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    • October 01, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • October 29, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • 5 sessions
    • Online/ZOOM
    Register

    Thursdays, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

    9:30–10:45 am

    Facilitator: Keri Knutson

    This class is an online Zoom recording. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the link to join the class. The host will share a previously recorded class. 

    Hatha yoga is a slow-paced gentle asana practice focusing on introducing basic yoga poses and establishing a strong foundation in the practice of yoga. Hatha yoga balances the "Ha" - sun/ stimulating energy with the "Tha" - moon/calming energy.

    Restorative yoga 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.

    Register by: 9/29 or two days before each session

    • October 02, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • October 30, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • 5 sessions
    • Online/ZOOM
    • 7
    Register

    Fridays, October 2, 9, 16 (11:00a–12:00p), 23, 30

    10:00–11:00 am

    Facilitator: Keri Knutson

    This class is an online Zoom recording. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the link to join the class. The link will be used for the month. 

    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 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 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.

    Potential students must be evaluated on an individual basis prior to joining this group. The gallery is wheelchair accessible. Dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat.

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

    • October 06, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • October 27, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • Online/ZOOM
    • 3
    Register

    Tuesdays, October 6, 13, 20, 27

    9:00–10:00 am

    Facilitator: Shiraz Tata, PhD

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

    Meditation is the practice and process of paying attention and focusing your awareness. Whether you are seeking greater focus, less stress and more peace of mind, or a deeper appreciation of the beauty and richness of life, the simple practice of sitting down and turning your attention inward can do wonders! This is a beginning class where different forms of meditation are introduced and practiced in a seated position. Bring a yoga mat or rug if you would like to do this lying down.

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

    • October 06, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • October 27, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • Online/ZOOM
    Register

    Tuesdays, October 6, 13, 20, 27

    11:00 am–12:00 pm

    Facilitator: Keri Knutson

    This class is an online Zoom recording. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the link to join the class. The link will be used for the month. 

    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 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 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.

    Potential students must be evaluated on an individual basis prior to joining this group. The gallery is wheelchair accessible. Dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat.

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

    • October 21, 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (CDT)
    • Online/ZOOM
    • 8
    Registration is closed

     Wednesdays, October 21

    6:00–7:30 pm

    Facilitator:  Masha Erofeeva Young

    This class is online only (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 10/19 

    • October 27, 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (CDT)
    • William Reif Gallery and ZOOM
    Register

    Tuesday, October 27
    6:00-7:00 pm

    Facilitator:  Rhonda Torossian

    This class is held at Womanspace and online via Zoom. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link.  In-person class size is limited to 6 – masks and social distancing required.

    Brain health, brain power, longevity, neuroprotection, inflammation reduction, mind expansion … What’s not worth knowing better when it comes to brain health? Join us for this crash course in Brain Health & Nootropics. From physiology to the gut brain, neurotransmitters and nootropics, learn the herbs, supplements, foods and tactics for boosting brain power. In this class, participants will learn about the health benefits and safety considerations of ashwagandha, reishi, rhodiola, schizandra, lion’s mane, bacopa, turmeric, garlic, sage, and cinnamon, to name just a few of nature’s broad apothecary.

    Upon completion of this class, participants will be able to:

    • Describe adaptogens and nootropics

    • Note at least two nootropic plants or mushrooms

    • Have a good understanding where nootropics can be found

    Register by: 10/25

    • October 29, 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM (CDT)
    • William Reif Gallery & Zoom
    • 10
    Register

    Thursday, October 29

    5:30-6:30pm


    Facilitator: Jenny Redington, CRPC

    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 to 6.  6 ft. social distancing and face masks are required.

    This evening is about empowering women for their financial future and independence. The program will be focused on the basics of investing and how to implement savings vs. investing for specific goals. The night will be fun and interactive with wine provided for in person participants to make the subject matter no as scary as you may think!

    by 10/27

    • November 02, 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (CST)
    • Online/ZOOM
    Register

    Monday,  November 2

    6:00–7:00 pm

    Facilitated by: Sandra Williams

    This class is online only using Zoom. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link.  

    Come learn about CranioSacral Therapy (CST), a very gentle hands-on therapy that helps relieve pain and tension in the central nervous system, and thus all of you can relax.  This holistic therapy works with the whole body and its natural healing processes so you get to the root of the issue, instead of masking symptoms.  CST helps release both physical and emotional stress and trauma from the body.  You will learn the basic principles of CST, how to find a provider, and how many people are living healthier lives due to its benefits!  We’ll conclude our time with a 10-minute guided meditation exploring YOUR OWN body!

