Connections | August 2019

Every Woman's Place for Support, Connections and Community.

Discover Local HERstories on Our Feminist Walk!

You are invited to join us in our annual Feminist Walk!  Saturday, August 17, 12:00 - 2:00 P.M. join us to uncover the HERstories of our neighbouring communities! We will highlight the amazing women who have worked to make our communities stronger. 
For more details, or to register please visit our website

We recognize that a two-hour walk is not accessible for everyone.  Please feel free to stop at any point. The walking portion is 40 minutes with several stops and breaks. Everyone is welcome!

We are also still looking for volunteers to support this event. Volunteers will be responsible for a short three to five minute speech at one of the stops along our walk. Speeches are already prepared, we are looking for volunteers to deliver those to participants.

 If you are available to volunteer please contact Linda at  linda@womenscentrecalgary.org or call
403-264-1155
Bridgeland on the Mat

Hosted by Calgary Iyengar Yoga & Blushlane Organic Market. E njoy a 1 hour class on Tuesday August 13, @ 6:30 P.M. at the Bridgeland -Riverside Hall Park (917 Centre Ave. N.E.) Afterwards enjoy homemade vegan iced chai, raffle prizes and giveaways! . Bring a friend, a mat and meet us in the park!

Registration is necessary and the cost is $10 per person. All ticket proceeds will be donated to the Women's Centre of Calgary.

Limited spots available, register here for yours. 

Floating Lantern Peace Ceremony

On Saturday, August 3, 8:00 - 9:00 P.M. come and experience the breathtaking beauty of lanterns floating on the Olympic Plaza pool.
 
This is an annual peace event that shares a wish for a peaceful society and a world free from violence.

For more details visit: 

Relation Making Workshop

A free multi-day workshop for artists of all disciplines who identify as Indigenous, Black, or as a Person of Colour. Facilitated by Jin-Sun Yoon and Jin-me Yoon with graphic recording by Tiaré Jung.

Saturday August 3, Monday August 5 & Saturday August 10 (times and locations vary)

To register, please visit the Mountain Standard Time website here
 
Dialogues for Diversity Workshop

Join the first Dialogues for Diversity workshop on August 9 at the Rec Centre in Chestermere.

This workshop takes a deep dive into the exploration of colonization with guest speaker Ryan "Gitz Crazyboy" DerangĂ©

Location- MPP room, Chestermere Rec center

Time- Doors open at 5:30 pm and the workshop will run from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

*Please note this is an event for ages 14+ and the subject matter may be triggering
























































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New on the Blog: Meet Our Artist in Residence, Rocio
You may have enjoyed some of the new growth and vibrant flowers in the Women's Centre's side yard garden throughout the summer. This is due in large part to our newest Artist in Residence, Rocio Graham! 

New on the Blog, Rocio shares how photography and working with the land has inspired her art practice. Read more about Rocio here, and be sure to attend her Flower Pressing and Preservation Workshop on August 7 at the Women's Centre.
Programs for Girls Who Want to Change the World
The Women's Centre hosts FREE, ongoing opportunities for girls between grades 5-12 to build community, discover their existing strengths, and build upon their leadership skills while doing fun activities and social action projects. All snacks, supplies and bus tickets are provided.

Girl Power After School, starting back up again on September 10th, is for girls in grades 5 and 6 and will be entering its fourth year. Girls get to explore issues that they've identified as important to them such as body image, relationships, and identity. Activities like crafts, games, dancing, and theatre give girls a chance to talk about and take action on serious issues in their lives in fun and creative ways. Girls hang out together on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 3:30-5:30 P.M.

Girl Force, for girls in grades 7-9, is entering its second year and will be starting back up again on September 10th. Every Tuesday evening from 6:00-8:00 P.M., girls gather to lead sessions for each other, further develop their leadership skills, and discuss various social issues. Last year girls took a keen interest into topics related to mental health, relationships, and identity, which they explored through different "craftivism" projects and hands-on activities.

All of our programs for girls are drop-in and sign up will be ongoing. Interested? For more information about the program or for details on how to register, please contact Grace at 403-264-1155 or grace@womenscentrecalgary.org
Environmental Issues Discussion: Ecological Grief
Our next environmental issues discussion is focused on Ecological Grief and will take place on Wednesday, August 21, 6:00 - 8:00 P.M.

Grieving the loss or change of a cherished natural space has not always been recognized as a true form of grieving. With wildfires and summers filled with smoke, devastating flooding, and subtle changes in the seasons, ecological grief is now starting to become recognized as a legitimate form of mourning and anxiety. But like all forms of grief, ecological grief is personal, unique, and doesn't often follow a logical pattern. Join us for a discussion around the ways we may grieve a landscape similarly (and differently) to other forms of loss.
 
Amy and Jodi from  Refugia Retreats will lead the group in an exploration of the various facets of ecological grief. The session will include a "101" introduction to this topic, as well as a deeper discussion on the ways in which environmental and ecological grief can become messages of hope and experiences of empowerment.

To register for this discussion please visit our website or email RSVP@womenscentrecalgary.org.
 
August Workshops

For a full list of upcoming August workshops and to register view our calendar here

Come and help us create a community art piece while we learn about botanical preservation techniques and flower pressing. Rocio Graham, our artist in residence, will teach us how to use flowers in art using flowers from our women centre garden and florals from Rocio's personal home studio. The work created by the participants in this class will be used by our artist in residency in a larger installation to be exhibited during Beakerhead in the fall.

You are invited to Paint Night! Make some new friends, and some beautiful art. All experience levels are welcome as the facilitator will guide you step by step to creating your own beautiful painting.

Join us in this exciting and fun dance fitness workshop with Robin O'Grady. This is a dance fitness program with Bollywood style and flair. This is a creative, traditionally choreography featuring Bollywood, Bolly Hip Hop and Bhangra/Folk styles dance fitness class. Come have some fun!
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