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Fairytale Town

Visit www.fairytaletown.org or call 264-5233.
 · Spring Eggstravaganza - April 19-20 - egg hunts, prizes, spring themed arts and crafts, and visits with Peter Cottontail. Puppet Art Theater Company will also be on hand performing Bunny Boot Camp in the Children’s Theater.

· Family Campout - June 13-14 - This exciting overnight adventure includes a theater performance, arts and crafts, a scavenger hunt, bedtime stories and a sing-along!

maraFUNrun Sprints to Success
On December 8 Society for the Blind opened its doors and hosted a fun-filled day of activities
promoting sports and recreation for youth who are blind or low vision. The maraFUNrun Event kicked off at 7:00am at the Society- conveniently located just blocks from the starting mark for the 2.62 mile maraFunrun held in conjunction with the California International Marathon. Young athletes who are blind or low vision, their families and running guides braved the early morning cold to join us for this inaugural collaborative event. 

After completing their 2.62 mile run, the young athletes, ranging in age from 9 to 14, came back to Society to enjoy hot chocolate, hear about youth programs and participate in a Judo workshop. Following a lunch provided by the Senator Lions Club, the kids and their families learned about Goal Ball, Beep Baseball, and heard the inspiring stories of two blind athletes.

The Paralympic sports experience was the brainchild of Richard Hunter, a veteran and blind athlete who ran the marathon on December 8th. Richard brought together a partnership that included the United States Association of Blind Athletes, Society for the Blind, Paralympics Sport Club Sacramento, and Junior Blind of America. Many volunteers joined Society for the event including former Paralympians in Judo, a National Goal Ball Coach, and a prominent beep baseball coach. The maraFUNrun participants also met and heard inspiring presentations from blind athletes Lieutenant Bradley Snyder and Aaron Scheidies. Brad currently holds a gold medal in the 400-meter and 100-meter freestyle, and won a silver medal in the 50-meter freestyle during the 2012 London Paralympics. Aaron recently won the Silver Medal at the 2013 ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in London.

“Society for the Blind serves nearly 4,500 individuals yearly. As a center for community activities that promote independence and active lifestyles, we are so proud to be a part of this event where through sportsmanship, these kids can build friendships with other young athletes who are blind or low vision” says Shari Roeseler, Executive Director of Society for the Blind, “events like this help us to further inspire, educate and change the public’s perception of vision loss and let families know that they are not alone.”

Plans are already underway for the 2014 event! To learn more about Society for the Blind please contact Liz Culp at lculp@societyfortheblind.org. To learn more about becoming involved with the event, please contact Richard Hunter at rhunter988@att.net.

 

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