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International Women’s Day will be observed Friday, and the North Star Quest Camp for Girls is joining in by celebrating women and girls who inspire, drive and motivate the fourth annual community art show, “Inspiring Girls,” at the Brenda Tuxford Gallery at the Ink People Center for the Arts, 525 Seventh St., Eureka.

“Inspiring Girls” runs through March.

North Star Quest Camp, or NSQ, is an Ink People DreamMaker project. It is a summer camp facilitated by women on the Mattole River just outside of Petrolia, for girls going into the sixth through eighth grades. The program is designed to give girls the tools to navigate the modern world and live up to their potential. Growth opportunities are created by a daily theme: Who am I? Who am I in my community? Who am I in the world?

A typical day at NSQ starts early with stretching and a healthy breakfast before Morning Gathering, where campers and staff stretch, get active and reflect on their experiences. Then the campers head off to mini-workshops, which reflect upon the daily theme, culminating on the last day with a large workshop on mass media messages. After lunch, the campers pick two workshops each day, such as songwriting, healthy relationships, belly dancing, Zumba, clowning or and crafting. After dinner each night, each cabin gets some time to talk about the day and play games before campfire.

NSQ never turns away a camper unable to pay, offering camperships to any who qualify, with staff and campers throughout the year fundraising to raise funds for the camperships.

For more information about North Star Quest Camp for Adolescent Girls, visit northstarquest.org.

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