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Winter Your Guide

 

Art Uncorked: Linen Stack Bracelet
Feb. 9, 6:00–8:00p

Bookwoman:
During the Reign of
the Queen of Persia

Feb. 10, 9:30–11:00a

EarthMatters
Feb. 10, Noon–1:15p

Hatha Vinyasa/ Restorative Yoga
Feb. 11, 9:30–10:45a

Therapeutic Yoga
Feb. 12, 10:00–11:00a

Stretching & Strengthening
Feb. 15, 10:30–11:30a

Pencil Drawing
Begins Feb. 15, 10:00a

Pen & Ink Drawing
Begins Feb. 15, 1:00p

More Alcohol Inks
Feb. 16, 6:00–9:00pp

Couples Massage
Feb. 16, 7:00–8:30p

 

Calendar of Events

 

GROUPS

Rockford Womanspace

EarthMatters Group | Photography Group | Mindfulness Group |
Bookwoman | Supper & Film | Restorative Yoga | Therapeutic Yoga |
Yoga Nidra | Stretching & Strengthening | NIA

 

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. Fiona presents an informative talk, hosts a speaker or plans an activity that will be listed each month in Intertwinings. All are welcome–please join us!

February: This month's discussion will be about rooftop gardens. The presentation will include the history and style of the early rooftop gardens, the environmental impact and their use, plus some of the rooftop garden locations seen today. There will be photographs from Rockford, and other towns and cities around the world. It will be an hour filled with information and beautiful images.

Fiona grew up in the Cotswolds of England surrounded by arable farmland, sheep, and wild flowers. She enjoys vegetable and flower gardening, bee keeping and discussing ecological topics with environmentalists. She believes that each one of us can make a positive difference in protecting and preserving our natural world.

Course #: EM15-6, EM15-7, EM15-8, EM15-9
Dates: Feb. 10, March 9, April 13, May 11
Time: Wednesdays, Noon–1:15p
Facilitator: Fiona Fordyce
Location: William Reif Gallery & New Dimensions Studios
Fee: Freewill Offering
Prior registration is appreciated; walk-ins welcome. Registration Policy

 

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ViewFinders Photography Group
ViewFinders is a place where photographers of all levels come together to learn from each other and share their common interest in photography. The focus of this group is to have fun with others, to explore learning and shooting opportunities with any type of camera-cell phones to DSLR’s. Join us with your ideas and questions along with your camera, of course.

Barb Phillips likes dabbling in many different forms of media, but photography is one that has always been consistent. From her first beloved Instamatic 104 to her current Pentax dslr, she realizes the quote “the best camera is the one that’s with you” is all too true. So many great shots are with cell phones, because they are always with us. It’s not the shooting device we have, it’s what we see.

Course #:VF15-3, VF15-4, VF15-5, VF15-6
Dates: Feb. 16, March 15, April 19, May 17
Time: Tuesdays, 6:00–8:00p
Facilitator: Barb Phillips
Location: William Reif Gallery
Fee: Freewill Offering
Prior registration is appreciated; walk-ins welcome. Registration Policy

 

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Mindfulness Group
Most of the time we exist in mindlessness, a state of semi-awareness governed by habit and inattention. Mindlessness causes us to suffer, probably more than we are even aware. Mindfulness can be defined in a variety of ways, but simply stated it is a deliberate way of paying attention to what is happening within oneself as it is happening. Mindfulness is moment-by-moment awareness. It’s paying attention without judgment or evaluation. When we are mindful, we become more mentally alert, we’re more open and attentive and we’re able to perceive ourselves more clearly – as well as observing details that often escape our notice. If you can identify with any of these statements, you may find this monthly group very helpful.

Elaine Hirschenberger is the Executive Director & Co-founder of Womanspace and has years of experience practicing mindfulness. She has a degree in English from Alverno College and pursued further studies in art & design at College of DuPage, Rockford University & NIU. She is an active member of School Sisters of Saint Francis, an international community of women religious based in Milwaukee.

