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Events from the Parker County Agrilife Extension Service
Phone: 817-598-6168

Pinterest Party planned

November 5, 2014 by Phil Major

Event Date: 
Thu, 11/20/2014 - 6:00pm

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office in Parker County is hosting a Pinterest Party Thursday, Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. at the office, 604 N. Main St. in Weatherford.
All supplies will be provided, and participants can keep everything they make. Instruction will be provided by some of the best crafters in the area.
Cost is $30, and all proceeds benefit Parker County 4-H. RSVP at 817-598-6172.

Home for the holidays

October 31, 2014 by Phil Major

Event Date: 
Thu, 11/13/2014 - 10:00am

The Parker County Extension Education Association invites everyone to the 2014 “Home for the Holidays” Thursday, Nov. 13 from 10 a.m-1:30 p.m. The event will take place at Couts Memorial United Methodist Church in the gym, located in Weatherford at 802 North Elm Street.

Food manager course, exam set

October 6, 2014 by Phil Major

Event Date: 
Mon, 10/20/2014 - 8:30am

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will offer a one-day Certified Food Manager Course and Exam Monday, Oct. 20.
The class will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the ServSafe Certified Food Manager Exam will begin at the conclusion of the 8-hour class. The class will be held at the Parker County Agricultural Service Center at 604 North Main Street in Weatherford. The cost for the course is $115. This includes the course, ServSafe Certified Food Managers examination, coursebook and all course materials.
This course is an update and review of food safety principles and practices and will help prepare participants for the exam.

Well water testing available

September 18, 2014 by Phil Major

Event Date: 
Wed, 10/22/2014 - 8:30am

The Texas Well Owner Network is hosting a water well screening from 8:30-10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Palo Pinto County, 221 South 5th Street, Palo Pinto, and in Parker County at 604 N. Main Street Ste. 200, Weatherford, to give area residents the opportunity to have their well water tested.
A meeting explaining screening results will be held at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at the AgriLife Extension office for Parker County in Weatherford. The Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District will also discuss their ongoing programs regarding local groundwater issues.
The screening is presented by AgriLife Extension and Texas Water Resources Institute in partnership with the AgriLife Extension offices in Palo Pinto and Parker Counties.
“Private water wells should be tested annually,” said John W. Smith, AgriLife Extension program specialist. “It is very important that only sampling bags from the Palo Pinto or Parker County AgriLife Extension offices be used and all instructions for proper sampling are followed to ensure accurate results.”
Smith said for area residents to have their well water tested, they need to pick up a sample bag and sampling instructions from the AgriLife Extension office in Palo Pinto County or call 940-659-1228 or from the AgriLife Extension office in Parker County or call 817-598-6168 for more information.

Back to Basics course offered

September 15, 2014 by Phil Major

Event Date: 
Wed, 10/01/2014 - 6:00pm

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and Better Living for Texans Program of Parker County will conduct a free four-part workshop. Back to Basics will be offered beginning Oct. 1 and will meet each Wednesday through Oct. 22 from 6-8 p.m. The classes will be held at the Parker County Agricultural Service Center, 604 North Main Street in Weatherford.
Back to the Basics will help individuals and families reduce stress through learning meal planning and physical activity. There will be information on how to spend less at the grocery store and how to keep food safe. Each workshop will include food preparation techniques where participants will prepare a meal at each class. 
Individuals interested in attending Back to Basics or who need information about the class should call 817-598-6168.

Kidney Smart program planned

September 2, 2014 by Phil Major

Event Date: 
Thu, 09/25/2014 - 6:30pm

Elizabeth Neuman, registered dietitian with the Kidney Smart organization will conduct a program on Kidney Smart on Thursday, Sept. 25. The program will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Parker County Agricultural Service Center in Weatherford, 604 North Main Street. The free class will provide information on how kidney’s function and causes of chronic kidney disease; how medications, diet and nutrition work together to keep you healthy; how to manage other related healthy conditions including diabetes and hypertension; and how to continue educating yourself and what treatment choices are available.
For more information about the program contact Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service at 817-598-6168.

