I am sure you've dodged the bullets of a sinister cupid during the month of mushy love. To you, here is a resounding congratulations. For those who did not, don't fret or stress, the best is yet to come (our month)!
For those who do not know, Women's History Month is the entire month of March, which means there's more time for focusing on our accomplishments, improving ourselves individually, collectively and the existing relationships with those around us (such as family, friends and coworkers). There are a few events going on in the area which are directly celebrate and empower women in the Metro Detroit area. Here are a few unique opportunities and activities:
Plus Academy Detroit Open House, Saturday, March 13 3pm-5pm at the St. Regis Hotel Detroit, MI (free). The Plus Academy, which has been around in the New York area since 1999, is branching out to several other major cities which include Detroit, Atlanta and Chicago. Gwen DeVoe, CEO of DeVoe Signature Events, also known for the launch of last year's Full Figured Fashion Week, is expanding her famous academy to other locations in order to help launch the careers of plus size potential models nationwide. For information about registration (which is free) go to www.plusacademydetroit.com
Free Shooting Lessons by Rick Ecktor (women only) Target Sports Shooting Range, Royal Oak, MI, March 14th 12pm-2pm. Rick Ecktor, owner of Rick's Firearm Academy in Detroit , is providing free shooting lessons for women who do not have a CPL. There is a limit of 5 who are able to register and as of right now it is filled (but check back often to see if there are any cancellations). I personally have attended one of his sessions and it was very liberating to know how to handle a gun and to overcome the fear of guns themselves. He teaches you basic safety rules, etiquette inside of the shooting range and how to discharge a gun. He also is holding a CCW course March 13th for those who are interested in purchasing a CCW. Check the Firearm Academy link for location and contact info.
The 30 Days to Lose It Series at the Charles H. Wright Museum (every Tuesday this month starting at 6pm - free)Although the kick off started promptly on March 2nd, it is never too late to join in the fun and learn tips to getting in shape and keeping healthy to live the most fruitful life possible. The next event that is slated for March 16 is titled "Healthy Consumption". This event is proudly sponsored by St. John Health System, Trader Joe's, B.L.A.C. Detroit Magazine, and Henry Ford Health System's Institute on Multicultural Health. In addition to many fun activities to motivate you towards a healthy lifestyle, you'll also have the chance to meet the host, Carla Triplett, the season 7 contestant of "The Biggest Loser". For more info on registering (which is free) call 313-494-5817 or email email@example.com. Come dressed to work out!
Aurora Harris Presents Her Masters Paper March 16th University of Detroit Mercy (McNichols Campus) President's Dining Room, Student Center (Second Floor) 7-9pm (free). World renowned writer, community worker & scholar Aurora Harris will be presenting her masters essay which features the interviews of Ms. Michele Gibbs (Russell), Ms. Lolita Hernandez, Dr. Gloria House, and Ms. Emily Lawsin, all who are cited as being "four minority women artists and educators deeply engaged in our local, national, and international struggles over race, gender, and class." The essay will discuss engaging questions pertaining to living as females, artists, scholars and activists. After the presentation, there will be a roundtable with Ms. Hernandez, Dr. House, Ms. Lawsin and the audience. This event is open to the public. For more information contact Rosemary Weatherston, Co-Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program (firstname.lastname@example.org / 313.993.1083).