Belly dancing, affordable meals among booths at annual Woman’s Day

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer

Hey, ladies, grab a sip of organic coffee, take a look at the jewelry and brush up on the latest skin care, gardening and cooking tips.

Portales Women’s Club is hosting its Fifth Annual Woman’s Day Out 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 4 at the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhound Arena. The proceeds go to various charities.

“Anybody who can, needs to go,” said Karen Inge, who attended for the first time last year. “It’s a great experience.”

The event is a chance to see things the community has to offer and meet people, she said. Inge called Woman’s Day Out a learning experience.

The event includes classes and booths by local merchants as well as lunch and a motivational speaker. Tickets are $20 including lunch if purchased by March 25, and $20 without lunch at the door.

“It’s a fun thing to do, and it helps the community on top of everything else,” said Patrice Tompkins, chairwoman of the event,.

Proceeds go to Women’s Club projects, including scholarships, the Mayor’s Christmas Tree and Habitat for Humanity.

“We do a lot of different things,” Tompkins said.

The chairwoman hopes to make at least $3,000.

The event offers 40 booths and 21 classes divided among four sessions.

Decorating, quick and inexpensive meals, beginning belly dancing and women’s health are among the topics of the classes. Non-profit organizations, Dillards, Mary Kay, Garden Source Nursery, Pampered Chef and many more vendors are set to present booths.

Last year, Inge particularly enjoyed a self-improvement class and a vendor who was an herbalist.

Tompkins said the Women’s Club will sell organic coffee as a fundraiser to help people in Columbia become self-sufficient. Participants will able to try to coffee, she said.

Also, motivational speaker Pam Atherton is scheduled to speak at lunch, as well as to lead a class on achieving dreams.

Tompkins said women can come and go from the event as they please, or can shop at the booths instead of going to class.

At least 200 people attended last year, Tompkins estimated.

“It is a really good time,” Tompkins said.


What: Woman’s Day Out

When: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 4

Where: ENMU Greyhound Arena

Cost: $20 by March 25, includes lunch; $20 at the door, doesn’t include lunch

Proceeds: To charities supported by the Portales Women’s Club