Therapeutic Recreation & Inclusion Services
June Newsletter
Happy June! We wish you a sunny and joy-filled month as we move toward summer!

We encourage everyone that is eligible to get vaccinated. For a schedule of free COVID-19 vaccine clinics offered in Howard County this week, click here.
Last Month's Highlights
Howard County Autism Society Programs
The Therapeutic Recreation team joined up with the Howard County Autism Society for a Mad Libs & Mad Gabs hour of fun throughout May! Participants teamed up to make silly stories and solve word puzzles each week. Be sure to keep an eye on the HCAS calendar of events for more fun opportunities!
Wooden letter blocks spell out PLAY on a wooden surface.  Other letter blocks are scattered around.
V.I.P. Club Winners!
Our Virtual Interactive Program (V.I.P.) participants competed in a Cinco de Mayo shopping list game! They had to check off items on their unique lists as each item was called out from a randomized spinning wheel. Those that filled their list first, won! Congratulations to our winners:

Rebecca C.
Sarah P.
Ben B.
Edie D.
Karin M.
Neon colors on a black background reads Cinco De Mayo with maracas, a sombrero, and shapes confetti.
Next Chapter Book Club
Both sections of the Next Chapter Book Club have been reading Something's Brewing by Jillian Ober and Tom Fish. Participants read aloud to each other and discuss the stories each week. While our spring sessions will be wrapping up soon, we can't wait to see our book club members again this summer!
A book titled Something's Brewing: Stories and Plays for Everyone by Jillian Ober & Tom Fish sits atop a laptop keyboard.  A pair of glasses is next to the book.
Spotlight on...TR Photography Club!
This 10-week hybrid program will culminate in a virtual art show!
The Therapeutic Recreation Photography Club has been hard at work since April learning the ins and outs of photography using a smartphone or tablet! Ten photographers met virtually each week with instructors Keaghna Fagan and Susan Potts to try out tips, tricks, and techniques as they explored digital photography. At the end of May, the club was finally able to meet safely in person to take photos together at Wilde Lake Park. All are welcome to join the TR Photography Club for our Virtual Art Show on Thursday, June 17 at 7pm on Zoom to see the full exhibit of photo submissions!
Two individuals wearing masks stand facing a lake.  They are both holding up their cell phones to take a picture.  The background is green trees, and the weather is sunny.
Ahleyah and Edie capture the perfect shot of the lake at Wilde Lake Park in Columbia.
Dance It Out is back!
9 illustrated figures are posed in different dance moves.
Dance It Out will resume each Wednesday in the month of June at 12:30pm! Join us for a 30-minute dance session. Song requests welcome! No registration needed, simply click the link below to join our Zoom meeting!
June Special Events
Friday, June 4 | $10

Compete for prizes and spend time with friends over this classic game of luck and numbers.
Thursday, June 10 | $10

Your next travel destination is a click away! Travel (virtually) with us as we explore Ireland!
Saturday, June 12 | $5

Dance the night away at this online dance party with music by DJ Chris Andrews!
Tuesday, June 15 | $10

Join the fun with an assortment of summer-themed games for June's Pot Luck!
Saturday, June 19 | Free

Find items throughout your home to share with the group!
Saturday, June 26 | $15

We call out songs instead of numbers in this musical spin on Bingo! Song lists include "Just Summer Songs" and "Weather Songs."
Partner Happenings
Pre-Employment Transition Services

Through the Division of Rehabilitation Services, Accessible Resources for Independence (ARI) provides instruction in self-advocacy for youth 14-21 years. This program takes place in a group or one-on-one setting where students learn about their rights and responsibilities, as well as how to request accommodations or services. Students also learn about the supports needed during the transition from secondary to postsecondary education and employment.

To learn more, contact Jill Pierce, Transition Specialist for DORS.
Cornhole Tournament Fundraiser

On Saturday, June 26, The Howard County Autism Society (HCAS) is hosting its very first Cornhole Tournament fundraiser. Cornhole encourages team spirit, friendly competition, and camaraderie… things we all have been missing! Join forward-thinking businesses, organizations, and community members as they show their support for the autism community. For more information, click on the button below.
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The Inside Scoop
Watercolor painting of the Eiffel Tower rising above green trees and 3 street lights.  Two red heart balloons float in the air.
Stumped at trivia? Looking for a leg up on the competition?

Each newsletter contains a fun fact that you may find helpful at Themed Trivia, V.I.P. Club, or Pot Luck.

June's Fact:
Due to heat causing the metal to expand, the Eiffel Tower can grow up to 6 inches taller in the summer compared to other times of the year.
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