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Apr 252013

Ideas to help you get your family to eat more healthfully.

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 April 25, 2013

For seniors, the benefits of healthy eating include increased mental acuteness,       resistance to illness and disease, higher energy levels, a more robust immune system, faster recuperation times, and better management of chronic health problems.  As we age, eating well can also be the key to a positive outlook and staying emotionally balanced.


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 April 25, 2013
Apr 232013

Below is a list of useful workshops and simulations offered by our Extension office. You may also print a brochure of our offering. Please contact Karen Richel for availability and schedule.

a variety of piggy banks
How to Build a Better Budget: Managing Money and Debt

In our most popular class, learn how to cut household expenses and save money for the things you really want. This class teaches practical budgeting, goal setting, and money management skills to help you build the financial life you’ve been waiting for.

Credit Everything!!!

In a world where everything revolves around lines of credit, how much credit is too much? Learn the basics of credit and how to make it work for you, not against you. With new regulations on consumer credit, this is a great opportunity to learn how new laws will affect your credit and financial future.

participants in a financial well-being classBanking 101

Well suited for both young and old, this class will teach you how to manage savings and checking accounts wisely. We’ll also explore banking rules and regulations so you know how to best operate within the system.

Protecting Your Personal Identity

Identity theft affects 8.1 million Americans, and losses from identity fraud total more than $37 billion. Learn how to avoid identity theft and how to restore your financial life if you become a victim.

Predatory Lending and Scams

Our economic recession has encouraged predatory lenders. This class will teach you how to recognize the signs of predatory lending and avoid predatory lending situations.

Renting Your First Home

Learn everything you need to know about renting a house, including liability, budgeting, and rental agreements.

Buying a Car Learn how to successfully navigate the many financial pitfalls associated with buying a new car, and learn how to negotiate and manage your resources at the time of the sale.

How to Find a Job and Keep It

Get back into the job market! This class will teach you how to use employment resources in your community to find a job and keep it. Featuring hands-on activities and an interactive presentation, you will be motivated and empowered to find a job after this class.

Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate?

If someone died in your family, how would you divide their assets without dividing your family? Learn proven communication techniques on how to approach this subject with family members.

demonstrating financial principles with rice and tennis ballsMaking Friends with Your Money:  Creating a Spending Plan that Works for You

Interested in learning some new tricks to making your money go further?  If you made friends with your spending plan long ago or are new to this “acquaintance”, this workshop will provide new resources to help you realize goals, budget resources, find money leaks, and manage what you have… in a really fun way.

Organizing Your Financial Paperwork

How many times have you wished you could put your hands on an important document only to have no idea where it is?  What if there was a disaster or a death in the family?  Would you know where to find all of your financial information quickly?   In this 2-hour hands-on workshop, we will talk about why it is important to have your financial paperwork organized, what you need to save, where you need to save it, and how long you should keep it around.

Who Will Get Grandpa’s Farm?

Communicating with family members about transferring farm ownership can be a delicate topic.  Dad wants to pass the farm onto Junior but Junior wants to take another career path.  Grandpa doesn’t want to slow down but Dad thinks he should.  This workshop provides strategies, theories, approaches and scenarios to help determine the future of the farm.

Balanced Living

Do you feel out of balance, out of control?  Is your life running you down and negatively affecting your health?  If so, don’t miss this five-part series to achieve greater balance and learn ways to Balance Your Time, Manage Your Stress, Feed Your Body, Move Your Body, and Rest Your Body .  (This is an actual series… this is the logo)

Interactive Simulations
That’s Life

Designed to teach youth how much real life costs, this simulation provides participants with a job and monthly salary. They must then budget and spend according to their means. Participants will learn basic financial skills, while exploring how education, career, and relationship decisions can help or hinder their future.

Kids Kredit Kard

Send your students on a credit card spending spree and let them see firsthand how much credit costs. This simulation is designed to teach children (ages 8-13) the dangers of credit and how to use it wisely.


This reality game shows how different social classes interact with each other, even when money isn’t a factor. This is a great learning experience…and completely shocking.

 April 23, 2013
Apr 232013

Can and can openerAvoid over-processing or under-processing contents when canning. Have your pressure canner gauge tested annually for accuracy.  Contact the extension office to schedule an appointment, or bring your canner lid and drop off for testing.

 April 23, 2013