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In addition to the one time events listed below, please also see our organized events page, where you can view activities and organizations such as sports teams, cultural and amusement groups, that offer inclusion of our special needs kids.

November NW SPARK Special Needs Family Support (SNFS) Meeting

Tuesday, 11/03
7:00 - 9:00 pm
POUR Wine Bistro
15704 90th Street NE, Otsego, MN 55330

SNFS is a group to support families who have a child, or children, with special needs. This group is not exclusive towards one diagnosis. Come join us at our monthly support meetings to meet other families in the area who have a child, or children, with special needs. It is a great time to network, find support, and make friends. Hope to see you there!

If you have further questions, please contact the group facilitators: Melissa Powell at melpowell_1981@yahoo.com, or Laura Windgassen at laura.windgassen@gmail.com

November Autism Spectrum Disorders Parent Network

Wednesday, 11/04
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Handke Family Center
1170 Main Street, Elk River, MN

Join us this month as we host an interactive discussion with Joel Christian, Behavioral Analyst for the Elk River school district. Joel will discuss strategies to address your child's most challenging behaviors and how to work together with the schools to achieve positive outcomes.

Following the meeting, those who are interested are invited to go to Applebee's for a late night happy hour.


November Down Syndrome Parent Network


"Parent's Night Out"
Tuesday, November 10th
7:00 - 9:00 pm
AppleBee's Elk River
18891 Freeport Street NW, Elk River

Join us for some relaxation, socializing and fun! We'll use group funds for some appetizers to share; meals and beverages will be on your own. Hope to see you there and please RSVP so I know how big of a table to get!
Heather - woodland132@yahoo.com (763)228-0721

December: NW SPARK Special Needs Family Support (SNFS) Meeting

Tuesday, 12/01
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Handke Family Center
1170 Main Street, Elk River, MN 55330

SNFS is a group to support families who have a child, or children, with special needs. This group is not exclusive towards one diagnosis. Come join us at our monthly support meetings to meet other families in the area who have a child, or children, with special needs. It is a great time to network, find support, and make friends. Hope to see you there!

If you have further questions, please contact the group facilitators: Melissa Powell at melpowell_1981@yahoo.com, or Laura Windgassen at laura.windgassen@gmail.com

NW-PACT for Children's Mental Health

Date TBA

Sometimes the best resource for parents and caregivers of children with challenging behaviors are other parents and caregivers who are facing the same issues and challenges.
The group will enable support and networking, as well as offer educational resources on topics that the group selects. The meeting will focus on a discussion about your experiences!

Dinner provided, following the meal children are able to use available free child care. Please RSVP so we know how much food to provide.

Questions and to RSVP please contact: Sue Schmieg - 763-633-0894 or smithspan@gmail.com
Co-sponsored by Sherburne County Social Services and Parents, in partnership with NAMI

December Down Syndrome Parent Network


"Holiday Family Pizza Party"
Monday, Dec 7th
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Handke Family Center

1170 Main Street, Elk River, MN

Bring the whole family out for a family fun night pizza party! We will use group funds to provide the food and beverages and will have seasonal/holiday themed activities available for the kids.
We will meet in the basement of the Handke Family Center in the former cafeteria, so there will be plenty of room for the kids to play and table space for our meal. Please bring your own highchair/booster seat if needed and any alternate meals if desired.

Please let me know if you have any questions and be sure to RSVP by Sunday 12/6 to help me know how much food is needed.
Heather - woodland132@yahoo.com (763)228-0721

December Autism Spectrum Disorders Parent Network

Date & Location TBA

Join us in December for our parent holiday gathering!

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If you know of other one time events that you would like to see listed here, please contact our Web Admin, Christin Mielke at mielkec@hotmail.com



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