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calendarMSU Extension-Oakland offers a variety of programs about gardening, personal finance, nutrition, and natural resources.  We also offer programming specifically for youth. Below is a chronological list of all our upcoming programs.

 

Upcoming 2014 programs being presented by Robin Danto, Food Safety & Nutrition Extension Educator:

September 28 - Nutrition presentation at Fall Festival in Lathrup Village
October 9 - Oakland County OakFit Wellness Fair at Oakland Intermediate School District
October 11 - Food Preservation presentation at White Lake Township Library
October 14 - Senior nutrition presentation in Royal Oak
October 18 - Oakland County Market food demonstration (how to prepare hard-shelled squash) and about gluten-free diets
October 23 - Health Fair in Troy
October 25 - Health Fair in Southfield

May - October 2014:  Farmers Markets in Oakland County
Many Oakland County communities have farmers markets, and some combine the market with other activities or special events, including flower days, art fairs and flea markets. (You will need to check their websites for future events.)  If you have yard or garden questions, be sure to look for Oakland County Master Gardeners for assistance.  Master Gardeners can be found volunteering their time and expertise at many farmers markets in Oakland County.
July-August 2014:  Show Me Nutrition
This 6-week program, currently being offered in Rochester and Pontiac, is aimed at an audience of pre-kindergarten through 8th grade.  These lessons are interactive and appeal to a wide variety of learning styles.  Many of the activities are hands-on and each lesson has a book that accompanies it to reinforce literacy.  Each grade level is age-appropriate.  Topics covered:  food safety, positive body image, world hunger, physical activity and general nutrition.  Available in English or Spanish.  Call  248-858-0897 for further information or to schedule this program for your organization or school.
July-August 2014:  Eat Healthy, Be Active
This series is aimed at helping parents/caregivers make simple and tasty meals for their families that won't break their bank.  MSU Extension-Oakland nutrition instructors will provide nutrition education, food demonstrations and take-home materials. Series are currently being presented to community groups and organizations in Pontiac.  We are also presenting this program as a one-time workshop (9 am to 2 pm) in Pontiac on Fridays.  For more information or to schedule the Eat Healthy, Be Active series for your community group or organization, call 248-858-0897.   Available in English or Spanish.

July-September 2014:  Eat Smart, Live Strong
This nutrition series consists of fun, interactive activities for 55-74 year olds designed to encourage older adults to increase fruit and vegetable consumption as well as physical activity.  This series is currently being offered to community groups and organizations in Oak Park and Pontiac (Bowen Senior Center-open to the public).  For more information or to schedule your community group or organization, call 248-858-0897.   Available in English or Spanish.

September - October 1, 2014:  2015 4-H Children's Art Exchange Kit Reservations
To 4-H Leaders and Volunteers - It is that time of year to think about the 2015 4-H Children's Art Exchange – a global education program that often uses the arts for both in-school and after-school learning experiences. More than 300,000 Michigan K-6th graders have participated in this project.  2014 was  a record year with over 4000 participants!  Kits need to be reserved before October 1.  Check out the web page and last year’s chosen Michigan pieces sent to China and the MSUE News articlePlease contact Debbie Morgan, 248-858-0894, for more info or to reserve a kit.
 
October 4, 2014:  Free Kids' Activities at Oakland County Market
9:30 am at Oakland County Market.  Soil, food (compost), air and moisture are required for a plant to live.  Kids can create an ecosystem-in-a-cup to take home.  Presented by MSU Extension-Oakland Master Gardeners in cooperation with Oakland County Parks & Recreation.  Sponsored by Genisys Credit Union.

