The Parent Coalition of Whatcom County The E-Alert of The Arc of Whatcom County
January 22, 2010


in this issue
  • Upcoming Events
  • Community-wide Family Events
  • Social and Life Skills Classes
  • Washington State Legislative News
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  • Community-wide Family Events

    The Bellingham Senior Activity Center will host two family events during January.

    The first is a free family fun night at 5 p.m. Friday, January 22. The senior center, at 315 Halleck St., is teaming with the Max Higbee Center to offer the event, which will include pizza, Wii bowling, pingpong, pool, card games, Pictionary and more.

    The second event is a community pingpong tournament from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. January 29, with playoffs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 30. The tournament, which is open to all ages, has an entrance fee. Deadline for entry is Jan. 28.

    For more information, contact the senior center at (360) 733-4030.

    Social and Life Skills Classes

    February 4 and 11, 4:30-6:00: "Relationships" with Rick Pribbernow

    This 2-part class will compare the difference between casual and intimate relationships and the difference between being friends and being romantic. .This class is geared for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities 18+ and their families.

    Pre-registration is required for attendance. Contact VickiMcClure at (360) 676-6724 ext. 32243 for more information.

    Washington State Legislative News

    Many Bills are being considered during this legislative session that are of particular interest to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

    Two bills in particular have already been heard in committee and have been or are scheduled for executive session. House Bill 2490 concerns respectful language by using "intellectual disability" in state language. The bill was heard in the House State Government committee and was approved and passed on to the next committee.

    Senate Bill 6423, revises language concerning Resdential Habilitation Centers and their closures. It was heard in the Senate Health & Long Term Care committee and is scheduled for Executive Session next week.

    To locate and contact your elected officials, read ADVOCATE below.


    To find your senators' and representative's phone numbers, you may use a searchable online directory or call TOLL-FREE: 1-800-562-6000 & ask for your senators' and/or representative's phone number.

    Remember that telephone calls are usually taken by a staff member, not the legislator. Ask to speak with the aide who handles the issue about which you wish to comment.

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    Upcoming Events
    Our elected officials are accessible by mail, phone and email.  Here, Representative Linville meets with Whatcom County families

    January 29
    Max Higbee Open House

    6:00 - 8:00 pm
    Max Higbee Center
    315 Halleck Street
    Watch a Magic Show, build your own sub sandwich, and join the community in celebrating 25 years!
    For more information, contact April at 733-1828

    February 6
    Youth Self Advocacy Group

    10:00 am - 12:00 noon
    The Arc's Dan Godwin Community Center
    2602 McLeod Road, Bellingham
    For more information contact
    Maureen: 715-0170 X 302

    February 8
    Parent to Parent Support Meeting

    7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
    Whatcom Center for Early Learning
    2001 H Street, Bellingham, WA
    Free on-site child care
    Call to reserve a spot for your child Contact Christine: 255-2056 X 1

    February 15
    Spin Dance
    7:00 - 9:00 pm
    Max Higbee Center
    315 Halleck Street
    Contact Amanda: 778-7000

    February 16
    Road Show on Transition to Adult Services
    5:30 pm
    Nooksack Valley High School
    For more information contact Beverly at 360-715-0170 X 306

    February 22
    Whatcom County Developmental
    Disabilities Advisory Board Meeting
    4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
    St. Luke's Education Center
    3333 Squalicium Parkway, Bellingham
    For more information contact
    Jessica at 360-676-6724 X 32014

    February 26
    Autism Support Meeting
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    The Arc's Dan Godwin Community Center
    2602 McLeod Road, Bellingham
    For more information contact Beverly : 715-0170 X 306

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