Steamboat briefs: Biomimicry presentation on bears, tribes is Tuesday

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Shawn Sigstedt, associate professor of biology at the Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus, will host a presentation about his more than 20 years of research on how bears and Native Americans are using a native medicinal botanical for medicine in amazing and unique ways. 

He studied at Colorado College in Colorado Springs in the 1970s while at the same time spending seven years living with Navajo, Ute and Hopi tribes and observing the way they used the Osha root. The common bond, he found, was that Native American tribes were learning medical technologies by observing application techniques from bears.

The talk begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the auditorium at Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat Sprints. 

2nd annual Children’s Book Feast is Saturday

The second annual Children’s Book Feast, hosted by Bud Werner Memorial Library in Steamboat Springs, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the library and the Depot Art Center. According to a news release, the all-day literary arts events promotes literacy, books, reading and art for school-age children.

Dynamic presentations and storytelling performances will take place in Library Hall throughout the day with a break for lunch available at MountainBrew. At the same time, workshops for budding writers, musicians and artists, ages 8 and older, will be held at the Depot Art Center. Two adult/teacher workshops also will be available. This year’s lineup includes all Rocky Mountain resident artists, including Steve Jenkins, Paul Taylor, Claudia Mills, Kathleen Pelley, Jeannie Mobley and local author Dagny McKinley.

Tickets are available online at www.steamboatlibrary.org/childrens-book-feast/tickets.

The cost is $7 for general admission, which includes presentations in Library Hall, and $10 for each special workshop with three of the visiting artists. Workshops are limited to 30 kids per session; the two teacher workshops are limited to 15 adults per session. For more information, visit www.steamboatlibrary.org/childrens-

book-feast or contact the youth services librarian at skostin@steamboatlibrary.org.

The Book Feast is a collaborative project of the Steamboat Springs School District, Steamboat Arts Council, Off the Beaten Path Bookstore and Bud Werner Memorial Library. 

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