Thursday, April 07, 2011

Empowered Women at Your Library

Throughout April and May, we'll be celebrating women's history and empowerment with special programs featuring local women with big success stories.  There will be seminars on a number of fun and interesting subjects, all taught by women from our community.

Keep reading to learn about the topics that will be covered during the Empowered Women series. Find something that interests you, call the hosting library to register, and get empowered! All of the events are free.

Health Benefits of Yoga
Mary Burruss, a certified yoga instructor, presents an informative session on why yoga can help your body, mind, and spirit. Participants will learn a few basic poses and review the health benefits of practicing yoga. Ms. Burruss engages her audience and encourages participation.
Saturday, April 9th       Ginter Park Library      2:00 PM
Tuesday, April 12th      East End Library        12:00 Noon
Monday, May 15th      West End Library         6:30 PM

Chocolate Cravings
Join Cathy Churcher, owner of Chocolate Cravings, to learn everything you've always wanted to know about chocolate and see how it is made from the cocoa nut to candy.
Wednesday, April 13th  Ginter Park Library    6:30 PM
Wednesday, May 4th     Main Library              1:00 PM
Monday, May 9th           West End Library      6:30 PM
Tuesday, May 24th        East End Library       1:00 PM

Modern June - A Passion
Kelly McCants shares how her local business, Modern June, started as a simple creative outlet for a semi-desperate housewife. Now her products are sold in over a dozen brick and mortar shops across America and Canada as well as online boutiques. Her products have even been featured on HGTV.
Wednesday, April 20th   West End Library      6:30 PM
Wednesday, April 27th   Ginter Park Library    6:30 PM

Cook, Shop, and Eat Local
We'll have two local chefs teaching us to think creatively about cooking with fresh, seasonal, and local ingredients. Ellie Basch is a Richmond chef and caterer whose healthful food reflects her active lifestyle as a runner, and her concerns about childhood obesity drive her active role in improving school lunch programs. Sally Schmidt is the owner of Sallyfood and enjoys sharing her passion for cooking and serving fresh, creative, and delicious food.
Tuesday, May 3rd           East End Library       1:00 PM (with Sally Schmidt)
Monday, May 16th         Ginter Park Library     6:30 PM (with Ellie Basch)

Container Gardening
Marlene Sehen, a local landscaper and garden expert, spends her spare time growing food and feeding the enthusiasm for growing food. Learn how container gardening can enhance you environment and your table, without breaking your budget.
Saturday, April 16th       West End Library       2:00 PM
Saturday, May 21st        Ginter Park Library    2:00 PM

Grassroots Fashion and Beauty Tips
Consultant Vera Smith will present tips on how you can establish a fabulous wardrobe with little or no money. These suggestions will empower you to market yourself when seeking employment. If you think you look good, you'll feel better about yourself.
Saturday, April 9th          East End Library       1:00 PM

Join Khalima, owner of Illumination Dance Studio, for a brief history of contemporary bellydance, with a demonstration and talk about the benefits of dance for people of all ages. Khalima is a Richmond performer and instructor of Fusion and Egyptian style bellydance.
Friday, May 6th               East End Library        4:00 PM
Wednesday, May 11th    Main Library               1:00 PM
Wednesday, May 18th    Ginter Park Library    6:30 PM


Laura said...

How does one sign up or apply to teach a class during this week? I have led workshops in the past on natural women's health and how to decode personal care product ingredients. i'd love to teach this in the future if there is a way for the public to get involved.

Dana Smook, RPL Librarian said...

Laura, we won't be able to have you during the Empowered Women series, but we'd love to talk to you about doing something in the future. Call Patty Parks, our community services manager, at 804-646-7223 or e-mail her at She'd love to set something up with you.