October 4, 2014:  4-H Tech Wizards Symposium
From 1:00-4:00 pm the 4-H Tech Wizards will be hosting our annual symposium "A Snap Shot of S.T.E.M.".  The event will celebrate the start of another year of 4-H Tech Wizards.  Youth, their families, and mentors are welcome and encouraged to attend.  It will be held at the Belle Isle Nature Zoo in Detroit.  The attire is business casual.  Please visit the MSU Extension 4-H Tech Wizards Symposium 2014 registration page for more information. 
October 4-5, 2014:  Michigan 4-H Goat Science Teen and Adult Volunteer Workshop
Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI, 49688
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
4-H adult leaders and teen leaders (13 years as of Jan. 1, 2015 and older) interested in the goat project and who are willing to share the information and experiences gained at the conference with others in their counties. Staff is welcome. We encourage individuals to car pool. Contact your county office for names of other persons attending the workshop.
CONFERENCE OBJECTIVES:
•    Gain fun, hands-on 4-H Goat science experiences; learn new ideas for goat projects and other fun activities.
•    Explore science based information in goat management.
•    Enhance youth and volunteers knowledge and skill in the Goat project.
•    Share ideas with others from around the state in the goat project area.
Support for this workshop is provided by Donors to the Michigan 4-H Foundation.
Visit the 4-H Goat Leaders Workshop registration page for more information.

October 11-12, 2014:  MI 4-H Telling Your Story Workshop

Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI, 49688
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
The Michigan 4-H Tell Your Story Workshop is for volunteers and youth who would like to learn more about how they can construct and share their 4-H story within their greater community.  Participants will also be able to take back the knowledge gained to their 4-H clubs and groups to help others learn how to communicate with stakeholders through public speaking, filmmaking, photography and social media. 

This workshop is open to 4-H leaders and members who are 12 and older by Jan. 1, 2015. Counties must send one adult chaperone for every five youth delegates of the same gender attending the conference. Adult chaperones and volunteers need to have completed the volunteer selection process in their county. We are asking that each county group have one adult identified as the head chaperone for the weekend.
CONFERENCE OBJECTIVES:
•    Learn new ways to share your 4-H story through public speaking, filmmaking, photography and social media.
•    Learn how to craft your 4-H story and get the word out to your greater community.
•    Share your learning with others in your local clubs and community
Support for this workshop is provided by AT&T.
October 11, 2014:  Seasonal Interest in Your Garden
This workshop is a month-by-month survey of plants that will keep your garden looking great all year.  Many of us have a great spring and early summer display but the garden fizzles for the rest of the year.  This class will introduce you to plants that have many virtues and will ensure continuous bloom as well as winter interest.   Contact:  Cathy Morris at 248-858-0887.
October 12, 2014:  Destination 4-H
4-H Leaders, We need your help!  Below are forms regarding Destination 4-H being held on Sunday, October 12 from 12-4pm at the Oakland County Market in Waterford. We have partnered with Oakland County Market/Parks & Recreation to host this event which allows Oakland County 4-H to recruit more 4-H youth and volunteers, engages 4-H clubs to show off their project areas, vendors can get in touch with the community they serve, and sponsors can help support our local efforts.
 
Items already scheduled for this event include:
 
Petting Farm
Wooden Crafts
Coloring Crafts
Quilt Squares
Climbing Tower
Bounce Houses
Ice Cream & Popcorn for sale
4-H Passport (prizes)
Door Prizes & Give-a-way
  
  • Destination 4-H Club registration form: Volunteer your club to participate in this event. Show your local community what you are accomplishing, how it’s impacting our youth and volunteers. (bring animals, crafts, and anything else that would engage youth to get involved.) If your club would like to do a fundraiser at this event you may also do that. Please fill out the fundraiser and registration forms attached.
  • All 4-H Clubs participating in this event will receive DOUBLE points toward the 4-H Club Standard Award. This award is given to 4-H clubs at our annual awards ceremony. (See awards packet for more information)
  • Destination 4-H Vendor Packet: Share this form with your local community retailers and companies that can impact 4-H clubs. Whether it’s a feed, craft, fabric, part stores or your local store that you are able to purchase items used for your club programming. This allows vendors to be involved in the community and promote their business to youth and adults who use their services.
  • Destination 4-H Sponsor Packet: Don’t know a business, but know a company/person who would be willing to sponsor this educational event? Share this form with them. All sponsorships/donations are welcome.
 
