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Current Group Offerings

Specializing in experiential, nature-based, equine and animal assisted programs for ages 7-17   

About Outdoor Integrative Therapies

At Outdoor Integrative Therapies (OIT), we believe in the healing power of nature and animals. Our 5.5 acre farm in Sherwood/Wilsonville is a safe and nurturing environment for children and teens ages 7-17 and their parents, guardians and families to connect and find community. Through our nature-based and animal and equine assisted activities, we aim to support the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of those who choose to seek support with us. 

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Current Group Offerings

Chicken Tenders

Tuesdays 3:15 - 4:30 p.m. 

Introducing the "Chicken Tenders" program, a unique and enlightening journey into the world of chickens, designed for individuals of all ages who are passionate about animals and interested in learning about empathy, nurturing, and the delicate balance of life. At Outdoor Integrative Therapies, we believe in the power of connecting with nature and animals to foster understanding, patience, and a calm, mindful approach to life. This program offers a hands-on experience with the lifecycle of chickens, from eggs to adults, providing valuable insights into the care, behavior, and needs of these fascinating creatures. **What the Program Offers:** 1. **Understanding the Lifecycle**: Participants will embark on an exciting adventure, starting with eggs and aiming to hatch chicks, witnessing firsthand the miracle of life. This process provides a deep understanding of the lifecycle of chickens and the care required at each stage, from incubation to hatching and beyond. 2. **Empathy and Nurturing**: Taking care of chickens and watching over their development is a lesson in empathy and nurturing. Participants will learn to identify and respond to the needs of their feathered friends, developing a sense of responsibility and empathy for other beings. 3. **Calming the Nervous System**: Interacting with animals has been shown to have a calming effect on the human nervous system. Through gentle handling and caring for chickens, participants will experience this calming effect firsthand, learning how to quiet their minds and bodies in the presence of animals. 4. **Mindfulness and Respect**: Approaching prey animals like chickens requires a mindful and respectful demeanor. Participants will learn the importance of moving slowly, maintaining calmness, and being present, which helps in not frightening the animals. This practice of mindfulness and respect extends beyond the program, enhancing interpersonal relationships and self-awareness. 5. **Cycle of Life Education**: Discussing the lifecycle of chickens offers a natural entry point into conversations about life, growth, and even loss. This program provides a safe space to explore these themes, fostering a deeper appreciation for life's cycles and the interconnectedness of all living beings. 6. **Community and Caretaking**: Caring for chickens creates a sense of community among participants, uniting them in a common goal. It encourages teamwork, communication, and shared joy in the successes and challenges of raising these animals together. **Why Chicken Tenders?** The "Chicken Tenders" program is more than just an animal care class; it's an opportunity to connect with nature, learn valuable life lessons, and develop a compassionate, nurturing approach to all beings. It's perfect for individuals looking to deepen their empathy, practice mindfulness, and experience the joys and challenges of caring for another life. Whether you're a budding animal enthusiast or simply looking to slow down and connect with nature, the Chicken Tenders program offers a unique, hands-on learning experience that nurtures the soul. Join us at Outdoor Integrative Therapies for the "Chicken Tenders" program, where we gently explore the cycles of life, the importance of empathy, and the joy of caring for our feathered friends. Together, we'll discover the therapeutic power of connecting with animals and the peace it brings to our lives.

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STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics

