Agrilife Extension Service
Events from the Parker County Agrilife Extension Service
The Parker County office of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service will offer a series called “Ag 101 for Small Acreage Land Owners” at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning Nov. 15. Fee for the series is $35 per household, which includes handbook and refreshments. Pre-Registration by Nov. 14 is required by calling 817-598-6168. More details are available at www.community-news.com.
If you are a relatively new landowner and have questions on how to manage your land, this program is for you, according to Jon Green, County Extension Agent - Agriculture for Parker County. Past year’s participants with properties ranging from 5 acres to over 100 acres all increased their knowledge base of ag related topics, Green added.
The series begins on Tuesday, November 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the Extension office meeting room at 604 North Main in Weatherford. The remaining dates are November 22 and 29.
Topics to be covered over the three evenings include:
• Beef Cattle Management on small acreage
• Goat Management on small acreage
• Wildlife on Small Acreage
• Pond Management
• Plant Identification
• Soils & Soil Testing
• Pasture and Hay Field Management
• Oak Wilt & Tree Care
• Ag. and Wildlife Valuation of Property
Due to seating capacity, the program is limited to the first 25 landowners and spouses who pre-register by November 14, Green said. The fee for this series is $35 per household which includes the series handbook and refreshments.
Pre-registration is required. Call the Parker County Extension office at 817-598-6168 or stop by 604 North Main.
Thu, 10/27/2011 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Texas AgriLife Extension of Parker County will conduct a series of workshops called Master of Memory. The workshops will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursdays, Oct. 20, 27 and Nov. 3. The classes will be held at the Parker County Agricultural Services Center located at 604 North Main Street in Weatherford. Many people mistakenly believe that memory loss and aging go hand-in-hand: as a person gets older his or her memory begins to fail. Medical conditions, medications, diet and exercise, among other things, may all play a role in how your memory works. “Master of Memory” will also help you identify and use strategies to improve memory function. Cost for the classes is $10 for the entire series. To register, or for more information, call the Parker County Extension Office at 817-598-6168.
Sat, 10/22/2011 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
Texas AgriLife Extension Service of Parker County will host “Twogether in Texas” marriage education class from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. The class will be held at the Parker County Agricultural Services Center and will be free of charge. Couples who complete a class will save $60 on their marriage license. The classes focus on helping couples develop communication and conflict resolution skills and other tools for strong relationships. The 72-hour waiting period will be waived for couples who complete the course. To register, call 817-598-6168 or visit www.twogetherintexas.com
Repeats every day until Fri Oct 21 2011 . Tue, 10/18/2011 - 9:00am - 1:30pm
Wed, 10/19/2011 - 9:00am - 1:30pm
Texas AgriLife in Parker County will host a free two-session workshop series “Where Do I Start?” designed to help individuals prepare for work. The workshops will run from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct 18-19. Lunch will be provided each day. The workshop will take place at the Parker County Agricultural Services Center, located at 604 North Main Street in Weatherford. The workshops will cover the following topics: How to Fill out Job Applications, How to Write a Resume, How to Search the Internet for a Job, Using the Texas Workforce, Interview Techniques, Customer Service Skills, Keeping a Job, How to Dress for Success, Looking Your Best Makeovers, Back to Work Hair Fashions, Stretching Food Dollars, Food Safety and Basic Nutrition. Speakers will include Texas Workforce, Mary Kay, Aledo Advocats, Jim Morrow, Johnnie Kelly, and Kathy Smith. The series is free of charge, but pre-registration is requested by Friday, Oct. 14. For more information or to register, call Kathy Smith or Johnnie Kelly at 817-598-6168.
Mon, 10/17/2011 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm
The Texas AgriLife Extension Service of Parker County will offer a food handlers class from 4-6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17. The two hour classes is a Texas Department of State Health Services accredited food handlers program. 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 participants serve safe food at their establishments. Some practices discussed will be Good Personal Hygiene, Cross Contamination and Time and Temperature abuse. The $20 fee covers training and handouts. This certification is good for two years and is recognized throughout Texas. To register, call the Parker County Extension Office at 817-598-6168.
Texas AgriLife Extension Service of Parker County will offer a one-day food manager certification training course, Food Safety: It’s Our Business, for food service managers beginning at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25. An examination following the course. The course will take place the Parker County Agricultural Services Center, located at 604 North Main Street in Weatherford.
Thu, 09/22/2011 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Texas AgriLife Extension Service of Parker County will conduct a money management class from 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22 at the Parker County Agricultural Services Center, 604 North Main Street in Weatherford. Managing Your Money is $10 and is a course that will help you to better stretch your dollars. The topics will include: Values, Needs and Wants, Developing a Spending Plan, Money Management, Wise Use of Credit, Consumer information and Stretching Your Food Dollars. The class is open to anyone and will help people in bankruptcy, debt or anyone who wants to know how to better manage their money. For more information, call the Parker County Extension office at 817-598-6168.
Thu, 09/22/2011 - 10:00am
A free Managing Diabetes through Nutrition and Healthy Eating Workshop is planned for 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011 at the Weatherford Senior Citizens Center,1225 Holland Lake Drive. The program will focus on providing guidelines for good nutrition and utilizing information provided on food labels for menu planning. There will be a cooking demonstration and individual consultations will be provided after the presentation for those persons seeking additional information and resources.
Each participant (one per family) will receive a free copy of the American Diabetes Association book, “Month of Meals: Diabetic Meal Planner.” The book contains valuable information covering 600 recipes.
The AgriLife Extension Service will have a free program on drip irrigation and rainwater harvesting by Parker County Master Gardener Specialists at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 16 at the AgriLife Extension Office, 604 N. Main Street. This program will cover the benefits and simplicity of installing and using a drip irrigation system. Participants will be able to examine the actual components used in a drip system and learn about how to convert an existing traditional system. For more information call 817-598-6168.
Mon, 08/08/2011 - 9:00am - 4:00pm
Texas AgriLife Extension will offer a Safe Sitter course from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8 at the Parker County Agricultural Service Center in Weatherford.
Safe Sitter is a medically accurate program that teaches boys and girls ages 11 to 18 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 $30, which covers materials and lunch. To register for Safe Sitter, call the Parker County Extension office at 817-598-6168.