Events

2015 Event Calendar

Lowell Women's Week open mic, 2014.

All Lowell Women’s Week events are open to the public! Admission to programs is free unless otherwise noted. All events take place in Lowell unless otherwise noted. 

Please check back often as we will add events on a weekly basis leading up to Women’s Week. If you’d like to get involved with hosting an event, click here.

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2015 LOWELL WOMEN’S WEEK EVENT LISTING (by date)

Pre-Women’s Week Event!
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25  |  6:00pm – 8:00pm
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf
Sponsored by Middlesex Community College Office of International and Multicultural Affairs
Location: Lowell Cowan Center, Upper Cafe (33 Kearney Sq)ForColoredGirls2015
In honor of Black History Month, the Office of International and Multicultural Affairs is sponsoring an engaging community production that explores the intersection of seven different women’s stories. The choreopoem, “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf ” sheds light to themes of violence against women, racial injustice, empowerment, love, post traumatic syndrome, social-constraints, survival, resilience and much more. The production is an African tradition based artistic expression that combines poetry, dance, music and song followed by a facilitated discussion. This performance is specifically geared toward a mature audience. FREE and open to the public!
Contact: For more information or if you are interested in bringing a class please contact Maria McDuffie at mcduffiem@middlesex.mass.edu or 978-656-3457

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SUNDAY, MARCH 1 – TUESDAY, MARCH 31  |  MONDAY-Saturday 9am – 4pm, SUNDAY 2pm-4pm
Exhibit: Celebrating 20 Years of Lowell Women’s Week
Sponsored by Lowell Women’s Week Committee
Location: Mogan Cultural Center, 40 French St
View public art created for Lowell Women’s Week by women and girls who live and work in Lowell, other art and artifacts. Banners, collages, posters, photos, proclamations and more will be on display in the lobby and art room.  FREE and open to the public.
Contact: Anne Mulvey / anne_mulvey@uml.edu / 978-660-2889
Website: www.LowellWomensWeek.org

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SUNDAY, MARCH 1  |  2:00pm – 3:30pm
Women’s Week Opening Reception: Celebrating 20 Years of Lowell Women’s Week
Sponsored by Lowell Women’s Week Committee
Location: Mogan Cultural Center, 40 French St
Please join us at the opening reception of Celebrating 20 years of Lowell Women’s Week, an exhibit of art and artifacts. FREE and open to the public. No registration required.
Contact: Anne Mulvey / anne_mulvey@uml.edu / 978-660-2889
Website: www.LowellWomensWeek.org

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MONDAY, MARCH 2  | 7:15am – 9:00am
Annual Lowell Women’s Week Breakfast, 20th Anniversary
Equality for Women is Progress for All
7:15 AM-9:00AM
Lenzi’s (810 Merrimack Ave., Dracut)
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Please join us for a morning of inspiring words, community, and recognizing the achievements of extraordinary women in greater Lowell. Keynote Speaker: Anne-Marie Bisson, President and Founder ofCatie’s Closet. Master of Ceremonies: Christa Brown, Outreach Coordinator of Girls Incorporated of Greater Lowell.

The 2015 recipients of the Because of Her Award will be honored for their creative and positive ways of meeting real needs in our community.

Get involved – This year, Lowell Women’s Week will be collecting donations for Catie’s Closet. Donations will be collected at the breakfast and during Lowell Women’s Week programs. Please consider donating young women’s undergarments (underwear from youth sizes 4 to women’s/teen style size 18) and toiletries of deodorant, shampoo, body wash, toothpaste and toothbrushes. Please contact JoAnn Marcos (joann_marcos@nps.gov) with any questions. Thank you for your generosity!

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TUESDAY, MARCH 3  |  6:00pm – 8:00pm
Death Cafe
Sponsored by Circle Home, Inc.
Location: Pollard Memorial Library, 401 Merrimack Street
“Death Cafes” began in Europe and have quickly gained popularity across the U.S. This is not a therapy group, not grief support, and not a promotion of any product or service. It’s a group discussion without any agenda, objectives or themes. It’s simply an opportunity to discuss any and all aspects of death, breaking the stigma of silence around this topic, while enjoying some tasty refreshments. The objective is “to increase awareness of death with a view to making the most of our finite lives.” Join us for Lowell’s first Death Café! Visit http://www.deathcafe.com for more info. Registration not required but helpful for planning purposes. No cost to attend, all adults welcome. May not be suitable for the newly bereaved.
Contact: Irene Egan / Irene.Egan@CircleHomeHealth.org / 978-805-2641
Website: www.CircleHomeHealth.org
Public phone number: 978-459-9343

