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    • February 08, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • William Reif Gallery & Zoom
    Register

    West With Giraffes

    by Lynda Rutledge

    Wednesday, February 8

    10:00–11:30 am

    This class is both in-person and on ZOOM. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the link to join the class. IPDH and CDC guidelines about face masks will be observed if in-person.

    It’s 1938. The Great Depression lingers. Hitler is threatening Europe, and world-weary Americans long for wonder. They find it in two giraffes who miraculously survive a hurricane while crossing the Atlantic. What follows is a twelve-day road trip in a custom truck to deliver Southern California’s first giraffes to the San Diego Zoo. Behind the wheel is the young Dust Bowl rowdy Woodrow. Inspired by true events, the tale weaves real-life figures with fictional ones.

    Part adventure, part historical saga, and part coming-of-age love story, West with Giraffes explores what it means to be changed by the grace of animals, the kindness of strangers, the passing of time, and a story told before it’s too late.

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

    Register by: 2/6

    • February 09, 2023
    • February 23, 2023
    • 2 sessions
    • Media Room
    • 9
    Register

     Thursdays, February 9, 23

     1:00–2:00 pm

    Facilitator:  Julie Thompson

    IPDH 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 Eight before joining the group.

    Register by: 2/7 or 2 days before session

    • February 12, 2023
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
    • 6
    Register

    Sunday,  February 12 **Online Registration is Required to attend this class!
    2:00–4:00 pm

    Facilitator:  Julie Thompson

    IDPH and CDC guidelines about face masks will be observed.

    We invite you to join this monthly group to enjoy the camaraderie of making music together. We will explore traditional drumming rhythms, the rhythms of sayings, Nursery rhymes, and the rhythms of emotions as we connect with each other and to the earth. No talent or previous experience required.

    Bring your own percussive instrument if you have one. Limited instruments are available to borrow during class.

    Register by: 2/10

    • February 13, 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Media Room
    • 6
    Register

    Join this new evening women's book club! And no, you don’t have to be a "bad girl" to join the group. This group will focus on books with female authors and unique female protagonists.  In depth and honest opinions are encouraged.  You don’t even have to finish the book to join in on this fun book discussion group. Indulgent beverages and desserts will be served, and bad girl attire encouraged! 

    Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Pérez

    Monday, February 13

    6:00 pm–8:00 pm

    Facilitator: Lisa Alexander

    IDPH and CDC face mask guidelines will be observed.

    “More than grief, more than anger, there is a need. Someone to blame. Someone to make pay.”

    Ashley Hope Pérez takes the facts of the 1937 New London school explosion—the worst school disaster in American history—as a backdrop for a riveting novel about segregation, love, family, and the forces that destroy people.

    Historical fiction with a number of disturbing the themes, this book depicts a moment of history that is worth remembering.

    Register by 2/11

    • February 15, 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
    • 10
    Register

    Wednesday, February 15
    6:00–9:00 pm

    IPDH and CDC face mask guidelines 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.

    Black History Month special Supper & Film showing of A Raisin in the Sun, 1961, starring Sidney Poitier. It will include a discussion of Lorraine Hansberry, the playwright that brought A Raisin in the Sun to the Broadway stage. Ms. Hansberry was the first African-American female to bring a play to Broadway. The play/film highlights the lives of black Americans in Chicago living under racial segregation and their attempts for a better life outside the city. It was nominated for numerous awards. 1961. 128 min.

    Advance Registration REQUIRED. NO WALK-INS. Register by: 2/13

    • February 19, 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Anjali Pavilion or William Reif Gallery
    • 16
    Register

    Sunday,  February 19

    12:00-3:00 pm

    Instructor: Helen Bond

    IDPH and CDC guidelines about face masks will be observed.

    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. Bring your own drum if you have one. Limited instruments available to borrow during class.

    Must have a minimum of 8 students, so please register by: 2/17

    • February 27, 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
    • 9
    Register

    Monday, February 27
    6:00–9:00 pm

    IPDH and CDC face mask guidelines 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.

    When Tony Lip, a bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx, is hired to drive Don Shirley, a world-class Black pianist, on a concert tour from Manhatten to the Deep South, they must rely on “The Green Book” to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African-Americans. Confronted with racism, danger as well as unexpected humanity and humor—they are forced to set aside differences to survive and thrive on the journey of a lifetime. 2018. PG-13. 130 min.

