Winter 2015 Brochure

Leisure Times
Winter Brochure 2015
1452 29th Street
West Des Moines, IA 50266
(515) 262-8888
Fax (515) 225-1631
Time to register for the Winter 2015 Leisure/Recreation programs
offered by LINK LEISURE SERVICES!
We will provide a variety of seasonal activities
that promote independent leisure lifestyles.
Please read through this brochure carefully
and make yourself familiar with
Link’s registration and program guidelines!
LINK LEISURE HOTLINE
For program information, updates, and weather related
cancellations, utilize the Link Leisure Hotline!
Individual calls will not be made to participants!
Call: 262-8888 Option #4
After 4:30 pm!
LINK ASSOCIATES WEB SITE:
Log onto Link’s website at www.linkassociates.org
for information about Leisure Services, the Leisure Times brochure, program
updates and cancellations. To get to Leisure Services information: on the
home page first click on SERVICES, then click on LEISURE SERVICES.
Leisure Hotline Updates can be found on the Home Page under
Information.
www.linkassociates.org
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Table of Contents
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Leisure Office Contact Information ................................... 2
General Information about Activities ............................. 3-4
New Programs & Special Events .................................. 5-6
River City Spinners .................................................. 7-11
Club Travel ............................................................ 11-12
Community Art Connection...................................... 13-14
Fun & Fitness ......................................................... 14-15
Special Olympics Athletics........................................16-19
January Calendar ....................................................... 20
February Calendar ...................................................... 21
March Calendar ......................................................... 22
April Calendar............................................................ 23
Acknowledgements ..................................................... 24
Link Leisure Hotline & Website ...................................... 25
Participant Contact Information Form ............... Center Insert
Registration Form .......................................... Center Insert
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Link Leisure Times
LINK LEISURE TIMES
Leisure Services’ Mission Statement:
Providing opportunities for individuals with disabilities to achieve an
independent and healthy leisure lifestyle.
Leisure Office Contact Information:
Stevie Steimel, CTRS
Leisure Services Manager/Volunteer Coordinator
(515) 262-8888 ext 209
[email protected]
Sydney Spencer, CTRS
Leisure Services Specialist
(515) 262-8888 ext 285
[email protected]
Adria Smith, CTRS
Leisure Services Specialist
(515) 262-8888 ext 207
[email protected]
MAILING ADDRESS:
Link Associates
1452 29th Street
West Des Moines, IA 50266
Fax Number: (515) 225-1631
Website: www.linkassociates.org
Due to the increased number of Link Leisure Times’ participants and
programs, the Leisure Department staff is not always available during
office hours. We will respond to questions and concerns as quickly
as possible.
We thank you for your patience!
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General Information
GENERAL INFORMATION
Registration Forms
All forms must be completed on both sides prior to participation. Incomplete forms
will be returned. Pre-registration is required for all Link Leisure activities.
*ON SITE REGISTRATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED!!*
Information collected from registration forms is used to enhance individual
program needs, ensure expedient medical attention if required, and demonstrate
merits of leisure programming to funding sources. Please be sure to complete both
the front and back of the registration form. Incomplete forms will be returned to
sender to be completed before processing.
Spinners, Club Travel, Community Art Connection
Registrations for these activities will be accepted according to individual needs
in the following priority on a first come/first served basis:
1. Individuals living alone, with parents or independent of scheduled support
2. Individuals with 2-30 hours per week of SCL support.
3. Individuals with 31-90 hours per week of SCL support.*
4. Individuals with 91-148 hours per week of SCL support.*
*Support verification may be required
Consent and Waiver Forms
EVERYONE registering for activities must complete these forms. All consent and
waiver forms received during this brochure period will be good through December
31, 2015. Registrants will be ineligible for participation without these forms on file.
Confirmation for Participation
Activity Confirmation Invoices will be sent to you once your registration is
processed. The invoice includes the total amount of payment for activities, payable
to Link Leisure Services. (This includes late payments from prior brochures.)
PAYMENTS ARE DUE JANUARY 30TH, 2015
Waiting Lists
Waiting lists will be established for each activity. You will not be responsible
for payment of activities that you are on the waiting list for until you receive
confirmation for participation.
Staffing Assistance
If 3 or more individuals from the same residence are attending an activity,
accompanying staff must remain at the activity site. Staff is also required for any
participant requiring special assistance and/or one-on-one support. If staff will be
accompanying a participant to a ticketed event the staff must pay the fee by the
deadline.
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General Information
REGISTRATION PROCESSING BEGINS: DECEMBER 5TH, 2014
Program Times
We ask that you please adhere to times posted for activities. Activities are often scheduled back to back and we are unable to provide supervision prior to or after an activity.
For the safety of your child or consumer, PLEASE DO NOT drop off any earlier than 5
minutes prior to an activity and pick up promptly at the scheduled conclusion. Please
make sure transportation is arranged prior to the activity. Telephones may not be
available at each activity.
Program Fees
Program registration fees vary for each program. Individuals will be charged for each
activity or program that they are registered and confirmed for, according to the registration fees indicated in the Leisure Times brochure. Send no money with your
registration, you will be billed! Payment schedules may be arranged on an individual basis by contacting the Link Leisure Department. If staff will be accompanying a
participant to a ticketed event the staff must pay by the following date.
PAYMENTS ARE DUE JANUARY 30TH, 2015
Transportation
Individuals who register for Spinners, Club Travel and or Special Events and who receive 0-30 hours of SCL support, live alone or have no means of transportation, except
mass transit, are eligible for transportation. Contact the Leisure Department at 2628888 when you receive your confirmation letter to request transportation. Transportation services are limited and available on a first come first served basis. The cost for
transportation is $8 round trip or $5 one-way. Once transportation is confirmed you
are responsible for payment unless proper cancellation notice is given. In the event an
unconfirmed/unscheduled ride is provided for take home, you will be billed $25.00 for
the service.