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TUESDAY, MARCH 3  |  7:35pm – 9pm
Public Film Screening:  Vulva 3.0 – A film by Claudia Richarz and Ulrike Zimmermann
(Release date: 2014, 52 min)

Sponsored by The Lowell Film Collaborative
Location: The Luna Theater, 250 Jackson Street, 4th Floor
Special Women’s Week Event Admission Price: $8.00 per personV 3.0 Image

We live in hyper-sexualized times. The press, advertisements and TV are constantly putting naked women and their genitalia on display. But many women are still deeply prudish when it comes to the relationship with their own body. In public we see airbrushed, de-individualized anatomies which conform to the standards of attractiveness used by the porn industry. The ideal image of the smooth, perfectly shaped vulva with symmetrical labia has little to do with the actual shape of most female genitalia. The resultant insecurity many women feel about their own bodies has proven to be a goldmine for cosmetic genital surgery which promises to manufacture the perfect vagina via the surgeon’s scalpel. With their comprehensive and unflustered research into the history of this particular aspect of the female anatomy in the 21st century, the directors shed light on every facet of the matter in hand, from sex education to censorship, from the airbrushing of ‘misshapen’ labia in pornographic images to the work of activists against female genital mutilation — and, in doing so, celebrate the diversity of the female body!

“Amusing and horrifying by turns, but consistently fascinating throughout.”
The Hollywood Reporter
“An enthralling documentary.” —The Huffington Post
“Warm and affectionate whilst incredibly informative.” — Cinecola
“A wonderful start to a conversation about a socially taboo subject, deserving of more thorough exploration.”— Verite Film Magazine

Contact: Suzzanne Cromwell / info@lowellfilmcollaborative.org
Website: www.LowellFilmCollaborative.org

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm (6:00-6:30 – Mingle & munch, 6:30-8:00 – Program & play)IP photo ContactDance
Playing for Change: InterPlay
Sponsored by InterPlay, Inc., Girls Incorporated of Greater Lowell, UMass Lowell
Location: Girls Incorporated of Greater Lowell, 220 Worthen St
Come play for a change! We’ll stretch, move, breathe and tell stories together, experiencing connection and community through play. InterPlay is a global movement building community and sustainability for all. Teens and adults of all abilities welcome. No experience needed!
Contact: anne_mulvey@uml.edu / 978-660-2889
Website: http://www.interplay.org

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Women’s Basic Self Defense Demonstration
Sponsored by Lowell Police Department, UMass Lowell Police Department, and Lowell National Historical Park
Location: Lowell Senior Center, 276 Broadway St
Come learn basic women’s self-defense techniques with officers from the Lowell Police Department, UMass Lowell Police Department, and Lowell National Historical Park. This free workshop is open to all women – no prior knowledge necessary, come ready to learn.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 5  |  8:30am – 10:00am
Women Leading
Sponsored by Greater Lowell Community Foundation
Location: Lowell Community Health Center, 161 Jackson St
In today’s fast-moving economy, women have more opportunities than ever to innovate and lead exciting challenges at work. Yet research shows women build networks and gain influence differently than men. In this workshop, we’ll discuss the art and science behind building confidence. You’ll learn skills to direct and influence meetings and be a more confident leader. Who should come: women in business and nonprofits who are interested in enhancing skills and building their networks. Pre-registration required! Registration will be set-up closer to the event at www.glcfoundation.org.
Contact: fatima@glcfoundation.org / 978-970-1600
Website: www.glcfoundation.org

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THURSDAY, MARCH 5  |  5:30pm – 8:30pm
Women of Empowerment
Sponsored by Lowell General Hospital & LCHC
Location: Lowell General Hospital Main Campus, Clark Auditorium, 295 Varnum Avenue
Join us for a panel discussion featuring prominent women from local organizations. The event will include networking, dinner, and a panel discussion with Q&A. Pre-registration is required!
RSVP via email to: Neysha Wilkinson /neysha.wilkinson@lowellgeneral.org / 978-788-7224

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FRIDAY, MARCH 6  |  12:30pm – 2:00pm
High Tea with High Powered Women
Sponsored by Middlesex Community College – Women’s Leadership Network
Location: MCC Lower Cafe, Cowan Center, 33 Kearney Square
Join us for this social networking event showcasing local women in our community living and promoting leadership roles. No pre-registration required.
Contact: Maria McDuffie / mcduffiem@middlesex.mass.edu / 978-656-3457
Website: https://middlesex.collegiatelink.net/organization/WLN

