Agrilife Extension Service
Events from the Parker County Agrilife Extension Service
Come learn all about what it takes to “Grow Your Own Parker County Peaches” at an informative program to be presented at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10, in the Parker County Agricultural Services Center meeting room, 604 North Main in Weatherford. The $10 cost is payable at the door.
Guest speaker Bob Whitney, a retired County Extension Agent who now lives in Comanche, is well known for his work in fruit crops and pecans. He, along with Extension Agent John Green, will discuss site preparation, recommended varieties, planting and training young trees, fertility and water requirements, tree pruning, controlling insects and disease, and thinning the crop and harvesting.
For those attending with a pesticide applicator license, 1 CEU will be offered toward their re-certification.
Hosted by the Parker County Extension Ag. Committee and the Parker County office of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Green invites all interested in peach growing to attend.
Educational programs of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service serve people of all ages regardless of socioeconomic level, race, color, sex, disability, religion, age or national origin. Individuals with disabilities who require an auxiliary aid, service, or accommodation in order to participate in this meeting are encouraged to contact the Parker County office of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service at (817)598-6168 for assistance.
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services of Parker, Palo Pinto, Jack, Wise and Young counties will host a Pecan Show on Dec. 3 at the Palo Pinto County Extension Office located at 221 South 5th Ave. in Palo Pinto. If you would like to enter your pecans, you should have them at the office in Palo Pinto by 9 a.m. on December 3. I f you are interested in the show or have any questions, please contact the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office of Parker County at 817-598-6168. Winners from each division will advance to the Regional Show to be held in Commanche, TX on Dec. 10, 2013.
An evening program on getting started in beekeeping, offered by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Parker County, will be held starting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov 14, at the Agricultural Services Center, 604 North Main, Weatherford. Registration is $10 per person and may be paid at the door.
This program is for people who are interested in bees and beekeeping but don’t know where to start, said Jon Green, AgriLife Extension Agent, Parker County. Green said the program will consist of presentations by beekeepers Bill Young and La Vonda Becker, both of the Dino-Bee Beekeepers Club. Their topics will cover bee biology and behavior, setting up a hive and the items needed, bee health, and other related topics. Also, Rod Owen of the Parker County Appraisal District will be present to discuss ag valuation of property from beekeeping.
Thu, 11/14/2013 - 10:00am - 3:00pm
The Parker County Extension Education Association invites everyone to the 2013 “Home for the Holidays”, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14. The event will take place at Couts Memorial United Methodist Church, located in Weatherford at 802 North Elm Street.
Home for the Holidays is an event filled with holiday tips and ideas to help get you into that Holiday Spirit. There will be special presentations and demonstrations by local speakers, including Antoinette Reed – Holiday Appetizers; Shirley Riebe – Wreaths; Julia Moseley and Barbara Sampson – Decorating Ideas; Kayla Neill – Gifts in a Jar; Kathy Smith – Keeping it Safe. There will be a Fashion Show with Holiday Bling. Couts Christian Academy Students will be performing.
Home for the Holidays will include a festive lunch variety of soups, sandwiches, and desserts. There will be recipe books, a raffle table, gift table and silent auction, door prizes and much more.
The cost to attend will be $15 per person. This will include lunch, program materials and recipes.
Tickets are available from Extension Education Association Members and the Parker County Extension Office. You may all call to reserve you space. Onsite registration will also be available. For more information or to make reservations, please call the Parker County Extension office at (817) 598-6168.
Educational programs conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension serve people of ages regardless of socioeconomic level, race, color, sex, religion, disability or nationality.
Wed, 11/06/2013 (All day)
A Twogether in Texas marriage education class will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the Parker County Extension office located at 604 North Main. The class is free, and couples who complete the class will save $60 on their marriage license. The class is 8 hours long and focuses on helping couples develop communication and conflict resolution skills and other skills needed for a strong relationship. The certificate is good for one year and can be used to obtain a marriage license in any county in Texas. To register and/or for more information call the Parker County Extension Office at 817-598-6168.
