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NEW! Summer
Your Guide

 

"Go Gently On This Earth" Exhibit
April 15 — May 29

Art Uncorked:
Light Up the Garden

May 25, 6:00–8:00p

Hatha Vinyasa/ Restorative Yoga
May 26, 9:30–10:45a

Therapeutic Yoga
May 27, 10:00–11:00a

Glitzy Garage Sale
June 3–5, 8:00–5:00p

Mindfulness Group
June 6, Noon–1:30p

Clayworks: Let Me Be Creative–Slip Trailing
Begins June 6, 1:00p

Watercolor Classes
Begins June 7, 10:00a

Plaster Painting
Begins June 7, 1:00p

Beginning Wheel Thrown Pottery
Begins June 7, 6:30p

Acrylic Painting
Begins June 8, 9:00a

Bookwoman:
Go Set a Watchman

June 8, 9:30–11:00a

Pen & Ink Drawing
Begins June 8, 1:00p

Singing Bowls
Sound Immersion

June 8, 6:30–8:00p

Fairy Festival
July 16, 1:00–4:00p

 

Calendar of Events

 

GROUPS

Rockford Womanspace

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

 

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!

EarthMatters group will restart in September. Have a wonderful, safe summer!

 

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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 #: VF15-6, VF15-7, VF15-8, VF15-9
Dates: May 17, June 21, July 19, August 16
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.

Summer Session 2
Course #: MG15-9
Dates: June 6
Time: Monday, Noon–1:30p
Facilitator: Elaine Hirschenberger
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $15 per session
Members' Fee: $10 per session
Register by June 2; walk-ins welcome. Registration Policy

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

 

Summer Session 3
Course #: MG15-10
Dates: July 11
Time: Monday, Noon–1:30p
Facilitator: Elaine Hirschenberger
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $15 per session
Members' Fee: $10 per session
Register by July 7; walk-ins welcome. Registration Policy

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

 

Summer Session 4
Course #: MG15-11
Dates: August 1
Time: Monday, Noon–1:30p
Facilitator: Elaine Hirschenberger
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $15 per session
Members' Fee: $10 per session
Register by July 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.

 

Go Set a Watchman
by Harper Lee
Maycomb, Alabama. 26-year-old Jean Louise Finch—“Scout”—returns home from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise’s homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town, and the people dearest to her. Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt. Featuring many of the iconic characters from To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman perfectly captures a young woman, and a world, in painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the past—a journey that can only be guided by one’s own conscience.

Course #: BW15-9
Dates: June 8
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 Warmth of Other Suns:
The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

by Isabel Wilkerson
In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize winning author, Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the south for the northern and western cities in search of a better life. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. Wilkerson compares this epic migration to the migrations of other peoples in history. She interviewed more than a thousand people and gained access to new data and official records to write this definitive and vividly dramatic account of how these American journeys unfolded, altering our cities, our country, and ourselves.

Course #: BW15-10
Dates: July 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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The Diary of Mattie Spenser
by Sandra Dallas
With the convention of finding a diary in an elderly neighbor’s attic trunk framing her story, Dallas creates a ripping good read from this fictional journal. Beginning in 1865, a week after her wedding in Ft. Madison, Iowa, Mattie Spenser confides to her diary as she and her new husband travel by Conestoga wagon to the Colorado Territories. The building of a sod house; the births and deaths of children; the melting of narrow attitudes toward “loose” women, Indians, and Negroes; and the growth of Mattie as a person are all visible in these pages, full of what seems like genuine details of prairie life.

Course #: BW15-11
Dates: August 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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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.

