MOUNT VERNON — March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and the Knox County Board of Developmental Disabilities will be holding events throughout March to celebrate.

Concepts in Community Living, a Board of Developmental Disabilities local provider, will be hosting “DD Awareness Celebration Party!” from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at 700 Wooster Road. Food and drink will be provided free of charge, along with music, dancing and a kickoff advocacy video. For more information about this event, contact Molisa Martin at 740-644-9991.

The board will be hosting their kickoff dance, “Lights, Camera, Dance!” at the Gallagher Centre from 6-9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6. All are welcome! Donations will be collected at the dance for #FeedTheVERN, a local organization that donates easy meals to kids in need in Mount Vernon, so bring toothbrushes, toothpaste, bottled water and snacks such as crackers, goldfish crackers, fruit snacks or pretzels to support their cause.

Also on Tuesday, March 6, there will be a film titled “Resilience” showing at Kenyon’s Wright Center in Gambier. “Resilience” showcases biological responses to trauma and how to move forward and be successful despite Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), which research shows are linked to negative social, behavioral, medical and psychological outcomes later in life. Resilience, the ability to bounce back from setbacks, is highlighted by the film as a skill that can be taught and practiced. The first showing will be from 2:45-4:30 p.m. and the second showing will be from 5:45-7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 14, there will be an invitation-only Developmental Disability Awareness Month luncheon at Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s Ariel Arena from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The board will honor individuals, staff, community partners and more with multiple awards at the luncheon. There will be a presentation given about the board’s Adaptive Playground project and some individuals in another program who have been learning about healthy living and cooking will give a presentation, also.

“Sherlock Gnomes,” a sequel to “Gnomeo and Juliet,” will be shown Sensory Sensitive at Premiere Theaters in theater 7 at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 31. Sensory Sensitive showings will not have the lights all the way down and the sounds will not be as loud. Also, people who come are allowed to sing, dance and express themselves freely, and bring their own gluten free and casein free snacks at no charge. Tickets can be purchased at the movie theatre.



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