Bowling Night
Apr
10
6:00 pm18:00

Bowling Night

  • Stelton Lanes
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COST: $20 per person (Pay with a credit card through PayPal or send checks to ACI. MEMO: Bowling).

If bowling is "right up your alley," then join the Alliance All Stars for an evening of fun at Stelton Lanes Bowling Alley! Our night of bowling includes a two hour package deal of unlimited bowling games, two slices of pizza, unlimited fountain drinks and bowling shoes.

If you are interested, please register by filling out the form below by Wednesday, April 8th.


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Poetry Night - Union County
Apr
16
6:00 pm18:00

Poetry Night - Union County

  • Mountainside Public Library
Poetry Night - Union County
  $5.00 per person (includes pizza and soda)

Every April since 2002, people throughout the Unites States have celebrated National Poem in Your Pocket Day by selecting a poem, carrying it with them, and sharing it with others throughout the day.

ACI will be having a celebration of its own and we want you to come out and join us for Poem in Your Pocket Day by bringing your own favorite poems and learning of the wonderful insights of famous poets from the past, the different types and techniques of poetry and its various styles!

If you're interested, please fill out the form below by Monday, April 13th.


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Holocaust Presentation
Apr
21
1:00 pm13:00

Holocaust Presentation

  • ACI
Holocaust presentation

ACI will recognize Holocaust Remembrance Day by hosting a presentation by Dr. Paul B Winkler, Executive Director of the State of New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education. This event seeks to remember those with disabilities who died during the Holocaust, while working to ensure that this never happens again. Come with your thoughts and questions. Refreshments will be served.

Please register by filling out the form below.


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Roads to Recovery with Laughter Yoga
Apr
22
10:30 am10:30

Roads to Recovery with Laughter Yoga

  • ACI

Beverly Burns, M.Ed., Director of Prevention Education at Advancing Opportunities will be presenting Roads to Recovery, a seminar on substance abuse and prevention. She will also be teaching a relaxation technique called Laughter Yoga, a Body-Mind Therapy developed by a physician in Mumbai, India. Come learn and laugh with us on April 22nd from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM at the ACI office.

Register by filling out the form below.


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Fair Housing Act Presentation
May
14
11:00 am11:00

Fair Housing Act Presentation

  • ACI

The US Dept of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will be giving a presentation on the Fair Housing Act on Thursday, May 14th at 11:00 AM. They will discuss how to file a compliant and the programs they offer that can help people with disabilities find accessible housing.

Please register by filling out the form below.


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George Street Playhouse - Ernest Shackleton Loves Me
May
16
2:00 pm14:00

George Street Playhouse - Ernest Shackleton Loves Me

  • George Street Playhouse
  $14.00 per person (payment due on May 8th)

ACI's Social Rec group will be attending a showing of Ernest Shackleton Loves Me presented by The George Street Playhouse.

Ernest Shackleton Loves Me is about a sleep-deprived single mom and video game music composer who is contacted across time by the famous explorer Ernest Shackleton. Inspired by her music, he shares his epic Antarctic journey as they struggle toward and conquer new horizons in this cross-time love affair for the ages.

Please register by filling out the form below. Payment can be made through PayPal or by sending a check to ACI (Please make checks payable to ACI at 629 Amboy Ave, Edison NJ 08837. MEMO: Playhouse). Registration and payment are due on May 8th, 2015.


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NJTIP Travel Training
May
26
11:00 am11:00

NJTIP Travel Training

  • ACI

Learn to travel independently! On Tuesday, May 26th, ACI will hold a free workshop for people with disabilities on navigating the public transportation system. This travel training will focus on using NJ Transit buses and trains and will be conducted by the NJ Travel Independence Program (NJTIP). NJTIP is part of the Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University's Rutgers University’s Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.

The instruction will include: reading the bus and train schedules, planning trips, paying fares, and learning about how to travel safely.

RSVP by filling out the form below.


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People First New Jersey - Middlesex County
Jun
5
10:30 am10:30

People First New Jersey - Middlesex County

  • ACI
People First NJ

ACI is partnering with the NJ Council on Developmental Disabilities in forming a Middlesex County chapter of People First New Jersey.

People First is an international advocacy movement organized exclusively by and for people with disabilities. People First advocates believe no matter what the disability, everyone is capable of taking charge of their own goals and their own life choices.

If you would like to learn more about People First, come join us on Friday, June 5th from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM in the ACI conference room. Jaymes Brill and Frank Latham from NJCDD will be our guests. Vist njcdd.org for more info.

