Whether it’s learning about home decorating, health and fitness or building a healthy financial future, there’s something for everyone during Women’s Week.
More than 200 activities are planned for “Women! A Week-Long Celebration,” presented by the Women’s Council of Greater Baton Rouge.
Women’s Week, as it is generally called, is also celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.
This year’s kick-off luncheon is set for Sept. 16 at Boudreaux’s and activities continue through Sept. 25.
“It’s an opportunity for the area’s organizations and businesses to showcase what they have to offer the community,” said Kristina Shapiro, Women’s Week Steering Committee member.
Most of the week’s activities are free and open to the public, but they do require preregistration. They are held at sites all across Baton Rouge.
Shapiro pointed out that the activities are not just offered to women — men are invited too.
On some days, more than 30 activities are offered in such categories as career development, family, food, hobbies, living well, looking good, personal growth and recreation.
For example, on Monday, Sept. 19, activities range from a “Sports Enhancement” workout at the Paula Manship YMCA to a seminar on protecting yourself from identity theft to “Fall Floral Arranging” at Whole Foods Market to a session with a certified hypnotist on “Cracking the Weight Loss Code.”
“It just generates a lot of excitement in the community to go check out these organizations and businesses that maybe you heard of but didn’t know exactly what they are,” Shapiro said.
The Women’s Council of Greater Baton Rouge grew out of former Mayor Tom Ed McHugh’s Commission on Women.
Starting with the first official year in 1994, the Women’s Council had a conference for women every other year, according to historian Karen Groves.
By 2002, the council had decided to expand the conference to a week of activities.
The event has grown from 61 activities that first year to 221 this year.
Even Hurricanes Katrina in 2005 and Gustav in 2008 — each striking just days before Women’s Week was to start — did not halt the activities, Groves said.
Shapiro said she wants this year’s guests to Women’s Week to enjoy themselves.
“Hopefully, they will also get out of the activities some personal knowledge or personal improvement,” she said.
Women’s Week activity booklets are available at Woman’s Hospital and Fitness Center and at most branches of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library, YMCA, BREC and at 1500 Lobdell Ave. Activities can also be found online at http://www.wcgbr.com by clicking on the activity calendar.