Parenting classes offered

September 2, 2014 by Phil Major

Event Date: 
Mon, 09/29/2014 - 9:30am

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service of Parker County will offer parenting classes Monday and Wednesday, Sept. 29 and Oct. 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Parker County Agricultural Services Center. The classes will be $10 per person for the two day class and will include lunch.
The parenting classes will use the curriculum “Becoming A Love and Logic Parent” by Jim Fay and Charles Fay. The curriculum will cover Raising Responsible Kids, The Love and Logic Formula, C Stands for Control, Ownership of the Problem, Thinking and Decision Making, and Consequences. Also covered in the classes will be Keeping Children Healthy, Food Safety and Shopping Strategies for Healthy Eating.
Pre-registration is requested by Sept. 26. For information or to register call the Parker County Extension office at 817-598-6168.

Pesticide training set

August 26, 2014 by Phil Major

Event Date: 
Wed, 09/10/2014 - 8:30am

To comply with current pesticide handling laws, those who use certain pesticides must receive training on the proper use, storage, and disposal of these chemicals. A license is required of anyone who purchases and/or applies a restricted-use or state-limited use pesticide for the production of an agricultural commodity. Restricted-use pesticides are classified by the Environmental Protection Agency. The Texas Department of Agriculture classifies state-limited use pesticides. Product labels indicate restricted-use pesticides, while state regulations list state-limited use chemicals.
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service provides private applicator introductory courses that can prepare applicators to qualify for a license by passing a test. Anyone wishing to become a licensed private applicator can attend a training Wednesday, Sept. 10, at the Parker County Extension office, 604 North Main, Weatherford. The training program is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. An 80-page private applicator training manual and a copy of the current pesticide and herbicide laws and regulations are available at the Extension office for $40 (cash or check). It is recommended that these be purchased prior to the day of the training to begin familiarizing with the material. There is an additional $10 fee (cash or check) the day of the training.

Money management class planned

August 22, 2014 by Phil Major

Event Date: 
Thu, 09/04/2014 - 2:00pm

Parker County will conduct a two-hour personal financial management class “Managing Your Money” Thursday, Sept. 4 at 2 p.m. at the Parker County Agricultural Services Class at 604 North Main Street in Weatherford. The class is for anyone interested in how to better manage money, but it also for people who are in bankruptcy Chapter 7 and/or 13. The intent of the course is to increase financial knowledge and skills, topics everyone filing for bankruptcy needs to know. The topics covered will include Developing a Spending Plan, Money Management, Wise Use of Credit and Consumer information.
There is a $10 charge to attend the class. For more information or to register call (817) 598-6168.

Marriage class offered

August 15, 2014 by Phil Major

Event Date: 
Fri, 09/05/2014 - 9:00am

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service of Parker County will host a “Twogether in Texas” Marriage Education class Friday, Sept. 5 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m at the Parker County Agricultural Services Center and is free of charge.
After completing the class, couples will receive a certificate that can be taken to the county clerk to save $60 on a marriage license. Also, couples will not have to wait 72 hours to be married. The waiting period is waived for couples who complete the course.
The class focuses on helping couples develop communication and conflict resolution skills and other tools for building strong relationships.
To register, call 817-598-6168 or email

Sports Calendar

Monday, April 27

  • Aledo Bearcats JV at Granbury, 6:00 pm. *District Game
    Aledo Bearcats Freshmen vs. Granbury at AHS Baseball Field, 6:00 pm. *District Game

Tuesday, April 28

  • Aledo Bearcats Varsity at Granbury, 7:00 pm. *District Game

Friday, May 1

  • Aledo Bearcats vs. Cleburne at AHS Baseball Field, JV 5:00 pm and Varsity 7:30 pm. *District Game and Senior Night
    Aledo Bearcats Freshmen at Cleburne, 5:00 pm. *District Game

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