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Professional Learning Events

The following is a list of Professional Learning Events that have been proposed for the 2015-16 School Year. These offerings should be of specific interest to school social workers and may be of interest to other mental health professionals and educators. Social Work Continuing Education Hour applications are being submitted for all courses listed (unless noted). All events will be held at Oakland Schools unless otherwise noted.

For more information, please contact Social Work Consultant, Steve Whitmore (click here).

2015 Fall Conference Ensuring Student Success: Promoting Attendance and Building Resiliency, EVERY DAY COUNTS!*

Christian Moore, Keynote
9/30/2015
8:30am-3:30pm

Improving student attendance through community referrals, building family engagement & how to address school avoidance.


Featured speaker - Christian Moore, Flipping the Resilience Switch - empowering participants to teach vital skills of resilience to students of any background and any learning style, enabling them to thrive not only in school, but life.


Registration Link: https://events.oakland.k12.mi.us/coe/coe_p2_details.aspx?eventid=132590&cc=COEE&oc=10

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After the Crisis: Traumatic Event Crisis Intervention Plan (2 Day Event)*

TBA

This 2-day course introduces "After the Crisis" management protocols that offer building crisis response team a proven structure to stabilize the aftermath situation, mobilize resources, accelerate normalization of routine, minimize the adverse impact on student achievement (by restoring adaptive functioning): and facilitate access to more help for the seriously impacted students and staff.


More information to come.

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Aggression Replacement Training for Challenging Behaviors

Mark Amendola
4/15/2016
8:30am-3:30pm


More information coming soon.

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Anxiety Disorders: Effective Treatment Strategies for Panic, OCD, PTSD, Phobias and School-Based Anxiety

Dr. Patrick McGrath, Director at Alexian Brothers Center for Anxiety and OCD

5/6/16

Macomb ISD


More information to come.

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Bully-Free Schools Circle of Support for Learning

2 Day Training

October 6 & 7, 2015 or February 10 & 11, 2016

Strategies to impact the behavior of students who engage in bullying and other forms of peer-to-peer aggression––including an intervention process that teaches alternative behaviors. Elements of effective limits and consequences, and strategies to ensure school-wide consistency. Strategies to support the "targets." Strategies to empower "bystanders" and change cultural norms. Strategies to work with the parents of bullies and targets. Tips for implementation and integration with existing school initiatives, such as PBIS and MiBLSi.


More information to come.

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Bully Free Schools: The Next Step

October 8, 2015 or February 12, 2016

Bully-Free Schools: The Next Step Workshop is designed for teams from schools that have already attended a 2-day Bully-Free Schools training at Oakland ISD. One of the goals of the training is to better prepare school staff to conduct the Investigation and Reflection steps of the Individual Intervention Process (IIP). Time in the workshop will be provided to critique (anonymously) schools' drafts of rubrics and completed reflection forms so we can learn from each other's efforts. The rest of the workshop will be specifically tailored to address participants' needs.


More information coming soon.

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CoT and the SSW Role (3 Evenings)

Jennifer Hollander
1/26/2016, 2/9/2016 & 3/8/2016
5:30pm-7:30pm

The goal of this course is to give social workers an opportunity to learn the philosophy and foundation of Cultures of Thinking, explore and participate in Thinking Routines, and discuss how to use these routines when working with students individually, in small groups, or when doing whole classroom lessons in another teacher’s classroom. Social workers will come away with an understanding of why Cultures of Thinking is vital to the future academic success of our students and the challenges of helping many of our students with special needs to think deeper and be able to visually explain their thinking. Social Workers will learn and experience 7 Thinking Routines and will discuss how these thinking routines can be integrated into working with students. Social workers have many unique needs as they are the sole social worker in that school. By exploring and experiencing these thinking routines together, participants will feel supported by their peers to risk trying something new with their students. In addition, social workers will also learn how to integrate thinking routines into their curriculum to best meet IEP goals. Each participant will receive a copy of the book, 'Making Thinking Visible.' Note: SW-CEH's are awarded to eligible participants at the end of the series.


Registration Link: https://events.oakland.k12.mi.us/coe/coe_p2_details.aspx?eventid=133194&cc=COEE&oc=10

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Engaging Student and Families of Poverty

Scott Felkey

6/28/15


More information to come.

