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Summer Your Guide

 

Student & Teacher
Art Show

May 15–July 5

Supper & Film:
Away From Her

June 29, 6:00–9:00p

Hatha Vinyasa/ Restorative Yoga
July 2, 9:30–10:45a

Therapeutic Yoga
July 3, 10:00–11:00a

Foam Rolling &
Core Strengthening

July 6, 10:30–11:30a

Mindfulness Group
July 6, Noon–1:30p

Fun with Pastels
Begins July 6, 6:00p

Cadette Girls Scouts: aMAZE Journey
Begins July 6, 3:00p

Relax & Have Fun Pencil Drawing
Begins July 7, 10:00a

Art Uncorked: Lobe Art
July 7, 6:00–8:00p

Bookwoman: Still Alice
July 8, 9:30–11:00a

Understanding
Abstract Painting

July 8, 9:00a–4:00p

Pen & Ink Drawing
Begins July 8, 6:00p

 

Calendar of Events

 

Rockford Womanspace

 

Groups

EarthMatters Group | Bookwoman | Supper & Film |
Restorative Yoga | Therapeutic Yoga | Yoga Nidra |
Foam Rolling Relief | Mindfulness Group

 

EarthMatters
Whether you are a beginner or extremely active in the environmental movement, EarthMatters is an enjoyable and encouraging group that began in 2007. It is a place to share information and to recognize the challenges for improving our environment. We present an informative talk, host a speaker or plan an activity that will be listed each month in our e-newsletter, Intertwinings. All are welcome–please join us!

(Note: We do not meet June–August. We will resume in September.)

 

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Bookwoman
All women are invited to this book club to share observations, enthusiasm, insights and the pure enjoyment of reading.

 

Still Alice
by Lisa Genova
Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children and a house on the Cape, is a celebrated Harvard professor in the height of her career when she notices a forgetfulness creeping into her life. As confusion starts to cloud her thinking and her memory begins to fail her, she receives a devastating diagnosis: early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Fiercely independent, Alice struggles to maintain her lifestyle and live in the moment, even as her sense of self is being stripped away. In turns heartbreaking, inspiring and terrifying, Still Alice captures in remarkable detail what it’s like to literally lose your mind. Author Lisa Genova holds a PhD in neuroscience from Harvard University. Through Alice, she provides a compelling and realistic view of Alzheimer’s disease.

Course #: BW14-9
Dates: July 8
Time: Wednesday, 9:30–11:00a
Facilitator: Enid Michalowski
Location: Media Room
Freewill Offering
Register by July 7. Registration Policy

 

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The Soldier’s Wife
by Margaret Leroy
With passion and intensity, The Soldier’s Wife asks “What would you do for your family?” “What should you do for a stranger?” and “What would you do for love?” As World War II draws closer to Guernsey, Vivienne de la Mare knows that there will be sacrifices to be made. Not just for herself, but also for her two young daughters and for her mother-in-law, for whom she cares while her husband is away fighting. What she does not expect is that she will fall in love with one of the German soldiers who take up residence in the house next door. As their relationship intensifies, so do the pressures on Vivienne. Food and resources grow scarce, and the restrictions placed upon residents of the island grow. Though Vivienne knows the perils of her love affair, she believes that she can keep their relationship – and her family – safe. But when she becomes aware of the full brutality of the Occupation, she must decide if she is willing to risk her personal happiness for the life of a stranger.

Course #: BW14-10
Dates: August 12
Time: Wednesday, 9:30–11:00a
Facilitator: Lynn Andreini
Location: Media Room
Freewill Offering
Register by August 11. Registration Policy

 

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Supper & Film Discussion Group
Open to all, these gatherings start with supper, followed by the film and then a discussion of its themes, characters and artistry.

