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It’s nearly time for the annual American Association of University Women Spring Used Book Sale. And, this one promises to be gigantic.

The sale takes place May 4-7 and May 11-13 in the lower level of CVS Pharmacy, 1122 West Blvd. It can be accessed by the inside stairs in the CVS lobby or by the stairs along the east side of the outside of the building. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, noon to 3 p.m. Sundays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 7.

A preview night will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 3. There is a $10 admission price for this night only. Proceeds from the sale are used for higher education for women.

Book donations can be dropped off in person from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 21. There is also a box at the bottom of the inside stairway at the CVS Pharmacy where donations can be left.

The American Association of University Women advances equity for all women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. By joining AAUW, members belong to a community that breaks through educational and economic barriers so all women have a fair chance.

Membership in AAUW is open to women and men holding an associate, bachelor or an advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher learning. You can find a list of its programs, study groups and other activities on the website, www.racineaauw.org.

Dinner/program meetings are held at various venues. While the programs can be attended free-of-charge, reservations are requested by sending email to aauwracine@hotmail.com so enough chairs are available.

To find out more about Racine AAUW, go to the website or to www.facebook.com/racineaauw. For questions, email aauwracine@hotmail.com.

GEMS Conference

Again this year, AAUW Racine co-sponsored the GEMS Conference which gave more than 300 middle school girls the opportunity to explore science, math and engineering by spending the day in workshops at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Somers.

Workshops included CSI and Forensics, Lego Robotics, 3D and Virtual Reality, Everyday Science in the World Around Us and more. Florence Tan, NASA chief technologist, was the keynote speaker.

Other conference sponsors were Girls Inc. of Racine, UW-Parkside, Racine Unified School District, SC Johnson, Gateway Technical College, Safe Haven of Racine Inc. and United Way of Racine County.

Candidate forums

As a member of the Racine Political Education Coalition, AAUW-Racine has been supporting forums for Racine City Council candidates as well as for those people running for Racine County supervisor and Mount Pleasant trustee positions and for municipal judge.

State convention

This year, the AAUW-Wisconsin State Convention will be held in April at the Potawatomi Hotel and Casino in Milwaukee. The focus will be on AAUW’s Legal Advocacy Fund (LAF) which works to challenge sex discrimination in higher education and in the workplace. LAF resources range from community outreach to the backing of major cases. Sex discrimination includes unfair pay, pregnancy discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault and violations of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

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