Tuesday, February 26, 2008

International Women's Day Celebration

Wednesday, March 5th, 2008 - 6:00pm

Women of all ages are invited to gather at the winery in celebration of International Womens Day. The Gathering is an opportunity for women to step out of their busy lives, relax and enjoy the camaraderie of others over homemade soup and bread, and wine.

  • Opening remarks will be presented by Nancy Newman, local activist and organizer of Port Angeles’ first International Women’s Day Celebration.

  • Karen Brown, director of the G.I.R.L.S. Camp, will discuss the camp’s impact on the lives of local girls.

  • Womanfest Board Members Molly Rivard and Martha Rudersdorf will give a PowerPoint introduction to the Mujeres de Maize Opportunity Foundation.

  • Entertainment will be provided by the Olympic Peninsula’s Sequimarimba band.

Suggested donations of $10 will support the G.I.R.L.S. Camp and Mujeres de Maize. Olympic Cellars will also donate 25% of the proceeds from wine sold by the glass to the charities.

The other Local International Women's Day Events are listed Below:

The Commemoration
Monday, March 10
5:30 p.m. Social and Dinner
6:30 p.m. Program
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Hall, Sequim

A Tribute to the Lifetime Achievements of Hazel Wolf. Stories of the life and accomplishments of Hazel Wolf, activist and founder of 26 Washington State Chapters of the Audubon Society, will be recounted by Wolf’s daughter, Nydia Levick of Port Angeles, and granddaughter, Ann Sargent of Sequim. Wolf, who passed away in 2000 at the age of 101, exemplifies the difference that a single person can make in our society. A casual chili dinner will be available. Suggested $7 donation will support the G.I.R.L.S. Camp. For more information contact Clare Manis Hatler at 360.683.6967 or Diane Nelson at 360.417.2889.

The Celebration
Saturday, March 15
7 p.m. Port Angeles City Council Chambers, Port Angeles

An evening of music and literature. The husband and wife team of Jim Stapleton and Diana Bigelow will present a selection of original stories and songs from their recently released CDs, Sanctuary Reflections and Return to the Sanctuary. The performance is a fundraiser for the premiere production of Women Without Men – A Fable of Modern Iran, a play adapted by Diana Bigelow from a novel by Iranian ex-patriot Shahrnush Parsipur. There will be three performances, August 1-3, in Webster’s Woods Art Park at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center.

Exact Change, an eight-woman ensemble from Port Townsend led by Leslie Lewis, will perform three- and four-part choral arrangements from jazz to pop to classics, and a cappella selections.

Writer and poet Mary Lou Sanelli will read from her recent book of essays, FALLING AWAKE, An American Woman Gets a Grip on the Whole Changing World One Essay at a Time, which was selected as “one of the most fabulous 2008 Northwest titles,” by Seattle writer/reviewer Leslie Thomas. Sanelli is also the author of six poetry collections. For more information contact Rhonda Karls at 360.681.7738 or Molly Rivard at 360.452.0160.

About International Women’s Day
International Women's Day (March 8) is an occasion marked by women's groups around the world. This date is also commemorated at the United Nations and is designated in many countries as a national holiday. When women on all continents, often divided by national boundaries and by ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic and political differences, come together to celebrate their Day, they can look back to a tradition that represents at least nine decades of struggle for equality, justice, peace and development.

About the Sponsors
Womanfest is a local non-profit that has been providing women of the Olympic Peninsula with empowering experiences and associations for more than 20 years. The organization hosts an annual Fall Retreat, sponsors workshops, lectures, concerts and other events for the community and provides additional support for worthy women-centered projects and programs.

The League of Women Voters of Clallam County is a nonpartisan, volunteer, member-driven organization established to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation in government. LWV does not support or oppose political parties or candidates. Membership is open to anyone of voting age.

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