Events

Support groups, Art Guild Meetings, Second Friday Socials are getting together via Zoom or socially distanced. Some STiLE classes are in-person. Check them out…

More info and updates here.

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Sep
14
Wed
Jewelry Design with Amanda Finegold @ Via ZOOM
Sep 14 @ 1:00 pm – Nov 2 @ 2:00 pm

Jewelry Design with Amanda Finegold
Fall Term 2022: September 14 – November 2,  8 sessions In-person, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the Hilyard Center.

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 macramé, 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.

Go HERE to register for all classes.  

 

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

Music Writing and Performance @ Hilyard Community Center
Sep 14 @ 2:30 pm – Nov 3 @ 4:00 pm

Music Writing and Performance  
Fall Term 2022: September 14 – November 2,  8 sessions

Fall Term: Wednesdays 2:30-4:00pm at the Hilyard Community Center

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

Go HERE to register for all classes.   

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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

 

Sep
19
Mon
Jewelry Design with Amanda Finegold @ Via ZOOM
Sep 19 @ 1:00 pm – Nov 7 @ 1:00 pm

Jewelry Design with Amanda Finegold
Fall Term 2022: September 14 – November 2,  8 sessions In-person, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the Hilyard Center.

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 macramé, 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.

Go HERE to register for all classes.  

 

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

Social Skills Discussion Group with Mary-Minn via Zoom
Sep 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Social Skills Discussion Group with Mary-Minn 3rd Mondays 6:30 via Zoom

maryminnsirag@gmail.com 541-799-4438

 

For May16, 2022, this event will be in person at 25 Owosso Drive, Eugene, OR 97404

Turn onto Owosso. (Landmarks are Robb’s Pillow/Autism Special Needs Furniture and River Road Dental Clinic.) Please park in front of the gate or in our front yard. I will ask the dental office staff if they can leave their parking lot gate open.

It is with disappointment and sadness that I need to cancel our in-person social skills class and activities until the pandemic subsides.  

For the foreseeable future, we will be meeting virtually on the 3rd Mondays of every month from 6:30 to 8 pm. I will send be ending zoom link prior to our meeting. I hope we can continue to participate in lively discussions on various aspects of socializing and sociability. 

I hope this finds each and every one of you healthy and safe. 

Here is the ZOOM access

KindTree is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Social Skill Group with Mary-Minn 3rd Mondays 6:30

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87875267244

Meeting ID: 878 7526 7244
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Post-Pandemic:

3rd Monday of even-numbered months from 6:30 to 8 pm, location TBA. (Social skills class chooses an activity for the following odd-numbered month.) Taught by Doris Germain. In person. 541-799-4438 (voice/text) . Sponsored by the Autism Society of Oregon. Mary-Minn Sirag: 541-799-4438 maryminnsirag@gmail.com 

We will be announcing the meeting venue when days get shorter again and our backyard darkens before the meeting’s end. (St. Mary’s Episcopal Church has not decided when they’ll be opening up the Guild Room to non-parishioners.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sep
21
Wed
Music Writing and Performance @ Hilyard Community Center
Sep 21 @ 2:30 pm – Nov 10 @ 3:00 pm

Music Writing and Performance  
Fall Term 2022: September 14 – November 2,  8 sessions

Fall Term: Wednesdays 2:30-4:00pm at the Hilyard Community Center

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

Go HERE to register for all classes.   

____________________________________

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

 

Sep
22
Thu
Gardening with Maggie and Frankie @ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
Sep 22 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Gardening with Maggie and Frankie 
April 28 – May 26 10:30-noon every Thursday with no weeks off, rain or shine.

The Spring Term Gardening Class sessions!   Registration form HERE

Continues weekly through Summer and Fall terms:
June 2 – July 28: $216.72 for 8 sessions (July 7 not included)

 June 2 – June 9 – June 16 – June 23 – June 30 – July 14 – July 21 – July 28

August 4 – Sept 1: $135.45 for 5 sessions

August 4 – August 11 – August 18 – August 25  – Sept 1

Sept 8 – Oct 6 : $135.45 for 5 sessions

Sept 8 – Sept 16 – Sept 23 – Sept 30 – October 6

This hands on, fun training will take place at Annie Mim’s Community Garden North, 255 Maxwell Road, Eugene, Oregon 97404 (Bus #51 or #52).

This class includes 2 raised beds for adaptive gardening and using adaptive tools for anyone with special needs to make gardening fun and not seem like work.

We are also invited to work in the whole campus of gardens which includes mixed veggies, flowers, fruits, and herbs in exchange for sharing the harvest of everything as it becomes ready.

You will learn how to grow your own food, including how to plant, maintain and harvest your crops, and how to share the bounty and the reward of being with old and new friends.

