“The Model Deaf Community Committee is a one-of-a-kind advocacy group dedicated to promoting access and inclusion,” commented Mayor Ron Loveridge. “The Annual Deaf Awareness Week is a great opportunity for an exchange between the hearing and deaf while enjoying a picnic, open house or one of the many free activities throughout Riverside.”
The Deaf Awareness Week schedule includes the following:
- Sept. 21: The deaf community picnic at Fairmount Park, 2601 Fairmount Park, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Sept. 22: Monday Night Football at the Mission Tobacco Lounge, 3630 University Avenue, co-hosted by Center on Deafness Inland Empire, from 5 p.m. to closing.
- Sept. 23: Emergency preparedness at California School for the Deaf Riverside (CSDR) Social Hall, 3044 Horace Street, from 7 to 9 p.m.
- Sept. 24: CSDR open house at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; an open house about city services at Riverside City Hall, 3900 Main Street, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.; and a Model Deaf Community ceremony at City Hall’s Grier Pavilion from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
- Sept. 25: American sign language storytelling at Arlington Library, 9556 Magnolia Avenue, from 3 to 5 p.m.; the Deaf Bilingual Coalition meets at CSDR Social Hall, 6:30 p.m.; and a Wi-Fi network wireless access class at the same location at 8 p.m.
- Sept. 26: Entertainment and awards recognition at the Riverside Plaza, 3545 Central Ave., with the Wild Zappers, a male deaf dance troupe, starting at 6 p.m.
- Sept. 27: Emergency preparedness at CSDR Social Hall from 9 to 11 a.m. and a softball game against the Riverside Police Department at the Orange Terrace Park, 20010 Orange Terrace Parkway, from 7 to 9 p.m.