Creative Writing Cooperation - Part 4
Sep
26
6:30 PM18:30

Creative Writing Cooperation - Part 4

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Come join us again! If you haven’t come before, don’t worry!

Reaching out to all writers! Do you write poetry, short stories, or one act plays? Come share your work! Spend the night with other creative people. Please bring excerpts from your work or famous writers that you admire. If you have a piece that you have worked on since our last meeting and you want to share your progress that would be great! We will also be doing some writing exercises as a group.

Light refreshments will be served. Accommodations made upon request. Transportation will not be provided.

Register by September 23rd.

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Halloween Monster Mash
Oct
25
6:00 PM18:00

Halloween Monster Mash

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COST: Free!

Come one, come all goblins and ghosts! ACI will be attending the Union County Office for Persons with Disabilities & Special Needs Halloween Monster Mash! The evening will include a haunted house, dancing, DJ, costume contest, and food!

We will meet at 5:45 PM at the front entrance. Accommodations made upon request. Transportation will not be provided. In case of inclement weather, you will be notified.

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Frightening Fun Halloween Party
Oct
30
6:30 PM18:30

Frightening Fun Halloween Party

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COST: $5

Come have a spooky good time at ACI’s Halloween party! We will be playing Halloween themed games like Halloween Trivia, Pumpkin Bowling, Tarantula Toss, Skeleton Shooting Gallery, and Spider Launch! Enjoy friends, food, music, and fun!

Light dinner will be served. In case of inclement weather, you will be notified.

Register by October 24th.

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Holiday Express
Nov
21
12:00 PM12:00

Holiday Express

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Holiday Express will be hosting an event for ACI! Their mission is to deliver music, food, gifts, financial support and friendship to those with the greatest need for the gift of human kindness during the holiday season and throughout the year.

This event will feature live music and food!

More details coming soon!

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COME AS YOU ARE: NJ Disability Pride in the Park
May
29
11:00 AM11:00

COME AS YOU ARE: NJ Disability Pride in the Park

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COME AS YOU ARE: New Jersey Disability Pride in the Park (formerly NJ Disability Pride Parade) has a new look and a new venue! Come and celebrate with us at this first-time festival that will take place at the Alvin P. Williams Park in Sewaren Peninsula, Woodbridge Township (Middlesex County), New Jersey on Friday, May 29th 2020 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

The 2020 NJDPP, a grassroots effort hosted by the Alliance Center for Independence (ACI), will also commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) in a beautiful new and expanded venue, a 36-acre accessible park in the heart of Middlesex County that features an amphitheater, picnic areas, paved paths, gardens and playgrounds along the waterfront of the Arthur Kill, with plenty of parking for festival attendees!

For more information, please visit adacil.org/njdpp

If you plan on attending, please let us know by filling out the form below!

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Premiere Stages: Yasmina’s Necklace
Sep
13
8:00 PM20:00

Premiere Stages: Yasmina’s Necklace

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COST: $10 per person. Please send checks to 629 Amboy Avenue, 1st Floor Suite 104, Edison, NJ 08837. Make your check payable to: The Alliance Center for Independence MEMO: Premiere Stages. Checks must be received no later than Sept 9th. If your check is not received, you will not have a ticket. Checks are non-refundable.

Come with ACI for an evening of theater at Kean University: Premiere Stages. We will be viewing Yasmina's Necklace by Rohina Malik. Yasmina's Necklace is about Abdul Samee: his father is Iraqi, his mother is Puerto Rican - but if you ask him, he'll say he's Italian. Longing to shed his cultural identity, he changes his name to Sam, marries an American and does everything in his power to turn away from his heritage. But when Sam meets Yasmina, a beautiful woman from his father's homeland, he begins to learn that a tree without roots cannot stand for long.

For information about Premiere Stages, please visit premierestagesatkean.com.

Meet at the parking lot side entrance of Vaughn-Eames Hall at Kean University at 7:30 PM.

Transportation will not be provided. Accommodations upon request.

Registration and payment deadline is September 9th.

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Free Flu Shots
Sep
13
12:00 PM12:00

Free Flu Shots

ACI has partnered with St. Peter's University Hospital's Community Mobile Health Services to offer free flu shots! Staff from St. Peter's will be on hand to give out information.

