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Gardening, Medicare webinar, “Stranger Things” trivia & art with The Botanical Alchemists

Posted on October 1, 2020 at 5:00 am

Image provided by The Botanical Alchemists

This month, you have the opportunity to enjoy an evening of “Stranger Things” trivia, learn more about Medicare Open Enrollment, get tips for preparing your garden for spring, and create art with guidance from The Botanical Alchemists, who are the October Resident Artists.

All programs are online. Be sure to register, and we’ll see you there!


Getting a Jump on Spring

Proper fall cleanup of your garden can pay off during the following growing season. Master Gardener Steve Nokes explains what you can do and when. Adults

Registration is required, and you’ll need email to receive login information.

Tuesday, Oct 6, 6:30–7:30pm | REGISTER

Growing Garlic

Master Gardener Steve Nokes shows us how easy growing garlic can be. Learn about the best time of year to plant, the different types of garlic, and the best storage practices. Adults

Registration is required, and you’ll need email to receive login information.

Wednesday, Oct 28, 6:30–7:30pm | REGISTER


Medicare Open Enrollment Webinar

Medicare Open Enrollment is just around the corner. Learn about Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage plans, who is eligible, and what options are available to you. Also, find out about:

  • What you can do during the Medicare Open Enrollment Period
  • How to choose and change plans
  • What Medigaps are and how they work
  • What programs you may qualify for that help you pay for Medicare

The Medicare Open Enrollment Period runs from October 15, 2020, to December 7, 2020.

This free, unbiased information session is presented by Aging & Long Term Care of Eastern Washington (ALTCEW) and the Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA), a free service of the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner.

Registration is required, and you’ll need email to receive login information.

Wednesday, Oct 21, 4–5pm | REGISTER


Virtual Trivia: Stranger Things

The release of Season 4 of Stranger Things is delayed until spring, but we’re still getting ready with a celebration of everything dark and slimy in the 1980s small town of Hawkins. Discuss your favorite middle schoolers—Mike, Lucas, Dustin, Will, Max, and Eleven—and show off your knowledge of The Upside Down. Adults & Teens

Registration is required, and you’ll need email to receive login information.

Friday, Oct 23, 7–8pm | REGISTER


Discover local artists as they share their talents in a virtual residency, starting October through January.

Each month, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in workshops and classes led by the resident artist or artists.

The artist will also work on a project during their residency, available to be viewed online in real-time or in a recorded video. During these residency hours, library customers and everyone in the community are encouraged submit comments about the artist’s process, the creative work currently being made, and the type of art in general while the artist works.

The resident artists for October are Ava Barany and Sarah Edwards, also known as The Botanical Alchemists.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the North Spokane Library.


Resident Artist: October Residency Hours

Resident artists Sarah and Ava work on an art project. View their progress and ask questions in the chat.

Saturday, Oct 3, 3–5pm | GET LINK TO PROGRAM
Sunday, Oct 4, 10am–3pm | GET LINK TO PROGRAM

Check the event calendar for additional residency days & times.

Resident Artist: Paper Flower Making

Learn to create paper flowers with handouts and instructions to help you create beyond this workshop. Plus see beautiful examples of this art form created by the resident artists and others. A supplemental materials kit will be available for curbside pickup for registered participants. Adults

Registration is required, and you’ll need email to receive login information.

Saturday, Oct 17, 2–3pm | REGISTER

Resident Artist: Nature Art

Learn about nature art and see examples that have been created in October by others in the community and the resident artists. Instructions for gathering natural materials and creating your art will be shared during this program. Adults

Registration is required, and you’ll need email to receive login information.

Sunday, Oct 25, 2–3pm | REGISTER


Ava Barany & Sarah Edwards

We came together through our mutual love of plants and began making art as The Botanical Alchemists for the simple joy of creation. We have made dozens of floral installations in Spokane using repurposed flowers and elements from the natural world that embody our intention to transform the energy of a space using nature.

We have built our partnership, The Botanical Alchemists, on the foundation of creating works of art in public areas using gathered natural items and recycled flowers to make Spokane more beautiful, surprising, and engaging.

We believe this art form has the power to help people develop a deeper connection with Earth, with themselves, and with their community. This art medium has been a powerful tool of transformation in our own lives as well as those we have been able to reach thus far.

Nature art is also a form of art therapy, helping people process emotions like grief, joy, anger, and stress. We wish to offer this incredible tool to as many people in our community as possible, breaking down barriers such as perceived artistic abilities, income, age, location, nationality, or gender.

Making art out of found objects in nature is such a simple act, yet it is so powerful. Any time of year, you can find botanical items: sticks, pinecones, moss, leaves, stones, seed pods, feathers, and even snow. We encourage you to walk around your neighborhood and take a closer look at the life springing forth all around you. You may just discover a whole new world, a world that changes with the coming of each new season.


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