    Register by: 10/31


    • November 03, 2020
    • (CST)
    • November 24, 2020
    • (CST)
    • 4 sessions
    • Online/ZOOM
    Register

    Tuesdays, November 3, 10, 17, 24

    11:00 am–12:00 pm

    Facilitator: Keri Knutson

    This class is an online Zoom recording. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the link to join the class. The link will be used for the month. 

    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 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 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.

    Potential students must be evaluated on an individual basis prior to joining this group. The gallery is wheelchair accessible. Dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat.

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

    • November 03, 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM (CST)
    • ONLINE/ZOOM
    Register

    Tuesday, November 3

    6:30-7:45 pm

    Facilitator:  Jean Kathryn Carlson

    This class is online only. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link.  

    We are living in strange, highly unusual times. Have you noticed? Our dreams go to work every night to support us by offering their take on what's going on and how it's impacting you. They also come with powerful guidance. Many people are experiencing really weird dreams right now and wondering what they could possibly mean. In a dream circle, we unpack those strange dreams with curiosity and humor to discover the many layers of meaning they have come to share. Let's enter the land of dreams together and be surprised and delighted by what they have to say.

    Jean Kathryn Carlson, M.A., Master Alchemist, speaker and author, believes in the power of being seen and heard so that we can come home to ourSelf. Over the last 10 years she has honed her skills as an alchemist, artistically combining dreamwork, EFT/Tapping, Law of Attraction, Essential Oils and Relational Presence through Speaking Circles™ to embrace the gifts hidden within each and every person. Her numerous certifications allow her to utilize the breadth and depth of knowledge and wisdom to expertly facilitate transformational gatherings.

    Registerby: 11/1
    • November 06, 2020
    • (CST)
    • November 27, 2020
    • (CST)
    • 4 sessions
    • Online/ZOOM
    • 18
    Register

    Fridays, November 6, 13, 20, 27

    10:00–11:00 am

    Facilitator: Keri Knutson

    This class is an online Zoom recording. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the link to join the class. The link will be used for the month. 

    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 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 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.

    Potential students must be evaluated on an individual basis prior to joining this group. The gallery is wheelchair accessible. Dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat.

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

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

    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 12, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (CST)
    • William Reif Gallery & ZOOM
    • 14
    Register

    Thursday,  November 12

    12:00–1:30 pm

    Facilitator: Sister Mary Boyd

    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.

    Thomas Heflin (1934–Present) is a local Rockford, Winnebago County artist, who has worked in many styles and mediums. This class will include some of his interesting life and beautiful art. Much of the presentation will be based from his own book, Roots and Wings and newspaper articles about him. His Heflin Gallery is located in the Rockford area.


    Register by: 11/12

    • November 17, 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (CST)
    • William Reif Gallery and ZOOM
    Register

    Tuesday,  November 17
    6:00-7:00 pm

    Facilitator:  Rhonda Torossian

    This class is held in-person and online via Zoom. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link.  In-person class size limited to 6 — masks and social distancing required.

    Do you avoid dairy? Have you found the choices of non-dairy cheese to leave you feeling disappointed? In this class you will learn how to make your very own fermented nut cheese that has that zig that you have been missing in your store-bought vegan cheese. We will do a variety of flavors. Find out how delicious vegan cheese can be. You will leave with the knowledge of why fermenting is an excellent way to build a strong immune system and should be part of any healthy diet. 

    Register by: 11/15

    • November 17, 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM (CST)
    • ONLINE/ZOOM
    • 6
    Register

    Tuesday, November 17
    6:30-7:45 pm

    Facilitator:  Jean Kathryn Carlson

    This class is online only. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link.  

    When was the last time you felt truly seen and heard? It has been said that we listen each other into being. Virtual Speaking Circles™ offers the experience of entering the realm of luminous listening where you are free to express whatever is longing to be expressed. There are no assigned topics and there's absolutely nothing to do to prepare for the circle. Simply arrive to the ZOOM circle with an open heart and a sense of curiosity. Virtual Speaking Circles™ is part meditation and part connecting deeply with yourself and the others in the circle share what's on your heart. This circle is limited to a maximum of 6.

    Jean Kathryn Carlson, M.A., Master Alchemist, speaker and author, believes in the power of being seen and heard so that we can come home to ourSelf. Over the last 10 years she has honed her skills as an alchemist, artistically combining dreamwork, EFT/Tapping, Law of Attraction, Essential Oils and Relational Presence through Speaking Circles™ to embrace the gifts hidden within each and every person. Her numerous certifications allow her to utilize the breadth and depth of knowledge and wisdom to expertly facilitate transformational gatherings.

