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    • Mon, May 07, 2018
    • 6:30 PM
    • Mon, August 06, 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
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    Mondays

    Offered as 4 month sessions or as single sessions:  May 7, June 4, July 2, Aug 6

    6:30-7:30pm                                              

    Facilitator: Bethany Stiltner

    Get back into your natural groove with rhythmic breathing, guided meditation, meditative drumming. Experience the healing impact of sound through the vibration of drums, singing bowls, shakers, chimes, wood instruments, vocal toning, and maybe even some movement. "Group drumming ... is transcendent. It empowers people to more effectively express themselves, while enabling them to move beyond their perceived limitations and put back into their lives what is missing." Barry Bitman, MD, CEO Mind-Body Wellness Center

    For maximum health benefits attend all four monthly groups. Or just come for one session and see whats its all about!  Come find your balance!

    No prior musical experience necessary, instruments provided and you can bring your own if you have them.

    Register by 2 days prior to start of class


    • Thu, May 10, 2018
    • 6:30 PM
    • Thu, August 09, 2018
    • 8:30 PM
    • Media Room
    Registration is closed
    May 10, June 14, July 12, August 9

    6:30-8:30pm

    Facilitators:  Angela Schmidt, PhD and Gina Wise

    This group is designed for women who want to explore their spiritual journey internally and with others. It is open to women who are looking for new energy and support as they examine their relationships, life passion, losses, talents and other processes that contribute significantly to their life journeys. Continuity and confidentiality are required.

    This group is now open to everyone

    Register by 5/09

    • Wed, May 30, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Anderson Gardens, 318 Spring Creek Road
    • 13
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    Wednesday, May 30
    1:00-3:00pm

    Location: Anderson Gardens 318 Spring Creek Rd, Rockford, IL 61107
    Meet in the Lobby of the Visitor's Center

    Facilitator: Jan Heuer

    Explore the gardens as Jan teaches us how to recognize the basic design elements as well as unusual perspectives of a Japanese Garden. Learn about symmetry, plant characteristics and decorative elements that are used in the gardens. You will gain a new appreciation for the planning that goes in to a beautiful, natural-looking Japanese Garden. This class will help you discover ideas for creating your own Japanese Garden at home. Bring your favorite camera or cell phone if you like. After the tour, guests are welcome to continue enjoying the gardens at their leisure.

    Register by 5/28

    • Wed, June 06, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Anjali Pavilion
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    Wednesday, June 6
    6:00 - 7:00pm

    Facilitated by: Cherie Heck

    Ahhh the greenhouse, so many choices! How do you decide what to choose for your own pots? Cherie will share her favorite tips and demonstrate how to make plant choices and pairings to make your patio come alive with color and textures.

    Register by 6/5

    • Tue, June 12, 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • Tue, June 26, 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • Womanspace Media Room
    • 11
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    Tuesdays, June 12 and 26
    9:00 - 10:00am

    Facilitator: Shiraz Tata, PhD

    Meditation is the practice and process of paying attention and focusing your awareness. Whether you are seeking greater focus, less stress and more peace of mind, or a deeper appreciation of the beauty and richness of life, the simple practice of sitting down and turning your attention inward can do wonders! This is a beginning class where different forms of meditation are introduced and practiced in a seated position. Bring a yoga mat or rug if you would like to do this lying down.

    Register by 6/11

    • Tue, June 12, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
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    Tuesday, June 12 
    6:00-7:30pm

    Facilitator: Elaine Hirschenberger

    Womanspace is a unique creation -- and a true "Rockford Original." In the early 1970s, the "little dream that could" began to grow into Womanspace, the ongoing, self-creating, life-affirming community that exists today. Whether you are a brand-new member or one who has been around here for decades, we invite you to come and revisit the story of Womanspace as our Co-founder shares photos, stories, trends and challenges that have created and continue to create this vibrant community.

    We recognize that this story is important AND that it is far more than just one woman's perspective -- the big story is contained in many individual stories. More attendance = more perspectives = a more complete picture!

    This series will be repeated as an early evening offering beginning in January. So, if you are unable to come during the day, please look for the January-April evening dates.