Cancellation Policy
If a participant is unable to attend any program activity, they must contact the Leisure
Department at 262-8888 no later than NOON THE BUSINESS DAY PRIOR to the
activity. If proper notice is not received, the participant risks losing all pre-paid fees for
the activity. Failure to give proper notice of cancellations 2 times in the same brochure
period will result in removal of the individual’s name from all scheduled activities in
that brochure period. Registration fees in this situation are non-refundable! We do not
receive messages left on the Leisure Hotline; you must dial a direct extension.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Volunteer opportunities are identified throughout the brochure. No matter what your
special talents, interests and schedules are, you can help change someone’s life at Link.
If you share our commitment to the continued well being of our participants and community, consider becoming a Link volunteer! Please contact Stevie Steimel, the Volunteer
Coordinator at 262-8888 ext 209 or [email protected]
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NEW PROGRAMS & SPECIAL EVENTS
NEW PROGRAMS &
SPECIAL EVENTS
REGISTRATION PROCESSING BEGINS: DECEMBER 5TH, 2014!
Helping Hands Volunteer Program
Volunteering helps the world go round – at least for non-profit and communitybased programs and agencies! It is, however, hard to know where to start. That’s
where we come in! In this volunteer program, we will do a project and deliver
the project to the designated agency or program. Upon delivery, we will get a
short tour and discussion about other volunteer opportunities within that agency or
program. In this brochure we will:
•Make greeting cards (birthday, Valentine’s Day, just because) to give to seniors at
Arbor Springs
• Fill toiletry bags and deliver to Central Iowa Shelters and Services for homeless
men and women
By volunteering a small amount of your personal time and energy, you can help
make a difference in someone else’s life, as well as in your community!
PROGRAM REGISTRATION FEE: $16.00
TIME: 5:30 pm-7:30 pm
DATE: First Wednesday of each month, January 7th – April 1st
COST: Registration Fee Only
MEETING PLACE: Link Associates,1452 29th St., West Des Moines
Limited to 10 participants
Enrich Your Mind
Our lives are busy and hectic, often leaving us with little time to relax and
recuperate. Sometimes we feel cranky, down, and tired. Take some time to
rejuvenate your mind in this exciting new program! We will explore some different
techniques related to relaxation and coping – journaling, anger management,
pet therapy, and meditation and mantras. You will leave feeling free, open, and
happy!
PROGRAM REGISTRATION FEE: $8.00
TIME: 6:30 pm-8:00 pm
DATE: Third Thursday of each month, January 15th – April 16th
COST: Registration Fee Only
MEETING PLACE: Link Associates,1452 29th St., West Des Moines
Limited to 12 participants
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NEW PROGRAMS & SPECIAL EVENTS
Chatter Box Jenga
We are not talking about the table version… Let’s play a life-size game of Jenga!
And let’s start from scratch! On night one of this two-part, super fun program, we
are going to sand and stain our very own extra-large Jenga blocks – don’t forget
to wear an old t-shirt and pants; we will also come up with some questions and
phrases to write on the Jenga blocks, making the game a great conversation as
well! Night two will be the big game… We will see who has an unstoppable
strategy, all while learning more about our friends and peers. How exciting!
PROGRAM REGISTRATION FEE: $7.00
TIME: 6:00 pm-7:00 pm
DATE: Tuesday, April 14th and Tuesday, April 28th
COST: Registration Fee Only
MEETING PLACE: Link Associates
1452 29th Street, West Des Moines
Limited to 12 participants
Candyland Annual Spring Fling Dinner & Dance
*Note new location, See below*
Come dance through Candyland at our 11th Annual Spring Fling Dinner and
Dance! We will take you on a delectable adventure of the Kingdom of Sweets,
complete with the Gumdrop Mountains and Lollipop Woods. Enjoy a delightful
dinner of tossed salad, Italian potatoes, glazed carrots, roast beef, rolls, and
yummy dessert bars, catered by the terrific Master Grillers. Do the candycane twist
with your sugarplum as DJ Erick Sims plays music especially for the Candy Castle!
•Remember that while this is a night of fun with friends, it is still a formal
event. Shirt and tie are required for all men and dresses or a suit are
required for women. We encourage staff to dress accordingly as well.
•You must be registered to attend this event by April 8th.
•Registrations will not be taken at the door!
•Any staff attending that would like a meal will need to notify the Leisure
Department by April 8th and also pay for their meal
PROGRAM REGISTRATION FEE: $15.00
TIME: 6:30 pm-9:00 pm
DATE: Wednesday, April 22nd
COST: Registration Fee Only
MEETING PLACE: Giovannetti Community Shelter, Walker Johnston Park
8900 Douglas Ave., Urbandale
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Transportation services available on a first come,
first served basis for those that qualify.
NEW PROGRAMS & SPECIAL EVENTS
RIVER CITY SPINNERS
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: A social group for adults with mild intellectual and/or
physical disabilities, who may be socially isolated within our community.
Participants must exhibit good social behavior, have no major medical
concerns, and display appropriate behavior toward property, themselves, and
others. Social activities are scheduled three to four times per month. (Participants
requiring medication during the event, must bring only necessary dosage and
it must be labeled with medication name, dosage, and directions.) Staff to
participant ratio is 1:6 or 1:7. Ratios of 1:1 or 1:2 are not available.
Please note the meeting place for each activity.
Limited to 12 people per activity unless otherwise specified.
