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Sports, Rec & Arts Newsletter, December

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

December 2010
Volume 5, Issue 12


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Coming up

Touching the spirit Art Exhibition

Join us for the Art Exhibition on Monday December 6 through Friday December 10.

At the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living
3941 Research Park Drive, Ann Arbor MI 48108

Please contact Carolyn Grawi at

Seated Aerobics

Seated/wheelchair Aerobic’s class is now offered at the Ann Arbor CIL. Set to contemporary, upbeat music! Class is on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 1–1:30.

Starting on Thursday, December 2nd. Contact Sue Probert at 734-971-0277×34 or for more information or to RSVP.

Cooking Classes

Join us at the Ann Arbor CIL for cooking classes with Dr. Lauren Ungar.

Tuesday December 7th from 10-11:30am, will be making Cheese Danish
Tuesday December 21st from 10-11:30am, will be making Christmas Cookies

Cost is $3.00 per person ($5.00 per couple)
Space in limited. RSVP Required.
Contact Lauren Ungar for more information: 734-272-2526 or

Wheelchair Rugby

Interested in trying out Quad Rugby or seeing what its all about. Come to the Meri Lou Murray Recreation center on Thursday December 9th from 7:30-9:30pm.

This event is free but the recreation center charges a daily fee if you don’t have a membership. Adults $6 and Adults with a disability $4.

Any questions or for more information contact Mary Stack 734-971-0277×22 or


Join the Ann Arbor CIL for Bowling Thursday December 2, 9, 16, January 6, 13, 20, 27. Bowling is from 12:45-2:30pm. Meet us at Colonial Lanes, 1950 S. Industrial Hwy, in
Ann Arbor.

Only $7 for the day; this includes three games of bowling and shoes.

Transportation is NOT provided, please meet us at the bowling alley. RSVP is required for this event!

Please respond to Mary Stack at 734-971-0277 x22 or by the Tuesday before the event. All Ages welcome, however if under 18 or needing one on one assistance we require a family member or staff member to stay at the event.

Talent Exchange Potluck

The Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living Talent Exchange holds a monthly potluck for its members and those interested in becoming a part of the Talent Exchange. The Potluck is held on the first Tuesday of each month at 6pm at the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living. For more information about the potluck or the Talent Exchange please contact Melissa Sartori at 734-971-0277×27 or

Theatre Reborn Workshop

Diversability Theatre is happy to announce the Theatre Reborn will be meeting every Saturday (except holiday weekends) from 1-3pm at the Ann Arbor CIL. The Ann Arbor CIL is located at 3941 Research Park Drive, Ann Arbor MI 48108

For more information please contact Chris at,
or call Robin at (734) 971-0277 x46 or

CIL Fitness Center

The Center for Independent Living now has a fitness area available for use. With a wheelchair accessible circuit training machine, free weights, Nustep, treadmill and stationary bike, a wheelchair accessible scale and much more. Come check it out!

Everyone must complete an orientation with Mary Stack.

The fitness center is available by appointment.
Available hours include: day, evening and weekends.


Tuesdays – 9-4pm
4-8pm – by appointment only
Wednesdays – 9-4pm
Thursdays – 9-4pm
4-8pm – by appointment only
Fridays – 9-4pm
Sundays – 11-3pm – by appointment only

Please contact Mary Stack to arrange times to use fitness center.
734-971-0277×22 or

Arts & Crafts Night

The Ann Arbor CIL is pleased to offer a brand new Arts and Crafts program!
Join us on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8pm for a night of crafting with your friends, neighbors and peers. Starting Tuesday November 30 from 6:30-8pm.

November 30th will be scrapbooking. Supplies will be provided, but please bring
5 to 6 photographs to work with. Projects will be chosen on a weekly, based on group interest.

For More information please contact:
Amanda Helppie at or 248-752-7596

Holiday Craft Workshop

Want to warm the hearts of those you love this holiday season? Make them a gift!

For youth 14-26 years old

December 17, 2010 from 5:30-7:30pm
At the Ann Arbor CIL

RVSP with Anna Dusbiber Gossage at 734-971-0277×17 or


Please Join the Ann Arbor CIL and the Ann Arbor Commission on Disability Concern’s for a one day Tai-Chi workshop on January 6 from 1-3pm.

This workshop will take place at the Ann Arbor CIL.

For more information please contact Sue Probert at 734-971-0277×34 or

Coffee and Conversation Hour

Please join the Traumatic Brain Injury Association
On the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month 1-2pm at the Ann Arbor CIL
3941 Research Park Drive, In the Gathering Place/Kitchen.

Learn about new programs/Get connected with out people and have coffee on us.

