Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Herbalists Without Borders Keweenaw Chapter to offer Tea and Idea Exchange Jan. 23 at Portage Library

[Editor's Note: Update, Jan. 23: The following event has been cancelled for today, Thursday, Jan. 23, since schools and the Portage Library are closed because of extremely cold temperatures. The event has been re-scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 30, same time and place indicated below.]

HOUGHTON -- The Portage Lake District Library will host the Keweenaw Chapter of Herbalists Without Borders for a Tea and Idea Exchange from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23.

Herbalists Without Borders (HWB) Keweenaw Chapter invites interested persons to meet and exchange ideas with them TOMORROW, Thursday, Jan. 23, at Portage Lake District Library. (Herbalists Without Borders photos courtesy HWB Keweenaw chapter.)

Herbalists Without Borders coordinator Jess Juntunen invites participants to bring their favorite herbal tea to share (and a mug if you have one) and relax while learning about the organization and its local and worldwide projects. Participants are encouraged to share their thoughts and ideas about what kinds of work they would like to see the group involved in.

"If you don't have a tea or mug, don't worry, come as you are," says Juntunen. "Drop in for part, or all, of our session. Your presence is all that is required. Be involved at the level that suits you, whether that is in the form of your valuable input, satisfying personal curiosity, idea building, or becoming engaged as a volunteer or organizer."

Herbalists Without Borders (HWB) is an international network of herbalists, traditional healers, complementary alternative medicine practitioners, botanical product makers and trades people, herb growers, farmers, ecologists, students, humanitarian aid workers and others who are interested in the vital role of plants in primary health care, sustainable agriculture, trade, and ecological preservation.

HWB Keweenaw is currently serving Houghton and Keweenaw Counties. This chapter operates under the umbrella of the National and International Nonprofit Herbalists Without Borders doing unique projects in a variety of scopes focused on social justice with a down-to-the-ground, grassroots structure.

To learn more contact Jess Juntunen, chapter coordinator, at or call  (906) 231-0755.

All library programs are free, and everyone is welcome. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570 or visit

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