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    • September 27, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (CDT)
    • Anjali Pavilion
    • 9
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    Sunday, September 27

    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: 9/24

    • October 14, 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM (CDT)
    • Online/ZOOM
    Register

    Wednesday, October 14

    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.

    In an enthralling new historical novel from national bestselling author Kate Quinn, two women—a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947—are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption.

    1947. In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive. So when Charlie's parents banish her to Europe to have her "little problem" taken care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to London, determined to find out what happened to the cousin she loves like a sister.

    1915. A year into the Great War, Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight against the Germans and unexpectedly gets her chance when she's recruited to work as a spy. Sent into enemy-occupied France, she's trained by the mesmerizing Lili, code name Alice, the "queen of spies", who manages a vast network of secret agents right under the enemy's nose.

    Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that ultimately tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drunk and secluded in her crumbling London house. Until a young American barges in uttering a name Eve hasn't heard in decades, and launches them both on a mission to find the truth...no matter where it leads. –goodreads.com

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

    Register by: 10/12

    • October 25, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (CDT)
    • Anjali Pavilion
    • 14
    Register

    Sunday, October 25

    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: 10/22

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

    Wednesday, November 11

    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.

    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 22, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (CST)
    • Reif Gallery
    • 9
    Register

    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

Past events

September 09, 2020 Bookwoman: Belonging: A German Reckons with History & Home by Nora Krug (BW20-1)
August 30, 2020 Drumming Workshop with Helen Bond – August (DR19B-44)
August 12, 2020 Bookwoman: Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion (BW19-44)
August 11, 2020 Cancelled: Stories with Spirit Group (SS19P-44)
July 30, 2020 Cardio Drumming III (DR19C-43)
July 19, 2020 Drumming Workshop with Helen Bond – July (DR19B-43)
July 14, 2020 Cancelled: Stories with Spirit Group (SS19P-43)
July 11, 2020 Cancelled: Chakra Club – July (CHC19-43)
July 08, 2020 Women's Empowerment Group (GP19-41)
July 08, 2020 Bookwoman: Beartown (BW19-43)
June 27, 2020 Get Your Body Moving! (GW19-42)
June 21, 2020 Drumming Workshop with Helen Bond – June (DR19B-42)
June 18, 2020 Cardio Drumming II (DR19C-42)
June 13, 2020 Chakra Club – June (CHC19-42)
June 10, 2020 Bookwoman: The Underground Railroad (BW19-42)
June 09, 2020 Stories with Spirit Group (SS19P-42)
May 24, 2020 Drumming Workshop with Helen Bond (DR19B-41)
May 21, 2020 Conversation Group 2
May 19, 2020 Conversation Group 1
May 18, 2020 Seekers Group (GS19-41)
May 13, 2020 Bookwoman: Where the Crawdads Sing (BW19-41)
May 09, 2020 Chakra Club – May (CH19C-41)
May 07, 2020 Cardio Drumming I (DR19C-41)
May 06, 2020 Cancelled: Lunch & Learn: Stories with Spirit Group (LL19-41)
April 26, 2020 Drumming Workshop with Helen Bond – April (DR19B-24)
April 19, 2020 Drumming Circle – April (DR19T-24)
April 14, 2020 Stories with Spirit Group – April (SS19P-23)
April 11, 2020 *CANCELLED* Spiritual Encounters Group – April (BO19-24)
April 11, 2020 Chakra Club – April (CHC19-24)
April 08, 2020 Bookwoman: Educated: A Memoir (BW19-24)
April 06, 2020 Cancelled: Book Discussion Series – Why They Marched Part II (WSC19-25)
March 29, 2020 Drumming Workshop with Helen Bond – March (DR19B-23)
March 26, 2020 Cardio Drumming (DR19C-22)
March 19, 2020 canceled-Cardio Drumming
March 15, 2020 Drumming Circle – March (DR19T-23)
March 14, 2020 *CANCELLED* Spiritual Encounters Group – March (BO19-23)
March 14, 2020 Chakra Club – March (CHC19-23)
March 11, 2020 Bookwoman: Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk (BW19-23)
March 10, 2020 *Cancelled* Stories with Spirit Group – March (SS19P-22)
March 02, 2020 Book Discussion Series: Why They Marched Part I (WSC19-23)
February 23, 2020 Drumming Workshop with Helen Bond – Feb. (DR19B-22)
February 16, 2020 Drumming Circle – February (DR19T-22)
February 12, 2020 Bookwoman: Tallgrass: A Novel (BW19-22)
February 11, 2020 Stories with Spirit Group – February (SS19P-21)
February 08, 2020 CANCELLED: Spiritual Encounters Group – February (BO19-22)
February 08, 2020 Chakra Club – February (CHC19-22)
January 23, 2020 Cardio Drumming (DR19C-21)
January 20, 2020 Seekers Group (GS19-21)
January 09, 2020 Explorers Group (GE19-21)

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