Contact Jim Briggs for more information 734-668-6404 or

Ann Arbor CIL Book Club

Please join us for the Ann Arbor CIL Book Club on Thursday December 16 from 1-3pm. The book club will meet at the Ann Arbor CIL at 3941 Research Park Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108.

We will be review the book, Sarah’s Key by Tatiana Rosnay. Copies are available at the Ann Arbor Library and at the Washtenaw Library for the Blind.

Please contact Melissa Sartori if you have any questions about the book club or need more information 734-971-0277×27 or

Breakfast Bash – Youth Event

Get up early, not for school, but to make and eat breakfast with your friends at the Ann Arbor CIL.

Saturday, January 22, 2011, 11-2pm

Please RSVP to Anna at 734-971-0277×17 or

Spaces are limited so please sign-up today!

Movie Madness – Youth Event

Come watch the award-winning movie Avatar, Complete with a real movie concession stand!

Friday, January 28, 2011 from 5:30-9pm with a 15 minute intermission

At the Ann Arbor CIL

Please RSVP with Anna at 734-971-0277×17 or

Writing Workshop

Start the New Year off with a writing class at the Ann Arbor CIL! This is a five month writing series.

January 4-27 is Digital Storytelling: Writing
If you had five minutes to tell the world just one story, what would you say? This month, you’ll brainstorm and draft a story that you’ll animate yourself.

February 1-24: Digital Storytelling: Animating
You’ve written your five-minute story. In this class, we’ll help you add sound, picture, and video to make your words come alive as a full animation.

March 1-24: Blogging
The web is filled with news, opinions, art and song. In this class, you’ll add your voice to the online world through blogging.

April 5-28: Practical writing
Build your confidence in everyday writing. You’ll refresh your grammar, make fliers and newsletters, practice emailing and write a cover letter.

May 3-26: Inspire Magazine
Be published! Together, we’ll write, assemble and publish polished words of all forms: poetry, short stories, non-fiction, essays and beyond.

How to take a class:

  1. Choose between an Tuesday afternoon (1-3pm) or Thursday evening (6-8pm) session
  2. Email to register for the afternoon or evening classes you want to take.

For further questions or concerns please contact: or

Friday Art Group

Free to All at CIL Each Week

Please join us every week as we exercise our creativity in our Friday Art Group. Art sessions begin at 1 pm and generally end at 3 pm. Participants choose which project to do each week. Past projects have included trinket boxes, mosaics, decorating ceramic plates before firing, and jewelry. Bring your creativity, music to share and, if you like, a snack. Projects generally take between two and four weeks to complete. The program is FREE, but please call if you plan on coming so we will have more supplies on hand. The art comes to life at the Ann Arbor CIL, 3941 Research Park Drive, Ann Arbor. All Ages welcome please bring friends or family. For more information, contact Sue Probert at or 734-971-0277×34 or Melissa Sartori at

Recreation Events Around Michigan

Michigan Adaptive Sports

Participants — ready, set…..GO!

Live the dream.


Pine Knob
January 9, 2011 – Learn to Ski Clinic 9 to 11:30; 12 to 2:30; 3 to 5:30
January 23, 2011 – Learn to Ski Clinic 9 to 11:30; 12 to 2:30; 3 to 5:30
February 6, 2011 – Learn to Ski Clinic 9 to 11:30; 12 to 2:30; 3 to 5:30
February 20, 2011 Learn to Ski Clinic 9 to 11:30; 12 to 2:30; 3 to 5:30

Up North Opportunities -let the fun take you away!

Schuss Mountain
January 29 & January 30, 2011 – times TBD

Crystal Mountain
March 5 & 6 2011 – times TBD

Adaptive Boy Scouts

Come Join Pack #5714 for special needs boy scouts. Learn new skills, be part of a select group of scouts where activities are adapted just for you. We play games, work on crafts and learn life skills through the cub scout program. Scouts will be able to earn badges while having fun! Program sponsored by Plymouth Rock Lodge #47. For more information contact Deborah Marlow, Cub Master at 734-783-2968 or e-mail

Sled Hockey

What is Sled Hockey? Sled hockey, or sledge hockey as it is known in Canada and Europe, is a sit down version of ice hockey. Sled hockey is designed for individuals who have a disability that prohibits them from playing stand up hockey. However many teams have able bodied players who practice and fill out roster spots.

