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Celebration of Age

Chocolate, wine on tap for women's party


Central Ohio women ages 50 and older are invited to a "Celebration of Age" party, complete with wine and chocolates, from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, at the Olde Sanctuary, 82 N. High St., in Gahanna.

The Central Ohio Chapter of The Transition Network is hosting the celebration featuring wine from Columbus' own Signature Wines, chocolates from The Chocolate Tree, Winans and Pistacia Vera, live music and a guest speaker for $20. Tickets must be purchased by July 12 by emailing

Carol Oswald, chapter leader, said The Sanctuary was chosen because it's a unique venue with convenient and free parking.

She said guests should expect to be inspired by the presentation, "Claiming the Peaks: Embracing the Extraordinary After 50," by life strategist and executive coach Jan Allen.

Allen is the founder of 3rd/3rd Ignited, a guide to living the last third of life fully and intentionally. She was one of the first women to hold a top position in state government, as former state deputy chief of staff. She also was founding president of HMS Success, a public-relations firm.

Allen is active in the professional support organization, Women on Fire, as national chairwoman of the Each One Reach One Program.

In addition to Allen's presentation, guests will enjoy tunes of the hippie nostalgia band, The Bead People.

Raffles will be held throughout the evening for such prizes as a wine tasting and wine supplies, jewelry, scarves, massages and body work, skin care, photography, hand-crafted note cards and a resiliency basket with personal coaching.

The local chapter of the transition network meets on the third Monday of each month at the Quest Conference Center on Polaris Parkway, with programs ranging from "Simplifying Your Life" to skin care to taking advantage of local education programs like Program 60 at Ohio State University.

Smaller peer groups from the network also meet at other times during the month, sharing a common interest, performing volunteer work, seeing movies and theater events and exploring interests in writing and genealogy.

Oswald said the organization occasionally would host a "Cash Mob," an opportunity to visit a local, often women-owned business to spend money to support them.

Thus far, the group has visited Celebrate Local at Easton, Generation Green, the Dames Bond Marketplace in the Short North and several shops in uptown Westerville.

In the late 1990s, The Transition Network was founded by Charlotte Frank and Christine Millen after they realized it was time to leave the careers that had defined them.

They thought the idea of retirement felt like a big empty space and questioned how to make the most of the years ahead.

The Transition Network grew from those conversations among the co-founders and 10 friends in New York City living rooms.

Today, the network serves more than 8,000 women in nine chapters across the country, with more than 100 programs each year and 150 peer support groups. Its mission is to provide an inclusive community of professional women, ages 50 and older, whose changing life situations lead them to seek new connections, resources and opportunities.

For more information about the network, email Oswald at