Empowering Women seminar Feb. 5

During the month of February, women from the Vermillion area are welcome to the Washington Street Arts Council building in Vermillion on the corner of Washington and Cedar Streets for a special series focusing on women's well-being. Grace Freeman, a nurse and Farmer's Market gardener, has developed four classes to help women feel empowered in their daily lives. The classes run one hour, from 7 to 8 p.m., with registration at 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday evening, and are meant as an introduction to each topic.

Beginning Feb. 5 at 7 p.m., the class entitled "Feeling Safe" will be taught with Detective Hower from the Vermillion Police Department. The class emphasizes preventative measures along with a few simple active measures in women's self-defense. Women will be encouraged to lead full and active lives and to be aware of possible vulnerabilities as well. The hope is women will develop an awareness of ways to avoid uncomfortable situations and leave the class with a few basic physical measures of self-defense. As a community, if we want to pursue this topic as a longer series itself, we can start that conversation. This class as well as the other three classes are brief introductions to ideas that may enhance the quality of our lives.

Febr. 12 is also Mardi Gras and the series will continue with the class, "Feeling Happy." Grace will teach the "basic step" in various international dance styles. Grace has been assisting in clog dancing instruction in Vermillion over the last four years. Salsa, Bollywood, Hula, West African, Native American, and Clog dancing steps will be introduced. Every step will be accompanied by lively music from each culture. Be ready for an evening of great fun!

Feb. 19 will bring Grace's Farmer's Market business called Prairie Moon Herbs into a class called, "Feeling Beautiful." We will all get to do a basic herbal facial and discuss natural beauty techniques.

Feb. 26, the last class, is entitled, "Feeling Good." Grace will discuss general good nutrition. Herbal tonics and food as medicine will be the focus of the discussion.

The class size is limited and pre-registration via e-mail or phone call is encouraged. Classes can be attended individually or as a series. Cost is $7/class or $25/series. If you are a member of the Vermillion Area Arts Council (VAAC) the cost is discounted to $20/series. Information on becoming a member of VAAC is available though their website, vermillionareaartscouncil.blogspot.com, and will also be available at registration the day of the class. To pre-register or for more information, please call or e-mail Grace Freeman at 624-5369 or gracefreeman@live.com.

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