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SATURDAY, MARCH 7  |  11:00am – 2:00pm
FinanciallyHers
Sponsored by Community Teamwork
Location: Stoklosa Middle School, 560 Broadway St.Financially Hers
FinanciallyHers, offered during Lowell Women’s Week, is a seminar focusing on women and their personal financial management. Workshops are interactive designed to deliver up to date content that supports women and directly relates to issues faced in today’s economy. Our focus is to help women become financially independent by offering the right tools and resources.
Men are welcome to attend as well.
Participants will choose a workshop, enjoy a lovely luncheon, spend time networking and receive a gift card to Market Basket.
Free,
registration required:
to register contact Gladys at 978-654-5673 or email gsantiago@commteam.org

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SATURDAY, MARCH 7  |  1:00pm – 3:00pm
Workshop: Make Your Artistic Beauty Statement with Fresh Flowers!
Sponsored by DeveZon Floral Design & Creation
Location: 160 Western Avenue, Loft #218
Workshop: Make your artistic beauty statement with fresh flowers! Connect colors, flowers and smells in your unique design. Learn from floral artist Rufiya Blank of DeveZon Floral Design & Creation as you create a stunning custom centerpiece using fragrant fresh flowers and other decorative elements. Participants will learn some historical facts about floral design and go home with a stunning centerpiece. Pre-registration required! RSVP via email to:info@devezon.com with subject line “March 7 Workshop.”
Contact: Rufiya Blank / info@devezon.com / 978-482-6810
Website: http://www.devezon.com/rufiya-blank-creation-and-floral-design/

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SATURDAY, MARCH 7  | 2:00pm – 2:30pm
Walk through Women’s History
Sponsored by Lowell National Historical Park
Location: Begins at Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center, 246 Market St.

Early 20th century photo of three women in Lowell wearing elegant hats.

Women’s stories are written into the bricks, cobblestones, and landscape of our city – come explore some of these hidden histories on a short walk through downtown Lowell with Ranger Emily. The tour will conclude at the Mill Girls & Immigrants exhibit. Stick around for the What Does a Feminist Look Like? program at 2:30pm, or explore further on your own.
Contact: Emily Levine / emily_levine@nps.gov / 978-275-1780
Website: http://www.nps.gov/lowell

SATURDAY, MARCH 7  | 2:30pm – 4:00pm
What Does a Feminist Look Like?
Sponsored by Lowell National Historical Park
Location: Mill Girls & Immigrants Exhibit, 40 French St
Equality, Progress, and…Feminism? Do you identify as a feminist? Or is “feminism” something you shy away from? Maybe you’re wondering what feminism actually means – and is it reallynecessary, anyway? Whatever your feelings on feminism are, come with your questions! Talk them out in a safe conversation space with Ranger Resi. This interactive tour is open to individuals of all genders, whether you feel passionate about feminism, or have some reservations about “that F word”. We’ll visit the Mill Girls and Immigrants exhibit, where you can learn more about struggles for women’s equality, in Lowell and elsewhere, past and present – and decide for yourself what a feminist could look like!
Contact: Resi Polixa / theresa_polixa@nps.gov / 978-275-1784
Website: http://www.nps.gov/lowell

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SATURDAY, MARCH 7  |  5:00pm – 7:00pm
Degringolade
Sponsored by Loading Dock Gallery
Location: Loading Dock Gallery @ Western Avenue Studios, 122 Western Avenue
Two Lowell artists tackle issues of impermanance and change and the natural process of aging in Degringolade, a month long art exhibit. The show will run from March 7 to April 2 with an opening night reception complete with light refreshments on March 7th. Free and open to the public at The Loading Dock Gallery, a not-for-profit gallery located at Western Avenue Studios.
Contact: Renee Mallett / contact@reneemallett.com / 978-394-2127
Website: www.theloadingdockgallery.com
Alternative email: info@theloadingdockgallery.com

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SUNDAY, MARCH 8  |  10:30am – 12:30 pm & 1:00pm – 3:00pm (2 sessions, pick one)
Farm or Factory: Which Would you Choose?
Sponsored by Lowell National Historical Park & Tsongas Industrial History Center
Location: Boott Cotton Mills Museum, 3rd Fl., 115 John St
Students at weaving studio 3 - TIHC -c omprJoin Ranger JoAnn Marcos and experience weaving your own cloth. Enjoy weaving on a Harrison floor Loom – you choose the design and colors. Then take a journey through the Historical Park and explore the working and living conditions of the Yankee Mill Girls. What was life like on the farm? Was Lowell the land of opportunity? Come see for yourself. Ages 14-adult welcome.
Program is free, but registration (978) 970-5000 required due to availability
of Harrison floor looms.
Contact:
JoAnn Marcos / joann_marcos@nps.gov
Website:
http://www.nps.gov/lowell