REGISTRATION PROCESSING BEGINS: DECEMBER 5 TH , 2014
Friday, January 9th: Guys’ Night at the Boat & Outdoor Show
Calling all outdoor enthusiasts! Come with us to the Iowa State Fairgrounds to
check out this year’s Boat & Outdoor Show! For the boaters, there will be more
than a dozen different brands of boats on display, ranging from pontoons to
speedboats to fishing boats. There will be exhibits for the fishers, for the hunters,
and for the outfitters. What a great distraction from the harsh winter blues!
PROGRAM REGISTRATION FEE: $3.00
TIME: 5:45 pm - 8:30 pm
COST: $7.00, pay when confirmed, and bring extra money for souvenirs
MEETING PLACE: Link Associates -1452 29th St.
Wednesday, January 14th: Drake Diner
The Drake Diner has been a Des Moines landmark since it opened in 1987. It
features an upscale 50’s diner ambience with one of the friendliest staffs around.
The Diner serves breakfast all day and is also well known for their burgers,
meatloaf, and fresh salads. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy delicious food and
a great time with friends!
PROGRAM REGISTRATION FEE: $3.00
TIME: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
COST: Bring at least $20 for dinner
MEETING PLACE: Link Associates -1452 29th St.
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River City Spinners
NEW PROGRAMS & SPECIAL EVENTS
Thursday, January 22nd: Iowa Wild Hockey Game
The Iowa Wild are up against the Rockford Ice Hogs in this exciting hockey game.
Help us cheer our team on as they skate across the ice, passing and protecting the
puck to make the winning goal! This is definitely a can’t-miss for the season!
PROGRAM REGISTRATION FEE: $3.00
TIME: 6:15 pm - 10:00 pm
COST: $12.25, pay when confirmed, and bring money for concessions and
souvenirs
MEETING PLACE: Link Associates -1452 29th St.
Friday, January 30th: The Miracle Worker
Trapped in a secret, silent world, unable to communicate, Helen Keller is violent
and spoiled, and treated by her family as a nuisance to be endured. Only Annie
Sullivan realizes that there is a mind and spirit waiting to be rescued from the
dark, tortured silence. Annie’s success with Helen finally comes with the utterance
of a single glorious word: water. Come join us as we head to the Des Moines
Playhouse to see this wonderful story come to life on stage!
PROGRAM REGISTRATION FEE: $3.00
TIME: 6:15 pm - 9:45 pm
COST: $13, pay when confirmed, and bring money for snacks
MEETING PLACE: Link Associates -1452 29th St.
Thursday, February 5th: Line Dancing at Miss Kitty’s
Miss Kitty’s is notorious for a rousing good time! What better way to experience
the party than with a line dancing class?! Get down to the “Boot Scootin’ Boogie”
and the “Cotton Eyed Joe” on this fun-filled evening. Bring your ID and cash for
refreshments!.
PROGRAM REGISTRATION FEE: $3.00
TIME: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
COST: Bring money for refreshments; Bring your ID
MEETING PLACE: Link Associates -1452 29th St.
Wednesday, February 11th: Girls’ Night at Glazed Expressions
There is a new, fun craft at Glazed Expressions – candle making! Pick a scent,
a size, and a style for your very own candle. Then, add embellishments to
personalize it. The possibilities are endless! Keep your candle as a perfect
addition to your home or give it to someone special in your life. Light up your
creativity making candles as unique as you! For your information, candle prices
range from $8-$39, and embellishments range from $0.25-$8 each.
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River City Spinners
NEW PROGRAMS & SPECIAL EVENTS
PROGRAM REGISTRATION FEE: $3.00
TIME: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
COST: $8.00, pay when confirmed and bring at least $20 to make your candle
MEETING PLACE: Link Associates -1452 29th St.
Thursday, February 19th: Ice Skating at Ice Ridge
*Swoosh *Swoosh *Swoosh! Do you know what that sound is? IT’S YOU learning
to ice skate! The Ice Ridge is hosting a learn to skate night just for YOU! Learn to ice
skate in a safe, warm indoor facility at The Ice Ridge at South Ridge Mall- West End
Shops. Skating will be learned on a synthetic ice surface that is ideal for beginners.
PROGRAM REGISTRATION FEE: $3.00
TIME: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
COST: $10.50, pay when confirmed
MEETING PLACE: Link Associates -1452 29th St.
Wednesday, February 25th: Pella Wildlife & Shopping
Come see wild animals native to Iowa’s land, from both the past and present.
Hear the wolves howl and the cougars roar and more at the Pella Wildlife Co.!
Afterwards we will be cruising through Merle Hay Mall so you can buy some new
spring clothes for when the weather warms up!
PROGRAM REGISTRATION FEE: $3.00
TIME: 6:00 pm-8:30 pm
COST: $2.50 pay when confirmed, bring money for shopping
MEETING PLACE: Link Associates -1452 29th St.
Monday, March 2nd: Barnes & Noble Excursion
There’s nothing more comforting than a nice, hot cup of coffee or cocoa and a new
book to dive into! Whether it’s the book your friends have been begging you to
read or the new bestseller, you’re sure to find something that catches your eye!
PROGRAM REGISTRATION FEE: $3.00
TIME: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
COST: Bring money for shopping and beverages
MEETING PLACE: Link Associates -1452 29th St.
Tuesday, March 17th: Movie Night
Join us as we head to the theaters to see the latest hit movie! Kick back in your seat
with some tasty buttery popcorn and a refreshing drink, and don’t forget that sweet
candy! Whether we choose a thriller, comedy, or drama, you’ll enjoy this cinematic
night.
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River City Spinners
NEW PROGRAMS & SPECIAL EVENTS
PROGRAM REGISTRATION FEE: $3.00
TIME: 6:15 pm – 10:00 pm
COST: Bring $20.00 for movie admission and concessions
MEETING PLACE: Link Associates -1452 29th St.
