In this newsletter, March in Review,  Zackathlon, The Good News Play, The Zack's Place Prom, The April Calendar, The Zack's Place New Series of Greeting Cards is out, Glad Rags Sale and an Autism Focus Group on April 4th at ZP,

March 29th, 2016

March in Review
On March mornings we did crafts with Kitty, science with Anthea, we hung out with Kimball Union Students, we visited Sugar Bush Farms, we played games at Woodstock Elementary School, we did Zumba with Jen, worked on greeting cards and finished our series with Bryan Kopf, we swam at the UV Aquatic Center, we had science with Jen, story telling with Jools, visited Jessica Burrell's sugar house, photography classes with Holly, visited VINS Turtles and Raptors, and we did art with Lolly and Bonnie.
Mid-day we skied at Suicide 6 with Vermont Adaptive and with Kimball Union Students, we went to the Pep Rally at Woodstock Elementary School, we did pottery at ArtisTree, had fitness classes with Bari, cooked with Sarah, had a Special Olympics Celebration with our partner athletes, we went to the Billings Farm Film Festival, we went to a dance at the American Legion in Windsor, we went to the Thompson Senior Center for lunch and to celebrate St. Patty's day, and we had drumming classes with Ted.
In the afternoons we watched a movie at Pentangle, we did yoga with Tita, Jamie and Lalita, we did zumba with Jen, we had art class with Jools and Finnie, we sang with Shelly and Rob and Kerry Rosenthal, and we practiced for our upcoming play.
We read books with Diane Dugan, Bettyanne McGuire, Pam Pickett, Phil Swanson and Terry Lewis.

We competed in the Special Olympics Unified Snow Shoe Competition and the down hill ski competition on March 4th and 5th. We had a fabulous time competing and Special Olympics Vermont, Suicide 6 and Vermont Adaptive were all wonderful.   Enjoy the pictures of another great month at ZP!
Josh Karissa and Holly enjoy a swim at the Aquatic Center 
Zack's Place Joins the Self Advocacy Group in Windsor for a St. Patrick's Day Dance 
Andrew and Kitty Swinging at the Dance 
ZP and WUHS Partners Celebrate their accomplishments and do Zumba with Jennifer 
Skiing at S6 with Vermont Adaptive 
Marty made it on the slopes this year! 
Josh learned to go up the Jbar by himself! 
Ski day with Vt Adaptive and Kimball Union  
We painted the walls at ArtisTree 
Falicia, Dana, Bryan and Tanner at the Special Olympics Competition 
Haley and Karissa 
Kyra and Jessie 
Hanna, Sarah and Elizabeth 
Abby and Jessa 
Science with Anthea 
Visiting the Burrell Sugar House 
Todd and Jessica give us a tour 
Celebrating St. Patrick's Day with the Seniors 
Yes we have rock concerts at ZP 
Lindsey in a Yoga Class 
Josh at Suicide 6 
Annie and Amy are ski buddies! 
The Tour De Zack now offers more so everyone can be a part of the fun! It is now the
Zackathlon! Sign up Today! Don't be left behind!

Save the Date!!!!! The next Zack's Place Musical...
Good News From Around The World
Performing at 5:30P on May 18th at the Woodstock Town Hall Theater

This years musical features a talented cast of characters that brings you authentic good news from around the world. This show is a must see! You know everyone of these talented actors and actresses. They will have you laughing till cry, singing at the top of your lungs, and dancing in the aisles. You will leave there feeling like there really is good news!

Your invited to the Zack's Place Prom on Friday April 29th at Woodstock Union High School 4-6PM

Student Council, Teachers and The National Honor Society once again are putting on a prom for Zack's Place. Come to a magical evening of unbelievable fun! All are invited and you must dress for the occasion!

The Zack's Place April Calendar
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Dail Holly and Sarah Fri
Kitty and Holly
Jen and Holly
Jen and Kitty
Dail and Sarah
1 Dail Holly and Sarah
10:30A Cooking with Sarah
1:45PM-Choreography for the play with Jen
3PM-Play Practice with Dail and Singing with Kerry and Jen will be there for Choreography
1015A-Zootopia at Pentangle
1PM-Pottery with Fiona
3PM-Dance Routines with Jen
4:15P Reading with Diane Dugan
11A-Story telling with Jools
1PM-Greeting Card Sales with Bryan
3PM-Yoga with Lalita
4:15P-Reading with Terry
11A-Scienc e with Anthea
1PM-Hiking Mt. Tom from the Prosper Road
3PM-Sinnging Practice with
4PM-Reading with Bettyanne
10:45A-walk to WES for games with Cody and Betsy return at 11:45A
1PM- Cooking with Sarah
3PM-Making Props with Sarah and Dail
8The HOP Leave at 9A- Return 11A NA PISTA-Dance Performance
12PM-Art Opening at the Library for the ZP Thinking about Vermont exhibit
1PM-Walk over to show your stuff return 2:30P
3PM-Play practice with Jen and Dail
11 June Raciot and Holly w/dail
10:00A Bowling at Maple Lanes, return at 1PM
2:30-Fitness with Kitty
4:15P-Reading with Diane Dugan
12 Jen off Holly and Rhiana
10AM-Swimming at the Aquatic Center
1PM-Photography with Holly
3PM- Yoga with Lalita
4:15P-Reading with Pam
13 Jen off on vacation
Holly and Sarah
9:30A-Leave for the State House. Tour of the House, Song on the floor of the house and return at 3:15P arriving ZP at 4:40P
10A-cooking with Sarah
1PM-Program at Billings Farm
3PM-Making Props with Sarah and Dail
10A- Cooking with Sarah
145P-Choreography with Jen
3PM-Play Practice with Dail and Singing with Kerry
10:30A-Greeting Cards with Bryan
Marketing in the Village
1PM-Pottery with Fiona
2:30-Fitness with Bari
1PM-Photography with Holly
3PM-Yoga with Jamie
4:15P-Reading with Pam
209AM- Leave for the HOP to see Maria Schneider Orchestra Return 12N
1PM- Deliver Pentangle posters
3PM-Singing with Shelly and Rob
4PM-Reading with Bettyanne
21LOH'S Leave 9A-from zp
Peter Rabbit Tales
Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 10:00a
1PM-Games at Zack's Place with Cards
3PM-Art with Finnie and
WES student council
10:00A-Cooking with Sarah
12PM-Trip to Springfield to Tour Black River Produce
3PM-Play practice with Jen and Dail
10AM-Crafts with Kitty
1PM-Pottery with Fiona
2:30-Fitness with Bari
4:15P Reading with Diane Dugan
10AM-Swimming at the Aquatic Center
1PM-Photography with Holly
3PM-Yoga with Tita
4:15P-Reading with Phil Swanson
10AM- Deliver Pentangle posters
1PM-Games at Zack's Place with Carl
3PM-Sinnging Practice with
4PM-Reading with Bettyanne
11A-Science with Finnie
1PM-Art with Lolly and Bonnie
3PM-Art with Jools
11:00A Farm Program at Billings farm
1P-Choreography with Jen
3PM-The Zack's Place Prom


