Events

Support groups, STiLE classes, Art Guild Meetings and the Art Fest, Second Friday Socials – all our gatherings –  are getting together via Zoom or socially distanced. Check them out…

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May
18
Tue
Youth Exercise with Jordan Wheeler @ Via ZOOM
May 18 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Youth Exercise with Jordan Wheeler  Spring Term March 16 – May 18, 
Tuesdays from 3:00 – 4:00 pm via Zoom, 10 sessions

Hi there! My name is Jordan Wheeler and I am in my second-year studying Kinesiology (the study of movement). My passions are exercise, art, and helping others 🙂 I have a special place in my heart for youths diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. I am devoted to helping people with autism stay active and feel welcome in the community.

I will be holding an exercise program for youths diagnosed with autism from March 16th – May 18th.
This program will be adventure focused and allow the kids to step into their imagination. Each session will have an adventure theme and have the kids perform exercises to complete the adventure. Some adventure themes that the kids will participate in are a treasure hunt, an archeological dig, a safari, and an underwater excursion. There is no equipment needed for this class, just a positive attitude.

Recordings of all sessions will be available to all registered participants for 6 months.

Go HERE for full class outline.

$180.60 per 10 week Session or Agency Rate. Price reduced if you register after the term start.

Go HERE to register.

Autism Rocks Parent Support Group via Zoom
May 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

A support group for parents of family with autism, every 3rd Tuesday: Tuesday, April 20, 7:00pm.

Over the last year parents have reached out asking us to host a parent meeting, and we’re finally able to do so. We welcome parents of a person with autism of any age. Michael will learn from you what kinds of support you hope to receive at these monthly meetings. Please join our Zoom and say hello. 

KindTree President Michael Omogrosso is a skilled facilitator who has hosted our Peer Support Group for well over a decade. He is a parent, activist, musician, sweet soul and KindTree’s President. He  also hosts a parent support group at our Friends & Family Camp every year on Sunday morning. He has offered to do even more: Michael will be hosting, via Zoom, a Parent Support Group and monthly Artist Guild meetings.

KindTree is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Join from anywhere online.

Topic: Parent Support Group
Time: Apr 20, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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May
19
Wed
Music Writing and Performance @ Hilyard Center
May 19 @ 3:15 pm – 4:45 pm

Music Writing and Performance,  Summer term June 9 – July 21 (No class July 7)

Wednesdays 3:15-4:45pm (time has been adjusted) at Hilyard Center, 2580 Hilyard Street, Eugene. As long as Covid allows. 

Designed for individuals interested in learning to play music instruments, writing and/or performing music as part of a group.

Cost $162.54 per session based on 6 trainings totaling 9 hours, or the agency hourly contract rate.

Go HERE to register

More on David Helfand from a Register Guard article about Mr. Helfand’s work in “Introduction to the Joy of Music,” a class he teaches through the city of Eugene Parks Department’s adaptive recreation program.

Unlocking hidden talents is exactly what he wants to accomplish by bringing these students together, Helfand says.

“The gamut of working with people with developmental disabilities is quite huge, but my whole idea is, we’re going to work with abilities here,” he says. “If someone has one finger that they can use to play one note, we’ll find a place for them in our band. If that’s too hard, and they can hold a ‘shaker,’ they can do percussion. Our concept is inclusiveness — whatever they’re able to do, we’re willing to try.”

The value of music therapy for all kinds of conditions — physical and developmental disability, dementia, mental health, substance abuse, brain injury, chronic pain — has been firmly established by scientific study. But Helfand doesn’t need statistics to see the effect of music on his students.

“I think the first thing they get from our classes is an incredible sense of joy, the feeling that they have just played and made music with other people,” he says. “I think that’s what they go home with, the knowledge that, ‘Wow, I made music!’ ”

For assistance contact KindTree – Autism Rocks at STiLE@kindtree.org

May
20
Thu
Adult Exercise with Jordan Wheeler Spring Term @ Via ZOOM
May 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Adult (18+) Exercise with Jordan Wheeler  Spring Term ends May 21

Hi there! My name is Jordan Wheeler and I am a second-year studying Kinesiology (the study of movement). My passions are exercise, art, and helping others 🙂 I have a special place in my heart for adults diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. I am devoted to helping people with autism stay active and feel welcome in the community.

