Women’s Center to host holiday events

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LEWISTON — There will be lots of holiday events at the Wisdom Women’s Center in December.

Card making will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 5; ornament making will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 9; holiday songs and stories will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 12.

Two cookie baking times are set, at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 10, and 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 16. Only those who participate in the baking sessions, or bring a home-baked batch, can participate in the swap and take home a box of cookies.

The annual Christmas party is will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 11. (Snow date Dec. 12 in the morning.) Help with the preparations is welcomed that morning, and with clean-up at the end. Guests are invited to bring snacks, beverages or sweets to share. Lunch will be provided.

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And, to help with the holiday stresses, there is a stretch and relax morning starting at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 17. Reiki will be offered at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 23. Sign up at the center for a 15 minute session. Also, the center has a meditative gathering circle daily at 9:15 a.m.

There will be a dilly bread making class at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 18. Come enjoy the results and take home some leftovers.

The Art Van will be at the center at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 24.

The Book Club continues with the little book soon to be made into a movie, Hector’s Search for Happiness. The group will meet at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 15, with Ann Auer leading discussions. The group will be picking a new book for the new year. Copies of books are available at the center.

The weekly writing workshop with Pat Gardiner continues each Monday at 10 a.m. The monthly Playing with Poetry class offered by Kathryn Tracy is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 10. There will be a special guest poet visit. This group time includes gently experiencing poems through both reading and writing.

Regular end of month activities include the monthly women’s clothing give-away at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 18, BINGO at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 23, followed by the December birthday party at 12:30 p.m.

Support for family caregivers is available at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, and a weekly Al-Anon group, the only one in Lewiston, meets at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.

The BLT group for Bisexual, Lesbian and Transgendered women and their friends or family will meet at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 18.

Sales from new product line, handmade items benefit Wisdom Women’s Center

Now available at The Center for Wisdom’s Women are body care products from the Magdalene Community of Thistle Farms. Located in Nashville, Thistle Farms is a residential program and social enterprise of women who have survived prostitution, trafficking and addiction. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/ThistleFarms.

The body products are hand-made and infused with essential oils. Products available at the center include body butter, body balm, room spray, lotion, lip balm, lip smoothies and scented candles, along with a winter survival kit, a travel kit and an essential oil kit.

Handmade at the center

Also available are Wisdom Boxes and Gratitude Beads made by women at the Center.

Gratitude Beads are small strings of beads to help you develop an attitude of gratitude. Each one comes in a pouch with directions for use and a quote about gratitude. They are $5 each or five for $20.

Wisdom Boxes are small, uniquely embellished boxes that contain a blessing or affirmation. They are $2 each or three for $5.

By purchasing these items you will be sharing the work of the center and raising funds to help support women who have survived prostitution, addiction and other traumas.

Plans to grow calendula

Funds raised from these sales will seed the development of the center’s own social enterprise – growing and processing calendula. Calendula is an herb thought to be particularly healing for women who have been abused. The dried flowers can be made into a soothing salve and other healing products.

For more information, contact The Center for Wisdom’s Women at 513-3922 or stop in at 97 Blake St. (off Bates Street between Pine and Ash, behind Healey Terrace.) The center is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon on Fridays.

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