Fam­ily Fun Day for chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties May 21

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GRA­SONVILLE — The se­cond an­nual Fam­ily Fun Day, hosted by mul­ti­ple lo­cal and state-wide non­prof­its and or­ga­ni­za­tions, will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Sun­day, May 21, at Tal­is­man Ther­a­peu­tic Rid­ing Cen­ter, lo­cated at 300 Tal­is­man Farm Cir­cle in Gra­sonville. This event is tai­lored for fam­i­lies with chil­dren and young peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties and spe­cial needs; how­ever, there will be ac­tiv­i­ties for the en­tire fam­ily to par­tic­i­pate in and broth­ers, sis­ters, par­ents, care­givers and ex­tended fam­ily are in­vited to at­tend. Ad­mis­sion is free, but regis­tra­tion is re­quired by vis­it­ing www. abil­i­ties­net­work.org or call­ing 410-828-0770. This is a rain or shine event.

Fam­ily Fun Day will kick off at noon and will fea­ture a va­ri­ety of fam­ily-fun and sensory-friendly ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing: barn tours, Paso Fino horse soc­cer game, beach and sensory trail walks, a sensory-friendly pup­pet show, and a spring horse show fea­tur­ing the Tal­is­man Riders. Event par­tic­i­pants will also be able to sit on horse sad­dles, meet the horses at the farm, be “guest muck­ers,” meet per­son­nel from the Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, visit with four-legged friends from Ca­nine Com­pan­ions and more. In ad­di­tion, there will be a re­source fair for par­ents to meet or­ga­ni­za­tions that of­fer pro­grams and ser­vices for chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties. Fam­i­lies who at­tend will en­joy free food and bev­er­ages, along with in­for­ma­tion and give­aways from the event’s donors, part­ners and spon­sors.

Fam­ily Fun Day is made pos­si­ble by its or­ga­niz­ing part­ners of both lo­cal and state-wide non­prof­its and or­ga­ni­za­tions, in­clud­ing: Abil­i­ties Net­work, The Bene­dic­tine School, Epilepsy Foun­da­tion, Kin­era Foun­da­tion, Mary­land Depart­ment of Health and Men­tal Hy­giene-Of­fice of Oral Health, Par­ents’ Place of Mary­land, Queen Anne’s County Of­fice of the Sher­iff, SPARK Ini­tia­tive/ Kennedy Krieger In­sti­tute Cen­ter for Autism and Re­lated Dis­or­ders, and Tal­is­man Ther­a­peu­tic Rid­ing Cen­ter. In ad­di­tion, other donors and spon­sors in­clude Ca­nine Com­pan­ions, Gra­sonville Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment, In­nova Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals, Kent Is­land Elks, RBC Fi­nan­cial and Sunovion Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals. This is an ad­mis­sion-free, rain or shine event, but regis­tra­tion is re­quired; to reg­is­ter visit www. abil­i­ties­new­tork.org or call 410-828-0770. For ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion about this event and how to be­come a donor or spon­sor, call 443-249-3126 or email info@kin­era.org. For direc­tions to Tal­is­man Ther­a­peu­tic Rid­ing Cen­ter, visit www.tal­is­man­ther­a­peu­ti­crid­ing.org or call 443-2399400.

PHOTO BY HAFIZ RASHID

Jes­sica rides the horse Zachary as part of a ther­a­peu­tic rid­ing demon­stra­tion with the as­sis­tance of Eileen, who helps out at Tal­is­man Ther­a­peu­tic Rdi­ing.

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