Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Portage Library to host webinar, wellness, entertainment July 13-15

HOUGHTON -- The Portage Lake District Library is offering several programs for the public from Wednesday through Friday, July 13-15, this week: a webinar that will explain how to use its two remarkable databases, Mango and Universal Class; "Cirque Da UP" unicycling jugglers; a Wellness series program on Meridian Stress Tapping; and "Music on the Menu" with Jan Arnold.

July 13: Webinar on Mango and Universal Class

Shawn Leche, the library Director, will present the webinar on the library's Mango and Universal Class databases from 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13.

Mango is an online language learning system that teaches practical conversation skills for real communication. Each lesson combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The courses are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and real-world application that integrates components of vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and culture. It includes over 30 languages and 10 courses which teach English as a second language. Patrons can choose a level of instruction from basic to complete courses that are more in-depth. The database features a fluency button to click on to hear a word pronounced at normal speaking speed.

Universal Class offers over 500 online continuing education courses taught by real instructors with remote, 24/7 access so people can study at their convenience on their own schedule. Patrons can enroll in up to five courses at a time and have six months to finish each course. A complete list of classes is posted on the library’s website.

Mango and Universal Class are available free of charge to all Portage Lake District Library patrons.

This webinar is free and open to all. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570 or visit www.pldl.org.

Unicycling Jugglers to perform July 13

The Portage Lake District Library will host the area’s increasingly more famous and dearly loved unicycling jugglers for a performance at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13. The performance will be held outside the library.

"Cirque Da UP" features athlete-artists who give people a unique style of entertainment featuring a combination of world-class juggling, unicycling, and acrobatics.

MTU alumni Bob and Trish Evans will debut an interactive street show they have created for an international busking (street performance) competition. They will demonstrate joggling, which is running while juggling, and talk about their Guinness World Record attempts at the world joggling championships in Rochester, Minn.

Jason Cattelino, Houghton High School graduate and incoming freshman at Michigan Tech, will add his incredible juggling and unicycling skills to the show. Calumet High School student Maxx Fredrickson will demonstrate his juggling and unicycling prowess.

Everyone is invited to watch as they perform their amazing and gravity-defying feats. After the show, they will help people learn how to juggle and perform other circus skills.

This event is free and open to all. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570 or visit www.pldl.org.

July 14: Natural Health and Wellness series continues

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, July 14.

Patty Markham Peterson will present "A Medical Intuitive Perspective on Health and an Introduction to EFT/Emotional Freedom Technique." EFT, or Meridian Stress Tapping, is a proven method of tapping on acupuncture meridians to work with the mind-body connection for stress release, anxiety issues, pain, cravings, and addictions.

Peterson is currently a counseling medical intuitive and life coach. Over the last 30 years, she has trained in a variety of traditional medical settings as an RN and in many holistic modalities. During deep grief, she discovered increased intuitive abilities and hands on healing that she now uses along with her other skills to assist others. You may find more information about her practice at www.yourexpandingheart.com.

July 15: "Music on the Menu" with Jan Arnold

The Portage Lake District Library invites everyone to bring a lunch and enjoy "Music on the Menu," an outdoor series of events held on the dock outside the library.

Jan Arnold will perform from noon - 1 p.m. on Friday, July 15. Her easy listening style includes country, folk, rock, and music going back as early as the 30s.

Everyone is invited to eat, relax, and enjoy the lunch hour while listening to some great music. In the event of bad weather, the program will be held in the community room. This free event is part of the library’s Summer Reading Program.

Library programs are free and open to all. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570 or visit www.pldl.org.

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