Karen Carnabucci, MSS, LCSW, LISW-S, TEP
There’s crispness in the air, and the holidays are approaching…
And so it’s time for the annual Fall Health & Gift Fest on Saturday, Nov. 8, at Lake House Health & Learning Center, 932 Lake Ave.
This lovely Victorian house will be transformed into an autumn cornucopia showcasing local artisans, artists, chefs, shopkeepers and health professionals who will share their wares with the public — just in time for holiday shopping — and offer a variety of health resources.
Among the treasures you will find:
Jewelry, art, crafts, natural soap and body products, Chinese healing teas, home furnishings, healthy cookbooks and CDs for meditation and stress relief -- plus gift certificates for personal growth coaching, personal development sessions, alternative psychotherapy, Chinese medicine treatments, Ayurvedic healing and rejuvenation treatments, Tarot readings and other health and well-being services.
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The event is designed to showcase local and regional small businesses and to affirm that gifts of health are important additions to the approaching holiday season. Visitors will have the opportunity to talk directly with alternative health practitioners to learn about their specialties and ask questions.
In addition, visitors may sit with a full-spectrum light box, a non-medication alternative to address Seasonal Affective Disorder, sometimes is known as “winter blues” or “winter depression” due to the lower level of sunlight in the winter.
Wild Root Market will have a display about its cooperative market project, and visitors will be able to purchase co-op memberships and canvas bags.
Karen Carnabucci, the non-traditional psychotherapist, licensed clinical social worker and owner of Lake House Health & Learning Center, initiated the Health & Gift Fest three years ago after realizing that many seasonal fairs and events focused on merchandise rather than experiences and could not find events focused on topics of health, whether traditional or alternative, at this time of year.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is no admission charge although visitors are encouraged to bring a donation of non-perishable food items or toiletries for the Racine County Food Bank.
Among the health practitioners and vendors who will take part in the Fest:
Among the arts, crafts and home furnishings:
Door prizes, refreshments and giveaways will add an extra bit of fun, and participants will have an opportunity to pick up a variety of free health information, including resources for the new Affordable Health Care Act – also known as “Obamacare.”
For more information on artisans and their wares, call (262) 633-2645 or see site page for directions.
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Bracelet by Leayn Tabili.
Arthur Shattuck, practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine, will offer gift certificates, exotic healing teas,samples of tea and information on flu and cold remedies.
Patinaed Cicada with riveted hammered flowers and amethyst cylinder from Twisted Lion.
Books on alternative psychotherapy by Karen Carnabucci
Wild Root Market, Racine's co-operative grocery store project, will provide information and sell memberships.
Connie Kick will bring these fun Infinity Lights to the Fall Fest.
Dina Walker's watercolor note cards.
Handcrafted felted slippers from Laurie Swanson.
Norwex cleaning products -- safe for the environment.
Hand-crafted organic herbal blends for post-partum sitz baths from InnerBirth Midwifery.
Spice blends from the Pampered Chef.
Kevin Edward Rook will discuss fire walking as a route to personal empowerment.
Natural soaps and personal care items from Katu Matson.
Pamela Bodven, licensed esthetician with Take 45.
No admission for our Fall Health and Gift Fest -- but please bring non-perishable food items for the Racine Food Bank and/or toiletries for HALO, Racine's homeless shelter. Thank you!