CIS Potluck Picnic - Live Music, Food & Fun!

Dig out that tuna casserole recipe and dust off your frisbee. The CIS Potluck Picnic is coming up fast and might just be the last chance to end the summer with a bang.  Enjoy live music, organized games with all your CIS pals. Consumers, staff & families welcome! Bring your own blankets, chairs, picnic paraphernalia and a potluck dish to share.

When: September 10th from 2 - 5 pm

Where: Magee Park, 258 Beech Ave., Carlsbad, CA 92008

Special Deals on County Fair Tickets for CIS Employees


The San Diego County Fair will be here before you know it & once again you can obtain fair tickets, season passes, ride tickets & now game & food tickets through CIS.  If you’re new to CIS the best deal is the season pass for $13 that allows you unlimited access the entire time the fair is open!  The catch is you need a photo ID, your name on the ticket must be written in ink & it must match your ID & it’s available to anyone 6 years & older.


Please see the attached FLYER for details; the absolute last day to order tickets through Val will be Friday, June 3, 2011, no exceptions please.  Any questions please call Val or leave her a voice mail at extension 100.  Checks should be made payable to CIS.


Vroom Vroom…race you to the fair! 

Do You Know Your Lanterman Act Rights? has a great article about Lanterman Rights on their blog:

"In the Lanterman Act's forty-one year history, it has come under attack by governors, legislators and bureaucrats many times.  Two governors have made unsuccessful attempts to suspend it; over the years administrative department officials have repeatedly tried to define it more narrowly and restrict access to services and supports; and legislators have made attempts - many of them successful - to reduce funding and thereby limit services."

See the full article at KTLP's blog.

Just what is "Normal?"

A few local San Diego students have launched a creative national campaign challenging our preconceptions about normalacy.  Here's an excerpt:

"Whether you are an athlete, musician, video game expert, or have just created your own style, we all have unique personalities, talents and interests to share with the world. We think that people should not have to fit a mold in order to fit into a classroom or community. We want the world to abandon its outdated perceptions of normalcy and learn to embrace and appreciate diversity among individuals. We want people to see that real inclusion can only happen by bringing together diverse groups of people and ensuring that everyone is supported, understood, and respected."

Watch videos and learn more on the I am Norm website.

DDPN San Diego - April 1st


Developmental Disabilities Provider Network’s 7th Annual Legislative Community Forum

Meet elected officials to discuss changes and impact on services to people with developmental disabilities.

San Diego County residents and families affected by developmental disabilities are encouraged to join the Developmental Disabilities Provider Network (DDPN) for its 7th Annual Legislative Community Forum on Friday, April 1st from 9:30am to 11:30am at the Balboa Park Club, 2144 Pan America Road West, San Diego. With the governor and legislature proposing drastic cuts in the state budget to people with disabilities, the DDPN Legislative Community Forum will provide guests with an opportunity to meet with elected officials and/or their staff to discuss the changes and impacts on services for people with developmental disabilities. Tickets are $10 each and include refreshments. This year's Honorary Chair is Sheriff William Gore and emcee is Carol LeBeau. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit , (760) 737-3990 ext. 85 or email



Remembering John Tranberg

John Tranberg John Tranberg Board President of Community Interface ServicesA giant has fallen. Community Interface has lost one of its fiercest advocates and longest standing members.  For 25 years, John Tranberg stood at our side, selflessly giving and guiding the organization through most of its history.  Only two years after CIS’s inception, John permanently joined the Board of Directors in 1985, serving as Board President in recent years.

In the spirit of “Semper Fi,” John was Community Interfaces’ number one warrior and friend. This seemingly ironic contradiction between this sensitive, loving, free spirited family man and friend, and the fierce soldier whose Marine values were also so intrinsic to his very fiber, only served to enrich the lives of those around him. With a big, generous personality that could fill a room and an easy, natural charm, John immediately put people at ease and brought a sense of playfulness and fun to even the most mundane situations.

Community Interface parties will never be the same without John’s wit and good humor. In its early days, he was the first and only Master of Ceremonies at the agency’s Spotlight Talent shows – where he invariably detoured from the script and often had to be nudged from the stage with a hook. He attended organization picnics, and for the past eight years was the Master of Ceremonies of Community Interface’s annual Holiday party, where hundreds of its clients, staff, family, and friends gathered for a night of music, dancing, and good cheer.

John Tranberg was not just an attorney or a Board president.  He was, and always will be, our very dear friend and a permanent part of our family at Community Interface.  We miss you John!

John's offical obituary can be found at the North County Times

Employee of the Quarter Winner

You voted and we counted.  The envelope please... and the winner for the employee of the quarter goes to Employee B, better known as Patrick H.

This seasoned staff member impresses people not only in his home department but also in the program where he regularly subs.  He frequently saves the day in both programs by dropping his schedule and driving anywhere needed around North County, often times at the last minute.  He provides whatever direct service is needed based on each person’s individual situation, and has done it all … from attending sporting events to providing personal care to assisting with wedding planning.  He certainly has mastered the knack of switching hats, and is very much appreciated by all those he interacts with on a daily basis.

And for your extra effort and initiative you will receive the coveted front row parking and two movie passes!

TREK‘n’TREAT Halloween Walkathon

Trek'n'Treat Walkathon We will be holding our first ever walkathon to raise funds for our annual holiday party for people with developmental disabilities, their families and support staff.  So put on your Halloween costume and come down and join us! All ages and fitness levels are welcome. Choose between a one mile or a three mile walk.

The Walkathon will be held on Saturday, October 30, 2010 between 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. at Oceanside Harbor Beach at the corner of North Pacific Street and South Harbor Drive..  Click here for a MAP.  Click here for a printable Trek'nTreat Flyer. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. for the 3 mile walk, and 8:30 a.m. for the 1 mile walk. Minimum donation is $25 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. All participants will receive a Halloween treat bag and a small token of achievement upon completion of the walk.  There will also be prizes for the best costumes and largest donations!

Click here to register online.

You are also welcome to download the registration form below and mail in a check or bring a check with you to the event.

TREK N TREAT registration form

If you would also like to raise money by seeking pledges download the form below.

Trek n Treat Pledge Form.pdf

Wine Tasting Fundraiser at Carruth Cellars

Carruth Cellars Wine TastingWe're excited to announce a Wine Tasting Fundraiser at Carruth Cellars, a working, boutique urban winery in the heart of San Diego's famed Cedros Design District. Not only are they opening their doors to the public for the first time this weekend but they have graciously offered to donate 25% of their wine sales on Sunday Sept. 12th from 1pm - 7pm to raise money for CIS's annual holiday party.  Come and enjoy hand-crafted, awarding winning wines, a local artist gallery and a bunch of great people making some great wines. Thanks Carruth Cellars!!!

Wine tasting is open from 1pm - 7pm on Sunday Sept. 12 for $12.

Directions to the winery can be found here.