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ThinkDIFFERENTLY EVENTS

Thursday, June 27, 2024

4th Annual ThinkDIFFERENTLY Fitness and Field Day

Get ready for some adaptive, inclusive, sensory-friendly fun!!

This year is the 4th Annual ThinkDIFFERENTLY Fitness and Field Day held by Dutchess County. Located on the lower level fields of Bowdoin Park, numerous local agencies/organizations come together to share in a day of fun. From arts and crafts, yard games, local sports programs, travel training, a scavenger hunt, live animals, to resources and information.

Come join us for this FREE event!!

 

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Community Calendar ( List View )

  • 4th Annual ThinkDIFFERENTLY Fitness & Field Day June 27, 2024  11:00 am - 2:00 pm Bowdoin Park, 85 Sheafe Rd, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590, USA

    Join us for summer fun with field games and fitness activities!

    All ages and abilities welcome!

    FREE bagged lunch picnic and medals for all participants.

    RSVP by Monday, June 17th at: dutchessny.gov/TDFieldDay

    For more information, contact:  Mara Santiago (845) 486-3568 | xsantiago@dutchessny.gov

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Community Calendar ( Monthly View )

June 2024

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  • Dance forever | Rythm Works Hip-Hop Dance Program
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  • A-Fair to Remember
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  • Using Sensory Integration Strategies Webinar
  • Supported Decision Making
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  • Dance forever | Rythm Works Hip-Hop Dance Program
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  • Increasing Behavioral & Cognitive Flexibility in Students with ASD
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  • Taconic Resources for Independence- SSI & SSDI While Working Virtual Workshop
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  • 4th Annual ThinkDIFFERENTLY Fitness & Field Day
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  • TRI Inclusion Festival
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