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Saturday Events for 2019

BRAILLE FOR THE SIGHTED
Saturday, July 13, 10:30 am-12:30 pm

So you ever stare at those dots in an elevator and wonder how they can possibly mean words? In two hours, we can have you reading simple braille and writing braille on a slate and stylus or a braillewriter. Admission is free, but registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email email hidden; JavaScript is required to register. Best for adults and children age 6 and up.

BARDS & STORYTELLERS: MUSICAL TREASURES FROM THE MIGEL
Saturday, July 27, 1-3 p.m.

The holdings of APH’s Migel Library include many rare and historic recordings by musicians who were blind or visually impaired, spanning the decades of the early 1900s to the present day. Our guest presenter, Justin Gardner, has curated the collection and takes us on a musical tour, stopping for stories about and songs by such standouts as Blind Tom, Moondog, Doc Watson, and Stevie Wonder. Admission is free, but registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email email hidden; JavaScript is required to register. Best for adults and older children.

BARDS & STORYTELLERS: BLIND FAITH
Saturday, August 24, 1-3 pm

Blind Faith follows David, a successful business executive, as he struggles to come to terms with the loss of his vision. In particular, it focuses on the relationship between David and his daughter Anna – how it changes, how they change, what it’s like to be a parent who is blind, and what it’s like to have a blind father. David’s journey reaches blind and visually impaired audiences with a recognizable portrayal of their own complicated reality, and it takes the sighted audience into the unknown world of the blind and the trials and choices that accompany blindness. Filmmaker Isabel Hill will be present to introduce the film and to moderate the post-film discussion. Admission is free, but registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email email hidden; JavaScript is required to register. Best for adults and older children.

TRAIN YOUR PUPPY THE GUIDE DOG WAY
Saturday, September 28, 1-3 pm

Dog guides partner with people who are blind, giving them the freedom to set their own schedules and to move confidently anywhere they choose to travel. They are also devoted and loving companions. Learn all you ever wanted to know about the amazing dogs from our panel of experts — what they do for their human partners, how they are trained, and what happens when the harness comes off. Free to the public but registration is required. Best for adults and children ages 6 and up.

HALLOWEEN MASKMAKING
Saturday, October 26, 10:30-12:30

Masks have been a part of many cultures throughout history. They are useful for hiding identities, but also for inciting fear or awe or other emotions. Sighted people tend to depend on the visual for their effects, but textures and shapes can convey emotions as well. Museum staff will guide participants of all ages and abilities as they make scary or friendly Halloween masks and headdresses using tactile materials. Admission is free but registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email email hidden; JavaScript is required to register. Best for adults and children ages 6 and up.

RADIO DAYS
Saturday, November 16, 1-3 pm

We celebrate 100 years of radio broadcasting by taking you back to a time before computers, before television, when families would gather around the radio to listen to soap operas, spine-chilling dramas, gripping mysteries, and gut-splitting comedies. The first radio broadcast occurred in 1919. One hundred years later, we bring you our own live radio broadcast, with vocals by Talking Book narrators from the APH Sound Studio and sound effects by students at the Kentucky School for the Blind.

THANKSGIVING OPEN HOUSE
Saturday, November 23, 10-3

Looking for something uniquely Louisville to show friends and relatives visiting for Thanksgiving? Bring them to APH’s one-of-a-kind museum! Visitors can write their names in braille, see a book from Helen Keller’s Bible, learn about guide dogs, play games and read books designed for children who are blind, and enjoy many other activities in our award-winning museum. The museum also has on display the first book written by Louis Braille in which he describes his new method for writing with dots. Holiday goodies and spiced cider will be served. Registration is not required. For all ages.

HOLIDAY CRAFT WORKSHOP
Saturday, December 7, 10:30 am -12:30 pm

Visit the museum to learn how people who are blind and visually impaired “see” with their fingertips. Then craft your own tactile ornament, card, or holiday decoration. Admission is free but registration is required. Call 502-899-2213 or email email hidden; JavaScript is required to register. Best for adults and children age 6 and up.