Find Your Space: Author Joan Anderson coming to Rockford

By Gale Ketteler
Womanspace Program Coordinator & Marketing Specialist

Womanspace will feature Joan Anderson, best-selling author of A Year by the Sea, at The Road Back to Yourself, our annual Spring Luncheon, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 16, at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center in Rockford. Tickets are $45 at or (815) 877-0118. In a preview event, Anderson joins us live via phone for a book discussion of A Year by the Sea at 7 p.m., April 4.

Joan’s inspiring memoir, A Year by the Sea, chronicles the year she ran away from life’s expectations to live on Cape Cod. This benefit also features a delicious lunch, $10 Mystery Gifts (worth $20-plus), book sales and signing with Anderson, plus a raffle of six fabulous prize packages including a week at a Sedona resort and a Door County Getaway. Raffle tickets ($10 each or eight for $50) are on sale now, and winners need not be present. Spring luncheon sponsors include The Law Office of Jim Black & Associates, Kathy Flanagan of Leadership Communication, Sandra J. Slaga, Attorney at Law, David Boccignone-Ameriprise Financial, Stanley Steemer, State Farm Agent Lisa Mawyer and Rockford Woman.

Womanspace is graced with two art galleries, plus Gallery2Go gift shop, so don’t miss fantastic art by local children in “Why I Love Art” plus the Women: Circling the World exhibit, in honor of Women’s History Month. March 10, celebrate this special month with Dorothy Bock’s Art Lecture on Georgia O’Keefe. Try your own hand at art in Beginning Wheel Thrown Pottery starting March 16, an Oil Painting workshop March 12, Acrylic & Oil Painting, or Watercolor classes starting March 15. There’s also a Saturday artshop for Beginning Watercolor April 2 and a special Sacred Path Mandalas artshop meets March 25 for ages 9 to adult.

At a Lunch & Learn March 16, Jackie DeBatista tells us about the county extension’s Master Naturalist program. Then, April 6, Gail Wells previews Eat, Pray, Love & Dancing through Life in advance of her May 21 retreat at Womanspace. We’ll celebrate the lengthening daylight with a Spring Equinox and Labyrinth Retreat led by Barrie Carter Gibby March 19, and Selena Fox visits April 2 to lead an Animal Spirits workshop. If you are dealing with loss of any sort—a death, divorce, job loss, empty nest, etc.—register now for grief guide Tom Zuba’s Planting the Seeds of Rebirth April 9. This day will help you lean into a new life.

Women’s History Month wraps up with a program March 30 exploring the fascinating history and local connections of feminist pioneer Margaret Fuller: Woman of Many “Firsts.” She lived from 1810-1850, and once you hear her life story, you will wonder why she’s not in every history book.

This spring, many of our programs under $15 are designated as “Bring a Friend for Free.” If you are a member, please invite a potential member to join you. We hope to see some new faces on our campus! “Like”, and 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 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Thursday. Info at (815) 877-0118, or

From the March 9-15, 2011, issue

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