There are quite a few events coming up that you may want to put on your calendar and if you have a child with a food allergy who would be interested in meeting other food allergic kids, check out our Stages Meeting this Saturday.
- STAGES MEETING - This Saturday!
This Saturday, MAY 12, 2012 – Washington FEAST Stages Meeting for KIDS – 1-3 PM, Location: Mercer View Community and Event Center http://www.mercergov.org/Page.asp?NavID=2014. This will give food allergic kids an opportunity to meet older kids who have food allergies and ask them questions about how they handle their food allergies at school and in other environments. We plan to have a trained psychotherapist on hand to help facilitate the discussion. We could really use some older kids, high school and college, to fill out this event. Pre-K and Elementary aged kids should arrive at 1PM, Middle Schoolers at 1:30 PM, High Schoolers at 2 PM and College/Adults at 2:30.
We suggest that younger kids should leave right after their session is over as WA FEAST cannot guarantee that discussions that happen in the older kids sections will be age appropriate. Older kids can be present during the younger kids discussions. Women/girls with milk allergies should use the bathrooms in the basement of the building as there is a coffee/espresso machine near the entrance to the women’s bathroom located on the main level. All attendees will be asked to sign a waiver.
- MARINERS GAMES! May 25, July 26, August 15 – look for a WA FEAST table at upcoming games!
- **NEW!!***SOUNDERS FOOD ALLERGY AWARE SECTION! JULY 7 – 8 PM!
The Sounders are getting into the action! First game that the Sounders will offer a restricted section is JULY 7th! The ticket sales for these games will be different. You will buy the ticket directly from WA FEAST. Stay tuned for more info and special thanks to Polyclinic allergist Dr. Jonathan Becker for advocating on our behalf with the Sounders ! Go SOUNDERS! Check out the Yahoo listserve or the WA FEAST Facebook page for more info or email me, email@example.com
Ever dreamed of an overnight camp that didn’t serve any of your child’s allergens?? For some, this dream is now a reality! Camp Blue Spruce, a worry free camp for kids with food allergies, will launch this summer! An amazing team of parents, camp experts, and allergists lead by food allergy parent Louise Tippens will take place from August 19-24 near Banks, Oregon (just west of Portland). Washington FEAST is not officially organizing this camp but WA FEAST board member Kelly Morgan has been actively involved in organizing and planning the food offerings. The camp is registering campers NOW and may also be looking for college age food allergic counselors.
Kyle will be doing a community performance on either the evening of September 21 or September 22. as well as a Tween/Teen event. Stay tuned for more info! If you know of a school that would like to have Kyle come and do a presentation, please let us know! We’d love to work with you. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
for booking or Kyle at email@example.com
Never too early to help out with the Walk or sign up your team and start getting pledges! If you are interested in volunteering or helping procure sponsorship for the Walk, email firstname.lastname@example.org
and we’ll get you connected with organizers.
- GRACES 5 “MAJOR 8 FREE” DINING EVENT – TBA/Restaurant Training
Stay tuned for a special dining event and fundraiser at Grace’s 5! WA FEAST is working with Grace’s 5 on a “Major 8 Free” dining event. http://graces5.com/
Washington FEAST is also working with FAI Northwest, Spot Check and the Washington Restaurant Association to improve food allergy awareness via restaurant training. http://www.spotck.com
- FOOD ALLERGY AWARENESS WEEK
And finally, think about doing something to raise awareness about food allergies next week. Drop off a FAAN poster in your nurses office, your favorite restaurant or a community center or offer to do a Be a Pal presentation at your neighborhood school. You can find helpful downloads on FAAN’s website: http://www.foodallergy.org/section/helpful-information
Kelly Morgan, President, WA FEAST