In the Community: ASL Classes for All Ages at the Hearing and Speech Agency

Learn from a Deaf instructor at the Hearing and Speech Agency, a highly-respected Baltimore non-profit.

CLASSES OFFERED SPRING 2017

APRIL 18-JUNE 20

EVENING CLASSES 
(Tuesdays 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.)
ASL 1 | ASL 2 | ASL 3 | ASL 4 | ASL 5 | Children’s ASL (Ages 5-12; parents may accompany child for an additional fee)

MORNING  CLASSES
(10:00 a.m. – Noon)
ASL 1: Tuesdays | ASL 2: Wednesdays | ASL 3: Thursdays

For pricing and registration information, click here.

In the Community: Upcoming Events from Deaf Camps, Inc.

 

March and April are filled with terrific events for families from Deaf Camps, Inc., a nonprofit organization I have been proud to be involved with since 2001.  Deaf Camps, Inc. is a volunteer-run non-profit organization dedicated to providing fun, safe, communication-rich camps that promote the physical, spiritual, and social development of Deaf/hard of hearing children and children learning American Sign Language.

Online Auction Through March 31

Support Deaf Camps, Inc.’s 2017 Scholarship Fund with its first-ever Online Auction! From March 1 to March 31, bid on handmade items, travel packages, gift certificates, event tickets – even manuscript critiques from one of the top agents in the children’s publishing industry! A $100 Stories By Hand gift certificate is also up for bid!

Check out the items here and make your bids, knowing that every dollar raised goes straight to Deaf Camps, Inc.’s 2017 Scholarship Fund.

The DCI Online Auction is run through CharityAuctionsToday.com. A credit card is required to register and bid.

The 2017 Kiwanis 16th Biannual Spring All-You-Can-Eat Country Breakfast & Flea Market

Sponsored by The Kiwanis Club of Ellicott City

Saturday, April 1, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Location: Bethany United Methodist Church, 2875 Bethany Lane, Ellicott City, MD 21042

thusq1taepAll-you-can-eat breakfast (pancakes, eggs, Boarman’s sausage, sausage gravy, biscuits and beverages) $8.00 for adults. Children under 8 eat free

Breakfast proceeds support Kiwanis Club service projects.

Flea market proceeds support Deaf Camps, Inc.’s Scholarship program.

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DCI Yard Sale, Saturday April 8 from 8 AM to 12 Noon

Location: Christ Deaf Church, 1040 S Beechfield Ave, Baltimore, Maryland 21229

Come find a bargain! We’ll have clothes, shoes, household goods, toys and more! All proceeds go directly to our 2017 scholarship fund.

Got stuff to donate for the Yard Sale? Contact deafcampsinc@gmail.com to make arrangements!

 

DCI Easter Party, Saturday, April 8 from 4 PM to 6:30 PM

Location: Christ Deaf Church, 1040 S Beechfield Ave, Baltimore, Maryland 21229

Celebrate the season and have your picture taken with our signing Easter Bunny!

Admission includes:
* Pancake supper
* Easter egg hunt – begins at 4:45pm
* Easter Bunny pictures
* Crafts

All ages and all families welcome!
Admission: $6 per person
Children under 12 will receive a FREE photo with the Easter Bunny. Additional photos $3 each.

All proceeds benefit Deaf Camps, Inc’s 2017 scholarship fund.

 

 

DCI Paint Party: Sunday, April 30, 2017, 5-7:30 PM

Location: Bowman Restaurant, 9306 Harford Rd, Parkville MD 21234

Registration deadline: April 22, 2017

Enjoy an evening out and paint a spring masterpiece to take home with you, led by Tina Young of Canvas Celebrations. No experience necessary – anyone can do it! All materials will be provided. Food and drink will be available for purchase. This event will be accessible in American Sign Language and English.

Tickets: $32 per person,  All proceeds support Deaf Camps, Inc.’s 2017 Scholarship Fund.