Our new Series of Greeting Cards is out! Vermont is on our mind! Come see our art exhibit on April 8th at 12N at the Norman Williams Library. Cards can be purchased in packages of 16 for $25 or packages of 8 for $15 at Zack's Place or several stores in town.


The Glad Rags Sale is upon us!!!!! Donations Needed!
Press contact, Carol Radice
          Glad Rags Vice President
(802) 672-1323
Glad Rags 103rd Sale!
Saturday, April 23, 2016, marks the 103rd sale for Glad Rags, a non-profit based in Woodstock, VT. The sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. & 1:15 p.m. to 3 p.m., at the Masonic Temple, 30 Pleasant St.
Woodstock, VT. Those in the know come early for the best selection.
Each year the sale features the best of the best in quality new and used men's, women's and children's clothing, household items, linens and shoes.
Traditionally, Glad Rags' loyal customers come from all over New England for a day of fun and bargains, with folks often lining up before the sale begins to get the first glimpse at the great deals.
Proceeds benefit community non-profit groups including the Woodstock Food Shelf, Ottaquechee Health Foundation, Woodstock Job Bank, Zack's Place, Visiting Nurses and others. To date, the group has awarded well over a million dollars in grants to community groups such as these.
Glad Rags depends heavily on donated items to continue its success. Do you have something to donate for the sale? Glad Rags is accepting the following: new or gently worn, clean, damage-free clothing (men's, women's, children's and vintage), linens and household items including small appliances in working order. They cannot accept electronics, books, TVs, large appliances, sporting equipment including helmets or furniture. Donations can be dropped off the week preceding the sale at the Masonic Temple in Woodstock, from 9am to 5pm, Monday-Wednesday, and 9am-12 pm Thursday. All donations are tax deductible.
For more information on what we can and cannot accept, check us out at, find us on Facebook or call Loie, (802) 457-1054.

Have your voice heard 
If you are at least 18 years old, a Vermont resident, and carry a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder, or a parent to an adult child who carries that diagnosis, you are invited to participate in a research study consisting of participation in a focus group or private interview that will examine parents' and individual's experiences with the transition of school aged to adulthood while carrying a diagnosis of autism.
Researcher Biography
This research is being coordinated by a non-traditional student at Castleton University from the Sociology department, who is graduating in May and planning to attend Vermont Law School next year. The information that is gained through this research will go toward a law degree in special needs; specifically, the challenges adults with autism face on a daily basis. The sociology department hopes this study will help us learn about parent's and individual experiences, so that the researcher may suggest ways for parents/individuals to enhance their social support network, if desired, and to offer suggestions for the community to provide enhanced support to this population.
Time/Place of focus group or interview
The focus group will take place on April 4 at 5:30 P.M. The location will be at Zack's Place in Woodstock Vermont; "Zack's Place (ZP) is a free enrichment center whose mission is to empower special-needs people of all ages to express themselves through art, music, dance, literacy, athletics, and fitness while developing bonds of friendship." Private interviews at an alternate date and time can also be arranged. *The deadline for all interviews is April 7. Interviews may begin immediately.
As a participant of this study
You will be provided with a packet of materials that will advise you of your Federal and State rights generally, and as a person with a diagnosis of autism. The packet will also include resources which pertain to adults with autism who are transitioning out of high school, or who have transitioned out of high school. Prior to commencement of the focus group/interview you will be asked to sign an informed consent document which includes the following information:
  1. Introduction/background and purpose of the study
  2. The benefits and risks for participation in the study
  3. A notice of voluntary participation and withdrawal
  4. A notice of your rights to confidentiality and what that entails
  5. The name of the contact person for any concerns you may have of the research
  6. You will be given a copy of the informed consent document
If you are interested in participating in research that can be used to inform the service sector of the needs and concerns of individuals or families who are touched by autism, please contact:
Karen Marino, Student Researcher (Dr. Melinda Mills, Field Supervisor)
By phone 802-884-8078: Feel free to leave a message; the phone inbox is confidential.
Thank you in advance for your participation. I look forward to hearing all your stories.

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