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…

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Feb
1
Wed
Drawing Club with Frank Louis Allen @ Via ZOOM
Feb 1 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Drawing Club with Frank Louis Allen
Winter Term 2023

Dates: Every Wednesday through March 1st

Starts: Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Location: via Zoom

Cost: $144.48 per 8 week Session or Agency Rate

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.

Go HERE to register for all classes   Zoom access provided after complete registration.

Join the Autism Rocks Artist Guild HERE.

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

Summer Term
8 sessions:
June 15
June 22
June 29
July 6
July 13
July 20
July 27
Aug 3

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

Music Writing and Performance @ Hilyard Community Center
Feb 1 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Music Writing and Performance  
Winter Term 2023: January 11 – February 22,  8 sessions

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

$216.73 per 8 classes or Agency Rate

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

Go HERE and scroll down 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

 

Feb
2
Thu
Amy Metzger and Intro to Adulting @ Hilyard Community Center
Feb 2 @ 4:15 pm – 5:30 pm

Dates: Every Thursday for 8 Weeks

Starts: Thursday, January 5, 2023

Ends: Thursday, February 23, 2023

Time: 4:15-5:30 pm

Location: Hilyard Community Center (2580 Hilyard St. Eugene, OR 97405)

Cost: Free

Whether moving out of the family home seems exciting or scary to you, the earlier you start to prepare, the better equipped you will be to face the freedoms and challenges of adulthood when the time comes. Intro to Adulting! Is a class designed for students ages 13-17 who wish to start learning and practicing independent living skills in preparation for adulthood in a fun and supportive atmosphere.

Seven weeks of classes will broadly cover: Independence Readiness, Money Management, Transportation, Boundaries, and Safety. This class also features a Field Trip into the community to expand upon concepts covered in this class, as well as take-home tools students can customize and keep for future use.

Class structure includes: Simple interactive activities and games, occasional worksheets, teacher discussion with students, the use of slides and a projector, reading, speaking, and some writing. There will be a class helper available to all students.

If a student needs 1:1 assistance, please discuss this at registration so accommodation can be arranged.

This class is sponsored by City of Eugene Recreation, Youth and Teen Empowerment Program Small Grants Fund

Go HERE to register

 

About Amy Amy Metzger joined KindTree’s STiLE program in 2022, bringing 20+ years of experience in disability and advocacy related work as a parent and volunteer. Her passion is helping people achieve the lives they dream of through skills training, support, and interdependence. She and her husband have four adult children, two of whom are on the autism spectrum, which she views less as a disability and more as an alternate way of interpreting and interacting with the world. Amy enjoys gardening, learning about native plants, knitting, and camping. She lives on a little piece of property west of Eugene with her family, five cats, and a dog.

Feb
3
Fri
Every Friday Social via Zoom @ Via ZOOM
Feb 3 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Every Friday Social via Zoom

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

This week, January 6, the Social will begin at 5:00.

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
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89887636964

Meeting ID: 898 8763 6964
Passcode: 731265
One tap mobile
+13462487799,,89887636964# US (Houston)
+16699009128,,89887636964# US (San Jose)

Dial by your location
        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
        +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)
        +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
        +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
        +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)
Meeting ID: 898 8763 6964
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/keqUsmGMs7

 

 

Feb
8
Wed
Drawing Club with Frank Louis Allen @ Via ZOOM
Feb 8 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Drawing Club with Frank Louis Allen
Winter Term 2023

Dates: Every Wednesday through March 1st

Starts: Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Location: via Zoom

Cost: $144.48 per 8 week Session or Agency Rate

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.

Go HERE to register for all classes   Zoom access provided after complete registration.

Join the Autism Rocks Artist Guild HERE.