 

Away From Her (PG-13)
Adapted from a short story by Alice Munro, this small-scaled two-character drama concerns Grant (Gordon Pinsent) and Fiona (Julie Christie), a long-married couple, well into their golden years. “Soul mates” in the purest sense of the term, the two feel a sense of ease and tranquility in their rural home. But when Fiona’s memory begins to slip away and she insists on being taken to a rest home, the decision stirs up torrents of guilt and regret in Grant’s heart. The rules of the home only complicate matters, as they forbid visitation and communication with Fiona for an interminable period of time. He determines to support his wife at all costs, even if it must happen at the expense of his own peace of mind. (2006)

Course #: SF14-10
Dates: June 29
Time: Monday, 6:00–9:00p
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $15
Members' Fee: $10
MUST Register by NOON June 29. Registration Policy

 

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Wild (R)
Adapted from Cheryl Strayed’s best-selling memoir, director Jean-Marc Vallée’s Wild stars Oscar-winner Reese Witherspoon as a self-destructive divorcée who seeks to conquer her demons by hiking 1100 miles across the Pacific Crest Trail. Cheryl was just 22-years-old when her mother Bobbi (Laura Dern) died of cancer in 1991. The loss made her sink deeply into a heroin addiction that destroyed her marriage and her life. The future she had once hoped for will slip out of reach if she doesn’t make a change. As Cheryl encounters numerous dangers and disheartening setbacks, her arduous journey through the wilderness awaken painful memories, but the kindness of strangers helps her summon the courage and endurance she’ll need to stay the path. (2014)

Course #: SF14-11
Dates: July 27
Time: Monday, 6:00–9:00p
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $15
Members' Fee: $10
MUST Register by NOON July 27. Registration Policy

Fee
Memb.# (required for discount)
Participant's Name & Phone

 

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Boyhood (R)
Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (Ellar Coltrane), his parents (Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke) and his sister (Lorelei Linklater). Vignettes, filmed with the same cast over the course of 12 years, capture family meals, road trips, birthday parties, graduations and other important milestones. Boyhood is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting. NOTE: This film runs approximately 165 minutes. (2014)

Course #: SF14-12
Dates: August 24
Time: Monday, 6:00–9:00p
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $15
Members' Fee: $10
MUST Register by NOON August 24. Registration Policy

Fee
Memb.# (required for discount)
Participant's Name & Phone

 

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Throwback Thursday: Fried Green Tomatoes (PG-13)
A woman learns the value of friendship as she hears the story of two women and how their friendship shaped their lives in this warm comedy-drama. Evelyn Couch (Kathy Bates) is an emotionally repressed housewife with a habit of drowning her sorrows in candy bars. Her husband Ed (Gailard Sartain) barely acknowledges her existence, and while he visits his aunt at a nursing home every week, Evelyn is not permitted to come into the room because the old woman doesn’t like her. One week, while waiting out Ed’s visit, Evelyn meets Ninny Threadgoode (Jessica Tandy), a frail but feisty old woman who lives at the same nursing home and loves to tell stories. Over the span of several weeks, she spins a whopper about one of her relatives, Idgie (Mary Stuart Masterson). Evelyn finds herself looking forward to her weekly visits with Ninny, and is inspired to by her story to take a new pride in herself and assert her independence from Ed. (1991). For additional comfort, bring your own lawn chair and blanket.

Course #: SF14-13
Dates: August 13
Time: Thursday, 8:00–10:00p
Location: Anjali Pavilion
Regular Fee: $15
Members' Fee: $10
MUST Register by NOON August 13. Registration Policy

Fee
Memb.# (required for discount)
Participant's Name & Phone

 

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Hatha Vinyasa/Restorative Yoga
Open to all levels, men and women. Recommended for beginners, young and old, injured and athletic alike. Great to manage and reduce tension and stress. Join us Thursday mornings at 9:30 for Hatha Vinyasa/Restorative yoga practice. Hatha yoga is a slow-paced, gentle asana practice focusing on introducing basic yoga poses and establishes a strong foundation in the practice of yoga. Hatha yoga balances the Ha - sun/stimulating energy with the Tha – moon/calming energy.

Restorative yoga is a practice that helps promote deep relaxation of the body and the mind. Postures provide similar benefits to classic Hatha yoga postures and are usually done in a supported manner to minimize strain and maximize opening. Dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat and eye pillow (if you have one).