If you have any questions regarding this event please call 248-858-0889 or contact Deb Morgan at morga194@anr.msu.edu or Margi Stockert at stockertm@oakgov.com
October 18, 2014:  Captivating Combinations
Stunning plant combinations are the building blocks of a great garden. Join us to:
    Explore the basics of successfully combining plants
    Discover how creative plant combinations can “perk up” an existing garden or provide the foundation for a new garden
    View many captivating combinations appropriate for a wide variety of Michigan garden conditions
 
Contact:  Cathy Morris at 248-858-0887.

October 18, 2014:  Food Demonstration at Oakland County Market
8:30 am at Oakland County Market.  Squash is both nutritious and delicious.  Learn about the different varieties of hard-shelled squash and how to prepare them.  Sample a recipe using winter squash and take home recipes.  Presented by Robin Danto, MSU Extension-Oakland, Health and Nutrition in cooperation with Oakland County Parks & Recreation.  Sponsored by Genisys Credit Union.
October 18, 2014:  Free Kids' Activities at Oakland County Market
9:30 am at Oakland County Market.  Attracting birds to our yards is fun and educational.  Using cardboard paper rolls, honey and bird seed, kids will make a bird feeder to take home.  Presented by MSU Extension-Oakland Master Gardeners in cooperation with Oakland County Parks & Recreation.  Sponsored by Genisys Credit Union.
The Oakland County 4-H volunteer training is a three-part workshop that provides essential information to help volunteers successfully work with young people using the 4-H method and philosophy of Positive Youth Development.  As an adult volunteer attending these trainings you will build leadership skills, learn how to facilitate positive learning experiences for youth, and discover the endless opportunities in 4-H!  Details:  9-4pm,  North Office Bldg. 26E Lower Level. Contact Margi Stockert to reserve a spot today!
October 18-19, 2014:  4-H Visual Arts, Crafts, Sewing and Textiles Workshop
Location: Kettenen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI, 49688
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
The conference is open to teens, 4-H members and non-members aged 12 (by Jan. 1, 2015) and older. The conference is also open to 4-H staff, adult 4-H volunteers and adults who work with youth in a variety of educational settings. The 2014 conference is for individuals who are willing to re-teach the skills they learn and knowledge they gain in their communities. 
CONFERENCE OBJECTIVES:
The 2014 4-H Visual Arts, Crafts, Sewing and Textiles Workshop objectives are for participants to:
1.    Get energized with lots of new ideas for working with youth in visual arts, crafts, sewing and textile projects.
2.    Learn how youth can develop life skills by participating in the arts.
3.    Support and encourage creativity in 4-H projects.
4.    Discover how leadership, citizenship, entrepreneurship, career development, and science skill development can be a part of your projects.
5.    Meet and share ideas with 4-H teen and adult volunteers from around the state
6.    Develop a county plan of action for using the new knowledge and skills back home.
October 18, 2014:  Pumpkin Festival
Tollgate Farm in Novi.  12pm - 4pm. Take a hayride to the Pumpkin Patch, Food, music, and farm critters!  Camp fires and roasting!  For more information contact Alan Jaros at 248-347-0269 X232.