Winter Session 3
Course #: MG15-6
Dates: March 7
Time: Monday, Noon–1:30p
Facilitator: Elaine Hirschenberger
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $15 per session
Members' Fee: $10 per session
Register by March 3; walk-ins welcome. Registration Policy

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

 

Winter Session 4
Course #: MG15-7
Dates: April 4
Time: Monday, Noon–1:30p
Facilitator: Elaine Hirschenberger
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $15 per session
Members' Fee: $10 per session
Register by March 31; walk-ins welcome. Registration Policy

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

 

Summer Session 1
Course #: MG15-8
Dates: May 2
Time: Monday, Noon–1:30p
Facilitator: Elaine Hirschenberger
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $15 per session
Members' Fee: $10 per session
Register by April 28; walk-ins welcome. Registration Policy

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

 

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BOOKWOMAN DISCUSSION GROUP


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

 

During the Reign of the Queen of Persia
by Joan Chase & Meghan O'Rourke
The Queen of Persia is not an exotic figure but a fierce Ohio farmwife who presides over a household of daughters and granddaughters. The novel tells their stories through the eyes of the youngest members of the family, four cousins who spend summers on the farm, for them both a life-giving Eden and the source of terrible discoveries about desire and loss. The girls bicker and scrap, they whisper secrets at bedtime, and above all, they observe the kinds of women their mothers are and wonder what kind of women they will become. But always present is the family’s great trauma, the decline and eventual death from cancer of Gram’s daughter Grace. A powerful story about family ties and tensions, During the Reign of the Queen of Persia is also a book about place, charting the transformation of the old hardscrabble Midwest into the commercial wilderness of modern America.

Course #: BW15-5
Dates: February 10
Time: Wednesday, 9:30–11:00a
Location: Media Room
Freewill Offering
Prior registration is appreciated; walk-ins welcome! Registration Policy

 

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We Are Completely Beside Ourselves
by Karen Joy Fowler
Meet the Cooke family: Mother and Dad, brother Lowell, sister Fern, and Rosemary, who begins her story in the middle. She has her reasons. “I was raised with a chimpanzee,” she explains. “I tell you Fern was a chimp and already you aren’t thinking of her as my sister. But until Fern’s expulsion … she was my twin, my funhouse mirror, my whirlwind other half and I loved her as a sister.” As a child, Rosemary never stopped talking. Then, something happened, and Rosemary wrapped herself in silence.

In We Are All Completely beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler weaves her most accomplished work to date—a tale of loving but fallible people whose well-intentioned actions lead to heartbreaking consequences.

Course #: BW15-6
Dates: March 9
Time: Wednesday, 9:30–11:00a
Location: Media Room
Freewill Offering
Prior registration is appreciated; walk-ins welcome! Registration Policy

 

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The Evidence of Things Unseen
by Marianne Wiggins
This is a magical love story about Opal and Fos who are the sort of ordinary people that one sees on a farm or walking on a city street and never notices. Fos, a WWI veteran, is entranced by natural and scientific phenomena. Opal, a North Carolina native, understands numbers and the mechanics of automobile engines.

Together they face the loss of their employment in a photography shop, endure the hard life of farming, grieve their inability to conceive a child but also celebrate parenthood with an abandoned infant, and serve their country at Oak Ridge Laboratory. Living in Tennessee, Opal and Fos are touched by the major events of the twentieth century: World War I, Prohibition, the Depression, the Scopes Trial in Dayton, the Tennessee Valley Authority’s rural electrification project, and the top secret nuclear research at Oak Ridge.

Evidence of Things Unseen could be read for its luminescent prose alone or for the exact portrayal of Tennessee in the early twentieth century or for the voicing of ethical concerns that are unfortunately still relevant or just for the love story. In any case, the reader will not be disappointed.

Course #: BW15-7
Dates: April 13
Time: Wednesday, 9:30–11:00a
Location: Media Room
Freewill Offering
Prior registration is appreciated; walk-ins welcome! Registration Policy

 

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SUPPER & FILM DISCUSSION GROUP


Supper & Film is a very popular program that often fills the Media Room to capacity. While advance registration is preferred, we will now accept registrations as late as noon on the day of the film if we still have seats available. No Walk-Ins. We start with supper, followed by the film and then a discussion of the film, characters and artistry.