    Please register by 6/11
    Walk-ins welcome


    • Wed, June 13, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • William Reif Gallery
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    Wednesday, June 13
    9:30-11:00am

    America's First Daughter 
    by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie

    From her earliest days, Patsy Jefferson knows that though her father loves his family dearly, his devotion to his country runs deeper still. As Thomas Jefferson's oldest daughter, she becomes his helpmate, protector, and constant companion in the wake of her mother's death, traveling with him when he becomes American minister to France. As scandal, tragedy, and poverty threaten her family, Patsy must decide how much she will sacrifice to protect her father's reputation, in the process defining not just his political legacy, but that of the nation he founded.

    Advance registration is appreciated. Walk-ins are welcome.



    • Wed, June 13, 2018
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Womanspace Media Room
    • 12
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    Wednesdays, June 13, 27, July 11, 25, August 8, 22

    1:30-3:30pm

    Facilitator:  Debby Gaines

     Every woman has a story to tell.  This summer we are going to explore ways to ground our writing in the natural world while connecting to the aspects of nature that inspire our creativity. We will also awaken our senses to help tell our stories in a multi-dimensional way. No experience with writing is necessary.

    Register by 6/11

    • Wed, June 13, 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Media Room
    • 8
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    Wednesday, June 13
    5:30-7:00pm

    Facilitator: Kaitlyn Baer

    Bladder leakage is NOT normal and should never be accepted as a NORMAL part of aging or as a natural consequence to giving birth. Yet, statistics show that 1 in 4 women over the age of 18 will develop a pelvic floor muscle dysfunction (PFMD) at some point in their lives.  Education is the key to prevention. Empowering yourself toward learning crucial selfcare tips now can help you reduce or eliminate any symptoms you might notice today. PFMD symptoms can include bladder leakage, urgency/frequency, organ prolapse/pelvic pressure, constipation, painful intercourse, and more.  We will learn what the pelvic floor is, how it affects, and is affected by, everything in your life. In this class you will learn 3 habits that could not only make the difference in taking back bladder control but improving your bowel and sexual health. 

    Register by 6/11

    • Sat, June 16, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Anjali Pavilion
    • 29
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    Saturday,  June 16

    FacilitatorJimmie Getter


    Great for moms and daughters, ages 8-70.  Develop awareness and confidence by learning easy techniques to use to defend yourself in times of distress.  The skills you learn can help protect against bullies, abductions, and others who may want to harm you.  There will be new added content from previous classes.

    Register by:  June 14

    • Mon, June 18, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Media Room
    • 12
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    Monday, June 18

    1:00-3:00pm  

    Facilitated by: Marsha Hosfeld

    In this workshop series, we will discuss the typical genealogy resources and creative ways to use them, as well as problem-solving techniques when primary sources are not available. Each class will include time to ask questions and get assistance with your own research into your family history. Bring a laptop if you have one. Forms and source lists will be provided.

    June 18 - Let's Find Records we will talk about Census reports, Birth-Marriage-Death certificates, and Military records as well as doing our own research

    Please register by two days before start of class

    • Wed, June 20, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
    • 12
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    Wednesday,  June 20

    Facilitated by: Ifat Deriwala

    Henna art is gaining popularity all over the world. This exciting art is for those who love different kinds of art and curious about different cultures of the world. This class is for beginners and intermediate. Grab the opportunity of exploring techniques of henna designs. Indulge in the aroma of henna and pamper yourself with beautiful henna tattoo. All supplies will be provided. Everyone will go home with some Henna to practice with.

    Register by 6/18

    • Wed, June 27, 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
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    Wednesday, June 27
    6:30-8:30pm

    Facilitator: Jean Kathryn Carlson

    All dreams come in the service of health and wholeness, or do they? What about terrifying nightmares? Could they really be of benefit to us? There is a reason the nightmares wake us up trembling in our boots. They come with such great gifts that our psyche does not want us to miss out. Come and enter the land of dreams in a circle of fellow dreamers. All kinds of dreams are welcome... from the "mundane" to recurring to nightmares. In this circle we will mine the golden wisdom in each dream shared. You will leave with tools to support you when those nightmares visit. Bring your curiosity we will explore together.