October 23, 2014:  Oakland County 4-H Leader Update
This is an opportunity to meet with other 4-H Leaders across the county share ideas, discover upcoming 4-H events and learn new tips and tricks to be a more successful 4-H leader.  6:30-8 p.m. at the Executive Office, Oakland County, Michigan
October 25-26, 2014:  4-H Proud Equestrian Program Instructor Update
Location: W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, 3700 E. Gull Lake Drive, Hickory Corners, MI, 49060
This conference provides continuing education for current 4-H PEP Program certified instructors. Attendance is required at either the Fall 2013 or Fall 2014 Instructor Update to maintain 4-H PEP Program Instructor status in 2015. The program is also open to PATH (formerly NARHA) certified instructors and those interested in therapeutic riding.
Sessions include topics related to instructing therapeutic riding, working with youth with special needs and horse management and care are included in the program.
Open to 4-H Proud Equestrian Program Instructors or Instructors in Training. The program is also open to NARHA/PATH certified instructors and those with an interest in therapeutic riding.
Registration coming soon!
November 1-2, 2014:  2014 Michigan 4-H Poultry Science Teen and Adult Workshop
Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI, 49688
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
4-H adult leaders and teen leaders (13 years as of Jan. 1, 2015 and older) interested in the poultry project and who are willing to share the information and experiences gained at the conference with others in their counties. Staff is welcome. We encourage individuals to car pool. Contact your county office for names of other persons attending the workshop.
CONFERENCE OBJECTIVES:
•    Gain fun, hands-on 4-H poultry science experiences; learn new ideas for goat projects and other fun activities.
•    Explore science based information in poultry management.
•    Enhance youth and volunteers knowledge and skill in the poultry project.
•    Share ideas with others from around the state in the poultry project area.
November 7, 2014:  Webinar - All Bugs Good & Bad Series, Where Have All the Honey Bees Gone?
Why do we have fewer honeybees these days?  What caused the decline?  What can we do to help?  These questions and more will be answered in this 45 minute webinar at 2:00 pm.  More information
November 14-16, 2014:  Multi-State 4-H Horse Judges, Superintendents and Volunteer Conference
This event is scheduled for November 14-16, 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Lansing West and is hosted by MSU Extension and the Department of Animal Science.  This is an excellent opportunity for current 4-H Horse Judges, people who have an interest is obtaining their 4-H judges card, as well as for volunteers who host horse shows.  Registration fee is $90 (prior to Nov 1).
Please visit the registration page to register on-line (go to 4-H Horse Programs) or complete registration form included in link above.
November 16, 2014:  4-H Used Tack Sale
New this year at the 20th Annual Novi Equestrian Expo, at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, is a 4-H used tack sale from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.  All proceeds collected for table sales at the tack sale will benefit Oakland County 4-H Horse Council.  Please spread the word to anyone interested in selling their clean used tack.  Please contact Debbie Morgan at 248-858-08894 for additional information.
November 21-23, 2014:  2014 Teen & Adult 4-H Horse Leaders’ Conference
Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI, 49688
This workshop is designed for both youth and adult leaders who are involved with county 4-H Horse Programs. Topics include updates on current subject matter in the horse area and information to assist leaders in youth development, leadership skills for youth, youth activities, and opportunities beyond a county program. Interaction with leaders from different counties is encouraged, for exchanging of ideas and programs and meeting other volunteers in the same interest area. Participants are expected to share the information and experiences gained at this conference with fellow 4-Hers in their counties.  Please visit the registration page for more information. 
November 21-23, 2014:  4-H Advisory Group Retreat
Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI, 49688
Refocus, Reorganize, Re-energize your local 4-H advisory group (council or project committee) at this informative retreat-style conference. Learn best practices from other advisory groups and state experts in order to improve your groups’ effectiveness, teamwork, and empowerment of youth. Retreat is open to all 4-H youth and adult volunteers serving on 4-H advisory groups. Individual registrations are accepted, but groups will gain the most by sending a team to the retreat. Groups of registering 5 or more members will receive one free registration.  Registration coming soon!
January 17-18, 2015:  Michigan 4-H Youth Leadership & Global Citizenship Spectacular
Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI, 49688
The Michigan 4-H Youth Leadership & Global Citizenship Spectacular is a lively celebration of the power of young people as leaders! In the spirit of “thinking globally and acting locally” participants in this exciting, energetic, hands-on workshop will participate in small and large group sessions to share and develop valuable knowledge and skills related to youth leadership, civic engagement, global citizenship, and international cultures. This workshop is open to current and aspiring leaders and volunteers, ages 12 to 112 (by Jan. 1, 2015), who seek to develop skills to serve (or assist youth serving) in leadership roles in clubs, schools, communities, the state and the world. Attending the 2015 Michigan 4-H Youth Leadership & Global Citizenship Spectacular will help you become an outstanding leader who approaches life with your head, heart and hands open to new ideas, interesting people, and diverse cultures…it will change your world!  Registration coming soon!
January 22 - April 30, 2015:  Master Gardener Program
This class series will be held on Thursday evenings, 6:00-10:00 pm at the Oakland County Executive Office Building in Waterford.  Cost of the 13-week program is $300, which includes the 1,000 page training manual.  Master Gardener volunteers start by completing a 13-session practical curriculum ground in university research. This training consists of approximately 45 hours of training with classes on plant science, soil science, integrated pest management, diagnostics, annuals and perennials, woody ornamentals, lawns, vegetables, small fruits, tree fruits, household and nuisance pests and gardening practices to protect water quality.  After completing the training, Master Gardener trainees must complete 40 hours of horticulture-related service within one year to earn their Master Gardener certification. Click for further information and to register  Contact:  Cathy Morris at 248-858-0887.

