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Fall Your Guide

 

Supper & Film: Calendar Girls
Nov. 24, CANCELLED

Foam Rolling Relief
Dec. 1, 10:30–11:30a

Lunch & Learn:
Mother India in Verse

Dec. 3, Noon–1:00p

Restorative &
Vinyasa Flow Yoga

Dec. 4, 9:30 & 5:30p

Therapeutic Yoga
Dec. 5, 10:00–11:00p

Art Uncorked:
Chinese Painting

Dec. 9, 6:00–8:00p

5 Things to Give Up
to Be Happy

Dec. 11, 1:00–2:30p

Mindfulness Group
Dec. 15, Noon–1:30p

Art Lecture:
Louise Nevelson

Dec. 11, 1:00–2:30p

Holiday Buffet & Film: The Holiday
Dec. 17, Noon–1:30p

Winter Solstice Celebration
Dec. 18, 6:30–8:00p

 

Calendar of Events

 

Rockford Womanspace

 

Groups

EarthMatters Group | Bookwoman | Supper & Film |
Restorative Yoga | Vinyasa Flow Yoga | Therapeutic Yoga |
Foam Rolling Relief | Mindfulness Group | Womansong Chorale

 

EarthMatters
Whether you are a beginner or extremely active in the environmental movement, EarthMatters is an enjoyable and encouraging group. It is a place to share information and to recognize the challenges for improving our environment. Please join us for our ninth year of earth mothering! The speakers and activities will be listed each month in Intertwinings.

Course #: EM14-4, EM14-5, EM14-6, EM14-7, EM14-8
Dates: December 10, January 14,
February 11, March 11, April 8

Time: Wednesdays, Noon–1:15p
Facilitator: Fiona Fordyce
Location: William Reif Gallery & New Dimensions Studios
Fee: Freewill Offering
Register by the day before; walk-ins welcome. Registration Policy

 

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

 

The Dressmaker
by Kate Alcott
Tess, an aspiring seamstress, thinks she’s had an incredibly lucky break when she is hired by famous designer Lady Lucile Duff Gordon to be her personal maid on the Titanic. Once on board, Tess catches the eye of two men—a kind sailor and an enigmatic Chicago businessman—who offer differing views of what lies ahead for her in America. But on the fourth night, disaster strikes, and amidst the chaos, Tess is one of the last people allowed on a lifeboat.

The survivors are rescued and taken to New York, but when rumors begin to circulate about the choices they made, Tess is forced to confront a serious question. Did Lady Duff Gordon save herself at the expense of others? Torn between loyalty to Lucile and her growing suspicion that the media’s charges might be true, Tess must decide whether to stay quiet and keep her fiery mentor’s good will or face what might be true and forever change her future.

Course #: BW14-3
Dates: January 14
Time: Wednesday, 9:30–11:00a
Facilitator: Pam Lonsway
Location: Media Room
Freewill Offering
Register by January 13. Registration Policy

 

The Sandcastle Girls
by Chris Bohjalian
When Elizabeth Endicott arrives in Aleppo, Syria, she has a diploma from Mount Holyoke, a crash course in nursing, and only the most basic grasp of the Armenian language.

It’s 1915, and Elizabeth has volunteered to help deliver food and medical aid to refugees of the Armenian Genocide during the First World War. There she meets Armen, a young Armenian engineer who has already lost his wife and infant daughter. After leaving Aleppo and traveling into Egypt to join the British Army, he begins to write Elizabeth letters, realizing that he has fallen in love with the wealthy young American. Years later, their American granddaughter, Laura, embarks on a journey back through her family’s history, uncovering a story of love, loss—and a wrenching secret that has been buried for generations. “This is a deeply moving story of survival and enduring love.”

Course #: BW14-4
Dates: February 11
Time: Wednesday, 9:30–11:00a
Facilitator: Julie Thompson
Location: Media Room
Freewill Offering
Register by February 10. Registration Policy

 

Orphan Train
by Christina Baker Kline
Orphan Train is a gripping story of friendship and second chances from Christina Baker Kline, author of Bird in Hand and The Way Life Should Be.

Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to “aging out” out of the foster care system. A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of “juvie” and worse. As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance. Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life – answers that will ultimately free them both.

Rich in detail and epic in scope, Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, of unexpected friendship, and of the secrets we carry that keep us from finding out who we are.

Course #: BW14-5
Dates: March 11
Time: Wednesday, 9:30–11:00a
Facilitators: Faye Marcus & Julie Thompson
Location: Media Room
Freewill Offering
Register by March 10. Registration Policy

 

The Language of Flowers
by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
A mesmerizing, moving, and elegantly written debut novel, The Language of Flowers beautifully weaves past and present, creating a vivid portrait of an unforgettable woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own troubled past.

The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating grief, mistrust, and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings. Now eighteen and emancipated from the system, Victoria has nowhere to go and sleeps in a public park, where she plants a small garden of her own. Soon a local florist discovers her talents, and Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But a mysterious vendor at the flower market has her questioning what’s been missing in her life, and when she’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.

Course #: BW14-6
Dates: April 8
Time: Wednesday, 9:30–11:00a
Facilitator: Becky Olson
Location: Media Room
Freewill Offering
Register by April 7. 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.