    Register by: 11/15
    • 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 24, 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (CST)
    • William Reif Gallery and ZOOM
    Register

    Tuesday,  November 24
    6:00-7:00 pm

    Facilitator:  Rhonda Torossian

    This class is held in-person and online via Zoom. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link.  In-person class limited to 6 people – masks and social distancing required.

    Have you noticed there is a lot of information floating around now, about increasing gut health with fermented foods?  Do you have concerns about your gut health, or the gut health of a family member? Not knowing where to being can prevent you from ever starting. This workshop is all about going back to how our grandmothers did things. You will learn:

    • Probiotics vs. prebiotics
    • Why we need probiotics?
    • What are good sources for probiotics? 

    Some basic knowledge about your immune health and the roll probiotics play. You will be equipped with the information necessary to begin fermenting your very own high-potency probiotics immediately. (Ingredient list for Kimchi will be sent with your confirmation for those on Zoom.)

    Register by: 11/22

    • December 01, 2020
    • (CST)
    • December 29, 2020
    • (CST)
    • 5 sessions
    • Online/ZOOM
    Register

    Tuesdays, December 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

    11:00 am–12:00 pm

    Facilitator: Keri Knutson

    This class is an online Zoom recording. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the link to join the class. The link will be used for the month. 

    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 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 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.

    Potential students must be evaluated on an individual basis prior to joining this group. The gallery is wheelchair accessible. Dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat.

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

    • December 01, 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM (CST)
    • ONLINE/ZOOM
    Register

    Tuesday, December 1
    6:30-7:45 pm

    Facilitator:  Jean Kathryn Carlson

    This class is online only. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link.  

    We are living in strange, highly unusual times. Have you noticed? Our dreams go to work every night to support us by offering their take on what's going on and how it's impacting you. They also come with powerful guidance. Many people are experiencing really weird dreams right now and wondering what they could possibly mean. In a dream circle, we unpack those strange dreams with curiosity and humor to discover the many layers of meaning they have come to share. Let's enter the land of dreams together and be surprised and delighted by what they have to say.

    Jean Kathryn Carlson, M.A., Master Alchemist, speaker and author, believes in the power of being seen and heard so that we can come home to ourSelf. Over the last 10 years she has honed her skills as an alchemist, artistically combining dreamwork, EFT/Tapping, Law of Attraction, Essential Oils and Relational Presence through Speaking Circles™ to embrace the gifts hidden within each and every person. Her numerous certifications allow her to utilize the breadth and depth of knowledge and wisdom to expertly facilitate transformational gatherings.

    Register by: 11/29
    • December 04, 2020
    • (CST)
    • December 18, 2020
    • (CST)
    • 3 sessions
    • Online/ZOOM
    • 19
    Register

    Fridays, December 4, 11, 18

    10:00–11:00 am

    Facilitator: Keri Knutson

    This class is an online Zoom recording. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the link to join the class. The link will be used for the month. 

    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 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 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.

    Potential students must be evaluated on an individual basis prior to joining this group. The gallery is wheelchair accessible. Dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat.

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

    • December 15, 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM (CST)
    • ONLINE/ZOOM
    • 6
    Register

    Tuesday, December 15
    6:30-7:45 pm

    Facilitator:  Jean Kathryn Carlson

    This class is online only. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link.  

    When was the last time you felt truly seen and heard? It has been said that we listen each other into being. Virtual Speaking Circles™ offers the experience of entering the realm of luminous listening where you are free to express whatever is longing to be expressed. There are no assigned topics and there's absolutely nothing to do to prepare for the circle. Simply arrive to the ZOOM circle with an open heart and a sense of curiosity. Virtual Speaking Circles™ is part meditation and part connecting deeply with yourself and the others in the circle share what's on your heart. This circle is limited to a maximum of 6.

    Jean Kathryn Carlson, M.A., Master Alchemist, speaker and author, believes in the power of being seen and heard so that we can come home to ourSelf. Over the last 10 years she has honed her skills as an alchemist, artistically combining dreamwork, EFT/Tapping, Law of Attraction, Essential Oils and Relational Presence through Speaking Circles™ to embrace the gifts hidden within each and every person. Her numerous certifications allow her to utilize the breadth and depth of knowledge and wisdom to expertly facilitate transformational gatherings.

    Register by: 12/13
    • 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
    Register

    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.

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

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    Register by: 4/13

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