The Parent Coalition Newsletter The E-newsletter of The Arc of Whatcom County
March 31, 2008


in this issue
  • Upcoming Events
  • A Community of Action - You are the Leaders
  • Whatcom Early Learning Leadership Luncheon
  • Qualifying for a Stimulus Tax Rebate Check
  • Infant and Early Childhood Conference 2008
  • Thanks for reading...

  • A Community of Action - You are the Leaders

    Explore common values and goals in working toward inclusive communities.

    Over 400 inter-generational leaders from the developmental disabilities field and their community partners will gather to develop and support leaders who personify the values of the Washington State developmental disabilities field, and provide the energy for an overall community vision that reflects and perpetuates those values.

    Wednesday April 16 - Friday April 18, 2008
    Hotel Murano (formerly Tacoma Sheraton) - Tacoma, WA

    More info:
    Marnie Valenta, Conference Coordinator (206) 313-0577 or

    Whatcom Early Learning Leadership Luncheon

    Early Learning: Building Tomorrow's Workforce, Today

    An event to moblize business and policy leaders to join parents, educators, and care givers in building a new public-private partnership for early learning.

    Keynote Speaker is William H. Gates, Sr.
    Co-chair, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
    Co-chair with Gov. Gregoire, Thrive-by-Five

    Friday, April 28
    12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
    Bellingham Golf and Country Club
    3729 Meridian Street, Bellingham

    Please register by April 11, as space is limited.

    For more information:
    call Kathy Adams at 360-783-1196
    or email:

    Qualifying for a Stimulus Tax Rebate Check

    All recipients must file 2007 Tax Return

    Low income Social Security recipients may qualify for the rebate check if they have more than $3000. in annual income.

    File by the regular April 15 deadline to get the rebate check in May 2008.

    Those who qualify for a stimulus check will receive one by the end of 2008 if they file by October 15, 2008.
    No rebate checks will be issued after 2008 ends.

    Receiving a payment under the stimulus package does not have any effect on eligibility for or amount of needs-based benefits programs (i.e. Food Stamps).

    Do you have questions about the stimulus package?
    Contact Hilary Dalin
    at the National Council on Aging
    at 202-479- 6626.

    Infant and Early Childhood Conference 2008

    Statewide Conference that promotes the mutual understanding of the contributions families and providers bring to the lives of young children.

    May 8-9
    May 7th - preconference sessions

    Meydenbauer Center,
    Bellevue, WA

    For Additional Information Contact:
    Tracy Ulrich, Conference Coordinator
    Boyer Children's Clinic
    1850 Boyer Avenue E
    Seattle, Washington 98112
    t: 360-629-8181

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    Upcoming Events
    Bubble Fun!

    Bubbles in the Park!

    Safety Awareness Group:
    Knowing Your Boundaries

    18 Yrs. and Older
    The Arc's
    Dan Godwin Community Center
    2602 McLeod Rd.
    Bellingham, WA
    Contact: Maureen at
    360-715-0170 X 302

    April 5
    Youth Self Advocacy Group
    10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
    The Arc's
    Dan Godwin Community Center
    2602 McLeod Rd.
    Bellingham, WA
    Contact: Maureen at
    360-715-0170 X 302

    April 12
    Parent to Parent
    Bowling and Burgers Sibshop

    11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Park Lane Bowling
    4175 Meridian St.
    Please RSVP by April 10
    Contact Christine:
    360-255-2056 X 1

    April 14
    Parent to Parent Support Meeting

    7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
    Guest Speaker: Jessica Lee
    2001 H Street
    Contact: Christine at
    360-255-2056 ext. 1
    Childcare available, please call ahead

    April 26
    Bowling Event

    6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    Park Lanes Bowl
    4175 Meridian St.
    Please RSVP by April 23
    Information contact:
    Kristy at 715-0170 X 307
    sponsored by Down syndrome Outreach

    April 27
    Hearts and Hands Awards
    Whatcom Volunteer Center

    2:00 p.m.
    Bellingham High School
    Nomination forms due April 4.
    For information: 360-734-3055

    April 28
    Whatcom County Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board
    4:30-6:00 p.m.
    3333 Squalicum Pkwy.
    Bellingham, WA

    Information Contact: Jessica at
    360-676-6724 X 32014

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