Monday, March 23rd: Iowa Energy Basketball Game
He shoots… he SCORES! Nothing but net! Come help us cheer for the Iowa Energy
as they face the Delaware 87ers. Watch the “energetic” players race down the
court for fast-breaks and 3 point shots! Don’t forget to wear your purple and orange
to show your support!
PROGRAM REGISTRATION FEE: $3.00
TIME: 6:15 pm – 9:45 pm
COST: $14.00, pay when confirmed, and bring money for concessions
MEETING PLACE: Link Associates -1452 29th St.
Tuesday, March 31st: Tacopocalypse
Tacopocalypse, where Mexican food meets an Asian influence, combined with an
American flair. Try the braised pork taco, the bacon chorizo grilled cheese, the
“I Can’t Believe It’s Not a Breakfast” burrito, or any of the other original, eclectic
options at this unique East Village restaurant! While it may take a minute to decide
which amazing dish you want to try, you certainly won’t regret it!
PROGRAM REGISTRATION FEE: $3.00
TIME: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
COST: Bring at least $20 for dinner- CASH ONLY- they do NOT accept any other
forms of payment
MEETING PLACE: Link Associates -1452 29th St.
Wednesday, April 15th: Bass Pro Shops Tour and Bowling
Bass Pro Shops, located in Altoona, is every outdoorsman or woman’s paradise!
They have a wide variety of sports equipment, fishing gear, clothing and a very
unique display of taxidermy animals! They also have a large fish tank display with
some of Iowa’s own native fish! Join us as we head to Bass Pro Shop for a guided
tour! After our tour we will head over to Uncle Bucks for a one-of-a kind bowling
experience that makes you feel like you are under the ocean! Please note we will
not be eating dinner at Uncle Bucks, but only bowling.
PROGRAM REGISTRATION FEE: $3.00
TIME: 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
COST: $7.50, pay when confirmed, & bring extra money for shopping
MEETING PLACE: Link Associates -1452 29th St.
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River City Spinners
NEW PROGRAMS & SPECIAL EVENTS
Wednesday, April 29th: The Lion King
Hakuna Matata! It means no worries, for the rest of your days! Come join us as
we head to the Civic Center to see a live Broadway performance of The Lion King.
Marvel at the breathtaking spectacle of animals brought to life! You’ll never forget
the thrilling, pulsating rhythms of the African Pridelands. Don’t miss this amazing
experience!
PROGRAM REGISTRATION FEE: $3.00
TIME: 6:30 pm-10:30 pm
COST: $33, pay when confirmed, bring extra money for refreshments
MEETING PLACE: Link Associates -1452 29th St.
CLUB TRAVEL
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: A program designed for adults with mild intellectual
disabilities and/or physical disabilities who may be socially isolated within our
community, and want to travel one weekend day each month to a new destination in
Iowa and the Midwest. Travelers must exhibit good social behavior, have no major
medical concerns, and display appropriate behavior toward property, themselves
and others. There are a variety of trips planned, so choose the one or all that
appeals to you and make your reservation now!
We will meet and depart from, and arrive back at Link Associates – 1452 29th St.
Limited to 12 people per activity unless otherwise noted.
REGISTRATION PROCESSING BEGINS: DECEMBER 5 TH , 2014!
Saturday, January 17th: The Omaha Durham Museum
Durham Museum located in downtown Omaha, Nebraska, opened its doors as a
Union Pacific station in January of 1931! The station was one of the busiest in the
nation with10,000 passengers utilizing it every day! Now the station has been
transformed into the Durham Museum. This remarkable building houses some of
Omaha’s most unique treasures and provides a captivating look at the history of the
region. Here you can find many exhibits, varying from history to science, and culture
to industry. Come and explore this unique museum and all the beauty that it offers!
PROGRAM REGISTRATION FEE: $8.00
TIME: 8:30 am-5:30 pm
COST: $5.00, pay when confirmed, bring money for lunch and souvenirs
MEETING PLACE: Link Associates - 1452 29th St.
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Club Travel
NEW PROGRAMS & SPECIAL EVENTS
Saturday, February 21st: Kansas City Sea Life Aquarium
Sharks and crabs and piranhas, oh my! These are just a few of the creatures you
will get to see on this deep-sea exploration. Sea Life Aquarium in Kansas City will
transport you into the amazing underwater world. Come nose to nose with sharks
and prepare for astonishingly close views of everything from humble starfish and
seahorses to graceful rays. To get any closer, you’d have to get wet!
PROGRAM REGISTRATION FEE: $8.00
TIME: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
COST: $8.50, pay when confirmed, bring money for lunch and souvenirs
MEETING PLACE: Link Associates - 1452 29th St.
Saturday, March 28th: Owatonna Cabela’s and Reptile Zoo
Minnesota is our destination for this trip! Enjoy a leisurely peruse through Cabela’s
– the World’s Foremost Outfitter of hunting, fishing, and outdoor gear. While there,
fancy a look at the extraordinary taxidermy and life-like re-creations of animals
in their natural habitats. The huge tanks of native fish will keep you mesmerized,
watching the gar, crappie, and walleye swim by. Feel free to purchase some gear
or fudge before heading to the Reptile Zoo! One of the world’s largest reptile
displays, you will get to marvel at amazing creatures of the reptile and amphibian
world. Among these are snakes, turtles, lizards, crocodilians, toads, frogs, and
salamanders. You will return to Des Moines feeling educated and fulfilled!
PROGRAM REGISTRATION FEE: $8.00
TIME: 8:00 am-6:00 pm
COST: $6.50, pay when confirmed, and bring additional money for lunch,
shopping, & souvenirs
MEETING PLACE: Link Associates - 1452 29th St.