Welcome to Outdoor Integrative Therapies: Unleashing Potential with 'STEM Explorers'** Outdoor Integrative Therapies proudly introduces "STEM Explorers," a dynamic class designed to spark curiosity and foster a love for learning in the realms of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Tailored for children and young adults, this program is an exciting journey through fun, hands-on projects that challenge the mind and inspire innovation. Set within the nurturing environment of nature, "STEM Explorers" embodies our commitment to holistic education, personal growth, and the development of future problem-solvers. **A World of Discovery and Innovation** "STEM Explorers" offers an engaging curriculum where participants dive into the fascinating world of STEM through activities like egg drops, catapult constructions, rocket launches, and more. Each project is designed not only for fun but also to introduce complex concepts in an accessible and enjoyable way. This class emphasizes critical thinking, creativity, teamwork, and resilience, providing students with the tools they need to navigate and succeed in a rapidly evolving world. **Building Skills for the Future** In "STEM Explorers," we believe in learning by doing. Participants will engage in a variety of projects that challenge them to think outside the box, apply scientific methods, and harness their creativity to solve problems. From designing and building to testing and iterating, students experience the full cycle of innovation, gaining confidence and competence in their abilities to create and innovate. **Empowerment Through Engagement** Our "STEM Explorers" class is more than just an educational program; it's a platform for empowerment. By demystifying science and technology, we aim to make these fields accessible and appealing to all, regardless of background or previous interest. We foster an inclusive environment where questions are encouraged, mistakes are celebrated as learning opportunities, and every achievement is recognized and applauded. **Connecting with Nature** While the focus of "STEM Explorers" is on science and technology, we are deeply rooted in the belief that the greatest inspiration comes from the natural world around us. Our projects and activities encourage participants to observe, interact with, and draw inspiration from nature, highlighting the importance of environmental stewardship and sustainability in the context of technological advancement and engineering solutions. **Join Our Community of Learners and Innovators** Outdoor Integrative Therapies invites you to discover the exciting world of "STEM Explorers." Whether your child is a budding scientist, an aspiring engineer, a future technologist, or simply curious about the world, "STEM Explorers" offers a unique opportunity to grow, learn, and innovate. Join us as we embark on this journey of discovery, creativity, and fun, building the skills and knowledge that pave the way for a bright future.

Tuesdays 3:45 - 5:00 p.m..

Teen Girls Empowerment

Tuesdays 4:45 - 6:00 p.m.

Unmounted Equines

Tuesdays 5:15  - 6:30 p.m.

Grow with It

Thursdays 3:15 - 4:30 p.m.

Introducing the "Teen Girls Empowerment" program, a transformative and nurturing journey tailored specifically for female-identifying youth aged 13 and up. At Outdoor Integrative Therapies, we understand the unique pressures and challenges that teenage girls face in today's fast-paced world. This program is dedicated to creating a safe, supportive, and empowering space for young women to explore their identities, build self-confidence, and forge strong connections with their peers. **What the Program Offers:** 1. **Safe Space for Self-Discovery**: This program provides a welcoming environment for young women to engage in open discussions about their experiences, fears, and dreams. It’s a journey of self-discovery, fostering a deeper understanding of one’s self and the unique challenges faced during these formative years. 2. **Empowerment through Activities**: Participants will have the opportunity to engage in a diverse range of activities designed to boost self-esteem, promote a positive body image, and enhance self-confidence. From equine interactions that teach empathy and non-verbal communication, to artistic expression that allows for personal reflection and creativity, each activity is crafted to empower participants. 3. **Building Connections**: Central to the program is the development of meaningful connections with peers. Through group games, campfire bonding sessions, and collaborative projects, participants will experience the power of community and the importance of supporting one another. 4. **Navigating Challenges**: Together, we’ll tackle essential topics such as social anxiety, self-esteem, positive body image, self-confidence, finding one's voice, setting boundaries, and navigating familial and peer conflicts. These discussions and activities are designed to equip young women with the tools they need to confidently face the world. 5. **Supportive and Encouraging Environment**: The bonds formed within this group act as a strong foundation for personal growth and mutual support. In this nurturing environment, participants are encouraged to explore their inner strengths, talents, and aspirations, fostering a sense of empowerment that extends beyond the program. 6. **Empowering Future Leaders**: This program is not just about personal growth; it's about empowering young women to thrive in today's world. By building self-esteem, fostering strong community ties, and developing leadership skills, we aim to inspire participants to become confident, compassionate leaders in their own lives and communities. **Why Teen Girls Empowerment?** The "Teen Girls Empowerment" program at Outdoor Integrative Therapies is more than just a series of sessions; it's a transformative experience that empowers young women to navigate the complexities of adolescence with confidence, grace, and support. This program offers a unique blend of self-discovery, empowerment, and community, providing a solid foundation for personal growth and lasting friendships. Join us on this empowering journey, where we celebrate the strength, resilience, and beauty of being a young woman in today’s world. Together, we will explore, grow, and empower one another to rise above challenges and embrace our full potential.

