Find Your Space: Womanspace explores friendship and bullying

Gale Ketteler

By Gale Ketteler 

Womanspace Program Coordinator & Marketing Specialist

Womanspace will explore bullying and friendship in the coming months. Artist Norm Knott’s Live in Pride collaborative mural is on display at Womanspace until Aug. 9 for you to add signatures and messages of hope and courage. This powerful artwork’s goal is to increase awareness about youth suicide, and it will be raffled off after additional exhibits in the community. 

Author Ruthellen Josselson, Ph.D., is an international expert on female friendship and teaches at Fielding Graduate University in Baltimore. She presents a community workshop for counseling professionals, women, and girls age 12 and older at Womanspace Sept. 22. The Pleasures & Perils of Girls’ & Women’s Friendships is sponsored by David Boccignone-Ameriprise Financial, and is based on Josselson’s intensive interview study of girls’ and women’s friendships throughout life. The presentation and small-group discussions will focus on the ways we need friends, what the dilemmas of friendship are, what we learn, and how we grow in friendship. 

Norm Knott brings another important program to Womanspace Sept. 25. No More Bullies! The Trevor Project is recommended for adults and boys and girls age 12 and older. September is Suicide Prevention Month, and documentaries and discussion this evening will teach what you don’t know about bullying, and what you can do to make a difference.  

Women and girls age 9 and older can learn how to protect themselves verbally and physically at Self Defense for Women and Girls with Jimmie Getter starting Sept. 13. This is a perfect time to learn or review your skills, and you’ll be amazed how empowering it is to practice these simple techniques. We’ll even use our moves on a police officer in protective gear at the final class! 

On the art scene, boys and girls age 9-15 will learn how to draw Cartoons and Caricatures from Maddie Witt Aug. 16. Come play with lightweight concrete Aug. 18 at Cherie Heck’s Hypertufa Garden Artshop and make a Japanese-style lantern, leaf casting and other garden sculptures. Fall art classes begin mid-September, but you can get a preview at our annual Artists in Action with the Second Annual Pottery Olympics Saturday, Sept. 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This open house is an art and wellness fair, and a great time to check out our gardens, labyrinth and art studios. You can also see Every Little Thing, an exhibit of miniature art in Gallery 1, sponsored by David Boccignone-Ameriprise Financial. It’s on view now through Sept. 13.  

Heidi Berardi presents a Lunch and Learn: Plug Your Spending Leaks Aug. 15, sponsored by Sandra J. Slaga, Attorney at Law. Bookwoman invites you to discuss In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larsen Sept. 12, and Womansong Chorale hosts a potluck with director Roberta Flaherty for all interested singers Sept. 13. There’s also an Art Lecture about Roy Lichtenstein by Dorothy Bock, and she starts Acrylic/Oil Painting: Pomegranates, Persons, Portraits that night. 

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 Aug. 8-14, 2012, issue

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