Mad Hatter Parade Community Marshall
The Arc-Solano started Tailored Day Services in 2014, a new community-based service supporting people to volunteer, work, and take college classes. They began clean-up duty for the Mad Hatter parade that first year and they returned to this year’s parade as a Community Marshall. The Arc-Solano marched to the music from Under the V(allejo), wearing festive costumes of top-hatters, a zebra, and a cute giraffe. Thanks, Disney, for the Under the Sea music and letting us change the lyrics to a Vallejo theme, and the Vallejo community
for the recognition!
The Winter GVRD Dance
Everyone had fun, especially Mrs. Claus!
Art@Arc students and staff took a field trip to NIAD Art Center in Richmond, CA. It was very inspirational.
Day of the Dead at The Arc-Solano!
Funny, Scary, Creative; it was all good fun at the Halloween costume contest, followed by a Halloween dance at the GVRD.
This year, our annual BBQ was held at the Rush Ranch in Suisun City, CA.
It was a huge success; the highlight of the event was the Talent Show.
After taking our art down from the fair, we had an art exhibit at Artiszen Gallery.
Later on in the month, we attended the GVRD picnic at Blue Rock Springs for a lovely day of comaraderie and sunshine.
Once again, we won many ribbons in the art competition at The Solano County Fair, and we also attended the State Fair in Sacramento.
Cinco de Mayo!!!
Fit & Fabulous event
In previous years, we held an Ice Cream Social & Carnival event at this time. This year, we went in another direction: health and well-being.
A medical van with Student Doctors from Touro University graciously joined us to provide basic health screenings which included blood pressure readings and glucose level testing.
Sharky and Janine concocted a variety of delicious and nutritious smoothies, a visiting Zumba instructor got us dancing, and still, we had carnival games.
The 2018 Academy Awards Fundraising Event
On Sunday, March 4, 2018, The Arc-Solano hosted its 22nd annual Evening at the Academy Awards Oscar night simulcast dinner auction event. Over 100 people were in attendance at the Zio Fraedo's event site and more than $18,000 was raised this year! This amount came from $8,500 in financial sponsorships, $7500 from the silent auction, $2000 in product and service donations not associated with the auction as well as miscellaneous donations from the audience.
The highlight of the evening was the Lifetime Achievement Award given to Karen Paedon and Anna Scopesi. Luna Gilligan created a very compelling powerpoint slideshow set to music to acknowledge their 10 years of constant devotion to volunteering for the event. During a standing ovation, John Kelly, Board VP, and Gerry Forcier, former Executive Director, presented Karen and Anna with a Hollywood walk of fame star framed certificate, inscribed Oscar statuette and a $300 gift card to both Karen and Anna.
This has been a busy month at The Arc-Solano! On February 6, we hosted a baby shower for TDS Instructor Nateisha. Staff and consumers had a great time playing Pin the Pacifier to the Baby, Baby Bingo, Measure Mommy's Tummy, showering Nateisha with gifts, and enjoying finger foods. For many of our consumers, this was the first baby shower they've attended.
On February 8, the ACT and TDS departments boogied on down to the GVRD Mardi Gras Dance. Consumers and staff partied with clients from other Vallejo programs, wore beads and created masks, and crowned a King and Queen.
Finally, we attended the Tim Tebow Night to Shine Prom in Vacaville on February 9. This special event was hosted by F3 Ministries and featured a swingin' dance, crowns and tiaras, a limo ride, dinner, photos, and buddy dates for all! Many of our attendees said that this was the prom they never had in high school and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.