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Sports & Recreation calendar & More

The following information is being forwarded by the National Federation of the Blind of New Jersey Sports & Recreation Division as a courtesy, in accordance with our continued efforts to share information that may be of interest or of benefit to individuals who are blind and vision impaired.

Sports & Recreational Photos & Videos

Do you want to see the members of the National Federation of the Blind of New Jersey doing sports and recreational activities? If so, please visit our Sports & Recreational Photos & Videos page. If you want a picture or video to be added to this page, please contact Linda Melendez at lindamelendez220@gmail.com for details.

Spring Personal Challenge Completion Survey

Congratulations and thank you for participating in the Spring Personal Challenge; Sponsored by the NFBNJ Sports & Recreation Division. Whether you registered to participate in the challenge or accomplished a personal goal on your own from April 17 through May 31, please complete the Spring Personal Challenge Completion Survey so we can share the challenge results and the goals our membership have accomplished and for an opportunity to give us your feedback.

Registered challenge participants who successfully submit their completion survey who will be attending our 43rd NFBNJ State Convention (Live the Life You Want; We Got This) will be entered into a drawing to win a $15 food voucher to be used at the Delta Hotel by Marriott.

If you have any questions or need assistance completing the completion survey, please contact Linda Melendez, President of NFBNJ Sports and Recreation Division, at 732-421-7063 or lindamelendez220@gmail.com; Annemarie Cooke, Vice President of NFBNJ Sports and Recreation Division, at 609- 859-4084 or aec732@gmail.com; Tony Santiago, Board Member and Chair of the Activities and Events Committee, at 732-947-2429 or ts.128@icloud.com; or Brian Mackey, NFBNJ Webmaster, at 610-750-6765 or webmaster@nfbnj.org.

You’re invited… NFBNJ Sports and Recreation Division Central Jersey Menlo Park Mall Day on June 29th from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm

The National Federation of the Blind of New Jersey Sports and Recreation Division invites all to participate in our “Central Jersey Menlo Park Mall Day” set for Saturday, June 29th from 9 am to 2:30 pm. The event will take place at the following location:
Menlo Park Mall
Rain Forrest Café Entrance
55 Parsonage Rd.
Edison, NJ 08837

Advance registration is required. There is a maximum of 15 participants on a first come first served basis. Registration opens on Saturday, June 1 at www.nfbnj.org/sports-and-recreation-event-registration. When the first 15 registrations have been received, we’ll start a waiting list. If you have registered but should need to cancel, please immediately contact Geri McGinty, Sports and Recreation Division Central Regional Coordinator, at 602-576-5356 or gerimcginty@gmail.com so someone on the waiting list can take your place.

Participants requiring individual or one on one assistance must bring their own aid or SSP who must be 18 years or older; aids or SSP’s will not be counted as a participant. There will be an option on the registration form indicating assistance provided by you and their name for our records. Participants are also invited to bring up to three friends or family members. Friends and family members also will not be counted as a participant. There will be an option on the registration form to list the names of your friends or family members for our records. If the friend or family member is under the age of 18, the participant will be responsible for their liability, it will not be the responsibility of the Sports & Recreation Division.

Walking is involved so wear comfortable clothes and shoes, bring water and snacks and be prepared to get your 7,500 steps in – that translates to approximately 3 miles.

On June 29 we’ll meet between 9 and 9:30 am at the Rain Forrest Café Entrance. At 9:30 am SHARP we will begin our walk; registered participants who arrive after 9:30 am will be responsible to locate the group by calling Linda Melendez at 732-421-7063 or Geri McGinty at 602-576-5356 for our location.

As a group we can pick a store or a wing in the mall and shop for a little while. At 11:45 am we will make our way to the Cheesecake Factory for lunch at 12:30 pm. We will have a reservation for registered participants and their aids and separate checks will be provided. To ensure enough seats for everyone it is important we have an accurate count of everyone attending lunch. Each participant including aids, friends, and family members will be responsible for their own expenses during the day such as water, snacks, lunch and shopping. The Cheesecake Factory price range for lunch will be from $20 to $30; depending on your order selections.

We suggest making your return Access Link pickup location at the Cheesecake Factory (located to the left of the mall’s main entrance on Parsonage Road Next to Nordstrom) for 2:30 pm. Participants with earlier pickup times or want to stay at the mall longer will be responsible for themselves.

