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    • May 03, 2022
    • 9:00 AM
    • May 31, 2022
    • 10:00 AM
    • Online/ZOOM
    • 7
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    Tuesdays, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

    9:00–10:00a

    Facilitator: Shiraz Tata, PhD

    This class is Zoom only. A confirmation email with the link will be sent after registering.  

    Start your day off with greater focus, less stress and more peace of mind. Meditation is the practice and process of paying attention and focusing your awareness. Different forms of meditation are introduced and practiced in a seated position. Join us — it’s a great way to de-stress, re-charge, and re-focus. Suggested equipment: comfortable attire, yoga mat or rug.   

    Register two days before course or each class.

    • May 03, 2022
    • 10:00 AM
    • May 31, 2022
    • 11:00 AM
    • Media Room
    • 8

    Tuesdays, May 3, 10, 17, 31

    10:00 am–11:00 am

    Instructor: Lisa Alexander

    IDPH and CDC guidelines about face masks will be observed.

    All levelsThis class uses breath to movement, taking you through a series of warm-up poses, sun salutations, strengthening asanas, balance postures, and twists, ending with deep stretches and relaxation. 

    Suggested equipment: comfortable attire, yoga mat, and desired props.  


    Register two day before each class.


    • May 03, 2022
    • May 31, 2022
    • 4 sessions
    • Online ZOOM Only
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    Tuesdays,  May 3, 10, 17, 31 (recording only on 24th)

    11:15 am–12:15pm

    Instructor: Lisa Alexander

    This class is being offered online Zoom only! The Zoom link will be sent via email once you have registered. 

    All Levels. Adaptive Yoga is a particularly effective practice and can have therapeutic benefits for those recovering from, or living with injury, illness or disease. This specialty yoga class blends chair yoga, restorative yoga (supported postures), gentle yoga, Pranayama (breath work), individualized attention 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 this therapeutic approach: Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic pain, Fibromyalgia, arthritis, Lupus, injury/surgery recovery, Diabetes/Neuropathy, those with limited mobility and those just wanting a safe, gentle practice to support healthy aging. Dress comfortably and have a yoga mat, straps and blocks ready, if you have them.

    Please register at least two days prior to the session you would like to attend.  

    • May 03, 2022
    • 5:30 PM
    • May 31, 2022
    • 6:30 PM
    • Media Room
    • 3
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    Tuesdays, May 3, 10, 17, 31 (no class 24th)

    5:30 pm–6:30 pm

    Instructor: Lisa Alexander

    IDPH and CDC guidelines about face masks will be observed.

    All levels. This class incorporates a gentle yoga flow, followed by deep stretches held for longer periods. Yin yoga activates the parasympathetic nervous system, reducing stress, strengthening your joints and ligaments, and improving sleep. Suggested equipment: comfortable attire, yoga mat, and desired props.  


    Register two day before each class.


    • May 05, 2022
    • 6:00 PM
    • May 26, 2022
    • 7:00 PM
    • Media Room or Anjali Pavilion
    • 4
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    Thursdays, May 5, 12, 19, 26

    6:00–7:00p

    Instructor:  Beth Campisi

    IDPH and CDC guidelines about face masks will be observed.

    Sign-up for the full session or individual sessions!

    "Cardio drumming is so much fun you don't even know you're exercising!" –Nancy R.

    "This is the first exercise class I have stuck with because it is so much fun! Beth is a great positive instructor. You can workout at your own level." – Carolyn E.

    No drumming experience needed. All levels welcome…can even be done sitting down! 

    Cardio Drumming combines movement with the beat and rhythm of drums for a fun, high energy workout. It brings together drumsticks, an exercise ball, an exercise ball stand and rhythmic moves to create one of the most fun workouts you’ll ever do — you won’t want to stop.

    Cardio drumming will raise your heart rate to help burn those calories, improve your coordination and ability to focus, and help strengthen many muscle groups, including your core. Studies have shown that when people find workouts they enjoy and have fun with, they’re more likely to stick with their routine.

    Equipment needed: 65 cm exercise ball, a 5 gallon bucket to set ball on and 5A basic drum sticks.  Purchase a set from Womanspace for $20 (limited supply)

    Please register at least two days prior to the session you would like to attend.  

