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Personalized Skill Development and​ Social Connections ​for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Central Illinois

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Our Friendship Friday Group enjoyed a fun day on September 4th at the Educational Center. We held our own First Annual Derby Race and enjoyed eating Derby Pecan Pie. Huge Thank you to everyone who made this event possible. Volunteer Lucia Hill made the homemade pies that were super delicious. She made our day with horse race napkins. Board Member, Rosemary Buffington, painted our horses! Mr. Chevelier designed and cut the horses out of wood for us. Visually Impaired Student, Glen Chapman, drilled out and painted the numbers on the two dice we used to move the horses forward. His wife Mary Jane threw the dice. Visually Impaired Student, Donna Solon, donated prizes for the race winners. I started each race with a Call to the Post and then the race began. I guess I have talents that have been hidden because everyone commented on my commentary .

We all wore our Derby hats and cheered on our favorite horses such as Wildfire, Smella Vision, Inspiration, Marshmallow, and Arty Arthritus. Lots of laughter and fun. You will never guess what we have planned for December…..Reindeer Races!

Let me know if you would like to join the action the second Friday of each month normally.

Until Next Time, Peggy

Call to Post at Chuchill Downs!!

More Friendship Friday Fun!

All of us enjoyed hearing Mike Kienzler play his ukulele. Thanks to our Leader, Cookie Kienzler for inviting Mike to share his talents. We enjoyed hearing about how he got started playing and then we all joined in with a sing along. We of course kept our masks on and used wipes as we handled the different instruments. Some of us joined by Zoom.

So email us at and let us know if you would like to participate in Friendship Fridays!


Friendship Fridays

Come on in or join us virtually on the 2nd Friday of each month for fellowship, laughter, and sharing! Email or call us for more information or to RSVP.

Book Club Fridays

Next Book
October 23: Blackfoot Messiah

Participants read the book in advance of the meeting, so RSVP below or call Peggy at 217-303-9062 and we'll give you the details. Students suggest and agree on which books to read, so join us and add your voice to the mix. Books are provided by Talking Books and sent directly to your home.

Here are the Book Club titles for the rest of 2020. We hope you find at least one that sounds interesting and join us!

2020 Book Titles

November 20: Hidden Kennedy

December 11: Redbird Christmas

Covid-19 Information: Visiting us at the center is by appointment only at the moment, but we're still providing personalized individual programs! Call us at 217-303-9062 to connect, check us out on Facebook and Twitter, or drop us an email.

Educational Center for the Visually Impaired

Personalized Skill Development and​ Social Connections
for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Central Illinois
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