Dive into the heart of equine-assisted learning with our "Unmounted Equines" program, a unique and profound experience designed to foster emotional regulation, frustration tolerance, and a deep sense of trust and connection. At Outdoor Integrative Therapies, we believe in the power of our equine partners to mirror and influence our emotional state, providing invaluable lessons in communication, empathy, and self-awareness. This program is perfect for those looking to explore the therapeutic benefits of working with horses without the need for riding. **What the Program Offers:** 1. **Emotional Regulation through Equine Interaction**: Participants will learn how to regulate their emotions and energy to create a calm and safe space for both themselves and the horses. This practice is essential for building trust and can be incredibly therapeutic, offering insights into how our emotional states affect those around us. 2. **Frustration Tolerance**: Working with horses requires patience, understanding, and a calm demeanor, especially when things don’t go as planned. Through activities designed to encourage persistence and gentle problem-solving, participants will develop a greater tolerance for frustration and a more adaptable approach to overcoming obstacles. 3. **Building Trust and Confidence**: Through the process of grooming, caretaking, and leading our equine partners, participants will experience the development of trust and confidence not only in their equine counterparts but also within themselves. This trust-building process is a powerful metaphor for human relationships and self-belief. 4. **Understanding Non-Verbal Communication**: Horses communicate primarily through body language, making them excellent teachers of non-verbal cues and unspoken communication. Participants will become more attuned to these subtle signals, enhancing their ability to understand and respond to the unspoken emotions and needs of others. 5. **Mindful Interaction and Caretaking**: The act of grooming and caring for a horse requires a level of mindfulness and presence that can be deeply meditative. Participants will learn the importance of being fully present with another being, fostering a sense of connection and tranquility that transcends the activity itself. **Why Unmounted Equines?** The "Unmounted Equines" program is about more than learning to work with horses; it's a journey into self-discovery and emotional growth. Horses act as mirrors to our souls, reflecting back our emotions and energy in ways that teach us about ourselves and how we relate to others. This program offers a unique opportunity to engage in personal development through the powerful medium of equine-assisted learning, promoting a deeper understanding of emotional regulation, non-verbal communication, and the importance of presence and mindfulness. Join us at Outdoor Integrative Therapies for the "Unmounted Equines" program, where we embark on a journey of emotional exploration and growth with our equine partners. Discover the transformative

Welcome to the "Growing Together" program, a unique therapeutic experience that combines the nurturing of plants with the nurturing of personal growth and resilience. At Outdoor Integrative Therapies, we believe that gardening and working with the earth offer profound lessons in patience, self-care, boundaries, and overcoming obstacles—lessons that are especially beneficial for individuals navigating the challenges of social anxieties. **What the Program Offers:** 1. **Gardening as Therapy**: Participants will engage in setting up a greenhouse, starting seeds, and tending to a garden. This hands-on approach to growth and care serves as a powerful metaphor for personal development, illustrating the rewards of patience, persistence, and the beauty of transformation from seed to plant. 2. **Learning Patience**: The process of watching seeds grow into plants is a lesson in patience and timing. Participants will learn to appreciate the value of waiting and the importance of timing in their personal growth and in their interactions with others. 3. **Self-Advocacy and Boundary Setting**: Just as a garden requires care, boundaries, and protection to thrive, so do individuals. Through discussions and activities centered around gardening tasks, participants will explore concepts of self-advocacy and setting healthy boundaries in their lives. 4. **Clearing the Weeds**: Gardening involves not just the act of planting but also the removal of weeds that can hinder growth. This activity serves as a powerful analogy for identifying and removing the "weeds" in our lives—those thoughts, habits, and relationships that prevent personal growth. Participants will learn strategies to "weed out" negative influences and focus on nurturing their well-being. 5. **Cultivating Community and Support**: Working together in a garden creates a sense of community and shared purpose. For those dealing with social anxieties, this provides a safe and supportive environment to practice social skills, develop friendships, and learn the value of supporting others in their growth. **Why Growing Together?** The "Growing Together" program is designed not just to teach gardening but to use the garden as a classroom for life. It offers participants the chance to grow in parallel with the plants they nurture, learning valuable lessons about themselves and the world around them. It's an opportunity to cultivate not just a garden, but resilience, confidence, and a supportive community, making it an ideal setting for individuals looking to overcome social anxieties and foster personal growth. Join us at Outdoor Integrative Therapies for the "Growing Together" program, where we dig deep into the soil of our lives, plant the seeds of change, and nurture the growth of our true selves. Together, we'll grow a garden—and in doing so, grow together.