Basil Bowl Potting Class
Jun
10
11:00 am11:00

Basil Bowl Potting Class

  • ACI

As summer warmly approaches with hotter days and greener grass, ACI will be having a summer sunshine basil bowl potting and worm composting class, taught by Jean Gall from The Woodbridge Gardening Club.

Come learn about our basil-bowl potting class, as we discover the many kinds of basil that are available, then taking some home to put on your windowsill. Afterwards, we will be learning how to utilize worm composting by using red worms, newspapers and plastic bins to produce what is known as “black gold” soil to improve your gardening needs.

PLEASE BRING THE FOLLOWING:

  1. Four 3-inch pots (plastic is fine)
  2. Small amount of potting mix (Miracle Grow or generic potting soil is fine also)
  3. Pair of gardening gloves

RSVP by filling out the form below. Registration deadline is Friday, June 5th.


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Night with the New Jersey Devils Fundraiser
Mar
17
7:00 pm19:00

Night with the New Jersey Devils Fundraiser

  • Prudential Center
Night with the New Jersey Devils
  $43.00 per ticket (order deadline is March 3rd)

ACI and the NJ Devils are partnering up to host a Night with the New Jersey Devils fundraiser! The Devils will be offering discounted tickets to ACI members and friends for the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday, March 17th. Each ticket sale will directly help ACI!

Ticket purchase includes:

  • Group seating in the 100 level sideline section (seating chart)
  • All fans attending will receive a Devils gift!
  • A chance to ride the Zamboni! (please inquire while purchasing tickets)

To order tickets, please fill out an order form and send cash/checks to Alliance Center for Independence ATTN: Salma Harris, 629 Amboy Ave, Edison, NJ 08837. Be sure to mention that it's for the NJ Devils fundraiser.

Tickets must be purchased and paid for in advance by March 3rd, 2015. Purchased tickets can be picked up at will call on the day of the game.

If you have any questions, please contact Salma Harris at 732-738-4388 ext. 120 or sharris@adacil.org.

Vigil for Disabled Filicide Victims (Update: Rescheduled)
Mar
13
6:00 pm18:00

Vigil for Disabled Filicide Victims (Update: Rescheduled)

  • Front of the ACI Building
Vigil for Disabled Filicide Victims

As part of a nation-wide Day of Mourning, ACI, along with disability advocates, will be holding a vigil on Friday, March 13th to honor the lives of disabled people murdered by families and caretakers. The vigil will address violence against people with disabilities and speak out against cultural prejudices and send the message that disability is not a justification for violence. Our lives are worth living!

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network, Not Dead Yet and the National Council on Independent Living held the first Day of Mourning in 2012. This is a national event with cities around the country participating.

Blood Pressure & Blood Sugar Screenings
Mar
3
11:00 am11:00

Blood Pressure & Blood Sugar Screenings

  • ACI
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ACI has once again teamed up with Saint Peter's University Hospital, Community Mobile Health Program to conduct free blood pressure and blood sugar screenings as part of our series of health and wellness workshops.

Free snacks for participants. Fasting is not required for this screening.

RSVP by filling out the form below.


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Valentine's Day Movie Night
Feb
13
5:00 pm17:00

Valentine's Day Movie Night

  • ACI
Valentine's Day Movie Night
  $5.00 per person (includes food and snacks!)

In celebration of Valentine's Day, ACI would like to warmly invite you to our Valentine's Day Movie Night, where we will be watching 50 First Dates starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. There will also be pizza, heart-shaped chocolates and plenty of fun!

If you're interested, please fill out the form below by Tuesday, February 10th.

*should any inclement weather be expected, you will be contacted promptly and be notified of an alternate event date. Cancellation request must be made within 24 hours of the RSVP date.


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Basic Spanish Class 101
Feb
13
11:00 am11:00

Basic Spanish Class 101

  • ACI
Basic Spanish Class 101

ACI will be having a basic Spanish class where we will teach you common terms, greetings, phrases, numbers and the alphabet. The class will be taught by ACI volunteer, Alcides "Al" Gomez.

If you are interested, please fill out the form below. Registration deadline is February 11th.


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Give & Get Back Day
Dec
10
12:00 pm12:00

Give & Get Back Day

  • ACI
Give & Get Back Day

For many of us, the holiday season can be a challenge. ACI would like to give back to our members by having a Give & Get Back Day!

We are inviting members of the disability community to drop off cans of food or non perishable items for our food pantry. In return you can choose from a variety of new items, including winter hats, scarves, Hess Trucks, comforters and water bottles, as our thank you. We have a limited supply of items and they will be given out on a first come first serve basis.