    Register by 6/25

    • Thu, June 28, 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
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    Thursday, June 28
    6:30-8:30pm

    Facilitator: Jean Kathryn Carlson

    Many of us regard our bodies as an endless improvement project and source of embarrassment and shame. The social warnings about what can go wrong and the difficulties of old age are unavoidable. We receive by far more warning messages than celebration messages about our physical bodies. Yet we now scientifically know that we are made up of energy and that energy is always in motion and ever evolving. Tapping (EFT) is one way to challenge long held beliefs, release their energetic hold and choose more empowered ones. It is just as possible to declare that we are "youthing" instead of "aging". Bring your beliefs and skepticism and together we'll tap into a new reality.


    Register by 6/26

    • Tue, July 10, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Media Room
    • 12
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    Tuesdays, July 10, 17, 24, 31 and August 7, 14

    6:00-7:30pm

    Facilitated by: Delinda Grindle, LCSW

    Journeying Through Grief is a series of classes that will you with the opportunity to learn about and understand the grief process and how it affects you today, tomorrow and forever. It is an opportunity for you to give yourself permission to grieve and a commitment to help yourself heal. Join us during these classes, and allow yourself the time and compassion to mourn. Discover ways to express and release your emotions through creative endeavors that will help you to heal and find continued meaning in living and loving.

    Please register by 7/5
    *after July 5 call Womanspace 815-877-0118

    • Wed, July 11, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • William Reif Gallery
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    Wednesday, July 11
    9:30-11:00am

    The Girl Who Wrote in Silk 
    by Kelli Estes

    Inspired by true events, Kelli Estes's brilliant and atmospheric debut serves as a poignant tale of two women determined to do the right thing. Inara Erickson is exploring her deceased aunt's island estate when she finds an elaborately stitched piece of fabric hidden in the house. As she peels back layer upon layer of the secrets it holds, Inara's life becomes interwoven with that of Mei Lein, a young Chinese girl mysteriously driven from her home a century before. Through the stories Mei Lein tells in silk, Inara uncovers a tragic truth that will shake her family to its core ― and force her to make an impossible choice.

    Advance Registration is appreciated. Walk-ins are welcome.

    • Wed, July 11, 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Media Room
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    Wednesday, July 11
    5:30-7:00pm

    Facilitator: Denise Nichols 

    The current buzz phrase “sitting is the new smoking” refers to not only how sedentary we have become but also the negative physical affects sitting posture has on our health and wellbeing. However, standing or sitting in one place, aka “prolonged static,” throughout our day, cannot be helped most of the time, so why not do it with mindful awareness? The power of education regarding what “normal and comfortable” alignment feels like in your body is the key to being able to not only reproduce it throughout your day at home and work but also empower you to change as your body signals you one moment at t time. Walk away with immediately applicable healthy postural habit tips that are essential for your present and future body’s health. 

    Register by 7/9

    • Thu, July 12, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Media Room
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    Thursday, July 12
    6:00-8:00pm

    Facilitated by Emily Dickey

    In this 2-hour Pilates-based workshop you will learn about breathing technique, posture and alignment, safe abdominal exercises, gentle stretches, and use of a foam roller. Strengthen your core and pelvic floor, minimize common pregnancy aches, and prepare for childbirth! Open to all stages of pregnancy or even those planning and starting their education early. No experience necessary, all props provided. Bring a water bottle and wear comfortable clothing.

    Register by 7/10

    • Wed, July 18, 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
    • 12
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    Wednesday,  July 18

    Facilitated by: Ifat Deriwala

    Henna art is gaining popularity all over the world. This exciting art is for those who love different kinds of art and curious about different cultures of the world. This class is for beginners and intermediate. Grab the opportunity of exploring techniques of henna designs. Indulge in the aroma of henna and pamper yourself with beautiful henna tattoo. All supplies will be provided. Everyone will go home with some Henna to practice with.

    Register by 7/16

    • Wed, July 18, 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
    • 14
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    Wednesday, July 18
    6:30-8:00pm

    Facilitated by Trish Kalhagen

    The workshop Drumming For Health and Happiness will allow participants to discover how drumming can be a helpful and creative tool to assist and support our health. Research will be shared as to the health benefits that have been experienced by people who participate in drumming activities. This workshop will be a fun, informative, and at times energetic experience. Participants will have the opportunity for a hands-on experience to play both drum and shaker instruments during this session. You are invited to bring a drum if you have one.