For those making their return Access Link return trip from the Cheesecake Factory, please use the following when making your ride reservation:
455 Menlo Park Drive
Edison, NJ 08837

Remember, if you registered but must cancel, please let Geri McGinty know immediately so someone on the waiting list can fill your slot.

New Jersey NFB Book Club Registration Form

Want to learn more about the National Federation of the Blind? Well you can by participating in the New Jersey NFB Book Club, sponsored by the Sports and Recreation Division. Jane Degenshein, our book moderator will host quarterly conference calls to discuss books from our recommended NFB reading list. Our goal is to learn about the Federation and our members through reading, discussions and sharing. All Are Welcome!

So that we have a general idea of who to expect, please complete the Book Club Registration Form. The meeting will take place on May 15th at 6:45pm. To access the call, please dial 515 604 9570 and then use the access code of 612068 followed by the pound sign. Please dial in 10 to 15 minutes prior for roll call and follow our conference call etiquette listed in the registration form’s confirmation email.

This quarters book is:

Title: “Thunder dog: the true story of a blind man, his guide dog, and the triumph of trust at Ground Zero”
Author: Michael Hingson and Susy Flory
NLS Book Number: DB73300
Reading time: 7 hours, 19 minutes

Book Description:
Michael Hingson, an executive who worked in the North Tower of the World Trade Center, recounts his escape after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Hingson, blind since birth, describes what he and his guide dog Roselle experienced as she led him down seventy-eight flights of stairs to safety.

NJ Theater Alliance

The websites and contact information for all NJ professional theaters associated with the NJ Theater Alliance can be found at https://www.njtheatrealliance.org. You can call to see if there are any audio described shows currently being offered.

Calendar of Events

Our calendar allows for easy access and one central location to find everything Sports and Recreation related such as upcoming meetings, events, and activities. If you wish an event to be added to the calendar, please contact Linda Melendez at 732-421-7063 or lindamelendez220@gmail.com to learn what details is required for posting to the calendar.

June 19, 2019
  • Sports and Recreation Division Monthly Conference Call
    June 19, 2019  8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    NFB New Jersey Conference Call Line

    Call: 605 468 8005
    Access Code: 460994 followed by the pound sign
    Please dial in 10 to 15 minutes prior for roll call and follow our NFBNJ conference call etiquette. All are invited to attend.

June 23, 2019
  • South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) & American Theater Group Audio-Described Performance of "The Bridges of Madison County"
    June 23, 2019  3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    SOPAC South Orange Performing Arts Center, One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ 07079, USA

    The Bridges of Madison County is described as follows, "A chance encounter forever changes the lives of a traveling photographer and an Iowan farm wife. With a soaring score, and based on the best-selling novel, The Bridges of Madison County portrays a passionate and moving love story."


    The SOPAC Box Office can be reached at (973) 313-2787. Additionally, Patron & Ticket Services can be reached at (973) 382-1025.


    Doorsopen at 2PM for the 3PM performance and there will be a 20 minute orientationstarting at 2:10PM for patrons participating in audio descriptionservices. 


    For further information, please visit https://www.sopacnow.org/events/bridges/.

June 29, 2019
  • NFBNJ Sports and Recreation Division Central Jersey Menlo Park Day
    June 29, 2019  11:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Menlo Park Mall, Edison, NJ 08837, USA

    Central Jersey Chapter members and local individuals will enjoy a day at the Menlo Park Mall together. All participants must register; for additional information please contact Geri McGinty at 602-576-5356 or gerimcginty@gmail.com. Please register at www.nfbnj.org/sports-recreation-event-registration, which will open on June 1 and will take the first 15 registrants.

July 7, 2019
  • NFB National Convention
    July 7, 2019  8:30 am - July 12, 2019  11:00 pm
    Mandalay Bay, 3950 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119, USA

    Please reserve your hotel room at 877-632-9001. For additional information on the convention, please visit www.nfb.org/convention.

July 8, 2019
  • NFB National Convention
    July 7, 2019  8:30 am - July 12, 2019  11:00 pm
    Mandalay Bay, 3950 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119, USA

    Please reserve your hotel room at 877-632-9001. For additional information on the convention, please visit www.nfb.org/convention.