Little Wranglers

Thursdays  4:30-5:45 p.m.

Mindful Movements

Thursdays 4:45 - 6:00 p.m.

Play Outside

Sundays 12:00 - 1:15pm

Welcome to Outdoor Integrative Therapies: Saddle Up with 'Little Wranglers'** Outdoor Integrative Therapies is proud to present "Little Wranglers," a distinctive class that invites children into the heartwarming world of horses, offering them a unique chance to step into the boots of a cowgirl or cowboy. This program is meticulously designed to blend the rich traditions of the old west with mental health skills training, providing a nurturing space for young minds to learn, grow, and thrive. "Little Wranglers" is an adventure into the fundamentals of horsemanship, roping, western dance, and horse slang, all while fostering emotional wellness and resilience. **A Journey to the Wild West of Well-being** "Little Wranglers" offers participants an immersive experience into the cowboy culture, where they not only learn how to care for and understand horses but also gain valuable life skills. This class teaches more than just how to ride; it’s about building a connection with these magnificent animals, understanding their language, and learning the responsibilities that come with being a young horseman or horsewoman. **Roping, Riding, and Resilience** Through activities like roping and line dancing, "Little Wranglers" emphasizes coordination, physical fitness, and teamwork, providing a fun and engaging way to develop these skills. More than physical prowess, these activities serve as metaphors for life's challenges, teaching children how to 'rope in' their problems and 'dance' through difficult times with grace and confidence. **Speak the Language of the Land** Learning horse slang and the intricacies of horse communication not only immerses participants in the culture of the west but also enhances their empathy, patience, and understanding. These skills are invaluable, translating into improved interpersonal relationships and a deeper connection to the animals and people around them. **Emotional Wellness on Horseback** At its core, "Little Wranglers" is about harnessing the therapeutic power of working with horses to support mental health. The bond between a child and a horse can be profoundly healing, offering lessons in trust, respect, and care. Our program integrates these experiences with mental health skills training, providing tools for emotional regulation, stress reduction, and confidence building. **Join the 'Little Wranglers' Herd** Outdoor Integrative Therapies invites your child to don their hat, pull on their boots, and join the "Little Wranglers" program. This is more than just a class—it's a doorway to adventure, learning, and personal growth. Here, every child is a star in their own western tale, riding towards a horizon of wellness and joy. Welcome to "Little Wranglers," where young hearts run free, spirits soar, and the journey of a lifetime begins.

Welcome to Outdoor Integrative Therapies: Introducing 'Mindful Movements'—A Harmonious Path to Wellness** Outdoor Integrative Therapies is excited to unveil "Mindful Movements," a unique class that weaves together the gentle disciplines of breath work, stretching, and youth yoga with essential mental health skills training. Designed for children and young adults, "Mindful Movements" aims to nurture a balanced mind and body, promoting resilience, emotional regulation, and mindfulness through the practice of yoga and related activities. This program represents our dedication to holistic wellness, offering a serene and supportive environment where every participant can thrive. **Embrace the Journey of Self-Discovery and Growth** "Mindful Movements" is more than just a yoga class; it’s a journey towards self-discovery and inner peace. Our expertly crafted sessions guide participants through a series of yoga poses, breathing exercises, and mindful practices specifically designed to enhance mental well-being. By connecting movement with breath, children learn to center their minds, manage stress, and navigate their emotions with grace and confidence. **Cultivating Resilience Through Yoga** At the heart of "Mindful Movements" lies the goal of building resilience. Through consistent practice, participants develop a toolkit of mental health strategies that are seamlessly integrated into yoga and stretching routines. These techniques empower children to face life’s ups and downs with a grounded sense of self and a calm, focused mind. Yoga’s physical benefits, including improved flexibility, strength, and coordination, complement its mental health advantages, fostering overall wellness. **Fostering Connection and Community** "Mindful Movements" encourages a sense of connection—both to oneself and to others. In a supportive and inclusive atmosphere, participants engage in group yoga sessions that build social skills, empathy, and a sense of community. This collective experience enhances the understanding that we are all part of a larger whole, promoting social inclusion and mutual respect. **Rooted in Nature, Reaching for Wellness** True to the ethos of Outdoor Integrative Therapies, "Mindful Movements" often takes place in the soothing embrace of the natural world. Practicing yoga outdoors amplifies the benefits of our sessions, allowing participants to draw strength and peace from the earth itself. The natural setting serves as a powerful reminder of the beauty of the present moment and the importance of environmental consciousness. **Join the 'Mindful Movements' Family** Outdoor Integrative Therapies invites you and your child to explore the transformative power of "Mindful Movements." Whether seeking a foundation for mental wellness, a practice to enhance physical health, or a community of like-minded individuals, this class offers a comprehensive path to harmony and health. Embark with us on this journey of mindfulness, movement, and connection. Welcome to "Mindful Movements"—where every pose is a step towards a healthier, happier you.

