2nd Annual Fundraiser for Austen's Autistic Adventures featuring Stone Cold Sweat
Oct
19
7:00 PM19:00

2nd Annual Fundraiser for Austen's Autistic Adventures featuring Stone Cold Sweat

Come out to Allen's Cafe Del Rio  Friday, Oct 19, from 7-9pm. Rock out with Stone Cold Sweat, enjoy free light appetizers, and do some early Christmas shopping at an enormous silent auction. This benefit is being held to support Texas's ONLY social skills improvement group for adults with autism, Austen's Autistic Adventures. All proceeds support this nonprofit program. 

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Sweet Tooth Hotel and Picnic at Klyde Warren Park
Jun
7
9:45 AM09:45

Sweet Tooth Hotel and Picnic at Klyde Warren Park

  • Sweeth Tooth Hotel and Picnic at Kylde Warren (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

WHY am I posting an event that takes place in June in February? Because this is SO. DANG. COOL and I want to make *sure* AAA gets to go! Please buy your tickets asap. I will purchase them from the venue as soon as you do and will close the event when we reach 12 (not including volunteers/parents). 

Here's what's in store (literally)

"Imagine a world where sweets are larger than life. With fantastical desserts and surprises behind every door, Sweet Tooth Hotel brings together work by some of Dallas’s most innovative artists and a curated selection of products and sweets to purchase in The Gift Shoppe. The Sweet Tooth Hotel is a 1,200 sq. ft. experiential art and retail pop up in Dallas,

The faux hotel will include one room featuring a giant Ring Pop, another with colorful macarons. In all, Sweet Tooth Hotel will have five dessert-themed rooms...customers will traipse around the pop-up hotel in a choose-your-own-adventure manner.

Actors will serve as bell hops and concierges, seemingly convinced they're operating inside a present-day Willy Wonka hotel. 

Bring something to share for a picnic lunch at nearby Klyde Warren after our hour at Sweet Tooth is up. I will supply drinks, ice, plastic ware and plates. If you would prefer to eat at one of the food trucks, that's fine too just bring some extra money. 

 Cost: $30 or $50. Choose from either general admission ($30) or Keyholder ($50...Ticket includes 'entrance for an hour into Sweet Tooth Hotel plus a limited edition key chain and key which unlock experiences throughout).

To sign up for this event, RSVP on Facebook and purchase your tickets on Picatic. All payments must be received the before the day's adventure begins! 

 

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Raising Cane's Corporate Tour
Feb
28
12:30 PM12:30

Raising Cane's Corporate Tour

Thanks to Jeanmarie DellIsola Beno for helping to set up this corporate tour/lunch for our group! Participants take a tour, participate in a discussion about working at Cane’s and then we feast! Come join us!

These types of events are very important for our group; they help fulfill one of my goals in getting our "kids' out there, where businesses actually get to know them and vice versa. Many job placement agencies drop them into places were the "fit" may be untenable. I strongly encourage parents to attend, as you are the best judge of what may be a possibility for your son or daughter.

Cost: $20

To sign up for this event, RSVP on Facebook and purchase your tickets on Picatic. All payments must be received the before the day's adventure begins!  

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Paradise in Palmer: Art Session #3 with Julia Schloss
Feb
27
12:30 PM12:30

Paradise in Palmer: Art Session #3 with Julia Schloss

My friend Julia has generously offered to have our group out to her lovely ranch and art studio to give us real art lessons and help YOU create lovely pieces our guests will truly want to purchase at our Spring Fundraiser/Art Auction on March 24! 

Paradise in Palmer, TX. 30 minutes south of downtown Dallas on I-45.  I am HAPPY to have as many people who need rides meet at my home; we can accommodate at least 11.

The art session will take places on Julia's property: 30 acres of blackland prairie owned and honored by Julia Schloss and her husband, the musician David Schloss. Their home and studios are made from recycled materials salvaged from beautiful vintage and antique Fort Worth homes. They are happy to share the wonder and natural beauty of their home and the creativity of the art studio with our group. (And I bet Julia will let us pet some of her animals too!) 

