Day 1 – Thursday Jul, 19

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11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

All facilitators, meet with Lee

Council Bluffs B

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1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Registration, Meet & Greet

For all attendees | Registration Desk, then Platte/Missouri Ballroom

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2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Welcome & Ice Breaker

For all attendeesPlatte/Missouri Ballroom | Facilitators: Cole & Kristen

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3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Art: Make something to represent your stuttering

For kids ages 6-9 | Elkhorn A | Facilitator: Whitney

Art: Make something to represent your stuttering

For tweens ages 10-13 | Elkhorn B | Facilitators: Brooke & Jess

Transitioning into adulthood

For high school | Big Blue B | Facilitators: Chaya & Mark

Our Stories

For adults | Big Blue A | Facilitator: Joe K.

Parent Workshops

Returning Parents: Round Table Discussion | Platte/Missouri Ballroom | Facilitator: Melissa F.

New Parents: Best Three Days Ever | Elkhorn C | Facilitator: Ruth

Stuttering 101

For SLPs | Council Bluffs B | Facilitator: Patty

Siblings

Join kids / tweens / high school workshops based on your age

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4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

Fun with Listening and Learning

For kids ages 6-9 | Elkhorn A | Facilitator: Mary

An Angry Conversation with Your Stuttering

For tweens ages 10-13 | Elkhorn B | Facilitator: Grace

Gallup Survey: Personality Strengths

For high school | Big Blue A/B | Facilitator: Stacy

Best hopes for the weekend. What would be “good enough”?

For adults, parents, SLPs | Platte/Missouri Ballroom | Team Chat

Siblings

Join kids / tweens / high school workshops based on your age

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6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

 

Opening Ceremony, 2018 Kickoff Countdown with Joe Popovich

For all attendeesPlatte/Missouri Ballroom

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7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Dinner

For all attendeesPlatte/Missouri Ballroom

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8:30 PM - 11:00 PM

Tween Hospitality

Elkhorn A

Teen Hospitality

Suite 127

Adult Hospitality

Suite 128

Day 2 – Friday Jul, 20

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9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Morning Welcome, Open Mic

For all attendees | Platte/Missouri Ballroom

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9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Kids Workshops

For kids ages 6-9 | Elkhorn A

Creating a Stuttering Ally with Seth & Kristel (9:30-10:15am)

Yo-Yo with Cole (10:15-11am)

Panel: Sharing Our Stories

For tweens, high school, adults, parents, SLPs | Platte/Missouri Ballroom

Panel: Roisin, Kevin, Eddie, Cole, Mary, Pete, Caryn

Siblings

Join kids / tweens / high school workshops based on your age

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11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Building a stutter friendly environment

For kids ages 6-9 | Elkhorn A | Facilitators: Chaya, Mark, Kristel

Benefits of advertising and how-to

For tweens ages 10-13 | Elkhorn B | Facilitators: Mary & Reuben

Benefits of advertising and how-to

For high school and adults | Elkhorn C | Facilitators: Roisin, Stavros, Seth

What really matters

For parents | Platte/Missouri Ballroom | Facilitators: Lee, Sara, Caryn

Acceptance

For SLPs | Council Bluffs B | Facilitator: Joe K.

Sibling Workshops

Siblings ages 6-12: Wearing their shoes | Big Blue B | Facilitators: Kristen, Josette

Siblings 13-18 & Significant Others: Benefits of advertising and how-to | Big Blue C | Facilitators: Jess, Brooke, Maddie F.

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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch with FRIENDS

For all attendeesBuffet in Ballroom Foyer

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1:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Pool Party (come in bathing suits)

For all kids ages 6-10 | Elkhorn A | Facilitator: Patty

Advertising Outing to Old Town

For tweens ages 11-13 | Elkhorn B (bring money for ice cream / candy)

Advertising Outing to Old Town

For high school and adults | Elkhorn C (bring money for ice cream / candy)

Outing Leaders: Josette, John A, Reuben, Chaya, Stavros, Mary, Joe K., Roisin, Kristel, Eric, Caryn, Seth, Jess, Brooke

Micro Lectures: Emotional supporting. Placing value on human imperfection.