January 31-February 1, 2015:  4-H Winterfest
Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI, 49688
4-H Winterfest is a hands-on educational program that is open to youth ages 8 to 12 years old. Youth spend two days learning about many different project areas while meeting youth from around the state. 4-H Winterfest offers participants an opportunity to experience Kettunen Center in an overnight camp setting. Youth participate in hands-on sessions that range from crafts to shooting sports. This event offers an opportunity to spend time outdoors enjoying all the Michigan winters have to offer! Youth have the opportunity to go learn new skills, make new friends, while enjoying Michigan winter.  Registration coming soon!
February 9-March 16-April 13, 2015:  Michigan Pesticide Applicator Exams
Michigan Department of Agriculture pesticide applicator examinations will be held in Oakland County at 8:30 a.m.on February 9, March 16 and April 13, 2015.  Exam sessions generally run 9am-12pm.  The location is the Oakland County Service Center Executive Office Building Conference Center in Waterford.  Go to https://secure1.state.mi.us/opes/  for more information and to register.  Advance registration is required.
 
1) Only money orders or checks made payable to the State of Michigan are accepted.
2) Applicants must bring a picture ID, pen, pencil, and if renewing, their certification card and renewal paperwork.
3) We do not take walk-ins; all applicants must schedule an appointment.
4) We generally begin processing applicant paperwork at 8:30 am.  Please  arrive at that time and no later.  If you have a unique work situation and cannot arrive at the required time, please contact Molly Mott at 248-521-0501 (for this situation only).
February 27-28, 2015:  4-H Veterinary Science Teen and Adult Leaders Workshop
Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI 49688
Explore animal systems and learn about animal health for a broad array of animals species. Come prepared to learn from others, share information and experiences, ask questions and quiz veterinarians about their careers. You will also participate in hands-on demonstrations that will teach attendees how to help members recognize healthy, sick, and/or injured animals. Meet other youth and leaders who have developed outstanding veterinary science projects and gain ideas to help others start their own vet science projects. New resources will be provided to all attendees. Open to adult and teen volunteers ages 13 (as of Jan. 1, 2015) and older.  Registration coming soon!
February 28-March 1, 2015:  4-H Beef, Sheep and Swine Teen and Adult Leaders Workshop
Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI, 49688
This workshop is designed for both teen and adult leaders who are involved with beef cattle, sheep and swine projects. Topics include animal health, management, care and nutrition. In addition, breakout sessions will include livestock and meat evaluation, animal management and more. Interaction with leaders from different counties is encouraged for exchanging of ideas and programs and connecting with other volunteers in the same project areas. The workshop will also offer ways to enhance communication and teaching skills as well as learn about the many opportunities available for those interested in the beef, sheep and swine industries. Resources will be available for all attendees. Open to adult and teen volunteers ages 13 (as of Jan. 1, 2015) and older.  Registration coming soon!
March 27-29, 2015:  Michigan 4-H Dairy Conference
Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI, 49688
Do you have an interest in learning more about the dairy industry in Michigan? Whether you’ve just started learning about dairy cows or grew up on a dairy farm, this is the conference for you! You’ll learn about real-world dairy management topics, like nutrition, reproduction, welfare, health, and dairy cattle evaluation. You will also have a chance to practice for the state dairy skill-a-thon and quiz bowl contests and tour a nearby farm. Experts from the dairy industry and Michigan State University will lead educational, hands-on sessions about dairy management to bring the learning to life! This conference is open to youth ages 11-18 as of Jan. 1, 2015.  Registration coming soon!