NOTE: Please bring your health insurance card.

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Living Well in the Community Orientation
Sep
13
10:00 AM10:00

Living Well in the Community Orientation

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ACI is currently recruiting participants for the fall Living Well in the Community program.

Living Well in the Community is a 10-session program developed by the the Rural Institute at the University of Montana that focuses on setting and maintaining goals to improve your health and wellness. Topics include: goal setting, staying on course, healthy communication, eating well, and physical activity. Participants must be 18 years or over to participate and be their own guardian (preferred).

The sessions are hands on, using videos and fun activities. Certificates of Completion are awarded to all participants at the final session.

Interested? We will be having an orientation session on Friday, September 13th at 10:00 AM. If you have any questions and to RSVP, please fill out the form below or contact Luke Koppisch at 732-738-4388 or lkoppisch@adacil.org.

Registration is required.

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A Day at the Museum
Sep
7
12:30 PM12:30

A Day at the Museum

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Helen Lundeberg
Self Portrait, 1944
Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University
Gift of The Lorser Feitelson and Helen Lundeberg Feitelson Arts Foundation
© The Feitelson / Lundeberg Art Foundation
Photo: Peter Jacobs

COST: Free (donation for the museum if desired)

Looking for something fun to do? Come join ACI on a trip to the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University. We will be enjoying a guided tour of multiple exhibits including the main exhibit Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein. This exhibit is a groundbreaking exhibition that explores how modern art was influenced by science, from Einstein’s theory to modern discoveries and inventions. For information about Zimmerli Art Museum, visit zimmerlimuseum.rutgers.edu

Meet at front Entrance on Hamilton Street. Street parking available on Hamilton Street as well two parking lots on George Street.

Accommodations made upon request. Transportation will not be provided.

Register by September 2nd.

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We've Got Jokes!
Aug
28
8:00 PM20:00

We've Got Jokes!

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COST: $15 per person (Please send checks to 629 Amboy Avenue, 1st Floor Suite 104, Edison, NJ 08837. Make your check payable to: Alliance Center for Independence Memo: Avenel Performing Arts Center. Checks must be received no later than August 19th, if your check is not received, you will not have a ticket. Checks are non-refundable.)

Join ACI for a hilarious time at the Avenel Performing Arts Center as we watch host, Moody McCarthy serves, as well as fellow comedians Brad Trackman (Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Comedy Central, Gotham Comedy Live) and headliner Steven Scott (America’s Got Talent, Comedy Central, Gotham Comedy Live). For information about the Avenel Performing Art Center, please visit avenelarts.com.

We will be meeting at the front of the Avenel Performing Arts Center at 7:30 PM.

Accommodations upon request. Transportation will not be provided. Limited number of wheelchair seats, first come first serve.

Register by August 19th.

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What's the Scoop!
Aug
21
6:30 PM18:30

What's the Scoop!

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Join your friends at ACI for some delicious ice cream at What's the Scoop in Metuchen! They have over 80 handmade flavors to choose from including cookies & cream, pistachio, salted caramel, and green tea (full menu is listed at whatsthescoopmetuchen.com). The average ice cream is $3.95, plus an additional $1 per topping (not including tax or tip).

We will be meeting in front of the What’s the Scoop entrance. Transportation will not be provided.

Register by August 19th.

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1969: Peace, Love & War
Aug
15
6:00 PM18:00

1969: Peace, Love & War

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Join us as we look back on the events, music, and pop culture that made 1969 a year to remember!

Discussion, slideshow presentation, trivia & prizes!

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Understanding ABLE Accounts
Jul
23
6:30 PM18:30

Understanding ABLE Accounts

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Presented by Hinkle, Fingles & Prior

The Achieving a Better Life Experience Act allows for tax advantaged savings accounts for individuals with developmental disabilities. In 2018, New Jersey launched their ABLE account program making these accounts available to thousands of individuals in the state. This workshop will provide an overview of ABLE accounts and provide an in-depth analysis of the benefits, limitations, and drawbacks of the accounts. We will also discuss how an ABLE account fits into a comprehensive estate plan and special needs trusts. The 90-minute presentation includes a Q&A session for attendees.