Cost: $20 *Please note: Time includes travel. 30 mins to/from. Session is 1-3. 

To sign up for this event, RSVP on Facebook and purchase your tickets on Picatic. All payments must be received the before the day's adventure begins! 
 

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Totems with Tom (Part 2 of 2)
Feb
24
2:00 PM14:00

Totems with Tom (Part 2 of 2)

As we prepare for our BIG art auction Spring Fundraiser, the one-and-only Tom Sale returns to work with us, teaching our group something brand new. Veterans of AAA may remember the terrific papier mache art or the shadow puppets Tom taught last year. This time, he's thought of something brand new: totem sculptures! 

First, I will tell you a little bit about Native American iconography. I have a background in Native history (I bet you didn't know that!) Then you can decide (or the group will help you decide) what should go on your own mini-totem pole. 

This project will take two days to complete. We hope you can attend both Fri and Sat sessions. Please pay for the Part 1 or 2 events, even if you can only make it on Fri or Sat, but we really hope you will attend both sessions!

For the show, we will feature a picture of you and what your totem means that will sit beside your art. 

Cost: $20 (covers both days) PAY ON FRIDAY TICKETING ONLY

To sign up for this event, RSVP on Facebook and purchase your tickets on Picatic. All payments must be received the before the day's adventure begins!  

 

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Totems with Tom (Part 1 of 2)
Feb
23
2:00 PM14:00

Totems with Tom (Part 1 of 2)

As we prepare for our BIG art auction Spring Fundraiser, the one-and-only Tom Sale returns to work with us, teaching our group something brand new. Veterans of AAA may remember the terrific papier mache art or the shadow puppets Tom taught last year. This time, he's thought of something brand new: totem sculptures! 

First, I will tell you a little bit about Native American iconography' I have a background in Native history (I bet you didn't know that!) Then you can decide (or the group will help you decide) what should go on your own mini-totem pole. 

This project will take two days to complete. We hope you can attend both Fri and Sat sessions. 

For the show, we will feature a picture of you and what your totem means that will sit beside your art. 

Cost: $20 (covers both days) 

To sign up for this event, RSVP on Facebook and purchase your tickets on Picatic. All payments must be received the before the day's adventure begins!

 

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Thrift Store Scavenger Hunt/Emporium Pies
Feb
22
1:30 PM13:30

Thrift Store Scavenger Hunt/Emporium Pies

This activity was proposed by a member! Everyone will be given a list of items, and a time limit, to find at Miss Henny Penny's Groovy Coop. Winner will get to select one item of $10 or less to treasure forever! (Of course, you are free to purchase any items with which you cannot part with your own $)

Following our thrift-o-rama, we will go next door to Emporium Pies for a tasty treat! 

Cost: $20 

To sign up for this event, RSVP on Facebook and purchase your tickets on Picatic. All payments must be received the before the day's adventure begins!  

 

 

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Free Play Arcade
Feb
21
3:00 PM15:00

Free Play Arcade

Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man! Caterpillar! Galaga! Pinball! Over 80 "retro" arcade games set to "free play", meaning no coins or card needed. It's a great way to get better at your favorite games. Come with us and see if you can set the new high score!   

Soft drink included in fee. If you would like for your Adventurer to have a snack, please send extra money. Free Play has typical pub fare... burgers, pizza, etc.

Cost: $20 

To sign up for this event, RSVP on Facebook and purchase your tickets on Picatic. All payments must be received the before the day's adventure begins!  

 

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Get Dirty, Fight Hunger
Feb
20
6:30 PM18:30

Get Dirty, Fight Hunger

Austen's Autistic Adventures will be making bowls alongside other community members during the "Empty Bowls McKinney 2018 event". Come get dirty and work with local artists to hand build bowls; you can choose from multiple techniques. Your creations will become donations for the hunger-fighting event. No experience is necessary! And, you may make up to 3 bowls as time allows.