Executive Function Skills for Success in the Classroom

Sarah Ward, SLP
1/19/2016
8:30am-3:30pm

What skills do students need to learn to be organized and successfully manage their own time and tasks in the classroom? This multidisciplinary workshop will provide practical, hands- on strategies to develop students' executive functions skills for success in school. The term 'Executive Function' is used to describe the skill set required for setting goals, carrying out organized steps and modifying a plan to complete a task successfully, all of which are vital for academic and social success in elementary and middle school classrooms. Classroom teachers, special educators and ancillary staff will learn how to work together and use strategies such as 'Tuning In, "Get Ready-Do-Done, 'STOP and Read the Room", and Seeing and Sensing the Passage of Time' to support the success of all students in a classroom, including students with IEPs. Beginners and advanced participants will learn and practice these strategies to improve students' awareness, working memory, hindsight and forethought skills, impulse control, cognitive flexibility, organization and time/task management.


Registration Link: https://events.oakland.k12.mi.us/coe/coe_p2_details.aspx?eventid=126577&cc=COEE&oc=10


More information is available at: http://www.oaklandschoolsliteracy.org/professional-learning/grades-k-5/sarah-ward-national-speaker/

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Homework Helpers: Using Executive Function Skills to Close the Homework Circle (For Parents & Educators)

Sarah Ward, SLP
1/20/2016

7:00pm-9:00pm
(No SW- CEH Credits)

For many students, including students with weak executive function skills, homework is a challenge. Parents and students alike can get frustrated while trying to complete homework. While teachers and school professionals might teach students strategies to break down assignments or to make the material easier to process, parents often are not familiar with these interventions. Parents don't want to be teachers, but if they can have familiarity with these supportive strategies, then they can smooth the homework process. In this workshop, the following topics will be addressed:


  • Closing the Homework Circle-Supporting students in recording, bringing home, completing and returning assignments.
  • The Homework Space: Learning how to create a positive and productive environment for homework.
  • Setting Up Successful Homework Sessions: Learning simple techniques to help students organize and process information for assignments, long term projects and study skills



Registration Information: https://events.oakland.k12.mi.us/coe/coe_p2_details.aspx?eventid=126709&cc=COEE&oc=10


More information is available at: http://www.oaklandschoolsliteracy.org/professional-learning/grades-k-5/sarah-ward-national-speaker/

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High-Scope Approach to Conflict Resolution for Young Children (2 Days)

Christine Maier, PhD

10/8/15 & 10/9/15, 12/10/15 & 12/11/15, or 3/11/16 & 3/18/16
9:00am – 3:30pm

Participants will learn the HighScope 6 Step process of conflict resolution. Social workers will examine understandings and beliefs about conflicts and begin to see conflict situations as learning opportunities. Throughout the two sessions, social workers actively engage in examining and discussing the concepts behind each of the 6 steps.


More information coming soon.

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Intensive Interventions for Addressing Challenging Behavior in Early Childhood Classrooms (2 Evenings)

Jennifer Champagne, Ph.D, IMH-E®(II)

Lydia Moore, Ph.D.

10/22/2015, 10/29/2015

4:30pm-8:30pm

This two-day workshop session will introduce participants to an intensive intervention planning process based on the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) Training Modules for Promoting Social and Emotional Competence and Addressing Challenging Behavior. We will focus on identifying and describing challenging behaviors; analyzing reasons why behaviors are occurring; and developing plans to address these behaviors.


More information coming soon.

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Making Safe Schools for Transgender and Gender Diverse Students - School Psych Series

Jill Davidson, PhD, NCSP, School Psychologist, Seattle Public Schools

10/19/2015
8:30am-3:30pm
Macomb ISD


More information coming soon.

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MASSW Region F Meeting/Presentations

10/16/15 and 3/4/16
Topics to be announced

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#MASSW15 State Conference

10/29/15-10/31/15


For more information: www.masswmi.org

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Michigan Model

Elementary K-6
3/15/2016
8:30am-3:30pm

The Michigan Model is planned sequential K-12 curriculum that addresses physical, mental, emotional and social dimensions of health. Students that have received the Michigan Model Curriculum had stronger skills for communicating and getting along with other. Better skills in managing their feelings and actions, improved attitudes about taking actions to stay safe and stronger drug and tobacco refusal skills.


More information coming soon.

