Creative pumpkin contest, zombie lock-in set for Friday

To help you get into the Halloween mood, we hope you will enter your own decorated pumpkin — carved, painted or decorated as you choose — into our contest.

Completed pumpkins must be turned in tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 30, by 3 p.m., with winners announced at 4 p.m.

There are five age categories in the contest: preschool, ages 5-7, ages 8-11, ages 12-17 and adult. One entry is allowed per person. Enjoy creepy, crawly snacks while you wait for the winners to be announced.

Also tomorrow, teens in the fifth through 12th grades are invited to a zombie lock-in from 6 to 9 p.m.

To participate, teens must present a completed permission slip as they enter the library by 6 p.m., at which time the library will be closed. Zombie costumes are optional, but encouraged.

Activities will include video and board games, an art project, a read-in, a “thriller” dance instruction and a movie — or teens can bring their own books, handheld games or other games. Pizza will be served.

Lifelong Learning lectures

The third lecture in our six-week free Fall Lifelong Learning series takes place tonight, Thursday, Oct. 29, when Elizabeth Howey, Jan Santopietro and Lacy Caprea, a Pagosa Springs Medical Center wellness trio, will explain a variety of local options for health improvement including nutritional counseling, classes and free early detection screens. You also will learn about how you can manage your health online.

The fourth lecture, set for Nov. 5, will feature Jonathan Dobson on “The Way of the Tree: Photographs and Stories from an Around-the-World Trip,” a photo montage of several countries spanning three months.

The fifth talk, set for Nov. 12, will showcase Jimbo Buickerood. He will discuss “The 30-Year Controversy of the Village at Wolf Creek.”

The last lecture, on Nov. 19, will be from another traveler, Rose Lynn, who will discuss “Barren of Human Rights: Touring North Korea” and will dispel some myths you may have about North Korea.

Pick up the brochure with more details of the speakers and their programs at your library. The lectures run from 5:30 to 7 p.m. No advance registration is required.

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This story was posted on October 29, 2015.