I have two big announcements …

First, after 35 years we are changing our name! On April 1st, Independent Living Services of Northern California (ILSNC) will be officially known as the DISABILITY ACTION CENTER. Secondly, our annual fundraiser, PiratePALOOZA, is changing location. You are cordially invited to join us on Friday, May 8, 2015, 6:00 at the Sierra Nevada Brewery’s “BIG ROOM” in Chico. All proceeds from our unique, swashbuckling pirate fest will support the Disability Action Center in our work assisting people with disabilities to live healthier, more fulfilling and dignified lives.

We are very excited that our 9th Annual PiratePALOOZA is moving to the legendary Sierra Nevada BIG ROOM! This world class venue features dinner by Sierra Nevada’s gourmet kitchen along with their full array of beers, ales and wines. Our raucous event will also feature live performers, music, dancing, comedy, games, prizes and a silent auction.

Tickets are $50 each ($45 each if purchased by March 31st!) and may be purchased online at http://piratepalooza.ticketleap.com/piratepalooza-2015/ Tickets may also be purchased by calling DAC at (530) 893-8527 or visiting us at 1161 East Ave., Chico. Finally, check or cash purchases may be made at AmericanWest Bank (1834 Mangrove Ave Suite 1, Chico) or Bidwell Insurance Agency (500 Wall St Suite B, Chico). Reserved tables of 8, 6 and 4 are available. Please use the “notes” section of the website or request at the time of purchase. Additional PiratePALOOZA information can be found online at www.chicopirate.com or www.actionctr.org

A great way to support the Disability Action Center is by becoming a sponsor for PiratePALOOZA 2015. All sponsorship levels include complimentary event tickets (please see the attached form). We are also accepting donations for our silent auction. Our goal is to provide maximum exposure and recognition for our sponsors. This year we are offering the opportunity to directly sponsor one of our performers or groups. Please feel free to call me at 530-680-3484 to discuss how we can promote you or your organization as a valued sponsor.

We have greatly appreciated your support over the years and look forward to seeing you again on May 8th.

 DAC Fax # (530) 893-8574

Evan Levang

Executive Director

Save $5.00       “Early Parrot Special”

Per ticket!      All tickets $45 through March 31st

Offer Expires: April 1, 2015

Michael O’Connell will be at PiratePALOOZA October 10th!



Michael O’Connell will be showcasing his work during PiratePALOOZA event on October 10, 2014 between 7pm-10pm.  Here is picture and background information courtesy of his biographical website http://oconnellmd.wordpress.com/bio/

Born in Sacramento, California, Michael O’Connell was diagnosed at 2 1/2 years old with Muscular Dystrophy. While able to walk in his youth, he eventually, due to the degenerative disease, had to start using a wheelchair full-time.

A career auto claims insurance adjuster, he found himself suddenly out of a job in 2009. After over a year of unemployment, an old friend called him with an out-of-the-blue idea: just for kicks, why didn’t they go to a comedy open mic night and try doing some stand-up, just to see what it was like?

Never having attempted comedy before, Michael took the stage that night. And he won the competition. And he never looked back.


He began appearing in comedy clubs and rooms all over Sacramento, had a story written on him in the Sacramento Bee, and competed in the Tommy T’s Talent Search Finals, finishing second overall in the championship round. He also ended up doing a comedy show with the legendary Bobby Slayton. All this within his first five months in comedy. SacramentoComedy.com wrote, “Michael O’Connell is taking the comedy scene by storm. His recent successes have been the talk of the town.”


Several Hollywood celebrities viewed his YouTube videos and began corresponding with him, and self-help guru Tony Robbins, after reading an interview with O’Connell in Quest Magazine, invited him to be his guest at one of his seminars in L.A. Michael began to work other cities, from L.A. to San Diego to San Francisco to Portland to Seattle, both in club performances and corporate shows.


He went on to co-found The Comedians with Disabilities Act, a comedy troupe made up all disabled comics, who after their first sold-out show got booked in such famed venues as San Francisco’s Punch Line and the Laugh Factory in Hollywood. He also founded Ramp Up Productions and began producing comedy shows, including “Smokin’ & Jokin’“, a regular cigar lounge comedy event, and “The Mikes“, a tour featuring a group of comedians all named Mike.


Both in his solo performing and when touring with the Comedians with Disabilities Act or The Mikes, Michael turns what some would call tragedy into what he sees as comedy, finding the funny in all his challenges and inviting delighted audiences into the “secret world of wheelchair living”, telling hilarious stories from his everyday life and poking fun at the “abled”. Whether performing for grownups in comedy clubs or speaking to disabled teens at MDA camps, he mixes laughter and inspiration into an unforgettable entertainment experience.


“You killed it!” — Dan Finnerty, The Dan Band


“You’re going to love this guy.” — AmericasComedy.com


“Michael O’Connell, the self-described ‘wheelchair comedian’, has exploded onto Sacramento’s comedy scene in the past year, quickly earning himself a reputation as a thoughtful and hilarious comic.” — Sacramento365.com


“Michael O’Connell is a comedy ninja!” — Brian Crall, owner, Sacramento Comedy Spot


“I ****ing LOVE that guy!” — Bobby Slayton


“The funniest man on wheels.” — Ellis Rodriguez


“You’re an inspiring man!” — Tony Robbins


“Bravo!” — Adam Baldwin