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    • November 11, 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM (CST)
    • Online/ZOOM
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    Wednesday, November 11

    9:30–11:00 am

    Facilitator: Faye Marcus

    This class is online only (ZOOM). Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the link to join the class.

    The true story of Anita Hemmings, the first black student to attend Vassar, who successfully passed as white—until she let herself grow too attached to the wrong person.

    Since childhood, Anita Hemmings has longed to attend the country’s most exclusive school for women, Vassar College. Now, a bright, beautiful senior in the class of 1897, she is hiding a secret that would have banned her from admission: Anita is the only African-American student ever to attend Vassar. With her olive complexion and dark hair, this daughter of a janitor and descendant of slaves has successfully passed as white, but now finds herself rooming with Louise “Lottie” Taylor, the scion of one of New York’s most prominent families.

    Though Anita has kept herself at a distance from her classmates, Lottie’s sphere of influence is inescapable, her energy irresistible, and the two become fast friends. Pulled into her elite world, Anita learns what it’s like to be treated as a wealthy, educated white woman—the person everyone believes her to be—and even finds herself in a heady romance with a moneyed Harvard student. It’s only when Lottie becomes infatuated with Anita’s brother, Frederick, whose skin is almost as light as his sister’s, that the situation becomes particularly perilous. And as Anita’s college graduation looms, those closest to her will be the ones to dangerously threaten her secret. –goodreads.com

    All women are invited to these discussions to share observations, enthusiasm, insights and the pure enjoyment of reading.

    Register by: 11/9

    • November 18, 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (CST)
    • William Reif Gallery and ZOOM
    • 12
    Register

     Wednesdays, November 18

    6:00–7:30 pm

    Facilitator:  Masha Erofeeva Young

    This class is IN-PERSON and online (ZOOM). Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the link to join the class. In-person class size is limited. 6 ft. social distancing and face masks are required.

    Be Yourself, Everyone Else Is Taken!

    Women are often responsible for caring for others in their lives, and it can be difficult to make yourself a priority. This women’s group strives to connect participants while cultivating a non judgmental atmosphere of support and validation. In this group we will discuss and process our emotions and the events of life, while encouraging each other to connect with our most authentic self and explore our personal needs, goals and dreams.  Topics include (but not limited to): Personal Values, Self-love, Self-esteem, Mental Health, Authenticity, Finding Joy, Relaxation, Mind Body Connection, Healthy Living, Hobbies, Creativity.

    This group meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month. You must sign up for each session.

    Register by 11/15
    • November 22, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (CST)
    • Reif Gallery
    • 9
    Registration is closed

    Sunday, November 22

    1:00-4:00 pm

    Facilitator: Helen Bond

    This workshop will be held in the Anjali Pavilion.  Social distancing & face masks are required!

    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 place of music, dance, and song in West African life. Helen is able to work simultaneously with students of all levels — beginners to professional. Drums are available for use during the class for those students who do not have a drum.

    Register by: 11/22

    • December 16, 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (CST)
    • William Reif Gallery and ZOOM
    • 12
    Register

     Wednesdays, December 16

    6:00–7:30 pm

    Facilitator:  Masha Erofeeva Young

    This class is IN-PERSON and online (ZOOM). Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the link to join the class. In-person class size is limited.  6 ft. social distancing and face masks are required.

    Be Yourself, Everyone Else Is Taken! Women are often responsible for caring for others in their lives, and it can be difficult to make yourself a priority.  This women’s group strives to connect participants while cultivating a non judgmental atmosphere of support and validation. In this group we will discuss and process our emotions and the events of life, while encouraging each other to connect with our most authentic self and explore our personal needs, goals and dreams. Topics include (but not limited to): Personal Values, Self-love, Self-esteem, Mental Health, Authenticity, Finding Joy, Relaxation, Mind Body Connection, Healthy Living, Hobbies, Creativity.

    This group will meet the 3rd Wednesday of the month.  You must sign up for each individual session.

    Register by 12/14

    • January 13, 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM (CST)
    • Online/ZOOM
    Register

    Wednesday, January 13

    9:30–11:00 am

    Facilitator: Faye Marcus

    This class is online only (ZOOM). Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the link to join the class.

    Set in Depression-era America, a breathtaking story of five extraordinary women and their remarkable journey through the mountains of Kentucky and beyond.

    Alice Wright marries handsome American Bennett Van Cleve hoping to escape her stifling life in England. But small-town Kentucky quickly proves equally claustrophobic, especially living alongside her overbearing father-in-law. So when a call goes out for a team of women to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s new traveling library, Alice signs on enthusiastically.

    The leader, and soon Alice’s greatest ally, is Margery, a smart-talking, self-sufficient woman who’s never asked a man’s permission for anything. They will be joined by three other singular women who become known as the Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky.