    Advance Registration REQUIRED. NO WALK-INS. Register by: 2/25

    • March 07, 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
    • 10
    Register

    Tuesday, March 7
    6:00–8:00 pm

    Facilitator: Peighton Fei

    IPDH and CDC face mask guidelines will be observed.

    A safe, sacred circle of women gathering during each full moon — to teach, listen, learn, heal, and grow. This connection is magic, a divine and staple role in society, and we’d like to welcome it into our local community. Each circle will be given a theme to guide, but not limit, the discussions and ceremonies.


    Register by: Mar 5

    • March 08, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • William Reif Gallery & Zoom
    Register

    Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir Interrupted

    by Suleika Jaouad

    Wednesday, March 8

    10:00–11:30 am

    This class is both in-person and on ZOOM. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the link to join the class. IPDH and CDC guidelines about face masks will be observed if in-person.

    In the summer after graduating from college, Suleika Jaouad was preparing, as they say in commencement speeches, to enter “the real world.” She had fallen in love and moved to Paris to pursue her dream of becoming a war correspondent. The real world she found, however, would take her into a very different kind of conflict zone.

    Between Two Kingdoms is a profound chronicle of survivorship and a fierce, tender, and inspiring exploration of what it means to begin again.

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

    Register by: 3/6

    • March 09, 2023
    • March 23, 2023
    • 2 sessions
    • Media Room
    • 10
    Register

     Thursdays, March 9, 23

     1:00–2:00 pm

    Facilitator:  Julie Thompson

    IPDH 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 Eight before joining the group.

    Register by: 3/7 or 2 days before session

    • March 12, 2023
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
    • 9
    Register

    Sunday,  March 12 **Online Registration is Required to attend this class!
    2:00–4:00 pm

    Facilitator:  Julie Thompson

    IDPH and CDC guidelines about face masks will be observed.

    We invite you to join this monthly group to enjoy the camaraderie of making music together. We will explore traditional drumming rhythms, the rhythms of sayings, Nursery rhymes, and the rhythms of emotions as we connect with each other and to the earth. No talent or previous experience required.

    Bring your own percussive instrument if you have one. Limited instruments are available to borrow during class.

    Register by: 3/10

    • March 13, 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Media Room
    • 9
    Register

    Join this new evening women's book club! And no, you don’t have to be a "bad girl" to join the group. This group will focus on books with female authors and unique female protagonists.  In depth and honest opinions are encouraged.  You don’t even have to finish the book to join in on this fun book discussion group. Indulgent beverages and desserts will be served, and bad girl attire encouraged! 

    The Liars' Club by Mary Karr

    Monday, March 13

    6:00 pm–8:00 pm

    Facilitator: Lisa Alexander

    IDPH and CDC face mask guidelines will be observed.

    Mary Karr grew up in a swampy East Texas refinery town in a volatile and defiantly loving family. In this funny, devastating, haunting memoir and with a raw and often painful honesty, she looks back at life with a painter mother, seven times married, whose outlaw spirit could tip over into psychosis, and a hard-drinking, fist-swinging father who liked nothing better than to spin tales with his cronies at the Liars’ Club.

    Karr’s style and description will pull you in. You won’t want this book to end!

    Register by 3/11

    • March 26, 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Anjali Pavilion or William Reif Gallery
    • 19
    Register

    Sunday,  March 26

    12:00-3:00 pm

    Instructor: Helen Bond

    IDPH and CDC guidelines about face masks will be observed.

    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. Bring your own drum if you have one. Limited instruments available to borrow during class.

    Must have a minimum of 8 students, so please register by: 3/24

    • March 27, 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
    • 9
    Register

    Monday, March 27
    6:00–9:00 pm

    IPDH and CDC face mask guidelines 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.

    In partnership with the House of Dior, Mrs. Harris Goes To Paris tells the story of a widowed cleaning lady in 1950s London who falls madly in love with a couture Dior dress and decides that she must have one of her own. After she works, starves, and gambles to raise the funds to pursue her dream, she embarks on an adventure to Paris which will change not only her own outlook, but the very future of the House of Dior. 2022. PG. 115 min.

    Advance Registration REQUIRED. NO WALK-INS. Register by: 3/25

    • April 06, 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
    • 10
    Register

    Thursday, April 6
    6:00–8:00 pm

    Facilitator: Peighton Fei

    IPDH and CDC face mask guidelines will be observed.A safe, sacred circle of women gathering during each full moon — to teach, listen, learn, heal, and grow. This connection is magic, a divine and staple role in society, and we’d like to welcome it into our local community. Each circle will be given a theme to guide, but not limit, the discussions and ceremonies.


