Feb 18 & Feb 19 Two amazing inclusive events!
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Sensory Friendly Concert with The Boulder Philharmonic String Quartet

Date:Saturday, Feb 18 2017
Time: 2:00 pm and 3:30 pm
Location:Canyon Theater Library:Main Library

The Library Concert Series Presents: The Boulder Philharmonic String Quartet

Join us for this Sensory Friendly performance geared toward children living with autism and their families. This concert will be more brightly-lit and will encourage movement and expression.

Concerts narrated by Benjamin Tarasewicz.

Concert times at 2 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.

Admission is free–thanks to the Boulder Library Foundation


Autism Climbs will be holding another FUNdamental Climbing Workshop at ABC Kids!

The whole family is welcome, bring a friend, have fun!
Sunday, Feb. 19th, 6:30 – 8:00 pm (come a bit early to sign waivers and get shoes&harness!)
ABC Kids Climbing
1960 32nd St, Boulder, CO 80301
Please sign up through our website: www.autismclimbs.org
Autism Climbs empowers individuals with autism and their families through climbing activities, leadership development, and positive breakthroughs. Explore. Bond.
All climbers must have signed waivers – either online (need to set up account with ABC) https://www.iclassprov2.com/parentportal/abcrec/register?new-url
or at the beginning of the event (please come early – any time after 6:00 pm!)
All our volunteers have passed ABC Kids’ belay assessments and are dedicated climbers. Most of them are also educators and therapists who have experience working with kids. Parents who are interested are welcome to learn more about safety, tying in and how to use a climbing gym independently.

ABC Kids Climbing provides every level of difficulty and every level of easiness – there are tall walls (ropes), bouldering areas (low walls over thick mats and no ropes), strength building equipment, and a kids’ area complete with slide and zip-line.

Wear comfy, athletic clothes – closed toe shoes, no dresses/skirts!
Email me any questions!
Looking forward to seeing you all there!


Julie @ 6:35 pm
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Hi! Our No Shushing 2016 concert events were so successful thanks to all of you!
Let’s keep it going! Donate to Brainsong:
$100 or more, will receive a signed copy of the animal nonfiction book, Making Burros Fly — Cleveland Amory, Animal Rescue Pioneer, By Julie Marshall, Big Earth Publishing. Foreward by Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States. And a copy of John Fielder’s “Colorado Reflections” picture book, which makes a terrific teacher’s gift!517wkcv5qnl-_sx331_bo1204203200_
$200 or more, you will receive Fielder’s “Best of Colorado” guide to our state trails, restaurants and favorite things to do. And a signed copy of “Making Burros Fly”. And a copy of “Colorado Reflections”!
$300 or more, you will earn a copy of John Fielder’s fantastic large coffee table book, leather-bound, “Ranches of Colorado”  And a signed copy of “Making Burros Fly.” And a copy of “Colorado Reflections” and “Best of Colorado”.
$400 or more — All of the above, plus one book of choice among several titles!)
Again, thank you for who you are, and all you do!!
Your donations will help open more doors and keep the dream alive!
…We are a movement that is all about finding humanity through the arts, and building a better world where our kids can go to every type of professional arts event and feel fully welcomed — as perfectly authentic individuals, and as fully entitled members of our community!
To donate, just click the PayPal button under the “donate” page (listed at the top of this web site). If you have any troubles, reach out to me under “contact” page. And please email me with your amount donated and mailing address!
Our fiscal sponsor will then give you a tax deductible EIN number for your taxes this year! Not one penny goes to salaries or overhead — 100 % goes to our concert events!
Spread the word!
Julie @ 5:47 pm
Denver Post Editorial supports Gentle Nutcracker!
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Hip, hip hooray for the gentle ballet

Julie @ 12:15 pm
Gentle Nutcracker article out today!
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Julie @ 3:45 pm
Nov. 19 Don’t Miss Peter and the Wolf!
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thgtkiu4i6Saturday, November 19, 2 PM and 3:30 PM
Boulder Public Library, Canyon Theater
No tickets or advance reservations required – first-come, first-served for both performances

A Boulder Philharmonic Wind Quintet will perform Peter and the Wolf along with other classical favorites. Performances will be identical.