Official yoga instructor of the Rockford IceHogs, Rockford native, and 20 year practitioner of yoga, Keri Knutson is trained in and currently teaches Vinyasa Flow, Traditional Hatha Yoga, Restorative, and Therapeutic Yoga in Rockford/Rockford area. Her journey has included studying the history, lineage, philosophy, and systems of Traditional Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Integral Yoga, Ashtanga, Anusara, Bhakti, Iyengar, and Bikram yoga — focusing on Vinyasa Flow to deepen her own practice. She also teaches several workshops and events throughout the year and is an activist for implementing yoga in schools, and working with those who live with chronic conditions, injury, illness, and/or disease.

 

Summer Session 3
Course #: YG14-11
Dates: July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Times: Thursdays, 9:30–10:45a
Instructor: Keri Knutson
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $65 OR $15/class
Members' Fee: $50 OR $15/class
Register by July 1 or preceding Tuesdays. Registration Policy

Fee
Memb.# (required for discount)
Name, Phone & Date of Class

 

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Summer Session 4
Course #: YG14-12
Dates: August 6, 13, 20, 27
Times: Thursdays, 9:30–10:45a
Instructor: Keri Knutson
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $52 OR $15/class
Members' Fee: $40 OR $15/class
Register by August 5 or preceding Tuesdays. Registration Policy

Fee
Memb.# (required for discount)
Name, Phone & Date of Class

 

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Therapeutic Yoga for People with Chronic Conditions
Therapeutic Yoga is a particularly effective practice for those recovering from, or living with injury, illness, or disease. This specialty yoga class blends restorative yoga (supported postures), chair yoga, gentle yoga, Pranayama (breath work), individualized attention through gentle hands-on adjustments and assists, and guided meditation techniques combined in such a way that it is an excellent choice for those who need something gentle yet effective.

Examples of chronic conditions that may benefit from therapeutic yoga: Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus, Chronic pain, Fibromyalgia, Healthy aging, Injury/surgery recovery, Diabetes/Neuropathy, and limited mobility.

This group is limited in class size so that students can experience the intimacy, safety, and individualized attention that comes with a yoga class of this nature. Potential students must be evaluated on an individual basis prior to joining this group. The gallery is wheelchair accessible.

Official yoga instructor of the Rockford IceHogs, Rockford native, and 20 year practitioner of yoga, Keri Knutson is trained in and currently teaches Vinyasa Flow, Traditional Hatha Yoga, Restorative, and Therapeutic Yoga in Rockford/Rockford area. Her journey has included studying the history, lineage, philosophy, and systems of Traditional Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Integral Yoga, Ashtanga, Anusara, Bhakti, Iyengar, and Bikram yoga — focusing on Vinyasa Flow to deepen her own practice. She also teaches several workshops and events throughout the year and is an activist for implementing yoga in schools, and working with those who live with chronic conditions, injury, illness, and/or disease.

 

Summer Session 3
Course #: YG14-51
Dates: July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Times: Fridays, 10:00–11:00a
Instructor: Keri Knutson
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $100 OR $25/class
Members' Fee: $75 OR $20/class
Register by July 2 or preceding Tuesdays. Registration Policy

Fee
Memb.# (required for discount)
Name, Phone & Date of Class

 

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Summer Session 4
Course #: YG14-52
Dates: August 7, 14, 21, 28
Times: Fridays, 10:00–11:00a
Instructor: Keri Knutson
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $80 OR $25/class
Members' Fee: $60 OR $20/class
Register by August 6 or preceding Tuesdays. Registration Policy

Fee
Memb.# (required for discount)
Name, Phone & Date of Class

 

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Yoga Nidra
Yoga Nidra means Yogic sleep; a state of conscious, deep sleep where we learn to relax consciously. This Yoga Nidra class is deep relaxation with an inner state of awareness, which has been found to reduce stress, tension, and anxiety. It is beneficial for insomnia and to calm symptoms of chronic pain, headaches, depression, high blood pressure, heart disease, autoimmune disease, and has been shown to help those in recovery from addiction. Yoga Nidra also helps calm and clear the mind and has potential to provide emotional healing—restoring our body senses and mind to their natural functions. It is said that 1 hour of Yoga Nidra is equivalent to 4 hours of sleep. Please bring a yoga mat, blanket, and eye pillow (optional). It is recommended to wear comfortable layers so as not to get chilled.