Cost: $20

To sign up for this event, RSVP on Facebook and purchase your tickets on Picatic. All payments must be received the before the day's adventure begins! 

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Fuzzy Posters and Frappuccinos
Feb
19
1:30 PM13:30

Fuzzy Posters and Frappuccinos

  • Half Price Books Flagship Store (NW Hwy) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Let's take a day to breathe and just kinda chill out...I found some fabulous giant fuzzy posters and bought them all :)... Tropical fish, 70s themes, colorful macaws. We will spread out on the big tables at Half Price Books and also enjoy treats from Black Forest Cafe. 

I will supply all the markers but if you have some you personally favor, feel free to bring them along! (You might want to label them in case they get mixed up.) 

Cost: $20

To sign up for this event, RSVP on Facebook and purchase your tickets on Picatic. All payments must be received the before the day's adventure begins!  
 

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Ripley's Believe It or Not Odditorium and Maze
Feb
16
1:00 PM13:00

Ripley's Believe It or Not Odditorium and Maze

Let's do something definitely out-of-the-ordinary and completely wacky! I personally have never been here, but this sounds really neat! (And I love the Museum of the Weird in Austin!) 

While there are lots of different "packages" you can purchase for Ripley's, this one seems the most fun to me (maybe we will try out some others on another trip!):

RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT! ODDITORIUM- features the largest collection of the odd and unusual from all corners of the world.

  • RIPLEY’S ENCHANTED MIRROR MAZE- Can you find your way out? With over 100 mirrors with LED lighting and digital sound, it’s a different experience every time! Compete for the fastest time through the maze.

    Cost: $35 *Please bring extra money if you'd like to purchase drinks, snacks, or souvenirs.**NOTE: Time includes 30 min travel to and 30 min travel from.  Transportation help can be arranged with prior notice. 

To sign up for this event, RSVP on Facebook and purchase your tickets on Picatic. All payments must be received the before the day's adventure begins!  

 

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Bingo and Pizza
Feb
15
2:00 PM14:00

Bingo and Pizza

We don't have too many "recurring" events, but this is one!  We will play for an hour or so, then have pizza, and then revv it up for another 45 mins or so of gaming. Prizes for winners! Get ready to play! :)

Cost: $25

To sign up for this event, RSVP on Facebook and purchase your tickets on Picatic. All payments must be received the before the day's adventure begins! 

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Valentine's Delivery/Ben and Jerry's Treat
Feb
14
1:30 PM13:30

Valentine's Delivery/Ben and Jerry's Treat

Today we will deliver the handmade Valentine's and baskets we created last week and deliver them to The Hillcrest of North Dallas Nursing home. Afterwards, we will head over to the nearby Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream (1501 Preston Rd Suite 400, Plano, TX 75093 for a tasty treat! 

Cost: $20 

To sign up for this event, RSVP on Facebook and purchase your tickets on Picatic. All payments must be received the before the day's adventure begins!  

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Artists' Studio: Still Life or Animal Session
Feb
13
2:00 PM14:00

Artists' Studio: Still Life or Animal Session

This will be our second session in preparation for our  be Spring Fundraiser (March 24). YOU all are going to create art for auction! Kara will be working with us on three themes:  Landscapes, Still Life or Animals, and Abstracts. You will select two of your three portraits to auction, or submit all three! We want to show the world the skills you all possess. 

Cost: $30 

To sign up for this event, RSVP on Facebook and purchase your tickets on Picatic. All payments must be received the before the day's adventure begins! 

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Valentine's Party
Feb
11
6:30 PM18:30

Valentine's Party

Join your friends and lots of other folks in the community as we celebrate Valentine's Day at Winfrey Point on White Rock Lake. Sponsored by Austen's church, Highland Country Fellowship, this lovely evening will feature Mike Drake's Sixteen Piece Big Band and of course, dancing! Appetizers and beverages are included as well. Parents, caregivers, friends welcome and BYOB if desired. Everyone must have a ticket. 

Get your dancing shoes on! 

