2014 Events

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

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2014 Schedule of Events

MONDAY 3/3

Lowell Women’s Week 19th Annual Breakfast
7:30AM-9AM | 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.
Hear the inspiring story of our keynote speaker, Linda Sopheap Sou, celebrate this year’s “Because of Her Award” winners, and connect with other amazing women in our community.
Lowell Women’s Week will be collecting donations for women in area shelters at the breakfast and during many Lowell Women’s Week programs. Click here for details.

We Know Our Place…Do You?
10:30AM-11:30AM | Middlesex Community College Lower Cafe (33 Kearney Sq.)
Presented by the Middlesex Community College Theatre Department
The MCC Theatre Department will explore women’s issues and raise questions through improvisation and audience interaction in honor of Lowell Women’s Week 2014.

Get Your Zumba On!
6PM-7PM | Girls Incorporated of Greater Lowell (220 Worthen St.)
Zumba is a fun, great way to get your body moving and get healthy. Who knew that a workout could feel so good! Zumba combines basic Latin style dance and a high energy cardio workout, all while making you feel like the life of the party!

TUESDAY 3/4

Latin@s in the U.S: The Transnational Impact facilitated by Luis Jimenez, PhD
10:30AM-12PM | Middlesex Community College, Lowell City Building, Lower Cafeteria (33 Kearney Sq.)
Presented by MCC Latinos Unidos Club
In linking two otherwise disparate places, immigration has the potential to shift political outcomes both in the host country and in the one that was left behind.  This happens through the transformation of the electorate, the transference of political attitudes through immigrant networks, the reconstruction of political alliances and the creation of new interest groups.  Latin@s in the U.S. portrays a particularly strong example of this global phenomenon as they shape both American politics and those of their homeland. Join us for this interesting discussion, followed by a panel composed of Latina community leaders and activists who will share their experience in this country and their transnational impact.  Panelists will include Patricia Montes, Executive Director, Centro Presente, Milagro Grullon, Director, Lawrence Community Connections, Alexandra Pineros, Director of Organizing, Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugees Advocacy Coalition (MIRA). For more information please contact Audy Ramirez at 978-656-3255.

Creating Recipes for Wellness in Body & Spirit
6PM-7:30PM | 119 Gallery (119 Chelmsford St.)
Play for change! Shake off stress. Build community. Breathe, stretch, and create stories together. Discover your resilient wellness. Open to adults of all ages and abilities. Join us to play with wellness! How do we create goodness within and among ourselves? Learn the language and ethic of play in a deep and powerful way with the easy structure of InterPlay. We’ll enjoy simple forms based in story telling, movement and stillness to create very real opportunities for your body, mind, heart and spirit to work together again. InterPlay is a global social movement dedicated to connection, human sustainability and play. Anyone can do it!

Keeping Your House a Home: A woman’s guide to building a successful home
6PM-8:30PM | Coalition for a Better Acre Home Preservation Center (450 Merrimack St.)
Join us for an evening of celebrating those who truly can do it all: women. In this 2 hour session we will review topics such as budgeting, small home repairs, home organization, getting involved in the community, and other household tips for a smarter, healthier financial lifestyle. Whether you are a single 20 something, a young mother, a retiree, or in between, anyone can benefit from this night of advice, online resources, and story swapping. Specific topics include: creating budget and household binders for organizing your essentials, discuss products every DIY woman needs, grocery budgeting, how to make time for yourself, and more. Please contact Maria Hamm to register or for more information. E-mail: maria.hamm@cbacre.org Phone: 978-970-0600 ext. 3

BP 11-5-13(2)Creative Voice Open Mic
8PM-10PM | Back Page Jazz & Comedy Club (15 Kearney Square.)
Join us for a fun, informal Lowell Women’s Week open mic nite! Share a song, a story, a poem, a dance, or anything else on the theme of Redefining Wellness. First-timers and experienced performers are welcome — this will be a supportive space for women to express themselves. Featuring local artists Marieke Slovin, Masada Jones, and you! People of all genders are welcome and encouraged to attend!

