American  Council  of the  Blind

The American Council of the Blind of Minnesota (ACBM) began in the early 1970's, as the "Gopher State Blind Association." The name was changed to the American Council of the Blind of Minnesota in the early 1980's, when the organization became formally affiliated with the American Council of the Blind (ACB).

The American Council of the Blind of Minnesota is an organization that looks to the future, while recognizing the lessons taught by the past. Please join ACBM in making a better future for all blind Minnesotans.

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ACBM Mailbox: ACBM
PO Box 19091
Minneapolis, MN 55419
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Calendar of Events by Mike Hally

Join us in some or all of the following events:

ACBM Board Meeting

ACBM Board meetings are held at Currans Restaurant, 4201 Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis
ACBM coffee will be on September 12th from 10:00 A.M. to noon.   The temporary new location is the Nicollet Diner, 1428 Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis. This new location will be on a trial basis.
ACBM Picnic will be on August 29th from 11:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M.   6439 Stevens Ave S, Richfield, MN
The next Quarterly Meeting will be held in October.   Quarterly meetings are held at Joseph's Grille, 140 South Wabasha Street in St. Paul.

Annual ACBM Picnic on August 29th

Come one and all to the annual ACBM picnic and auction! It will be held on Saturday, August 29th at Colleen Kitagawa's home, 6439 Stevens Avenue South in Richfield.

You can pay in several ways. You can send a check to: ACBM, P.O. Box 19091, Minneapolis, MN 55419. Please make checks out to ACBM. You can also pay via Pay Pal at You can also pay at the day of the picnic.

Our meal will be catered by Famous Daveís and the menu includes: Pulled pork on a bun, BBQ chicken, Macaroni and cheese, Co-slaw, Baked beans, Potato salad, mixed fruit, Tuna mac salad and assorted cookies. There will also be water, soda, beer, wine and Mikeís Hard Lemonade.

We will also be holding our fun and exciting auction! Please bring an item to auction off. Suggestions are: gift certificates from retails stores or restaurants, wine, hand made items, etc.

Please RSVP to Catalina Martinez at or 612-227-3011. Please let Catalina know if you are bringing any guests. Cut off time is August 21 because we need to get the information to Famous Daveís.

Cancellation: If you need to cancel, please do so no later than August 27, at 10:00 am or you will be responsible for the $12.

Tell your family and friends about this great and fun picnic!


Colleen's yard is mostly sunny, but there will be 1 tent this year. In case you do sit in the sun, you might consider bringing a hat or sun screen.

The gate will be open so please make sure your dog is under your control at all times. There is a designated area in the yard for dog relieving.

We look forward to seeing you at the picnic and auction on Saturday, August 29th.


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