Events for women boost girl power this weekend

By: Jenna Nielsen, Journal staff writer
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This weekend, it's all about the ladies. In celebration of International Women's Day Saturday, a few local organizations are hosting events that are sure to boost your girl power. We want to celebrate the achievements of women in the world, said Suzanne Grace, of the Gathering of Remarkable Women event she is hosting at Auburn's Foothill Community Church Saturday. It's for all women ” of all cultures, economic, social and ethnic backgrounds. The event is also a fundraiser for Women for Women International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping women in war-torn regions of the world. Grace has been affiliated with the organization for several years, and thought Saturday's focus on women would be a good opportunity to bring awareness to the organization. I have been really inspired by this organization, Grace said. It helps women rebuild their lives and I think this is a good opportunity to recognize that while also recognizing our own achievements as women. Grace said she will show a 10-minute video about the organization. The video will be followed by a group mediation, the sharing of tea and the sharing of each other's stories. It's a great way to connect with each other, Grace said. A Gathering of Remarkable Women will be held 3-5 p.m. Saturday at Foothills Community Church, 2945 First. St. in the DeWitt Center. Call (530) 637-5088 for more information about this free event. Gather the Women, a gathering of women and women's organizations who share a belief that the time is now to activate the incredible power of women's wisdom on a planetary scale, will host an event at the Grass Valley Veteran's Hall Saturday. The doors will open at noon for an art show and lunch available for purchase. We are creating a rich exchange of cultural values that will help women from all walks of life learn important leadership skills that can be transferred to their own communities, Gather the Women's mission statement claims. Together, we women are contributing to a new collective wisdom and are lending our strength so that others may benefit. From this emerging movement, women worldwide are learning to change communities that reflect a balanced, harmonious, and peaceful world. Local women speakers include Aeron Miller, Loren Swift, Patt Lind-Kyle, Janaia Donaldson, and Sandy Schmidt. This event will be held from 1:30-5 p.m. Saturday at the Grass Valley Veterans Hall, located at 255 S. Auburn St., Grass Valley. Cost is $10. Call (530) 477-7883 for information. Acres of Hope, a renewal center for homeless women with children in Placer County, will host a benefit Saturday at the Sunset Center in Rocklin. The event will feature hors d'oeuvres, desserts, wine tasting, gourmet coffee and the live jazz sounds of the Margie Ruiz Quartet. A silent auction and raffle will also take place. Because Acres of Hope is a privately funded organization and we don't receive any county or federal funding, we rely on the support of the community, said Christine Ourada, program director for Acres of Hope. Everything we raise from the Taste of Hope (benefit) goes directly to the expenses of the women and children here. We pay for their living expenses, food and day care while they are in classes. Ourada said Saturday's event is the biggest fundraiser for Acres of Hope. We want to help women grow out of their domestic violence situations or drug situations and help them become more productive in society, Ourada said. Taste of Hope, benefiting Acres of Hope, will be held 6:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Sunset Center, located at 2650 Sunset Blvd. in Rocklin. Cost is a $25 donation in advance or $30 at the door. Call (530) 878-8030, ext. 2 or visit for information or to obtain tickets. The Journal's Jenna Nielsen can be reached at or comment on this story at