Each player uses a sled, which is usually made of aluminum. The other components of the sled are: the bucket, two skate blades under the frame, a skag in the front to keep the front from hitting the ice, and straps to keep the player secure in the sled. Players wear all of the same equipment as anyone you see playing on television. Most players even elect to wear hockey boots with the blades taken out for protection. The biggest difference in equipment between stand up and sled hockey are the hockey sticks. Sled players use two sticks, a right and a left, with metal picks on ends. The picks allow the players to propel themselves. The sticks may be as long as 100cm or roughly 3 feet. The sticks can be made from wood, aluminum, or composite. Most players elect to use a wood blade with a carbon fiber shaft. However carbon fiber blades are starting to become more prevalent. The Sled Dogs prefer to use Warrior shafts.

The Michigan Sled Dogs practice in Fraser at the Great Lakes Sports City Ice Arena – Male/Female ages 8 and up

Blaze Sports Power Soccer Program

Power wheelchair users are invited to participate in a power soccer team. Power soccer is the first competitive team sport designed specifically for power wheelchair users. Participants include persons with quadriplegia, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, head trauma, stroke and other disabilities. The United States, Canada, Japan and Denmark are currently fielding teams. Power soccer is a team sport played by individuals with various disabilities. Male and female participants, younger or veteran, are often on the same team as well as opposing sides. The game is usually played in a gymnasium on a regulation basketball court. Two teams of four power chair users attack, defend, and maneuver an oversized soccer ball into the designated goal for scores. The game is similar to the nonstop action seen in a typical indoor soccer game. Ages 7 and up.

For more information call Jerry Frick, National Program Coordinator at 770-654-0715 or Westland Therapeutic Recreation Program at 734-722-7620 or e-mail Margaret Martin at

Therapeutic Cheerleading with Cheer America

Students with special needs will love learning cheer leading routines. This drop in class is great fun and teaches children to do cheer routines safely. The clas will have several opportunities to perform their skills in local parades and competitions. Wear comfortable clothing and sthletic shoes. Children will be provide pom poms, and can earn a uniform if they attend at least 4 classes before the first parade. Ages, 6-20 years.

Wednesdays 6:15-7pm, from January 6-July 21, 2010
Bailey Recreation Center (36651 Ford Road, Westland)
Price: $4 per class for Wayne County resident
$5 per class for nonresident

Preregistration without payment is strongly encouraged. Drop in program – please pay for each class each week.

For more information about the program, please contact Margaret Martin, Therapeutic Program Supervisor. 734-722-7620 or or Debi Marlow

Ice Hockey

An ICE Hockey team is forming.

Have you always wanted to play ice hockey? Come join an exciting team that is forming now in Ann Arbor for kids 7-18 years old with disabilities. Gear up with us as we take to the ice to practice skaking skills, run drills and ultimately play scrimmages with other special hockey teams. The focus of the team is on learning hockey rule basics, along with basic skating and stick-handling, Team-work , following directions, accepting successes and failures on the ice, and most importantly making friends and having fun!

No experience necessary

Children must be able to stand/crouch with limited/no external support at this time for this team (AFO’s/braces/twister cable/etc. are ok!)

For more information or for general questions, contact Jacqueline Kaufman at or 734-936-7051.

Wheelchair Floor Hockey

Visit us online at

The Wheelchair Hockey League (WCHL) of Michigan was created for the enjoyment of participating in hockey. The purpose of this league is to provide an appropriate means for persons in wheelchairs to have the opportunity to play in a competitive floor hockey league and have the chance to engage in the camaraderie and excitement of the sport.
Our league includes players in electric and manual wheelchairs. The WCHL currently has 40 players, divided into four teams.

Players range in age from 10 to 60+, and have a variety of disabilities that include Muscular Dystrophy, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida and Spinal Cord Injury. Our games are played 4 on 4, with goalies. Our season is 12 Weeks in length, culminating with two playoff rounds of “best of three games” to decide our Wheeler’s Cup Championship! Our seasons are played over the course of 10 months (September through June). We are currently in our 12th season of competitive hockey.

Our games are played Saturdays at SALVATION ARMY OF WARREN 24140 Mound Road, Warren, MI 48091-5322.

The Wheelchair Hockey League is currently looking for volunteer referees. If you are interested please contact
December 4 from 1-4pm


Mary Stack

Michigan Victory Games

The Michigan Victory games provide athletes who are 7 years or older with a physical disability the opportunity to participate in recreational and competitive sports. Participation in games give athletes a chance to compete against their peers in a variety of events and reap the benefits as others who participate in organized sports. Michigan Victory games has qualified many athletes to compete in National and International events such as the World Championships and the Paralympics.

Sports include: Track/Field, Swimming, Table Tennis, Powerlifting, Cycling, Boccia and More. Games will take place in East Lansing at Michigan State University May 19-22, 2011.

