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Shake, Rattle, and Roll for INDIA!

Dust off your poodle skirts and letter sweaters!!  Join The Hills Congregational Church for an authentic Sock Hop on Saturday night, May 15th from 7:30-11:30pm! Young, old, families, and singles can bop ’til you drop or simply sit and enjoy the music! The evening will begin with a free Swing Dance lesson, followed by a night of rockin’ and rollin’ to golden oldies.  Snacks and water will be provided;  BYOB welcome.  Also, there will be a prize for the best costume, so don’t miss out!

Proceeds from the event will support our Church’s important mission with the Siddhi people in India.  The Siddhis are an Indian ethnic group of Black African descent living in small, isolated communities in the forests of Southwestern India.  Our Church’s goal:  to help educate the future leaders of these communities so they’ll be recognized and respected as contributing members of society by the Indian government. 

Join the fun and help us reach our goal of raising $2,500 to sponsor 5 elementary school Siddhi children!  

RSVP TODAY to Cynthia Gordon at Cynthia@hillschurch.org   Cost: $25.  Location: Hills Church, 207 Washington Street, Wellesley Hills. 

Release and Screening of Film that Examines Advertising’s Portrayal of Women

The Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) will host a special screening of the highly anticipated update to the pioneering Killing Us Softly series and a conversation with local film maker Jean Kilbourne, Ed.D., on Wednesday, May 12th at 5:00 p.m. on the Wellesley College campus. The fourth in a series, the newly released documentary takes a fresh look at how advertising traffics in distorted and destructive ideals of femininity. 

Killing Us Softly 4 marshals a range of new print and television advertisements to lay bare a stunning pattern of damaging gender stereotypes—images and messages that too often reinforce unrealistic, and unhealthy, perceptions of beauty, perfection, and sexuality. By bringing Kilbourne’s groundbreaking analysis up to date, Killing Us Softly 4 stands to challenge a new generation to take advertising seriously, and to think critically about popular culture and its relationship to sexism, eating disorders, and gender violence. 

A senior scholar at WCW, Kilbourne is internationally recognized for her groundbreaking work on the image of women in advertising and for her critical studies of alcohol and tobacco advertising. In the late 1960s she began her exploration of the connection between advertising and several public health issues, including violence against women, eating disorders, and addiction, and launched a movement to promote media literacy as a way to prevent these problems. A radical and original idea at the time, this approach is now mainstream and an integral part of most prevention programs. Her films, lectures, and television appearances have been seen by millions of people throughout the world. Kilbourne was named by The New York Times Magazine as one of the three most popular speakers on college campuses. She is the creator of the renowned Killing Us Softly: Advertising’s Image of Women film series and the author of the award-winning book Can’t Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel and co-author of So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood and What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids. 

The program will begin at 5:00 in Collins Cinema on the Wellesley College campus. For more information, visit: www.wcwonline.org/calendar

Work at the Wellesley Centers for Women addresses three major areas: the social and economic status of women and girls and the advancement of their human rights both in the United States and around the globe; the education, care, and development of children and youth; and the emotional well-being of families and individuals. Issues of diversity and equity are central across all the work as are the experiences and perspectives of women from a variety of backgrounds and cultures. This year, the Centers is celebrating its 35th anniversary. Learn more at www.wcwonline.org/35years.

“Dress for a Cause” to Benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

On Monday, May 3rd, Boston-based designer Sara Campbell and children’s boutique Kenzie Kids present “Dress for a Cause”, benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Taking place at the Wellesley Country Club, the evening will be emceed by WCVB-TV’s Bianca de la Garza and Susan Wornick, and features a fashion show from both boutiques, cocktails and a silent auction. A special Scotch-tasting will be highlighted as well. 

A life-long supporter of St. Jude, Sara Campbell will present styles from her Summer Collection, along side top children’s fashions provided by Kenzie Kids of Wellesley.  The evening promises to be an inspirational one that will carry elements of fun and fashion but most importantly, the message of hope and strength will thrive.

“We opened up in Wellesley just a year ago,” said Campbell, who also has a store in Boston’s South End and soon to open, Beacon Hill, “and were immediately embraced by the community. Hosting Dress for a Cause here is a wonderful way to continue our local involvement, as well as educating people on the amazing work that is done every day at St. Jude.”

 Tickets for the event begin at $150 for an individual and $250 for a couple. All proceeds from the evening will go directly to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

 Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.stjude.org/dressforacause, calling (617) 965-5262 or stopping by Sara Campbell boutiques or Kenzie Kids in Linden Square.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and catastrophic childhood diseases.  Founded by late entertainer Danny Thomas and based in Memphis, Tennessee, St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world.  No family ever pays for treatments not covered by insurance, and families without insurance are never asked to pay.