I AM takes readers on a life-changing journey in which they will discover the incredible power they have over their experience of life, finding that the doorway to eternal peace, happiness, and fulfillment lies in one of the shortest sentences in the written word but the most powerful in the universe: I AM. 4th Mondays of the month, March 27, 7 to 8:30 pm. $15 per session or four for $55
Here is the schedule.
March: I AM, Howard Falco
April: The Places That Scare You, Pema Chodron
May: The Prophet, Kahlil Gibran
June: Hallelujah Anyway, Anne Lamott
Re-Registration in August
September: Defy Gravity, Caroline Myss
October: The Surrender Experiment, Michael A. Singer
November: A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, Donald Miller
Do you know how to knit and purl? Are you tired of making scarves? Do you have knitting UFOs (Un-Finished Objects) hidden away? If you’d like to brush up your knitting skills in good company, come and join a Monday morning knitting group facilitated by Beth Kelly. Bring your project, yarn, and needles, and enjoy the conversation with others who share your interest.
Mondays, 10 am to noon. $15 per session or $55 / four sessions.
Getting It Together: Financial Skill-Building for Women
These workshops will help you to become a more confident financial services consumer. Learn how to tackle common financial concerns. Learn how to find and use unbiased information about products and services. This series is facilitated by professional financial advisers Anne Wieboldt, MBA, CFA(R), CFP(R) and Nancy Wieboldt, MBA, CTFA. No specific products or services are promoted.
March 29 - POAs, Wills, Trusts, Ethical Wills
April 5 - Speaker: Estate Planning Specialist, Q&A, Discussion
2 Wednesdays: March 29 and April 5, 10 to 11:30 am, $25 per workshop or both for $45
Join the fun and help hospitalized children. All you need is the ability to stitch two squares of cloth together by hand. Sewn strips of colorful cloth are turned into finished quilts that are donated to Project Linus. Conversation around the table is reminiscent of the quilting bees of old.
Mondays: March 6, April 3, June 5 noon to 2 pm. No charge. [group does not meet in May due to the Winnetka Congregational Rummage Sale]
Harriet Porter, LCSW, will facilitate a fascinating AND fun discussion on The Power of When, by Michael Breus, PhD. The author uses the new science of chronobiology to show us how to make micro-adjustments in our daily lives. While every person’s biological clock is different, the vast majority of us fall into four chronotypes. In class, you will be taking the chronotype quiz and learning the best time to do everything.
8 Tuesdays: April 4 to May 23, 1 to 2:30 pm. $160/$150 when registration is paid 5 days in advance.
Winter is the perfect time to explore the short stories of three Russian authors with Tanya Vovk, who has a passion for literature and extensive knowledge of Russian masterpieces. This three-part series will explore works by Turgenev, Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky. Stories should be read in advance. Tanya will send a link to the reading before each class.
- 'Mumu' by Ivan Turgenev - for 4/5 discussion
- 'After the Dance' by Leo Tolstoy - for 4/12 discussion
- 'A Novel in 9 Letters' by Fyodor Dostoyevsky - for 4/19 discussion
3 Wednesdays: April 5, 12, 19, 1:30 to 3:30 pm. $50 or $20 per session
Join author Therese Evans for this experiential workshop to learn simple and direct steps to strengthen your divine connection and ‘access the small voice’ within. Learn to recognize the two distinct thought systems, the Voice of Love and the Voice of the Ego.
Does packing for a trip stress you out? This Salon covers strategies to help you pack more efficiently and travel with confidence. Image and wardrobe consultant Suzanne Newman explains how to build your essential travel wardrobe for business or pleasure, and provides tips and tricks on coordinating outfits and packing with ease. There will be time for Q&A.
This dynamic group, always open to new participants, will complete The Best American Short Stories of the Century in May, and begin delving into The Art of the Tale: An International Anthology of Short Stories, edited by Daniel Halpern. [Details at www.womens-exchange.org]
9 alternating Fridays: April 7 to July 21, 10 to 11:30 am. $115 series, $15 per session.
Children today live in a different world than the one you—or your children—grew up in. Learn about today’s children, their parents (your kids), and being a modern grandparent from Blakely Bundy, The Alliance for Early Childhood, director emeritus and co-director of Defending the Early Years, a national early childhood advocacy organization. She shares her perspective from her work with young children and their parents for more than 35 years, and from her own experience as a grandmother of 10.
