By Gale Ketteler
Womanspace Program Coordinator & Marketing Specialist
It’s nearly time for our Fourth Annual Fairy Festival with Rockford Dance Company! Don’t miss this magical evening with fun for all ages Saturday, Aug. 4. There will be dance, food, crafts, a scavenger hunt … and fairies, of course!
Families and guests of all ages can stroll the beautiful gardens, the magical pine forest and the Labyrinth on our prairie. Rockford Dance Company will perform with new Artistic Director Matthew Keefe, and guests can make a fairy crown and wand to take home.
Come early and bring your own picnic to savor on the lawn. This magical event has sold out in years past, so advance purchase is recommended. Sponsors include Wonderland Books & Toys, Faeriefeather Design, Comcast, B103 and 100.5 NTA FM, and all proceeds benefit Womanspace and Rockford Dance Company.
Get into the fairy mode at Build a Fairy House July 28. This is a fantastic morning of fun for all ages in our pine forest with artist Norm Knott. Symmetry/Chaos, a fantastic art exhibit sponsored by David Boccignone-Ameriprise Financial, ends July 26, and Every Little Thing, an exhibit of miniature art, opens Aug. 3, just in time for the Fairy Festival! Pottery, drawing, painting, jewelry and cartooning classes for all ages meet this summer, so please check our art schedule.
This Sunday afternoon, Kathy Flannagan presents To Dream the Impossible Dream: A Retreat
Nurturing Soulful Connections & Leading from the Heart. If you tend to see what is missing at work, home or church, come explore ways to connect with the energy of others so you can make shared dreams come true. Lindsey Halpern-Givens leads SoulCollage: Discover Your Wisdom … Change Your World July 21. No artistic ability is required for this fun process of creating cards to help with life’s questions and transitions.
The July 12 Supper and Film is Departures. An unemployed cellist’s new job is not, as he originally presumes, at a travel agency in Japan, but entails preparing the bodies of the recently deceased. July 30, Judy Pickle and Nancy Graham Miller lead a video discussion of Pray the Devil Back to Hell. This is the astonishing story of the Liberian women who took on the warlords and regime of dictator Charles Taylor and won peace for their shattered country in 2003. Local Happiness Club leaders Kelly Epperson and Jim Simmons lighten things up with HAPPY: The Movie Aug. 7. This film has won many awards and features our Spring Luncheon keynote Marci Shimoff!
Bring your lunch and learn about Menopause and Osteoporosis from Dr. Jyothi Gondi July18, sponsored by Sandra J. Slaga, Attorney at Law. Meditation for Adults meets on select Wednesday evenings, plus you can also relax and stretch in weekly Yoga for Women classes on Thursday mornings.
Remember, you don’t have to be a member to participate in our art classes, programs and special events. Womanspace is inclusive of all women, men and children, and it can be your place!
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, email@example.com, www.facebook.com/Womanspace and www.womanspace-rockford.org.
From the July 11-17, 2012, issue