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October 2018 News and Updates
We had another full house at Bingo on Wednesday, September 25, 2018.
Fun was had by all at The Arc In The Park Picnic at Veterans Pavilion on Thursday, September 27, 2018.  We played bingo with prizes being awarded to the winners.  We also enjoyed a delicious meal of sloppy joes/hot dogs, BBQ beans, chips, cookie and beverage.
People First Aktion Club Members Steven and Roy helping at the United Way of Mower County Day of Caring on Saturday, September 29, 2018

Fall Activity Update

Upcoming Activities In The Fall 2018 Activity Guide:  
  • 4-H Youth Adventure Program - Animal Adventures
  • Bingo
  • Card and Game Night
  • Community Connections:  Austin vs. Mankato West Football Game, Date Night, Dinner and a Movie, Farmer John's Pumpkin Patch, Great River Bluffs State Park and Lark Toys Mini Golf, Great Serengeti Indoor Waterpark, Mystery Trip
  • Creative Arts:  CD Wind Spinners and the Austin Artworks Center
  • Dances:  Boot Scootin Boogie Dance, Halloween Spooktacular Dance and Costume Contest and Turkey Twist Dance
  • Fall Birthday Bash
  • Friendsgiving
  • Guys Night Out
  • Karaoke
  • Kitchen Creations
  • Ladies Night Out
  • Movie and Munchies:  Woody Woodpecker, Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle and Black Panther
  • Open Center
  • People First Aktion Club/SAM
  • Scrapbooking
  • The Arc In The Park Membership Picnic
  • Teen Night (for youth with ASD)
  • Brindley's Harbor Resort Leech Lake Vacation
  • Special Olympics Bowling
Upcoming Activities In The Winter 2018-2019 Activity Guide:  
  • Community Connections:  Kiwanis Holiday Lights, US Bank Stadium Tour, Tonic Sol-fa Holiday Concert, Lunch and a Movie, Science Museum of Minnesota/Omnitheater, Weekend Ventures, Date Night, St. Paul Winter Carnival/Ice Palace, Monster Energy Supercross at US Bank Stadium
  • Special Olympics Basketball
What Can I Register For Now?
  • You can register for any activity in October if spots are available.
  • You can register for Special Olympics Bowling (Session B - Starts - Wednesday, January 2, 2019).
  • You can register for Community Connections trips in October and November.  When registering for any Community Connections trip, you will be automatically added to STANDBY until the registration deadline. Payment is not needed until you are notified.
What Can't I Register For?
  • You can't register for activities in November until October 18.
Listen to KAUS 1480 AM on November 5
at 10:30 AM for The Arc Mower County Radio Show!
Tickets are still available to purchase.

How To Purchase Tickets:

Call 507-433-8994
Visit The Arc at 401 2nd Ave NE, ​Austin (West of Riverside Arena)
​Online ordering has been closed.

Learn more at
  1. If you are under a guardianship you still have the right to vote unless your guardianship court order says that the court has taken away your right to vote.
  2. If you can’t get into your polling place, you can register and vote from your vehicle. Ask the head election judge to find two election judges to come outside to help you.
  3. If you cannot sign your name, you have the right to tell the election judge who you are and tell another person to sign your name for you on the roster.
  4. You have the right to ask for help voting. For example, you can ask an election judge, a friend, family, guardian, or a staff person who works with you, for help.
  5. Any person you choose can go with you into the voting booth except an agent of your employer or union, or a candidate.
  6. You can ask someone to mark your ballot for you. It is against the law for them to mark the ballot for you if you cannot communicate to them who you want to vote for.
  7. You have the right to take a sample ballot into the voting booth with you.
  8. It is against the law for anyone in the polling place to try to influence your vote. It is your vote, and your choice!
Pamela Hoopes
Minnesota Disability Law Center/Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid 612-746-3711
2018 Election Dates:
  • November 6, 2018 - Election Day
 Learn more at:
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Mower County Senior Center
$5.00 Member / $10.00 Non-Member
Registration Deadline:  Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 4:00pm
Dancing  |  Snacks |  Costume Contest with Prizes