 

Calendar Girls (PG13)
Calendar Girls is about the women of the Rylstone Women’s Institute in North Yorkshire. This women’s group produces a calendar each year based on scenes of the Yorkshire dales. In 1999, the husband of one of the ladies became ill with leukemia. He would say that if the ladies planted sunflowers, he’d make sure he’d get better so he could see them. Unfortunately, he didn’t pull through and in order to raise funds for leukemia research, the women decided to make an alternative calendar of themselves nude, hoping to sell a few hundred copies around their villages. This calendar in fact, became a worldwide sensation, outselling even those of Britney Spears and Cindy Crawford. (2003)

Course #: SF14-3
Dates: November 24
Time: Monday, 6:00–9:00p
Location: Media Room
THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER.
Registration Policy

 

The Holiday (PG13)
In this romantic comedy, two women trade homes only to find that a change of address can change their lives. Iris and Amanda, women who have never met and live 6000 miles apart, find themselves in the exact same place. They meet online at a home exchange website and impulsively switch homes for the holiday. Iris moves into Amanda’s sunny L.A. house as Amanda arrives in the snow-covered English countryside. After arriving, both women find the last thing either wants or expects is a new romance. Amanda is charmed by Iris’ handsome brother and Iris mends her heart when she meets a film composer. A delightful and entertaining movie and wonderful way to spend a lunch hour! (2006)

Course #: SF14-4
Dates: December 17
Time: Wednesday, Noon–1:30p
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $15
Members' Fee: $10
MUST Register by December 15 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).

Keri began practicing yoga in 1999. Her journey has included studying the history, lineage, philosophy, and systems of Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, Iyengar, and Bikram yoga, focusing on Vinyasa Flow to deepen her own practice. She currently teaches Vinyasa Flow and all level Hatha yoga. Keri hopes to pass on her love of yoga to others while teaching at Womanspace.

 

Fall Session IV
Course #: YG14-4
Dates: December 4, 11, 18
Times: Thursdays, 9:30–10:45a
Instructor: Keri Knutson
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $40 OR $15/class
Members' Fee: $30 OR $15/class
Register by Dec. 3 or preceding Tuesdays. Registration Policy

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

 

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Vinyasa Flow Yoga
Open to all levels, men and women. Recommended for young and old, injured and athletic alike. Join us Thursday evenings at 5:30 p.m. for Vinyasa Flow yoga. Vinyasa Flow is a style of yoga which incorporates the breath with synchronized movement, allowing the breath to move the body. This series of breath-synchronized movements builds internal heat leading to purification of the body and aids in the elimination of toxins and waste from the body. Physically, sweat expels toxins and re-energizes the body. Metaphysically, mentally, and emotionally, the synchronized breathing relaxes your mind and helps to release any blockages of energy flow throughout the body. Vinyasa Flow can improve flexibility and strength. A stronger body, balanced mind, inner focus, mental clarity, and energetic balance are all happy side effects of a regular yoga practice. Dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat and eye pillow (if you have one).

Keri began practicing yoga in 1999. Her journey has included studying the history, lineage, philosophy, and systems of Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, Iyengar, and Bikram yoga, focusing on Vinyasa Flow to deepen her own practice. She currently teaches Vinyasa Flow and all level Hatha yoga. Keri hopes to pass on her love of yoga to others while teaching at Womanspace.

 

Fall Session IV
Course #: YG14-24
Dates: December 4, 11, 18
Times: Thursdays, 5:30–6:45p
Instructor: Keri Knutson
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $40 OR $15/class
Members' Fee: $30 OR $15/class
Register by Dec. 3 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.

Keri began practicing yoga in 1999. Her journey has included studying the history, lineage, philosophy, and systems of Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, Iyengar, and Bikram yoga, focusing on Vinyasa Flow to deepen her own practice. She currently teaches Vinyasa Flow and all level Hatha yoga. Keri hopes to pass on her love of yoga to others while teaching at Womanspace.

 

Fall Session IV
Course #: YG14-44
Dates: December 5, 12, 19
Times: Fridays, 10:00–11:00a
Instructor: Keri Knutson
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $60 OR $25/class
Members' Fee: $45 OR $20/class
Register by Dec. 3 or preceding Tuesdays. 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.

 

Fall Session IV
Course #: FR14-4
Dates: December 1, 8, 15
Time: Mondays, 10:30–11:30a
Location: Cathie Everson
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $39 OR $15/class
Members' Fee: $30 OR $15/class
Register by Nov. 27 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.

Course #: MG14-1, MG14-2, MG14-3, MG14-4
Dates: Sept. 15, Oct. 20, Nov. 17, Dec. 15
Time: Mondays, Noon–1:30p
Facilitator: Pat Bonavia
Location: Media Room
Fee: $10 per session
Register by the preceding Thursday; walk-ins welcome. Registration Policy

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

 

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Womansong Chorale
Calling singers of all abilities: Womansong meets for rehearsal and camaraderie under the new direction of Libby Parker. Although the primary focus is enjoyment and harmony, the chorale also gives occasional performances through Womanspace and other local community organizations. If you have always wanted to be in a chorale, you will want to become part of this group!

Libby Parker is new to the Chorale but not new to singing or the world of music. She was a professional operatic and concert soloist for 30 years. While living in Seattle, WA, she established and directed a children’s choir for 5 years. Libby has over 30 years of experience as voice coach and instructor, helping seasoned singers over hurdles and developing young voices. She has been a member of many choruses including the select chorus Camerata Emanon, and the excellent Unitarian-Universalist Unicantors.

Course #: WS14-1
Dates: Sept., 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30,
Nov. 6, 13, 20, Dec. 4

Time: Thursdays, 5:30–6:45p
Director: Elizabeth "Libby" Parker
Location: Cor Mariae Chapel
Regular Fee: $80
Members' Fee: $60
Register by Sept. 25. Registration Policy

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

 

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