    Register by 7/16

    • Thu, July 19, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Media Room
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    Thursday, July 19
    6:00-8:00pm

    Facilitated by Emily Dickey

    In this 2-hour Pilates-based workshop you will practice restrengthening your core and pelvic floor and decompressing from pregnancy. You will be taught how to check yourself for diastasis recti (abdominal separation), core exercises to continue at home and use of a foam roller. Learn NEW ways to move during your daily life for improved health and wellness! Open to any postpartum stage after 6 weeks. No experience necessary, all props provided. Bring a water bottle and wear comfortable clothing.

    Register by 7/17

    • Sun, July 22, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Womanspace
    • 22
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    Sundays, July 22, 29, August 5, 12
    6:00-8:00pm

    Location: William Reif Gallery

    Facilitator: Helen Bond

    Helen will share with everyone the great joy of traditional hand drumming from Guinea, West Africa. Come be a part of this joyful group where we come together as a small village and enjoy the uplifting beauty of the traditional hand drumming ensemble. You will learn basic rhythms on dunun drums and the djembe accompaniment parts. You’ll also learn the origins of each rhythm, receive expert instruction on all instruments in the traditional djembe orchestra and deepen your understanding of the place of music, dance and song in West African life. Helen is able to work simultaneously with students of all levels - beginner to professional. All levels are welcome!

    Drums provided. Please bring your own if you have one.

    Register by 7/19

    • Tue, July 24, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
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    Tuesday, July 24
    6:00-7:30pm

    Facilitator: Elaine Hirschenberger

    Womanspace is a unique creation -- and a true "Rockford Original." In the early 1970s, the "little dream that could" began to grow into Womanspace, the ongoing, self-creating, life-affirming community that exists today. Whether you are a brand-new member or one who has been around here for decades, we invite you to come and revisit the story of Womanspace as our Co-founder shares photos, stories, trends and challenges that have created and continue to create this vibrant community.

    We recognize that this story is important AND that it is far more than just one woman's perspective -- the big story is contained in many individual stories. More attendance = more perspectives = a more complete picture!

    This series will be repeated as an early evening offering beginning in January. So, if you are unable to come during the day, please look for the January-April evening dates.

    Please register by 7/23
    Walk-ins welcome


    • Fri, July 27, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Womanspace -- Media Room
    • 6
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    Friday, July 27

    9:00am - 4:30pm

    Facilitator: Debby Gaines

    Reiki (ray-key) is a Japanese word meaning 'Universal Life Force Energy' and describes the energy found in all of life.  An ancient form of hands on energy healing, Reiki is a skill obtained through an attunement (opening) to bring the power of Universal Life Force Energy through the human chakra system.  The energy then is used to balance the body or an object by bringing it into harmony with the universe once again.

    In Reiki One, you will learn the hand positions for self-healing and for the healing treatment of others.  We will talk about the seven major chakras and the history of the Usui System of Natural Healing.  You will receive your first attunement. We will also have time to practice feeling energy and giving Reiki to each other.

    Please wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing, with no jewelry or perfumes. Bring a sack lunch.

    Register By:  7/25


    • Sat, July 28, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Womanspace -- Media Room
    • 6
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    Saturday, July 28

    9:00am - 4:30pm

    Facilitator: Debby Gaines

    Reiki (ray-key) is a Japanese word meaning 'Universal Life Force Energy' and describes the energy found in all of life.  An ancient form of hands on energy healing, Reiki is a skill obtained through an attunement (opening) to bring the power of Universal Life Force Energy through the human chakra system.  The energy then is used to balance the body or an object by bringing it into harmony with the universe once again.

    In Reiki Two, you will learn symbols and mantras to focus and deepen the healing treatment of the Reiki energy. We will talk about the sacredness of the Reiki symbols. We will also begin to learn ways to send Reiki through time and distance, allowing healing in the past to improve the present. Time will be allotted to practice feeling energy and giving Reiki to each other.  

    Please wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing, with no jewelry or perfumes. Bring a sack lunch.