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

Summer Term
8 sessions:
June 15
June 22
June 29
July 6
July 13
July 20
July 27
Aug 3

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

Music Writing and Performance @ Hilyard Community Center
Feb 8 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Music Writing and Performance  
Winter Term 2023: January 11 – February 22,  8 sessions

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

$216.73 per 8 classes or Agency Rate

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

Go HERE and scroll down 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

 

Feb
9
Thu
Amy Metzger and Intro to Adulting @ Hilyard Community Center
Feb 9 @ 4:15 pm – 5:30 pm

Dates: Every Thursday for 8 Weeks

Starts: Thursday, January 5, 2023

Ends: Thursday, February 23, 2023

Time: 4:15-5:30 pm

Location: Hilyard Community Center (2580 Hilyard St. Eugene, OR 97405)

Cost: Free

Whether moving out of the family home seems exciting or scary to you, the earlier you start to prepare, the better equipped you will be to face the freedoms and challenges of adulthood when the time comes. Intro to Adulting! Is a class designed for students ages 13-17 who wish to start learning and practicing independent living skills in preparation for adulthood in a fun and supportive atmosphere.

Seven weeks of classes will broadly cover: Independence Readiness, Money Management, Transportation, Boundaries, and Safety. This class also features a Field Trip into the community to expand upon concepts covered in this class, as well as take-home tools students can customize and keep for future use.

Class structure includes: Simple interactive activities and games, occasional worksheets, teacher discussion with students, the use of slides and a projector, reading, speaking, and some writing. There will be a class helper available to all students.

If a student needs 1:1 assistance, please discuss this at registration so accommodation can be arranged.

This class is sponsored by City of Eugene Recreation, Youth and Teen Empowerment Program Small Grants Fund

Go HERE to register

 

About Amy Amy Metzger joined KindTree’s STiLE program in 2022, bringing 20+ years of experience in disability and advocacy related work as a parent and volunteer. Her passion is helping people achieve the lives they dream of through skills training, support, and interdependence. She and her husband have four adult children, two of whom are on the autism spectrum, which she views less as a disability and more as an alternate way of interpreting and interacting with the world. Amy enjoys gardening, learning about native plants, knitting, and camping. She lives on a little piece of property west of Eugene with her family, five cats, and a dog.

Feb
10
Fri
Every Friday Social via Zoom @ Via ZOOM
Feb 10 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Every Friday Social via Zoom

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

This week, January 6, the Social will begin at 5:00.

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
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89887636964

Meeting ID: 898 8763 6964
Passcode: 731265
One tap mobile
+13462487799,,89887636964# US (Houston)
+16699009128,,89887636964# US (San Jose)

Dial by your location
        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
        +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)
        +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
        +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
        +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)
Meeting ID: 898 8763 6964
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/keqUsmGMs7

 

 

Feb
13
Mon
Eugene Peer Support Group temporarily via Zoom @ ZOOM
Feb 13 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

This is a recurring meeting…please ignore the listed date above and count on the second Monday of every month instead!

January Support Group will be via zoom only.

This group usually meets monthly on the second Monday of the month from 4:00 to 5:30 pm.

Contact Omo at momogrosso@kindtree.org with questions.

Facilitated by Michael Omogrosso

A standing tradition in Eugene, this group is for high-functioning adults (17 to much older than that) on the Autism/Asperger’s spectrum. All are welcome, no matter where you live. This is a safe place to share with others on the spectrum about things from living on your own to jobs to getting along with folks and so much more. Group members choose the topics, and there are from 12-20 participants each month. Michael is an experienced facilitator who is also a parent of an adult on the spectrum and President of KindTree-Autism Rocks.

KindTree is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Eugene Peer Support Group Mondays 4:30-6:00pm
Time: This is a recurring meeting, check back for updates

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84662249201

Meeting ID: 846 6224 9201
One tap mobile
+16699009128,,84662249201# US (San Jose)
+16694449171,,84662249201# US

Meeting ID: 846 6224 9201
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kehigUkOSf

 

Feb
15
Wed
Drawing Club with Frank Louis Allen @ Via ZOOM
Feb 15 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Drawing Club with Frank Louis Allen
Winter Term 2023

Dates: Every Wednesday through March 1st

Starts: Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Location: via Zoom

Cost: $144.48 per 8 week Session or Agency Rate

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.

Go HERE to register for all classes   Zoom access provided after complete registration.

Join the Autism Rocks Artist Guild HERE.

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

Summer Term
8 sessions:
June 15
June 22
June 29
July 6
July 13
July 20
July 27
Aug 3

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