Welcome to the Monthly Connect!
March 2018
Main Street's e-newsletter brings project updates, events, community
resources and more to your inbox the first Friday of every month.
Thank you for being a part of the Main Street community!

YelenaMember Spotlight:
Meet Yelena
Yelena works at a restaurant, is active with Special Olympics basketball and recently moved into her own apartment. Click here to learn more about Yelena and the joys and challenges of living on her own

Main Street Events 

Thanks to those who joined us on February 9 for Main Street's Happy Hour, and special thanks to hosts Karen and Jim Huizinga. Pictures from this fun evening are available in the
Main Street Event Gallery.
Happy Hour
Mark your calendars for these upcoming Main Street events:
Autism Uncensored bookBook Signing for Main Street Members: Autism Uncensored by Whitney Ellenby
Sunday, April 15, 3 - 5 PM
Somerset House, 5630 Wisconsin Ave.
Building 3 Gathering Room
Chevy Chase, MD

Meet author Whitney Ellenby and learn about her new, unflinchingly honest book Autism UncensoredWhitney is a Montgomery County resident and the parent of a son with autism. Please RSVP here. Valet parking will be available.
Main Street Member
Picnic and Hike

Sunday, May 6, 12 - 2 PM
Cabin John Regional Park
Picnic Shelter J
Bethesda, MD

Pack a lunch and join us for some outdoor fun. Bottles of water and dessert will be provided. 
Main Street's Friendraising and Fundraising Luncheon
Wednesday, May 16, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Woodmont Country Club
1201 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 

Calling all Main Street members and friends! Mark your calendars and invite friends and colleagues to join us for Main Street's extraordinary luncheon on May 16. This will be a wonderful opportunity to spread the Main Street movement and help make Main Street a reality. More details to come! 
Visit the Main Street events web page for information about all of our events. 
Resource Spotlight:
New Transition and Post-Secondary Programs at Kennedy Krieger Institute 
KKI post-secondary programsKennedy Krieger Institute, a new professional member of Main Street, is committed to providing a continuum of services including serving adults of all abilities. Starting in the fall 2018, two new programs are coming to Kennedy Krieger that will serve transitioning youth and adults with disabilities - Project SEARCH at Kennedy Krieger Institute and CORE Foundations at Kennedy Krieger Montgomery County Campus:
  • Project SEARCH at Kennedy Krieger Institute is a 10-month, transition program for individuals age 18 to 24 that provides hands-on job training through integrated worksite rotations, career exploration, innovative adaptations and mentoring from experienced staff at the Kennedy Krieger Institute Hospital.

  • CORE (Community, Opportunity, Respect, Employment) Foundations provides individuals of all abilities opportunities and education to continue developing core skills that are the foundation for a successful adult life. CORE Foundations offers community integration, employment opportunities and social engagement programming.
Applications are now being accepted for both programs.

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For more information, click on the links above or contact Stacey Herman, Director of Post-Secondary Services, at
Local Book Club Open to New Members 
Book club meeting
©The Arc Montgomery County

The Arc Montgomery County’s Next Chapter Book Club is looking for a couple new members. Next Chapter Book Clubs aim to provide meaningful opportunities for lifelong learning, social connections and authentic community inclusion for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities through regular book club meetings. The Arc's book club meets on Sunday afternoons at the Barnes & Noble in Rockville and is facilitated by Mary Harrill and Main Street member Ginny Colten-Bradley. It is not necessary to be a strong reader to participate - the only requirement is an enjoyment of reading. Recent books read by the club include The Wizard of Oz, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Alice in Wonderland and Helen Keller’s autobiography. To learn more, contact Deborah Mark at 301-984-5777 ext. 1245 or DeborahM@arcmontmd.org.
Housing Innovation: LunaAzul 
Luna Azul cottage
As part of our mission to transform housing options available to people with disabilities, Main Street seeks to spread information about innovative initiatives across the country. One such initiative is LunaAzul, a planned neighborhood in Phoenix, AZ, located near transportation, employment and recreational opportunities. The development includes 2 and 3-bedroom cottages, available for purchase, that are designed to maximize connections among neighbors. Learn more here
Community Events 
Film reelReelAbilities Film Festival
March 10-18 at various locations in Northern Virginia 
The ReelAbilities Film Festival is dedicated to representing the lives, stories and creative expressions of people with different abilities. Click here to see details about the award-winning films, tickets and locations. 
Ivymount Special Needs Resource Fair
Sunday, March 11, 12 - 3 PM
The Ivymount School
11614 Seven Locks Rd, Rockville, MD
The Ivymount Special Needs Resource Fair will include over 50 organizations that provide a variety of services and resources to children and young adults with special needs and their families. 
Road to Independence Resource Fair
Sunday, March 18, 1 - 3:30 PM
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
Abraham S. & Minnie Kay Conference Center
6101 Executive Blvd., North Bethesda, MD
Learn about social, recreational, vocational, employment, housing and financial resources and opportunities from over 35 local organizations. The fair also includes workshops on Financial Planning and Dating & Relationships. Main Street will have a table so please stop by and say hello! Click here for details and to register for the workshops. 

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New Main Street Membership Options 
In addition individual and family memberships, Main Street now offers:
  • Young adult memberships (for those under 30)
  • Professional memberships. Many thanks to our new professional members who are listed here.
Details about the benefits of the different types of Main Street memberships are available on our website. Please help spread the Main Street movement by inviting others to join our membership! 

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