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October 23, 1986     Bellevue College
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C ......... j Sue Campbell, peer counselor igton Catherine Fisher, displaced homemaker instructor, and Catherine Taskett, coo-dtnator of Displaced Homemakers programs, display a poster for the programs annual fundraiser, Maskarrayed. A "00allow'ed" affair by Kit McGlone Advocate staff Maskarrayed 'B6, the Displaced Home- makers Program's annual fundralser will be held at Bellevue Square on the night of Saturday, Oct. 25 from 8pro - midnight. Now in its fourth year, the celebrated event is being touted by its organizers as "The Eastside's biggest, most dazzling adult halloween party." Maskarrayed, with the help of its sponsor the Seattle Times and its past success in the last three years, could very well go down in the books as a 'must- do' during the witching season. The annual event features live music, dancing, a light buffet, and a grand costume parade. A silent auction and numerous door prizes, one of which is a Mexican cruise for two, are just added incentives to attract patrons. In the past, there has been both live and silent auctions at Maskarrayed. The live auction has been dropped from this years agenda to retain more of a party atmosphere. The silent auction will have over 70 items on which party-goers can place bids, The items range from a McDonald's birthday party, silk floral bouquets, a wine- tasting party, and an autographed soccerball signed by Governor Booth Gardner. All items were donated by area merchants. The highlight of the evening, a grand costume parade, will be held starting from the top of the stairs at the center court of the Square and winding down to the main floor with prizes being given for best costumes. 'Wearing a costume is by choice alone," states Catherine Taskett, Co-Chairperson of the Maskarrayed Organization Committee, "but we find a good percentage of people do. (wear a costume)" she added. The music will be provided by "Main- stream", a group who focuses on the highly danceable music of the 50's, 60"s, and 70's. The light gourmet buffet will be prepared by Upper Crust, a caterer who has supplied the food for Maskarrayed for the last three years. The Displaced Homemaker's Program receives no state or federal support and relies solely on the proceeds from Maskar- rayed, private funding from corporate grants, foundations, service clubs, and individuals. Tickets for Maskarrayed '86 are $15 per person or $25 for two in advance. $18 per person or $30 for two at the door. Tickets are available at Fidelity Lane. For more information regarding Maskarrayed or the Displaced Homemaker's Program call 641- 2279. l00'splaced h)memakers focus on job readiness by Kathy Maynard Advocate staff The main objective of the College's Displaced Homemakers Program is to give participants the confidence that they have skills which can be used in the job market. "We encourage women to look at what kinds of work they enjoy doing most and what accomplishments they have had in their lives," said Catherine Fisher, new instructor for the Employment and Life planning class. "Women who are about to face being head of household still have to be mother, do household chores and nurture their children. They need to gain some satisfaction in their work," Fisher said. The College's Displaced Homemakers program has the distinction of being the longest running program of its kind in the Seattle area and the only one funded without any state or federal support. '`we are funded entirely on private grants, fund raisers like Maskarrayed and self supported with fees collected from services," said Mary Ellen Brune, director of Women's Programs. The program began with funding by the federal Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) and a grant from Washington state in 1976. Then in 1981, CETA was phased out and the state grant was lost to a consortium of North Seattle, South Seattle and Seattle Central Community Colleges. In addition to the Employment and Life Planning class, the program includes a support group, "On My Own," and a "Job Seekers" series for participants in the class. Fisher works as an employment specialist at SCCC and consults with groups and individuals privately. She teaches the Job Readiness program for Displaced Homemak- ers for the NSCC/SSCC/SCCC consortium as an intensive eight day workshop. The College's Employment and Life Planning class for Displaced Homemakers expands her Job Readiness workshop into a ten week format. "I like doing this because I get to stretch out the program," Fisher said. "I can bring in other speakers, take time for touring and give the women more time to process the information." The Displaced Homemakers Employment Page 5 Interview by Ruth Spann Advocate staff Drawing a composite of the typical Women's Center client would be nearly impossible but a look at one person's experiences provides some insights. M, I i e anie Wiegman first learned of the ] V/omen's Center in 1979 from a general] Eollege mailing. She had worked in a foreign I overnment office for several years when I ob cut-backs put her out of work. I "I was left high and dry," said Wiegman. I "After working in one job for a long time it's very difficult to get back in to the jo market," she saicL "The Women's Centel gave me a lot of moral support. Two years ago Wiegman went to live in London while her husband was conducting business there. She started an employment training program but was unable to complete the program before their return to the U.S.. As soon as she got back Weigman returned to the Women's Center for information about the job market and how best to complete her training. "There's a little hub here where you get the feeling you will get help. There's good access and no run-around." said Wiegman. As a U.S. citizen, born and educated in Great Britain, Wiegman has unique difficul- ties with transcripts and academic equival- ency requirements. The Women's Center is helping her untangle some of the "red-tape." "I needed information and it was right there," said Wiegman. "I was also given a lot of valuable printed hand-outs, enough material to get on a good ob search. Even if you have very good skills, rou still need someone to point you in the ght direction," she said. and Life Planning class meets Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. for five weeks. Two sessions are offered each quarter for $45 with scholar- ships available. Daycare referral Reliable daycare is a vital concern for many women, whether they are returning to school, looking for work or new to the area. A free daycare referral service listing all licenced daycare homes and centers in King- County is available by calling 447-3207 from 9 Lm. tO 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.