Women’s Day of Joy and Inspiration set for Feb. 2

St. Joseph Church, 145 E. Main Street, Fredonia, will present a day for women on Feb. 2, from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. The guest speaker will be Brenda Hayes, Ph.D.

Dr. Hayes is a personal coach in Fredonia and works with individuals to promote effective management of changes across the lifespan.

“Life is full of changes, both positive and negative, expected and unexpected,” Hayes said. “Gaining tools and resources to best adapt to those changes is part of what is required to live an emotionally healthy life.”

The morning session (10 to 11:45 a.m.) will involve a workshop format where people are encouraged to explore the many ways they can cope with such changes. Behaviors and attitudes which help with adaptation will be discussed, as well as patterns and habits which interfere with healthy adjustment. Participants will be encouraged to set specific goals for their own healthy progress.

“Combined with this discussion is a guarantee of laughter,” Hayes said. “Without a sense of humor, life can be more challenging.”

Hayes has an MS in marriage and family therapy and Ph.D. in human development from Virginia Tech. She has more than 40 years of experience in counseling, consulting and education in the field of positive mental health. Hayes grew up in Chautauqua County, and returned in 2006 to manage the family farm. She has two grown children and one grandchild. For more information, visit www.brendajhayesphd.com.

Small group sessions will be offered following lunch. Participants will be able to choose which sessions they would like to attend. The leaders and sessions are described as follows:

Mary Damiano, MS, RD, CDN, CDE, a nutrition and diabetic educator, will be talking about preparing healthy food and giving tips on nutrition. She will also present a healthy guide to dining out and staying lean. These topics will both be addressed in each of two sessions.

Carole Ricker is a nationally certified bereavement facilitator. She has facilitated an adult grief support group through the Fredonia First United Methodist Church since 1995. She received her Bereavement Facilitator Certification in 1999, and achieved advanced (level 2) certification from the American Academy of Bereavement in spring 2003. She has continued to attend eight-week grief-related sessions at Roswell Park in Buffalo every year.

There will be two sessions offered about the grief process and grief counseling. Each highly interactive session will allow participants an opportunity to discuss their own personal journeys through grief toward healing, and ask questions about various stages of grieving and recovery.

Also in two sessions, Independent Mary Kay beauty consultant Valerie Kneitinger and another Mary Kay consultant will be sharing useful skin care information, with a focus on anti-aging skin care.

“I have been a Mary Kay customer most of my adult life and have been a beauty consultant for 2.5 years,” Kneitinger. “As a consumer, I love the results I get from our products. As a consultant, I really enjoy helping the women I meet look and feel their best! It’s never too late to enjoy healthy, beautiful, glowing skin!”

Participants will also enjoy a “New Year, New You” mini-makeover, with color selection tips and application techniques every woman can take home and use.

To add even more relaxation to the day, participants will also be able to sign up for a 15- minute “mini” massage from either of the two therapists who will be available.

Joanne Cole is a lifelong resident of the Dunkirk area. She is a licensed massage therapist and certified reflexologist who is co-owner of Inner Balance Day Spa, 91 E. Fourth St., Dunkirk. Cole accepts most insurances to cover massage therapy sessions.

Martha Lesch began her career at Park Place Therapeutic Massage in 1997. She is located in the One Park Place building, 9 Center St., in Fredonia. Her massage treatments offer noninvasive therapy for stress reduction, injury rehabilitation and chronic conditions. Benefits of massage therapy include increased circulation, strengthened immune system, and relaxation, to name a few.

Local ladies can take the time to renew their outlook, and refresh body, mind and soul. All are welcome to bring a friend, come and unwind, and have fun – “it’s a girl thing.” The cost is $15 per person, which includes lunch. The registration deadline is Friday, Jan. 25. For more information, call Judy Bradley at 672-2647.