Attorneys at Hinkle, Fingles, Prior & Fischer, P.C., have over 70 years of combined experience providing specialized legal services to families of children and adults with a wide range of disabilities, and seniors. They have argued many of the precedent setting cases affecting individuals with disabilities in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

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Baseball Game: Somerset Patriots vs. York Revolution
Jul
16
7:05 PM19:05

Baseball Game: Somerset Patriots vs. York Revolution

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COST: FREE, but donations are always welcome! (donations payable to the Alliance Center for Independence, 629 Amboy Ave, Edison, NJ)

Join ACI at TD Bank Ballpark to watch our Somerset Patriots play the York Revolution!

Meet us at the main entrance at 6:30 PM to pick up your ticket.

Transportation will not be provided. Bring money for concessions if desired.

NOTE: This event is full. Please fill out the form below to be added to the waiting list.

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Disability Voter Registration Week
Jul
16
11:00 AM11:00

Disability Voter Registration Week

On Tuesday, July 16th from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PMREV UP NJ and the Alliance Center for Independence, will be celebrating National Disability Voter Registration Week by hosting an event at the NJ State House Annex.

This event is part of REV UP's on going efforts to participation from the disability community in the elections process. The day will include live entertainment, voter registration, prominent speakers, resource tables and giveaways.

Come out, have a good time, and let your voice be heard...your vote counts!

REV UP NJ is part of a national campaign to include 54 million Americans in the Election process. This event is funded by the generosity of the NJ Council on Developmental Disabilities.


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Introduction to Microsoft Word
Jun
25
1:00 PM13:00

Introduction to Microsoft Word

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Learn about the basics of Microsoft Word including:

  • Create, save, open, print, and edit Word docs

  • Format a Word doc’s margins, fonts, alignments, and other attributes

  • Use bullets and numbering

  • Use spell check and find/replace functions

Must have basic computer knowledge. Please bring your laptop. If you do not have your own laptop, ACI has a limited number of laptops available. Please let us know if you need one.

About the Instructor
Anne Topping is currently teaching information technology at Middlesex County College. She has commercial industry experience from her work at AT&T and Metropolitan Life Insurance company.

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Plays in the Park: EVITA
Jun
21
8:00 PM20:00

Plays in the Park: EVITA

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COST: $7.00 at the door. $5.00 for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities. Cash only!
(When buying your ticket, tell the Box Office at Roosevelt Park that you are with the Alliance Center for Independence. Make your way to the accessible seats near the stage where you will meet CJ Dodge. You must RSVP for a ticket!)

Plays in the Park is proud to present EVITA live on stage!

Join ACI at Roosevelt Park for EVITA! This Tony Award winner for best musical is about a passionate woman who went from the streets of Argentina, to show business stardom, to the highest levels of influence in Buenos Aires. At once both a saint and a villain, Eva Peron’s dramatic, meteoric rise from poverty to prosperity is groundbreaking and heartbreaking. This show includes timeless songs such as: Buenos Aires, Don't Cry For Me Argentina, The Money Kept Rolling In, and A New Argentina.

Arrive no later than 7:30 PM.

If you would like concessions, bring money or bring food from home. Parking is free, but is first come first serve. Transportation will not be provided. Bring a lawn chair no higher than 40 inches if you need a seat.

Register by June 17th.

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Measles: Myths and Facts
Jun
18
10:00 AM10:00

Measles: Myths and Facts

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Presented by Dr. Sabah Kalyoussef, an Infectious Disease Specialist at Saint Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick.

Think measles has been eradicated? Think again...

There has been an big increase in the number of people in United States, including NJ, contracting measles over the last few years. Find out how you can protect yourself from this disease. Dr. Kalyoussef will also discuss the importance of vaccination.

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Public Speaking for People Who Don’t Like Public Speaking
Jun
4
10:00 AM10:00

Public Speaking for People Who Don’t Like Public Speaking

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Speaker: Mary Goepfert, MSW, MPA, LCSW, LCADC

Nervous about speaking in public? Yes? Well, join the crowd…

On Tuesday, June 4th, ACI will be having an interactive workshop to help build the skills needed to be the confident public speaker that's in all of us. These skills will help you land that job and succeed in your career!

