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Steel Magnolias Show to Benefit EWI, this Thurs/Fri/Sat!

22 Oct

Just a reminder, this weekend only, Group Therapy Productions presents Robert Harling’s comedy-drama STEEL MAGNOLIAS, at the Convergence Sanctuary.

In honor of the 10 year anniversary, all proceeds from the show will benefit
Empowered Women International!   

STEEL MAGNOLIAS focuses on the camaraderie of six southern women who talk, gossip, and harangue each other through the best of times and comfort and repair one another through the worst. The play is alternately hilarious and touching with six female characters that are delicate as magnolias yet as strong as steel.

Performances will be:

Thursday, October 25th at 7:30 pm
Friday, October 26th at 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 27th at 5:00 pm
Saturday, October 27th at 8:00 pm

at

The Convergence Sanctuary
1801 N. Quaker Lane
Alexandria, VA

Tickets are a suggested $20 donation, but no one will be turned away, please pay what you can to support EWI.

Tickets may be purchased from any cast member or email us at mailto:gt.productions9@gmail.com

About “Group Therapy Productions”

What do you get when you cross a group of sensitive actresses, a director, producer, little money but an abundance of inspiration and energy, and a burning desire to help others?  Group Therapy Productions.

The roots of “Group Therapy” can be traced to Charles Dickens.  In December of 2011, the members of “Group Therapy” were all involved in a production of A Christmas Carol at the Little Theatre of Alexandria.  Whether it was the show, the holiday, shared values, or just love of theatre, this group of women formed a strong bond that they refused to break.    The women began meeting to discuss and share their new acting ventures, classes, and life experiences.  One member jokingly called it “Group Therapy”, and the title stuck.  It was in April’s “Group Therapy” session that it dawned on them that they had the perfect cast for Steel Magnolias, and the idea took off.  In keeping with shared feelings to provide an uplifting environment of support for each other, they want to continue that objective, the fostering of women supporting women, and all proceeds from the production will go to Empowered Women International.

CAST:   STEEL MAGNOLIAS is produced by Kendall Hermsdorf and Hannah Wolf, directed by Robin Parker and showcases Janette Moman (Truvy), Rachel Gray (Annelle), Suzanne Martin (M’Lynn), Maria Ciarrocchi (Shelby), Tricia O’Neill-Politte  (Clairee), and Mary Lou Bruno (Ousier).

We are so appreciative of your generosity, thank you Group Therapy Productions!

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EWI’s Fall 2010 Calendar of Events

11 Jun

Originally Posted on October 27th, 2010

As always, this season is filled with excitement for Empowered Women International! We have many events that we’re attending – home parties, conferences, crafts fairs, CFC events, and more. Please find a list of our fall events below, along with location and contact information, should you wish to attend. We hope to see you frequently throughout the fall at many of these wonderful events!

* September

* October

* November

* December

SEPTEMBER

Saturday, September 11 — 2:00-5:00pm

Home Party Hosted by EWI Supporter

Alexandria, VA

Drink, nibble, and shop for unique gifts for yourself, friends, and family. This event supports a wonderful cause, as well as providing you with the opportunity to learn more about our organization and get some truly unique art and craftwork.

Please RSVP with Juliana at juliana@ewint.org or (410) 409-1683. She will give you directions at that time.

Wednesday, September 29 — 12:30-3:30pm

Specialty Tea: International Tea featuring EWI

The Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD

Snack on international food and experience live music from around the world, as you enjoy Afternoon Tea in the cozy atmosphere of The Shapiro Music Room at Strathmore.

$26 per person; please call (301) 581-5108 for reservations.

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OCTOBER

Saturday, October 2 — 4:00-9:00pm

International Dinner and Trade Fair

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Alexandria, VA

EWI will be present with a variety of different work by our artists. We will also be offering henna designs and performing felt soap production demos.

Thursday, October 14 — 11:00am-1:30pm

Success In Style: The Pink Bag Lunch

Maple Lawn Community Center, 7600 Maple Lawn Boulevard, Fulton, MD

The Pink Bag Lunch is a lot of things:
~ It’s a lunch, of course, provided by everyone’s favorite, Panera Bread.
~ It’s networking event, or social event depending on where you are in life.
~ It’s a fashion show, our beautiful clients modeling our fabulous donated clothing!
~ It’s a unique market, about a dozen area vendors will provide a fabulous shopping experience.
~ It’s Success In Style’s main fundraiser.

Tickets are $40; please visit http://www.successinstyle.org to learn more.

Thursday, October 14 — 1:30-3:00pm

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ CFC Kick-Off Event and Ice Cream Social

DHHS, Parklawn Complex, Rockville, MD

Tuesday, October 19 — 10:00am-3:30pm

U.S. Federal Drug Administration’s Diversity Fair

FDA, White Oak Campus, Silver Spring, MD

The event will feature international vendors, local companies and services, and performances.

