March 22 and 24 events celebrate women’s history

March is Women’s History Month. What better way to celebrate than by supporting the events in this area.

For starters, Thursday, March 22, check out Rockford Urban Ministries’ “Professional Women” at Bethany United Methodist Church, 410 8th St. Speakers include Kathy Spataro, Organic Farms; the Rev. Nancy Rethford, UMC Minister; Kathryn Engel Terasaki, RPS Fine Arts coordinator; and Gwen Gulley, attorney/politician.

Womansong Chorale, under the direction of Dorothy Paige-Turner, will sing a selection of songs with lyrics to delight and inspire. Some of the favorites are “The Water is Wide,” “We Shall Not be Moved,” Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit” and “As Long as I Have Music” and three new selections especially for this event: “A Teacher’s Lament,” “Bread and Roses” and “Hold On!” The lyrics of these songs have withstood the test of time, and are sure to move you with their tender and hard-edged lyrics.

Another exciting event for Women’s History Month is the Womanspace Book Fair, to be held at Barnes & Noble, Rockford, all day March 24. A percentage of net sales will be donated to Womanspace. Enjoy special in-store events, such as painting demonstrations, book readings, signings, discussions, an art gallery and more.

Following is the schedule of events:

9 a.m.-9 p.m.—Womanspace Artist Exhibition

10-11 a.m.—Book Discussion Group: March, by Geraldine Brooks

Noon-1 p.m.—Go “Green” Around Your House: Earth Friendly Ideas, by Sue Hoople

1-2 p.m.—Spring Art Project Demonstration, by Una Ryan and Ila Adam

1:30-3 p.m.—Book Reading: Discussion and Signing with Kris Radish, author of The Sunday List of Dreams (Bantam Dell 2007)

3-4 p.m.—Backyard Habitats for Illinois Native Plants and Birds, by Marilyn Bolling

3-4 p.m.—Watercolor Demonstration, by Wanie Reveerts, local artist

6-7 p.m.—Womanspace Writers’ Group: Excerpts from Writers’ Personal Works

6-7 p.m.—Acrylic Demonstration, by Karen Gines, local artist

7-8 p.m.—Poetry Reading, by Christine Swanberg, local author

Just for kids!

3-4 p.m.—Reading from Our Favorite Children’s Books, by Carol Valaitis and Kay Strand

4-5 p.m.—Interactive Fun Time, by Barbara Santucci, local children’s author and artist

from the March 21-27, 2007, issue

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