    • May 06, 2022
    • May 27, 2022
    • 4 sessions
    • Online/ZOOM
    • 13
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    Fridays, May 6, 13, 20, 27

    10:00–11:00 am

    This class is a ZOOM RECORDING only. A confirmation email with the link will be sent after registering.

    All Levels. Adaptive Yoga is a particularly effective practice and can have therapeutic benefits for those recovering from, or living with injury, illness or disease. This specialty recorded yoga class blends chair yoga, restorative yoga (supported postures), gentle yoga, Pranayama (breath work), 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 this therapeutic approach: Multiple Sclerosis, Chronic pain, Fibromyalgia, arthritis, Lupus, injury/surgery recovery, Diabetes/Neuropathy, those with limited mobility and those just wanting a safe, gentle practice to support healthy aging.

    Dress comfortably and have a yoga mat, straps and blocks ready, if you have them.

    Please register at least two days prior to the session you would like to attend in order to receive the Zoom recording link.   

    • May 11, 2022
    • 6:00 PM
    • June 29, 2022
    • 7:00 PM
    • Womanspace Media Room
    • 3
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    Wednesdays,   May 11, 18, 25, June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

    6:00–7:00pm   

    ***NOTE:  New Start Date!

    Instructor: Freya

    Classes held in the Media Room, lower level of Womanspace

    IDPH and CDC guidelines about face masks will be observed.

    Beginner–Intermediate. No previous dance experience required. Great for all fitness levels — even those with physical limitations. (Contact Freya prior to class to discuss specific situation.)

    These short summer belly dance classes are perfect for beginners. Each session we will work on 2-3 combos that will introduce you to new moves and new props such as veil, finger cymbals & sword. These classes do not build upon each other so if you miss a class or a whole session, you won't fall behind. And, at the end of the summer, you can take your favorite combos and combine them to create your very own choreography.  

    Suggested equipment: yoga mat, close-fitting attire that allows full range of motion (for you and the instructor to see your body positions), a scarf or shawl to tie around your hips (to see your hip movements in the mirror). Hip scarves available for purchase on Amazon and other online vendors.   

    Register by 5/09  or 2 days before a single session. 

    Sign-up for the entire course or a single class. 

    • May 11, 2022
    • 7:15 PM
    • June 29, 2022
    • 8:15 PM
    • Womanspace Media Room
    • 4
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    Wednesdays, May 11, 18, 25, June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

    7:15–8:15pm

    ***NOTE:  New Start Date and time change!

    Instructor: Freya

    Classes held in the Media Room, lower level of Womanspace

    IDPH and CDC guidelines about face masks will be observed.

    Beginner–Intermediate. No previous dance experience required. Great for all fitness levels — even those with physical limitations. (Contact Freya prior to class to discuss specific situation.) 

    These short summer belly dance classes are perfect for beginners. Each session we will work on 2-3 combos that will introduce you to new moves and new props such as veil, finger cymbals & sword. These classes do not build upon each other so if you miss a class or a whole session, you won't fall behind. And, at the end of the summer, you can take your favorite combos and combine them to create your very own choreography.   

    Suggested equipment: yoga mat, close-fitting attire that allows full range of motion (for you and the instructor to see your body positions), a scarf or shawl to tie around your hips (to see your hip movements in the mirror).  Hip scarves available for purchase on Amazon and other online vendors.   

    Register by 5/09 or 2 days before a single session.

    Sign-up for the entire course or a single class. 

    • May 12, 2022
    • 1:00 PM
    • May 26, 2022
    • 2:00 PM
    • Media Room
    • 8
    Registration is closed

     Thursdays, May 12 & 26

     1:00–2:00 pm

    Facilitator:  Julie Thompson

    IDPH and CDC guidelines about face masks will be observed.

    Discover how to tap into our extraordinary human capacity for connection and healing using the power of group intention. Based on the book, The Power of Eight, by Lynne McTaggart, the group will be guided to focus their intention together, a powerful collective dynamic emerges that may heal conditions and transform lives.  Each participant will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement and read the book The Power of 8 before joining the group.

    Register by: 5/10


    • May 16, 2022
    • 6:00 PM
    • June 27, 2022
    • 8:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Mondays,  May 16, 23, June 6, 13, 20, 27

    6:00–8:00p

    Instructor:  Anya Nelson

    IDPH and CDC guidelines about face masks will be observed.

