News and Events

September 2014

The Nineteenth Amendment: 1912 to 1920 at the Northborough Historical Society
Friday, 9/26/2014 6:30 PM-9:30 PM
Northborough Historical Society, 52 Main St., Northborough, MA - free
This lecture will cover the events that took place from 1912 to 1920 and highlight the main figures involved in passing the amendment that gave women the right to vote.

Mark Bashour has taught history and government at Quinsigamod Community College for the past 16 years. Originally from Northborough, Mark has been a member of the Nortborough Historical Society for 12 years.

The evening will begin with a Pot Luck Supper at 6:30 pm. Members and the public are invited to bring their favorite dish and gather for an old-fashioned supper. The societys meeting will begin following the supper at 7:30 pm, followed by the evenings program.

Meetings are held at the Historical Society building, 52 Main Street (corner of Main and School Streets) in Northborough. There is no charge to attend. All are welcome.
For more information, e-mail or call 508-393-6298.

WMMA's Womens Self Defense Seminar
Sunday, 9/28/2014 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Worcester MMA, 210 Summer Street, Worcester, MA - $50
3 hour seminar with Brazilian Jiujitsu Black Belt, Daniel Simmler, to learn his proven self defense technique! This is to ensure that no woman ever feels unsafe again! Friends and families who sign up together will receive a $10 discount. Open to women of any age! Mothers, daughters, grandmothers, sisters, aunts, cousins- all are welcome to attend!
For more information, e-mail or call 508-797-9255.

October 2014

Two Women Talking: Restor(y)ing Culture, Gender, Sexuality and Tradition
Thursday, 10/2/2014 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Clark University: Dana Commons, Higgins Lounge, Second Floor, 950 Main Street, Worcester, MA - Free
In this live, unscripted performance, Benaifer Bhadha and Monsoon Bissell weave their life stories together--stories that take place between western and eastern worlds, touching on issues of personal identity, culture, gender, sexuality, violence, illness, and tradition. Their stories reside in the kitchens of India, in the bathrooms of Connecticut boarding schools, in the traditions that families insist on keeping, in the silence around abuse, in the isolation of mental illness, and in the complexities of growing in two cultures. In the retelling of these tales, Bhadha and Bissell hold the power to re-story their personal narratives, heal from them, and exercise choice in how they define their own identities. They invite others into the sacred space between listener and teller, moving away from shame and fragmentation to a place of strength and integration.

Benaifer Bhadha has worked as a clinical social worker, human rights activist, and community organizer. She has fostered the storytelling of pregnant teenagers in the Bronx, sex workers from eastern Europe, gay men facing discrimination from their own governments in southern Africa, and transport workers fighting the stigma associated with HIV and AIDS in Kenya. Bhadha currently teaches with Narativ, Inc., helping students to connect with others through storytelling.

Monsoon Bissell's career has largely focused on narrative work, including filmmaking, counseling, coaching, writing and performing. Bissell has an active coaching practice and is the Co-Dean of Programs for the Indian Society for Applied Behavioral Sciences.

This event is part of the Higgins School's Fall 2014 Dialogue Symposium, "Tell Me a Story: Exploring the Power of Narrative." This semester, our programming will explore storytelling as a form of personal and artistic expression, as a scholarly methodology that crosses and connects disciplines, and as an act of social and political empowerment. For a complete list of symposium events, visit
Sponsored by: Higgins School of Humanities, Department of Political Science and the Women's and Gender Studies Program at Clark University
For more information, e-mail or call 508-793-7479.

Celebrate World Smile Day
Friday, 10/3/2014 3:30 PM-4:30 PM
Worcester Public Library, Childrens Program Room, 3 Salem Square, Worcester, MA - free
With unique Games , fun facts and activities, and other funny businesses.
For more information, e-mail

Sirona Women's Writing Retreat
Saturday, 10/4/2014 8:30 AM-5:00 PM
Second Chance Farm, Sterling, Sterling, MA - $100
aturday, October 4, 2014

8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

$100 (includes morning coffee, tea, catered luncheon, afternoon snack)

Second Chance Farm, Sterling, Massachusetts

Registration Available for 6 to 10 Women ~ Download your registration form at Sirona Writing Retreats at

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting  over and over announcing your place in the family of things. ~ from The Wild Geese by Mary Oliver

Are you craving a safe place to let your words flow? Are you inspired but cant seem to settle into moving your thoughts from brain to page? Are you seeking the truth of your own inner wisdom? Do you have stories you need to tell?

There is a robust body of wisdom  both scientific and anecdotal  linking the expressive arts, especially writing, with healing and overall health and wellbeing. Journaling (or keeping letters or diaries) is an ancient tradition, one that dates back to at least 10th century Japan. Successful people throughout history have kept journals, yet today we rarely give ourselves the gift of reflection, and time to gather our thoughts, never mind express them in a journal, poem, essay, or story.

As women, we often find ourselves adapting to the needs of others, stifling our stories, our frustrations, our pain, our hopes, our dreams. We keep our secrets to ourselves. We even hide our joys and pleasures.

At the Sirona Womens Writing Retreat we will meet together at the Second Chance Farm in a group of 6-10 writers. Writers of all levels of experience and of all genres are invited. All writing is done during the retreat.

Join us at the Sirona Womens Writing Retreat at the Second Chance Farm in beautiful Sterling, Mass. on October 4, 2014, to open up yourself to the healing ways of writing.

For more information, e-mail

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