If you have any questions, please contact ACI.

Holiday Luncheon & Shopping Trip
Nov
15
11:30 am11:30

Holiday Luncheon & Shopping Trip

  • Woodbridge Center Mall
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ACI warmly invites you to our annual Holiday Luncheon & Shopping Trip! Tis’ the season to give thanks and be merry as ACI will be combining both of our annual holiday luncheon and shopping trips for a warm and fun-filled time together this year! Due to the previous success from years past, we will be dining at Applebee's for lunch.

There will be time to do some holiday shopping in such outlets as: Against All Odds, As Seen On TV, Bahama Breeze, Claire’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods’, Sears, Gap, Game Stop, J.C. Penney, Macy’s, and more!

If you would like to register for this event, please contact Nybil Ghanem at 732-738-4388 ext. 121 or fill out the form below. NOTE: Transportation will not be provided, and please bring enough money for food/shopping, etc.


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Alex and Ani - Charmed by Charity Fundraiser
Nov
6
6:00 pm18:00

Alex and Ani - Charmed by Charity Fundraiser

  • Alex and Ani Red Bank

ACI along with Alex and Ani will be holding a second Charmed by Charity event in Red Bank in which a portion of in-store sales will be given to ACI. Help support us by coming out and purchasing some of their awesome bracelets. ACI would like to thank Alex and Ani Red Bank for their help in supporting our cause!

Wireless Work Program
Nov
6
10:00 am10:00

Wireless Work Program

  • ACI

Join us on November 6th for an overview on Wireless Work, a program offered by ACI and the Family Support Center of NJ that teaches people with mobility disabilities:

  • How to use who they know to find, retain, and augment work efforts.
  • How to build relationship networks to conduct job search, increase skill sets, and advance careers.

If you are familiar with electronic media and comfortable with learning how to use new web tools, the Wireless Work Program maybe for you.   

Please RSVP to Luke Koppisch by filling out the form below.


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NJ Disability Pride Parade & Celebration 2014
Oct
3
9:00 am09:00

NJ Disability Pride Parade & Celebration 2014

  • NJ State House

The New Jersey Disability Pride Parade & Celebration is a grass-roots effort organized and hosted by ACI with the support of the statewide disability community. The 4th Annual NJDPP will be held on Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 9:00 AM in downtown Trenton, NJ. We are expecting over 500 people and organizations representing a wide variety of disabilities to march and roll from the State House to the post-parade celebration on East Lafayette Street.

For more information, please visit njdisabilitypride.com.

Checkers & Chess Day
Sep
12
5:00 pm17:00

Checkers & Chess Day

  • ACI
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SUGGESTED DONATION: $2.00

ACI will be having a Checkers & Chess Day that promises to be full of fun and excitement as you try your best to beat your opponent! No experience necessary! If interested then come join us on September 12th! Refreshments will be served!

Contact Nybil Ghanem at 732-738-4388 ext. 121 or fill out the form below to register.


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Emergency Preparedness Overnight
Aug
22
Aug 23

Emergency Preparedness Overnight

  • Livingston Recreation Center
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ACI, FEMA, the American Red Cross, Middlesex County Office of Emergency Management and other stakeholders are organizing an overnight emergency shelter experience. This exercise will assist in an ongoing effort to improve the ability to provide service and support to individuals with disabilities during disasters.

We are looking for 50 participants and 50 volunteers to assist with the event. Volunteers are needed from 12:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Saturday (shifts are 4 hours long) and participants will stay overnight from 8:00 PM on Friday to 8:00 AM on Saturday.

UPDATE: All volunteer shifts have been filled. Registration is now only open to participants.


FAQs

How will I get there?

The shelter is not an Access Link route (something to discuss in the event of a real disaster).

  • If you are not driving yourself, the ACI office will serve as a pick up and drop off center.  Please arrive at our center by 6:30pm on Friday evening and arrange for pick up from ACI at 8:30 am on Saturday morning. We are located at 629 Amboy Ave in Edison, NJ. Parking is located in the back of the building. Please use the back entrance, we are the first office on the right as you enter the building.
  • Middlesex County will be providing shuttle service from ACI using their new buses which accommodate 14 wheelchairs and have two loading areas.
  • For those you coming by train to the New Brunswick station, there will be a Rutgers shuttle bus driven by one of the public safety staff waiting at the train station on Wall Street. Wall Street is in back of the train station and parallels Albany Street.  (Click here for a map and the schedule for the NJ Transit North East Corridor). Please plan to be at this location at 7pm.  The shuttle will also do a return run to this location in the morning.