Welcome to Outdoor Integrative Therapies: Discover 'Play Outside'—Where Fun Meets Mental Wellness** Outdoor Integrative Therapies is thrilled to introduce "Play Outside," an innovative class designed to blend the joy of outdoor activities and games with vital mental health skills training for children and young adults. Set against the backdrop of nature’s playground, "Play Outside" is rooted in the belief that mental wellness can be nurtured through the spirit of play, movement, and connection to the outdoors. This program is a cornerstone of our commitment to fostering holistic health, resilience, and a joyful spirit in the younger generation. **A Fresh Approach to Mental Wellness** "Play Outside" offers a unique curriculum that transforms traditional outdoor games and activities into opportunities for learning and practicing mental health skills. Through guided play, participants engage in activities designed to build self-esteem, enhance social skills, encourage emotional expression, and promote problem-solving strategies. Each game and activity is thoughtfully crafted to teach participants how to navigate life's challenges with confidence and positivity. **Empowerment Through Play** We believe that empowerment and learning come through active engagement and fun. "Play Outside" emphasizes the development of mental health skills in a context that feels natural and enjoyable to children. By participating in team sports, individual challenges, and creative outdoor projects, children learn to set goals, celebrate achievements, and support one another, all within the supportive environment of our guided program. **Building Resilience and Social Skills** The cornerstone of "Play Outside" is its focus on resilience and social skills. Activities are designed not just for physical engagement but to foster a sense of community, teamwork, and shared achievement. Children learn to communicate effectively, resolve conflicts, and build empathy, all while enjoying the freedom and wonder of being outdoors. This dual focus on personal growth and communal interaction lays the foundation for healthy mental and emotional development. **Connecting with Nature** "Play Outside" leverages the natural world as both a setting and a tool for learning. The outdoors provides a rich tapestry of stimuli and challenges, offering endless opportunities for exploration, discovery, and connection. Our program encourages children to see nature not only as a playground but also as a source of calm, inspiration, and learning, reinforcing the importance of environmental stewardship and sustainability. **Join Our Outdoor Community** Outdoor Integrative Therapies invites your child to join "Play Outside," where laughter and learning go hand in hand. This class is more than an opportunity to play—it's a chance to grow, connect, and thrive in the great outdoors. Let's empower the next generation with the skills, resilience, and joy that come from playing outside. Welcome to a world where fun and mental wellness flourish together.