    What happens to them–and to the men they love–becomes an unforgettable drama of loyalty, justice, humanity and passion. These heroic women refuse to be cowed by men or by convention. And though they face all kinds of dangers in a landscape that is at times breathtakingly beautiful, at others brutal, they’re committed to their job: bringing books to people who have never had any, arming them with facts that will change their lives.

    Based on a true story rooted in America’s past, The Giver of Stars is unparalleled in its scope and epic in its storytelling. Funny, heartbreaking, enthralling, it is destined to become a modern classic–a richly rewarding novel of women’s friendship, of true love, and of what happens when we reach beyond our grasp for the great beyond.  –goodreads.com

    All women are invited to these discussions to share observations, enthusiasm, insights and the pure enjoyment of reading.

    Register by: 1/12

    • February 10, 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM (CST)
    • Online/ZOOM
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    Wednesday, February 10

    9:30–11:00 am

    Facilitator: Julie Thompson

    This class is online only (ZOOM). Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the link to join the class.

    When Maya Angelou and Tavis Smiley met in 1986, he was twenty-one and she was fifty-eight. For the next twenty-eight years, they shared an unlikely, special bond. Angelou was a teacher and a maternal figure to Smiley, and they talked often, of art, politics, history, race, religion, music, love, purpose, and — more than anything — courage. Courage to be open, to follow dreams, to believe in oneself.

    In My Journey with Maya, Smiley recalls a joyful friendship filled to the brim with sparkling conversation — in Angelou's gardens surrounded by her caged birds, before lectures, sharing meals, and on breaks from it all, they sought each other out for comfort, advice, and above all else, friendship.

    It began when he, a recent college graduate and a poor kid from a big family in the Midwest, was invited to join the revered writer on a sojourn to Africa. He would be handling her bags, but Maya didn't let that stop a friendship waiting to happen. Angelou was generous, challenging, and inspirational. Like a mother to him, she was selfless.

    Here Tavis Smiley shares his personal memories of Maya Angelou, of a decades-long friendship with one of history's most fascinating women, one who left as indelible an imprint on American culture as she did on him. –goodreads.com

    All women are invited to these discussions to share observations, enthusiasm, insights and the pure enjoyment of reading.

    Register by: 2/9

    • March 10, 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM (CST)
    • Online/ZOOM
    Register

    Wednesday, March 10

    9:30–11:00 am

    This class is online only (ZOOM). Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the link to join the class.

    Lydia Quixano Pérez lives in the Mexican city of Acapulco. She runs a bookstore. She has a son, Luca, the love of her life, and a wonderful husband who is a journalist. And while there are cracks beginning to show in Acapulco because of the drug cartels, her life is, by and large, fairly comfortable.

    Even though she knows they’ll never sell, Lydia stocks some of her all-time favorite books in her store. And then one day a man enters the shop to browse and comes up to the register with a few books he would like to buy—two of them her favorites. Javier is erudite. He is charming. And, unbeknownst to Lydia, he is the jefe of the newest drug cartel that has gruesomely taken over the city. When Lydia’s husband’s tell-all profile of Javier is published, none of their lives will ever be the same.

    Forced to flee, Lydia and eight-year-old Luca soon find themselves miles and worlds away from their comfortable middle-class existence. Instantly transformed into migrants, Lydia and Luca ride la bestia—trains that make their way north toward the United States, which is the only place Javier’s reach doesn’t extend. As they join the countless people trying to reach el norte, Lydia soon sees that everyone is running from something. But what exactly are they running to?

     –goodreads.com

    All women are invited to these discussions to share observations, enthusiasm, insights and the pure enjoyment of reading.

    Register by: 3/9

    • April 14, 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM (CDT)
    • Online/ZOOM
    Register

    Wednesday, April 14

    9:30–11:00 am

    Facilitator: Lynn Andreini

    This class is online only (ZOOM). Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the link to join the class.

    In the spring of 1884 Ulysses S. Grant heeded the advice of Mark Twain and finally agreed to write his memoirs. Little did Grant or Twain realize that this seemingly straightforward decision would profoundly alter not only both their lives but the course of American literature. Over the next fifteen months, as the two men became close friends and intimate collaborators, Grant raced against the spread of cancer to compose a triumphant account of his life and times — while Twain struggled to complete and publish his greatest novel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

    In this deeply moving and meticulously researched book, veteran writer Mark Perry reconstructs the heady months when Grant and Twain inspired and cajoled each other to create two quintessentially American masterpieces.

     –goodreads.com

    All women are invited to these discussions to share observations, enthusiasm, insights and the pure enjoyment of reading.

    Register by: 4/13

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