Facts from the library

BOOOOOOO! And Happy Halloween! Here are some fun facts about this day:

The first Jack O’Lanterns were actually made from turnips.

Halloween is the second highest grossing commercial holiday after Christmas.

The word “witch” comes from the Old English wicce, meaning “wise woman.” In fact, wiccan were highly respected people at one time. According to popular belief, witches held one of their two main meetings, or sabbats, on Halloween night.

The largest pumpkin ever measured was grown by Norm Craven, who broke the world record in 1993 with a 836 lb. pumpkin.

Halloween has variously been called All Hallows’ Eve, Witches Night, Lamswool, Snap-Apple Night, Samhaim, and Summer’s End.

Whatever you call it we wish you a happy one and please be safe!

Ages and Stageswith Casie LaMunyon at the Mancos Public Library on Nov. 7 at 7p.m. in the meeting room. Does your young child want to be more independent? As children mature it is normal for them to want more freedom and this can be difficult for parents. We will talk about developmental milestones for children age 3-11 and how you can best support your child in becoming independent and responsible. We will discuss practical strategies you can use at home and in the community. All caregivers of preschool and elementary school age children are welcome.LaMunyon is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Board Certified Art Therapist and provides community and school based training throughout the region to expand the knowledge of childhood mental health issues.

Local Author discussion – A morning with Erica Olsen, a local author, will be at the Manocs Public Library on November 10th at 10 am. She will discuss and read from her new book, “Recapture”.

An overview of Naturopathic Medicine on Nov. 17 at 1:30 at Mancos Public Library with Dr. Amy Loschert —“Uncovering the Myths and Facts About Naturopathic Medicine, A New Model of Care”. Many people are justifiably frustrated with the care they have received within the conventional Western medical model. Feeling that one is heard, validated, and then cared for throughout their treatment is lost in this model most of the time. Naturopathic medicine is an alternative system that utilizes the ancient wisdom of our ancestors combined with an evidence-based approach to healthcare. Loschert, Naturopathic Doctor, will be discussing the whole-person philosophy and history of naturopathic medicine as well as the training an ND undergoes compared to an MD and other practitioners such as herbalists, homeopaths and unlicensed naturopaths. Case studies from patients with menopause, colitis, anxiety and eczema will be used to illustrate what one can expect when seeing a naturopathic doctor.Loschert started her practice River of Health Family Care this year in Dolores after having practiced for the past 8 years in Phoenix, Ariz. focusing on Women’s Health. She holds her license as a naturopathic physician in the state of Arizona where she received her medical degree in 2002 from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe. Loschert specializes in treating chronic hormonal, gastrointestinal and psychological disorders. She uses homeopathic medicines, botanical formulas, specific nutrient supplementation, and therapeutic diet and lifestyle planning to effect change, achieve balance and promote anti-aging.

Her interests include trail running, creative cooking, organic gardening, and above all, playing with her 10 month-old son, Max. She holds memberships in both local and global organizations that support sustainable living practices for people around the world and protection of our natural resources.