What should I bring with me?

Please bring the items you would take with you in the event of a one day emergency evacuation. This would include medication, cell phone chargers, change of clothes, etc.

Where do I go when I get there?

You will dropped off at the entrance, please follow signs to the registration area.


If interested in participating, please fill out the form below.


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Basic Computer Skills - Session 2
Aug
21
10:00 am10:00

Basic Computer Skills - Session 2

  • ACI
Basic Computer Skills

SUGGESTED DONATION: Canned good or non-perishable food item for the ACI Food Pantry

ACI will be offering a free two-part computer workshop on August 19th and 21st. Classes will be taught by AnnMarie Torres, a former computer programmer. Certification of completion given to those who attend both sessions.

Topics to be covered:

  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint)

To RSVP for session 2, contact Luke Koppisch at 732-738-4388 ext. 110 or fill out the form below. Click here for session 1. Space is limited.


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Dental Care Workshop
Aug
20
1:00 pm13:00

Dental Care Workshop

  • ACI

KK Dental of Edison will be coming to ACI to conduct a workshop on dental care. Dental care specialists, Dymelza Calderon, and Abhishek Seth, will cover the importance of proper dental care for people with disabilities. Dental care, though part of our overall health care, is often neglected. This promises to be hands-on and interactive.

Register by contacting Luke Koppisch at 732-738-4388 ext. 110 or filling out the form below.


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Financial Literacy Workshop
Aug
20
10:00 am10:00

Financial Literacy Workshop

  • ACI

PNC Bank of Edison will be conducting an interactive and informative workshop on financial literacy.

Topics to be covered:

  • Developing a spending plan
  • Balancing your checking account
  • The importance of saving
  • Using credit cards wisely
  • How to open up a checking account

RSVP by contacting Luke Koppisch at 732-738-4388 ext. 110 or filling out the form below.


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Basic Computer Skills - Session 1
Aug
19
10:00 am10:00

Basic Computer Skills - Session 1

  • ACI
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SUGGESTED DONATION: Canned good or non-perishable food item for the ACI Food Pantry

ACI will be offering a free two-part computer workshop on August 19th and 21st. Classes will be taught by AnnMarie Torres, a former computer programmer. Certification of completion given to those who attend both sessions.

Topics to be covered:

  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint)

To RSVP for session 1, contact Luke Koppisch at 732-738-4388 ext. 110 or fill out the form below. Click here for session 2. Space is limited.


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Focus Group: Food Deserts & People with Disabilities
Aug
15
11:00 am11:00

Focus Group: Food Deserts & People with Disabilities

  • ACI
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Do you live in a food desert? Are you a person with a disability? Join the discussion!

In a partnership with Montclair State University, ACI is putting together a focus group to address the issue of access to food and food security for people with disabilities.

The focus group will examine these questions:

  • Do you have problems obtaining food that you prefer to eat?
  • What are your experiences of purchasing food or going out to eat?
  • How important is access to food and food security to you?

This is your opportunity to share your concerns and experiences! Your input will help devise solutions that create greater access to healthy, affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food for all people, including people with disabilities.

The focus group will be facilitated by Elaine Gerber, PhD., Associate Professor of Anthropology at Montclair State University.

Refreshments will be provided.

If you would like to participant, please RSVP to Luke Koppisch at 732-738-4388 ext. 110 or fill out the form below.


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Plays in the Park: Bye Bye Birdie
Aug
9
8:30 pm20:30

Plays in the Park: Bye Bye Birdie

  • Roosevelt Park
Bye Bye Birdie

COST: $7.00 at the door. $5.00 for Seniors, Children are FREE!

ACI's Social Rec group will be attending a Plays in the Park production of the classic musical, Bye Bye Birdie. Jealousy and hilarity ensue with fun and memorable songs, such as Put on a Happy Face, A Healthy, Normal American Boy and Honestly Sincere.

If interested in going, please contact Nybil Ghanem at 732-738-4388 ext. 121 or fill out the form below. Registration deadline is August 7th 2014.

Please meet us at the ticket booth. Transportation will not be provided. There will be concession stands available or you may bring your own food.


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Relationship GPS
Aug
4
12:00 pm12:00

Relationship GPS

  • ACI
Relationship GPS

As part of our Health and Wellness Program, ACI and Planned Parenthood of Central and Greater Northern New Jersey will be presenting a series of workshops on sex education.

