By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer
Women will find plenty of activities to do in Portales on Saturday during the First annual Women’s Day Out in the College of Business on the Eastern New Mexico University campus.
There will be more than 60 seminars from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. under the categories of home garden, family, health, hobbies, beauty, exercise, personal and professional growth. There are seminars such as interior design, digital photography, yoga and relaxation, breast examinations and birth control, to name a few.
The event is sponsored by the Portales Women’s Club and Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico.
Tickets are $15 if they are pre-purchased and $20 at the door. For information, call 359-1446 or 276-8610.
“Women can bring their friends, sisters, mothers and daughters to the event,” Noel Bartl, Portales Women’s Club president, said. “They can leave the housework for another day. They can come out and treat themselves.”
Carol Hardin, chairwoman of the event, said even though the Women’s Day Out is designed for women, men can also attend to learn about health, photography, aerobics and watch cooking demonstrations.
The Portales Women’s Club consists of approximately 75 members, according to June Ferguson, the club’s first-vice president, said. Ferguson said the non-profit organization members volunteer with Meals on Wheels (delivering meals to homebound Portales citizens) in the months of March and November. She said they also help out with the Mayor’s Christmas Tree, among other services to the community.
“We’re extremely excited about the event,” Ferguson said. “We have many activities for the women of the community. They can get out and enjoy a special day with several workshops.”
Hardin said she began making calls in January to find people to instruct the classes and seminars. For example, Victor Baca of Village Pharmacy of Portales will be conducting one of the health seminars.
Some of the non-profit organizations are Relay For Life, Habitat for Humanity, American Association of Retired Persons and Roosevelt County Democratic Women. Hardin said there are also booths from businesses and non-profit organizations.
Hardin said there will also be a motivational speaker in the Becky Sharp Auditorium at 2:45 p.m. after the seminars conclude. All of the seminar participants can enter the auditorium and listen to Pam Atherton of the KRMQ-FM 101.5 radio station in Clovis. There will also be a cooking demonstration scheduled for 3 p.m. in the auditorium by Layle Sanchez, according to Hardin. Bartl said there will be door prizes given out in the Becky Sharp Auditorium.
Bartl said the event will raise money to repair the roof of the Portales Women’s Club building. She said the building is a historical building, which was built in 1932. She said the building can be rented by the public for events.
“We’ve been looking for a new, signature fund-raiser,” Bartl said. “We want to give members of the community something they can attend and enjoy.”
Tickets can be purchased from the Roosevelt Chamber of Commerce, Southwest Books and More, Trader Horn’s True Value, Katie’s Flowerland and the Sewing Basket.