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Middle School
4/19/2016
8:30am-3:30pm

The Michigan Model is planned sequential K-12 curriculum that addresses physical, mental, emotional and social dimensions of health. Students that have received the Michigan Model Curriculum had stronger skills for communicating and getting along with other. Better skills in managing their feelings and actions, improved attitudes about taking actions to stay safe and stronger drug and tobacco refusal skills.


More information coming soon.

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High School (2 Days)

11/5/2015, 11/12/2015
8:30am-3:30pm


This two day workshop will focus on the development of the following skills required by the Michigan Merit guidelines for Health and the National Health Education Standards and performance indicators: Analyzing Influences, Interpersonal Communications, Goal Setting, Decision Making, Advocacy, Self-management, and Accessing Information.


More information coming soon.

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Multidisciplinary Evaluations of English Learners- Separating Difference from Disability

Catherine Collier
10/9/2015
8:30am-3:30pm

A growing number of students from diverse racial, cultural and linguistic backgrounds have unique learning needs as they acquire school English and adapt to the culture of the American educational system. Identifying and placing culturally and linguistically diverse students in special education is a challenging issue in all Oakland County schools. This workshop is designed for educators who are new to evaluating or working with students who are culturally and linguistically diverse. This foundational workshop will highlight specific issues and screening strategies that are most effective in separating difference from disability especially in the context of response to intervention and instruction. Registration coming soon. This session is sponsored by general education and special education.


Registration Link: https://events.oakland.k12.mi.us/coe/coe_p2_details.aspx?eventid=133260&cc=COEE&oc=10

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Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (NCI)

Basic 2 Day Training

10/6/2015, 10/7/15
8:30am-3:30pm

Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NCI) is a safe behavior management system designed to aid all professional staff in the management of disruptive and assaultive students, even during the most violent times.


Day One - The Preventative Techniques: The focus of day one is to provide nonverbal, paraverbal and verbal skills to maintain the best possible care, welfare, safety and security for both staff and students, while intervening to prevent a crisis. Defense techniques for personal safety will be introduced and practiced.


Day Two - Therapeutic Physical Intervention: When all nonverbal and verbal techniques have been exhausted and when the individual presents a danger to self or others, the use of physical restraint may be necessary.


More information coming soon.

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NCI Hybrid Training

2/9/2016 or 3/31/16
8:30am-3:30pm


Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NCI) is a safe behavior management system designed to aid all professional staff in the management of disruptive and assaultive students, even during the most violent times.


Day One - The Preventative Techniques: The focus of day one is to provide nonverbal, paraverbal and verbal skills to maintain the best possible care, welfare, safety and security for both staff and students, while intervening to prevent a crisis. Defense techniques for personal safety will be introduced and practiced.


Day Two - Therapeutic Physical Intervention: When all nonverbal and verbal techniques have been exhausted and when the individual presents a danger to self or others, the use of physical restraint may be necessary.


More information coming soon.

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Practical Management of Tough Kids - School Psych Series

William Jenson, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Utah
12/9/2015
8:30am-3:30pm


More information coming soon.

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Promoting Social Emotional Competence in Early Childhood Classrooms (2 Evenings)

Jennifer Champagne, Ph.D. IMH-E®(II)

9/24/2015, 10/1/2015
4:30pm-8:30pm

This workshop series is based on Module 1 and Module 2 from the Center on the Social Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) Series for Promoting Social and Emotional Competence and Addressing Challenging Behavior.


More information coming soon.

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Restorative Practices

More information coming soon.

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Restorative Practices Network

More information coming soon.

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Section 504 the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Michele Eaddy, Attorney with Thrun Law Firm, P. C

10/7/2015
8:30am-3:30pm

36 million Americans are identified as having a disability or about 12% of the population. As accountability and expectations for student performance increase, schools are responding by applying a broader range of support strategies than ever before. This session will clarify where section 504 fits in the continuum of supports available to help students graduate and be ready for college and careers.