While most people say their goal in life is to be happy, and that more money is the key to that happiness, the research disagrees. One of the key factors in increasing happiness is living a life of purpose. But how do you identify your purpose? This workshop will help you do just that.
In this 2-hour interactive workshop, with certified life coach Hélène Tragos Stelian, you will learn a step-by-step process, based on the best purpose research, to identify how you are meant to spend your time and energy. You will become clear on what matters to you, what your talents are, and what passions you wish to pursue. You will come out of this workshop with a personal mission statement that will guide your decisions moving forward and empower you toward meaningful and purposeful action.
Pre-work: Identifying your gifts
Contact 3 people who know you well and ask them: What are my greatest strengths or unique gifts?
YOU can make a difference in your life! Join the WEll-being discussion led by Duke trained integrative health coach Stephanie Pearce for Bagels, Brew and WEll being on April 17 for an hour of information, inspiration and to "Spice it Up with Spices".
Together we can all age well – today, tomorrow and for years to come.
Monday, April 17, 10 to 11 am at Women’s Exchange. $10
This is a great introduction to the basic process all professional organizers use to de-clutter and organize. The 5 steps can be applied to home or office, a single drawer, closet, or an entire room! Karen York, Professional Organizer (recently featured on Windy City Live), will help you learn how to get and stay organized.
Wednesday, April 19, 2:30 to 4 pm OR 6:30 to 8 pm. $25
This discussion group with Beth Kelly, PhD, of DePaul University, will examine the following books: April 19: First Women: The Grace and Power of America’s Modern First Ladies by Kate Anderson Bower. May 17: Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly. June 21: Hissing Cousins: The Untold Story of Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth by Marc Peyser and Timothy Dwyer. [More details on the website.]
3 Wednesdays: April 19, May 17, June 21, 6:30 to 8 pm. $60 series, $25 per session.
Denise Hamburger guides you on a journey to examine the way you think about your body and your relationship with food. The first workshop discusses body image and the thoughts behind your ideal for your body. The second workshop presents a framework to manage eating and weight without dieting. Learn to eat what you want, when you want, by listening to your body’s signals.
Author Barbara Mahany returns to Women’s Exchange to share personal love letters on the mysteries and gifts of mothering, interspersed with family recipes and essays, all offering lessons in how to love well in her soon to be released newest book, “Motherprayer.” She captures the ephemeral moments of motherhood -- the hard, the glorious, the laughter and the tears -- and invites readers to pay attention, and see the sacred lessons in loving. We will celebrate all mothers in our life with champagne toast.
Friday, April 21, 4 to 5:30 pm. Winnetka Congregational Church. $20
Gather at the forest preserve for a guided 4.4-mile walk, north around the lagoons to the Botanic Garden and back. Meet at the Tower Road parking lot, just west of Forest Way, Winnetka, at 8 am. Walk begins promptly at 8:15 am. [More details on the website.]
Beautiful colors are not the only reason to add plants to our garden. Plants with extra value are those that can tolerate difficult growing conditions, provide foliage interest, food for pollinators and add fragrance. Join Jennifer Brennan, Chalet horticulturist to learn more. No charge to WE guests.
Tuesday, April 25, 10 to 11:30 am. Chalet Garden, Wilmette. Must register.
Join us for our final healthy living book group of the season when we discuss Mindless Eating, written by food psychologist Brian Wansink. His research and recommendations can revolutionize our awareness of how much, what, and why we’re eating—often without realizing it. Our interactive discussion of the books findings along with the solutions offered from his research and additional publications can make it mindlessly easy for you to eat, live and be healthier. And remember you don’t even need to read the book!
Wednesday, April 26, 1 to 2:30 pm. $20 single session
Join the fun for ourSpring Luncheon, Saturday, April 29th.Doors open at 11:30 am, Lunch served at Noon with the program featuring: Historical Reenactor, Martina Mathisen at 1 pm. "Chicago True Stories: What Made the 1920's in Chicago so Remarkable?"
Tickets are $75 for lunch and program.
$150 with one raffle ticket, underwriting donation to Women's Exchange and name listed in the Program.
