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Friday Fundraiser at Pizza Rev in Thousand Oaks

April 24, 2017
Come join us for some great pizza at PizzaRev in Thousand Oaks, CA, and to help us finish our playground…it’s a TGIF party!   Friday April 28 11am-10pm Pizza Rev 162 W. Hillcrest In the Oaks Mall next to Muvico Mention Rotary Dreamcatcher Playground or present this flyer.  
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Complete the SCDD Survey

July 10, 2015
Dear Self-Advocates, Family Advocates, Community Advocates, and those who support and serve people with developmental disabilities: SCDD wants your input! The California State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) wants to know what you think about the system of services and supports for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities throughout the state.   SCDD is currently in the process of developing the next Five Year State Plan, and would like your input!   Your input will shape the Council’s 2017 to 2022 State Plan.   Thank you for your valuable contribution. Please click here (http://www.scdd.ca.gov/) (English or Spanish), and take a few moments to fill out our brief 1 page electronic survey. Please share with your friends, parent groups, school groups, etc.    Thank you!   The direct link to the survey:  svy.mk/1HSnlwo

Special Olympics Comes to Los Angeles in Summer 2015

April 14, 2015
The 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games will happen July 25, 2015 – August 2, 2015 in  Los Angeles, California. Thousand Oaks is a host city for the Games. The 2015  Games will feature competitions in 25 sports, including aquatics, gymnastics, track and field, basketball, football (soccer) and golf. More than 7,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities from around the world will compete. The 2015 Games will be the 14th Special Olympics World Summer Games. LA 2015 will mark the first World Summer Games held in the U.S. in 16 years. The LA2015 website is at www.LA2015.org Volunteers are needed. Here’s how. The Los Angeles Games will also provide a venue for global discussions and action on the impact Special Olympics can have on the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. More than 200 million people worldwide have an intellectual disability, making it the largest disability group worldwide. Intellectual disability crosses racial, ethnic, educational, social and economic lines, and can occur in any family. Volunteers and supporters are also essential to make the World Games a success. To apply to be one of the 30,000 volunteers for the World Games please visit:www.LA2015.org/volunteer. To help raise funds to cover costs associated with the visiting athletes, please visit support.la2015.org. For more information about the World Games, please visit www.LA2015.org/ and on social with #ReachUpLA on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Information courtesy Special Olympics.
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Conejo Valley Days Calls for Special Kids Day Volunteers

April 10, 2015
Conejo Valley Days has put out a call for volunteers to help with its Special Kids Day on Friday, May 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Kids with special needs will be able to enjoy the fun and excitement of the 59th annual Conejo Valley Days (CVD) before the festival opens later that day to the public. Volunteers are needed to give one-on-one attention to each child as well greet kids as they enter CVD and to serve food. Sponsored by Zonta Club of the Conejo Valley for over 35 years, Special Kids Day brings more than 200 kids to the CVD site (23 Freeway at Janss Rd. exit). Kids go on rides, play games and enjoy a hamburger lunch provided by the Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge. Students are preapproved to attend by the Conejo Valley Unified School District. The event is not open to the public. Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older, and will help with kids ranging in age from preschoolers through fifth graders. To volunteer or to donate, go to www.zontacv.org or contact Mary Lou Miller at 805-492-5779 or email skd@zontacv.org. For more information about Conejo Valley Days, go to www.conejovalleydays.us.

Spreading the Word About Rotary DreamCatcher Playground

April 10, 2015
Dan Roundtree visited the “old’ Therapeutic Center Playground and talked with Cecilia Laufenberg about our expansion plans for the new Rotary DreamCatcher Playground and Learning Center for Special Needs and all families. We are grateful to Dan for his contribution to the project.

Montecito Bank Honors Rotary Dreamcatcher Playground

April 1, 2015
Montecito Bank & Trust honored Rotary Dreamcatcher Playground as part of its 40th Anniversary celebration. A check for $4,000 was presented by Board Chairman Michael Towbes who considers “community dividends” an important aspect of being a caring business. Joining the presentation were President & CEO Janet A. Garufis, Joe Fick, Consumer Loan Officer, who led the nominating team, Brenda Coleman, Conejo Recreation and Parks, Chairman Towbes and Ron Block, The Rotary DreamCatcher Playground.
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Legendary CEO Supports Rotary DreamCatcher Playground

February 4, 2015
Thomas Tull, CEO of Legendary Pictures, and Alba, his wife, have contributed generously to the Rotary DreamCatcher Playground project at Old Meadows Park in Thousand Oaks. The Tulls’ support competes the funding required for Phase 1 of the renovation plans.  Construction will begin soon, and is scheduled to be completed prior to the 2015 Special Olympics in July. Read more about the Tulls and their work in The Acorn.  

First Funding Level is Reached for Rotary DreamCatcher Playground!

January 27, 2015
To date, we’re reached $200,000.00. THANK YOU to our generous supporters! We are starting on Phase 1 of the playground renovation, with the intent of completing it by the time the 2015 Special Olympics rolls into town (Summer 2015). Thousand Oaks is participating as a host city for this year’s games. Stay up to date both here and on our Facebook page.

Free Workshop: Housing Options for Adults With Special Needs

January 8, 2015
A Free workshop and vendor fair presented by Reid’s Gift, The Transitions Support Group, and CRPD Therapeutic Recreation Housing Options for Adults with Special Needs Jan 30th – 6:00-9:00pm Goebel Adult Community Center Featuring: Christopher Rosien, parent Sharon Francis, Partners in Housing Dan Hardy, Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura Marc Belfortti, Tri-Counties Community Housing Corporation RSVP People with special needs, parents, family members, professionals, and other supporters are invited to learn about housing options for adults with special needs on January 30th. Speakers include representatives from a local housing authority, housing-based non-profits, and parents creating their own solutions. This event is free and open to the public at Goebel Adult Community Center in Thousand Oaks. RSVP required to info@reidsgift.org. Doors open at 6pm with a local vendor fair. Are you a service provider, housing-related or otherwise? Sign up for the vendor fair for just $10 per table and get unique access to dozens of families.

Autism On the Rise

November 13, 2014
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), incidences of autism are on the rise. Read more on the CDC blog here. Autism data on the CDC website.
Special Needs

High-Achieving High School Runner Has Autism

September 6, 2014
Meet Mike Brannigan, a runner with autism, who’s succeeding at his dream. Full article here: http://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/how-running-changed-life-boy-autism-n194051

CBCFCU Gives to Support Rotary DreamCatcher Playground

August 4, 2014
Patrick Miller (right), president of CBC Federal Credit Union, presents a $10,000 donation toward the Rotary DreamCatcher Playground at Old Meadows Park to Ron Block of the Rotary Club of Newbury Park. The playground will serve the special needs community in Eastern Ventura County and is integrated with the Therapeutic Recreation Center organized by Cecelia Laufenberg for Conejo Parks and Recreation. 
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