Find Your Space: Nov. 4 Dorothy Day story a benefit for Womanspace

East Coast actress Sarah Melici co-wrote and portrays multiple characters in The Story of Dorothy Day: Warrior for Peace & Champion of the Poor. Photo provided

By Gale Ketteler
Womanspace Program Coordinator & Marketing Specialist

Tickets are on sale now for The Story of Dorothy Day: Warrior for Peace & Champion of the Poor at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 4, in Fisher Chapel at Rockford College. East Coast actress Sarah Melici co-wrote this one-woman play and portrays multiple characters in the life of this suffragette and lifelong activist. Her soup kitchens and houses of hospitality offered refuge for the poor, homeless, reformers and radicals.

Melici has performed in national tours, the New York Shakespeare Festival, Law & Order, The Golden Years and a Woody Allen film. Tickets are available at Womanspace or for $25; $15 for students. A limited number of tickets are available for a VIP Brunch with Sarah Melici at 11:30 a.m., Nov. 5, at Womanspace. The cost is $50 and includes a ticket to the performance the night before. These events are sponsored by Sandra J. Slaga-Attorney at Law, Helen Seger, Ron and Carol Burmeister, and the Rockford Interfaith Council.

Thursday evenings are a sure thing at Womanspace in October! Professor Cristina Szterensus presents Madres de la Plaza de Mayo Oct. 14. We will learn about the Women’s Movement in Argentina, in which she was personally involved. Oct. 21, the Rev. Dr. Joyce Beaulieu shares an evening retreat on The Spirituality of Friendship. Bring a friend! Rockford’s own Hannah Warren returns to show us what she has accomplished on the other side of the globe with Jhoole Weavers of India, the fair-trade social enterprise we showcased in an exhibit and India Fest last February. Our Gallery2Go gift shop features Jhoole scarves by the weavers, and blank photo note cards by Hannah.

Election Day is right around the corner, and to remind us all (men, women and children) how fortunate we are to have the right to vote, we invite you to watch Iron-Jawed Angels with us Oct. 26. The night before, watch another powerful film, Precious at our Supper and Film program.

Artshops with great Womanspace instructors fill upcoming Saturday mornings. Norm Knott leads Pen-Ink-Paint for ages 9 to adult Oct. 16. Sue Mount offers a Watercolor Plus class with rice papers and layering Oct. 23. Dorothy Bock teaches Oil Painting: People Personalities Oct. 30, and Stacey Burns shares the wonderful world of Raku-Fired Beads Nov. 6 and 13.

A three-week Collage for Fun class starts Oct. 26 with artist and author Barbara Santucci. Barb also leads Make an Accordion Book and Create Your Own Poetry for our Junior Members and friends (girls age 9-13) Nov. 2 and 9. Drawing: From Ordinary to Extraordinary starts Oct. 20 with Dorothy Bock, pottery classes start Nov. 1, and Acrylic Painting: Wild Woman Portraits with Karen Gines begins Nov. 2. Want to learn, but not do? Enter the world of sculptor Alberto Giacometti Oct. 21 at an Art Lecture with Dorothy Bock.

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Gale Ketteler is program coordinator and 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 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Thursday. Info at (815) 877-0118, or

From the Oct. 13-19, 2010 issue

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