    Register By:  7/25


    • Sat, July 28, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Anjali Pavilion
    • 27
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    Saturday,  July 28

    FacilitatorJimmie Getter

    Great for moms and daughters, ages 8-70.  Develop awareness and confidence by learning easy techniques to use to defend yourself in times of distress.  The skills you learn can help protect against bullies, abductions, and others who may want to harm you.  There will be new added content from previous classes.

    Register by:  July 26

    • Sun, July 29, 2018
    • 4:45 PM - 5:45 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
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    Sunday, July 29 
    4:45-5:45pm

    Facilitator: Helen Bond

    This class is for students who would like to learn how to write out rhythms. No drums will be used for this class. You will need to bring graph paper and pencil or erasable pen. 

    Prerequisite: Must be registered for the Summer Drumming Workshop. 

    Minimum of 4 people must be registered by Tuesday, July 24 in order to hold this class.

    • Wed, August 08, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • William Reif Gallery
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    Wednesday, August 8
    9:30-11:00am

    Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
    by David Grann

    In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to die under mysterious circumstances. David Grann revisits a shocking series of crimes in which dozens of people were murdered in cold blood. Based on years of research and startling new evidence, the book is a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, as each step in the investigation reveals a series of sinister secrets and reversals. But more than that, it is a searing indictment of the callousness and prejudice toward American Indians that allowed the murderers to operate with impunity for so long. 

    Advance registration is appreciated. Walk-ins are welcome.

    • Wed, August 08, 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Media Room
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    Wednesday, August 8
    5:30-7:00pm

    Facilitator: Denise Nichols / Kaitlyn Baer

    Bladder leakage is NOT normal and should never be accepted as a NORMAL part of aging or as a natural consequence to giving birth. Yet, statistics show that 1 in 4 women over the age of 18 will develop a pelvic floor muscle dysfunction (PFMD) at some point in their lives.  Education is the key to prevention. Empowering yourself toward learning crucial selfcare tips now can help you reduce or eliminate any symptoms you might notice today. PFMD symptoms can include bladder leakage, urgency/frequency, organ prolapse/pelvic pressure, constipation, painful intercourse, and more.  We will learn what the pelvic floor is, how it affects, and is affected by, everything in your life. In this class you will learn 3 habits that could not only make the difference in taking back bladder control but improving your bowel and sexual health. 

    Register by 8/6 

    • Thu, August 09, 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
    • 18
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    Thursday, August 9
    5:30-7:00pm

    Facilitator: Ruth Ora Jackson, ND

    This seminar will look at Short-term Memory, Working Memory (remembering what to do next) and Long-term Memory. Find out what puts these memory issues at risk and how to improve memory problems and prevent deterioration. Whose brains are at risk? What protects us from developing serious memory problems? Discover the latest advancements in prevention as well as new treatments for dementia such as brain pacemakers. Loss of memory is not necessarily a given as we age. Let's Keep Our Wits About Us! We will share brain healthy snacks such as chocolate and red wine.

    Register by 8/8

    • Sun, August 12, 2018
    • 4:45 PM - 5:45 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
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    Sunday, August 12
    4:45-5:45pm

    Facilitator: Helen Bond

    This class is for students who would like to learn how to write out rhythms. No drums will be used for this class. You will need to bring graph paper and pencil or erasable pen. 

    Prerequisites: Students must have taken Drumming Notation Class - Part 1 (WK17-45 ) and also be registered for the Summer  Drumming Workshop. 

    Minimum of 4 people must be registered by prior Tuesday in order to hold this class.

    • Tue, August 14, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
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    Tuesday, August 14
    6:00-7:30pm

    Facilitator: Elaine Hirschenberger

    Womanspace is a unique creation -- and a true "Rockford Original." In the early 1970s, the "little dream that could" began to grow into Womanspace, the ongoing, self-creating, life-affirming community that exists today. Whether you are a brand-new member or one who has been around here for decades, we invite you to come and revisit the story of Womanspace as our Co-founder shares photos, stories, trends and challenges that have created and continue to create this vibrant community.

    We recognize that this story is important AND that it is far more than just one woman's perspective -- the big story is contained in many individual stories. More attendance = more perspectives = a more complete picture!

    This series will be repeated as an early evening offering beginning in January. So, if you are unable to come during the day, please look for the January-April evening dates.

    Please register by 8/13
    Walk-ins welcome


    • Thu, August 16, 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Media Room
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