May
15
to Oct 23

Let's Get Moving!

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Oh man, have we got a fun lineup of active activities! We have an email address we're using to keep track of all this: activity@brickways.org. Also, residents can call 231-620-9937 to sign up for activities (instead of signing fliers). 

  • Tuesdays, 5-6:30 p.m.: Walk the TART Trail. We'll start at the CLC, 935 Barlow, and explore the many walkways in and around us, most specifically, the trail near the library and Boardman Lake, but who knows where else we may go!
  • Wednesdays, 4:30-6 p.m.: Planet Fitness. We've been going here for awhile and love the variety of equipment, the no-judgment attitude, the bright colors and the fun "competitions." Planet Fitness is near Home Depot, 3111 W South Airport Rd, It's very affordable, too!
  • Thursdays, 6-7:30 p.m.: Bike Riding for Beginners. Never been on a bike or haven't been on one recently or just want to enjoy a relaxing pace? This is the group for you!
  • Fridays, 6-7:30 p.m.: Bike Riding for Experienced Riders. Let's cruise the trails! We'll also go over safety rules and bike etiquette.
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Garage Sale for Disney!
May
24
to May 26

Garage Sale for Disney!

We're excited about our next fundraiser for our 2019 Trip to Disney World. We're holding a three-day garage sale and 100% of the money raised will be used to offset clients' costs of the trip. We have several items available now and we're advertising them online, so don't delay if you want some of these treasures.

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May
20
10:30 AM10:30

NMC BBQ

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It's time for one of our favorite community events of the year, the NMC BBQ! We'll gather at the CLC, 935 Barlow, at 10:30 a.m. and head out from there for a day of buffalo burgers, music, tours and fun. Please let Susan know if you're going; call 231-620-9937.

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May
18
to Jun 29

Peace Ranch

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We're starting a new season at Peace Ranch. This is such a wonderful experience for everyone involved. This session lasts six Fridays.

Our relationship with Peace Ranch builds on our relationships with each other, with our community — and with the animals.

Working at Peace Ranch increases self-esteem, self-confidence and the ability to follow directions. It decreases anxiety, isolation and fear.

“Whenever you give people success in a new environment, that decreases anxiety,” says Susan Onan-Swartz, executive director of BrickWays. “We are always looking for ways to decrease anxiety and isolation. Our experiences are designed to do that — and more.”

One of the benefits of working with horses is that horses have an “immediate reaction” if a person loses control or shows anxiety. That helps the residents moderate themselves and their actions, says Nancy Kollhoff, a BrickWays licensed therapist. When they learn that they are able to change not only their own behaviors, but the effect those behaviors have on others, it opens up new doors.

“They can now think of new solutions to everyday problems,” Kollhoff says. Where there once was a feeling of powerlessness, it has been replaced with self-confidence. Where there once were barriers to building relationships, they have been replaced with open doors. Where there once was a feeling of isolation, it has been replaced with friendships.

The class begins Friday, May 18; email Nancy Kollhoff for more information, kollhoffn@brickways.org or call 231-620-9937 to sign up.

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