    Ages 16+Prerequisite: beginner throwing skills mastered or instructor approval. Start your week off by doing something you love while learning to bring your wheel throwing skills to the next level. This 6-week class is an excellent opportunity to work alongside peers who are serious about improving their form, throwing larger pieces, and incorporating other methods into your pieces. Instructor will tailor each class to the student's throwing needs, assist in troubleshooting, and take time to work with each individually. Excellent peer support and inspiration is encouraged to enhance everyone’s experience. If you seriously want to improve your proficiency and think outside the box, this class is for you. Come to this “Monday Funday” and let your pottery grow at your own pace. Please bring a list of pottery goals with you or we can work on that together! Fee includes up to 25 lbs. of clay, glazes and firing. Bring a list of your pottery goals, an apron, hand towel, and your own pottery tool kit (available at craft stores or online).

    Register by: 5/14

    • May 17, 2022
    • 10:00 AM
    • June 21, 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 2
    Registration is closed

    Tuesdays,  May 17, 24, 30, June 7, 14, 21

    10:00a–12:00p

    Instructor: Nancy O'Neill

    IDPH and CDC guidelines about face masks will be observed.

    Age 16+. Beginners. Join in this fun pottery class to learn the basics of handbuilding! Working with textures, stamps, decals, different glaze techniques, and more, Nancy will guide you through the process to create your one of a kind pottery pieces. Bring your ideas and inspirations! Fee includes up to 25 lbs. of clay, glazes and firing. Please bring to class an apron, hand towel, and your own pottery tool kit (available at local craft stores or online).

    Register by: 5/15

    • May 17, 2022
    • 10:00 AM
    • June 21, 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 1

    Tuesdays, May 17, 24, (skip 31), June 7, 14, 21

    10:00 am–12:00 pm

    Instructor:  Sue Abare

    IDPH and CDC guidelines about face masks will be observed.

    This class is for those first timers wanting to experience watercolor or someone who wants to expand beginning skills. Have fun exploring the enchantment of water and paint in their irresistible dance. As with all painting, a little drawing experience is helpful. Feel free to bring supplies you may already have or wait for suggestions on what you may want to purchase. Some basic supplies are furnished. We will discuss preparing paper to paint, brushes and their technique, some color theory — but mostly we will jump in the water, and do it!

    Register by: 5/15


    • May 17, 2022
    • 6:00 PM
    • June 21, 2022
    • 8:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Tuesdays, May 17, 24, 31, June 7, 14, 21

    6:00–8:00p

    Instructor: Lynette Porter

    IDPH and CDC guidelines about face masks will be observed.

    Learn essential wheel-throwing techniques from centering to trimming. Bowls and mugs will be the first forms we practice throwing on the wheel. This class will give the student with little or no experience the opportunity to learn and develop a basic set of wheel-throwing skills. After taking this class, the student will take with them a small collection of functional wheel-thrown pottery, as well as, the skills needed to create more advanced pieces in the future. 

    Fee includes up to 25 lb. of clay, glazes and firing. Bring an apron, hand towel, and your own pottery tool kit (available at local craft stores or online).

    Register by: 5/15

    • May 18, 2022
    • 2:30 PM
    • June 22, 2022
    • 4:30 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Wednesdays, May 18, 25, June 1, 8, 15, 22

    2:30–4:30p

    Instructor: Nancy O'Neill

    IDPH and CDC guidelines about face masks will be observed.

    Age 16+. Beginners. Join in this fun pottery class to learn the basics of handbuilding! Working with textures, stamps, decals, different glaze techniques, and more, Nancy will guide you through the process to create your one of a kind pottery pieces. Bring your ideas and inspirations! Fee includes up to 25 lbs. of clay, glazes and firing. Please bring to class an apron, hand towel, and your own pottery tool kit (available at local craft stores or online).

    Register by: 5/16

    • May 19, 2022
    • 10:00 AM
    • June 23, 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 2
    Registration is closed

    Thursdays, May 19, 26, June (skip 2), 9, 16, 23

    10:00 am–12:00 pm

    Instructor: Sue Abare

    IDPH and CDC guidelines about face masks will be observed.

