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November 11, 2009

A benefit performance of Catherine of Siena: A Woman for Our Times featuring Nancy Murray (pictured), OP, will be at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 3, at Fisher Memorial Chapel at Rockford College.

A benefit performance of Catherine of Siena: A Woman for Our Times featuring Nancy Murray (pictured), OP, will be at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 3, at Fisher Memorial Chapel at Rockford College.

By Gale Ketteler

Womanspace Program Coordinator & Media Specialist

Womanspace presents a benefit performance of Catherine of Siena: A Woman for Our Times featuring Nancy Murray, OP, at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 3, at Fisher Memorial Chapel at Rockford College. This interactive performance, perfect for people of all ages and faiths, will be followed by “Dessert with Catherine.” Murray portrays multiple characters in this story of the 14th-century saint, depicting her as a feisty, precocious, determined, care-giving mystic who is an incredibly-liberated woman peacemaker. Sponsors include the Rockford Interfaith Council, Fraiche Café and Rockford Woman. Tickets are $25 for adults, and $10 for children 13 and younger.

Earlier that morning, Murray is the special guest at a VIP breakfast fund-raiser for Womanspace from 8 to 9 a.m. at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center in Rockford. Tickets are $25. Come hear Nancy share what life was like growing up in the Murray home in Wilmette with siblings Ed, Brian Doyle, Peggy, Bill, Laura, Andy, John and Joel. Nancy will also discuss her current life as an Adrian Dominican sister, traveling the world with her one-woman show.

Rockford is indeed fortunate to have a protégé of the renowned Dr. Andrew Weil in our midst. Dr. Tracey Kinigakis is a local integrative M.D. presenting Menopause—Not the Musical! at Womanspace Nov. 14. Families entering the difficult experience of divorce are invited to a very special Lunch & Learn Nov. 18. Attorney Keith Morse and therapist Kathryn Brown will share information about Collaborative Divorce, a non-combative, no-fault approach, especially perfect for families with children. That evening, Joe and Carol Valaitis treat us to Egypt: Ancient and Modern Views with photos and insights from their travels there. Nov. 19 is a Dorothy Bock Art Lecture at noon about contemporary African-American artist Faith Ringgold. That evening, Bookgirl is our Junior Member program for girls 9-13 with activities and discussion of Kashmira Sheth’s book, Blue Jasmine.

Our annual Holiday Celebration is Dec. 10, featuring music, food and other entertainment. Reserve your seat today! Kids and adults get a fun morning of art with Norm Knott at his Nifty Gifties workshop Nov. 21. If you still need presents, stop in Gallery2Go gift shop for unique art, jewelry and more. All items are created by our artists, authors and musicians, and sold on consignment. This “triple win” opportunity means you get a one-of-a-kind gift, while your purchase helps both Womanspace and local artists. We have plenty of affordable gifts, even for kids—give and receive. Extra holiday hours run Nov. 14 through Dec. 19. So, in addition to our regular office hours below, you can stop by on Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., and Wednesday evenings until 8 p.m. Then, All Decked Out, our annual holiday art and craft sale, starts Nov. 23 with more great handcrafted gifts. We’ll even be open Black Friday, Nov. 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., so come find perfect gifts for everyone on your list! Please visit our Web site or call for details.

Gale Ketteler is program coordinator and media specialist at Womanspace, a not-for-profit founded in 1975, and located on a 7-acre campus a half-mile west of Rock Valley College off Spring Brook and Applewood at 3333 Maria Linden Drive in Rockford. Office hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Thursday. Info at (815) 877-0118, gale@womanspace-rockford.org or www.womanspace-rockford.org.

From the November 11-17, 2009 issue

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