Find Your Space: Late-summer fun for kids and adults at Womanspace

By Gale Ketteler
Womanspace Program Coordinator & Marketing Specialist

Today is a very special Microfinance Lunch & Learn program with Megan Zuba. Inspired by Margaret Wheatley’s presentation about the Grameen Bank at our conference in 2006, Megan started the first student microfinance group at UW-Madison. Bring a sack lunch at noon and learn how these little loans empower women, combat poverty, and support environmental sustainability. Today is also the final day of our Mandalas art exhibit in Gallery 1. Come see it by 5 p.m.! The annual Star Student Show, sponsored by Sandra J. Slaga, Attorney-at-Law, can be viewed Monday-Thursday in Gallery 3 though Aug. 25.

Our Dinner in the Garden at Wind Ridge Herb Farm is Aug. 13. Space is limited, so register at Womanspace today. Host Liz Fiorenza and Chef Justin Moser of the Radisson will serve a delicious five- to six-course dinner with complementary wine pairings. Vegetarian entrees are available.

Kids age 11-13 can get expert babysitting training at Safe Sitter®, presented with Rockford Health System Aug. 17 and 18. Then, girls age 9-13 can relax at our popular SpaGirlz Junior Member program Aug. 18. They’ll learn foot massage, skin care and hygiene tips. There’s fun for the whole family Aug. 27 at our S’Mores Party. Bring a lawn chair and maybe some food or drink to share, plus some good campfire songs and stories. We’ll provide the S’Mores!

At TAT for Self Healing Aug. 24, Maureen Elick, MS LCPC, will share Tapas Acupressure Technique. This workshop will be an introduction to the technique, with an opportunity to experience it yourself. Jim Roberts presents Sacred Sound: Awakening & Healing the Soul Aug. 30. Come explore the vibrational field of your body and soul through sacred chant, Tibetan Singing Bowls, and Earth Gong. Bring a yoga mat and comfortable clothes, and be ready for an experience like no other!

The final artshop of our 2009-2010 program year is one of our most popular. Cherie Heck will teach Hypertufa Garden Art Aug. 28. You’ll use this lightweight concrete to create a Japanese-style lantern, plus large leaf castings to decorate your garden or patio. This class will be held outdoors and can be very messy, so please dress accordingly.

Looking ahead to our 35th program year, Professor Kanwal Prashar presents a World Religion Lunch & Learn about Hinduism Sept. 8. Then, Saturday, Sept. 11, is our annual Artists in Action Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., where you can see everything Womanspace has to offer. Pottery and painting classes start the week of Sept. 13, and Bookwoman discusses Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay Sept. 15. Read it now, and join in the zesty conversation next month.

Don’t miss our Wine Tasting at Artale Wine Company Sept. 17, or The Story of Dorothy Day Nov. 4 with actress Sarah Melici. Everything is open to the public, and we’d love to have you join us. Subscribe to Intertwinings e-news on our website to get connected now.

Gale Ketteler is program coordinator & marketing 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. Regular office hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Info at (815) 877-0118, or

From the Aug. 11-17, 2010 issue

Enjoy The Rock River Times? Help spread the word!