Purchase Tickets

 

In the Community: Free ASL Interpreted Performances of “The Wizard of Oz” This Weekend

Lions, and tigers, and bears! Oh, my!
Add in a sprinkle of Waldorf’s middle schoolers — oh, yeah!
The Waldorf School of Baltimore is proud to present, “The Wizard of Oz” the musical. Bring your family, friends, and neighbors to this one-of-a-kind student showcase. Experience the depth of middle schoolers’ theatrical range and intellectual creativity, while seated in our beautiful new hall.

Location: The Waldorf School of Baltimore, 4801 Tamarind Avenue, Baltimore MD 21209

Showtimes: 
Friday, March 31 @ 7 PM
Saturday, April 1 @ 4 PM
Sunday, April 2 @ 2 PM

American Sign Language interpretation will be provided at all performances by practicum students from the Community College of Baltimore County’s Interpreter Preparation Program (and supervised by yours truly).

Recommended for children ages 6 and older.

Tickets are FREE.  Please RSVP at this link.

THE WIZARD OF OZ
By L. Frank Baum
With Music and Lyrics
by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg
Background Music by Herbert Stothart
Dance and Vocal Arrangements by Peter Howard
Orchestration by Larry Wilcox
Adapted by John Kane for the Royal Shakespeare Company
Based upon the Classic Motion Picture owned by Turner Entertainment Co. and distributed in all media by Warner Bros.

 

In the Community: ASL Storytelling at the Silver Spring Library

Montgomery County Public Libraries hosts

ASL Storytelling

Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.

Silver Spring Library
900 Wayne Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Come celebrate Deaf history month and the 200th anniversary of American Sign Language!  Deaf Storyteller Roberta Mather Brown will be the featured guest. Enjoy stories, songs, and rhymes in English and ASL. For children ages 2-5. No registration required. Program to be held on 5th Floor in Program Room.

For more information or to request accessibility services, call the Silver Spring Library at 240-773-9420.

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Note: This is a not a Stories By Hand program. This information is provided as a resource.

 

 

Click, Bid, and Support Deaf Camps, Inc!

Bid on these great items by March 31!  To support its 2017 Scholarship Fund, Deaf Camps, Inc. is holding its first-ever Online Auction from March 1 to March 31. Check out the many handmade items, travel packages, gift certificates, event tickets, even manuscript critiques from a top agent in children’s publishing! – but especially these items of interest to Stories By Hand followers:
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$100 toward any Stories By Hand program

My Stories By Hand programs bring basic American Sign Language to libraries, schools, camps, childcare centers, and homeschool groups through stories, songs, and fun activities. Find out more about the range of programs available at here.

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A One-of-a-Kind Copy of SWORD AND VERSE, signed and annotated by little ol’ me

Get your own super-special copy of my debut fantasy novel, SWORD AND VERSE, autographed and supplemented with maps, story secrets, and all the symbols of the language of the gods your little heart could desire!

More about Deaf Camps, Inc.:

deaf camps inc logoDeaf Camps, Inc. is an entirely volunteer-run non-profit organization dedicated to providing fun, safe, communication-rich camps that promote the physical, spiritual, and social development of Deaf/hard of hearing children and children learning American Sign Language.

 

Check out all the items for bid here and make your bids, knowing that every dollar raised goes straight to Deaf Camps, Inc.’s 2017 Scholarship Fund. Thank you for helping us get needy kids to camp!

The DCI Online Auction is run through CharityAuctionsToday.com. A credit card is required to register and bid.

Save the Date!: “ASL for Library Staff” eCourse to be offered again May 2017!

The next session of this popular eCourse, taught by Kathy MacMillan, will begin May 15, 2017. Watch this space or sign up to follow this blog by email to be notified when registration is open.

Description: American Sign Language (ASL) is an invaluable skill for library professionals. A basic grasp of ASL enhances your ability to serve deaf library users and opens up a new world of possibilities for storytime programs. It’s also a marketable professional skill that can translate to public service jobs beyond the library world.

Ideal for those without previous experience, this eCourse taught by librarian and ASL interpreter Kathy MacMillan will use readings, multimedia resources, and online discussion boards to introduce basic ASL vocabulary and grammar appropriate for use in a library setting. MacMillan will place ASL within a linguistic and cultural context, aiding participants in improving library services.

