Saturday, November 06, 2010

Portage Library Wellness Series continues with presentation on medicinal herbs Nov. 11

HOUGHTON -- The Portage Lake District Library will host its monthly program in the Natural Health and Wellness series from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 11.

Horticulturist Wendy Wiegert will give a slide show presentation on "Medicinal Herbs and How to Use Them." She will explain what medicinal herbs are and how they are grown, harvested, and prepared for use. Participants will learn the advantages of using alternative medicinal herbs; what the functions and properties of herbs are; which herbs treat common ailments such as colds, flu, arthritis, diabetes, and more; and they will learn how to get daily vitamins and minerals from herbs. There will also be a display of a variety of herb plants, dried herbs, and herbal salves and oils.

Weigert has been studying, growing, and using medicinal herbs for 30 years and raises over 60,000 naturally grown heirloom plants with an emphasis on medicinal herb plants. She strives for sustainable agriculture on her farm outside of Hancock and sells culinary and medicinal herbs, salves, oils, and extracts as well as vegetable, herb, and flower plants.

This natural health and wellness series is held on the second Thursday of each month. All programs begin at 6:30 p.m., they are free, and everyone is welcome. No pre-registration is required. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570 or visit

Library honors all Veterans

The Portage Lake District Library is honoring all Veterans during the month of November. People are invited to bring a photo of family members who have served or who are currently serving in the armed services for a display in the library. Cake will be served beginning at 1 p.m. on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. Everyone is invited. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570 or visit

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