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The Village Hosts Women’s Luncheon

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She may be best known for her role as Dru Winters in the CBS daytime soap “The Young and the Restless,” but actress/author/philanthropist Victoria Rowell was serious business at Friday’s “The Girl Within Luncheon” at the Hartford Marriott Downtown.
As a former foster child who wrote the bestseller “The Women Who Raised Me,” she had a message for the audience, young girls need to be empowered.
“They need to protect themselves from predators,” she said, during a VIP meet-and-greet before the luncheon sponsored by The Village. “Gender racism, inequality in jobs and salaries, incest, abuse are all insults to young women,” she said. “There has to be more education.”
Rowell, who also played medical examiner/pathologist Dr. Amanda Bentley on the CBS drama Diagnosis: Murder, will be on an episode of “Law and Order” this week and who has a new book coming out in 2013, was not the only celeb in the room.
Sallie Norris, who co-chaired the lunch with Joanne Eudy, also found herself in the spotlight.
Norris was named “Woman of the Year” by The Village.
“I lost a daughter many years ago and decided to get involved with The Village to honor her,” said Norris, who was humble about her volunteer efforts. “I could do nothing to help her after her death but I could do something for others.”
Eastern CT State University’s Women’s Center director Starsheemar Byrum brought several students from the school, emphasizing that the more people talk about women’s issues the more will be done to make women stronger.
“Women still need to learn how to use their voice and how to be empowered,” she said. “Programs like this are an opportunity to gain awareness.”

And The Holiday Season Continues This Weekend

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As December  revs up and traditional  holidays are days or weeks away, it’s only natural that the “what to do” is all about the seasonal festivities.

Head over to Blue Back Square beginning today for Habitat For Humanity’s  Gingerbread House Show & Competition.

Teams, individuals, community leaders and professionals have entered a tasty selection of edible homes, cottages, replicas and fanciful confections in categories including student, amateur, professional, community champion and media.

Entries will be part of a silent auction through Sunday with the winning submissions being auctioned off on Sunday.

For more information call 860-541-2208 or go to hartfordhabitat.org.

On Friday, Governor Dannel Malloy and First Lady Cathy Malloy will throw open the doors of the Governor’s Mansion at 990 Prospect St. for the annual holiday open house.

The 1909 Georgian Revival-style home will feature assorted holiday decorations including a tree decorated with ornaments from the first family’s private collection, another with handcrafted ornaments by the Malloy children and another featuring the family’s silver ornaments. The decorated rooms open to the public include the dining room, with a lavishly set table, living room, sunroom, reception area and library. Docents will be on hand to discuss the history and features of each of the rooms.

Donations for the event come from the Connecticut Christmas Tree Growers Association, Christmas Northeast Inc., the Connecticut Nursery & Landscape Association, and the Connecticut Greenhouse Growers Association.

Open house hours are Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

Several special performances will be featured each day including one by The Coast Guard Glee Club.

There is no fee but those planning to visit  are asked to bring a donation for Toys for Tots.


On Friday, The Village will host its annual “The Girl Within” luncheon at the Hartford Marriott Downtown. Guest speaker will be actress and author Victoria Rowell, who is also a blogger for the Huffington Post and is known for her work on “The Young and the Restless.”

The “Woman of the Year 2012″ will also be announced.   For information go to villageforchildren.org.