The Spokane County Domestic Violence Consortium is a group of men and women from law enforcement, the courts and social services who have banded together to fight domestic violence. On Tuesday, from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Medical Center’s Providence Auditorium, the consortium will provide training to members of the public on all aspects of the problem. Spokane Police Chief Terry Mangan is the keynote speaker.
The Rev. Brenda Tudor of Moran United Methodist Church will address religious issues as they pertain to domestic violence and a panel will discuss services available in our community. Call 487-6783.
Call now for camp: Ah, the carefree days of girlhood. Weeks spent at camp, in beautiful surroundings, learning new things and forming friendships that lasted, well, a few years. The Girl Scouts Inland Empire Council is offering Women’s Camp 1995 from Aug. 11-14. For more information, call 747-8091 or (800) 827-9478.
Brain debate: Thanks to Karol Maybury for an eloquently written letter responding to Michael Gurian’s column about chemical and structural differences in the brains of men and women that might help explain some of the difference between the sexes. Maybury, a social psychology doctorate student, disagrees with the thesis.
“Despite the attractiveness of ideas like ‘Women are from Venus and Men are from Mars,’ the sexes are quite similar in many ways, though our environments, how people perceive and judge us, are quite different. For whatever reason, perhaps the increasing conservative mood in our country, research findings in which no sex difference is found, or in which environmental explanations are put forth, are not considered newsworthy. We want global gender differences and we want biological explanations for them! Alas, that is not the scientific reality.”
Women Helping Women: Thirteen Spokane programs have been selected to receive funds raised during the Women Helping Women luncheon to be held May 2. Author Anna Quindlen is the speaker. The programs include: Women’s and Children’s Free Restaurant, the YWCA’s Alternatives to Domestic Violence Safe Shelter, The Children’s Ark, Lutheran Social Services’ Acquaintance Rape Program, Breast Cancer Task Force at Sacred Heart, the Comprehensive Preschool at Martin Luther King Jr. Family Outreach Center.
Programs at St. Joseph Family Center, Crosswalk, Miryam’s House of Transition, STOPP Youth Help Association, Catholic Family Services, the Life Skills programs of the Community Colleges and Family Service Spokane will also receive money. For information on the luncheon, call 747-0802.
MEMO: Common Ground is written on alternating weeks by Rebecca Nappi and Dan Webster. Write to them in care of The Spokesman-Review, Features Department, P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210-1615. Or fax, (509) 459-5098.