WEDNESDAY 3/5

Women’s Wellness Fair
11:30AM-1:30PM and 4:30PM-8PM |Lowell Community Health Center (161 Jackson St.)
Presented by the Lowell Community Health Center & Lowell General Hospital
Check out informational tables on Women’s Health, fitness and safety  Blood pressure, blood sugar, BMIs, cholesterol screenings will be provide and enter to win some raffle prizes and more…Come and join the fun!

THURSDAY 3/6

Honoring Women Veterans
10:30AM-Noon | D’Youville Life & Wellness Community (981 Varnum Ave.)
Sponsored  by the Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Lowell
The Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Lowell, participating in the national “We Honor Veterans” program, and D’Youville Life & Wellness Community, are collaborating to honor women veterans residing at D’Youville. The VNA will present a certificate and pin to the women veterans, followed by a brief reception for family, friends, and other women veterans who may want to join us.

Braided Streams: Women of Faith Speak
9:30AM-10:45AM | UMass Lowell  Health & Social Sciences Building, Rm 160 (113 Wilder St.)
Presented by the Protestant Campus Ministry at Lowell
Women student panelists from diverse faith traditions reflect on their experiences of the intersection between religion and gender.

Public Art Project Reception
5:30PM-8PM | 119 Gallery (119 Chelmsford St.)
Join us for a special evening of art, music, and celebrating wellness together. View art cards from the LWW Streetscape Project “Recipes for Wellness,” and make your own card to put on display. Performances by female artists, musicians, and improv.

International Film Series Screening of Girl Rising
6:30PM | Middlesex Community College Federal Building, Assembly Room (50 Kearney Sq.)
Presented by the Middlesex Community College Women’s Leadership Network
Girl Rising is a groundbreaking feature film about the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to transform societies. The film presents the remarkable stories of nine girls around the world, told by celebrated writers and voiced by renowned actors. Join us for a discussion with MCC faculty and students immediately following the screening.

FRIDAY 3/7

MCC’s One World Series: Alexandra Wilkis Wilson
9:30AM-10:30AM | Middlesex Community College Bedford Campus Center Cafeteria (791 Springs Road, Bedford)
Presented by the MCC Center for Leadership and Engagement
For more information, or to reserve seats for groups of eight or more, email studentengagement@middlesex.mass.edu
Middlesex Community College’s One World Series will host Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, co-founder of Gilt Groupe, an innovative e-commerce company offering luxury lifestyle products and experiences. This special program will be held at 9:30 a.m., Friday, March 7, in the Bedford Campus Cafeteria, 591 Springs Road. Admission is free and open to the public.OWS_flier_Sp14

Wilkis Wilson has more than 15 years of international experience in luxury goods, retail and finance. As co-founder of Gilt Groupe, Wilkis Wilson is an integral part of shaping the merchandising, branding, marketing and social media for the Gilt Groupe. She is also author of the recent New York Times-bestseller, “By Invitation Only: How We Built Gilt and Changed the Way Millions Shop.”

Wilkis Wilson also serves as a member of the board of directors of three not-for-profit organizations including Dress for Success Worldwide, an organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and career development tools to help women succeed in the workforce.

Leadership High Tea
1PM |  Middlesex Community College Upper and Lower Cafe (33 Kearney Sq.)
Presented by the Middlesex Community College Women’s Leadership Network
The MCC Women’s Leadership Network is hosting a High Tea with high powered women from the greater Lowell community. Special guests include:

  • Francey Slater, Co-Founder of Mill City Grows
  • Franky Descoteaux, Local Business Owner and Former Lowell City Councilor
  • Sophy Theam, Assistant Vice President of Enterprise Bank
  • Antonia DeAngelo, Lowell Police Officer
  • Julie Vergados Simoneau, Registered Nurse at D’Youville Senior Care

Please join us for this social networking event showcasing local women leaders from our community!

