COMMUNITY CHOICES

monthly newsletter  //  april 2016

SPOTLIGHT: OPEN CHAMPAIGN

On Saturday March 12, we officially kicked off the Open Champaign series of mini-events with the Sidewalk Living Room. With our partners from the Up Center, we set up a living room in front of Cafe Kopi, creating a space where people could simply walk up and spend a few minutes of their time connecting with each other through conversation, games, and so on. The planning team consisted of CC members and UP Center members, with everyone involved contributing ideas and collaborating to make this happen! Throughout the afternoon, we had a great time getting to know folks who came by. It was relaxed and exciting as everyone shared personal stories, sometimes serious and sometimes full of laughter. See the photos below and look out for more Open Champaign events to come!

THIS MONTH
SOCIAL EVENTS
Thursday, 4/7/16 6:00pm-8:00pm - First Thursday Dinner at Nitaya Thai
Thursday, 4/14/16 7:00pm-8:30pm - Speak Out & Family Meeting at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church 
Wednesday, 4/20/16 11:30am-1:00pm - Lunch Club at Za’s On Neil St.
Sunday, 4/24/16 12:45pm-3pm - Fighting Illini Baseball vs.Ohio State

For more details, please click here to download the full April Social Calendar. 
**RSVPs are required for social events. To RSVP, contact Hannah Sheets, Membership Coordinator, at hannah.communitychoices@gmail.com, or 271-621-1090.
SPEAK OUT / FAMILY MEETING
Thursday, April 14th at 7:00 at St. Matthews Lutheran Church
Families who are interested in exploring housing options for their family member should make a special effort to attend our monthly family meeting . This month, Speak Out will feature a guest speaker, Marissa Siebel, who has her own business called Intelliwheels. http://www.intelliwheels.net/
PSW NETWORKING EVENT
Tuesday, April 25th, 5:00pm -7:00pm at El Toro II on Neil Street
Community Choices is organizing a networking event for Personal Support Workers (PSWs) and anyone interested in working with people with disabilities. The event will feature support strategies, opportunities to connect with other PSWs, and a free life skills class curriculum.

Interested? Contact Annie Bruno at annie.communitychoices@gmail.com.
UPCOMING FUNDRAISING EVENTS
MOTHER & DAUGHTER TEA
Sunday, May 1st from 11:30-1:30 at the Champaign Country Club.
Women of all ages are invited to gather for a special tea party to benefit Community Choices of Champaign County. Tea, sandwiches, and an assortment of delicious desserts will be served. Age appropriate gift bags will be provided, and a fashion show by Fira Boutique will highlight this event. 

Tell your friends they can register at our website:
http://www.communitychoicesinc.org/fundraising-events.html
ART SHOW
Join us for our 3rd Annual Art Show & Sale on Tuesday, May 3rd from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the Institute 4 Creativity! Come enjoy the art, sample hors d'oeuvres, and sip on wine. Tickets are $15 at the door. If you are interested in showing your art, please contact Jennifer Knapp at jen.advocacy@gmail.com.






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