The Parent Coalition Newsletter The E-newsletter of The Arc of Whatcom County
July 28, 2008


in this issue
  • Upcoming Events
  • Citizen input requested
  • 19th Annual Kids Festival
  • Autism Day at Jubilee Farms
  • 9th Annual Youth Leadership Forum
  • Thanks for reading...

  • Citizen input requested

    County Executive Kremen would like to hear from the residents of Whatcom County

    Tuesday July 22 the County Council passed a one-tenth of 1% sales tax increase.

    The tax funds will go to providing services that fill in gaps for people who are dually diagnosed with mental health conditions and substance abuse.

    This will include the creation of a mental health court, so that offenders who are have both mental health and substance abuse issues can get treatment as opposed to jail time.

    The funds will also decrease the wait time for individuals needing substance abuse treatment.
    They will increase the number of people who can be served in the drug court.

    Many individuals with developmental disabilities also have a mental health condition. The services provided for by the tax will increase the long term supports and services available to such individuals.

    County Executive Pete Kremen is looking for input from the residents of Whatcom County as he considers whether or not to veto the tax.

    He is hoping to make a decision by 5:00 p.m. Monday, July 28.

    Comments may be sent to his email at or

    19th Annual Kids Festival

    A one-of-a-kind spectacular event!

    You and your family are invited to this one-of-a-kind spectacular event with FREE food, performers, inflatables, face painting, clowns and more!!

    Come to this annual event that celebrates all that Bellingham has to offer for kids.
    Everything is FREE!

    Saturday, August 2
    Bloedel Donovan Park,
    2214 Electric Ave
    11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Free shuttle from Civic Field

    Autism Day at Jubilee Farms

    8th annual Autism Day

    Autism Day is a free, fun-filled event designed for families touched by autism - a chance to relax in a beautiful setting surrounded by people who understand.

    Various individuals, companies, service providers and organizations wishing to reach out to the autism community provide free activities with our children in mind.

    Activities include hayrides, a giant slip-n-slid, a "donation-per-plate' lunch catered by Sherm's BBQ of Issaquah, and a "Preposition Parade."

    A quiet area will be provided away from the group under the grape arbor.

    No fees and no reservations needed.
    The farm event is open to the community. Just come and relax in the supportive and beautiful environment!

    Jubilee Farms
    229 West Snoqualmie River Rd NE
    Carnation, WA

    Saturday, August 9
    11:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.

    9th Annual Youth Leadership Forum

    There are still a few spaces left for the August Forum.

    The Forum is designed for incoming high school juniors and seniors with disabilities (as of July 1, 2008) who want to be or are leaders in their schools and communities.

    It is an opportunity for them to continue to learn the skills of leadership and citizenship as well as developing their personal and social skills.

    The project is funded through donations, so it can be offered at NO COST TO STUDENTS (including transportation).

    To apply, please immediately
    contact Debbie Himes at
    (360) 438-3246 (voice) or
    (360) 438-3167 (TTY) or
    email at

    August 10-15, 2008 at
    The Evergreen State College, in Olympia

    Thanks for reading...

    Upcoming Events
    Camp Horizon July 2008

    Camp Horizon in July, 2008

    Knowing Your
    Personal Boundaries~
    Safety Awareness

    4:00-5:30 p.m.
    Register now
    for weekly group sessions
    that will begin in September!
    Here is an opportunity to learn all about personal safety and awareness.
    Presented by
    John Davis and Jan Jung
    Husband and Wife Team
    Mental Health Counselors
    203 W. Holly St.
    Bellingham, WA
    Registration required
    please call 360-715-0170 X 302

    Care Giver Support
    Learn Self-Nurturing Techniques

    Noon-1:30 p.m.
    Weekly Group Meetings for parents and other family members who are primary care providers.
    Facilitated by
    John Davis and Jan Jung
    Mental Health Counselors
    203 W. Holly St.
    Bellingham, WA
    No fees
    Registration required, please call
    360-715-0170 X 302

    July 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

    August 11
    Parent to Parent Support Meeting

    7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
    Topic: Getting set for the first day of school- What you can do to help the process go smoothly for your child(ren) and you.
    2001 H Street
    Contact: Christine at
    360-255-2056 ext. 1
    Childcare available,
    please call ahead

    August 16
    Parent to Parent Sibshop

    Pottery Painting at Creativitea
    3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
    Ages 8 - 13
    Contact: Christine at 255-2056 X 1
    RSVP by Aug. 14

    August 17
    Down syndrome Outreach
    Family Support
    Waterslides Event

    10:00 a.m.
    Birch Bay Waterslides
    4874 Birch Bay Lynden Rd
    Blaine, WA
    For more information contact
    Kristy at 360-715-0170 x 307
    RSVP by August 5.

    August 23
    DsO Movie Night

    March of the Penguins
    6:00-8:00 p.m.
    The Arc's
    Dan Godwin Community Center
    2602 McLeod Rd.
    For information contact:
    Kristy at 360-715-0170 X 307

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