A new art club is being formed. Brushes, Buddies and Beyond for Autism is a creative experience for individuals on the autism spectrum ages 16 years and older. This fun club recently began and will meet through Nov. 18 at the Covenant United Methodist Church, 115 East D’Amour St., Chalmette.

Novices and seasoned artists are welcome. BBBA hopes to close the gap for recreational activities for people with autism by providing the opportunity to express themselves and engage with others.

Participants will receive many benefits including how to paint in a fun, relaxed environment while receiving step-by-step instruction from master artist Jeff Duke; have the opportunity to complete two paintings; showcase and possibly sell their artwork at a gallery (and receive the proceeds from the sale).

Volunteer support will be available for assistance and new friends can be made. The club is co-sponsored by the Autism Society of Greater New Orleans and Brushes, Buddies and Beyond by JBJ Creations.

Most importantly, the club will help improve the individual’s capacity for learning, increase self-expression and self-esteem through art while building sensory integration skills.

Registration is $20 per person. There is a maximum of 24 persons for the class. For information, call (504) 464-5733 or email donnica@asgno.org.

Another important event being hosted by ASGNO and the Creative Learning Center of Louisiana is a presentation on “Autism and Mitochrondrial Disease” by Dr. Dmitriy Niyazov, Section Head - Medical Genetics at Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans. Mitochondrial disease is a group of disorders caused by dysfunctional organelles that generate energy for the cell.

Dr. Niyazov will discuss the genetic causes of autism, the role of mitochondria in autism, challenges of treatment, and real-life cases before and after treatment. The talk will be followed by discussion and questions and answers.

The presentation will be held on Saturday, Oct. 18, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the St. Clement of Rome church, 3990 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie.

For more information about this free and informative presentation and to register, contact Kathy Dwyer of ASGNO at the above number or visit info@asgno.org.

Parkinson’s action walk set

The Parkinson’s Action Network will hold its third annual fundraiser, Louisiana Walks for Parkinson’s ,on Saturday, Oct. 18 at the Lafreniere Park Foundation Center.

On-site registration opens at 9 a.m., the walk begins at 10:30 a.m. Registration fee of $25 will include a T-shirt, food from popular local restaurants, water, beer, soft drinks, and music by The Midnight Special band.

This family event also will feature a children’s magic show, face painting and balloon animals. A Parade of Prizes has over 100 items, special baskets and art work from the Terrence Osborne and the late George Rodrigues.

For information and registration visit http://www.LAwalks4pd.org">www.LAwalks4pd.org.

Jane Pic Adams writes about issues of interest to individuals with disabilities and their families. Contact her at jpa.article@gmail.com.