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Don't Forget to RSVP To The Arc's Annual Picnic

As we all start to enjoy the warmth of summer, don’t forget to save the date for The Arc’s Annual Summer Picnic, a fun and festive social event for everyone in The Arc’s community. This year’s picnic will be held Wednesday, July 17th from 4:30 to 7 PM at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds picnic pavilion, located at 15200 West 6th Avenue in Golden.

The picnic is free to everyone in our community, so please feel free to bring a friend. This fun social event features something for everyone: live music, a delicious and exciting menu, a magic show, balloon art, face painting and more! We're also expecting visits from the West Metro Fire Department (and one of their fire trucks) and the Jefferson County Sherrif's K-9 Unit.

Please RSVP online by clicking here, or call (303) 232-1338 and let the receptionist know you want to RSVP for the picnic. Please be sure to include your full name, where you can be reached, and the number of adults and children that will be attending with you.

We truly hope that you can join us, and we look forward to seeing you there!


JoLynn Osborne receives TRIAD Early Childhood Council Award

Submitted by David Osborne

JoLynn Award

Congratulations to Jo Lynn Osborne of The Arc and Carolyn Kwerneland from HCP, winners of TRIAD Early Childhood Council's 2013 Children's Champions Award. We are lucky to have these skilled and passionate women advocating for children with special needs! Check out The Arc's eUpdate tomorrow for more information.

by Lisa Howes


Louise Weech's Award

Senior citizens’ volunteer work draws praise
Charley Able on May 7th, 2009
Louise Weech of Lakewood holds her Senior Hero Award.
Louise Weech of Lakewood holds her Senior Hero Award.
 LAKEWOOD- Louise Weech never let anything get in her way, especially not developmental disabilities.The Lakewood woman was one of the first in Jefferson County to buy a home with a disability mortgage loan. And she was the first to pay it off.
Weech is a founder of the Kiwanis Aktion Club for folks with disabilities and she pushed Regional Transportation District officials to install curb cuts and to provide lifts on buses to make access easier for the elderly and people in wheelchairs.She also knits baby blankets for Baby Rocks, knits scarves for members of the U.S. military and volunteers for the talking books library.
All that and an irrepressible smile.
Now, she’s a hero, too.
The Jefferson County Council on Aging and the Seniors’ Resource Center say so.
The organizations recognized Weech and seven others as recipients of the 11th Annual Senior Heroes Award at a reception at Lakewood’s Clements Community Center Thursday afternoon.
“There are thousands of seniors who volunteer each year in Jefferson County’s non-profit organizations, schools, hospitals, service clubs and in civic leadership capacities, and in many other ways that too often go unrecognized,” said John Zabawa, president and CEO of Seniors’ Resource Center.
“Seniors have given back more than their share to our communities and made a positive future possible for us all.”
Scott Storey, District Attorney for Jefferson and Gilpin counties, was recognized for establishing programs to protect senior citizens, including the Community Against Senior Exploitation project. Storey was named the groups’ Elected Official of the Year for his commitment “to keeping our seniors safe,” Zabawa said.
“This is a very meaningful thing to me because … working hard for seniors in our community has been a priority for me,” Storey said.

From the Lakewood edge, May 7, 2009. Reported by Charley Able.



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