July 9, 2019
  • NFB National Convention
    July 7, 2019  8:30 am - July 12, 2019  11:00 pm
    Mandalay Bay, 3950 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119, USA

    Please reserve your hotel room at 877-632-9001. For additional information on the convention, please visit www.nfb.org/convention.

July 10, 2019
  • NFB National Convention
    July 7, 2019  8:30 am - July 12, 2019  11:00 pm
    Mandalay Bay, 3950 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119, USA

    Please reserve your hotel room at 877-632-9001. For additional information on the convention, please visit www.nfb.org/convention.

July 11, 2019
  • NFB National Convention
    July 7, 2019  8:30 am - July 12, 2019  11:00 pm
    Mandalay Bay, 3950 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119, USA

    Please reserve your hotel room at 877-632-9001. For additional information on the convention, please visit www.nfb.org/convention.

July 12, 2019
  • NFB National Convention
    July 7, 2019  8:30 am - July 12, 2019  11:00 pm
    Mandalay Bay, 3950 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119, USA

    Please reserve your hotel room at 877-632-9001. For additional information on the convention, please visit www.nfb.org/convention.

July 17, 2019
  • Sports and Recreation Division Monthly Conference Call
    July 17, 2019  8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    NFB New Jersey Conference Call Line

    Call: 605 468 8005
    Access Code: 460994 followed by the pound sign
    Please dial in 5  to 10 minutes prior for roll call and follow our NFBNJ conference call etiquette. All are invited to participate.

July 22, 2019
  • 6th Annual NFBNJ BELL (Braille Enrichment through Literacy & Learning) Academy
    July 22, 2019  9:00 am - August 2, 2019  3:00 pm
    Puerto Rican Association for Human Development, Inc. (PRAHD), 100 1st St, Perth Amboy, NJ 08861, USA

    For additional information contact Joseph Ruffalo at 973-743-0075 or nfbnj1@verizon.net, or visit www.nfbnj.org/bell-academy.

July 23, 2019
  • 6th Annual NFBNJ BELL (Braille Enrichment through Literacy & Learning) Academy
    July 22, 2019  9:00 am - August 2, 2019  3:00 pm
    Puerto Rican Association for Human Development, Inc. (PRAHD), 100 1st St, Perth Amboy, NJ 08861, USA

    For additional information contact Joseph Ruffalo at 973-743-0075 or nfbnj1@verizon.net, or visit www.nfbnj.org/bell-academy.

July 24, 2019
  • 6th Annual NFBNJ BELL (Braille Enrichment through Literacy & Learning) Academy
    July 22, 2019  9:00 am - August 2, 2019  3:00 pm
    Puerto Rican Association for Human Development, Inc. (PRAHD), 100 1st St, Perth Amboy, NJ 08861, USA

    For additional information contact Joseph Ruffalo at 973-743-0075 or nfbnj1@verizon.net, or visit www.nfbnj.org/bell-academy.

July 25, 2019
  • 6th Annual NFBNJ BELL (Braille Enrichment through Literacy & Learning) Academy
    July 22, 2019  9:00 am - August 2, 2019  3:00 pm
    Puerto Rican Association for Human Development, Inc. (PRAHD), 100 1st St, Perth Amboy, NJ 08861, USA

    For additional information contact Joseph Ruffalo at 973-743-0075 or nfbnj1@verizon.net, or visit www.nfbnj.org/bell-academy.

July 26, 2019
  • 6th Annual NFBNJ BELL (Braille Enrichment through Literacy & Learning) Academy
    July 22, 2019  9:00 am - August 2, 2019  3:00 pm
    Puerto Rican Association for Human Development, Inc. (PRAHD), 100 1st St, Perth Amboy, NJ 08861, USA

    For additional information contact Joseph Ruffalo at 973-743-0075 or nfbnj1@verizon.net, or visit www.nfbnj.org/bell-academy.

July 27, 2019
  • 6th Annual NFBNJ BELL (Braille Enrichment through Literacy & Learning) Academy
    July 22, 2019  9:00 am - August 2, 2019  3:00 pm
    Puerto Rican Association for Human Development, Inc. (PRAHD), 100 1st St, Perth Amboy, NJ 08861, USA

    For additional information contact Joseph Ruffalo at 973-743-0075 or nfbnj1@verizon.net, or visit www.nfbnj.org/bell-academy.