*NOTE: I've been told that you should use Google Maps as iPhone directions are incorrect. 

Cost:  $25

To sign up for this event, RSVP on Facebook and purchase your tickets on Picatic. All payments must be received the before the day's adventure begins!  

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Harry Potter: A Day of Magic Managed
Feb
10
1:30 PM13:30

Harry Potter: A Day of Magic Managed

Dress up like your favorite Harry Potter character (or not... not mandatory) and come with us for a very special "Day of Magic Managed." The magic happens at Southfork Ranch where we will gather to celebrate the magical world we all know and love! Is your scar tingling? Come walk through to seek your magical wand, down some Butterscotch beer and enjoy meeting our very much alive owls There will be a costume contest at 2:00, followed by a Divinations class, a potions class, and we will close by participating in a trivia contest! 

Cost: $25 *Please bring extra money if you would like to buy treats or souvenirs

To sign up for this event, RSVP on Facebook and purchase your tickets on Picatic. All payments must be received the before the day's adventure begins!  

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Board Games and Snacks
Feb
9
1:00 PM13:00

Board Games and Snacks

We had a really good time with good old fashioned board games last month, so let's do it again! We barely got going with Scrabble last time, so we will make sure to set up that one sooner. I will also bring a variety of other games, but feel free to bring your own favorites and teach us how to play!  I will also be providing drinks and Valentine-themed snack (and popcorn!) too. 

Cost; $20 

To sign up for this event, RSVP on Facebook and purchase your tickets on Picatic. All payments must be received the before the day's adventure begins!  

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Valentine's Cards and Baskets for Nursing Home
Feb
8
2:00 PM14:00

Valentine's Cards and Baskets for Nursing Home

  • Half Price Books Flagship Store NW Hwy (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

One of the primary reasons I founded Austen's Autistic Adventures is to combat loneliness. Today, our members will think about others who often suffer from a lack of friends and contact with the world. Today, we will gather at Half Price Books on NW Highway to make cards for the residents and small gift baskets too; in addition, each AAA participant will select a large print puzzle book or novel to include in the basket from the wide selection of titles in the store. Then, we will deliver them to the home, where my father-in-law resides in Plano, Hillcrest of North Dallas, on Valentine's Day. 

All supplies provided to make cards and fee for book is included in the event price, as well as some other small gift items, but feel free to bring donations you might want to personally include as well. Welcomed items include small nicely-scented hand lotions, warm socks, soap, shampoo, chapstick and hair brushes, tissues, and personal hygiene products. 

Cost:  $25 

To sign up for this event, RSVP on Facebook and purchase your tickets on Picatic. All payments must be received the before the day's adventure begins!  

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Indoor Lazy River, Slides, and Swimming
Feb
6
3:00 PM15:00

Indoor Lazy River, Slides, and Swimming

In just a few months, we will be enjoying splash days under the hot Texas sun. But until then, we can squeeze in a couple more swimming sessions at the fabulous Carpenter Park Rec Center Pool. Come loll in the lazy river, scream down the slides, and do the backstroke in the wide pool. 

Please bring your own towel (and googles or other pool toys, if desired). Drinks provided. 

Cost: $20 

To sign up for this event, RSVP on Facebook and purchase your tickets on Picatic All payments must be received the before the day's adventure begins! 

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Island Spot Dinner and Afrobeats Dance Class
Feb
5
5:45 PM17:45

Island Spot Dinner and Afrobeats Dance Class

At Austen's Autistic Adventures, we are always seeking new things to try and to do. Tonight we will accomplish both! First, we will sample authentic Jamaican cuisine at The Island Spot including jerk-chicken dishes & tropical drinks (for the parents!) Then we will head over to the nearby Clique  Studio and travel to Africa through music and Dance . This low impact,  high energy dance fitness class will be good for us all! :) 

Cost:  $25

To sign up for this event, RSVP on Facebook and purchase your tickets on Picatic. All payments must be received the before the day's adventure begins!  

