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NEW! Fall Your Guide


The Natural World Exhibition
Sept. 30–Nov. 13

Hatha Vinyasa/ Restorative Yoga
Oct. 20, 9:30–10:45a

Therapeutic Yoga
Oct. 21, 10:00–11:00a

Yoga Nidra
Oct. 22, 10:00–11:30a

Pen & Ink Drawing
Begins Oct. 24, 1:00p

Supper & Film:
Finding Vivian Maier

Oct. 24, 6:00–9:00p

Pencil Drawing
Begins Oct. 25, 1:00p

Mythical Creatures
Begins Oct. 25, 1:00p


Calendar of Events



Womanspace Rockford

Drum Workshop w/ Helen Bond | Rockford's Dark History |
Essential Self-Care Practices | Book Discussion: Just Mercy |
Film: Wedding Days


Open Up a World of Possibilities:
On the Page and in Our Lives

Our writing can affect our world in endless ways. It can weave beauty in and around our lives. The stories we tell have the ability not only to show our perception and experience of the world, but to change our vision and understanding of it. By creating new possibilities on paper, we open our minds/hearts/souls to the many new treasures and opportunities that lie within us. No experience in writing is necessary but seasoned writers are welcome.

Debby Gaines, a licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer, fulfilled her lifelong dream of becoming a writer. She earned an MFA in Writing & Consciousness from the California Institute of Integral Studies, moved back to the cornfields she grew up with, and continued her career in funeral service. Her passion in caring for the dead, her observant eye on the living, and her spiritual connection to corn influences her writing. She is currently working on a multi-genre memoir, using her own life as a microcosm to create a layered look at society’s fascination with and avoidance of death.

Course #: WRT16-1
Date: Sept. 7, 21, Oct. 5, 19, Nov. 2, 16, 30, Dec. 14
Time: Wednesdays, 6:00–8:00p
Facilitator: Debby Gaines, MFA
Location: Media Room
This class is in session.
Register by 9/6. Registration Policy


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Drumming Workshop with Helen Bond & Fode Camara
Helen Bond and Fode Camara (visiting Guest Artist from Guinea, West Africa) will be teaching how to play djembe and dunun (bass) drums while sharing the cultural context of the rhythms. They will be offering a workshop series of 4 classes teaching traditional West African Drumming. You will learn techniques and solo patterns as well as a full rhythm on dunun drums (bass drums). Bring your own djembe drum, if you have one, otherwise drums will be provided. All levels welcome!

Helen Bond is a dynamic percussionist, teacher & storyteller who has found music to be an inspiration and source of strength and resiliency since her childhood. For the last 15 years, Helen has traveled regularly to Guinea, West Africa to study the intricate musical traditions and culture of the Malinke people, whose ancestors created the djembe and dunun drums centuries ago. In addition to touring annually, she teaches at retreats, local schools, colleges and universities. She is adjunct-faculty at Lake Forest College where she teaches the “West African Drumming Ensemble” class. Through her company, Medusa’s Musical Mysteries, Helen offers classes in Guinean percussion music, drum facilitation, and gives storytelling performances.

Winter Session
Course #: WK16-17
Dates: February 19, 26, March 5, 12
Time: Sundays, 6:00–8:00p
Instructors: Helen Bond & Fode Camara
Location: New Dimensions Upper Studio
Regular Fee: $135 (thru 11/30); $150 (after 11/30)
Members' Fee: $120 (thru 11/30; $135 (after 11/30)
Register by 11/30 for reduced fee; final registration by 2/15. Registration Policy

Early Bird Fees:
Name & Phone. Have Drum? Y/N


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Rockford's Dark History —
Ghostly Encounters & Ghastly Crimes

Kathi Kresol, local historian and founder of Haunted Rockford Paranormal Tours will share stories of Winnebago County dark history and ghostly encounters. Kathi has been researching Rockford’s history for over 10 years for Haunted Rockford Tours and her local newspaper column, “Voices from the Grave.” Her first book, Murder and Mayhem in Rockford was published in November 2015. Kathi will share some of the most unusual stories she has collected that portray the dark side of human nature.

