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FALL 2013 GREATER SACRAMENTO: PROGRAMS & SERVICES IN YOUR COMMUNITY

YOU CAN HELP CREATE A WORLD FREE OF MS As we work towards our collective goal of a world free of MS, the Northern California Chapter is lucky to have volunteers across all 40 counties planning their own fundraisers to raise money and awareness in their individual communities. These Do It Yourself (DIY) fundraisers vary from golf tournaments to lemonade stands, pumpkin chucking contests to whiffle ball tournaments. There really are no limits. Amy, a Self-Help Group Leader in Chico is planning the 2nd Annual MS Soiree on Friday, November 8th at the Chico Women’s Club. The $10 cost of the ticket will go to the National MS Society and gives attendees access to popular local bands, solo artists, food from a local food truck, wine from Counter Punch Wines and beer from Sierra Nevada Brewery. There will also be a raffle for framed photography from local artists as well as Klean Kanteen products. The Women’s Club has a maximum capacity of 350 which Amy hopes to fill. The Soiree will showcase many local talents while raising money and awareness of MS. Tickets will be sold at the door. For more information visit www.chicoMSsoiree.com.

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE 2ND ANNUAL MS SOIREE ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8TH AT THE CHICO WOMEN’S CLUB

PLAN YOUR OWN DIY FUNDRAISING EVENT

Interested in planning your own DIY Fundraiser? Want to raise awareness in your local community? The Do It Yourself Fundraising website includes helpful resources to help you kick off a Do It Yourself activity and learn from others who are hosting their own. Get started today, join the movement, and together we can help to create a world free of MS. Visit www.nationalMSsociety.org/can, then click on Fundraising Events, and then DIY Community Fundraising Events. ◊

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GREATER SACRAMENTO: PROGRAMS & SERVICES FALL 2013

UPCOMING PROGRAMS Mix and Mingle Networking Hour Wednesday, October 16th 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Blue Prynt Restaurant and Bar 815 11th St., Sacramento Looking to meet other working professionals in the area and see how they live with their MS? Want to do so in a relaxed social setting? Join us for happy hour at Blue Prynt Restaurant and Bar. We’ll provide light appetizers and have a separate room, so stop by on your way home from work!

Newly Diagnosed Orientation Thursday, November 7 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Mercy San Juan Medical Center, Room 145 6555 Coyle Ave., Carmichael th

-ORThursday, November 7th 5:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Enloe Conference Center, Room 106 1528 Esplanade, Chico Are you newly diagnosed with MS? A diagnosis of MS can create many unexpected emotions that leave you with a strong need to understand the changes you may be facing. This program will address the most common concerns for people who are newly diagnosed as well as family and friends who want to learn more. Join National MS Society staff and discover resources and get answers to some of your MS questions.

Navigating Employment and Benefits Options for People with MS Tuesday, November 12th (employment) and Wednesday, November 13th (benefits) 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Vacaville Public Library, Conference Meeting Room, 1020 Ulatis Dr., Vacaville Get an overview of employment laws, resources and benefits to consider for the workforce and beyond. Join Ann Johnson with the National MS Society who helps people living with MS address common issues to support proactive decision making. Light dinner and beverages will be provided.

Coping with MS: Strategies to enhance cognition, mood and relationships Wednesday, November 20th 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Mercy Medical Center, McKinley Room 3000 Q St., Sacramento Our lives are defined by constant change. Whether you are diagnosed with MS or MS has touched the life of someone you care about, coping with change has likely become a central issue. Change often brings about multiple questions. You may be challenged by questions regarding the way you now view yourself, relationships, and the cognitive changes that you may be experiencing. You may be looking to improve your health or other circumstances, or simply for a way to bring hope and resilience into your life. Learning practical skills to address coping with MS-related changes are often the basis

REGISTER AT NATIONALMSSOCIETY.ORG/CAN | 1-800-344-4867 for meaningful transformation. As a neuropsychologist, Dr. Trettin plans to share clinically-supported methods for training the mind away from unhelpful thoughts that no longer serve us. In their place, she will provide practical suggestions for establishing behaviors and attitudes aligned with your values and aspirations. Topics to be covered during her talk include ways to enhance cognitive functioning, promote communication skills in relationships, and foster emotional well-being. A light dinner will be served. Registration is required for all programs. To register, please visit our Program Calendar at www.nationalMSsociety.org/can or call 1-800-344-4867.