If you would be interested in volunteering or have further questions about the Michigan Victory Games please contact Stella Husch at (248) 922-1236. Please visit the website at:

Thunder in the Valley

Thunder in the Valley Games are for individuals with physical disabilities. The Games are scheduled for June 2-5, 2011 at Saginaw Valley State University. Events include: Track/Field, Air Rifle, Archery, Swimming, Handcycling and Powerlifting.
For more information on this event or to find out how to volunteer please contact Jeff Coupie at
Please check out the website at


The Great Lakes Independence Ride (IRide) is the only inclusive cycling event of its kind in Michigan. It is a 1 to 4 day tour across the State of Michigan. IRide is a fun event that encourages full inclusion regardless of the type of cycle you ride. Everyone, with or without a disability, is invited to participate at whatever distance fits their abilities. IRide route options include the full 4-day ride, a 2-day ride on Saturday and Sunday and 1-day rides each day of the trip. Registration fee covers, Hotel, Food, Transportation back to our vehicle.

This year’s ride will be going from Three Oaks, Michigan and stopping in Three Rivers, Hillsdale, Jackson and ending in Ann Arbor. August 4-7, 2011.

Registration forms and information on the ride are located on our website!
For more information email us at or 734-971-0277×22

Please visit our website at

Support Groups

Beyond the burn Support Group

“Beyond The Burn Support Group at RIM,” provides burn survivors and their families a opportunity to talk, listen, learn and support one another.

Meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 6-7 p.m. at RIM Main Campus in the Sportsability Room. For more information about the support group, call Kerrie Macudzinski, CTRS, at 313-745-1055.

Amputee Support Group

Please come to learn, share your concerns, experiences and knowledge.
Where: UM Orthotics and Prosthetics Center
Suite 400, 2850 S. Industrial Hwy. Ann Arbor, MI
When: First Tuesday of Each Month from 5:30-7:30pm
For information contact Shauna Mote (734)975-7449 or

National Federation of the Blind Washtenaw County Chapter

We invite you to attend the Washtenaw County Chapter Meeting of the National Federation of the Blind of Michigan. We meet every second Saturday of the month, from 12 P.M. to 3 P.M. We meet at:

Pizza Pino
221 West Liberty Street,
Ann Arbor MI, 48104

Learn how our state affiliate of the National Federation of the Blind is changing what it means to be blind in Michigan. Learn that it is respectable to be blind. Hear about our State and National Conventions. Network and learn from other blind people about skills of blindness. Braille menus are available. The proprietor will not charge us for the room, as long as everyone order something. If you have questions contact Terri Wilcox, Secretary, National Federation of the Blind of Michigan at:

RIM reinstates amputee support group

The Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan (RIM) is reinstating the amputee support group. People with an amputation and their families are all welcome to attend the monthly meeting, occurring on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 1-2pm. The meetings will be held on the 7th floor of RIM in room 735. The first meeting being held will determine topics and speakers for future meetings, including therapists and healthcare providers, professionals in the field of prosthesis, and athletes. This service is being provided: to give people an opportunity to meet others going through some of life’s challenges and offer support to one another; to increase awareness of recreational opportunities for people with an amputation; and to offer up to date information on caring for and living with an amputation, including the newest technology. For questions regarding the monthly support group please contact Benjamin Ringelberg, CTRS, by phone or email at: (313) 993-0941 or BRINGELB@DMC.ORG

Support Group for Women with PTSD

Women with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) due to experiencing violence are welcome to this new support group on Mondays from 5:30 pm to 7 pm beginning April 19 at the Ann Arbor CIL, 3941 Research Park Drive, Ann Arbor. This peer support group will give participants the space to discuss what is happening in their lives. Women who have experienced sexual assault, domestic violence or child abuse, women with other disabilities and LBT women are especially welcome. There is no charge for the group. For more information contact (734) 971-0277.


We are always looking for new ideas here at the Ann Arbor CIL, so feel free to share yours! If there is sport or recreation activity you are really interested in participating, please let us know. Second, if you know of an event or program not listed here, and would like to notify others, please contact (734) 971-0277 or

Thank you again for your continued support and interest in recreation at the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living! Please feel free to forward this newsletter to friends and family, or let us know if they want to be added to the mailing list.

By the same token, if you would like to be removed from the E-Newsletter mailing list, please contact

2 Responses to “Sports, Rec & Arts Newsletter, December”

I was very impressed with this newsletter. Too bad I live far, otherwise I Would participate in your writing classes.

And my dream ‘ more than anything ‘ was to become anyone else other
than who I was. That being said, Philipp Boy is really impressing with
his athleticism. My brain still struggles with a comment my Chancellor
keeps making to me, ‘Our job is to educate, not advocate.

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