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Wednesday's Woman

  • The Art of Performance: Kentucky basketball lessons

    March Madness has come and gone. A new NCAA basketball champion has been crowned. Unfortunately for those of us who live in Kentucky, the Kentucky Wildcats came close but did not win the title. Every NCAA basketball tournament provides some lessons to be learned about performing on the biggest basketball stage.

  • Art paints path for mom

    Under the watchful eye of Courtney Ballard, the three children draw horizontal lines on the inside of the circle they created with colored Sharpies, designating the head of what will be a ladybug.

    “It looks like a window,” Davis VanZant, 6, said.

    “Good job, Emily,” Ballard tells 4-year-old Emily Bach, who draws eyes on her ladybug while beside her Mason Baldwin, 5, carefully adds color to his work.

    Ballard was in fiddlesticks, a children’s store in Elizabethtown, conducting Sprout Studio, an art class for children.

  • The List

    The News-Enterprise

    Have you checked out the library lately? The Hardin County Public Library offers a variety of interactive, not-so-traditional free activities. Here’s a glance at a few regular programs and special events coming up for National Library Week, April 10 through 16. Check with the library for specifics, www.hcpl.info.

  • Speakers with Spark

    Spring Cleaning for the Mind

    As the crocus bloom and the Easter flowers show their glory, it’s not uncommon for our minds to turn to spring cleaning. A desire to freshen the linens, clean the cobwebs and start anew. Just as we start to spring clean in our homes it might be a good idea to start spring cleaning our lives.

  • Army wife, mother, author, speaker, businesswoman and runner

    Some stay-at-home mothers have found ways to nurture careers from the home, too. Often inspired by their role as mother, homemaker or wife, these creative women are channeling their skills to build businesses, craft products and help others. In April, Wednesday's Woman is taking a look at some of the area's mamapreneurs.

     

  • New opportunities await women in transition

    The News-Enterprise

    The New Opportunity School for Women is accepting applications for its summer residential program in Berea. The program aims to improve women's lives by building self-esteem and teaching skills including computer basics, job searching and leadership.

    During the free program, set for June 5-25, women will attend classes, complete internships and participate in cultural activities, said Debbie King, of NOSW. They will also have access to health screenings.

  • Motherhood and more

    I am a stay-at-home mom. It still seems strange to say that. I honestly haven’t had too much time to reflect on it, what with the two children constantly hanging off of me. But the transition cannot be called a smooth one. I look at other moms who stay home, and most of them seem to have everything under control. I've felt like a failure on more than one occasion. Heck, just my 6-month-old daughter refusing to take a morning nap can bring me to my knees on the right – or wrong – day.

  • Carol Zagar's life of movement

    Carol Zagar’s life is all about movement. Among other roles, Zagar is a dance instructor, choreographer and physical therapist.

    “I started dance when I was 5,” Zagar recalled.

    At the time, her family was living in a suburb of Cincinnati.

    When the PTA of her school brought in dance teacher Jack Louiso to provide instruction after school, Zagar’s parents agreed to allow her and her two siblings to take lessons, she said.

    “That was an activity that they could afford all three of us (to) do,” she said.

  • Pure passion a key to performance

    The passion of performance is the foundation of the brilliantly disturbing Oscar award winning film, “Black Swan.” Natalie Portman performs as the lead ballerina in the performance of “Swan Lake,” which examines the dark side of perfection in the context of high level performance.

  • Betty Hughes-Gillespie, nearly five decades of style

    For 44 years, Betty Hughes-Gillespie, has served her community and the clients of Coiffures by Betty Hughes, a salon on North Wilson Road.

    In December, Hughes-Gillespie retired after almost 50 years as a hairdresser. 

    She’s originally from Metcalfe County and knew she wanted to be a hairdresser since she was a little girl. She would sit on her dad’s knees and work on his hair. He would always tell her she was going to be a teacher, but she was determined to be a hairdresser.