Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Warm Beach Schedule! Come and join us

Our 2009 Summer Gathering at Warm Beach Camp in Stanwood, WA is fast approaching. It is being held from Friday July 31-Sunday August 2. There are still campsites and limited lodging choices available. You MUST pre-register with Ky Patterson to attend---e-mail her at Ky@adoptionadvocates.org if you are interested. Day attendance is also a possiblity, but again pre-registration is required.

Here's the schedule we have devised. There is also plenty of time to explore the beautiful grounds, swim, play soccer and even use the ropes course and climbing wall there. The AAI staff is really looking forward to seeing everyone in just a couple of weeks!

Schedule for AAI Family Gathering 2009

ARRIVAL and REGISTRATION 4pm - 5:30 (Please do not arrive before 4pm)

· Receive information packet with schedule and maps
· Put on name tags (adults only---please wear throughout the weekend so we can identify registered participants)
· Sign up for Saturday morning discussion groups or hair braiding sessions
· Sign up to do something silly or serious for the Talent Show!
· Sign up for volunteer slots (set up and clean up for various sessions, helping with Silent Auction etc.) Please have 1 adult from your party sign up to help once during the weekend)


5:30pm Dinner (all meals are in Cedar Lodge—meals are served family style, you are strongly encouraged to arrive on time)

7pm Scavenger Hunt for kids hosted by Barb and Mike Patton (meet outside Program Center Auditorium)

8:00pm Campfire and Marshmallow Roast (Amphitheatre)


ALL DAY---International Marketplace/ Silent Auction Bidding/Quilt Display and Raffle Ticket Sale in the Program Center Auditorium


8 am Breakfast

10am —11:45 Informal Hair Braiding Sessions with the Hehn and Little expert hairdressers, meet at Program Center Auditorium (feel free to bring along a model with loose hair! The girls will share their favorite products and put out a “tip” jar to help with expenses)

10am – 11:15 Adult Discussion Groups (locations TBA, check at Program Center Auditorium)
· Large Family Issues/ Adult Adopted Children (Chris Little)
· Behavior Issues – young children (Julie Hehn)
· Behavior Issues—Older children (Gay Knutzen)
· HIV+ adoption (Erin Henderson)
· AAI Humanitarian Projects Present and Future, Fundraising ideas, Family Gatherings etc. (Susan Poisson-Dollar)
· AAI Adoption Programs (all you ever wanted to know but were afraid to ask) or (Merrily, and other AAI Staff including Temesgen)
· Transracial Family issues (Facilitator TBA)


12:oo pm Lunch

1:00pm--5:00 Open Swim at the Warm Beach Pool

1:30 – 3:00 Ghanaian Drummers (Performance plus an informal workshop afterward)

3:30-4:15—Ethiopian Dance Workshop 1 (children under 10, parents too!) with Tizita Hatcher

4:30-5:15—Ethiopian Dance Workshop 2 (children over 10, parents too!)

5:30 Dinner


7:30 PM
· TALENT SHOW with TED RIPLEY as the Master of Ceremonies


8:00 AM – Breakfast

9: 30 – ECUMENICAL SERVICE (in Program Amphitheatre, led by Mike Patton)


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