Saturday, October 23 — 9:00am-noon

Brooksfield School’s McLean Green Day

St. Dunstan’s Church, 1830 Kirby Road, McLean, VA

Highlights include green vendors, pony rides, a climbing wall, pumpkin painting, face painting, green Halloween activities, gardening demonstrations, local and organic foods, and fitness demonstrations.

Tuesday, October 26 — 11:00am-2:00pm

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s CFC Event

PTO, Alexandria, VA

Wednesday, October 27 — 11:00am-6:30pm

Companies for Causes: Power of Us

Bethesda North Marriott, Bethesda, MD

Companies for Causes will host its First annual Corporate Social Responsibility Symposia, bringing together the region’s most committed community-minded thought leadership to set the stage for a better tomorrow – and EWI will be there! Hundreds of private sector CEO’s, philanthropists, and elected and civic leaders from throughout the region will gather for a day of exceptional vision and exchange.

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NOVEMBER

Saturday, November 6 — 8:00-11:00am

Crafts Fair at Curves in Bowie

Curves, 3266 Superior Lane, Bowie, MD


Sunday, November 7 — 4:00-8:00pm

2hands indie craft market

Holy Grounds Youth Center, 617 Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard, Severna Park, MD

2hands indie craft market is supporting Empowered Women International and hosting two of our artists – Brigitta Kral and Debbie Schran – at their upcoming market. 2hands is a showcase for emerging independent designers selling authentic, fresh wares against a backdrop of live music, lively conversation and good things to eat and drink. What more could you ask for on a Sunday afternoon?

To learn more, go to www.2handsmarket.com.

Wednesday, November 10 — 5:00-9:00pm

The Busy Women “Holiday Shopping” Expo

Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Lane, Clarksville, MD

Just in Time for the Holidays! InSight Performance Group is proud to present the Busy Women “Holiday Shopping” Expo. What is the Busy Women “Holiday Shopping” Expo? … You have to shop anyway. Why not buy from Women Owned Businesses, support the Domestic Violence Center, and have a lot fun at the same time!

Saturday, November 13 — 9:00am-4:00pm

EWI Marketplace at WATESOL Conference

Riggs Alumni Center, University of Maryland, College Park

The WATESOL Fall Convention 2010 is a full-day professional development event and will include an EWI Marketplace featuring artist members’ art and work.

Wednesday, November 18 — 11:00am-1:30pm

Meridian International Center’s 2010 Holiday Crafts Fair

Meridian International Center, Washington, DC

The event will feature original jewelry, photography, handmade soaps and lotions, handmade candles, baked goods, fine art, craft work, and much, much more! EWI is looking forward to showcasing wonderful holiday gifts and art.

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DECEMBER

Thursday, December 2 — 7:00-9:00pm

Home Party Hosted by EWI Board Member

Alexandria, VA

Drink, nibble, and shop for unique holiday gifts for yourself, friends, and family. This event supports a wonderful cause, as well as providing you with the opportunity to learn more about our organization and get some truly unique art and craftwork.

Please RSVP with Ann at AEWS@aol.com. She will give you directions at that time.

Saturday, December 4 — 12:00-5:00pm

Reston Giving Circle of Hope: “Gifts That Give Hope” Alternative Market

Truro Church, 10520 Main Street, Fairfax, VA 22031

Please come and select special gifts that give HOPE and HELP to those less fortunate! The event features over 20 participating nonprofits.

This year, the fair will be held in conjunction with Fairfax City’s Festival of Lights and Carols.  Both tangible and virtual gifts will be available to shoppers.  A number of fair trade gifts have been added that directly benefit needy populations and there are many brand new nonprofit organizations.  For each “virtual gift”, shoppers will receive a gift card with a description of the gift (donation) they selected in honor of a friend or relative.  All gifts give help and hope to others!

You can learn more at www.giftsthatgivehope.org/fairfax.

Saturday, December 4 — 7:00-10:30pm

Divas and Bards: A Winter Enchantment, Convergence Holiday Gala and Fundraiser

Convergence, 1801 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria, VA

Divas and Bards: A Winter’s Enchantment, begins at 7:00 p.m. with a concert by the 7 Sopranos, a unique, fun combination of arrangements of classics from all genres; a celebration of all things soprano! EWI will be selling work by artist members, all the perfect purchases for special and unique holiday gifts.

To learn more about 7 Sopranos, please visit their website. Tickets for the event are $30/person in advance (buy online) and $35 at the door.

Wednesday, December 8 — 8:30-10:00am

Women in Business Networking Breakfast

Sheraton Columbia Hotel, Columbia, MD

The Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber hosts a light breakfast featuring Marga Fripp, EWI’s founder. The event will also include an EWI Artisan Market showcasing four of our artist members.

To register for the event, please go to www.bwcc.org. Prepaid tickets are $25 for BWCC Members; tickets at the door and for non-members are $45.