July 28, 2019
  • 6th Annual NFBNJ BELL (Braille Enrichment through Literacy & Learning) Academy
    July 22, 2019  9:00 am - August 2, 2019  3:00 pm
    Puerto Rican Association for Human Development, Inc. (PRAHD), 100 1st St, Perth Amboy, NJ 08861, USA

    For additional information contact Joseph Ruffalo at 973-743-0075 or nfbnj1@verizon.net, or visit www.nfbnj.org/bell-academy.

July 29, 2019
  • 6th Annual NFBNJ BELL (Braille Enrichment through Literacy & Learning) Academy
    July 22, 2019  9:00 am - August 2, 2019  3:00 pm
    Puerto Rican Association for Human Development, Inc. (PRAHD), 100 1st St, Perth Amboy, NJ 08861, USA

    For additional information contact Joseph Ruffalo at 973-743-0075 or nfbnj1@verizon.net, or visit www.nfbnj.org/bell-academy.

July 30, 2019
  • 6th Annual NFBNJ BELL (Braille Enrichment through Literacy & Learning) Academy
    July 22, 2019  9:00 am - August 2, 2019  3:00 pm
    Puerto Rican Association for Human Development, Inc. (PRAHD), 100 1st St, Perth Amboy, NJ 08861, USA

    For additional information contact Joseph Ruffalo at 973-743-0075 or nfbnj1@verizon.net, or visit www.nfbnj.org/bell-academy.

July 31, 2019
  • 6th Annual NFBNJ BELL (Braille Enrichment through Literacy & Learning) Academy
    July 22, 2019  9:00 am - August 2, 2019  3:00 pm
    Puerto Rican Association for Human Development, Inc. (PRAHD), 100 1st St, Perth Amboy, NJ 08861, USA

    For additional information contact Joseph Ruffalo at 973-743-0075 or nfbnj1@verizon.net, or visit www.nfbnj.org/bell-academy.

August 1, 2019
  • 6th Annual NFBNJ BELL (Braille Enrichment through Literacy & Learning) Academy
    July 22, 2019  9:00 am - August 2, 2019  3:00 pm
    Puerto Rican Association for Human Development, Inc. (PRAHD), 100 1st St, Perth Amboy, NJ 08861, USA

    For additional information contact Joseph Ruffalo at 973-743-0075 or nfbnj1@verizon.net, or visit www.nfbnj.org/bell-academy.

August 2, 2019
  • 6th Annual NFBNJ BELL (Braille Enrichment through Literacy & Learning) Academy
    July 22, 2019  9:00 am - August 2, 2019  3:00 pm
    Puerto Rican Association for Human Development, Inc. (PRAHD), 100 1st St, Perth Amboy, NJ 08861, USA

    For additional information contact Joseph Ruffalo at 973-743-0075 or nfbnj1@verizon.net, or visit www.nfbnj.org/bell-academy.

Archived New Jersey NFB Book Club Meetings

To listen to the archived meetings, please dial 515-604-9651, and entering the access code 612068 pound followed by the call reference code. You can also listen to the recordings on your computer or smart phone with the link listed with each archived meeting.

2019

  • May 15, 2019 – “Out of Sight: Blind & Doing All Right”
    Moderator: Jane Degenshein
    Reference Code: 13
    Audio Archive: FreeConferenceCall.com
  • March 20, 2019 – “Outside Myself”
    Moderator: Jane Degenshein
    Reference Code: 11
    Audio Archive: FreeConferenceCall.com
  • January 16, 2019 – “The Power of Love: how Kenneth Jernigan changed the world for the blind”
    Moderator: Jane Degenshein
    Reference Code: 9 pound
    Audio Archive: FreeConferenceCall.com

2018

  • October 10, 2018 – “Blind Ambition
    Moderator: Jane Degenshein
    Reference Code: 8 pound
    Audio archive: FreeConferenceCall.com
  • June 25, 2018 – “The Blind Doctor”
    Moderator: Jane Degenshein
    Reference Code: 6 pound
    Audio Archive: FreeConferenceCall.com

Blind Alive Workout Podcasts

You can view additional videos on the Eyes-Free Fitness YouTube channel.

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