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Uniting the Community Events

16 17FallCatalogCvrIn 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 listed in the 2016-2017 AuSM Education Catalog as well as other events that have been added since the catalog was printed. Some events require advance registration. We look forward to seeing you out and about in our great community!

Click here to view the Uniting the Community events calendar from the 2016-2017 AuSM catalog.

Sensory Friendly H.M.S. Pinafore

HMSPinaforeSaturday, July 22, 2017
11 a.m.

Irondale Fine Arts Theater
2425 Long Lake Rd.
New Brighton, MN 

Join us at Mounds View Community Theatre for Gilbert and Sullivan's lively, rollicking romantic musical comedy about love on the high seas. This sensory-friendly performance will feature adjusted light, sound, and a welcoming environment. This performance also is suitable for those with memory loss or other disabilities. Cost: Contact Mounds View Community Theatre at www.mvct.org or 651.638.2139 for more information and discounted tickets to this special performance.

Shrek the Musical

ShrekStagesJuly 22, 2017
10 a.m. - Sensory Friendly Performance

Stages Theatre Company
1111 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN 55343

Enjoy the fairy tale adventure of an ogre turned unlikely hero, a wise-cracking Donkey, a feisty princess, and dozens of fairy tale misfits who stir up the kind of muddled mayhem that calls for a real hero. Cost: $10; tickets must be purchased by calling the Stages Theatre Company box office, 952.979.1111. Limited income discounts available.

Autism Awareness Week at Valleyfair 2017

ValleyfairlogowebJuly 24-30, 2017

1 Valley Fair Dr.
Shakopee, MN 55379

Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, the parent company of Minnesota's Valleyfair, is teaming up with the Autism Society of America (ASA) to offer an Autism Awareness Week at Valleyfair from July 24-30, 2017. During this special week at the amusement park, Valleyfair will offer sensory friendly shows; a special handout with accommodations and information (available at Guest Services); “Kid Track” available to help plan your day at the park; First Aid can store medications (refrigerator if needed); designated quiet areas; list of locations for gluten free options; list of locations that have strobe lighting during performances; and more. Donation jars will be located throughout the park, and donations in the jars will be given directly to ASA (not AuSM). If you would like to donate directly AuSM and benefit local families, click here.

$2 for every ticket purchased for use during the 2017 season of Valleyfair through ASA's link will be donated to the Autism Society of Minnesota, your local ASA affiliate. Tickets may be used during the Autism Awareness Week or at any other time through October 2017. Cost: $36 per ticket; tickets are good through the end of October 2017. Click here to order your tickets. Scroll to the Valleyfair ticket link. Only tickets purchased through this link will include a $2 per ticket donation to AuSM.

A Musical Day at Mia FREE CLASS

MIASunburstwebJuly 27, 2017
11 a.m.-3 p.m.

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

Youth and young adults ages 11-20 with autism, intellectual, or other disabilities are invited to participate in this free day of fun at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia). The day will begin at 11 a.m. with a tour of Mia, including the Migrations and Now Where Were We? exhibits. Participants also will play music games with Toneworks Music Therapy and make their own art creation with a Mia instructor. Participants should bring their own bag lunches and an afternoon snack if desired. This class will include a 1:3 staff-to-participant ratio. This camp offered by AuSM and Toneworks is funded in part by a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. Click here to view the event flyer.