Woman’s Day Out set for Saturday

Alisa Boswell

Saturday marks the seventh annual Woman’s Day Out at Eastern New Mexico University’s Greyhound Arena. The event is put on by Portales Woman’s Club, a local organization affiliated with the international organization General Federated Woman’s Club (GFWC).

Patrice Tompkins, PWC member and the event coordinator, said the event is geared not just towards raising funds for the club but is also about giving back to the Portales community.

“We’re getting all the women in the community together for a day of fun without much expense,” Tompkins said. “I’ve had people ask me why I don’t charge more and I say because that’s not what it’s about.”

The event costs $20 per person and includes participating in five educational classes of the person’s choice, a shopping time at various booths, lunch and door prizes.

Tompkins said classes will include gardening, yoga, belly dancing, alcohol and drug awareness and more. She said there will be forty businesses with booths, including two local children’s homes, Habitat for Humanity, Watkins, Avon and more. Booth workers will be invited to attend the classes as well.

“We want people to be able to just come in and have fun,” said Sondra Myers, another club member who will be working the event. “I help serve lunches and I enjoy that, because people come in and talk about the classes and how much fun they’re having.”

Tompkins said the event is positive and inexpensive advertising for many local businesses and a way for community members to connect with one another.

“People who see me on the street will ask, ‘When is Woman’s Day Out?’” Tompkins said. So I think people really enjoy it. Sometimes I wish I could attend instead of running it.” She laughed.

“They like the free make-up too,” Myers added, laughing.

Tompkins said the deadline to buy tickets, which include lunch, is 9 a.m. Tuesday. Walk-ins are welcome to buy tickets for the classes and the shopping period.

The event will be held 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the arena and proceeds will go towards funding PWC community projects and academic scholarships.