2020 Events

2020 Elkhart County Down Syndrome Support Group Calendar

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the calendar of events for the remainder of this year are listed, but all events have been canceled. For updates and changes, please check back regularly here or on Facebook. Many of these events take a lot of effort, so please do your part in volunteering your time on setup, cleanup, and other tasks. Contact our president Jack Senger at 642-2613 to find out how you can help, or if you have ideas for other activities for fun, education, or family support.


May: Canceled

Bowling: Sunday, May 17, 2:00 to 4:00 pm

This is a popular event held at Signature Lanes, 1180 Freemont Ct, (off CR 17) in Elkhart. The event is free for any immediate family member, and includes bowling fee and shoe rental. (This may be an optimistically hopeful event)

August: Canceled

Annual Family Picnic: Saturday, August 8, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

At Cook Station Park in Millersburg. This is a great location for a picnic, and we will have a giant water slide for kids of all ages, so bring swimwear and a towel. This is always a good time, where you can let your kids run free. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. We’ll provide meat, drinks, and paper supplies.

September: Canceled

Bowling: Sunday, September 15, 2:00 to 4:00 pm

This is a popular event held at Signature Lanes, 1180 Freemont Ct, (off CR 17) in Elkhart. The event is free for any immediate family member, and includes bowling fee and shoe rental.

October: Canceled

Haunted Hilly Half Marathon & Frightening 5K: Saturday, October 31, starting at 8:30 a.m.

At Bonneyville Mill County Park, 53373 CR 131, Middlebury, IN 46540. This is the fifth year for this event, which is our main fundraiser of the year. We need a lot of volunteers, raffle items, sponsors, and runners to make this popular run successful. Every family is needed! Information will be posted here and on the ECDSSG Facebook page as the date gets closer, but put this date on your calendars NOW! ECDSSG members: to receive scholarship money for 2020, you need to sign up to help with this event, or raise $500 in donations (feel free to do both!).

December: Canceled (both events)

Annual Family Christmas Party: Saturday, Dec. 5, 4:00 to 7:00 pm

At the St. John’s Catholic Church Hall, just behind the church at 417 S. Main St. in Goshen. This is usually our best-attended event of the year. We supply meat, drinks, and tableware. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. There will be crafts and games for kids, plus a visit from Santa.


Annual New Year’s Eve Ball: Thursday, December 31, 6:00 to 9:00 pm

At the Goshen First United Methodist Church Life Center on Plymouth Ave. near Goshen Middle School. Party favors, pictures, food, and lots of dancing for our Down syndrome group, their families and friends. All you have to do is show up! Dress is semi-formal (optional). We will ring in the new year at 8:55 pm.


Past Events 2019

May

Potawotomi Zoo: Sunday, May 19, Starting at 2:30 pm

At 500 S Greenlawn Avenue in South Bend. This is our third year for this event. The kids love it, especially the rides on the merry-go-round and train. We meet at the entrance at 2:30, and ECDSSG will pay the entry fee and tickets for rides.

June

South Bend Cubs Baseball: Sunday, June 23, Starting at 2:00 pm

At Four Winds Field in South Bend. The group will have a block of seats. For this event, you must RSVP to Jack at 642-2613 to reserve your free tickets.