Find Your Space: New year, new you: Healthy new year at Womanspace!

Gale Ketteler

By Gale Ketteler
Womanspace Program Coordinator & Marketing Specialist

Womanspace invites you to visit our campus and discover classes and programs that can help you connect with others, explore creativity, improve your life, and maybe even keep your resolutions.

Today, Bookwoman discusses Cutting for Stone, and then Little Bee March 14. Also today, the EarthMatters discussion group investigates Fossil Fuels At Any Cost? with info about fracking and the controversial Keystone Pipeline. Dorothy Bock offers her monthly Art Lecture about French painter Paul Cézanne Jan. 12. Kathryn Newton shares the deep relaxation of Yoga Nidra (yoga sleep) Jan. 14, and she’s offering a six-week Yoga for EveryBODY class Monday mornings starting Jan. 30. Yoga for Women continues to meet every Thursday morning with Una Ryan.

Next Tuesday is FUN day! Join the Collage for Fun class with Barb Santucci, and then have Fun with Frugality in our new tip-sharing support group led by Adriana Grisales. Watercolor: Enjoy the Flow with Sue Gilbert Abare begins Jan. 18, and Headache Relief 101 with massage expert Christyn Rittenhouse is the Lunch and Learn that day, sponsored by Sandra J. Slaga, Attorney at Law. You can also join the Mah Jong group that evening, or start Dorothy Bock’s Unlock the Power of Your Dreams series.

Labyrinth scholar Barrie Carter Gibby leads Beat the Winter Blahs: Labyrinth Journey Jan. 19. It’s too cold to walk our outdoor labyrinth, but come out of hibernation and travel rejuvenating finger and floor paths with Barrie. Art Samplers are a new Saturday opportunity for everyone from age 9 to 90 to try out a variety of art classes. Whether you’re artistically challenged or just want a chance to glean artistic wisdom from Dorothy Bock, come Jan. 21 for the first sampler on Drawing, and return for Watercolor Feb. 4. Pottery and clay bead classes begin the week of Jan. 23, and a new Sunday afternoon Beginning Wheel Thrown Pottery class with Susan Lee starts Feb. 5.

Enjoy a meal, watch True Grit and then discuss it at the Jan. 23 Supper and Film. Kelly Epperson and Jim Simmons present More with Singing Bowls Jan. 25, and Father Mike Librandi begins What’s the Bible All About? Jan. 26. Norm Knott will delight you with his Personal Travel Altars artshop Jan. 28, and Dorothy Bock leads a grief retreat Jan. 29 called Letting Go and Holding On.

Denise Nichols returns with Core and Pelvic Floor Exercises for a Lunch and Learn Feb. 1. Aspiring and beginning writers can get the guidance and inspiration they’ve been seeking at the first Writershop of 2012 Feb. 6 with Dorothy Bock.

This Friday, Jan. 11, is the free opening reception in Gallery 1 for Realism or Not, sponsored by David Boccignone of Ameriprise Financial. Stop in any time between 5:30 and 8 p.m. to see this independent show by a talented group. It’s a great opportunity to connect with Womanspace and support local artists.

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,, and

From the Jan. 11-17, 2012, issue

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