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 Dallas Zoo
Feb
2
1:30 PM13:30

Dallas Zoo

Come check out the new hippo exhibit with us and all the amazing animals (including penguins and otters, MY favorites!). Weather forecast promises a mild 67 degrees, so wear a long sleeved shirt or light jacket. Ticket includes a drink but please bring extra cash if you'd like to purchase snacks or a souvenir. 

Cost: $20 

To sign up for this event, RSVP on Facebook and purchase your tickets on Picatic. All payments must be received the before the day's adventure begins!  

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Into the Woods: Plano West Theater
Feb
1
7:00 PM19:00

Into the Woods: Plano West Theater

PWSH Theatre Dept presents the musical INTO the WOODS on stage. Plot: "As the result of the curse of a once-beautiful witch, a baker, and his wife are childless. Three days before the rise of a blue moon, they venture into the forest to find the ingredients that will reverse the spell and restore the witch's beauty: a milk-white cow, hair as yellow as corn, a blood-red cape, and a slipper of gold. During their journey, they meet Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Jack, each one on a quest to fulfill a wish.

Cost: $25

To sign up for this event, RSVP on Facebook and purchase your tickets on Picatic. All payments must be received the before the day's adventure begins!  

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Kindness Rocks Project
Jan
31
1:30 PM13:30

Kindness Rocks Project

I think we can all agree that the world needs more reminders to be kind. AAA created kindness rocks once before and truly enjoyed it. I personally learned a lot about materials and best practices to create better specimens for this time around! 

If you are unfamiliar with the "Kindness Rocks Project", please check it out

Location for this event will be announced at a later date(composing this on 12/30/17. Hoping an AAA parent or friend will offer their home  (hint hint...my place is way too small).

ALL materials will be provided. Please wear old clothes that you don't mind getting messy. After our rocks dry, we will travel to a park to leave them for lucky finders!

Cost: $20

To sign up for this event, RSVP on Facebook and purchase your tickets on Picatic. All payments must be received the before the day's adventure begins! 

 

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Movie and Taco Tuesday at Studio Movie Grill
Jan
30
12:15 PM12:15

Movie and Taco Tuesday at Studio Movie Grill

  • Studio Movie Grill - Park Blvd Plano (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS


Join us for a movie and Taco Tuesday, this time at Studio Movie Grill, Spring Valley/75. (If tacos aren't your thing, you may choose popcorn. Two tacos and drink included in admission OR popcorn and a drink)

Cost:  $20 

To sign up for this event, RSVP on Facebook and purchase your tickets on Picatic. All payments must be received the before the day's adventure begins!  

 

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Amazing Jake's Plano
Jan
26
2:00 PM14:00

Amazing Jake's Plano

  • Amzing Jake's Plano (Collin Creek Mall) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Amazing Jake's Food & Fun sprawls across more than 95,000 square feet, and nearly every inch of this space offers some type of fun-filled diversion, from mini-golf, to go-cart racing, rock climbing, laser tag, and arcade games. Ticket includes the buffet, which serves up all-you-can-eat pizza, pasta, salad and deserts,

Cost: $25 

To sign up for this event, RSVP on Facebook and purchase your tickets on Picatic. All payments must be received the before the day's adventure begins! 

 

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Makerspace Open House Tour
Jan
25
7:00 PM19:00

Makerspace Open House Tour

I have been wanting the group to explore this unique facility for some time. Tonight we will take a tour during their open house and learn and all the cool things the facility offers: 3D printing, wood lathes, robot building, even writing, acting, and philosophy groups. Then we will put our heads together and see what interests AAA members the most for future outings. 

Here are some insights about Dallas Makerspace from their website: 

Dallas Makerspace is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, shared community workshop and laboratory. We are an organized group of local artists, engineers, makers, and thinkers who work together to provide tools and learning resources to the public.

What We Do

We use these resources to collaborate on individual and community projects in order to promote science, technology and art; while working and experimenting on innovative ideas to encourage learning within our community.

Why We Do It

At Dallas Makerspace we believe that collaboration is a truly effective form of learning. To that end, our members and volunteers teach classes, hold unique educational events and collaborate on cool projects.

