Find Your Space: Shop local at holiday sale and book fair for Womanspace

Gale Ketteler

By Gale Ketteler
Womanspace Program Coordinator & Marketing Specialist

Visit Womanspace this Friday night, Nov. 16, for our annual Holiday Art and Craft Sale in Gallery 1 and find hundreds of affordable and original gifts for everyone on your list.

The opening reception is 5:30-8 p.m., and features holiday treats and live festive music performed by Womansong Chorale at 6:30 p.m. under the direction of Roberta Flaherty.

Come back during business hours, plus special Saturday hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Nov. 17. You’ll find a variety of original art, jewelry, handmade clothing, books by local authors and poets, natural bath and body products, pottery and stoneware, garden cement craft, handmade cards, children’s items, and much more. Forty percent of your purchase benefits Womanspace, so it’s a Triple Win for you, us, and the artists!

This show is sponsored by David Boccignone-Ameriprise Financial and runs through Dec. 13. That day, you may come for Happy the Movie at noon, and a light brunch to sustain you through our final shopping hours.

Dec. 1 is our annual Barnes and Noble Bookfair at CherryVale, with proceeds benefiting Womanspace. Shop online with our voucher number Dec. 1-6, but if you’re in town, we’ll have special events all day. So, join us for the festivities, including art and craft demonstrations, a Womansong performance, poetry readings and raffle drawings! You could win a Nook Tablet with cover, $50 BN gift card, or a BN membership. Raffle tickets are $5 each, or five for $20, and winners need not be present. See our website for tickets, vouchers and fliers to post.

While you’re thinking of shopping, come for a chance to win a Macy’s gift card, and get your free Stop. Think. Save! shopping bag at Manage Money During the Holidays. This Nov. 21 Lunch and Learn with Heidi Berardi of Family Credit Management is sponsored by Sandra J. Slaga, Attorney at Law. Then, Dec. 5, Sherri Hamby will offer a combination of Ayurvedic and natural health views at Naturopathic Breast Care.

Denise Nichols brings us another monthly Women’s Wellness Hour Nov. 14 with core and pelvic floor exercises for a natural approach to the common problem of urinary incontinence. Then, come back Nov. 17 for a more in-depth program as Amanda Bush, M.D., joins Denise with the latest information at Women’s Wellness: Core & Pelvic Floor Health. Spend a whole morning of education with practical information and more exercises to provide peace of mind, and freedom from your concerns about leaking. This is your chance to comfortably talk about this subject as you never have before.

Whether you’re a woman or a man, if you’re seeking balance during the hectic holidays, Womanspace has Meditation Wednesday evenings, Yoga Thursday mornings, and Evening Yoga Nov. 28. For an entire afternoon experience, Jim Roberts presents a special benefit retreat Nov. 18 called The Ecstatic Path of the Musical Mystic. Bring a drum if you have one, a mat for relaxation, and a spirit ready to be brought forth via your voice. Kids 9-13 can Build a Gingerbread House Dec. 8!

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 Nov. 14-20, 2012, issue

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