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Uniting the Community Events

2018SummerCatalogCvrIn 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 and other happenings. Some events require advance registration. We look forward to seeing you out and about in our great community!

Como Zoo Autism Sensory Friendly Early Entry

giraffe2webOct. 14; Nov. 11; Dec. 9
9-10 a.m.

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
1225 Estabrook Dr.
St. Paul, MN 55103

Join us for an inclusive experience at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory. Spend time exploring exhibits, stations, and activities designed for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. Click here for maps including quiet spaces, visual social stories, and other materials to help prepare for your Autism Friendly Early Entry at Como Zoo. Cost: FREE.

Galaxie Library Sensory-Friendly Early Open

GalaxyLibraryOct. 14; Nov. 4; Dec. 9, 2018
11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Galaxy Library
14955 Galaxie Ave.
Apple Valley, MN 55124

Visit Galaxie Library for an inclusive and accessible library experience that welcomes people of all ages and abilities, including those who are on the autism spectrum or those with various sensory needs. Participate in art activities, complete a scavenger hunt, make a button, watch a 3-D printing demo, try Sensory Storytime and more. For more information, click here and search "Early Open". These events are presented in partnership with AuSM and Fraser and are sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Human Services Disability Services Innovation Grant. Advance registration is not required.

Introduction to CARE with the SPPD

CARElogoWEBOct. 17, 2018
6-8:30 p.m.

Saint Paul Police Department
Western District Office
389 North Hamline Ave
St. Paul, MN 55104

The Saint Paul Police Department invites individuals with autism and their caregivers to attend an introductory class about the Cops Autism Response Education (C.A.R.E.) program. The 2 1/2 hour long class will feature the following: understanding of police response to those on the autism spectrum; follow up and contact with those on the autism spectrum; question and answer session with police officers. Cost: FREE, but registration is required. Click here to register for this event. For further information, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Dawn Brasch at the Autism Society of Minnesota, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Mia Third Thursday Puzzle Party

MiaPuzzle2018Oct. 18, 2018
6-9 p.m.

Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 S. 3rd Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55404

What if the museum could be transformed into a giant puzzle room? Join us at this FREE event to solve the mystery! Enjoy an evening of riddles, games, drinks, trivia, and music from DJ Hey There Handsome. Play “Riddle Mia This,” the product of Mia’s latest 3M Art & Technology Award supported by Accenture, and experience the galleries as an escape room through an interactive app. Meet the makers and join the game. Connect with AuSM and learn more about their 2019 Jigsaw Puzzle Competition. Check out Glitch's Pop-Up Arcade featuring a fresh collection of mind-bending puzzle games. Try your hand at speed-puzzling with an international competitive jigsaw puzzle champion, design your own art-inspired puzzle, experience a pop-up Riddle Room at Mia, and test your brain power with a special museum edition of Trivia Mafia. Cost: FREE. Click here for more information.