    Intermediate & Advanced Level. In this five-week class, we will continue to practice our skill building toward simplicity, spontaneity and success. We will discuss value, wetness, color and composition. Do you know what NOT to paint? Ideas abound and lots of thinking goes on as students and instructor continue learning. This class is for those who have attended Sue's previous classes, no beginner students.   Students bring their own supplies. 

    Register by: 5/17

    • May 19, 2022
    • 6:00 PM
    • June 23, 2022
    • 8:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Thursdays, May 19, 26, June 2, 9, 16, 23

    6:00–8:00pm

    Instructor: Lynette Porter

    IDPH and CDC guidelines about face masks will be observed.

    Advance your hand-building skills while having fun. Explore many hand-building techniques to make mugs, plates, functional pieces and pieces students are interested in creating. Create your own texture and templates and explore many decorating and glazing options.

    Fee includes up to 25lb of clay, glazes and firing. Please bring to class an apron and hand towel. Each student must bring their own pottery tool kit (available at local craft stores or online).

    Register by: 5/17

    • May 21, 2022
    • 1:00 PM
    • June 25, 2022
    • 3:30 PM
    • New Dimensions Clay Studio (Lower Level)
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Saturdays, May 21, 28, June (skip 4), 11, 17, 25

    1:00–3:30pm

    Instructor: Anya Nelson

    IDPH and CDC guidelines about face masks will be observed.

    This 4-week course, will be perfect for anyone who wants to learn the basics of throwing clay on a pottery wheel or someone with little experience who wants to further develop their skills. Learn essential wheel-throwing techniques from centering to trimming. Mugs and small vases will be the first forms we practice throwing on the wheel. Then, enhance these pieces with hand-built elements such as handles and decorating the surfaces with underglaze, sgraffito, and more. At the end of this course, you will have a small collection of functional pottery as well as the confidence and skills needed to create more advanced pieces in the future. Fee includes up to 25 lb. of clay, glazes and firing. Bring an apron, hand towel and your own pottery tool kit (available at local craft stores or online).

    Register by: 5/19

    • May 23, 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
    • 0
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    Monday, May 23
    6:00–9:00 pm

    IDPH and CDC guidelines about face masks will be observed.

    All are welcome. We will watch the film while eating dinner and then have a discussion of the film, characters, and artistry.

    Frida chronicles the life Frida Kahlo shared unflinchingly and openly with Diego Rivera, as the young couple took the art world by storm. From her complex and enduring relationship with her mentor and husband to her illicit and controversial affair with Leon Trotsky, to her provocative and romantic entanglements with women, Frida Kahlo lived a bold and uncompromising life as a political, artistic, and sexual revolutionary. 2002. R. 123 min.

    Advance Registration REQUIRED. NO WALK-INS. Register by: 5/22

    • May 24, 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Womanspace New Dimensions Studio
    • 3
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    Tuesday, May 24

    6:00 pm–9:00 pm

    Instructor: Pat Sullivan

    IDPH and CDC guidelines about face masks will be observed.

    Learn the art of fused glass -- make your own nightlight! In this exciting new class, you will learn about the ancient art of glass fusing and create your own nightlight, using crushed glass and scrap or cut glass. Your creation will then be fired to 1480° in a kiln, cooled, then slumped into a curve. The finished glass will be mounted onto a nightlight form, and your completed nightlight will be available for pickup at Womanspace in three to five days. All supplies included. Class size is limited, a face mask is required and safety glasses will be provided.

    Register by: 5/22

    • May 26, 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • New Dimensions Studio
    • 12
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    Thursday,  May 26

    6:00–9:00 pm

    Instructor: Karla Lombardo

    IDPH and CDC guidelines about face masks will be observed.

    Don't you just love making cute things for your flowerbed!! ArtbyKarla will show you step-by-step on how to make this super sweet Toad Abode! All supplies are included in the class (except for the Toads, of course! LOL). You are welcome to bring anything extra you may want to put on your Toad House (eg: old costume jewelry). The Abode is made out of a 6" plastic garden pot and will be the perfect size for your adorable toads. Don't wait too long to size up because there is limited seating.

     Register by: 5/24


    • May 26, 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Online/ZOOM
    • 23
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