Raffle tickets can be purchased at Women's Exchange or at the Luncheon. Eight amazing Baskets will be raffled during this event.
Seats are limited. Reservations are final April 24, 2017 or when venue is filled to capacity.
Define your image and build your personal style. In just two sessions, you will be on your way to achieving the optimal look for your goals, both professional and personal. Suzanne Newman, fashion and image consultant, is an expert on de-cluttering and organizing, as well as helping people enhance their image and appearance. You will learn many basics, organization tips, tricks, and fashion “dos and don’ts.”
The vibrant colors and lush foliage of tropical plants enhance our living areas. Using summer tropicals in our outdoor living areas can work. Learn how with Jennifer Brennan, horticulturist who will introduce you to Chalet favorites! No charge to WE guests.
Wednesday, May 17, 1 to 2:30 pm. Chalet Garden, Wilmette. Must register.
BetsyMeans of WomanLore returns to portray Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), an American author and poet. Stein was best known for her modernist writings, extensive art collection, and literary salon in 1920s Paris. For some 40 years, her home at 27 rue de Fleurus on the Left Bank was a gathering place for expatriate American artists and writers, and others in the vanguard of arts and letters, most notably Pablo Picasso.
For many busy professionals, the iPhone has become as essential as a computer. Are you looking to get the most out of your iPhone? Mike Gershbein of Very Smart People will show us tips and tricks on everything from increasing battery life, to organizing photos, to making Siri work for you.
Are you a dog owner looking to start a family or add to your existing family? Join Beth Hurley, certified dog trainer and Paws presenter, for a discussion on how to bring your baby home in a way that’s safe for baby and your family dog. Learn how prepare yourself and your dog for less stress and conflict, so that you can enjoy your new baby. Gain a better understanding of how dogs communicate and what they perceive as you go through pregnancy and into motherhood.
T.C. Boyle’s novel, The Women, explores the baffling complexity of architect Frank Lloyd Wright through his messy romantic relationships. Join an engaging three-week discussion facilitated by Connie Garner.
3 Thursdays: May 25, June 8, June 22, 1 to 2:30 pm. $50 series, $20 per session.
Join us when Women’s Exchange hosts Jody Perl, certified career coach, who will demystify the interview process offering recent college grads [and moms] practical tips to ace your interview! Learn to articulate your strengths and your story to stand out from the crowd. Pizza included!
There’s lots of drama in our world. Business, media, schools, lives, all are fueled too often in today’s chaotic times by drama. And that leads to toxicity in our lives: the “Dreaded Drama Triangle” (persecutor, victim, rescuer). In this eye-opening presentation, Cheri Neal, trainer and coach, will discuss strategies to transform the way you interact with others.
Are you feeling stressed, overwhelmed, frustrated or anxious? Join Catherine Celimene, life coach and new facilitator to WE, on a journey to optimize your well-being so you can begin to reach your greatest potential.
Women and Heart Disease: Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention
Heart disease remains the number-one killer in women. What many don’t know is that symptoms can vary from woman-to-woman, and that the warning signs aren’t the same as they are for men. Join Philip Krause, MD, interventional cardiologist within the NorthShore Cardiovascular Institute, for a discussion on women’s heart health.
Join docent Judy Demetriou to walk Kenilworth's leafy streets and learn about Joseph Sears and the history of the village. View landmark homes from 1893 to mid-1920's designed by noted architects Frank Lloyd Wright, George Maher, Franklin Burnham, and others. Wear comfortable shoes.
Tuesday, June 13, 2 to 4 pm. Location and details upon registration. $25
Katharine Yao, MD, and Peter Hulick, MD, from NorthShore University HealthSystem will share how you can optimize the management of your medical care and health, as well as understand potential genetic risk factors for breast cancer and other diseases. Hear how personalized medicine, pharmacogenomics and genetic testing are relevant to your and your family’s health.
Author and ordained Zen priest Joanne Cacciatore will share how loss is transformed to peace, devastating grief to active and practical love, as she discusses her new book, Bearing the Unbearable. 20% of all purchases will benefit Women’s Exchange.
Wednesday, June 21, 6:30 pm, The Book Stall, 811 Elm Street, Winnetka.No charge.