Social Events at ECNV

August 24, 2011 at 8:17 pm Leave a comment

It seems to me that a lot of the information about the ECNV Social Events that occur regularly each month has gotten slightly muddled in the last few years and I want to clear things up. 

ECNV hosts two events each month: TGIF and the ENDependents.  Usually, TGIF is on the first Friday of the month and the ENDependents is on the third Friday.  Sometimes the events are moved to the second and fourth Fridays because of a holiday.   For instance, in September the first Friday is the Friday of Labor Day weekend, so we changed the events to the second and fourth Fridays. 

Basically here’s how the events work: 

TGIF 

Usually meets on the first Friday of the month from 6:00 until 8:00 and usually we meet at a local restaurant for dinner.  Many of the restaurants we go to are local to Arlington and accessible to Metro Stations as some people use the subway to get to the event.  We want to be able to expand our area and widen the choices that we have, but we still need to keep it relatively close to a Metro Station! 

At the restaurant, everybody who attends the event pays for themselves; the restaurants we go to are fairly reasonably priced so dinner, drink, and tip will usually run about $20 or less.  If you have any special dietary needs, it is up to you to make sure that they are met. 

The ENDependents

Usually, this group meets on the third Friday of the month from 5:30 until 7:30 and usually meets and stays at ECNV.  Typically, the group orders pizza and has soda from the grocery store or CVS.  ECNV tries to meet people’s dietary needs; for example, ordering a pizza without tomato sauce for someone who is allergic to tomatoes or getting a gluten-free pizza crust for someone who is allergic to gluten.  Sometimes it is not possible to meet all requirements every time so, so you need to let ECNV know about them beforehand so they can be met. 

At the ENDependents group, usually there is an activity.  It may be watching a movie or listening to music, but the event may also be spent just hanging out, having pizza, and talking.  ECNV tries to provide any accommodation that a person may require to participate in the activity.  Again, sometimes it is not possible to meet all requirements every time so, so you need to let ECNV know about them beforehand so they can be met.  

Depending on how much pizza and soda ECNV needs to buy, attendees will be asked to pay up to $4. 

Both of the Events 

ECNV provides a Personal Assistant at both of the events to help with basic tasks like cutting up food, positioning a straw so a person can drink independently or picking up something that is dropped on the floor. 

ECNV also sends out an email invitation (from www.evite.com) about the event on, usually, the Monday before the event.  The evite gives details about the event and it gives recipients a chance to RSVP so that   ECNV can know how many people to expect.  Using the evite is makes it easy for ECNV to keep track of details and RSVPs, but it is not required that you have an email address to attend either Social Event.  If you prefer to use the phone, you certainly can do that by just calling ECNV.  ECNV does ask that you try to RSVP in some way so that we know how many people to expect. 

When the events were begun a long time ago, the two events were aimed at distinct groups, however now there is no real distinction between the attendees at TGIF and the attendees at the ENDependents.  The main distinction is that TGIF goes out to a restaurant while the ENDependents stay at ECNV regularly.  The groups are both aimed at people with disabilities but that does not mean that only people with disabilities may attend!  Some people bring family members or friends.

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