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United Cerebral Palsy of Huntsville and Tennessee Valley Inc.

The Dixie Derby Girls present "Deliver Us From Elvis" on Sunday, May 18, to benefit UCP of Huntsville & Tennessee Valley, Inc.

The Dixie Derby Girls will take on The Memphis Roller Derby at Roller Time Skate Center, 707 Arcadia Circle in Huntsville, May 18. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the bout begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 (free admission for ages 6 and younger) and UCP will receive 10 percent of all admission proceeds.

Enjoy halftime entertainment by the Vipers Cheerleaders and an after party at the Benchwarmer.

For more information, visit http://www.dixiederbygirls.com:80/.

Infant massage classes offered at UCP

Children's Therapy Services, a program of United Cerebral Palsy of Huntsville and Tennessee Valley, Inc., will host infant massage classes at it new UCP Training and Technology Center, located 1856 Keats Drive in Huntsville, now through October. This is a non-profit service offered by UCP.

Certified infant massage instructor and occupational therapist Janet Taylor teaches parents how to massage their babies to help alleviate colic and constipation, relax tight, muscles, promote restful sleep, and create a lasting bond between child and parent.

Each session includes two classes for infants, age newborn to six months, as well as expectant mothers. Sessions 1 dates are May 29 and June 12; Session 2 dates are July 31 and Aug. 7; and Session 3 dates are Sept. 25 and Oct. 2. Class times are 1:30-2:30 p.m. Registration is $35 and includes infant massage oils and a reference book. Limited spaces are available. Register by calling 852-5600, email therapy@ucphuntsville.org, or download a registration form at ucphuntsville.org.

5th annual Kyle Brady Memorial Blood Drive June 21

UCP of Huntsville & Tennessee Valley, Inc. will once again participate in the fifth annual Kyle Brady Memorial Blood Drive, hosted by LifeSouth Community Blood Centers, on Saturday, June 21, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Glenn Campbell Photography on Bob Wallace Avenue in Huntsville.

Enjoy free refreshments, music, a moon bounce and balloons for kids. Information on a variety of North Alabama community resources will also be available, including Locks of Love, the Huntsville Fire and Rescue Department, and UCP.

Kyle Brady, diagnosed with Down syndrome at birth, received physical therapy services at UCP. He died of leukemia when he was 22 months old on May 4, 2004. The first Kyle Brady Memorial Blood Drive was held less than two months later on what would have been his second birthday.

The annual event has helped to collect hundreds of blood donations to directly benefit North Alabama residents and has sought to provide information regarding a variety of children's services to the community. For more information, call 859-4900 or email tracyc@ucphuntsville.org.

UCP hosts sensory camp for children with disabilities

United Cerebral Palsy of Huntsville and Tennessee Valley, Inc. hosts its 2008 "Camp I CAN" June 2-6 for children ages 4-7, and June 16-20 for children ages 8-12. This year's sensory camp experience for children with disabilities is "Pirates Cove" and will include community arts, music, water and sand play, tie-dye, arts and crafts, sensory activities, computer fun, snack time and much more. Camp is located at the UCP Therapy Center, 2075 Max Luther Drive in Huntsville, and is offered daily, 9 a.m.-noon, for one week per age group. Cost is $125. Medicaid primary insurance payments accepted. Limited spaces are available on a first come, first served basis. To register, or to learn how to sponsor a camper, call UCP Family Services Coordinator Heather Vader at 852-5600. To learn more about "Camp I CAN," visit www.ucphuntsville.org.

UCP hosts free VSA Arts of Alabama art workshops

Children ages three and older with disabilities and their siblings are invited to participate in free art workshops twice monthly at United Cerebral Palsy of Huntsville and Tennessee Valley, Inc. VSA Arts of Alabama art workshops are taught by local artist S. Renee' Prasil and supervised by UCP staff. Children are given opportunities to express their creativity, learn about textures, colors and shapes while developing their fine motor and language skills in a fun environment. Parents can choose to have a two-hour respite or stay and participate while children work on art projects. Classes are each second and fourth Thursday of the month, 2:30-4 p.m., at the UCP Therapy Center, located at 2075 Max Luther Drive in Huntsville. For more information, contact UCP Family Services Coordinator Heather Vader at 852-5600 or hvader@ucphuntsville.org.

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