Saturday, April 25th: Williamsburg Tanger Outlet Mall
The weather is getting warmer and it’s time to start shopping for those hot new
summer trends! Come to Williamsburg, IA, with us to visit the Tanger Outlet Mall
and shop for clothes, shoes, accessories, and more. There are plenty of stores for
both men and women to find things they want. And don’t forget about the delicious
food! We will be eating lunch and then everyone can satisfy their sweet tooth at the
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory!
PROGRAM REGISTRATION FEE: $8.00
TIME: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
COST: Bring money for lunch and shopping
MEETING PLACE: Link Associates - 1452 29th St.
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NEW PROGRAMS & SPECIAL EVENTS
COMMUNITY ART
CONNETION
PROGRAM DECRIPTION: Community Art Connection (CAC) is a program designed
to introduce participants to a variety of leisure time alternatives. Speakers are
scheduled to present information and/or a hands-on experience for the topic they
are addressing. Come view, listen to, and experience a new leisure option.
Please note the meeting place on each activity.
REGISTRATION PROCESSING BEGINS: DECEMBER 5 TH , 2014!
Monday, January 5th: Holiday Wreaths
‘Tis the Holiday Season! Decorate your front door for your favorite upcoming
holiday with a festive wreath! Choose from Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day,
Easter, or any others you can think of. Your neighbors will surely be jealous and
might ask you to help them make one of their own!
PROGRAM REGISTRATION FEE: $5.00
TIME: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
COST: Registration Fee only
MEETING PLACE: Link Associates -1452 29th St.
Limited to 20 participants
Monday, January 19th: We’ve Got the World in Our Hands
Pottery and clay can be very therapeutic, in addition to allowing you to create a
wonderful, one-of-a-kind piece of art to display in your home or office! Join Dave
Spencer in a demonstration of throwing pots on the wheel; we will all work together
to create a pot to display in the Leisure Area for others to enjoy as well! You will
also be taking home your very own piece of art in the form of a clay tile!
PROGRAM REGISTRATION FEE: $5.00
TIME: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
COST: Registration Fee only
MEETING PLACE: Link Associates -1452 29th St.
Limited to 25 participants
Monday, February 23rd: Friendship Bracelets
Who doesn’t love to give and receive gifts from friends? With these unique and
colorful friendship bracelets, you and your bestie can make matching sets to share
your bond. Or you can make each other totally different ones to display your
differences. With all the thread colors and patterns we will learn, the possibilities
are endless!
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Community Art Connection
NEW PROGRAMS & SPECIAL EVENTS
PROGRAM REGISTRATION FEE: $5.00
TIME: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
COST: Registration Fee only
MEETING PLACE: Link Associates -1452 29th St.
Limited to 25 participants
Monday, April 6th: Spring Origami
It’s incredible to watch an ordinary piece of paper transforming into a design.
That’s what we will be doing in this activity, as we learn fun and creative designs
to do with paper. We will be doing a variety of fun designs that anyone can do!
Come learn something new or maybe jumpstart a new hobby!!
PROGRAM REGISTRATION FEE: $5.00
TIME: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
COST: Registration Fee only
MEETING PLACE: Link Associates -1452 29th St.
Limited to 25 participants
FUN & FITNESS
REGISTRATION PROCESSING BEGINS: DECEMBER 5 TH , 2014!
Weight Lifting
Were changing locations!! After many years of going to the Riverfront YMCA, we
will now be going to the NEW Wellmark YMCA! On Monday and Wednesday
afternoons we will work on strength, coordination, flexibility, and cardiovascular
endurance. Each session will have three parts: walking on the track for warm-up,
lifting weights with machines and free weights, and doing cardio with treadmills,
stationary bikes, and ellipticals. This is a fun way to get in shape and stay fit.
We will begin Monday, January 5th and continue through Monday, April 20th
We will also have a Friday afternoon session for those who wish to train for the
Special Olympics Power Lifting competition at the Mid-Winter Games in Iowa City
on March14th. Those who choose to participate must register for this activity.
Athletes must decide if they want to compete in power lifting or basketball, as they
are not able to do both. Athletes must use a properly fitting weight belt. If you
know of anyone interested in helping participants train for the competition please
let us know!
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Fun & Fitness
NEW PROGRAMS & SPECIAL EVENTS
We will begin Friday sessions for Special Olympics Friday, January 9th and
continue through Friday, March 6th
There will be NO Weight Lifting April 22nd, April 27th, and April 29th.
PROGRAM REGISTRATION FEE: $18.00 for Mon & Wed only or
$28 for those competing at S.O.
TIME: 2:45 pm-4:30 pm
DATE: See description above
COST: Registration Fee Only
MEETING PLACE: Link Associates-1452 29th St.
Limited to 12 participants
Critter Camp
Link Leisure is fostering animals from the Animal Rescue League of Iowa! We
would like to take this opportunity to ask for your help in caring for the animal,
while educating you on how to care for a small pet. We can’t say for sure who
we will be fostering at that time, but we can say it will be a great experience!
Whether we have a rabbit, a guinea pig, or a surprise animal, you’re bound to
learn so much! We will discuss and practice feeding, watering, and cleaning the
animal, as well as toys and socialization for the pet. What fun!
PROGRAM REGISTRATION FEE: $9.00
TIME: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
DATE: Tuesdays in January – January 6th, 13th, 20th 27th
COST: Registration fee only
MEETING PLACE: Link Associates-1452 29th St.
Limited to 12 participants
Minute to Win It!