Kathi Kresol has worked at the Rockford Public Library for years and loves sharing, in any way possible, her enthusiasm for reading. She started teaching history using ghost stories when she homeschooled her children. Kathi loved the research and the ghost stories so much, she wanted to share them with the Rockford community. She found the perfect solution in forming Haunted Rockford Paranormal Tours. Kathi is passionate about history and is honored that she can share stories of the men, women, and children who settled Rockford and gave so much to create our rich history.

Angela Miller Mascharka has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with Rockford Health System/Mercyhealth for the past 25 years & is currently working at the Cancer Center located at Rockford Memorial Hospital. She also provides clinical counseling through her private practice at Glenwood Center. Angela has been actively involved with Advance Directives initiatives in the Rockford area for many years and has extensive experience providing these services to patients and families.

Course #: WK16-13
Date: October 27
Time: Thursday, 6:00–8:00p
Facilitators: Kathi Kresol
Location: William Reif Gallery
Regular Fee: $15
Members' Fee: $10
Register by 10/26. Registration Policy

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


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Essential Self-Care Practices for the Prime Years
This experiential program is designed to help women “re-tool” for the next chapter of life. Many of us are natural caregivers of others but we haven’t yet learned to give care to ourselves. Come and learn essential self-care practices to help guide you through this exciting time. Wear loose comfortable clothing.

Karen Radtke is an Advanced Practice Nurse (Nurse Practitioner), and a board certified Holistic Nurse. She has a passion to help people improve their health.

Course #: WK16-14
Date: November 3
Time: Thursday, 6:30–8:00p
Presenter: Karen Radtke, MSN, APN
Location: William Reif Gallery
Regular Fee: $15
Members' Fee: $10
Register by 11/2. Registration Policy

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


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Book Discussion: Just Mercy
Circuit Court Judge Rosemary Collins will lead our discussion of the Best-seller Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama. The one commonality of people on death row: if their victim was white, the perpetrator is 11 times more likely to be condemned to die than if their victim was black. As a 23-year-old Harvard law student and intern, Stevenson’s first assignment was to deliver a message to a man living on death row. This assignment led to his calling: representing the innocent, the inadequately defended, the children, the domestic abuse survivors, the mentally ill. This book shows how the poor and disadvantaged are punished — and the need for equal justice.

The Honorable Rosemary Collins is the Presiding Judge of the Domestic Violence Coordinated Courts Division, Presiding Judge of the Family Law Division, and carries a full time felony trial calendar as a Circuit Court Judge. She is chairperson is the 17th Judicial Circuit’s Family Violence Coordinating Council, President of the Board of Directors for Children’s Safe Harbor, and spearheaded the opening of the Domestic Violence Assistance Center in the courthouse. Judge Collins is a member of the Womanspace Advisory Council.

Course #: WK16-15
Date: November 7
Time: Monday, 6:30–8:00p
Facilitator: Judge Rosemary Collins
Location: William Reif Gallery
Regular Fee: $15
Members' Fee: $10
Register by 11/3. Registration Policy

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


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Film & Discussion: Wedding Days
Twenty couples all on one weddings page of a 1980s British newspaper, captured for a moment in time. What would happen to those happy, smiling couples once they embarked on married life together? Wedding Days proved to be a fascinating journey — a charming, moving film that provided a social history of Britain, a unique perspective of both marriage and of the last quarter of a century. See how society and married life had changed over this period and what did and did not make for a happy marriage.

Connie Wenger retired from a 22-year career in corporate America and spent a few years exploring her new options. She volunteers for several non-profits, has served on the Womanspace Board of Directors, ran for local public office, served in the Peace Corps, and enjoys spending time with her grandkids!

Course #: WK16-16
Date: November 10
Time: Thursday, 6:30–8:30p
Facilitator: Connie Wenger
Location: William Reif Gallery
Regular Fee: $15
Members' Fee: $10
Register by 11/9. Registration Policy

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


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