Little Cities of Black Diamonds Day

Little Cities of Black Diamonds Day
Sunday, October 21, 2007 Noon-5pm

Miller School, St. Rt. 155, Hemlock, Ohio (map)

Little Cities of Black Diamonds Day celebrates the history, culture, and natural environment of the former Hocking Valley Coal Boom region, which once impacted the portions of four southeastern Ohio counties, and that today is the heart of the Wayne National Forest. Live music, speakers, a gymnasium full of exhibits, a quilt show, and outstanding homemade soups and pies await visitors. (Those that I know are female are in CAPS.)

  • Noon – Exhibit Hall & Food Stand opens
  • 12:10PM – Opening of Diamonds In The Rough: The Legacy of Coal Mining in Ohio’s Hill Country exhibit by Ray McKinnis, Bob Evans Homestead Museum
  • 12:20PM – Opening of Miners of the Little Cities Registry by CHERYL BLOSSER, Registry Director.
  • 12:30PMLiving History Characters John and Mary Holt, a miner and his wife from the Hocking Valley Coal Boom Era portrayed by Ken Bowald and KATHY DEVECKA.
  • 1:00PM – An hour long concert with the best of music from the 1970s by Rosemont Crossing.(1 female member)
  • 2:15PM – Three deserving area citizens will be awarded the annual Little Cities Spirit Award.
  • 2:30PM – The always uplifting concert from the children of the Millcreek Elementary Choir under the direction of CONNIE ALFMAN.
  • 3:00PM – The premiere of the hour long film documentary Devil’s Oven: The Fire in the heart of the Little Cities of Black Diamonds. Film producer VALDA LEWIS and narrator Bob Singleton will be present to introduce and discuss the film.
  • 4:15PM – A musical tribute to coal miners will be given by Athens musicians and Ohio University professors Rich Greenlee and Jack Wright.
  • 5PM – Event Concludes

Love Your Body Day 2007

Love Your Body Day 2007 is Thursday, October 18!

download posterLove Your Body Day is a day of action and consciousness-raising about images of women that are harmful and offensive.

The Ohio University Women’s Center will host 2 events to celebrate.

1.) Table in Baker University Center, 10 am-6 pm
Materials about body image, healthy eating, and positivie body consciousness.

2.) Screening: REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES @ 6 pm

Do you love what you see when you look in the mirror?

Hollywood and the fashion, cosmetics and diet industries work hard to make each of us believe that our bodies are unacceptable and need constant improvement. Print ads and television commercials reduce us to body parts — lips, legs, breasts — airbrushed and touched up to meet impossible standards. TV shows tell women and teenage girls that cosmetic surgery is good for self-esteem. Is it any wonder that 80% of U.S. women are dissatisfied with their appearance?

Women and girls spend billions of dollars every year on cosmetics, fashion, magazines and diet aids. These industries can’t use negative images to sell their products without our assistance.

Together, we can fight back. —

dietzel -at-

Mandi Chikombero on HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe

Mandi Chikombero “Dialogue on Culture and HIV/AIDS: The case of Seke, Zimbabwe”
African Studies Brown Bag
Wednesday, October 17, 2007, Noon-1 pm
Yamada International House 009
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

Dr. Mandi Chikombero, assistant professor, School of Telecommunications, holds a Ph.D. in communication studies from Kent State University, and a master’s in English from the University of Zimbabwe.

Women in the Outdoors Workshop

Women in the Outdoors
Saturday, October 20, 2007, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Keller-Kirn Nature Park
1601 North Hugh St., Lancaster, Ohio

download flyerWomen in the Outdoors includes six outdoors classes, demonstrations, one-year subscription to Women in the Outdoors magazine, light breakfast, lunch, and one year membership to National Wild Turkey Federation. Classes include: Shelter and Fire Making; Surviving Wild Animals; Food and Water Gathering; Surviving Daily Life; Self-Help First Aid; Outfitting For Survival. Demonstrations include: Blacksmithing and Flint Knapping.

Women in the Outdoors is dedicated to providing educational outdoor opportunities for women ages 14 and older. Experts and trained professionals teach outdoor skills in a noncompetitive environment. Outdoor learning events featuring hands-on activities are conducted by local chapters throught the nation.

A partnership project of the Zane Trace Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Ohio Division of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife.

Contact: Carrie S. Snoke at 740.503.4838 or css -at-

OUTWRITE latest issue now available

The latest issue of OUTWRITE, Ohio University‘s LGBTA journal, is now available for download as a pdf from the LGBT Center!

This issue (No. 3, October 2007), is the OUT Week edition.

– Looking Back, Moving Forward: Stonewall
– 4 Our Health: HPV
– Queer News: Out in the World
– Queer Confusion: LGBT Labels explained
– Out of the Closet: Faculty Spotlight
– Out in the World: China
– Entertainment & Meeting Calendar
– LGBT Student Affairs Commissioner update
– Leading the Way: Student Leaders
– Poetry
– And more!

Erica Upshaw “Keep Friendship Alive”

Erica Upshaw “Keep Friendship Alive”
Tuesday, October 9, 2007, 7pm

Baker Center Ballroom
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

Erica Upshaw openly shares how alcohol and other drugs affected her life, her family, and the university community. Program for Alcohol Awareness Month @ OU.

I am on a mission, traveling the country to share my personal story with as many young people as possible. On April 21, 2000, I lost my brother, best friend, and fellow student, Joey Upshaw, to a decision he made to take drugs while intoxicated at his OSU fraternity party — a decision he thought was a decision to live, a decision to have fun. Joey would have never guessed that this particular decision would be his last. —

Contact: koons -at-

Book signing: Marilou Suszko

Book signing: Marilou Suszko
Farms and Foods of Ohio: From Garden Gate to Dinner Plate
Saturday, October 6, 2007 10am-Noon

Athens Farmer’s Market
E State St, Athens, Ohio

Farms and Foods of OhioMarilou Suszko, an Ohio author and chef, takes you on a journey throughout Ohio, where you’ll meet unique farming personalities dedicated to growing, raising, and preparing wonderful foods to grace your table. Join her in the fields, in the barns, and out in the vineyards through these wonderful stories and recipes.

As a food writer, Marilou is a regular contributor to the Cleveland Plain Dealer Food Section, the Sunday Magazine and Feast. She is a Level III graduate from Western Reserve School of Cooking as well as a member of the IACP.

SEE:New book looks at why Ohio residents should be purchasing locally grown food products,” Athens News, 10/4/2007