Are you looking for a fun way to meet new people and release your competitive
nature? Then come join us as we play Minute to Win It games! These exciting
games consist of series of 60-second challenges using objects that are commonly
available around the house. If you’ve ever seen the gameshow on TV you know
what to expect and how thrilling it can get! And if you haven’t, then don’t miss this
chance to learn some entertaining new games to play with your family and friends
at home!
PROGRAM REGISTRATION FEE: $13.00
TIME: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
DATE: Wednesday, January 21st & Wednesday, January 28th
COST: Registration Fee Only
MEETING PLACE: Link Associates -1452 29th St.
Limited to 12 participants
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NEW PROGRAMS & SPECIAL EVENTS
SPECIAL OLYMPICS
ATHLETICS
Anyone interested in competing in ANY Special Olympic events must
complete an “Iowa Special Olympics Physical & Release Form” prior to
participation. Please check with the Leisure Department to verify your forms
are current and on file. Physicals must be updated every three years.
REGISTRATION PROCESSING BEGINS: DECEMBER 5TH, 2014!
S.O. Basketball UPDATE
Here are some important updates for those who registered by November 20th to
participate in our Special Olympics Basketball program!
Please note that NO new registrations will be processed after November 20th for
this basketball season!
TIME: Tuesday evenings beginning January 6th
6:00-7:00 pm Skills and 5 on 5 Teams
7:00-8:00 pm ALL 3 on 3 Teams
MEETING PLACE: Courage League Sports,
4405 121st St., Urbandale, IA 50323
To find out what time you will be practicing, you must call the Link Leisure Hotline
(515) 262-888 option #4 after 4:30 pm on December 19th or log onto to our
website at www.linkassociates.org No individual phone calls will be made
The Skills District Competition will be January 31st, 2015, at Woodward Granger
Middle School in Woodward. District Competition for teams will be announced.
Those who receive a blue ribbon will continue to practice through March 10th.
The Mid-Winter Tournament will be held in Iowa City on March 14th, 2015.
S.O. Bocce
**Please note changes in start dates, location, and other details**
Bocce ball is an ancient game that is gaining popularity. Modern day Bocce ball
resembles bowling in that you roll a ball towards a target. The goal is to get the
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ball closest to the target. We will start each practice with a warm up and then
focus on teaching skills for playing Bocce.
As the season progresses, teams will have the chance to play against each other.
Special Olympics Bocce is a team sport consisting of 4 players on a team with
a possibility of 4 alternates per team. All teams will compete at a new-this-year
regionals qualifying tournament – details to be announced.
Those participating in Bocce will not be able to participate in Soccer.
Keep in mind the last day to register and turn in S.O. physicals will be
January 5th, 2015.
New Bocce participants must attend the first practice on January 5th from 5:30-6:30 pm for
mandatory assessments. All other participants should attend this practice as well.
PROGRAM REGISTRATION FEE: $28.00
TIME: Mondays 5:30-6:30 pm January 5th - TBD
COST: Registration Fee Only
MEETING PLACE: Link Associates -1452 29th St. West Des Moines
S.O. Swimming
Swimming season is here! Athletes will have the chance to practice with Dowling
High School students as they train for the Spring Games in Indianola on April
7th. We will begin practicing for Special Olympic Swimming on Tuesday, March
10th and continue through Tuesday, March 31st at Dowling High School in West
Des Moines. Blue ribbon winners will continue to the Summer Games in May. All
participants must be able to swim, lessons are not provided.
There will be NO practice on March 12th, 17th, 19th, or April 2nd.
After Districts on April 7th, practices will be on Tuesday nights only.
Participants are responsible for their own transportation to practices and competitions.
New participants and those wishing to change their event must attend a mandatory
assessment session on Thursday, March 5th from 5:30-6:00 pm at Dowling High School.
PROGRAM REGISTRATION FEE: $18.00
TIME: Tuesdays and Thursdays
5:30-6:15 pm March 10th, March 24th- March 31st
(Practices on Tuesday nights through May for State Qualifiers only)
COST: Registration Fee Only
MEETING PLACE: Dowling High School, 1400 Buffalo Road
*No changes to events or new entries will be made after March 5th*
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S.O. Track & Field
Hey everyone, track is back! Rejoin your friends and make new ones as you
practice along side Dowling High School students. Practice will begin Tuesday,
March 10th from 6:30-7:30 pm at Dowling High School in West Des Moines.
Athletes will compete in the Spring Games in Indianola on April 7th. Blue ribbon
winners will continue to the Summer Games in May. Participants must meet Iowa
Special Olympic guidelines to compete in developmental events.
There will be NO practice on March 12th, 17th, 19th, or April 2nd.
After Districts on April 7th, practices will be on Tuesday nights only.
Participants are responsible for their own transportation to practices and competitions.
New participants and those wishing to change their event must attend a
mandatory assessment session on Thursday, March 5th from 6:00-7:00 pm at
Dowling High School.
PROGRAM REGISTRATION FEE: $18.00
TIME: Tuesdays and Thursdays
6:30-7:30 pm March 10th, March 24th- March 31st
(Practices on Tuesday nights through May for State Qualifiers only)
COST: Registration Fee Only
MEETING PLACE: Dowling High School, 1400 Buffalo Road
*No changes to events or new entries will be made after March 5th*
S.O. Youth Soccer
It’s Soccer Season and we’re ready to play! Join us as we learn and practice
soccer fundamentals like passing, kicking and of course scoring. Please remember
it takes 8 people to make a team so be sure that all your school mates and friends
ages 15 and under sign up and get in on all the fun!
Keep in mind the last day to register and turn in S.O. physicals will be March 23rd, 2015.
All participants will be placed on a team based on their skill level. All teams
big and small will compete at the State Summer Games in Ames on May 21st,
2015. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to practices and
competitions.