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Film Screening: Take a Look at This Heart
May
24
6:30 PM18:30

Film Screening: Take a Look at This Heart

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SUGGESTED DONATION: $3.00

Take a Look at This Heart is a film about love, sexuality, and the human bond within the disabled community. A journey into the lives of 17 very unique people; some with disabilities and the partners who love them, others struggling to get by in a world that seems to often overlook them. In exploring the confidence and unconditional love that these humans have for themselves and each other, you may begin to question your own notions on life, love, and what it means to really feel in every sense of the word.

For mature audiences.

Light dinner will be served.

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The NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities Application Process
May
23
6:00 PM18:00

The NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities Application Process

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Presented by the law firm of Sussan, Greenwald and Wesler of Cranbury

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Andrew I. Meltzer, Esq. will provide an overview of the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), the state agency which coordinates a continuum of services for adults with special needs age 21 and older. Mr. Meltzer will present a step by step guide to assist families in the DDD application process. Andrew will also touch briefly on the types of services DDD provides including but not limited to: The Community Care Waiver, Residential Services, Funding for Family Caregivers, and Supported Employment Services. This presentation is a must for any family that has a child with a developmental disability and has concerns about his or her ability to live independently as an adult.

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Honoring the Life and Work of Ethan B. Ellis
May
17
1:00 PM13:00

Honoring the Life and Work of Ethan B. Ellis

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On behalf of Ethan’s wife, Janet and the Ellis family, ACI invites you to a celebration of Ethan’s life and work being held on May 17th from 1:00 to 4:00 PM at the ACI office.

The family and friends of Ethan will be speaking at 2:00 PM.

Please join us in honoring this nationally known advocate and former executive director of the NJ Council on Developmental Disabilities and the Alliance Center for Independence.

To read more about Ethan’s life, please click here.

Kindly RSVP if you will be attending the memorial.

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month: Denim Day
Apr
23
10:30 AM10:30

Sexual Assault Awareness Month: Denim Day

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month! 1/4 women and 1/6 men experience some form of sexual violence and people with disabilities are at a higher risk of victimization. ACI supports survivors of sexual violence and you can too. The material denim and color teal are symbols of sexual assault awareness.

Join us on April 23rd from 10:30 to 11:30 PM, as we create denim and teal pins to raise awareness and show support for sexual violence survivors.

Light refreshments will be served.

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Set the Table! Focus Group
Apr
18
1:00 PM13:00

Set the Table! Focus Group

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Rutgers University’s Public Outreach and Engagement Team (POET) is partnering with the Middlesex County Office of Planning to implement Set the Table! as part of the DESTINATION 2040 Comprehensive Master Plan.

Set the Table! is a fun, casual and social approach to civic engagement that provides Middlesex County residents, employees, employers and students with an opportunity to contribute to decisions on how the County will grow and change over the next 20 years.

ACI is proud to partner and host a social gathering to discuss several topics related to DESTINATION 2040. Topics include: the economy, environment, transportation, housing, technology, public services, arts/culture and health.

Light refreshments will be served.

NOTE: The second session that was originally scheduled from 6:00 to 8:00 PM has been cancelled.

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Earth Day Celebration
Apr
16
11:00 AM11:00

Earth Day Celebration

SUGGESTED DONATION: $3.00

Celebrate Earth Day with ACI! Join us as we make Milkweed Seed Bombs. Seed bombs are a perfect project to help the environment and help save the monarch butterflies!

Simply throw the seed bombs onto bare soil with a little water, plenty of sun and compost and your seed bombs will germinate and become a beautiful haven for monarch butterflies!

Seed bombs can be thrown in abandoned lots, gardens and the list goes on! They also make wonderful gifts, wedding favors and party favors!

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month: The Clothesline Project
Apr
9
10:30 AM10:30

Sexual Assault Awareness Month: The Clothesline Project

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Join ACI in decorating your t-shirt and help bring awareness to sexual assault!

The Clothesline Project is a visual display that bears witness to violence against women. During the public display, a clothesline is hung with shirts that are decorated to represent a particular woman's experience, by the survivor herself or someone who cares about her.