SATURDAY 3/8

FinanciallyHers
9AM-2PM | Stoklosa Middle School (560 Broadway St.)
Presented by Community Teamwork
Full day seminar focusing on women and their personal financial management. Childcare will not be provided. Workshops are designed to deliver up to date content that supports women and directly relates to issues faced in today’s economy. Participants will attend two workshops, enjoy a lovely luncheon, spend time networking, and receive a gift card that includes a gift card to Market Basket. Free; Please register in advance by contacting Gladys Santiago at 978-654-5673 or gsantiago@commteam.org.
Click  here for More information on FinanciallyHers!

Making (History) Together: DIY Books and Cards
1PM-3PM | Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center (246 Market St.)
Presented by Lowell National Historical Park
Come hang out and learn to create beautiful handmade books and notecards! Join park staff and women from around the Lowell community for an afternoon of creating art, tea, music, and conversation. Learn how women in Lowell’s past used bookmaking as a way to document their stories, while creatively documenting your own!

Making (History) Together: Radical Women Walking Tour
3PM-4PM | Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center (246 Market St.)
Presented by Lowell National Historical Park
Join park staff for a short walking tour and dialogue on the incredible history of women’s labor activism in Lowell. Come prepared to explore outdoors and share your own reflections and experiences!

Mothers of Rock: A Tribute to Women in Music
7PM-10PM | 35 Wilder St., Lowell
Presented by UMass Lowell MEISA
Mothers of Rock is a benefit concert that celebrates women in music and raises money for Girls, Inc. of Lowell, an after school program for girls. The event features 15 different acts from throughout the UMass Lowell community performing cover songs by female musicians such as Joan Jett, Aretha Franklin, and Lorde!

This year, we will have a special guest headliner – The New England Music Awards nominee and an actual Mother of Rock herself, Sarah Borrello! The event also includes a bake sale, merch, and raffles! More information available at www.facebook.com/umlmeisa.

Post-Women’s Week Events

MCC 9th Annual Women in STEM Luncheon
March 11, 12:30PM-2:30PM | Middlesex Community College, Lower Cafeteria (33 Kearney Sq.)
The Women in STEM Luncheon will feature a panel of women studying or working in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. The women will share their stories of achieving their goals and discuss highlights of their research. Reservations via email are required.  Please contact Professor Margie Bleichman at bleichmanm@middlesex.mass.edu.

Women’s Singing Traditions featuring Jennifer Kreisberg
March 28, 7:30PM | Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center (246 Market St.)
In celebration of International Women’s Month and as an event of the extended Lowell Women’s Week schedule, Lowell National Historical Park presents Tuscarora singer Jennifer Kreisberg. She comes from a family in which the last four generations on her mother’s side consisted of seven singing sisters. Known for her fierce vocals and lilting harmonies, Jennifer Kreisberg has traveled the world with the outstanding vocal trio Ulali, a Native American women’s a cappella group. This Lowell Folklife Series program is free & open to the public. Details at http://www.nps.gov/lowe/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?eventID=526246-232573.

Gathering at the Well Forum: “Who Wears the Pants? Women Workers in Male-Dominated Fields”
April 3, 4PM-7:30PM | O’Leary Library Mezzanine (61 Wilder St.)
Presented by the UMass Lowell Center for Women and Work
What do engineering, the clergy, the military, construction, management, and policing all have in common? They are all historically male-dominated occupations. Join the Center for Women & Work as we explore the experiences of women workers and students who have entered these fields. We will examine the issue through various lenses: academic research that provides statistics and examines the influence of long-held societal values; women’s stories of what it’s like to work in these fields; and the narratives of those who advocate for gender equity in these fields.

Explaining the C-Section Paradox: Risk Aversion and Birth in Organizational Context
April 16, 2:30PM-4PM | O’Leary Library Room 222, UMass Lowell South Campus (61 Wilder St.)
Author and Trinity College Professor, Theresa Morris, will discuss her new book, “Cut It Out: The C-Section Epidemic in America” as well as her personal experience having a C-section for her first birth and fighting for her rights within the current healthcare system to have a VBAC (natural birth) for her second.