The performance is free, thanks to the generosity of the Boulder Library Foundation and the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra

Julie @ 4:33 pm
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Wednesday, November 23, 2 PM
Macky Auditorium, CU-Boulder campus

Boulder Ballet and the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra have come together to invite you to our first Sensory Friendly Gentle Nutcracker. We recognize that families like yours — who live with different abilities — feel they cannot attend the Nutcracker — a beloved time-honored tradition in Boulder County.

This is a collaborative effort to promote a welcoming environment, access to the professional arts, and build community. Our overall goal is to make sure no one feels left out, judged or mistreated. We aim to bring the arts to those who are uncomfortable in a typical performance setting.

Read our Frequently Asked Questions about Gentle Nutcracker

What is a sensory-friendly event?
Expect a quieter and more brightly-lit environment, as well as a welcoming attitude from the performers and other audience members that encourages movement and expression. Though the performance is geared towards families living with autism and other disabilities, this event is open to the entire community.

“Families with members who are differently abled often shy away from performances such asThe Nutcraker – missing the magic of live ballet and orchestral music. The Boulder Ballet and the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra have collaborated in putting together a very special sensory production, called the Gentle Nutcracker, which will be performed at the beautiful Macky Auditorium Concert Hall, located on the CU campus. What an amazing gift for the Boulder community and Colorado’s front range!”  ~ Frances Owens, former First Lady of Colorado

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased via PayPal below or by calling 303.449.1343
(11 AM-4 PM Mondays through Fridays, plus other times as available)


Julie @ 4:19 pm
The Gentle Nutcracker
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Please support The Gentle Nutcracker

By clicking on the words above, you will be taken to our Go Fund Me page…


Please help us bring the first professional Nutcracker — which is welcoming to our families — to Colorado this holiday season!

The Nutcracker is perhaps the world’s most ubiquitous ballet and a quintessential must-see holiday performance.

Driven by the magical score of Tchaikovsky, with a feast of visual delights on a twinkling, snow-kissed stage, the Nutcracker is a universal story that ultimately teaches us how we can be our very best.

For this reason, Boulder Ballet and the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra have come together to invite you to our first Sensory Friendly, Gentle Nutcracker.

We recognize that families like yours — who live with different abilities —  feel they cannot attend the Nutcracker — a beloved time-honored tradition in Boulder County. Well, now you can.

This is a collaborative effort to promote a welcoming environment, access to the professional arts, and build community. Our overall goal is to make sure no one feels left out, judged or mistreated. We hope to create a more compassionate world, nurturing both mind and spirit through the arts.

Julie @ 5:23 pm
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Julie @ 7:52 pm
And more …
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Once again, Elena had a wonderful time dancing to live music. 
Thank you so much.
When it was over, she cried and cried on the way home in the car. 
And the next day, she wanted to go back. 
We so appreciate your putting together these events for our children. 
Elena really liked getting to play the harp and the xylophone also.
Mel Persion

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I think your ‘No Shushing Concert’ was a big hit! You provided an opportunity for kiddos with or without disabilities a time to enjoy either camp-loving-upbeat-educational music by Jeff and Paige or  classical violin music by [I forgot that sweet boy’s name] in an environment where they are allowed to move to the music the way their bodies say is okay, or walk out of the concert if the music is too intense, or a time to sit and listen with their neighbors. Boulder County is lucky to have such a passionate, proactive, creative mother to host such special treats for our children. Thank you!


Carly Godzdanker, MS, OTR/L

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Julie @ 7:41 pm
And more photos!
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Here are some more!

The Daily Camera also has more photos available on their web site: www.daily.camera.com

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Hi Julie,
Thank you so much for planning this amazing event!
This was literally the best family event I’ve been to with my kids.
Mostly because it was so focused on just kids enjoyment.
Limiting attendees to keep the numbers small, nothing overwhelming.
I have 2 boys – 3.5 and 1- and both were so happy and enjoyed every second
Of our over 2 hrs we were there( only left bc my 1 year old needed to nap).
I was thinking to myself after how with all those kids I saw ZERO
Tantrums. Because kids were able to behave like kids and yell, jump around, dance
And have fun without being told to sit down, be still, be quiet.

It was just so amazing. Thank you!!

Carolyn Nohe

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Julie @ 6:07 pm