Horses and Art

Sundays 2:30 - 3:45

Welcome to Outdoor Integrative Therapies: Introducing 'Horses and Art'—A Fusion of Creativity and Compassionate Connection** At Outdoor Integrative Therapies, we are excited to offer "Horses and Art," a unique program designed to nurture the minds and spirits of children and young adults through the therapeutic presence of horses and the boundless possibilities of artistic expression. Set against the natural canvas of the great outdoors, this class stands as a testament to our commitment to holistic healing, personal growth, and environmental stewardship. **Explore the Synergy of Nature, Horses, and Creativity** "Horses and Art" invites participants on a journey where the tranquility of nature, the gentle wisdom of horses, and the liberating flow of art merge into an experience of profound healing and discovery. This innovative class is tailored to cultivate resilience, self-confidence, and creativity, providing a supportive backdrop for emotional wellness and the development of social skills. **Therapeutic Horsemanship Meets Artistic Exploration** Central to the "Horses and Art" experience are our compassionate equine partners. Participants engage in meaningful activities with these noble animals, from serene trail rides to interactive care sessions, learning about trust, communication, and empathy. These horse-centered activities pave the way for deep emotional insights and lasting bonds, serving as a powerful therapeutic tool. **Unleash Creativity in Nature’s Studio** Artistic expression is a core pillar of "Horses and Art," where the beauty of the natural world serves as both muse and medium. Through painting, sculpting, photography, and more, participants are encouraged to unleash their creative spirit, often utilizing natural elements as their tools and canvas. This creative journey not only fosters self-expression but also promotes mindfulness, environmental consciousness, and a sense of accomplishment. **Empowerment Through Nature-Based Learning** Beyond the realms of art and equine therapy, "Horses and Art" is committed to imparting valuable nature-based skills and knowledge. From survival techniques to environmental conservation principles, participants gain hands-on experience that strengthens their bond with the environment, inspiring a sense of responsibility and empowerment. **Join Our Inclusive Community** Outdoor Integrative Therapies, through "Horses and Art," provides a sanctuary where healing, learning, and creativity can flourish side by side. Reflecting our broader vision for comprehensive wellness and community, this program invites all who seek a transformative experience that harmonizes the therapeutic power of horses with the beauty

On Target!

Sundays 3:00 - 4:15pm

Step into a world of focus, precision, and mindfulness with our "On Target" program, uniquely designed for those seeking to hone their concentration skills and foster a sense of personal responsibility. At Outdoor Integrative Therapies, we've crafted an exhilarating class that combines the ancient arts of archery, ax throwing, and slingshot accuracy with modern therapeutic techniques to build frustration tolerance, collaboration, and present-moment awareness. **What the Program Offers:** 1. **Skillful Precision**: Participants will learn the basics and finer points of target-based activities, including archery, ax throwing, and slingshots. These activities are not just about hitting the mark; they're about developing the discipline and focus required to aim with intention and succeed. 2. **Safety and Responsibility**: At the forefront of "On Target" is an uncompromising commitment to safety and responsible behavior. Participants are taught to respect the tools and techniques, understanding that every action has consequences. This instills a deep sense of ownership over their actions, both in and out of class. 3. **Frustration Tolerance**: Targeted activities by nature involve trial, error, and continual improvement. Participants will learn to manage frustration through structured challenges, recognizing that persistence and patience are key to mastering any skill. This valuable lesson in frustration tolerance is applicable to many of life’s challenges. 4. **Collaborative Spirit**: While the focus is on individual skill development, "On Target" also emphasizes the importance of collaboration. Participants will engage in team-building exercises and learn the importance of supporting others in their goals, fostering a sense of community and shared achievement. 5. **Mindfulness and Presence**: The act of aiming and releasing requires acute present-moment awareness, making these activities a perfect medium for teaching mindfulness. Participants will discover the power of being fully engaged in the moment, a skill that reduces stress and enhances overall well-being. **Why On Target?** The "On Target" program is more than just learning to hit a bullseye; it's about setting personal goals, dealing with setbacks, and celebrating progress. It offers a unique opportunity for participants to challenge themselves physically and mentally in a safe and supportive environment. Through the disciplined practice of targeted activities, participants will not only improve their ability to focus and remain present but also develop a deeper understanding of their own capacity for patience, persistence, and precision. Join us at Outdoor Integrative Therapies for the "On Target" program and embark on a journey of self-discovery, personal mastery, and mindful living. Discover the satisfaction of hitting your mark, both on the field and in life, with focus, determination, and calm.

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Our Nature-Based Services

Skills Training
Now Accepting Clients! 

Discover the transformative power of nature with our animal assistance skills training program.  Explore the synergy between humans and animals, unlocking invaluable lessons in communication, empathy and teamwork.  Join us on a journey where nature becomes the ultimate classroom, fostering personal growth and connection through the guidance of our animal companions.  

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12150 SW Westfall Road

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Tuesday

12:00 p.m. – 7:30 pm

Thursday

12:00 p.m. – 7:30 pm

​Sunday

12:00 p.m. – 5:30 pm