How To Register For Activities:
  • Online (RECOMMENDED): Visit, Click on My Account. You will find instructions on how to register online at Instructions are also available at The Arc office. If you do not have internet access at your house, you can use a computer at The Arc to register for activities. The Arc staff can assist you if you need assistance.
  • By Phone: You can contact The Arc office at 507-433-8994 during regular business hours to register for all of the activities that you would like to attend. You will have to mail or drop off your payment.
  • In Person: Visit The Arc office during regular business hours and The Arc staff can register you for all of the activities that you would like to attend.
  • By Email: Email the activities that you would like to attend to Staff will only respond to this email address during business hours.
"America’s Workforce: Empowering All" 
How are you planning to observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)? Held each October, NDEAM aims to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. NDEAM is led by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy, but its true spirit lies in the many observances held at the grassroots level across the nation every year. Learn how you can support NDEAM by visiting the ODEP website:
October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, a chance to spread awareness. During the month of October, we celebrate people with Down syndrome and make people aware of our abilities and accomplishments. It’s not about celebrating disabilities, it’s about celebrating abilities. #DSAM
Roger Mallan (Volunteer) - October 3
Rachel Cook - October 4
Jamey Helgeson (Staff) - October 7
Sara Flicek - October 15
Mark Wilson - October 15
Katy Quirin - October 20
Amanda Lammers - October 25
Mike Lenoch - October 25
Kathy Stark - October 26
Douglas Fox - October 27

Public Policy

Here you'll find the information you’ll need to advocate on all issues that are critical to the intellectual and developmental disability community:
Activity Guide & Newsletter
Wish List

Volunteers Matter 
at The Arc

If you are interested in volunteering, please email,  
call 507-433-8994 or visit 
for more information.

October 2018:  
  • 10/02/18, 06:00 PM-07:30 PM, Creative Arts: CD Wind Spinners
  • 10/03/18, 04:00 PM-05:30 PM, MCSO Bowling: Session A
  • 10/03/18, 06:30 PM-08:00 PM, Open Center
  • 10/04/18, 03:00 PM-05:00 PM, 4-H Youth Adventure Club: Animal Adventures
  • 10/05/18, 05:00 PM-09:30 PM, Community Connections: Austin vs. Mankato West Football Game
  • 10/06/18, 09:00 AM-05:00 PM, Community Connections: ​Great River Bluffs State Park and Lark Toys Mini Golf
  • 10/09/18, 06:00 PM-07:30 PM, Bingo,
  • 10/10/18, 04:00 PM-05:30 PM, MCSO Bowling: Session A
  • 10/16/18, 06:00 PM-08:00 PM, Community Connections: Farmer John's Pumpkin Patch
  • 10/17/18, 04:00 PM-05:30 PM, MCSO Bowling: Session A
  • 10/17/18, 06:30 PM-08:00 PM, Open Center
  • 10/18/18, 03:00 PM-05:00 PM, 4-H Youth Adventure Club: Animal Adventures
  • 10/18/18, 06:00 PM-07:30 PM, Ladies Night Out
  • 10/19/18, 06:30 PM-08:00 PM, Guys Night Out
  • 10/24/18, 04:00 PM-05:30 PM, MCSO Bowling: Session A
  • 10/26/18, 06:30 PM-08:00 PM, Card and Board Game Night
  • 10/30/18, 04:00 PM-05:00 PM, Halloween Spooktacular Dance and Costume Contest, SET-UP AND DECORATE IF NEEDED
  • 10/30/18, 06:00 PM-08:30 PM, Halloween Spooktacular Dance and Costume Contest, ACTIVITY ASSISTANT
  • 10/31/18, 04:00 PM-05:30 PM, MCSO Bowling: Session A
  • 10/31/18, 06:30 PM-08:00 PM, Open Center
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