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Extension Service plans spring events

There are some very interesting and educational activities and events coming up at the Letcher County Extension Office, 478 Extension Drive, off Stone Avenue and the Whitesburg By-pass.

On Thursday, April 9, at 1:00 p.m., Nanette Banks, Leslie County Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Extension Agent, will be presenting a program – “Cooking Under Pressure” – with tips on cooking with a pressure cooker. She will introduce ways to save time, energy, and retain nutrients, as well as prepare tasty and healthy recipes through the efficient method of cooking under pressure. The lesson will help you become aware of pressure cooking equipment and ease of use when compared to a slow cooker. The program is for anyone who is interested and there is no charge to attend.

Saturday, April 18, will be the annual “Spring Fling” – which features arts and crafts, home décor items, home baked goodies, garden plants, cosmetics, Tastefully Simple, essential oils, jewelry, collectibles, little girl items, woodcrafts and more. The event will run from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and lunch will be available. If you want to “rent” a table, the $10.00 charge goes to help the free Ovarian Cancer Screening Program at U.K. I you want to rent a table, please call the Extension Office at 633-2362 to sign up as soon as possible. Admission to this event is free.

The Extension Homemakers around Letcher County will be sponsoring their Annual Bake Sale at Walmart on Saturday, May 2, from 9-2:00. There will be all kinds of home-made goodies – candy, cookies, fried pies, stack cake, etc. This is also a fund-raising event for the Ovarian Cancer Screening Fund. Approximately 150 local women are now participating in the free yearly screening. You may call Ann Bradley at 633-2362 to find out more about this program.

On Tuesday, May 12, at 1:00 p.m., Linda Combs, Knott County FCS Extension Agent, will be sharing “Embracing Life as you Age”. She will be helping us answer the questions: Are you stressing over becoming older? Are you concerned with what will I do, how will I get anywhere? Will I still be interesting? How will I take care of myself? She will give us some tips to not only make life easier as we age, but ways to make it fun. The lesson is free.

May 20 will be the date for our “Simple and Nutritious Cooking School”, from 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. We will be sharing lots of helpful information related to good nutrition, health topics, food preparation and storage, shopping for food and more. We will be serving lunch, which we will be preparing as part of the program. There is no charge to attend but we would like for you to call the Extension Office at 633-2362 by May 12 to sign up so we will have enough food for everyone.

On June 2, from 12 noon to 3:00 p.m., we will be hosting a free “Baby Fair” for expectant parents and parents or caregivers of children up to 2 years old. We will be sharing all kinds of helpful information related to babies and toddlers – nutrition and health care, safety, everyday wellbeing and much more. Many local health and medical organizations will be here that day. There will be door prizes and light refreshments will be served.

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