 

The Theory of Everything (PG-13)
This is the extraordinary story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student, Jane Wilde. Once a healthy, active young man, Hawking received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age. With Jane fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of: time. Together, they defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science, and achieving more than they could ever have dreamed. The film is based on the memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen, by Jane Hawking, directed by Academy Award winner James Marsh, and starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones. (2014)

Course #: SF15-12
Dates: June 27
Time: Monday, 6:00–9:00p
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $15
Members' Fee: $10
MUST Register by NOON June 27. Registration Policy

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

 


1000 Times Goodnight (NR)
Rebecca (Juliette Binoche) is one of the world’s top war photojournalists, capturing dangerous and chilling images in the most dire landscapes, all in an effort to shed light on the real cost of modern war. But, she is also a wife and mother, leaving behind a husband and two young daughters every time she travels to a new combat zone. After a near-death experience, husband Marcus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) levels an ultimatum: give up the dangerous profession or lose the family she counts on being there when she returns from each assignment. Yet the conviction that her photos can make a difference keeps pulling at Rebecca’s resolve, making it difficult for her to walk away entirely. With an offer to photograph a refugee camp in Kenya, a place allegedly so safe that daughter Steph (Lauryn Canny) is allowed to join her, Rebecca comes face to face with just how much she risks each time she steps back into the fray. (2013)

Course #: SF15-13
Dates: July 25
Time: Monday, 6:00–9:00p
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $15
Members' Fee: $10
MUST Register by NOON July 25. Registration Policy

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

 


OUTDOOR MOVIE: Turner & Hooch (PG)
Detective Scott Turner (Tom Hanks) is an uptight, by-the-book police officer who hopes to leave his sleepy California town and work in the big city. When his friend Amos Reed, the proprietor of a junkyard, is killed, Turner reluctantly inherits the man’s dog. Realizing that the canine may be able to help him solve the murder case, Turner attempts to adjust to life with the big dog, resulting in much household destruction and unwelcome chaos. For additional comfort, bring your own lawn chair or blanket. (1989)

Course #: SF15-14
Dates: August 18
Time: Thursday, 8:00–10:00p
Location: Anjali Pavilion
Regular Fee: $15
Members' Fee: $10
MUST Register by NOON August 18. Registration Policy

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

 


Sunshine Cleaning (R)
The once high school cheerleading captain who dated the quarterback, Rose Lorkowski, finds herself a thirty-something single mother working as a maid. Her sister Norah is still living at home with their dad Joe, a salesman with a lifelong history of ill-fated get rich quick schemes. Desperate to get her son into a better school, Rose persuades Norah to go into the crime scene clean-up business with her to make some quick cash. In no time, the girls are up to their elbows in murders, suicides and other “specialized” situations. As they climb the ranks in a very dirty job, the sisters find a true respect for one another, and the closeness they have always craved finally blossoms. Starring Amy Adams and Emily Blunt. (2009)

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

Summer Session 1
Course #: YG15-9
Dates: May 5, 12, 19, 26
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 May 3 or preceding Tuesdays. Registration Policy

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

 

Summer Session 2
Course #: YG15-10
Dates: June 9, 16, 23, 30
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 June 7 or preceding Tuesdays. Registration Policy

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

 

Summer Session 3
Course #: YG15-11
Dates: July 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 July 5 or preceding Tuesdays. Registration Policy

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

 

Summer Session 4
Course #: YG15-12
Dates: August 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 August 2 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.

Summer Session 1
Course #: YT15-9
Dates: May 6, 13, 20, 27
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 May 3 or preceding Tuesdays. Registration Policy

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

 

Summer Session 2
Course #: YT15-10
Dates: June 10, 17, 24
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 June 7 or preceding Tuesdays. Registration Policy

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

 

Summer Session 3
Course #: YT15-11
Dates: July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
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 5 or preceding Tuesdays. Registration Policy

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

 

Summer Session 4
Course #: YT15-12
Dates: August 5, 12, 19, 26
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 2 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.

Summer Session 2
Course #: YN15-12
Dates: June 18
Times: Saturday, 10:00–11:30a
Instructor: Keri Knutson
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $25
Members' Fee: $20
Register by June 16. Registration Policy

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

 

Summer Session 3
Course #: YN15-13
Dates: August 13
Times: Saturday, 10:00–11:30a
Instructor: Keri Knutson
Location: Media Room
Regular Fee: $25
Members' Fee: $20
Register by August 11. Registration Policy

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

 

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