Best OC Places To Celebrate Women’s History Month 2014

March 10, 2014 6:00 AM

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(credit: Orange County Women’s Chorus)

(credit: Orange County Women’s Chorus)

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(credit: Sasha/Getty Images)


The National Women’s History Project announces a theme every year in celebration of women during Women’s History Month. This year’s theme is celebrating women of character, courage and commitment. The legacy women have created will last for more generations to come. Orange County will celebrate these women by holding conferences, talks with women making a difference and a mixer for women to network with one another.
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(credit: AAUW)


American Association of University Women: Speaker Colonel Dee Padgett A Woman in the Military
Zona’s Restaurant
647 Camino De Los Mares
San Clemente, CA 92673
(949) 940-8845
www.aauw-sccb.com/GeneralMeeting.html
Date: March 15, 2014 from 11am to 2pm

Founded back in 1881 to encourage and support educational opportunities, the AAUW now had more than 165,000 members nationwide. The association has three divisions that include the Association that develops policies to promote general education at all levels, the Educational Foundation that administers funds and the Legal Advocacy Fund that provides financial help and support for women in academia overcoming prejudices in higher education and employment. The speaker in March during Women’s History Month is Colonel Dee Padgett who was a career Army officer that served as a nurse with time spent in Vietnam.

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Girls Leadership Conference
Loara High School
1765 Cerritos Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92804
www.ocnow.org
Date: March 22, 2014 from 9am to 3:30pm

The National Organization for Women in Orange County will hold its annual leadership conference in Anaheim during Women’s History Month. This is the second conference the organization has held, which is a full-day conference where local female professionals share their experiences and career paths for local Orange County girls to help them plan their own unique path. This event is free and is an excellent opportunity to hear from professional women that are pillars of the community. Professionals are represented from various fields including international relations, engineering, law and much more. Head of Latino Health Access, America Bracho will be a keynote speaker at this year’s event. Past speakers include assembly member Sharon Quirka-Silva. College mentors and high school counselors will be available for girls to speak with to help them prepare their goals for the future. The conference is held on Saturday, March 22 with registration open from 8:30 a.m. The all-day event will begin at 9 a.m. and will end at 3:30 p.m.

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Business Women’s Mega Mixer
Double Tree OC Airport
201 E. MacArthur Blvd.
Santa Ana, CA 92707
www.businesswomensmegamixer.com
Date: March 27, 2014 from 5:30pm to 8pm

Co-Founders Felena Hanson and Michelle Bergquist joined forces in the summer of 2009 to host a joint meeting with the respective organizations of Women’s Global Network (WGN) and Connected Women of Influence (CWI). Keeping in mind that March is Women’s History Month, the plan was to celebrate women’s groups, clubs and organizations during that month. That was the birth of the Business Women’s Mega Mixer and the event has raised more than $25,000 since its inception to help support three local non-profit organizations dedicated to helping local women in need.

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Women of Vision: Kari Costanza
St. Mark Presbyterian Church
2200 San Joaquin Hills Road
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 664-5016
www.wovcalifornia.org
Date: March 27, 2014 at 6pm

Volunteer ministry Women of Vision is part of the Christian relief and development organization, World Vision. The Organization helps provide women and children in impoverished locations worldwide. By educating the women and children, they are able to make an effort to alleviate the injustice and inequities that exist in their environments. The Orange County branch will host a talk from Kari Costanza on March 27th at 6 p.m. where she will show a video during her week in Mozambique training families on how to use mosquito nets as part of the most recent World Vision’s health program. This event is free and open to the public.

(credit: Orange County Women’s Chorus)

(credit: Orange County Women’s Chorus)


I Hear America Singing
Orange County Women’s Chorus
St. Wilfrid of York Episcopal Church
18631 Chapel Lane
Huntington Beach, CA
(949) 451-8590
www.ocwomenschorus.org
Date: March 15, 2014 at 7pm

What began in 1997 with eight women in a living room blossomed into a 40-voice ensemble that performs diverse music from all eras and cultures. The group of women have performed in some of the best venues over the years that include the Henry Segerstrom Concert Hal, the Orange County Performing Arts Center, the Irvine Barclay Theater and many more. During the month of March, the group will explore songs of America both past and present with a special guest baritone, renowned Carver Cossey. The event takes place Saturday, March 15th at the St. Wilfrid of York Episcopal Church in Huntington Beach and on Sunday, March 16 in Newport Beach at the Newport Harbor Lutheran Church. Stick around after the concert for an ice cream social with performers.

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Elle Toussi is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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