All new youth soccer participants need to attend a mandatory assessment session
on March 16th from 6:30-7:30 pm at Courage League Sports.
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PROGRAM REGISTRATION FEE: $18.00
TIME: Mondays 6:30-7:30 pm March 23rd-May 18th
COST: Registration Fee Only
MEETING PLACE: In March and in inclement weather we will be at
Courage League Sports 4405 121st Street, Urbandale
In April & May we will be at Urbandale Soccer Fields 104th and Meredith,
Urbandale
S.O. Soccer
You can feel the chill in the air and you know what that means…it’s soccer season!
Athletes ages 16 and over will practice at the Urbandale Soccer Fields Monday
evenings starting March 23rd from 6:30-7:30 pm. We will be working on our
footwork for passing, kicking and the fun part, SCORING!
Keep in mind the last day to register and turn in S.O. physicals will be March 23rd, 2015.
All teams big and small will compete at the State Summer Games in Ames on May
21st, 2015. Registration fee includes transportation to state competition.
All new soccer participants will need to attend a mandatory try-out session on March
16th from 5:30-6:30 pm at the Courage League Sports.
PROGRAM REGISTRATION FEE: $28.00
TIME: Mondays 7:30-8:30 pm March 23rd -May 18th
COST: Registration Fee Only
MEETING PLACE: In March and in inclement weather we will be at
Courage League Sports 4405 121st Street, Urbandale
In April & May we will be at Urbandale Soccer Fields 104th and Meredith,
Urbandale
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Sun
S.O. Bocce
5:30-6:30 pm
Weight Lifting
2:45-4:30 pm
CAC: We’ve Got the
World in Our Hands
6:00-7:30 pm
S.O. Bocce
5:30-6:30 pm
Weight Lifting
2:45-4:30 pm
S.O. Bocce
5:30-6:30 pm
Weight Lifting
2:45-4:30 pm
CAC: Holiday Wreaths
6:00-7:00 pm
S.O. Bocce
5:30-6:30 pm
Weight Lifting
2:45-4:30 pm
Mon
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Critter Camp
6:30-7:30 pm
S.O. Basketball
6:00-7:00 &
7:00-8:00 pm
Critter Camp
6:30-7:30 pm
S.O. Basketball
6:00-7:00 &
7:00-8:00 pm
Critter Camp
6:30-7:30 pm
S.O. Basketball
6:00-7:00 &
7:00-8:00 pm
Critter Camp
6:30-7:30 pm
S.O. Basketball
6:00-7:00 &
7:00-8:00 pm
Tue
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Minute to Win It!
6:00-7:30 pm
Weight Lifting
2:45-4:30 pm
Minute to Win It!
6:00-7:30 pm
Weight Lifting
2:45-4:30 pm
Spinners: Drake Diner
6:00-8:00 pm
Weight Lifting
2:45-4:30 pm
Helping Hands VP
5:30-7:30 pm
Weight Lifting
2:45-4:30 pm
Wed
Enrich Your Mind
6:30-8:00 pm
Office Closed
New Year’s Day
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Spinners: Iowa Wild Hockey
6:15-10:00 pm
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Thu
S.O. Weight Lifting
2:45-4:30 pm
Fri
S.O. Weight Lifting
2:45-4:30 pm
S.O. Weight Lifting
2:45-4:30 pm
Spinners:
The Miracle Worker
6:15-9:45 pm
S.O. Weight Lifting
2:45-4:30 pm
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Spinners: Guys’ Night at
the Boat & Outdoor Show
5:45-8:30 pm
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JANUARY 2015
S.O. Basketball Skills
Tournament
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Club Travel: Omaha
Durham Museum
8:30 am-5:30 pm
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Sat
January 2015
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Weight Lifting
2:45-4:30 pm
Weight Lifting
2:45-4:30 pm
Weight Lifting
2:45-4:30 pm
Weight Lifting
2:45-4:30 pm
Mon
CAC: Friendship Bracelet
6:00-7:00 pm
2
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Sun
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S.O. Basketball
6:00-7:00 &
7:00-8:00 pm
S.O. Basketball
6:00-7:00 &
7:00-8:00 pm
S.O. Basketball
6:00-7:00 &
7:00-8:00 pm
S.O. Basketball
6:00-7:00 &
7:00-8:00 pm
Tue
Weight Lifting
2:45-4:30 pm
Helping Hands VP
5:30-7:30 pm
Weight Lifting
2:45-4:30 pm
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Spinners:
Pella Wildlife
and Shopping
6:00-8:30 pm
Weight Lifting
2:45-4:30 pm
Weight Lifting
2:45-4:30 pm
Spinners: Girls’ Night
at Glazed Expressions
6:00-8:30 pm
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Wed
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Enrich Your Mind
6:30-8:00 pm
Spinners:
Ice Skating at Ice Ridge
6:00-8:30 pm
Spinners: Line Dancing
at Miss Kitty’s
6:00-8:00 pm
Thu
FEBRUARY 2015
S.O. Weight Lifting
2:45-4:30 pm
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S.O. Weight Lifting
2:45-4:30 pm
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S.O. Weight Lifting
2:45-4:30 pm
S.O. Weight Lifting
2:45-4:30 pm
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Fri
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Club Travel: Kansas
City Sea Life Aquarium
8:00 am – 6:00 pm
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Valentine’s Day
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Sat
February 2015
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Weight Lifting
2:45-4:30 pm
S.O. Youth & Adult
Soccer Assessments
6:30-7:30 pm
Bocce 5:30-6:30
Weight Lifting
2:45-4:30 pm
Weight Lifting
2:45-4:30 pm
Spinners: Barnes
& Noble Excursion
6:00-8:00 pm
Weight Lifting
2:45-4:30 pm
Mon
Weight Lifting
2:45-4:30 pm
S.O. Adult Soccer
7:30-8:30 pm
S.O. Bocce and Youth Soccer
6:30-7:30 pm
