Diva Derby to rule on Old Main Street for Women's History Month

MANATEE -- Get ready for the Downtown Diva Derby, a new event planned by the Women’s Resource Center to observe National Women’s History Month in March.

The derby, one of five March events the center announced Monday, will feature teams of women competing in their “inner diva” costumes March 26 on Old Main Street, which will be closed off for the event following the weekly farmers’ market.

“Many women remember the childhood days of dressing up as either a princess or a bride or both,” Ashley Brown, executive director of the Women’s Resource Center, said in a press release. “We want to find some of that fun we all had and enjoy it now with this event. We certainly have a wealth of serious and sobering events around us.”

She described the diva derby as a spring break during college, surrounded by other events that will study the “accomplishments of women and encouraging women now and for the future.”

In a get-together Monday evening at the center to roll out the event, former County Commissioner Pat Glass was named Honorary Diva.

Other events include:

n Proclamation of Women’s History Month by the Manatee County Board of Commissioners, tentatively scheduled Feb. 22.

n An esssay contest, “A Florida Woman Who Made a Difference,” for PACE Center for Girls sixth- through 12th-graders. The contest will include cash rewards.

n Psychology of eating expert Karen R. Koenig will present “Look Beyond the Scale” 5:30-7 p.m. March 17 at Women’s Resource Center, 1926 Manatee Ave. The $20 fee includes a copy of the book, “Nice Girls Finish Fat.”

n Local psychologist Roxane Dinkin presents “Creativity in Women” 5:30-7 p.m. March 24 at the center, with a $5 donation.