I will be holding an exercise program for adults diagnosed with autism from June 10 – July 22 (no class July 8). This program will contain sport related exercise moves and have a new sports theme each week. The class will be broken into four parts: a warm up, sports themed workout, group game, and cool down. Each week will have fun, new, and challenging exercises for every member of the class to crush. There is no equipment needed, just a positive attitude is recommended 🙂

Recordings of all sessions will be available to all registered participants for 6 months.

Go HERE for full class outline.

 

 

May
26
Wed
Music Writing and Performance @ Hilyard Center
May 26 @ 3:15 pm – 4:45 pm

Music Writing and Performance,  Summer term June 9 – July 21 (No class July 7)

Wednesdays 3:15-4:45pm (time has been adjusted) at Hilyard Center, 2580 Hilyard Street, Eugene. As long as Covid allows. 

Designed for individuals interested in learning to play music instruments, writing and/or performing music as part of a group.

Cost $162.54 per session based on 6 trainings totaling 9 hours, or the agency hourly contract rate.

Go HERE to register

More on David Helfand from a Register Guard article about Mr. Helfand’s work in “Introduction to the Joy of Music,” a class he teaches through the city of Eugene Parks Department’s adaptive recreation program.

Unlocking hidden talents is exactly what he wants to accomplish by bringing these students together, Helfand says.

“The gamut of working with people with developmental disabilities is quite huge, but my whole idea is, we’re going to work with abilities here,” he says. “If someone has one finger that they can use to play one note, we’ll find a place for them in our band. If that’s too hard, and they can hold a ‘shaker,’ they can do percussion. Our concept is inclusiveness — whatever they’re able to do, we’re willing to try.”

The value of music therapy for all kinds of conditions — physical and developmental disability, dementia, mental health, substance abuse, brain injury, chronic pain — has been firmly established by scientific study. But Helfand doesn’t need statistics to see the effect of music on his students.

“I think the first thing they get from our classes is an incredible sense of joy, the feeling that they have just played and made music with other people,” he says. “I think that’s what they go home with, the knowledge that, ‘Wow, I made music!’ ”

For assistance contact KindTree – Autism Rocks at STiLE@kindtree.org

Jun
3
Thu
Board of Directors Meeting @ SAIL Housing Community Room
Jun 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The KindTree Productions Inc Board of Directors monthly meeting is open to the community. We meet on the first Thursday of every month unless there is a conflict. We generally meet at the SAIL Housing Community Room, but there are times when we meet in alternative locations. Please contact us at 541-780-6950 or autism@kindtree.org to confirm time and location.

Minutes of past meetings can be obtained by contacting us as well.

Thanks for your support and interest in our organization.

 

Jun
7
Mon
Beginning Art with Frank L Allen @ Via ZOOM
Jun 7 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Beginning Art with Frank Louis Allen Spring Term June 7 – July 19 (no class July 5) 
Mondays from 2:00 – 3:00pm for six sessions via ZOOM

Frank Louis Allen is a well know artist who also happens to be on the Autism Spectrum. He hopes to teach a relaxed approach to improving your art practice and overcoming personal challenges to this.

Frank will be using materials and art supplies common in many households: Pencil, crayon, or Pen, Paper or pad, so get them ready! Zoom access information will be provided upon completed registration.

Despite being a successful artist Frank is also legally blind having just 20 degrees of vision. He hopes to show through these lessons that art is a force for growth in us all, and he hopes to help us overcome any anxiety about doing so, whilst also teaching good, solid drawing techniques.

Recordings of all sessions will be available to all registered participants for 6 months.

$108.06 per 6 week Session or Agency Rate

Go HERE to register.

Join the Autism Rocks Artist Guild HERE.

This video was recorded for an art event in Fort Wayne Indiana in 2015.

