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Release: Oct. 27, 1999

Simplifying the holidays workshop is Oct. 30

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Women of all incomes and beliefs are encouraged to attend a workshop, "Simple Celebrations: Creating Holidays with More Joy and Less Stress," to be Saturday, Oct. 30 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room A.

This is the second workshop in the 1999-2000 "Women and Money: Putting the Pieces Together" series, presented by the University of Iowa Women’s Resource and Action Center and the Iowa Women’s Foundation (IWF). Workshop participants will explore ways to simplify holidays and enjoy a typically stressful time of year.

Many women have a growing interest in simplifying not only their hectic life-styles, but also the holiday season. Workshop presenter, Jonna Higgins-Freese, the environmental outreach coordinator at Prairiewoods: Franciscan Spirituality Center in Hiawatha, will help participants reflect on what the holidays mean to them. By creating a clear image of what your ideal holiday actually is, you can learn some practical strategies and tips for simplifying and changing traditions without hurting others’ feelings, Higgins-Freese notes.

Higgins-Freese received a master’s degree in theological studies from Harvard Divinity School in 1998. At Prairiewoods, she develops programs related to spirituality and ecology by working with local churches on environmental projects.

The "Women and Money" workshops are made possible in part by support from the Johnson County Area Women’s Network and the Altrusa Club of Iowa City. Seating and materials for the workshop are limited. Pre-registration is necessary by calling the Iowa Women’s Foundation at (319) 337-4222 or e-mail at