For parents and SLPs | Platte/Missouri Ballroom | Facilitators: Rita, Ana Paula

Advertising Outing to Old Town

For Siblings 11-18 & Significant Others | Big Blue B | Facilitator: Jess

(bring money for ice cream / candy)

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3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Fun

For all kids ages 6-10 | Elkhorn A | Facilitator: Whitney

Fishbowl & Advertising Debrief

For tweens, high school, adults, parents, SLPs

Group A – Big Blue A

Group B – Big Blue B

Group C – Big Blue C

Group D – Ballroom-Missouri

Group E – Ballroom-Platte

Group F – Ballroom-Missouri

Group G – Ballroom-Platte

Fishbowl & Advertising Debrief

For Siblings ages 11+ | Elkhorn B/C | Facilitators: Jess, Brooke, Linda

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4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Highs and Take Aways of the Day

For all attendeesPlatte/Missouri Ballroom – Assigned Groups | Team Chats

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5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Friday Night Activities!

Ready for some Friday night fun? You don’t need a bus this year to get to the action! The Embassy Suites-Old Market sits in the heart of Omaha’s premier arts and entertainment district. It’s a vibrant mix of restaurants, art galleries, bars, shops of all kinds, horse-drawn carriages, museums, and more! All of these entertainment options are just steps from the hotel’s front door. Omaha is also home to the Henry Doorly Zoo, which has been ranked number one in the world by many websites and travel experts. The zoo, Creighton University, Midtown Crossing (another entertainment district), and Joslyn Art Museum are just a five-minute Uber ride away. If you look at the right side of this map, our hotel is listed as W. You’ll be blown away by this location! Check out our full entertainment guide for more information.

Wine Tasting Social Event

Parents & Adult FRIENDS, join us at Le Bouillon Wine Bar for a social event on Friday night. In addition to wine, there will be small bite hors d’oeuvres. Advance registration is required & space is limited. RSVP information is located here.

A Ball Game

Spending time together is part of what makes Friends Conventions such a great experience. The hotel is a nice place to be, but Friday night is the traditional convention night out, and it’s fun to be outdoors together in a group activity, especially a baseball game!

Join a group of your Friends at a Omaha Storm Chasers’ game on the evening of Friday, July 20 at Werner Park. Tickets are only $10. We will sit together at the ballpark. There is a Family Fun Zone as well, where for an additional fee kids can go on a carousel, jungle gym, and inflatables, and play miniature golf!

If you might like to join us, please email Jeff Shames at jeff.shames@gmail.com to reserve your seat with our group.

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8:30 PM - 11:00 PM

Teen Hospitality

Suite 127

Adult Hospitality

Suite 128

Day 3 – Saturday Jul, 21

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8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Registration

At Registration Desk

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9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Announcements, Open Mic

For all attendees | Platte/Missouri Ballroom

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9:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Fun

For kids ages 6-9 | Elkhorn A | Facilitator: Ana Paula

Panel: Sharing Our Stories

For tweens, high school, adults, parents, SLPs | Platte/Missouri Ballroom

Panel: Sara, Jacob S., Jackson H., Joe P., Greg, Josette, Gage

Siblings

Join kids / tweens / high school workshops based on your age

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11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Fun with Stuttering

For kids ages 6-9 | Elkhorn A | Facilitator: Whitney

Advocate or Apologize

For tweens ages 10-13 | Elkhorn B | Facilitator: Rita

Acceptance

For high school and adults | Big Blue A/B | Facilitators: Joe K.

Stuttering Gremlins & How to Dispute

For parents | Big Blue C | Facilitator: Heather

Counseling

For SLPs | Council Bluffs B | Facilitator: Jason

Stuttering Jackpot

For Siblings ages 13-18 | Elkhorn C | Facilitator: Kristen A.

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12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Lunch with FRIENDS

For all attendeesBallroom

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12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Live Auction and Dessert

For all attendeesBallroom

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1:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Group Picture with Everyone Who Stutters

Location TBD

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2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Perform Your Story

For kids ages 6-9 | Elkhorn A | Facilitators: Patty & Rita

Discuss and write your next chapter

For tweens ages 10-13 | Elkhorn B | Facilitators: Joe K. & Caryn

Discuss and write your next chapter

For high school and adults | Big Blue A/B | Facilitators: Kristen & Brooke

Discuss and write your next chapter

For parents and SLPs | Platte/Missouri Ballroom | Facilitators: Lee & Sara

Siblings

Join kids / tweens / high school workshops based on your age

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3:15 PM - 3:45 PM

Share your pics/book/story

For all kids ages 6-11 | Elkhorn A | Facilitator: Rita

Share Your New Chapter with Team

For tweens, high school, adults, parents, SLPs | Platte/Missouri Ballroom – Assigned groups | Team Chats

Siblings

Join kids / tweens / high school workshops based on your age

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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Closing Ceremony

For all attendeesBig Blue A/B/C

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7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Dinner & Dance

For all attendeesPlatte/Missouri Ballroom

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