Network is a new monthly feature intended as a forum for Breakthrough readers to
communicate with each other or with the newspaper. Network will replace our letters to
the editor and To and From page. Please send announcements, letters or art to Breakthrough, P.O. Box 88072, Houston, Texas 77004.
Two Houston women have been nominated by Ladies' Home Journal as a
"Woman of the Year" for 1978. Nikki Van Hightower, Ph.D., Women's Advocate, City
of Houston, is a nominee in The New Politics and Government category and Sarah A.
Nunneley, M.D., research medical officer, U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, is a nominee in The New Scientific Community category. Voting ballots will
appear on Pages 77-78 of the February Ladies' Home Journal.
The third annual Houston YWCA Outstanding Woman's Luncheon, giving metropolitan businesses a way to honor their employed women, will be held February 22
in the Imperial Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Hotel. National President of the Girl
Scouts, Dr. Gloria Scott, has been named keynote speaker, and will be joined on the
program by Reverend Helen Havens of St. Francis Episcopal Church on Piney Point.
For further information concerning the luncheon, call 523-6881.
The Women's Hall of Fame, Inc. is seeking new members to join the supporting
organization of the hall. This national hall of fame's goal is to provide a permanent
place of honor for America's most outstanding women of achievement. This museum
for contemporary and historical figures is to be erected in Seneca Falls, New York,
where Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott convened the first Women's Rights
Convention in 1848. To obtain a membership form and informational brochure, send
your name and address to Women's Hall of Fame, Inc., P.O. Box 335, Seneca Falls
New York 13148.
Free tax assistance is being offered in many locations in Houston and a few outlying communities. The service is co-sponsored again this year by Children's Educational & Development Centers and the Voluntary Action Center, in conjunction with
the Internal Revenue Service. For locations and other information call Children's
Educational & Developmental Centers at 228-2879 (English & Vietnamese assistance)
or 228-6730 (Spanish assistance); or call United Way Information & Referral at
527-0222 (English & Spanish assistance); or call Internal Revenue Service at 961-1767
(English recording of times & locations).
If you have experienced role changes in your present life and feel that the exchange of feeling and thoughts with other women might by helpful, contact Heidi
Rosenkranz at 529-0971 to discuss the formation of a group of Women In Transition.
Heidi is a psychiatric occupational therapist whose function in the group would be to
encourage self-expression and self-direction in the group members, ^nd to facilitate
accurate perception of self, others and the presented areas of concern. Techniques of
verbal exchange, sensitivity exercises, roleplay and art methods will be used to increase
self-expression, understanding of personal assets, and awareness of social roles.
"Getting It Together," a new publication which describes the planning functions
of selected government agencies within Harris County, is now available from the
League of Women Voters of Houston. The 37-page booklet was financed by a grant
from the Office of Education, Department of Health, Education and Welfare, and
may be obtained by the public with a charge for postage only.
Texas Para-Legal School, a non-profit educational corporation located at 608
Fannin, Suite 1903, is now accepting applications for enrollment in part-time evening
classes. For registration information call 227-2220.
Houston Lesberadas is sponsoring a general questionnaire on formation of a
national lesbian organization. All Texas lesbians who would like to express opinions or
ideas on the formation of such an organization may write for the questionnaire to:
Questionnaire, P.O. Box 14643, Houston, Texas 77021, or call Linda at (713) 524-
0342 after 5 p.m. Please enclose a S.A.S.E. if possible.
Last year, Alley Theatre's Nina Vance and seven other prominent American directors were invited by the Soviet Ministry of Culture to attend contemporary Russian
Theatre in Moscow and Leningrad. Impressed by the quality of Soviet drama, Ms.
Vance invited Galina Volchek, artistic director of Moscow's Sovremennik Theatre, to
restage her production of Mikhail Roschin's Echelon in Houston. Echelon made its
American debut at the Alley Theatre January 26, and continues through February 26.
The presentation of Echelon is an historic theatrical event: the first time a Soviet
director has recreated a play precisely as it appeared in the Soviet Union—with American actors. Echelon, described by Ms. Vance, is the story of women being evacuated
from Moscow during Hitler's advance in 1941. The women were placed on special
trains for Siberia, moving through dangerous open country under the sights of German
bombers. Echelon recounts the events of one such journey. "In a larger sense," Ms.
Vance points out, "Echelon is a play about survival."
Director/actress Galina Volchek attended the Moscow Art Theatre Studio
School, the mecca of Soviet theatre. While there, she met the young director Oleg Yef-
remov, who organized the Sovreminnik (contemporary) Theatre. Later, Madame Volchek became the Sovreminnik's artistic director, choosing as her debut presentation
William Gibson's Two for the Seesaw. She has included several American plays in her
repertoire, including Edward Albee's The Ballad of the Sad Cafe, and David Rabe's
Sticks and Bones.
A popular performer on the Russian stage and screen, Madame Volchek has appeared in many motion pictures, including Don Quixote and King Lear. Upon her return to the Soviet Union, she will appear as Martha in the Sovreminnik's production of
Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia. Woolf?
Tickets for Echelon are available at the Alley box office, 615 Texas Avenue,
228-8421, or at all Foley's Ticket centers.
SER-Jobs for Progress of Houston, Inc., (SER-JFP) will submit an application
for $175,000 for the 1978-79 school year to the Department of Health, Education,
and Welfare, Office of Education, under the Emergency School Aid Act (ESAA). The
funds are being requested to support the Jose Vasconcelos Preschool, a SER-JFP Project designed to supplement and complement the Houston Independent School District Early Childhood Development Program.
The Jose Vasconcelos Preschool program is designed to provide bilingual and
multicultrual education to four-year olds who are from environments in which the
dominant language is other than English. For information about the program, contact
Margaret Acosta at 225-3508.
Women In Action, a coalition of 53 organizations, needs volunteers for its
WIA Welfare Committee's Food Stamp Office at 600 E. Crosstimbers. The need is
urgent for volunteers to make telephone contacts with Social Security and Handicapped (SSI) clients to keep them informed of any changes in the price of Food
Stamps. To offer your help, call Irene Schneider at 527-0718 or 695-7313.
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A workshop on male sex role and stereotype will be led by author and psychologist, Dr. Hershal Thornburg on Saturday, February 25, from 9 to noon and 1:30^:30
at The First Unitarian Church, 5210 Fannin. Thornburg, a University of Arizona
professor, will structure the all-day session around his male sex role manual called
Punt, Pop. For information call Susan Lee at 688-4293.
A founding convention for a national lesbian organization will be held March
17-19 in Los Angeles. Lesbian feminists who live in West Virginia, Virginia, Georgia,
North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi,
Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, or Texas, and who would like to be representatives to
the convention, should contact southern regional coordinator Linda Lovell at P.O. Box
14643, Houston, Texas 77021, or call (713) 524-0342 for more information.
Medical Center house for lease, 3-2, den, fenced, hardwood floors, new central
air and heat, washer and dryer hook-ups; children, pets o.k.; $450 + utilities and deposit. Available March 1st. 524-8898 or 664-2915.
The Canterbury Association presents Another Evening of One-Act Plays! The
Dumb Waiter by Harold Pinter, directed by Susan Madigan; The Orchestra by Jean
Anouilh, directed by Rebecca G. Udden; and Revue Sketches by Harold Pinter, directed by Matt Cooper. Main Street Theater at Autry House. Feb. 9-11 at 8:00 pm.
Reservations 524-6706. Tickets: $3.00 and $1.50.