By Gale Ketteler
Womanspace Program Coordinator & Marketing Specialist
It’s that time of year! We are now accepting donations for our annual Glitzy Garage Sale. Details about what we will and won’t accept can be found at www.womanspace-rockford.org. Just click the event logo for more information.
We are members of the Green Communities Coalition, and this fund-raiser for our non-profit is a great example of the “reuse and recycle” principle. Bring your family and friends to the sale June 3-4 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and then come back June 5 for the best deals 9 a.m.-1 p.m.! Sponsored by The Law Office of Jim Black and Associates. To avoid construction on Spring Brook, approach from the north via Riverside, or Pepper to Applewood.
Womanspace launches the Rockford Interfaith Council Film Series tonight with Water, May 11 at 7 p.m. Join us for this free viewing of the story of an 8-year-old widowed girl in India and her feisty challenges to religious and societal prejudice. Saturday morning, May 14, leadership and communication expert Kathy Flanagan shares Christopher Bache’s theories of collective intelligence, the importance of personal presence, and modern views of shared learning and leadership at Tapping Collective Energy to Pursue Your Dream. We’ll discover how to bring about change by enabling groups at work, home, church and school.
Exploring the world through music, movement and food will fill the day at the Eat Pray Love and Dancing Through Life Retreat May 21. The author of this popular book took a year off to travel to exotic locales, but you can have your own journey with Gail Wells, traveling to the music and culture of Italy, India and Bali. Whether you’re a dancer, or dance-challenged, come feed your mind-body-spirit, and touch your soul. Register by May 19, and bring a vegetarian dish to share at lunch.
How Do I Want to be Remembered? is our next Lunch & Learn May 14, with Melinda Hagerman. We will think about how we want to celebrate the end of our earthly lives and make it meaningful for all involved.
Reclaiming Women’s Heritage of Peace is the next monthly gathering of the Cakes for the Queen of Heaven group May 22. We’ll learn more about peaceful matristic civilizations and explore possibilities for ending the violence in our personal lives, as well as around the globe. The next Supper and Film takes an intense and award-winning look at the horror and futility of war as depicted in The Hurt Locker (rated R). Please register by May 19 for the meal and discussion that follows.
Dorothy Bock’s next Art Lecture is about Henri Matisse May 12. Two exhibits representing more than 30 artists are on view through June 2 at Womanspace. Upstart Spring honors the season with landscapes in Gallery 1, and the annual Star Student Show features artists of all ages in Gallery 3.
Visit www.facebook.com/Womanspace to see our new Anjali Pavilion. We will host a news conference, ribbon-cutting and dedication for the public June 9, and you’re invited!
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.womanspace-rockford.org.
From the May 11-17, 2011 issue