    Register by: Apr 4

    • April 10, 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Media Room
    • 10
    Register

    Join this new evening women's book club! And no, you don’t have to be a "bad girl" to join the group. This group will focus on books with female authors and unique female protagonists.  In depth and honest opinions are encouraged.  You don’t even have to finish the book to join in on this fun book discussion group. Indulgent beverages and desserts will be served, and bad girl attire encouraged! 

    The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

    Monday, April 10

    6:00 pm–8:00 pm

    Facilitator: Lisa Alexander

    IDPH and CDC face mask guidelines will be observed.

    The Bluest Eye is Toni Morrison’s first novel, a book heralded for its richness of language and boldness of vision. Set in the author’s girlhood hometown of Lorain, Ohio, it tells the story of black, eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove. Pecola prays for her eyes to turn blue so that she will be as beautiful and beloved as all the blond, blue-eyed children in America. In the autumn of 1941, the year the marigolds in the Breedloves’ garden do not bloom. Pecola’s life does change- in painful, devastating ways.

    Banned in some classrooms for “explicit language.” This book explores truths that are hard for many people to face. Truly a work of genius.

    Register by 4/8

    • April 12, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • William Reif Gallery & Zoom
    Register

    Horse: A Novel

    by Geraldine Brooks

    Wednesday, April 12

    10:00–11:30 am

    This class is both in-person and on ZOOM. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the link to join the class. IPDH and CDC guidelines about face masks will be observed if in-person.

    A discarded painting in a junk pile, a skeleton in an attic, and the greatest racehorse in American history: from these strands, a Pulitzer Prize winner braids a sweeping story of spirit, obsession, and injustice across American history.

    Based on the remarkable true story of the record-breaking thoroughbred Lexington, Horse is a novel of art and science, love and obsession, and our unfinished reckoning with racism.

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

    Register by: 4/10

    • April 13, 2023
    • April 27, 2023
    • 2 sessions
    • Media Room
    • 10
    Register

     Thursdays, April 13, 27

     1:00–2:00 pm

    Facilitator:  Julie Thompson

    IPDH 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 Eight before joining the group.

    Register by: 4/11 or 2 days before session

    • April 16, 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Anjali Pavilion or William Reif Gallery
    • 18
    Register

    Sunday,  April 16

    12:00-3:00 pm

    Instructor: Helen Bond

    IDPH and CDC guidelines about face masks will be observed.

    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. Bring your own drum if you have one. Limited instruments available to borrow during class.

    Must have a minimum of 8 students, so please register by: 4/14

    • April 20, 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
    • 10
    Register

    Thursday, April 20
    6:00–9:00 pm

    IPDH and CDC face mask guidelines 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.

    A Special Earth Day Supper & Film showing Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret. “Follow the shocking, yet humorous journey of an aspiring environmentalist, as he daringly seeks to find the real solution to the most pressing environmental issues and true path to sustainability”. A healthy and delicious plant-based meal will be served. A discussion will follow the film, led by Jody Perrecone, member of the Sustain Rockford committee — a grass root environmental group that advocates and educates for practices and policies that protect our community’s land, air and water to benefit all. 2014. NR. 90 min.

    Advance Registration REQUIRED. NO WALK-INS. Register by: 4/18

    • April 23, 2023
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
    • 9
    Register

    Sunday,  April  23**Online Registration is Required to attend this class!
    2:00–4:00 pm

    Facilitator:  Julie Thompson

    IDPH and CDC guidelines about face masks will be observed.

    We invite you to join this monthly group to enjoy the camaraderie of making music together. We will explore traditional drumming rhythms, the rhythms of sayings, Nursery rhymes, and the rhythms of emotions as we connect with each other and to the earth. No talent or previous experience required.

    Bring your own percussive instrument if you have one. Limited instruments are available to borrow during class.

    Register by: 4/21

    • April 24, 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • William Reif Gallery
    • 10
    Register

    Monday, April 24
    6:00–9:00 pm

    IPDH and CDC face mask guidelines 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.

    Ruby is the only hearing member of a deaf family from Gloucester, Massachusetts. At 17, she works mornings before school to help her parents and brother keep their fishing business afloat. But in joining her high school’s choir club, Ruby finds herself drawn to both her duet partner and her latent passion for singing. 2021. PG-13. 111 min.

    Advance Registration REQUIRED. NO WALK-INS. Register by: 4/22


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