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March, yoga, clothing swap, gala on tap for International Women's Day

Local groups offer a variety of ways to celebrate women and their achievements in Newmarket
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The members of CFUW Aurora/Newmarked gathered at the Water Street Bridge to sing on International Women's Day 2019. File photo/ Greg King for Newmarket Today

International Women’s Day 2020 is an opportunity to reflect on and celebrate the achievements of women locally and abroad. It is a day to recognize the accomplishments of women who have blazed trails in the past, as well as those who are now engaged in making a difference in a variety of arenas.

Friday, March 6 officially marks International Women’s Day globally, and there are several events happening in Newmarket over a few days that offer the community a chance to get involved.

Here is a roundup of local events:

The Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) Aurora/Newmarket invites all women in York Region to its International Women’s Day event that features a complimentary potluck lunch, a presentation by guest speaker, lawyer and author, Margot Denomme and an optional symbolic walk down Main Street Newmarket to the Water Street Bridge. 

The event, billed as “An Equal World is an Enabled World”, takes place Friday, March 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Trinity United Church, 461 Park Ave., Newmarket.

The march to the bridge is set to begin at 11:30 a.m.

Denomme practises criminal law in Toronto and is the author of books for children that promote the core message that beauty and strength come from within, along with the importance of developing ourselves from the inside out by being confident, kind, strong, inclusive and unique.

As a mother of two daughters, Denomme believes in the need for parents, teachers, and caregivers to help children embrace the concept that our true worth and most valuable qualities come from within.  

For more Information, visit here.

RSVP by March 1 to klbird@hotmail.com or asperg859@gmail.com.

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Army of Sass, a local recreational heels dance training and performance program for all levels that builds confidence, physical strength and a sense of fun, will host a clothing swap in honour of International Women’s Day.

Someone’s trash is another person’s treasure, organizers say, and it feels good to wear something new even if it is just borrowed.

The charity clothing swap is free, and several dance workshop intensives are on tap, beginning at $15 for a 45-minute individual workshop to $60 for a full day.

The event takes place Sunday, March 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Harmony Dance, Studio 4, 1220 Stellar Dr., in Newmarket.

Space is limited, so visit here to learn more and reserve your tickets.

Here are the rules for the clothing swap:

  • Valued but no longer used clothing
  • At least five but no more than 10 items
  • All sized clothing is welcome, including shoes, accessories and jewelry but NOT maternity 
  • No pre-swaps or requesting of items that are shared in images leading up to the event
  • Must be available at 10 a.m. to noon (start browsing the items as they are being displayed)
  • All items you bring are to be turned in to event organizers at the studio upon arrival, but we would like to gather as many items as possible in advance
  • Numbers will be drawn to determine the order in which each participant selects
  • You won’t go home with anything you brought. What isn’t swapped will be donated to Rose of Sharon and the Salvation Army.

First 15 participants to arrive will receive an AOS tote to carry their new items home, but BYOBag as backup.

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NewRoads Automotive Group and Newmarket Chamber of Commerce invite you to celebrate International Women’s Day at their special event gala to name the NewRoads Automotive Group’s 2020 Women of Excellence award winners.

All proceeds support the Women’s Centre of York Region.

The gala awards night takes place Tuesday, March 10 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the NewRoads Performing Arts Centre, 505 Pickering Cres., in Newmarket.

The event will feature keynote speaker Barb Stegemann, the best-selling author of The 7 Virtues of a Philosopher Queen, a woman’s guide to living and leading in an illogical world, whose pitch on CBC’s Dragons’ Den landed her a venture capital deal.

“2020 marks the 10th anniversary of the Girls Night Out event and so far we’ve raised more than $100,000 for the programs and services delivered by the Women’s Centre of York Region,” said NewRoads marketing, communications and community manager Kelly Broome. “This special edition will recognize women of excellence in celebration of International Women’s Day this year.”

Early bird tickets are $90.40 until Feb. 15, then $107.35 (includes HST) and can be purchased here.

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Dragonfly Wellness for Women invites the community for an hour of yoga in support of women affected by breast  and gynecological cancers. All levels of experience are welcome.

All proceeds go to Dragonfly Wellness for Women, a registered not-for-profit community organization devoted to supporting women affected by cancer on their journey to wellness.

The yoga fundraiser takes place on Sunday, March 8 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Madsen’s Greenhouse, 160 Bayview Parkway, Newmarket.

Bring your mat, towel, water, and wear comfy clothes. 

Tickets are $25.

To reserve your tickets, visit here.

To learn more about Dragonfly, visit here.



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