Registration Links: https://events.oakland.k12.mi.us/coe/coe_p2_details.aspx?eventid=132547&cc=COEE&oc=10


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SEL Goal Writing: Foundations 1

Steve Whitmore, LMSW

9/17/2015
8:30am-3:30pm

Do you struggle with writing social emotional goals? Does Mrs. Jones tell you that taking Johnny right now will interfere with meeting his reading progress? In this experience, we will examine the SEL goal writing "big picture" from assessment to progress monitoring. We’ll look at the Common Core State Standards and their connections with socio-emotional learning, the gathering of present level data, the actual writing of the goals, and the process of progress monitoring. Please bring a case for practice reflection. Please complete the survey located at http://tinyurl.com/OSSELGoal1 . Note-Due to funding guidelines, 35 seats are available for Oakland County Public Schools and PSA/Charter School employees for $15. There are 3 seats available for participants from Oakland County Private Schools and Agencies, and 2 seats available for out-of-county participants at a cost of $30 per participant.


Registration Link: https://events.oakland.k12.mi.us/coe/coe_p2_details.aspx?eventid=133088&cc=COEE&oc=10

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SEL Intervention: Why Try?

Level 1 (2 Days)
10/26/2015, 10/27/15
8:30am-3:30pm

The WhyTry? evidenced based program is a set of practical visual metaphors to teach pro-social alternatives to overcome problems with which at-risk youth struggle: basic problem solving, anger management, understanding consequences of their decisions, removing negative labels, dealing with peer pressure, living & keeping society's laws & rules, building a support system, & having goals & a vision of the future. The visual analogies are learned through a multisensory approach that resonates with youth to effect more positive outcomes. Note: The registration link is for Oakland County Special Educators only. Others register through www.whytry.org. Lunch will be on your own.


Event Registration: https://events.oakland.k12.mi.us/coe/coe_p2_details.aspx?eventid=133266&cc=COEE&oc=10

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Level 2 (2 Days)
2/23/2016, 2/24/2016
8:30am-3:30pm

The Why Try? Level 2 training builds on the principles you have applied from Level 1 (ten visual analogies, Why Try? music, learning activities, role-plays and applications in different settings). The training gives strong focus to successful implementation of Why Try?’s learning activities which are particularly helpful in group environments for increasing participation and creating a learning atmosphere. In addition, this training shows how to effectively use multimedia as a teaching tool in the school setting. Behavior support/management and creating buy-in are integral parts of this advanced training. The training is useful for anyone using Why Try?, regardless of their experience level. This link is for Oakland County Special Educators. All others may register at: www.whytry.org. Lunch on your own.


Event Registration: https://events.oakland.k12.mi.us/coe/coe_p2_details.aspx?eventid=133271&cc=COEE&oc=10

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SEL Progress Monitoring: Google Forms

Steve Whitmore, LMSW

8/17/2005 or 12/11/2015
8:30am-12:00pm

This highly interactive and hands on workshop will examine the essential elements of progress monitoring and assist participants in creating note and IEP monitoring tools in Google Forms. Participants will have a completed form by the end of the session. Bring a copy of your current progress notes/monitoring form with you. Comfort with technology is required. Participants should have a current Google Education or G-mail account and should send the account address to Steven.Whitmore@oakland.k12.mi.us prior to the workshop. Upon registering workshop participants should completed a survey located at: http://tinyurl.com/PMGoogle1.


8/17/15 Registration Link: https://events.oakland.k12.mi.us/coe/coe_p2_details.aspx?eventid=132702&cc=COEE&oc=10


12/11/15 Registration Link: https://events.oakland.k12.mi.us/coe/coe_p2_details.aspx?eventid=132714&cc=COEE&oc=10

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SSW 101: Foundations of Practice (7 Evenings)

Steve Whitmore, LMSW

9/22/2015, 10/13/2015, 12/1/2015, 1/5/2016, 2/2/2016, 3/1/2016, & 4/12/2016
4:30pm-7:15pm

This course is designed to meet the needs of newer school social workers, and those that would like to refine their skills. School social workers will leave this series with: a strong foundation in the basics of the profession, a tool box of evidenced based engagement and resiliency philosophies/ activities, an opportunity to receive timely professional consultation, and a support network. Each meeting will feature an engaging activity based on experiential learning and cultures of thinking, followed by an in-depth discussion on the featured topic. Time for group problem solving and sharing will be built into every meeting. Topics include: team problem-solving, finding evidenced based practices, considerations in conducting special education assessments, goal writing and progress monitoring. (Participants should expect about an hour’s worth of "research" between meetings.) Please complete the survey located atwww.tinyurl.com/OSSSW101Fall15 prior to the first meeting. Note: SW-CEH's are awarded after the last day of the series.


