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EmpowHER Lounge Serves To Inspire Future Leaders
The EmpowHER Lounge will be back at the Stanislaus County Fair this year, a chance for young women to relax, connect with others and attend informative workshops. Photo Contributed


The Stanislaus County Fair has once again partnered with Vintage Faire Mall, Yonan’s Jewelers, Posh Photo Booth, Women’s Education and Leadership League (WELL) and KHOP @ 95.1 to bring guests a resourceful lounge that will help cultivate empowerment and confidence in young women. The empowHER Lounge is dedicated to inspiring girls 16 and older to not only empower themselves, but also those around them.

“The empowHER Lounge is a great source for young women in our community to be exposed to various life topics that may seem basic but can, in fact, determine what type of person they will be as future leaders,” said Adrenna Alkhas, spokesperson for the Stanislaus County Fair. “This lounge will make them aware of the importance of their online image, feeling confident, speaking up when necessary and finding one’s cause, among many other subjects.”

Alkhas created the lounge with the mentality of teaching young women how to support and nurture one another instead of subduing to the female norm of consistently competing and comparing. Setting such a tone will undeniably yield successful leaders of the future. Through informative and interactive workshops, the empowHER Lounge will be able to support this goal. W.E.L.L. Leadership, a woman’s education and leadership league will be providing daily presentations on how one should conduct themselves in different aspects of their daily lives. Guests who sign up for the seminars will also receive a Fair and Vintage Faire Mall Swag bag (maximum of 40 guests per session will be allowed). Guests who sign up and attend an event will also be put into a drawing to win four tickets to Great America from KHOP.

Daily topics planned for this year’s empowHER Lounge:

Friday, July 12 at 7 p.m. - Health and Fitness, by WELL Women.

Saturday, July 13 at 6 p.m. - Body image/Feel confident in your own skin, by WELL Women.

Sunday, July 14 at 6 p.m. - Speaking Up. Our youngest guests acquire core leadership skills that can be translated into all aspects of their lives. Presented by Erica Ormsby.

Monday, July 15 at 7 p.m. - Finding Your Calling. Making a difference starts with finding your passion, by WELL Women.

Tuesday, July 16 at 7 p.m. - Girls Who Code by Dr. Viji Sundar and Rapunzel Amador-Lewis, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Social Media 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., by WELL Women; Girl Scouts 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Wednesday, July 17 at 7 p.m. - Women in Media, presented by the Turlock Journal and 209 Magazine; How to find your niche?

Thursday, July 18 at 7 p.m. - Girls Who Code, Dr. Viji Sundar and Rapunzel Amador-Lewis, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Girl Scouts STEM.

Friday, July 19 Hailey Kellstrom - How to be a young Entrepreneur. “Soaps by Hailey” 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Be responsible on Social Media/Anti Bullying by WELL Women, 7 p.m. Personal Brand. You’re already creating a footprint in the world, be it online, at school or at home.

Saturday, July 20 at 4 p.m. - SHE BECAME Build, Empower & Encourage Women; 6 p.m. - Building Financial Confidence by WELL Women; 7 p.m. - How to handle a toxic boss/woman on woman emotional stress in the workplace by WELL Women.

Sunday, July 21 at 4 p.m. - SHE BECAME Build, Empower & Encourage Women; 7 p.m. - Interview Skills/Dress for success by WELL Women.

Participating retailers from Vintage Faire Mall will also have a back-to-school product display and fashions geared towards educating young women on how to dress for the life they want to lead. The lounge will be open daily during the Fair on weekdays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and weekends from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.

In addition, a pop up empowHER Lounge is being offered at Vintage Faire Mall in Center Court. Giveaways will be available to girls who sign up.

The 2019 Stanislaus County Fair opens Friday, July 12 for a 10-day run. Discounted Fair admission tickets, unlimited ride wristbands, and the Fair season pass are now on sale. Corporate ticket sales are also available to purchase at a highly discounted rate. Visit the Fair’s website for ticket information at

The 2019 Fair will feature a spectacular children’s area presented by Sky Trek Aviation, 10 nights of free celebrity concerts included with Fair admission, a total of three stages of live entertainment, upwards of 30,000 local exhibits and over 1,750 animals. Metal-mashing motorsports in the FoodMaxx Arena will also be featured.