Official yoga instructor of the Rockford IceHogs, Rockford native, and 20 year practitioner of yoga, Keri Knutson is trained in and currently teaches Vinyasa Flow, Traditional Hatha Yoga, Restorative, and Therapeutic Yoga in Rockford/Rockford area. Her journey has included studying the history, lineage, philosophy, and systems of Traditional Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Integral Yoga, Ashtanga, Anusara, Bhakti, Iyengar, and Bikram yoga — focusing on Vinyasa Flow to deepen her own practice. She also teaches several workshops and events throughout the year and is an activist for implementing yoga in schools, and working with those who live with chronic conditions, injury, illness, and/or disease.

 

Summer Session 3
Course #: YG14-66
Dates: July 25
Times: Saturday, 10:00–11:30a
Instructor: Keri Knutson
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $25
Members' Fee: $20
Register by July 23. Registration Policy

Fee
Memb.# (required for discount)
Name, Phone & Date of Class

 

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Foam Rolling Relief
Myofascial release, also known as foam rolling, targets the connective tissue that keeps muscles attached to our bones. Using the foam roller and our body weight, this exercise helps soften and stretch the connective tissue giving our body more flexibility. The class will focus on core stability and balance using the individual’s own weight and the foam rolls provided. The unique class helps build brain and body connection along with physical strength and flexibility. Attendees need a mat, comfortable clothing, and water. 6 inch by 36-inch foam rollers will be provided and for sale.

Cathie is an AFAA certified personal trainer and has been practicing for 7 years. Over 25 years, she has been a practicing nurse and has received a BSN from the College of St. Teresa in Winoa, MN. A native of Rockford, she currently works as a personal trainer, Zumba instructor, and group fitness instructor in three different area gyms.

 

Summer Session 3
Course #: FR14-11
Dates: July 6, 13, 20, 27
Time: Mondays, 10:30–11:30a
Location: Cathie Everson
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $52 OR $15/class
Members' Fee: $40 OR $15/class
Register by July 2 or preceding Thursdays. Registration Policy

Fee
Memb.# (required for discount)
Name, Phone & Date of Class

 

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Summer Session 4
Course #: FR14-12
Dates: August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Time: Mondays, 10:30–11:30a
Location: Cathie Everson
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $65 OR $15/class
Members' Fee: $50 OR $15/class
Register by July 30 or preceding Thursdays. Registration Policy

Fee
Memb.# (required for discount)
Name, Phone & Date of Class

 

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Mindfulness Group
The focus of this group is on training our minds to be more in the “now.” If you are tired of the endless mind noise/chatter, and hungry for an enhanced awareness of what’s going on in the present moment, you may find this group to be helpful.

Mindfulness is a moment-by-moment awareness, allowing us to become keen observers of ourselves and gradually transform the way our minds operate. It’s time to be present for your life and this group will discuss activities and new ways of thinking and acting to make that happen.

 

Summer Session 3
Course #: MG14-11
Dates: July 6
Time: Monday, Noon–1:30p
Facilitator: Elaine Hirschenberger
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $15 per session
Members' Fee: $10 per session
Register by July 2; walk-ins welcome. Registration Policy

Fee
Memb.# (required for discount)
Name, Phone & Date attending

 

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Summer Session 4
Course #: MG14-12
Dates: August 3
Time: Monday, Noon–1:30p
Facilitator: Elaine Hirschenberger
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $15 per session
Members' Fee: $10 per session
Register by July 30; walk-ins welcome. Registration Policy

Fee
Memb.# (required for discount)
Name, Phone & Date attending

 

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