What is a relationship? What is the difference between being a close friends and a couple? What makes a relationship healthy? Join us as we have an interactive talk to navigate these and other relationship questions. We will especially talk about what makes a relationship healthy.

Questions about the program? Please contact Melissa Keyes-DiGioia at 973-539-9580 ext. 132 or melissa.keyes-digioia@ppgnnj.org.

Register by contacting Carole Tonks at 732-738-4388 ext. 118 or filling out the form below.


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Knowing Your Body
Jul
22
12:00 pm12:00

Knowing Your Body

  • ACI
Knowing Your Body

As part of our Health and Wellness Program, ACI and Planned Parenthood of Central and Greater Northern New Jersey will be presenting a series of workshops on sex education.

People have sexual body parts which go by many different names including “private parts.” Join us as we talk about the medical names of the sexual body parts and what these body parts do. We will also talk about the difference between public and private locations and when someone might want to be alone for actions involving the sexual body parts.

Questions? Please contact Melissa Keyes-DiGioia at 973-539-9580 ext. 132 or melissa.keyes-digioia@ppgnnj.org.

Register by contacting Carole Tonks at 732-738-4388 ext. 118 or filling out the form below.


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Game Night - Somerset County
Jul
14
6:00 pm18:00

Game Night - Somerset County

  • Plainfied Library
Game Night
Truth Be Told game

COST: $5:00

Game of the night will include a "friendship forming" game called TRUTH BE TOLD. Other miscellaneous games include chess/checkers, playing cards, dominoes, boggle, etc.

Pizza/soda included!

If you are interested, please contact Nybil Ghanem at 732-738-4388 ext. 121 or fill out the form below. Space is limited.


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Baseball Game: Patriots vs Skeeters
Jul
12
7:00 pm19:00

Baseball Game: Patriots vs Skeeters

  • TD Bank Ballpark
Somerset Patriots v. Sugar Land Skeeters

COST: $7.00 per person (Pay with a credit card through PayPal or send checks to ACI. MEMO: Baseball)

Join us for peanuts and Cracker Jacks as we watch an exciting game of baseball featuring The Somerset Patriots and The Sugar Land Skeeters!

Interested? Contact Nybil Ghanem at 732-738-4388 ext. 121 or fill out the form below. Deadline for RSVP and payment are due on July 8th, 2014.


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Game Night - Union County
Jun
26
6:00 pm18:00

Game Night - Union County

  • Mountainside Library
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Trusth Be Told game

COST: $5:00

Game of the night will include a "friendship forming" game called TRUTH BE TOLD. Other miscellaneous games include chess/checkers, playing cards, dominoes, boggle, etc.

Pizza/soda included!

If you are interested, please contact Nybil Ghanem at 732-738-4388 ext. 121 or fill out the form below.


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Accessible Gardening
Jun
18
1:00 pm13:00

Accessible Gardening

  • ACI
Accessible Gardening

COST: $5.00

Are you a person with a disability, who would like to know how to create an accessible gardening atmosphere? If so, then join Jeff Cupo from the South Plainfield Chapter of Victory Gardening for Hunger, for this hands-on approach and educational workshop. 10-Plant Seed Starter System will be provided to the first fifteen people. We will also be discussing the theme of overcoming hunger through "Victory Gardening for Hunger."

Register by contacting Nybil Ghanem at 732-738-4388 ext. 121 or fill out the form below. Space is limited.


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Cyber Bullying Workshop
Jun
2
10:00 am10:00

Cyber Bullying Workshop

  • ACI
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Stephanie Rodriquez, Health Educator from Amerigroup, will present a workshop on cyber bullying. The hour long workshop will be geared towards teens and young adults with disabilities.

To RSVP, contact Luke Koppisch at 732-738-4388 ext. 110 or lkoppisch@adacil.org. Space is limited.

George Street Playhouse presents "Our Town"
May
24
1:30 pm13:30

George Street Playhouse presents "Our Town"

  • George Street Playhouse
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COST: Discounted price of $20 per ticket (Original price: $36) (Pay with a credit card through PayPal or send checks to ACI. MEMO: Our Town/Play)

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could take a trip back in time? Come join us as we view the life and times of the East Coast in the early 1900s, in a theatrical showing of Our Town. This Pulitzer Prize winning drama shows the life and love in a small village in Grover’s Corner from well over 75 years ago!

If interested, please contact Nybil Ghanem at 732-738-4388 ext. 121 or nghanem@adacil.org. Deadline for RSVP and payment is Monday, May 12th.