While my chapter is directly involved with two events this month, there are other events going on in the Central Michigan area. The good news is there are two great events on one day. The bad news is that there are two events on the same day, April 25.
On that day, April 25, Everyone Together, a group advocating for inclusion in schools will host the Celebrating Diverse Abilities Walk and Concert. The Walk will start at 3 p.m. by Alma's Public Library and wind its way downtown and return along the Riverwalk to the amphitheater outside the Library. (Rain location is the Library's Community Room.) Around 4:00, hotdogs and drinks will be served.
At that time there will be a concert by Peter Leidy (a musician from Wisconsin who sings about disabilities and inclusion) and warm-up band All Spectrums are Circles (from Canada). As well as the concert, there will be a dance performance by the Everyone Together Kids, who are looking for dancers (of any ability) to join them for a dance called "Together" (music by Kaleidoscope, choreography by event chairperson Sheryle Dixon).
Everyone Together Gratiot County will also be hosting another movie night on May 8 at Winding Brook Conference Center from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. The featured film will be Autism: The Musical followed by a discussion with parents of children with autism.
About musician Peter Leidi (from his website): "Peter Leidy has been learning from people with developmental disabilities since 1983. He worked for Options in Community Living, a supported living agency in Madison, Wisconsin, from 1985 - 2004. He believes community is for everyone."