Estimated Hours of Learning: 30 (Certificate of Completion available upon request)

Length of Course: 6 weeks (participants will have a total of 12 weeks to complete all assignments)

Click, Bid, and Support Deaf Camps, Inc!

I’m thrilled to be supporting the latest fundraising effort for Deaf Camps, Inc., a nonprofit I have volunteered with for the last 15 years.

To support its 2017 Scholarship Fund, Deaf Camps, Inc. is holding its first-ever Online Auction from March 1 to March 31. Check out the many handmade items, travel packages, gift certificates, event tickets, even manuscript critiques from a top agent in children’s publishing! – but especially these items of interest to Stories By Hand followers:
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$100 toward any Stories By Hand program

My Stories By Hand programs bring basic American Sign Language to libraries, schools, camps, childcare centers, and homeschool groups through stories, songs, and fun activities. Find out more about the range of programs available at here.

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A One-of-a-Kind Copy of SWORD AND VERSE, signed and annotated by little ol’ me

Get your own super-special copy of my debut fantasy novel, SWORD AND VERSE, autographed and supplemented with maps, story secrets, and all the symbols of the language of the gods your little heart could desire!

More about Deaf Camps, Inc.:

deaf camps inc logoDeaf Camps, Inc. is an entirely volunteer-run non-profit organization dedicated to providing fun, safe, communication-rich camps that promote the physical, spiritual, and social development of Deaf/hard of hearing children and children learning American Sign Language.

 

Check out all the items for bid here and make your bids, knowing that every dollar raised goes straight to Deaf Camps, Inc.’s 2017 Scholarship Fund. Thank you for helping us get needy kids to camp!

The DCI Online Auction is run through CharityAuctionsToday.com. A credit card is required to register and bid.

In the Community: Free ASL Classes at the Germantown Library

American Sign Language for Beginners
Sundays: March 5, 12, 19, 26 & April 2, 2017
2:00-4:00 p.m.

Five sessions (FREE) for individuals who wish to learn basic American Sign Language
Germantown Library
19840 Century Blvd
Germantown, MD 20874
The emphasis will be placed on communication with deaf and hard of hearing individuals through vocabulary development, conversation, and practice. These
sessions are appropriate for family members, teachers, child care providers, students ages 14 and older, and anyone who wishes to learn sign language.

FUNDED by Montgomery County Association of Hearing Impaired Children (MCAHIC).

Sponsored by Montgomery County Public Libraries.

Note: This class is not affiliated with Stories By Hand, and this information is provided for informational purposes.

 

 

Little Hands Signing at Play Date Junction!

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Come sign and play with Miss Kathy at Play Date Junction, a creative playspace in Elkridge, MD!  Find out more about Play Date junction here.

Little Hands Signing: First Signs – Monday, March 6 at 10 AM

Play Date Junction, 6020 Meadowridge Center Drive, Elkridge, MD 21075

Little Hands Signing brings the magic of sign language to you and your child through age-appropriate stories, songs, activities, and games, along with tips and tricks for caregivers on using signs in everyday activities. Each theme-based class will introduce and reinforce signs from a young child’s world.

Age Group:  Birth – 5 years of age with a caregiver (siblings welcome)

Registration Cost: $20 for 1 caregiver; $28 for 2 caregivers (children 12 and under are free)

Register now!

 

Order Your Free Kit for Read Captions Across America Day

So you probably knew that March 2 was Read Across America Day – but did you also know that it is Read Captions Across America Day?

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Lead by the Described and Captioned Media Program, Read Captions Across America (RCAA) is held in conjunction with the National Education Association’s (NEA) Read Across America event every year on or around March 2, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss.

The purpose of Read Captions Across America is to raise awareness—particularly among children and their parents and teachers—that video-based media can be just as effective at encouraging and fostering reading skills as books, as long as captions are always turned on!

Order a FREE toolkit, including posters, bookmarks, and certificates here.

Additionally, DCMP members are eligible to receive a free Dr. Seuss DVD as part of this campaign. Find out if you are eligible for a free membership here.