Fawnsin, CA, December, 15, 2012 – The next Big Bear THRIVES! free gathering will be on Sunday, December 16th from 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm at the Big Bear Discovery Center. Tammie “Rain” Hayes will give a presentation on the healing qualities and medicinal uses of Native Plants and Herbs, which include teas and natural cleansers. Peggy Otterstrom will demonstrate how to grow, gather, trim and harvest native plants. There will be a light, healthy foods potluck. Big Bear THRIVES! is a movement to live in our community in a way that is socially conscious, environmentally sustainable and healthy for all.  Monthly gatherings are a place to be informed, to share, and network with others of like mind.  Feel free to bring your business cards and literature that are in alignment with this theme. Big Bear THRIVES! is sponsored by the Mountain Healing Arts Association.  For more information, contact Gina Weiss at (909) 585-7228.