More about Frank:

Frank was born in England and now lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA. Here are just a few of his recent activities:
2017: Solo exhibitions at The Dash, and “Art in Citizen Square” in Fort Wayne, and “Visual Adventures on the Autism Spectrum” in Vincennes. Exhibition participation in “August Art Battle for Leader Dogs for the Blind”, Essence Exhibition at the H. H. Dorje Chang Buddha III Cultural Art Museum in Los Angeles, and “Art in Washington” with the Art in Autism organization.
2016 – present: Working with “the Jesters”, a music/art/dance/theater group for individuals with disabilities, as an art and music facilitator.
Frank is also a member of the Autism Rocks Artist Guild, with a page on our website HERE, and can be found on Facebook HERE

An Example of Frank's art

Jun
8
Tue
Art Exploration with WheelHaus Arts
Jun 8 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Art Exploration with WheelHaus Arts – Summer Term June 8 – July 20 (no class July 6)

Tuesdays from 1:00 – 2:00pm at WheelHaus Arts studio, 160 E Broadway, Eugene

These art sessions seek to match a person’s skills or expertise through exploration. Our goal is to create a thriving arts platform for kids and adults 11 years and older with autism and other intellectual disabilities. This virtual community gathering will allow you to learn skills that will expand upon your creative journey. Supplies needed will be pencils or colored pencils and markers, available at many stores.

WheelHaus Arts connects the next generation of artists to their local art community by focusing on helping them find their wheelhouse of artistic expression.

$108.36 per 6 week Session or Agency Rate

Go HERE to register.

Join the Autism Rocks Artist Guild HERE.

More about David Placencia, WheelHaus Arts owner:

Professional Experience:
2019- Present Founder/Director of WheelHaus Arts
2017-2018 Administrator of Youth Art Works @ Emerald Art Center
2015-2017 Lane Arts Council Mentor-ship Program
Awards:
2013 UO Athletics/Nike “Duck Knows Art” winner
2013 UO Alumni Association Fringe Festival: 1st Place Digital Remix
2012 ArtSlant Showcase winner
Exhibitions:
2019 Lincoln Gallery
2018 Broadway Commerce Center 2016
2018 Pacific University: Eugene First Friday Art Walk Exhibition
2018 Pink Prom: Hotel Hilton Ballroom
2018 Artful Dead Fund-raiser: Emerald Art Center
2016 & 2018 Pacific University: Eugene First Friday Art Walk Exhibition
2017 Light up the Night: Cultural Services, City of Eugene
2017 Teaching Artist Showcase at Shadowfox Gallery
2016 & 2017 Fiesta Cultural: Lane Arts Council
2017 Teaching Artist Showcase at Shadowfox Gallery
2015 & 2016 Solo Exhibition: Gilt+Gossamer
2013 LaVerne Krause Gallery
2012 Solo Exhibition: Woodpecker’s Muse Art Gallery

Bust – A – Move from Allies @ Whirled Pies
Jun 8 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Bust – A – Move

All Access Dance with DJ Bizzy

Shake your GROOVE THING at Allies, LLC’s BUST-A-MOVE DANCE PARTY a shindig for folks of all shapes, sizes, and abilities

Where: Whirled Pies (199 W. 8th Ave.)
When: 2nd Tuesday of the month, 4:30 to 6:30
Cost: Free (Suggested donation $2 – $5)

 COMMUNITY MEMBERS WELCOME

Jewelry Design with Amanda Finegold @ TBA
Jun 8 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Jewelry Design with Amanda Finegold Summer Term June 8 – July 20 (no class July 6)
Tuesdays from 4:30pm– 6:00pm for 6 sessions, location TBA

Learn to design and make individualized beaded jewelry bracelets and more. This class is designed to be a fun introduction to a few of the many ways to make jewelry.  We’ll start with bead stringing, move on to some simple macrame, and we’ll end the class by learning about some ancient chain making techniques. These lessons and techniques will help participants become part of a continuum of craftspeople throughout the ages, as we still use basically the same ancient techniques to make our crafts.

Participants will be notified regarding needed supplies and tools before the sessions begin.

Recordings of all sessions will be available to all registered participants for 6 months.

$162.54 per 6 week Session or Agency Rate

Go HERE to register.

 

 Amanda Finegold at the Eugene Saturday Market, June 22, 2013