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with Carla Stillwagon, Kiersten Gallagher, Erin Price, and special guest, Dr. B. K. Edmond
Welcome to “Read with Smith Center,” a community of book lovers diving in to current and relevant book material.
For our October session, we will be reading Nana and the Bushwoman by Dr. B. K. Edmond.
Read the description from thebedmondproject.com:
Nana is a 33 year old Ghanaian woman. Highly educated and having lived in the U.S. the past 15 years she ‘s evolved into a very successful woman, exceeding in everything except for love. Though modern, she finds herself still bound to the customary ways of her people when she honors a pledge to return home to Ghana for an arranged marriage. She hides from her American Soul Sister friends the small detail that she is returning to become the third wife of a Crown Prince who has stolen her heart. Her challenge presents itself in the form of the Prince’s strong willed Aunt and matriarch who is unaffectionately referred to by the urban half of the family as the Bushwoman. The Bushwoman fits the name as she lives in the traditional village, is bound to the customary ways and speaks only in village dialect. Mysteries unfold when Nana is required to spend four weeks living with the Bushwoman in the home village. Life with the Bushwoman is filled with surprises that blend the traditional with the modern to educate Nana about purpose, love, marriage, health, family and sisterhood. With wisdom, versatility and greatness this beautifully veiled health message crosses cultural and generational lines to guide Nana and the reader on how best to ” Seize All of Life’s Blessings and Live.”
We will discuss the entire short story (63 pages) during the session. Please join us for a lively discussion, featuring the author, Dr. B. K. Edmond, no matter how much or little of the book you have read.
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Read with Smith Center will meet Monthly on the 1st Tuesday from 12:00-1:00pm.
- October 5 (Nana and the Bushwoman by Dr. B. K. Edmond)
- November 2 (TBD)
- December 7 (TBD)
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About Carla Stillwagon
Carla serves as the Cancer Support Program & Retreat Coordinator at Smith Center. During her time at the center, Carla has been inspired to further develop her commitment to the arts and their invaluable role in healing and community. She is excited to share her favorite pastime, reading, in this group and hopes to hear all about your favorite things to read!
About Kiersten Gallagher
As the Cancer Support Program Director, Kiersten fully believes that through the arts we can expand our perspectives and explore new fulfilling ways of being. She invites you to make our space your own refuge, to circumvent your daily routine to spark creativity, to take time for introspection, and draw outside the lines.
About Erin Price, LICSW, OSW-C
Erin serves as Smith Center’s Director of Young Adult and Psychosocial Support Programs. She is trained in Integrative Patient Navigation, a Project LEAD graduate, and holds a Masters in Social Work. A seven-year breast cancer survivor, Erin is passionate about providing support and community to other cancer survivors, especially young adults. She works with Smith Center’s DC Young Adult Cancer Community and is also actively involved in the cancer community through Young Survival Coalition, Critical Mass, the Georgetown Breast Cancer Advocates, National Breast Cancer Coalition, and the DC Cancer Action Partnership.
This program has been cancelled. We will return to hosting DC Young Adult Cancer Supper Clubs at a later date.
with Chef Kara Garrett
Join Chef Kara for a fun happy hour of virtual cooking where she will demonstrate and guide you through making a delicious and fast homemade pizza dough. We will make a savory pesto sauce and any of your favorite toppings can be added. We’ll also use our dough to make a shortcut apple galette that is the perfect way to enjoy the start of the Fall apple season!
Chef Kara will provide helpful cooking tips during this interactive class. Bring your favorite beverage and watch for new ideas, or prepare the items alongside Chef Kara.
Note: If you plan to cook-along, please have all ingredients and supplies out and ready to use before joining the class. Contact Chef Kara prior to class for any questions regarding ingredient or equipment substitutions. Gluten-free option can be shared ahead of time if requested.
- Pizza Dough
- Walnut Pesto
- Apple Galette
- Whole wheat flour
- Honey or sugar
- Rapid-rise, instant or pizza crust yeast
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Nutritional Yeast
- Garlic cloves
Pizza toppings of choice (Chef Kara will be using eggplant and goat cheese)
- 2 apples
- Apricot (or other fruit) preserves
- Coconut oil
- Coconut sugar (or other granulated sweetener of choice)
- Cutting board and knife
- Saute pan
- Spatula or wooden spoon
- Rolling pin
- 2 mixing bowls
- Measuring cups
- Measuring spoons
- Cookie sheet
- Parchment paper
- Food processor or blender to make pesto
The YACS Supper Club provides an opportunity for young adult cancer survivors to come together in a casual setting to share a delicious meal. Chef Kara cooks a healthy 3-course meal to share and leads the group in preparing one menu item together. Past items include chocolate truffles, steamed dumplings. Brazilian crepes, and 5-minute carrot cake. All meals are vegan and gluten-free. **Supper Club is currently only being offered virtually. Recipes and needed supplies are provided ahead of time. We prepare one dish and enjoy our meal together.
About Chef Kara Garret
Kara is a health-supportive chef based in Washington, DC. Following her breast cancer diagnosis in 2013, she embraced the challenge of finding a balance between her foodie lifestyle and eating well with cancer. She has adopted a flexible diet plan that focuses on plant-based, sustainable whole foods, but does not restrict indulgences of things she loves. She is passionate about working with others to encourage healthier food choices that energize the body and the soul.
Kara graduated in August 2017 from the Chef Training Program at Natural Gourmet Institute in NYC and spent one month as the sous chef at The Ananda Ashram Yoga Society of New York in Monroe, NY. She is currently enrolled in the Developing Healthy Communities: Nutrition, Behavior, and Physical Activity graduate program at Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.