 

Magic of Belle Isle (PG)
Monte (Morgan Freeman) has had a successful career writing Western novels, but he has grown disenchanted and drunk in his later years since his wife died. He comes to the small resort town of Belle Isle for the summer to dogsit at a cottage and be left alone. There, he begrudgingly befriends a newly single mom (Virginia Marsden) and her three daughters who help him find the inspiration to write again. (2012)

Course #: SF15-7
Dates: February 29
Time: Monday, 6:00–9:00p
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $15
Members' Fee: $10
MUST Register by NOON Feb. 29. Registration Policy

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

 

MOVIE SING-ALONG: Mama Mia! (PG-13)
Unleash your inner Dancing Queen with the Special Sing-Along Edition of Mamma Mia! the musical built around the songs of the hugely popular pop group ABBA. The delirious sight of Meryl Streep leading a river of multigenerational women singing “Dancing Queen” is one of the high points of Mamma Mia! You will be singing for days after this movie! Pierce Brosnan, and Colin Firth – as well as up-and-comers Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper – also star in this undeniably fun celebration of mothers and daughters, and old friends and newly found family. Be a part of this joyous movie phenomenon – Mamma Mia! is a party that never has to end! Light refreshments provided. (2007)

Course #: SF15-8
Dates: March 10
Time: Thursday, 6:00–9:00p
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $15
Members' Fee: $10
MUST Register by NOON March 10. Registration Policy

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

 

Woman in Gold (PG-13)
Maria Altman sought to regain a world famous painting of her aunt plundered by the Nazis during World War II. She did so not just to regain what was rightfully hers, but also to obtain some measure of justice for the death, destruction, and massive art theft perpetrated by the Nazis. Starring Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds. (2015)

Course #: SF15-9
Dates: March 28
Time: Monday, 6:00–9:00p
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $15
Members' Fee: $10
MUST Register by NOON March 28. Registration Policy

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

 

Reign Over Me (R)
Alan Johnson (Don Cheadle) has everything he needs to get through life: a good job, a beautiful and loving wife (Jada Pinkett Smith), and their wonderful children. Yet he feels isolated and has no one to talk to about it. Charlie Fineman (Adam Sandler), on the other hand, doesn’t have a job or a family. He used to have both until a terrible loss, and the grief caused him to quit his job and isolate himself from everyone around him. As it turns out, Alan and Charlie were roommates in college, and a chance encounter one night rekindles the friendship they shared. But when Charlie’s problems become too much to deal with, Alan is determined to help Charlie come out of his emotional abyss. (2007)

Course #: SF15-10
Dates: April 25
Time: Monday, 6:00–9:00p
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $15
Members' Fee: $10
MUST Register by NOON April 25. Registration Policy

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

 

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YOGA CLASSES WITH KERI KNUTSON


Our yoga classes are open to all levels, men & women. Recommended for beginners, young & old, injured & athletic. Yoga is a great way to manage and reduce tension & stress. Dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat and eye pillow (if you have one).

Keri Knutson - Yoga teacher, Official Yoga Instructor of the Rockford IceHogs, Rockford native, and 20 year practitioner of yoga, Keri is trained in and currently teaches Vinyasa Flow, Hatha Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and chair/therapeutic yoga in Rockford/Rockford area. Her journey has included studying the history, lineage, philosophy, and systems of traditional Hatha and Raja Yoga, Anusara, Bhakti, Iyengar, and Integral 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 dis-ease. Keri, a nature and animal lover, enjoys spending her free-time outdoors, reading, devoting time to her own yoga and meditation practice, and traveling.

 

Hatha Vinyasa/Restorative Yoga
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.

Winter Session 2
Course #: YG15-6
Dates: February 4, 11, 18, 25
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 Feb. 2 or preceding Tuesdays. Registration Policy

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

 

Winter Session 3
Course #: YG15-7
Dates: March 3, 17, 24, 31
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 March 1 or preceding Tuesdays. Registration Policy

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

 

Winter Session 4
Course #: YG15-8
Dates: April 7, 14, 21, 28
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 April 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.