The purpose of the project is to bear witness to survivors and victims of the war against women, to help with the healing process for survivors and loved ones, to educate and raise awareness, and to provide a nationwide network of support. You do not have to be a survivor of sexual abuse to participate.

Materials will be provided, but we have a limited amount of shirts. Please feel free to bring your own shirt. All of the shirts will be hung in the ACI building during the month of April.

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Cards & Cocoa
Mar
29
6:30 PM18:30

Cards & Cocoa

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COST: $5

Come to ACI and play some card games! Rummy, Crazy 8s, Spit, Hearts, Go Fish, War; whatever you would like! If regular cards are not your thing, we have UNO too! While you play and spend time with friends, enjoy some hot cocoa!

Light refreshments will be served. Accommodations made upon request. In the event of inclement weather, you will be notified.

NOTE: This event is full. Please fill out the form below to be added to the waiting list.

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Come Fly with ACI!
Mar
28
11:30 AM11:30

Come Fly with ACI!

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The Council for Airport Opportunity will be coming to ACI for a presentation on the exciting careers in the airport industry! From security, baggage handlers, skycap workers to retail and customer service to maintenance, airports employ 1000's of people throughout the the NJ/NY area.

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Stress Management Workshop
Mar
21
1:00 PM13:00

Stress Management Workshop

Dealing with stress? Need help coping with life's challenges? Too much stress in your life can negatively affect your physical health and emotional well being.

Join presenter Michael Pearson, the Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator of the New Jersey Self-Advocacy Project at Arc of NJ, as he teaches us how to better manage our stress.

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Star Gazing & Cocoa
Mar
13
6:30 PM18:30

Star Gazing & Cocoa

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COST: $5

Come to ACI to enjoy the beauty of the night sky! Guest speakers from Amateur Astronomers Inc. will teach us about the moon and the stars. We will be outside, so please dress accordingly for the weather!

Light refreshments will be served. Accommodations made upon request. In the event of inclement weather, you will be notified.

Limited equipment available: If you have your own telescope or binoculars please bring them to the event.

Register by March 11th.

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Day of Mourning Vigil
Mar
1
6:00 PM18:00

Day of Mourning Vigil

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As part of a nation-wide Day of Mourning, ACI, along with disability advocates, will be holding a vigil on March 1st 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.

If you would like to say a few words at the vigil, please let Argenys Caba know when registering.

Join us for light snacks and refreshments in the ACI office after the vigil.

Registration deadline is February 22nd.

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George Street Playhouse: Little Girl Blue
Feb
22
8:00 PM20:00

George Street Playhouse: Little Girl Blue

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COST: $20 per person. Please send checks to 629 Amboy Avenue, 1st Floor Suite 104, Edison, NJ 08837. Make your check payable to: The Alliance Center for Independence MEMO: George Street Playhouse. Checks must be received no later than February 4th, if your check is not received you will not have a ticket. Checks are non-refundable.

Join ACI for a fun night of theater at the George Street Playhouse as we watch Little Girl Blue. Following her critically acclaimed performance in American Hero, Laiona Michelle returns to George Street Playhouse to play Nina Simone in a new musical. This exuberant premiere musical reveals a life in between the black and white keys - a passionate journey from classical piano child prodigy to the High Priestess of Soul, told through the words and music of American icon Nina Simone.

For information about George Street Playhouse, please visit georgestreetplayhouse.org.

Transportation will not be provided. Accommodations upon request. Limited number of wheelchair seats, first come first serve.

We will be meeting at the front of the playhouse at 7:30 PM.

Register by February 4th.

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Blood Pressure & Blood Sugar Screenings
Feb
22
11:00 AM11:00

Blood Pressure & Blood Sugar Screenings

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ACI has 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.

Fasting is not required for this screening.

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African American History Month Presentation
Feb
21
1:00 PM13:00

African American History Month Presentation

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The Alliance Center for Independence celebrates African American History Month! This presentation will focus on the inventions and other contributions of African Americans in field of science and technology. Hear personal stories and participate in our fun fact quiz.

Light refreshments will be served.

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