The Friday Update is published on Friday mornings by Lon Mitchell, Public Information Manager of the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities. You may subscribe by sending your email address. You may also read the Friday Update on the Board website or on the mobile app.

  1.   Area IV Meet is May 4
  2.   Lucas County Probate Court offers free Guardianship Training and CLE hours
  3.   Goodwill clothing drive begins May 6
  4.   Special Olympics Golf Scramble is May 18
  5.   Health Alert: Online Safety
  6.   Advocate Nate Turner talks employment with Chamber of Commerce Committee
  7.   Bittersweet “Celebrates Possibilities” with Annual Spring Fundraiser
  8.   Save the date for the upcoming gala!
  9.   Aging Gracefully newsletter for May
  10.   The Ability Center to host Flower Sale and Youth Program Open House
  11.   Toledo March for Babies is Sunday
  12.   Upcoming events for the Developmental Disabilities community
  13.   Worth Repeating

 

1. Area IV Meet is May 4

More than 400 Special Olympic athletes from Lucas, Wood, Fulton, Defiance, Erie, Sandusky, Henry, Ottawa, Williams and Paulding Counties will compete in the annual Area IV competition on Saturday, May 4, at Sylvania Southview High School.  Admission is free.

Opening ceremonies will begin at 10:00 a.m.

Athletes will compete in divisions according to age, gender and ability. Track and field events range from races for wheelchair users to race-walking and running events, shot put, softball throw, and standing long jump. There will also be competition in volleyball, cycling and bocce.

This is a qualification meet for the State Summer Games in Columbus on June 28-30.


2.  Lucas County Probate Court offers free Guardianship Training and CLE hours 

Lucas County Probate Court Judge Jack R. Puffenberger is offering a free three hour “Alzheimer’s and Dementia” video course for guardians to meet their annual training requirements.  Also, this course has been approved by the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education for 3.00 total CLE hours instruction.

The training will be held May 8, 2019 at the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities, 1155 Larc Lane.  There are two duplicate sessions available to choose from, one from 8:00 A.M. to 12:15 P.M. and the other from 12:15 P.M. to 4:30 P.M.  Online registration is required.

Further details and registration are available on the court’s website or call 419-213-4775 for additional assistance.

Guardians in the State of Ohio must complete three hours of approved training annually.   Judge Puffenberger is pleased to offer this convenient training option to assist those serving in this capacity.


3.  Goodwill clothing drive begins May 6

Once again, Partners for Inclusion is holding a Goodwill clothing drive. Donations can be dropped off the week of May 6 at the Lucas County Board of DD Administration Building, 1154 Larc Lane, each day between the hours of 11:30 and 1:30.  The more clothing collected, the more vouchers from Goodwill will be available to persons served by the Board.


4.  Special Olympics Golf Scramble is May 18

The second annual Lucas County Special Olympics Golf Scramble will be Saturday, May 18, at South Toledo Golf Club.


5.  Health Alert: Online Safety

(from Pipeline) People with disabilities need to be mindful of how others might use the internet’s capabilities to harass them. Direct support professionals and families can use these tips to help keep people safe.


6.  Advocate Nate Turner talks employment with Chamber of Commerce Committee

Nate Turner discussed the advantages of hiring a worker with a disability before a committee of the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce. The presentation was developed by SALUTE, Self-Advocates Lucas and Toledo.


7.  Bittersweet “Celebrates Possibilities” with Annual Spring Fundraiser

Tickets for Bittersweet’s 5th annual spring fundraiser, Celebrating Possibilities, presented by Dana Charitable Foundation and Morgan Stanley, are now available for purchase. This  event, celebrating the abilities and achievements of individuals with autism, will be held on Thursday, May 23, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Bittersweet Farms (12660 Archbold-Whitehouse Road, Whitehouse, OH 43571).

The rain or shine celebration will take place under the pavilion on Bittersweet’s 80-acre farm, and will include the best in local food, drinks, and music. This year, Bittersweet is proud to feature local fare catered by Te’kela Mexican Cocina and Catina, desserts by the Bittersweet culinary team, and live music by local musicians, including Nick Neenan, Chloe Wagenhauser, and Whiskey Business. Art pieces, culinary delights, and farm-fresh Bittersweet produce will be available for sale and offered in a silent auction.

Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online at this link


8.    Save the date for the upcoming gala!

A recent sports magazine article painted Toledo in the early 20th century as the boom town! Where water met rails. It was a time of prize fighting, gambling and bootlegging. Nickelodeons and the Lindy Hop! It is against this backdrop the first gala to support upcoming levy campaigns will be set. Click here for the Save the Date card.


9.    Aging Gracefully Newsletter for May

You may read the Aging Gracefully newsletter for May at this link.


10.    The Ability Center to host Flower Sale and Youth Program Open House

The Ability Center will host its annual Petals for a Purpose flower sale on Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11 to benefit the Life Skills Program supporting youth with disabilities to learn independent living and employment skills. The classes for young adults with disabilities ages 13-26 are free of charge and hosted at The Ability Center.

Hanging baskets, patio pots, and flats can be purchased at the sale or through pre-order on The Ability Center’s website.


11.  Toledo March for Babies is Sunday

Toledo families, businesses, and volunteers who are dedicated to the fight for the health of all moms and babies will be taking part in this year’s March for Babies, the biggest annual fundraising event for the March of Dimes. This year the event will be Sunday, May 5, at the Huntington Center in downtown Toledo.  Participants arrive for registration and activities starting at 8:30 a.m.  For more information, visit //marchforbabies.org/event/Toledo.


12.   Upcoming events for the Developmental Disabilities community 

May 4 – Special Olympics Area IV Spring Games

May 4 – Assured Health 5K

May 4 – Triad Starry Night Prom

May 5 – Autism Society Adult Game Group

May 16 – People First

May 6-10 – Partners for Inclusion clothing drive

May 6 – Sensory-Friendly Music Experience

May 10 – Payment due for Triad Flower Sale

May 11 – NAMI Walks

May 11 – Hoop Dreams Basketball Clinic for Children with Special Needs

May 11 – Josina Lott Jog & Jaunt

May 15 – Summer Transportation Help

May 16 – Guys Group

May 16 – All About Money session 2 begins

May 17 – Spring Fling Dinner-Dance

May 18 – Ability Center Hockey Fundraiser

May 18 – Lucas County Special Olympics Golf Outing

July 9 – Autism Society National Conference


13.  Worth Repeating 

“Experience teaches only the teachable.”  –Aldous Huxley


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