Please remember to bring a hat, garden gloves, and a water bottle. If standing is difficult, bring a folding chair for your comfort.

Maggie is an experienced organic gardener/landscaper/horticultural therapist and Frankie is an avid backyard gardener, just beginning his seed to food experience. They invite you to join with them as you work together to prepare the raised garden beds using organic materials including soil, fertilizer, seeds and plant starts, and learn appropriate watering and weeding techniques throughout the season. 

Let’s get growing!

$216.72 or agency rate Summer Term #1 June 7 – July 28, 8 sessions
$135.45 or agency rate Summer Term #2 August 4 –  September 1, 5 sessions
$135.45 or agency rate Fall Term Sept 8 – Oct 6, 5 sessions

 

Go HERE to register for all classes.

Sep
23
Fri
Every Friday Social via Zoom @ Via ZOOM
Sep 23 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Every Friday Social via Zoom

4:30-6:30 via Zoom (scroll to bottom for access)

Each week you are invited to gather with you friends and do some socializing, meet new people, play new games, and create community, with fun ideas to get things started every week. Go for it!


What do YOU want to talk about?

Here are some of the other activities we are considering…which ones get you excited?

  • Art Friday: do it together, share your work, laugh and giggle and say, “Awesome!” 
  • Home movie night: share videos you make on your phone or iPod. Kinda like Tik Tok (pre-submission of videos will be required.)
  • Shopping show ‘n’ tell: what’s your recent haul, who got best deal?
  • Real Life: share your Worst Day story, your Best Day story, with facilitator.
  • Dance hour: We play the music, you rock out, and maybe do some line dancing together
  • Talent show: Show off your talent live, no videos
  • Watch a movie together…what would you like to watch with friends?
  • What ideas do you have for us? email admin@kindtree.org to share…
  • Here is a Printable Flyer to Share

KindTree is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 898 8763 6964
Passcode: 731265
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Meeting ID: 898 8763 6964
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Sep
24
Sat
Artist Guild Meetings 2022
Sep 24 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Monthly Autism Rocks Artist Guild Meeting

Artist Guild monthly meetings are scheduled via Zoom on the last Saturday of every month at 10am Pacific time. Email art@kindtree.org for the access code. These meetings are hosted by guest artists with open discussions on a variety of topics such as marketing ideas, creative processes, best materials for specific projects, etc. This program provides support for artists based on their requested need and want.

September 24th meeting will feature Eric Thompson. “Hi. I’m Eric Thompson and I have Autism. I’m the leader of the Jackson County Self Advocates in Medford Oregon. In addition to my group I also participate in the Studio of Living Opportunities. It’s a great place where people with disabilities do art as well as drama. When I created my first book I had an idea. I read a story to my nieces and decided to create my own story. It’s an official book that you can buy on Amazon. It’s called Autism A Personal Perspective and The Legendary Hero. Originally I had many characters made like stick figures and now my paintings have been getting better and better. Some of my art have my characters in it. And some are just different in their own way. HERE

October 29th meeting will feature Sam Mitchell, a teenager living with autism, who brings you “Autism Rocks and Rolls” podcasts. Although Sam has had obstacles in the past and still has daily struggles, he is using this platform to take away the stigma off of autism and other conditions that many think are disabilities. See more about Sam HERE

Our Festival of Art for All August 6th was awesome – we sold over $1,000 worth of art! We offer Art Classes in STiLE – one in person in Eugene, and one online from anywhere, Scholarships are available, just email stile@kindtree.org and ask.. 

Every Last Saturday of the month at 10:00am Pacific Time via Zoom. Registration required. Send an email to art@kindtree.org for the Zoom access information.
or scroll down… 

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Eric Thompson

 


KindTree is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Artist Guild Meeting, last Saturdays, 10am Pacific Time
Time: This is a recurring meeting Meet anytime

Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 833 1960 3458
Passcode: 168977
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Meeting ID: 833 1960 3458
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/keGvGh9xJV

 

Sep
26
Mon
Jewelry Design with Amanda Finegold @ Via ZOOM
Sep 26 @ 1:00 pm – Nov 14 @ 1:00 pm

Jewelry Design with Amanda Finegold
Fall Term 2022: September 14 – November 2,  8 sessions In-person, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the Hilyard Center.

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 macramé, 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.

Go HERE to register for all classes.  

 

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

Sep
28
Wed
Music Writing and Performance @ Hilyard Community Center
Sep 28 @ 2:30 pm – Nov 17 @ 3:00 pm

Music Writing and Performance  
Fall Term 2022: September 14 – November 2,  8 sessions

Fall Term: Wednesdays 2:30-4:00pm at the Hilyard Community Center

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

Go HERE to register for all classes.   

____________________________________

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