Submitted by MCC
March is Women's History Month, and McHenry County College, 8900 S. Route 14 in Crystal Lake, is offering a variety of fun and educational events to celebrate "Women Inspiring Innovation through Imagination," with free lunchtime lectures, a Women's Expo, the eighth annual Women's Film Festival, and more.
Women's History Month kicks off at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 3 with the eighth annual Women's Film Festival featuring two films by and about women. Shown in the Luecht Conference Center (Building B), the films include "Water Children" by Aliona van der Horst and "No Job for a Woman: The Women Who Fought to Report World War II" by Michele Midori Fillion. A discussion will follow both films, and the event concludes at 4 p.m. Admission is $5 and free for MCC students. Refreshments provided. Admission fees go toward enhancing the collection of women's films in the MCC Library. Visit www.mchenry.edu/filmfest for details about each film.
Other highlights include a Women's History Month Breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 6 in the MCC Commons, as well as a Lunch and Learn presentation, "Igniting Your Passion" on Tuesday, March 12 from noon to 12:30 p.m. in Room A143. The event will feature six presenters who will each share five minutes of what inspires them and makes them passionate. Another Lunch and Learn, "Grow the Innovator in You!" will take place on March 21 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Scot Room, located in the back of the cafeteria. Guests are invited to bring their inspiration and imagination and stay a few minutes or the entire hour. Browse, watch a demo, enter a raffle, or give and take innovative ideas. Giveaways for the first 30 attendees.
Back by popular demand, the Empowering Women Expo in the MCC Atrium from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13. Topics and participating exhibitors will provide resources and highlight accomplishments in health and wellness, science and technology, and money management. Three special exhibits will include a personal assistance station to help people fill out their taxes, a cellphone recycling station, and a prize booth featuring drawings for gift baskets and other prizes.
Women's History Month concludes on Thursday, March 21 with a Book-of-the-Month Club discussion from 2-3:30 p.m. in the Student Life Multicultural Room. Readers should be ready to discuss "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot. Books are available in the MCC Bookstore at a discount. This event is co-sponsored by the Cheshire Cheese Literary Society.
More information on MCC 2013 Women's History Month is available at www.mchenry.edu/women. For more information, contact Kate Midday at (815) 455-8735.