Winter Session 2
Course #: YT15-6
Dates: February 5, 12, 19, 26
Times: Fridays, 10:00–11:00a
Instructor: Keri Knutson
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $80 OR $15/class
Members' Fee: $60 OR $15/class
Register by Feb. 2 or preceding Tuesdays. Registration Policy

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

 

Winter Session 3
Course #: YT15-7
Dates: March 4, 18, 25
Times: Fridays, 10:00–11:00a
Instructor: Keri Knutson
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $60 OR $15/class
Members' Fee: $45 OR $15/class
Register by March 1 or preceding Tuesdays. Registration Policy

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

 

Winter Session 4
Course #: YT15-8
Dates: April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Times: Fridays, 10:00–11:00a
Instructor: Keri Knutson
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $100 OR $15/class
Members' Fee: $75 OR $15/class
Register by March 29 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.

Winter Session 2
Course #: YN15-7
Dates: February 27
Times: Saturday, 10:00–11:30a
Instructor: Keri Knutson
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $25
Members' Fee: $20
Register by Feb. 25. Registration Policy

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

 

Winter Session 3
Course #: YN15-8
Dates: March 26
Times: Saturday, 10:00–11:30a
Instructor: Keri Knutson
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $25
Members' Fee: $20
Register by March 24. Registration Policy

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

 

Winter Session 4
Course #: YN15-9
Dates: April 16
Times: Saturday, 10:00–11:30a
Instructor: Keri Knutson
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $25
Members' Fee: $20
Register by April 14. Registration Policy

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

 

Winter Session 5
Course #: YN15-10
Dates: April 30
Times: Saturday, 10:00–11:30a
Instructor: Keri Knutson
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $25
Members' Fee: $20
Register by April 28. Registration Policy

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

 

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STRETCHING & STRENGTHENING FITNESS


Give yourself a gift with this fun, energetic class! This unique class helps build brain AND body connection along with physical strength and flexibility. The class focuses on core stability and balance as well as upper & lower body toning using a variety of exercise practices (eg: foam rolling, pilates, yoga, bands, etc.). There’s no monotony here! Each class is always different from the one before! Please wear comfortable clothing, bring a mat and, if you have one,
a 6 x 36” firm foam roller. Limited foam rollers provided,
but offered for sale at cost.

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

Winter Session 2
Course #: FR15-5
Dates: February 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Time: Mondays, 10:30–11:30a
Location: Cathie Everson, RN
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $65 OR $15/class
Members' Fee: $50 OR $15/class
Register by Jan. 28 or preceding Thursdays. Registration Policy

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

 

Winter Session 3
Course #: FR15-6
Dates: March 7, 14, 21, 28
Time: Mondays, 10:30–11:30a
Location: Cathie Everson, RN
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $52 OR $15/class
Members' Fee: $40 OR $15/class
Register by March 3 or preceding Thursdays. Registration Policy

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

 

Winter Session 4
Course #: FR15-7
Dates: April 4, 11, 18, 25
Time: Mondays, 10:30–11:30a
Location: Cathie Everson, RN
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $52 OR $15/class
Members' Fee: $40 OR $15/class
Register by March 31 or preceding Thursdays. Registration Policy

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

 

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NIA MOVEMENT ARTS FITNESS


Nia is an exhilarating movement and lifestyle practice. As the first cardio workout to combine martial arts, dance and healing arts, Nia has fundamentally changed lives with its evolutionary approach to fitness and self-healing in a body. An internationally acclaimed practice for over 30 years in more than 35 countries, Nia is based on the the science of the body, “The Body’s Way.” Nia offers a fun, creative pathway to health and well-being, regardless of age or physical ability. nianow.com

Dee Dee Coogan is a licensed massage therapist who has practiced in the Rockford area for the past 25 years. She became a licensed Nia White Belt in July of 2013 and has enjoyed sharing her knowledge of the body with this new practice.

Winter Session 2
Course #: NIA15-2
Dates: February 23
Time: Tuesdays, 6:00–7:30p
Location: Dee Dee Coogan
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $20
Members' Fee: $15
Register by Feb. 22; walk-ins welcome. Registration Policy

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

 

Winter Session 3
Course #: NIA15-3
Dates: March 22
Time: Tuesdays, 6:00–7:30p
Location: Dee Dee Coogan
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $20
Members' Fee: $15
Register by March 21; walk-ins welcome. Registration Policy

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

 

Winter Session 4
Course #: NIA15-4
Dates: April 26
Time: Tuesdays, 6:00–7:30p
Location: Dee Dee Coogan
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $20
Members' Fee: $15
Register by April 25; walk-ins welcome. Registration Policy

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

 

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