Saving Some You for YOU: Passion Projects for All-In Parents

April 24: Saving Some You for You

Thrown Stone invites you to our continuing series of community events around the theme,  #CloseToHome.

While many parents know that self-care is essential for the health and well-being of their children, not everyone prioritizes it for themselves. Passion projects — those that may have been forgotten on the road to raising a family — are an essential part of a well-lived life.

Join us as these experts discuss how creative pursuits not only give us more life satisfaction — they actually boost our parenting skills:

  • Megan Searfoss, Founder of Run Like a Mother and mother of three
  • Jason Peck,Thrown Stone Co-Artistic Director, Educator, and dad
  • Bonnie Johnson Pope, Marathoner and mother of four
  • Barbara Jennes, Educator, poet, and mother

Moderated by

  • Gina Pulice, Thrown Stone Artistic Associate, clinical social worker, and mother of three

Light refreshments will be served

How to take care of business
without losing yourself
in the process


How to get started again
when a passion has gone dormant


Why following your passion
is good for you,
AND good for your kids

Wednesday April 24 at 7pm – Ridgefield Library

PLEASE REGISTER   or call 203.438.2282

Ridgefield Library
Thrown Stone Theatre Company

Parenting the #Selfie Generation is a community-wide collaboration with Ridgefield Public Schools, Ridgefield Council of PTAs, Ridgefield Library, Project Resilience, Ridgefield Youth Commission, Books on the Common, TownVibe, and Silver Hill Hospital

About the Panel

Barb Jennes

After a 25-year career as a copywriter and editor, Barb Jennes became a certified English teacher and taught for nearly two decades in Brookfield and Ridgefield. Since “retiring” in 2017, Barb continues to teach at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum and the Ridgefield Library, where she mentors a group of teen poets. Through it all, she has written poetry and conducted writing workshops for adults, teens, and children. She is currently seeking certification in poetry therapy. Barb lives in Ridgefield with her husband, Chuck; daughter Mallory, now grown, lives in nearby Georgetown.

Bonnie Pope

Bonnie has loved running long distance for the past 22 years. She has completed 16 marathons and 3 ultra marathons, and just made her 4th appearance in the Boston Marathon on April l5th. Since having children, Bonnie has shaved more than 20 minutes off of her marathon personal record.  Bonnie has lived in Ridgefield for the past 6 years with her extremely patient husband, David, and four children, Eloise (8), George (6), Lucy (4) and June (2).

Megan Searfoss

Megan is passionate about engaging women to make health and wellness a part of their lives through Run Like a Mother, a company she started in 2008. Megan created the National Run Like a Mother® 5K race event series, a women’s only 5K occurring every Mother’s Day. The event includes a Kid’s One Mile Race and a post-race party for the entire family. She is author of See Mom Run–Every Mother’s Guide to Getting Fit and Running her First 5K that released in December of 2014 and was selected by Competitor Magazine as a “top running read”.  Megan is the owner of Ridgefield Running Company, a 50 Best in America Run Specialty retailer located in the heart of Downtown Ridgefield, CT.  A competitive athlete, Megan has competed at the Ironman World Championships and Boston Marathon, 8 Ironman distance events, over 20 marathons and countless other races.  Megan and her husband, Chon have three daughters and live in Ridgefield, CT.

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