Monday, September 20, 2010

Portage Library to host music, alternative medicine programs Sept. 21, 22

HOUGHTON -- The Portage Lake District Library will host "Big Violins for Little People" from 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, for children of all ages.

Libby Meyer, director of the Copper Country Suzuki Association (CCSA), and Amanda Plummer of Keweenaw Family Music will be joined by CCSA students for an hour of music making and dancing.

Children of all ages are encouraged to participate. An instrument "petting zoo" where children can try out the stringed instruments will follow.

Alternative medicine talk Sept. 22

Rachele Bachran from the Western Upper Peninsula District Health Department will present "Time to Talk" from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 22, at the Portage Lake District Library.

Time to Talk is an educational campaign that has been launched by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) at the National Institutes of Health at Bethesda, Maryland.

The purpose of the campaign is to encourage patients, particularly those aged 50 and older, and their health care providers to openly discuss the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Talking not only allows fully integrated care, but it also minimizes risks of interactions with a patient’s conventional treatments.

Bachran will give participants a TELL tip sheet for patients, an ASK tip sheet for providers, patient wallet cards to keep track of all medicines including CAM therapies, and postcards listing additional online resources. She will also show a brief power point presentation and explain details about the Time to Talk campaign.

Bachran is a School and Community Health Educator with the Western Upper Peninsula District Health Department and has an M.S. degree in Health Promotion.

Everyone is welcome to attend and library presentations are free. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570 or visit

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