Saturday, December 11 — 4:00-7:00pm

Women of Courage Gala Event

Convergence, 1801 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria, VA

Join us for a multicultural celebration of art, music and entrepreneurship on Saturday from 4-7pm at Convergence, 1801 N. Quaker Lane. The event is FREE but RSVPs are required.  You’ll have the opportunity to meet the 12 amazing graduates from our 2010 Entrepreneur Training for Success program, hear from inspiring speakers, and visit our Gift Shop to get some last-minute holiday shopping done. Please take advantage of this chance to celebrate EWI’s empowering work in the community!

See the full event schedule.

Sunday, December 12 — 2:00-5:00pm

Home Party hosted by EWI Supporter

McLean, VA

Have last minute holiday gifts to buy? EWI has the perfect solution: drink, nibble, and shop for unique gifts for yourself, friends, and family. This event supports a wonderful cause, as well as providing you with the opportunity to learn more about our organization and get some truly unique art and craftwork.

Please RSVP with Juliana at juliana@ewint.org or (410) 409-1683. She will give you directions at that time.

Friday, December 17 — 7:30-9:00pm

Alexandria Singers’ Yule School Reunion Concert with EWI Art Market

Convergence, 1801 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria, VA

Join the Alexandria Singers as they weave jazzy arrangements of your favorite holiday tunes into a fun filled tale of students at Elf School returning for their 20th reunion, where they reconnect with each other and find the holiday spirit again. Fun for the whole family. Guest appearance by Santa!

The EWI Gift Shop will be open before and after the performances, staffed by artist members and featuring one-of-a-kind handmade work by a variety of EWI artists.

Buy tickets for the performance on Friday, December 17 at 7:30pm.

Saturday, December 18 — 2:00-3:30pm

Alexandria Singers’ Yule School Reunion Concert with EWI Art Market

Convergence, 1801 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria, VA

Join the Alexandria Singers as they weave jazzy arrangements of your favorite holiday tunes into a fun filled tale of students at Elf School returning for their 20th reunion, where they reconnect with each other and find the holiday spirit again. Fun for the whole family. Guest appearance by Santa!

The EWI Gift Shop will be open before and after the performances, staffed by artist members and featuring one-of-a-kind handmade work by a variety of EWI artists.

Buy tickets for the performance on Saturday, December 18 at 2:00pm.

Saturday, December 18 — 7:30-9:00pm

Alexandria Singers’ Yule School Reunion Concert with EWI Art Market

Convergence, 1801 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria, VA

Join the Alexandria Singers as they weave jazzy arrangements of your favorite holiday tunes into a fun filled tale of students at Elf School returning for their 20th reunion, where they reconnect with each other and find the holiday spirit again. Fun for the whole family. Guest appearance by Santa!

The EWI Gift Shop will be open before and after the performances, staffed by artist members and featuring one-of-a-kind handmade work by a variety of EWI artists.

Buy tickets for the performance on Saturday, December 18 at 7:30pm.

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Neelam Patel in “Sari to Skin”

10 Jun

Originally Posted on February 17th, 2010

Empowered Women International presents Neelam Patel
in the powerful and moving one-woman performance

SARI TO SKIN

Saturday, March 27, 2010 from 7-9pm

Convergence

1801 N. Quaker Lane

Alexandria, VA 22302

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Swedish and Classical Choral Music Extravaganza

9 Jun

Originally Posted on January 15th, 2010

Sat. Jan 30 at 4 pm at Convergence – Join us for a musical extravaganza of the ensembles Lucia Girls, Sweden, The Seven Sopranos, Alexandria Choral Society, The Swedish Jazz Duo and The Alexandria Harmonizers along with a presentation of art by international women artists of the EWI.

The program will highlight the relationship between the City of Alexandria and its Sister City, Helsingborg, Sweden. Helsingborg’s Mayor, Carin Wredström, will be in attendance. Helsingborg has been a Sister City of Alexandria since 1966.

A reception to meet the musicians and EWI artists will follow the musical program in Convergence’s Gallery.

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Exhibition at EWI: Reflections of the Feminine Divine

8 Jun

Originally Posted on September 22nd, 2009

October 18, 2009, 3-5 pm – Reflections of the Feminine Divine, a new exhibition of artist Vera Vandendries opens at EWI in the Convergence Gallery. The exhibition explores the power of symbols to evoke feelings and give form to the unexplainable.

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Dec 13, 08 – EWI Holiday Gala Art Concert and Exhibit

7 Jun

Originally posted on EWI in December 2008:

Empowered Women International and Convergence, a Creative Community of Faith presented a special program – Winter Holiday Cultural Fest, December 13, 2008, in Alexandria, VA. The event featured an exhibition and concert with artists of the Empowered Women and graduates of EWI’s partner organization.

Lisa Hawkins, Artistic Director of Convergence, described Covergence’s outreach and service to the artistic community. EWI Founder and President, Marga C. Fripp, highlighted EWI’s history, plans for growth and collaboration with Convergence. The 7Sopranos, Cynthia Cole, Artistic Director, presented an outstanding holiday music concert. Awards were presented to Whole Foods Market, Sushmita Mazumdar, Steve Borbiro and Sharmila Karamchandani.