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TUESDAY, MARCH 10  |  12:30pm – 1:45pm and 2:00pm – 3:15pm
Braided Streams: Women of Faith Speak (18th Annual)
Location: Coburn Hall 109 (UMass Lowell South Campus), 850 Broadway St, http://www.uml.edu/maps/#/buildings/coburn-hall-cob (not wheelchair accessible)
A panel of women students from diverse faith traditions reflect on their experiences of the intersection between religion and gender. If you are interested in attending and need parking, please contact Imogene_Stulken@uml.edu.
Contact: Imogene Stulken / Imogene_Stulken@uml.edu

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SATURDAY, MARCH 14  |  2:00pm – 4:00pm
Equality, Progress, and “Having It All”
Sponsored by Lowell National Historical Park & Tsongas Industrial History Center
Location: Boott Cotton Mills Museum, 3rd Fl., 115 John St
WORKERS DSCF5926 -comprHave women accomplished “having it all?” What does “having it all” mean, anyway? Did the mill girls in Lowell “have it all”? In this interactive workshop program, you can decide for yourself! We’ll start with “Workers on the Line”, an experience co-hosted with the Tsongas Industrial History Center, where you can explore the labor issues relevant to Lowell’s mill women. After the workshop, join in on a conversation with Ranger Resi on gender equality and women’s work, historically and today.
Contact: Resi Polixa / theresa_polixa@nps.gov / 978-275-1784
Website: http://www.nps.gov/lowell

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SUNDAY, MARCH 15  |  10:30am – 12:30pm & 1:00pm – 3:00pm (2 sessions, pick one)
Farm or Factory: Which Would you Choose?
Sponsored by Lowell National Historical Park & Tsongas Industrial History Center
Location: Boott Cotton Mills Museum, 3rd Fl., 115 John St
Students at weaving studio 3 - TIHC -c omprJoin Ranger JoAnn Marcos and experience weaving your own cloth. Enjoy weaving on a Harrison floor Loom – you choose the design and colors. Then take a journey through the Historical Park and explore the working and living conditions of the Yankee Mill Girls. What was life like on the farm? Was Lowell the land of opportunity? Come see for yourself. Ages 14-adult welcome.
Program is free, but registration (978) 970-5000 required due to availability
of Harrison floor looms.
Contact:
JoAnn Marcos / joann_marcos@nps.gov
Website:
http://www.nps.gov/lowell

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SATURDAY, MARCH 21  |  9:00am – 1:00pm
Introduction to Personal Safety & Self-Defense for Women
Sponsored by Lowell General Hospital
Location: Lowell General Hospital Clarke Auditorium, 295 Varnum Ave.
Join us for this one-day workshop where you will learn about warning signs of aggressive behavior, how to react to an attack, and basic self-defense skills. This workshop will include a safety lecture followed by an array of personal safety techniques and self-defense. Participants should wear loose, comfortable clothing and sneakers.
Free, registration required – to register please call Amanda at 978-788-7368

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SATURDAY, MARCH 28  | 7:30pm (seating begins at 7:00pm)Golden Door
The Golden Door: A new musical play about Boston’s immigrants, past and present
(an In Good Company Production)
Sponsored by Lowell National Historical Park
Ani and her husband Marco run a failing Armenian grocery store in a transitional Boston neighborhood. On the day they put the store up for sale, unexpected events bring in immigrants from Mexico, China, and the Caribbean. As these customers share their stories, songs and dances, they change the way they see each other, their community, and the future of the store. Following the performance, join us for a dialogue about the show and how it connects to immigrant experiences today.
Tickets are free, by reservation only – limits of 5 tickets per person. To reserve your tickets, please call 978-970-5000.

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MONDAY, APRIL 6 / WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8 / FRIDAY, APRIL 10  |  5:30pm – 9:30pm
Self-Defense for Women
Sponsored by Lowell General Hospital
Location: Lowell General Hospital Clarke Auditorium, 295 Varnum Ave.

Did you know that the more prepared you are, the less likely you are to need self-defense? When you can recognize and respond effectively to potentially dangerous situations, you are more confident in your everyday activities and are less likely to become a target of crime.
This training utilizes the RAD (Rape, Aggression, Defense), which is a comprehensive, women-only course. RAD is the nationally recognized standard in self-defense education for women. Since 1989, RAD training has been offered in communities, businesses and college campuses across the country.
The training is 12 hours total, but is broken up into 3 separate four-hour blocks. The sessions focus on awareness, risk reduction, and options for physical self-defense. The program concludes with a simulation exercise where participants are able to use the defensive skills they have learned and practiced.
Free, registration required – to register or for questions please call Allison at 978-937-6360