Registration Link: https://events.oakland.k12.mi.us/coe/coe_p2_details.aspx?eventid=132909&cc=COEE&oc=10

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SSW Book Study: Domains and Demands of SSW Practice

The Domains & Demands of School Social Practice by Michael S. Kelly is an engaging survey of the reality of school social work, showing readers where & how they can form an evidenced based practice. This book study is designed for all SSWs who desire fresh ideas and supports to build & maintain an effective practice. Participants will read a chapter, answer an optional short reflection, & attend a one-hour discussion. Books included with registration for in-county SSWs. SSW-CEHs pending.

South End Study: https://events.oakland.k12.mi.us/coe/coe_p2_details.aspx?eventid=133254&cc=COEE&oc=10


Holly: TBA
Pontiac: TBA
Waterford: TBA

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SSW Community of Practice: Fall '15 Event

11/3/2015
8:30am-3:30pm
Troy Community Center

This county wide professional learning event will feature presentations on using the new MiPLACE platform to find information and resources, current assessment practices in the county, current intervention activities, and community resources. Participants should bring examples of table topic assessments, interventions and referral resources to enrich the learning experience. Participants should also bring a laptop or web-accessible device. Please complete the survey located at: http://tinyurl.com/SSWFall15CoP after October 1. Note-Due to funding guidelines, 130 seats are available for Oakland County Public Schools and PSA/Charter School employees for $15. There are 10 seats available for participants from Oakland County Private Schools and Agencies, and 10 seats available for out-of-county participants at a cost of $17 per participant. Event registration deadline 10/27/15.


Registration Link: https://events.oakland.k12.mi.us/coe/coe_p2_details.aspx?eventid=133086&cc=COEE&oc=10

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SSW PSA Community of Practice: Fall '15 Event

8/24/2015
12:00pm-3:30pm

This event is for School Social Workers (SSW's) who work in Public School Academies & Charters Schools. SSW's will identify common practice strengths & challenges and spend time using a problem-solving model to work through some of the identified issues. Some time will be set aside for compliance questions as well. Lunch will be provided. Participants are asked to complete a survey located at: http://tinyurl.com/OSPSAFALL15. (Minimum of 7 participants required.)


Registration Link: https://events.oakland.k12.mi.us/coe/coe_p2_details.aspx?eventid=132718&cc=COEE&oc=10

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SSW PSA Community of Practice: Winter ' 16 Event

1/14/2016
4:30pm-7:15pm


More information coming soon.

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START Intensive Training

START ASD (FYI)

START BYF - Building Your Future (8 Days) (District Invtie Access Only)
9/11/15, 10/2/15, 12/18/2015, 1/22/2016, 2/29/2016, 3/21/2016, 4/18/2016, 5/24/2016
8:30am-3:30pm

START Training - Systems Change Through Coaching (2 Days) (District Invite Access Only)
10/13/2015, 10/14/2015
8:30am-3:30pm


START Training - Asperger Syndrome: Rethinking the Glass House Rule (2 Days) (District Invite Access Only)
TBA
8:30am-3:30pm


START Training - Centralized Evaluation Team (CET) (District Invite Access Only)
2/3/2016
8:30am-3:30pm

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Trauma Smart Conference

Avis Smith

9/9/2016
8:30am-3:30pm

This training will include an overview of the Trauma Smart model and include: recognizing signs of trauma and toxic stress, understanding the impact of trauma for children and adults who care for them, exploring classroom and family support strategies. Morning session focuses on: How trauma affects early childhood brain growth and development, How caregivers are affected by secondary trauma/toxic stress; and Attunement. Afternoon session will focus on grief and loss and how we intervene.


Registration Link: https://events.oakland.k12.mi.us/coe/coe_p2_details.aspx?eventid=129273&cc=COEE&oc=10

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Understanding and Responding to Passive-Aggressive Students - School Psych Series

Mitchell Beck, Ed.D., Professor and Chairperson, Department of Special Education, Central Connecticut State University
3/11/2016
8:30am-3:30pm


More information coming soon.

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Understanding School Refusal: Theory and Intervention Strategies

Karen Rusniak, PhD & Jim Wood, PhD
3/23/2016
8:30am-3:30pm


More information coming soon.

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Verbal Strategies to Address Challenging Behaviors

Karen Rusniak, PhD & Jim Wood, PhD
11/16/2015 or 5/19/2016
8:30am-3:30pm


More information coming soon.

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