Women’s center to begin new year with Welcome Back Lunch

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LEWISTON — The Center for Wisdom’s Women will offer two programs for the New Year. On Friday, Jan. 2, the center will re-open, after a week-long break, for its traditional Welcome Back Lunch of black-eye pea soup, served with Dilly Bread. Help cook in the morning and have lunch served at 11 a.m.

On Saturday, Jan. 3, there will be a Quiet Day. Executive Director Klara Tammany will lead opening reflections and offer a reading at lunch. The day will begin at 10 a.m. and end with shared conversation at 2 p.m.. In between the group will be silent. A soup lunch will be provided for those who sign up ahead of time.

Kitchen programs in January will include “What’s Cookin’?” at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6. On Thursday, Jan. 15, Pattie will teach how to make her Dilly Bread. It is a yeast bread so the session will begin at 10:30 a.m. and stretch through the day.

Paul Drowns from the Nutrition Center will visit at noon Tuesday, Jan. 20, for the Peasant Pantry group. Participants will prepare a one-dish meal that is served to the wider community on Thursday, Jan. 22. This month it will be Hungarian cabbage, sausage and rice. Serving time is between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Reservations are appreciated. There is no charge for the meal, although donations are invited, with income given to the team that prepared the meal.

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The Book Club will meet at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26, with Ann Auer leading discussions. The new book is “Overcome: Burned, Blinded and Blessed,” by Carmen Blandin Tarleton. It is her story of recovery after being beaten and severely burned with lye by an estranged husband. Copies of the book are available at the center.

The Playing with Poetry class offered by Kathryn Tracy is scheduled for noon Wednesday, Jan. 7, with a guest poet, Claire Hershom. Time includes experiencing poems through reading and writing. The weekly Writing Workshop with Pat Gardiner will continue at 10 a.m. each Monday.

Regular end-of-month activities include bingo at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27,  and the women’s clothing give-away all day Thursday, Jan. 29. The Art Van will visit at 10 a.m.  Wednesday, Jan. 28, followed by the January birthday party at 12:30 p.m.

A special Tie and Take Scarf Day is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 15. The center has a bag of donated scarves. Learn many ways to use scarves and take one or two home.

A new Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Group will begin to meet weekly from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26. It will be run by Health Affiliates. Those interested need to sign up ahead of time by calling Trena Jackson at 333-3278 before Monday, Jan. 12.

Ongoing support for family caregivers is available on Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m., and a weekly Al-Anon group, the only one in Lewiston, meets at 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays. The BLT group for bisexual, lesbian and transgendered women and their friends or family will meet at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29.

The center is continually in need of hygiene items which it gives away. The center has requests from over 70 individual women each month.

Center hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to noon Friday. It will be closed  New Year’s Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 19.  For a full calendar of events, visit www.wisdomswomen.org. All women are welcome, programs are offered free and no appointments are needed. Oatmeal breakfasts are available daily and the center has a shower available for use.

Those with questions or interested in volunteering should contact Tammany at 513-3922. Donations can be written to Trinity Church/Wisdom and sent to the Center for Wisdom’s Women at PO Box 1016, Lewiston 04243.

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