Find Your Space: Visit us for holiday fun, gifts and time for reflection

By Gale Ketteler

Womanspace Program Coordinator & Media Specialist

Womanspace is a beautiful and relaxing place for holiday shopping, gift-making, plus getting more in touch with the deeper reasons for this holiday season.

The Earth Matters group has a special holiday gathering Dec. 9, and our annual Holiday Celebration is Dec. 10, with entertainment by Womansong Chorale. Reservations are required.

Daf drum lessons continue with a new Thursday noon class for beginners. Girls 9-13 can attend Express Yourself that evening as part of our Junior Membership program.

Learn how to make unique and creative gifts Dec. 12 at Bookmaking with Una and Ila.

Our final Lunch and Learn program is Dec. 16, as Victoria Hominick, LCSW, helps us relieve both holiday and everyday stress at Guided Imagery and Mindfulness. The next evening, Celebration of Lights, is our annual interfaith gathering for Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas and the Winter Solstice. We will also honor the lights of our loved ones who have left us this year.

Dec. 19, That Food Thing, our food and eating issues support group, meets to provide a safe place to share personal stories and learn the Bridges of Unity Chakra Club (SM) approach.

If you seek unique and original presents and want to shop local, visit Gallery2Go gift shop and All Decked Out, our annual holiday art and craft sale, 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. Prices start at $4, and extra holiday hours run through Dec. 19. In addition to our regular office hours below, you can stop by on Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and Wednesday evenings until 8 p.m. Come find perfect gifts for everyone on your list!

A new year fast approaches, and our next Holistic Health Fair is Jan. 9, 2010, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come visit our campus, be pampered with massage, reflexology and more, and learn more about our upcoming programs. The first Lunch and Learn for 2010 is Local Foods 101 Jan. 6, 2010. Andrea Hazzard will share expert information to help us improve both our grocery buying habits and our health. We also have many new pottery and painting classes starting in January. Please visit our Web site or call for details.

Looking ahead, we have a major event planned for March 13. Creating Buddhas, an amazing film by Isadora Gabrielle Leidenfrost, is the centerpiece of this special morning. It profiles one of the few female thangka makers in the world, and one of the only fabric thangka makers in the West. We’ll also have Tibetan Prayer Flag making and an exhibit of fabric and painted thangkas. Mark your calendar now and plan to join us. Meantime, please visit our campus soon and discover Womanspace, your place.

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, or

From the Dec. 9-15, 2009 issue

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