safe place to recover from a meltdown. (For the kids. We can't help if you can't stand to hear "Let It Go" for the millionth time.)
Tuesday, June 24 6PM
Margarita Moms get Twisted
Twisted Taco, Fayetteville
Parent Support Group. Mainly moms, but Dads, Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents, and other caregivers are invited to participate too. (Honestly, half the group doesn't even drink). Share stories, seek support, laugh.
Next two Saturdays
The Coweta Naviagtor Team & P2P of GA Presents A Free Training, "ENCORE:" Planning the Roadtrip of a Lifetime
Saturday, June 21, 2014 | 10:00am - 2:30pm
(Time Zone: US/Eastern)
Location: Cornerstone United Methodist Church
Category: Navigator Team Events
ENCORE is a series of interactive modules for high school students. The goal of this project is to think about your goals and dreams for life after high school. Sessions will cover topics that include thinking about your skills, talents, and passions.
Students will discuss options for the future such as going to college, getting a job, types of employment, living away from home and the tools you need to make these goals a reality.
Students will explore self-awareness, self-advocacy, self-confidence and other ways to gain greater decision-making and independence skills.
Activities will include filling out job applications, making a resume, spending money wisely and preparing for a job interview.
Lunch provided but pre-registration requested Hosted by Coweta Navigator Team Contact: Liz Bleich or Georgia Fruechtenicht Email:firstname.lastname@example.org;
Phone: 678-773-6965 (Liz) or 678-378-8974 (Georgia) Or Contact Parent to Parent at 1-800-229-2038
Saturday, June 21, 2014 and Saturday, June 28, 2014 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
Contact: Liz Bleich or Georgia Fruechtenicht
Phone: 678-773-6965 or 678-378-8
Cornerstone United Methodist Church
2956 Hwy (154) Thomas Crossroads
Newnan Georgia 30265 USA
Sunday, June 29, 2PM
Lego Universe Prezi featuring DAPHNE!
Peachtree City Library, Children's Section
A presentation featuring LEGO figures from the Minifigure Universe. LEGOS available to play with during presentation. Afterwards, there will likely be a discussion about how to implement the Brain Balance program at home by following the book, "Disconnected Kids". You can call or email for more information:
Contact: Raissa Chandler
Phone: (770) 713-6731
From Exceptional OPS:
The Fayette County Health Department and the Georgia Department of Health, District 4, is conducting a survey relating to Community Health (health problems, risky behaviors and quality of life). Our organization has been participating in this ongoing assessment. We are forwarding it to our members and friends for their participation.
To access the survey, please go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FayetteNeedsAssessment
If you believe access to health information and services for people with Developmental Disabilities is a problem in Fayette County and could use improvement, please note it in the “Other” portion in Part 1, Question #2
This is for Fayette County residents only. You can only take the online survey once. The last day to participate in the online survey is 23 June. Other surveys are being conducted for other counties in Georgia.
Thank you for your assistance and participation in this effort!
You'll want to start looking for childcare for the middle of this week - there are too many opportunities to find information that you won't want to miss. Pick one and GO!
Tuesday: TWO Choices
Alternatives to Guardianship and Conservatorship
Julie Matulia, Peachtree Planning Corporation
Scott Johnson, ExOPS Board Member
Our meeting will begin at 7:00pm . Refreshments will be available and children are welcome in the care of their parents. We’ll meet in our offices off of Highway 54 near Publix in Peachtree City. The address is 100 Governor’s Trace, Suite 106-107, Fayetteville, GA (yes the actual address is Fayetteville, though it seems like Peachtree City!) We’ll have signs out leading the way! For additional information call Janet Smola 770-631-1035.
6:30PM Peachtree City- Brain Balance (Near Wisdom Road off Hwy 74)
Monthly Parent information Session - Are you curious about the Brain Balance Program? Monthly program to go over what it's about. Yeah, it's basically a commercial, but this month they are giving you for FREE a copy of Disconnected Kid just for coming. If you need a copy, it's worth it to go and listen. If you've read it already, it's worth it to come and question how to do stuff in the book.
Register: (770) 631-3033.
Wednesday: TWO choices
9:30AM Griffin - GLRS/RESA Offices off Tilney Avenue
Metro South Regional Transition Council - full Council meeting - we are going over the results of the Transition Conference held in March. Want to know more about successful outcomes as a student transitions to adult services? This is the group of professionals you'll want to hang out with.
10:00AM Atlanta (downtown) - IFMAR Pre-conference. A free conference day about AUTISM. (You have to pay for parking). You MUST register.
By the way, we're working on Southside Support meet ups for dinner this Wednesday and lunch this Thursday, so keep checking thecalendar for more details.
See you out there!!
Are you not connected to us on the facebook group? We'll try to make sure to pull out the best of facebook and post it here.
Not on our Email list? That's OK. We'll post community announcements that we send via email here.