Repeats every day until Wed Oct 02 2013 . Tue, 10/01/2013 - 9:30am - 1:30pm
Wed, 10/02/2013 - 9:30am - 1:30pm
Texas AgriLife Extension Service of Parker County will offer parenting classes from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 1 and 2 at the Parker County Agricultural Services Center. The cost is $10 per person for the two-day class and will include lunch. Scholarships are available.
The parenting classes will use the curriculum “Making Children Mind without Losing Yours” a Dr. Kevin Lehman Series. For information or to register, call the Parker County Extension office at 817-598-6168 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tue, 10/01/2013 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Parker County will a Cooking Well with Diabetes II class from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Oct. 1, 15 and 22, at the Parker County Agricultural Services Center located at 604 North Main Street in Weatherford.
Cooking Well with Diabetes II will cover the following lessons: Carbohydrate Foods, Desserts, Making Recipes with Fat Better for You, Cutting the Fat - Main Dishes, Double Your Pleasure Side Dishes, Reducing Sodium and Increasing Fiber, Celebrating Sensibly with Diabetes, and Holiday Meal Preparation with Diabetes. The workshop will include cooking demonstrations and activities. All participants who complete Cooking Well with Diabetes will get a booklet filled with recipes that are diabetes friendly.
There will be a $20 charge for the session that will cover the cost of food supplies. Space is limited and pre-registration ends Sept. 27. To register or for more information about the classes, call the Parker County Extension Office at 817-598-6168 or drop by the office located at 604 North Main, Suite 200 in Weatherford.
Wed, 10/02/2013 - 8:30am - 3:30pm
Anyone interested in private water-well management in Parker and surrounding counties is invited to the free Texas Well Owner Network training Oct. 2 in Weatherford.
The training will be held from 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. at the Doss Heritage and Culture Center, 1400 Texas Dr., said Drew Gholson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program specialist and network coordinator, College Station.
“The Texas Well Owner Network program is for Texas residents who depend on household wells for their water needs,” Gholson said. “Well owners who want to become familiar with Texas’ groundwater resources, septic system maintenance, well maintenance and construction, water quality and water treatment will benefit from this training.”
Participants can have their water well samples screened for $15, with payment due when samples are turned in at the training.
“We invite private well owners to bring in a water sample to be screened for nitrate, total dissolved solids, arsenic and bacteria,” he said.
Well owners who would like to have their well water sampled can pick up the two sample containers – one bag and one bottle – at Parker, Hood, Wise, Johnson, Palo Pinto and Jack County AgriLife Extension offices. They can also be obtained at the Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District office, 1250 E. Highway 199 in Springtown.
After filling each bottle and bag with a sample from their well, participants should bring the two samples to the Oct. 2 training, Gholson said.
Mon, 07/29/2013 - 9:00am - 4:30pm
Texas AgriLife Extension will offer a Safe Sitter course from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, July 29 at the Parker County Agricultural Service Center in Weatherford. Safe Sitter is a medically accurate program that teaches boys and girls ages 11 to 16 how to handle emergencies when caring for children. The class teaches safe and nutrition child care techniques, behavior management skills and appropriate responses to medical emergencies. The cost of the program is $35, which will cover workbook and lunch. To register for Safe Sitter, call the Parker County Extension office at 817-598-6168.
Mon, 07/15/2013 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
A Food Handlers Food Safety class will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, July 15, at the Parker County Agricultural Service Center, located at 604 North Main Street in Weatherford.
The two-hour class will be conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and is a Texas Department of State Health Services-accredited food handler’s class. This class is recommended for all food service employees to help promote the service of safe food. The class is a basic overview of food safety practices that are necessary to ensure you serve safe food at your establishment. Some practices discussed will be Good Personal Hygiene, Cross Contamination and Time and Temperature abuse.
The training fee is $20 and includes training and handouts. This certification is good for two years and is recognized throughout Texas.
To register for the Food Handlers class, contact the Parker County Extension Office at 817-598-6168.