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Article Image Spring 2015 Newsletter
UCP of the North Bay is dedicated to enhancing the quality of
life of people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities,
their families, and their communities.
 
 
Human Race
May 9, 2015
RECYCLE >
       REUSE >
            REPURPOSE
 
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Get a jumpstart on your Spring Cleaning and support UCP of the North Bay!
 
Please call to arrange a pick-up: 1-800-423-9350. 
 
Your donation is tax deductible.
About Us
 
UCP of the North Bay believes that individuals with even the most challenging disabilities have the right to quality education and transition services; integrated employment with competitive wages and career opportunities; and accessible recreation programs. Our primary services are: Education, Transition Services, Social Enterprise Employment Programs, Supported Employment and Recreation Services, spanning Sonoma, Napa and Solano Counties.
UCPNB Videos
 
Golden Ticket Raffle
Tickets On Sale Now!
 
UCP of the North Bay is holding a Golden Ticket Raffle with the drawing on May 1, 2015.  Click on the Golden Ticket to view all the amazing prizes and buy your raffle ticket!
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All proceeds go to Therapeutic Recreation Programs for children and adults with disabilities in the North Bay. 
 
Donation: $20 per Ticket or $100 for 6 Tickets
1 Winner!  1 Prize!
Wine Cave Gala 2015 - Tickets Still Available!
May 16, 2015
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Join us at UCP of the North Bay's annual fundraiser on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at the beautiful Deerfield Ranch Winery.  Click here for more information.
 
All proceeds from the Wine Cave Gala support our Therapeutic Recreation Programs.
Steptember Registration Opens in May
September 2-29, 2015
 
Unlike many other charity challenges, Steptember is done in your own time.  Just take 10,000 steps a day whenever you like, whereever you like, and log your steps online.  And keeping track of those steps is just as easy with the fantastic new pedometer you'll get just for signing up.  Sounds easy, right?  Well, it's certainly rewarding, inspiring - and enormously appreciated!
 
Get ready to challenge yourself to take 10,000 steps a day for 28 in September.  Click the logo below for more information.
 
Summer Camps 2015
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UCP of the North Bay offers a variety of camp and adapted physical education activities in different locations for children and adults with disabilities.
 
Click here to view the NEW UCP of the North Bay Recreation Services Brochure for 2015.
 
You can also go to the UCP of the North Bay website calendar for all upcoming camp dates.
 
Cypress School "First": Friendship Program with Article Image
River Montessori School
 
 
In January 2015, Cypress Primary School and our co-occupant, River Montessori School, started an “Integrated Play Group” with a fourth grader and a sixth grader from Cypress and two sixth graders from River. Collaboratively, our "Friendship Program" describes the special bond that has developed between these students.
 
"Integrated Play Groups" was developed by Dr. Pamela Wolfberg, Ph.D, a professor of Special Education specializing in the area of Autism Spectrum Studies at San Francisco State University. Play groups are highly effective, teaching appropriate social skills to children with autism, and offering opportunities for children to engage in symbolic play such as pretending. Through the facilitation of an adult, a child with autism and his or her typically developing peers are able to play together using mutual interest as the motivation.
 
From January through the present, our Cypress students have played with their River friends once a week in a variety of activities. For example, they have enjoyed table top turn-taking games, arts and crafts, and playing catch. Cypress students in our play groups have shown amazing social and communication improvements. The River students have exhibited improved self-esteem, greater awareness, empathy and acceptance of individual differences.  Mutual friendships have supported greater independence, as well as interactive skills.  Most importantly, the students have fun together.
 
The Directors and Teachers of Cypress and River are thrilled to add additional groups to the “Friendship Programs" and we have extended the program to more students across the primary grades.

                   
 
 
SOMArts
Exhibit runs through April 23, 934 Brannan Street in San Francisco
 
Article ImageCypress School students are displaying their artistic talents in a mixed media art show in San Francisco at SOMARTS. With support from Steve Gatlin​, Cypress/UCPNB Videographer; Michael Valenti, Cypress Art Coordinator; and Nate Yates, Cypress Assistant Director and Arts Inventor, our students have created works of art displayed on skateboards. 
SKATE! is a collaborative installation by Cypress School that features amazing things you can do with skateboards. Our students have made skateboards into artwork or musical instruments including a slide guitar and a xylophone that people with limited hand mobility can use. Many students from Cypress worked closely with our staff, business partners, skateboard and music shops to create musical instruments from skateboards.  There are even videos embedded in skateboards and more! You won't want to miss this exhibit.
Bay Area Autism Awareness Day
Held Thursday, April 2, 2015
 
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UCP of the North Bay co-sponsored the Bay Area Autism Awareness Day on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at NH2 Salon and Hopmonk Tavern at the Vintage Oaks Shopping Center in Novato.  Elizabeth Clary, Katie Lightfoot, and Ann Elias (shown in picture) along with other staff and parents were proud to show off the wonderful pieces of art created in our programs.
In total, 39 pieces of art from UCP of the North Bay Art Programs at Cypress School, OADS, Gone For Good and WineBev Services were featured.  Art from local artists with autism and other complex learning differences were also featured.  The art is on display at NH2 Salon for the month of April.
Ten pieces from the UCP of the North Bay art collection were sold at the opening event and we look forward to other pieces selling throughout the month.  These sales support our individual artists as well as our art programs.  Stop by and see this wonderful exhibit!
Hopmonk Tavern hosted the autism tree lighting ceremony after the art exhibit.  Blue lights are shining bright every evening throughout the month of April to draw further awareness to autism.  Thank you to Congressman Jared Huffman and Temple Grandin, author, lecturer, professor, and expert on autism for sharing their stories and supporting this event.
Click here to watch the KTVU 10 o'clock news segment from the April 2 evening.
Dine & Donate
OADS/UCP of the North Bay Sonoma Programs
 
Take these two upcoming opportunities to support OADS/UCP of the North Bay Programs and Services in Sonoma County.  Be sure to bring the flyer with you.  Please share this information with your family, friends, and co-workers!
 
May 5, 2015 at Panera Bread in Petaluma. Click here for flyer.
 
 
May 7, 2015 at Chili's in Rohnert Park.  Click here for flyer.
 
 

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