Highland News Leader

Highland area club meetings for the week of April 30

Gateway East Artists’ Guild

The Gateway East Artists’ Guild to meet on Wednesday, May 6 at 6 p.m. in the PSOP/SWIC Building in downtown Belleville, 201 N. Church St. It’s the annual auction. Featured again this year for the silent auction are finished unframed original oil paintings by plein-air artist David Cornell. In the past, art supplies, finished works, books, plants and edible goodies have been available for the bidding. There will also be a monthly membership art competition and refreshments. Go to www.geag.net to learn more.

Highland League of Writers

The Highland League of Writers will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. on May 4 at the Korte Recreation Center in Highland. Anyone interested in writing is invited to attend. You can come just to hear member readings, or read your own words for a friendly critique. There are no dues, fees or assigned topics. Meetings are normally the first and third Monday each month. For additional information, call Chuck Schwend at (618) 887-4797 or email www.schwendcharles@yahoo.com. Visit the club at www.charlesbschwend.com/the-highland-league-of-writers/.

International Women’s Organization

Nouf Alfjohani of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, will be the featured speaker at the Tuesday, May 5 meeting of the International Women’s Organization (IWO) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of Eden Village, 200 S. Station Road in Glen Carbon. Look for blue sign out front of the Information and Administrative Office. You may also park on side of road next to blue sign.

Before coming to SIUE, Alfjohani received her bachelor’s degree in English literature in Saudi Arabia. Now at SIUE, she is studying for her master’s degree in teaching English as a second language. Nouf’s PowerPoint presentation will encompass her educational background, family, Muslim faith, the cultures and traditions in Saudi Arabia, Arabic weddings and hospitality. Nouf will be bringing Arabic coffee and some very unique dates that she brought from Saudi Arabia.

IWO provides cross-cultural opportunities, educational programs and social activities for American and International women of the metro-east area. Women gather and share life experiences; network; learn about other cultures and traditions; build new global friendships; and help create international understanding. IWO is a sister organization to the International Hospitality Program at SIUE and is affiliated with the SIUE Center for International Programs.

For additional information, call Esther at (618) 406-0259, Emma at (618) 954-8844 or Joyce at (618) 931-0041.