LEWISTON — A highlighted activity at the women’s center in January will be a special presentation on Thursday morning, Jan. 12, about the history of the group’s building. Originally an orphanage run by the Sisters of Charity called the Healy Asylum, it is now being renovated.

Marguerite Stapleton will share stories and photos from her research about this work that the Sisters of Charity created and ran in Lewiston. Following the presentation there will be a tour of the building, now called Healy Terrace, soon to reopen as low income housing for seniors.

Other special events in January include a class on storm safety on Friday, Jan. 13, a cooking class with Denise Dill from the Nutrition Center on Jan. 17, a program using masks and mirrors with Victoria Stanton from Safe Voices on Jan. 18 and a class on stress relief with Peg Hoffman on Jan. 30. Kim Jacques from Revelation Massage will be at the center at 1:15 p.m. on Jan. 31. This month she will be offering chair massages.

Groups for personal nurture include “Wisdom Circle” on Jan. 10 and 24 at 1 p.m. with Sarah Wood from the Sexual Assault Crisis Center facilitating, and “Inner Spirit” with Pam Beliveau on Jan. 23. The SARK group will meet on Jan. 26 at 1 p.m. with a focus on building self-esteem and nurturing creativity. The Writers Workshop meets weekly on Monday mornings at 10. A weekly Al-Anon group for women meets on Wednesdays at 12:15.

Student nurses will return on Jan. 19 for weekly health and wellness checks. An intern from Tri County Mental Health is available for conversations on Wednesday mornings. Other regular programs include a writing workshop, poetry lunch and various arts and crafts. The monthly bingo is set for 10 a.m. on Jan. 17. Personal hygiene items are available monthly upon request at no charge.

The center opens at 9 a.m. each weekday, and closes at 3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, at noon on Wednesday and Friday. It will be closed for the Martin Luther King holiday on Jan. 16 and close for snow if local schools are closed. All women are welcome and programs are offered free of charge. For a complete calendar of activities, see www.wisdomswomen.org. Those with questions or who are interested in volunteering should contact the executive director, Klara Tammany, at 513-3922.

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