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Spinners: Iowa Energy Basketball
6:15-9:45 pm
S.O. Adult Soccer
7:30-8:30 pm
S.O. Bocce and Youth Soccer
6:30-7:30 pm
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Sun
S.O. Swimming 5:30-6:15 pm
S.O. Basketball
6:00-7:00 &
7:00-8:00 pm
S.O. Basketball
6:00-7:00 &
7:00-8:00 pm
S.O. Swimming 5:30-6:15 pm
Spinners: Movie Night
6:15-10:00 pm
NO S.O. Swimming
NO S.O. Track & Field
St. Patrick’s Day
Spinners: Tacopocalypse
6:00-8:00 pm
S.O. Swimming 5:30-6:15 pm
S.O. Track & Field 6:30-7:30 pm
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S.O. Track & Field 6:30-7:30 pm
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S.O. Track & Field 6:30-7:30 pm
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Tue
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Weight Lifting
2:45-4:30 pm
Weight Lifting
2:45-4:30 pm
Weight Lifting
2:45-4:30 pm
Helping Hands VP
5:30-7:30 pm
Weight Lifting
2:45-4:30 pm
Wed
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S.O. Track & Field
6:30-7:30 pm
S.O. Swimming
5:30-6:15 pm
Enrich Your Mind
6:30-8:00 pm
NO S.O. Track & Field
NO S.O. Swimming
NO S.O. Track & Field
NO S.O. Swimming
S.O. Track & Field
Assessments
6:00-7:00 pm
S.O. Swimming Assessments
5:30-6:00 pm
5
Thu
MARCH 2015
S.O. Weight Lifting
2:45-4:30 pm
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Fri
28
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Club Travel:
Owatonna Cabela’s
and Reptile Zoo
8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Special Olympics
Mid-Winter Tournament
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Sat
March 2015
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Easter
5
Sun
S.O. Bocce and Youth Soccer
6:30-7:30 pm
CAC: Spring Origami
6:00-7:00 pm
Weight Lifting
2:45-4:30 pm
S.O. Bocce and Youth Soccer
6:30-7:30 pm
Weight Lifting
2:45-4:30 pm
S.O. Bocce and Youth Soccer
6:30-7:30 pm
NO Weight Lifting
S.O. Adult Soccer 7:30-8:30 pm
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S.O. Adult Soccer 7:30-8:30 pm
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Chatter Box Jenga
6:00-7:00 pm
S.O. Track & Field
6:30-7:30 pm
S.O. Swimming
5:30-6:15 pm
S.O. Track & Field
6:30-7:30 pm
S.O. Swimming
5:30-6:15 pm
Chatter Box Jenga
6:00-7:00 pm
S.O. Adult Soccer 7:30-8:30 pm
S.O. Swimming
5:30-6:15 pm
Spring Games
Special Olympics
S.O. Track & Field
6:30-7:30 pm
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Tue
S.O. Bocce and Youth Soccer
6:30-7:30 pm
Weight Lifting
2:45-4:30 pm
S.O. Adult Soccer 7:30-8:30 pm
13
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Mon
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Spinners: Lion King
6:30-10:30 pm
NO Weight Lifting
Spring Fling
6:30-9:00 pm
NO Weight Lifting
Spinners: Bass Pro Shops
Tour & Bowling
6:00-9:30 pm
Weight Lifting
2:45-4:30 pm
Weight Lifting
2:45-4:30 pm
Helping Hands VP
5:30-7:30 pm
Weight Lifting
2:45-4:30 pm
Wed
NO S.O. Track & Field
NO S.O. Swimming
Thu
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Enrich Your Mind
6:30-8:00 pm
S.O. Swimming and Track
& Field Ice Cream Social
6:00-7:00 pm
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APRIL 2015
Fri
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8:00 am-3:00 pm
Club Travel:
Williamsburg
Tanger Outlet Mall
Sat
April 2015
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Acknowledgements
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
Link Associates Leisure Services would like to thank the following:
Support for Big Art provided by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the
Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the
Arts
Des Moines YMCA – use of facilities
West Des Moines Parks and Recreation-use of Raccoon River Nature Lodge
& continued support
Urbandale Parks & Recreation- Use of Facilities and soccer Fields
Courage League Sports – use of facilities
Dowling Catholic High School – use of facilities and student volunteering
Erick Sims of E.D.J.E. Productions – DJ Services
Special Olympics – athletic opportunities and trainings
United Way of Central Iowa-Funding support
Des Moines Art Center- Facility use for Big Art Series
Arbor Springs for volunteer opportunitites
Central Iowa Shelters & Services for volunteer opportunities
Master Grills- Catering services
Animal Rescue League of Iowa for Critter Camp
The many volunteers that help make our programs successful;
we couldn’t do it without you!!
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LINK LEISURE HOTLINE
For program information, updates, and weather related cancellations,
utilize the Link Leisure Hotline!
Individual calls will not be made to participants!
Call: 262-8888 Option #4
After 4:30 pm!
LINK ASSOCIATES WEB SITE:
Log onto Link’s website at www.linkassociates.org
for information about Leisure Services, the Leisure Times brochure, program
updates and cancellations. To get to Leisure Services information; on the
home page first click on SERVICES, then click on LEISURE SERVICES.
The Leisure Hotline Updates can be found on the Home Page under
Information.
1452 29th Street
West Des Moines, IA 50266
(515) 262-8888
Fax (515) 225-1631
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