Midtown: Community

Women’s Day gathering to honor Raleigh native

You won’t find a card at the drug store for International Women’s Day just yet, but the day of celebration that began in 1911 is gaining popularity around the world. Women in Raleigh will be gathering for the second year in a row.

Women of all ages are invited to a free celebration from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 8, at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, 1801 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. The event is sponsored by A Place for Women to Gather, a networking and support center in North Raleigh for Triangle women.

“It will be a time to celebrate women’s achievements, honor women that you know personally and tell your own story,” said organizer Margaret Thurston. “You will also have the chance to meet other women who have achieved and are interested in empowering women.”

The celebration will include activities such as yoga, a labyrinth walk, and singing along with music performances, storytelling and a drum circle. Exhibits on issues important to women, such as health, community resources and quilting will be on display.

One of the highlights will be a discussion led by professors from St. Augustine’s University. Dr. Mary Scott, Shirlkeymu L. Winston and Shelley A. Middleton will present “Anna Julia Haywood Cooper: Educator, Feminist, Internationalist.”

Cooper, a Raleigh native who died in 1964, is being honored during the event for her contribution to the women’s movement, especially in the area of education for African-American women. While attending St. Augustine’s College, she was displeased with the “ladies curriculum” and lobbied to be able to take the same challenging courses as the men.

“It took a lot of strength and assertiveness for her to make a difference,” Thurston said. “She also had a lot of courage because it wasn’t accepted at the time for women to speak out.”

For more information on the Raleigh International Women’s Day celebration, visit www.womengather.org.

Spaghetti dinner fundraiser

Fairmont United Methodist Church will hold a spaghetti dinner fundraiser from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at the church, 2501 Clark Ave., Raleigh. All proceeds will be used to send a work team to Haiti in July. The menu will include spaghetti, salad, bread, beverage and dessert. Plates are $12 for adults, $8 for children ages 6-12 and free for children younger than 6. For more information, call 919-832-3316 or email info@fairmontumc.org.

Extraordinary You workshop

The community is invited to The Extraordinary You workshop from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at Unity Church of Raleigh, 11101 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh. Rev. Dr. Bill Holton and Rev. Dr. Cher Holton will help participants learn to access their seven core abilities through a seven-step process that will help them be their best selves. For more information, email ucrprograms@earthlink.net or call 919-870-7364.

Bible conference

Bible Temple Way will hold a Bible conference at 7:30 p.m. from Monday, March 4, to Friday, March 8, at the church, 1110 Holmes St., Raleigh. Pastor John Newman of Jacksonville, Fla., will speak on Monday and Tuesday, and Pastor James Rowson from Orangeburg, S.C., on Wednesday and Thursday. Bishop Darnell Dixon of Bible Temple Way will preach on Friday. For more information, call 919-833-4466.

Thiel Choir Concert

The Thiel Choir from Thiel College in Greenville, Pa., will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2723 Clark Ave., Raleigh. The concert will feature a cappella songs, traditional hymns, African folk songs and music from Lutheran composers. Admission is free; a freewill offering will be collected. For more information, call 919-828-1687 or visit www.htelc.org.

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