Cost: $20. Drinks and snacks provided. 

To sign up for this event, RSVP on Facebook and purchase your tickets on Picatic. All payments must be received the before the day's adventure begins! 

 

 

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The Amazing Acro-cats
Jan
24
7:00 PM19:00

The Amazing Acro-cats

My family  has been to this TRULY AMAZING SHOW and let me tell you, it is NOT to be missed! 

Here's what's in store: "The Amazing Acro-cats Featuring Tuna and the Rock Cats are a troupe of REAL performing house cats. The Acro-cats experience all started with Chief Executive Human (CEH for short) and animal trainerSamantha Martin. She has not only rescued her own pets, but also has found happy homes for 205 homeless cats and kittens. Using the magic of clicker training(a stress-free positive reinforcement method)Samantha and the cats take their newfound amazing abilities on the road, and tour the nations stages in the infamous Acro-cat bus! A portion of the proceeds always benefits our mobile foster and rescue efforts. They have cats riding skateboards, jumping through hoops, and Alley, our rising star, has even leapt into the Guinness Book of World Records, holding the record for the longest cat jump!

The finale is the ONLY ALL-CAT BAND IN THE ENTIRE WORLD -Tuna and the Rock Cats! The current band lineup features Annie on guitar, Asti on drums, Nue on keyboard, and NOW some brand new members: Ahi and Albacore on cowbell and woodblocks, Buggles on trumpet, and Oz on Saxophone. There is even a chicken - Cluck Norris - rockin the tambourine! I can die happy now! an audience member has claimed after seeing the band."

Cost: $35. ****PLEASE NOTE: As I must purchase tix in advance, you must pay to attend NO LATER THAN Wed, 1/17. Thanks for understanding on this one and unfortunately, no refunds*** Pleasepurchase tickets on Picatic.

 

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Breadwinners Cafe and Art Hidden Picture Search at Dutch Art Gallery
Jan
23
12:30 PM12:30

Breadwinners Cafe and Art Hidden Picture Search at Dutch Art Gallery

Join us for a tasty lunch at Breadwinners, followed by a trip to Dutch Art Gallery to participate in their event titled "Do You See What I See?" as we "search for hidden elements in each work of art. (Don't worry! All answers will be revealed!)"

Cost: $20 

To sign up for this event, RSVP on Facebook and purchase your tickets on Picatic. All payments must be received the before the day's adventure begins! 

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Texas Prime Gymnastics Meet
Jan
19
3:15 PM15:15

Texas Prime Gymnastics Meet

Austen LOVES gymnastics and hopes you will join us as we watch part of the competition! We will be viewing Session B, Level 9, from 3:15-5:15.

"Young gymnasts from across the country will compete in a wide range of skills including vault, floor, balance beam and uneven bars. A highlight of the weekend meet is Saturday's Legendz Classic, an all-star competition with World or Olympic medalists acting as team captains. Past Legendz captains include Mary Lou Retton, Shawn Johnson, Kerri Strugg and others. There will also be special performances by 2017 Sr. National All-Around Champion Ragan Smith, So You Think You Can Dance finalist Jaja Vankova and 2017 Jr. All-Around Silver Medalist Emma Malabuyo." 

Cost: $20 

To sign up for this event, RSVP on Facebook and purchase your tickets on Picatic. All payments must be received the before the day's adventure begins! 

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Artists' Studio: Landscape Session
Jan
18
1:30 PM13:30

Artists' Studio: Landscape Session

This will be our third trip to Kara's studio, and we will be returning two more times prior to our Spring Fundraiser. YOU all are going to create art for auction! Kara will be working with us on three themes:  Landscapes, Still Life or Animals, and Abstracts. You will select two of your three portraits to auction, or submit all three! We want to show the world the skills you all possess. 

Cost: $30 

To sign up for this event, RSVP on Facebook and purchase your tickets on Picatic. All payments must be received the before the day's adventure begins! 

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