Taps + Trails tickets are on sale now!

The warm weather has us thinking about some cold microbrews and garden-fresh appetizers! Join us on Thursday, October 5 for our 2nd annual Taps + Trails event. We’ll have beer samples, food pairings, live music and a chance to learn more about IKUS and Indian Trails Camp. Tickets are on sale now!

http://tapsandtrails2017.eventbrite.com

https://www.facebook.com/events/129010547677235/

Join IKUS at the West Michigan Whitecaps on Friday, August 25

It’s a home run! Join us at Fifth Third Ballpark on Friday, August 25 for a West Michigan Whitecaps game. Proceeds from that night’s 50/50 raffle will benefit our camper scholarship fund! Get details at:

https://www.facebook.com/events/749997461848489/

R.E.C. Connect News

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R.E.C. Connect: Pool Party!

We’re looking forward to another fun month of classes, activities and special events in our R.E.C. Connect program!

Be sure to join us on Wednesday afternoons for Rock Band 101! It’s a great chance for music lovers to explore different instruments and learn the basics of performing in a band.

Upcoming special events in August will include the GR Jazz Fest and Metro Cruise Car Show. Classes and activities will include Fishing on Root Beer Lake, Photography Fun, Floor Hockey, Outdoor Games & Grub, Rock Band 101, Intro to Dance/Ballet, Sports & S’mores, Pool Party, Woodworking Creations, and Friday Night Fun (dinner & a movie).

Download an August Schedule.

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R.E.C. Connect: Sports & S’mores

Pre-registration is required for all classes, activities and events. If you are not a member yet, please complete the Member Profile today! Mail or drop this off to us along with your $1 annual membership fee to O-1859 Lake Michigan Dr NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49534.

Visit http://www.ikuslife.org/rec-connect/ for more information on this program.

Rock on!

R.E.C. Connect Team

Camp ALEC is only a few days away!

Camp ALEC is only a few days away and we’re so excited to be partnering with their organization for the third year at Indian Trails Camp!

Camp ALEC is a week-long summer camp specifically designed for children with physical disabilities whose primary mode of communication is AAC (augmentative and alternative communication) with a goal of improving AAC Literacy, Education, and Communication. Besides a typical camp experience including swimming, boating, and zip lining, campers leave with a “can do” attitude and a sense of confidence.

To learn more about Camp ALEC, visit:
http://www.campalec.com/

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Respite updates for the fall!

We’re excited to announce that we will be offering new options for our weekend respites this fall! In addition having two respite weekends for adults ages 18+ each month, we will have one children’s respite each month for ages 5 to 17 and one weekend of drop-in respites each month (an 8am to 2pm session for ages 5 to 17 and a 2:30 to 8:30pm session for ages 18+, no drop-in respites are available in December).

To view a listing of respite dates and themes, visit our Overnight Respite or Drop-In Respite web pages!

Fall registration begins on August 1.

R.E.C. Connect News

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The summer months are a perfect time to enjoy some of the beauty and activities that Michigan has to offer. We are pleased to assist all individuals in experiencing nature and outdoor activities.

The Accessible Outdoors course offered on Sunday afternoons provides a great opportunity for all participants of all abilities to experience different fun outdoor activities. From adaptive fishing for bluegill and small mouth bass at Lake Jacobcena (Root Beer Lake) to taking a leisurely ride on the paddle boats, we hope you will join us for some fun, social and leisure activities that highlight the great outdoors. All materials and supplies are included.

Interested in knowing what else is going on this month in R.E.C. Connect? Check out the July Schedule.

To join in all the fun R.E.C. Connect classes, activities or events, contact us at (616)677.5251, ext. 100 or email info@ikuslife.org.

Pre-registration is required for all classes, activities and events. If you are not a member yet, please complete the Member Profile today! Mail or drop this off to us along with your $1 annual membership fee to O-1859 Lake Michigan Dr NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49534.

Fish on!

R.E.C. Connect Team

R.E.C. Connect News

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In anticipation for Independence Day next week, some of our R.E.C. Connect members attended and participated in an evening concert entitled “American Rock N’ Roll Night”.  Members of the band Owl performed various songs from the 80’s and 90’s, which got all in attendance dancing,  moving in their seats or even joining in to sing and dance on stage.

Be sure to check out the R.E.C. Connect July Program Calendar, as it features various musical concerts with music styles for everyone this month.

To join in all the fun R.E.C. Connect classes, activities or events, contact
us at (616)677.5251, ext. 100 or email info@ikuslife.org.

IMG_3073Pre-registration is required for all classes, activities and events. If you are not a member yet, please complete the Member Profile today! Mail or drop this off to us along with your $1 annual membership fee to O-1859 Lake Michigan Dr NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49534.

Interested in knowing what else is going on this month in R.E.C. Connect? Check out the July Schedule!

Have a great 4th of July!

R.E.C. Connect Team

R.E.C. Connect News

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This past weekend we had Glamour Night on the Town! The evening started with releasing our inner glamour diva with a little help from Mary Kay representative, Tori. After our make-up makeover, we headed over to Uccello’s for some great conversation and delish food!

Do you feel like you missed out on girls night out? Don’t worry – we will be having more! We will also be having a guys night out – check out the first one in July (July Schedule)!

blog3This week we have a surprise performance for all R.E.C. Connect members! We have our special friends, OWL, performing this Wednesday, June 28th at 7pm! The band will be performing songs from the 80’s and 90’s, and in celebration of the upcoming 4th of July holiday, they will be passing out special surprises to the audience! If you love rock n’ roll and are ready to have a great time out, you don’t want to miss this! To pre-register or to learn more about this special performance contact us today!

To join in all the fun R.E.C. Connect classes, activities or events, contact us at (616)677.5251, ext. 100 or email info@ikuslife.org.

Pre-registration is required for all classes, activities and events. If you are not a member yet, please complete the Member Profile today! Mail or drop this off to us along with your $1 annual membership fee to O-1859 Lake Michigan Dr NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49534.

Interested in knowing what else is going on this month in R.E.C. Connect? Check out the June Schedule here! And don’t forget to check out the July Schedule too!

Stay awesome!

R.E.C. Connect Team

Wednesday, June 28: Join IKUS for Ottawa County CMH Consumer Advisory Committee

Join us this Wednesday, June 28th, for Community Mental Health of Ottawa County‘s next Consumer Advisory Commitee meeting! Everyone is welcome! This is a great opportunity for consumers, guardians and families to ask questions about CMHOC’s programs and processes as well as receive CMHOC updates from Lynne Doyle (CMHOC Executive Director). It will be held here in our Kate Pew Wolters Center from 4pm-5pm. We hope to see you there!

Accessible Art Creation Day with Zot Artz!

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And a HUGE thanks to our friends from The C2 Group for their dedication in making this event a success! Their time, energy, and, friendship (and popsicles) were greatly appreciated! Give it up for Dwayne & The C2 Group for making every day another best day for those we serve and for our community!

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