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Weekly Update November 26, 2019
   With all the holiday cooking that will be done on Wednesday I'm sending this  weekly update a day early. As an enticement to read on,  it includes the December Calendar of events and we've something for everyone. Activities will fill up fast so don't delay! 
The December Vacation Activities include several activities that may appeal to adults as well as children such as the Holiday Lights display at Southwick Zoo, a visit to the American Heritage Museum in Hudson, a Railers Game and a meet and greet with a successful author who happens to be on the spectrum! Christmas Eve we'll be spending the morning at the West Boylston Cinema enjoying a classic, The Polar Express. Everyone is welcome. 

  We kick off December with a special Parent Night Out. We'll be gathering at the Strand Theater in Clinton to be part of a night to honor our own Cid Deleo as she is recognized for her giving spirit with The George Bailey Award. Doors open at 5 PM, light refreshments will be served, the award ceremony will take place at 5:30 PM and be followed by a showing of the Christmas Classic - It's a Wonderful Life. What a wonderful way to start the month! Tickets are $15.00. Hope to see you there!  

I want to thank you all for being part of our extended center family, your support and participation makes our Center what it is, a safe haven for all who are challenged by autism. Whether you are parent, a sibling, a grandparent, an individual with autism or a supporter, you make the world a better place for all. I want to wish you all a safe and Happy Thanksgiving. We are thankful for you.

 The Center will be closing at 3 PM on Wednesday and will reopen on December 2, 2019.

Sue  cartoon_turkey.jpg
December 28, 2019 
1 PM 

Reece Arnold is a dynamic, autistic young man residing in the South Coast region of Massachusetts. He is a highly creative individual with interests in music, writing, and inventing. Reece's talent and determination have been an inspiration to many.
In 2016, Reece received a Master Certificate in Orchestration for Film and TV from Berklee College of Music's online program. In August 2014, he was featured on WCVB's Chronicle - Living (and Thriving) with Autism - His Language is Music. This segment was nominated for a New England Emmy Award by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Boston/New England. In 2018, Reece wrote a guest blog for Autism Speaks that highlighted his achievements.
In December 2017, Reece started his own company with his mother. The company's name, Reece-Cycled Fun!, embraces Reece's passion for the environment which is evident in the products that the company produces and markets. The company launched with Reece's creation of two mind-bending board games, "8 All-In" and "Number Kruncher." Reece is now expanding the company's products with his first book, "Mike's Big Space Adventure." A portion of the proceeds from Reece's products will benefit autism related charities.
Reece also plays the piano for music therapy for disabled adults and seniors in the area and is actively looking for more employment. He is good with computer work, editing both music and videos and being a creative thinker.
Through his creative works and company, Reece hopes to inspire other people with autism and those with challenges to follow their dreams and reach for the stars.  Reece enjoys writing stories of all kinds. He decided to write a short children's story about a year and a half ago. He has been fascinated by space himself and used his vivid imagination to create the characters that Mike meets. He worked diligently with a local artist, editors and graphic designer (his Mom) to get it done. The whole storyline and art concepts were his own. Full page color illustrations by Sandra Hall.  Appeals to ages: 4-10

About Mike's Big Space Adventure:
Mike's Big Space Adventure is about Mike, a young boy who loves astronomy. One night, he has a dream he becomes a shooting star and travels through different galaxies in space, meeting new friends - and getting into some scary situations - but having a wonderful adventure along the way!


 Calendar of Events

  Register for Events on our website registration page or by calling the Center at 
 Fees for Events are as stated  

December 4, 2019
Parents of Adults Group
Parent Night Out
The Strand Theater  
58 High St , Clinton MA 
George Bailey Award honoring
Cid Deleo 5:30PM 
followed by movie
It's a Wonderful Life at 7 PM
Strand has Beer & Wine & snacks
Tickets :$15.00 includes
light hor d'ourves at awards reception

December 11, 2019
Parents of Tweens & Girls
Support Group
6:30 PM -8:30 PM
Social Group for Girls

December 15, 2019
Children's Holiday Party
The Manor Restaurant
242 West Boylston Street
Reservations Required

December 16, 2019
Center Closed

December 18, 2019
Parents of Teens Support Group
& Teen Social Group
6:30 -8:30 PM

December 22, 2019
Winter Wonderland
at Southwick Zoo
Check in time: 4:45 PM
Fee:$8:00 includes Hot Cocoa

December 24, 2019
Friends & Family Movie
Polar Express
West Boylston Cinema
10AM $3.00/pp
Center Closes at 3 PM

December 25, 2018

December 27, 2019
New Year Dinner Dance
for Teens & Young Adults
Call 508-835-4278 to register
6:30- 9:30 PM

December 28, 2019
American Heritage Museum
568 Main St, Hudson Ma
10:30 AM
Fee $4:00 /pp

December 28, 2019
Meet The Author & Book Signing 
Reece Arnold
1 PM 

December 28, 2019
Worcester Railers Game
Railers vs Maine Mariners
7:05 PM $9.00/ pp

December 30, 2019
Fun Stuff Party Place
Inflatables & Arcade Games
791 Water St, Fitchburg, MA 9 AM
FEE: $7.00/jumper

December 31, 2018


Hip Hop Dance Classes    T hursdays  Dec. 5 $15 per child, siblings welcome. 



As part of our mission we try to keep you informed of relevant meetings, hearings, recreational opportunities in our community.

Check out the Bulletin Board this week for information about upcoming activities. It has recently been updated and there are several exciting events for families across the spectrum and of all ages. in the community.

The Bulletin Board is a place to have events that would be of interest to the families of HMEA's Autism Resource Central posted. Sped PAC meetings with speakers, recreational opportunities, classes and more. 

To have an event considered for posting please send information to  Sloring@hmea.org .


Sue Loring - Director 
HMEA's Autism Resource Central 
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