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WHAT’S HAPPENING IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA Bay Area • Free From Falls from October 10th -

December 5th from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. in Oakland • 8th Annual MS Family Day on October 26th from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in San Francisco • Newly Diagnosed Orientation on November 6th from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. in San Francisco • MS Connection Dinner & Networking Event from 6:00 - 8:00 p. m. in Berkeley

Central Valley • Newly Diagnosed Orientation on

UPCOMING BAYER HEALTHCARE PROGRAM Take a Closer Look at Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis Wednesday, October 30th at 6:00 p.m. Christian Michaels Ristorante 192 East Third St., Chico Join Bayer HealthCare in welcoming Dr. John Schafer who will be speaking about relapsing multiple sclerosis, as well as Roberta Junge, a patient advocate. Seating is limited and a reservation is required. RSVP by calling 1-800-788-1467. Choose option 4 to register. Please use invitation code: PAT3313.

November 5th from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. in Modesto • Christmas Stories: The Radio Plays on December 15th at 2:00 p.m. in Modesto

North Bay • Newly Diagnosed Orientation on

November 6th from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. in Petaluma • Navigating Employment and Benefit Options on October 26th from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in Bayside

South Bay • Morning Mingle on October 17th,

November 21st and December 19th from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in Santa Clara

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MS CONNECTION: FALL 2013

• Newly Diagnosed Orientation on

November 5 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. in Santa Clara • 2nd Annual Time to Trim the Tree on November 12th from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. in Santa Clara • Bunco on December 10th from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. in Santa Clara th

• Sacramento: MS Adapters - Kim:

916-821-6133, Chelsea: 916-289-6543, Stephanie: 916-215-5356

• Sacramento: MS Musings of the Mind

Writing Group - Irene: 916-536-9116

• Sacramento: Yoga and Tai Chi Support

Group - Cynthia: 916-682-9030, Evelyn: 916-391-1365

SELF-HELP GROUPS

SHASTA COUNTY

BUTTE COUNTY

SOLANO COUNTY

• Chico - Amy: 530-863-7818, Tracy:

• Vacaville - Marian: 707-422-7515, Willie:

EL DORADO COUNTY

SUTTER COUNTY

• Placerville - Doris: 530-622-5673

• Yuba City - Evon: 530-701-2189

NEVADA COUNTY

YOLO COUNTY

• Grass Valley - Erica: 530-559-4517

• Woodland - Shannon: 916-821-3576

530-343-3623

• HOPE 4 MS - Beth: 530-246-8404,

Patricia: 530-222-7277, Pat: 530-357-3585

707-689-7814

PLACER COUNTY • Auburn - Loren: 530-320-1711 • Lincoln - Marilyn: 916-434-6898

SACRAMENTO COUNTY • Carmichael: Minimal Symptoms Group -

Brett and Kelly: 916-773-6799

• Carmichael: Moving on with MS -

Annette: 916-715-4973, Irene: 916-5369116, Sylvia: 916-349-1324

• Elk Grove - Letitia: 916-896-7764,

Dorothy: 916-684-6849, Willie: 916-6841677, Pamela: 916-685-6662

DO YOU KNOW A DOCTOR, NURSE OR THERAPIST WITH AN INTEREST IN MS? The National MS Society offers resources not only for those affected by MS but also for healthcare professionals who treat MS. Increasing access to quality MS care throughout Northern California is a priority for our Chapter. To help us share resources with professionals in your community, contact Zoe Edwards at zoe.edwards@nmss.org.


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