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The Child Development Center and Glacier Ice Rink give kids with mobility challenges the opportunity to glide from 1 to 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 15. The event at Glacier Ice Rink opens the Child Development Center’s (CDC) 2017 Wheeled Wonders summer program. It is the first of 10 such get-togethers this summer, including tennis at the Peak Racquetball Club, an afternoon at the Hub Family Entertainment Center, visits to the Roxy Theatre, Missoula Art Museum, Clay Studio and more. The purpose of Wheeled Wonders is to empower families whose children have mobility challenges to feel more confident and welcome in accessing community activities that typical Missoula families enjoy.

Missoula is a playful city. We play in our many parks, museums, sport facilities, and arts and entertainment venues. Most of us participate in our community with relative ease. For our fellow Missoulians who use a wheelchair or walker, tire easily, or are unsteady on their feet, however, accessing these places can be intimidating. Glacier Ice Rink is working to ease that anxiety.

Last fall, Glacier Ice Rink replaced their bleachers and, for the first time in their history, was able to accommodate wheelchairs in the stands.  

In addition, members of Missoula’s Junior Bruins youth hockey teams will participate. These young hockey players are strong skaters who can assist the other kids as they play on the ice using their wheelchairs, walkers, skates or however they choose to safely access the rink.

For more information, visit childdevcenter.org.

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Consumer Direct Care Network Home Health and Hospice is offering a four week/eight session Hospice Volunteer Training from Tuesday, June 13, through Tuesday, July 11, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. in the hospice office at 100 Consumer Direct Way.

Trainings will be offered in August and September as well. Individualized trainings also are available and ongoing.

For information contact Lou Ann Crowley, volunteer coordinator at 406-541-1800 or 406-369-5863 or visit the website at consumerdirectcare.com

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