April 24-26, 2015:  MI 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Certification Workshop
Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI, 49688
This Michigan 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Certification workshop is for 4-H staff, adult 4-H volunteers who have completed the 4-H Volunteer Selection Process with their county, and teens enrolled in a 4-H shooting sports club who are at least 16 years old as of Jan. 1, 2015. Participants must be approved by their county MSU Extension 4-H Staff person to work with 4-H Shooting Sports Programs and have at least a basic working knowledge of, and experience in the discipline in which they wish to participate. Disciplines offered will include shotgun, rifle (BB, .22, air/pellet), archery, muzzleloading, and hunting and wildlife.
Participants will learn about the Michigan 4-H Shooting Sports mission, policies, risk management, safety, discipline specific equipment use and care, how to teach shooting fundamentals to youth, range set-up, and more. Participants will also develop and improve skills in teaching shooting sports activities to youth; learn how to develop, expand, and maintain local 4-H Shooting Sports clubs/programs; have the opportunity to exchange ideas for local and State 4-H Shooting Sports programs with volunteers from many counties; and develop renewed respect and concern for safety in the 4-H Shooting Sports program. Adults who successfully complete the workshop and all other requirements will receive certification as a Michigan 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor for the discipline in which they participated. Only 4-H certified instructors can lead live-fire, on-range shooting and archery experiences for youth and/or in 4-H Shooting Sports programs.  Registration coming soon!
CWF has been a part of the Michigan 4-H leadership and civic engagement programming for almost 50 years.  CWF is a learning lab about our national government in Washington, D.C. for young people between the ages of 14 and 19.  Held at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland (one mile outside of Washington, D.C.) these week-long sessions run with the help of college-aged program assistants.  Program assistants go through intensive training about the national government and the Washington, D.C. sites.  At the end of training they actually become licensed tour guide for the D.C. area.  They work with each of the delegation coordinators to provide the most meaningful experience for CWF delegates.  For more information, contact Deb Morgan at 248-858-0894.
July 17-19, 2015:  4-H Mentoring Weekend
Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI, 48688
4-H Mentoring Weekend is a 3-day workshop for adults and youth who are in a mentoring program through 4-H and other youth mentoring organizations. Mentoring program staff are also welcome to attend. The weekend offers activities to mentoring matches with a focus on science, outdoor education, healthy living, and meaningful service in order to strengthen the mentoring relationship. This year’s theme is Building Life Skills. Mentors are also provided with structured training that aims to build the mentoring relationship.  Registration coming soon!
August 15-16, 2015:  4-H Family Fun Weekend
Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI, 49688
Explore all that 4-H has to offer! This weekend will be action-packed and full of new experiences for the entire family. Youth, ages 5-8, and their parent/guardian/caregiver are encouraged to attend this workshop to learn about 4-H! Sessions will provide youth with opportunities to learn about 4-H projects and life skills, the Four-H’s of 4-H, and other Michigan activities and events for 5-8 year old youth involved in 4-H. Parents/guardians/caregivers who attend will learn about 4-H programming specifically designed for the 5-8 year old audience, how to make the most of 4-H experiences, and Michigan 4-H facilities, workshops, and programs. Families will learn and grow together while exploring Kettunen Center and 4-H!  Registration coming soon!
Ongoing:  Food Preservation Correspondence Course 
A correspondence course for anyone wishing to learn canning, freezing, or drying techniques using up-to-date information and methods so the food preserved is safe to eat.  Contact:  Robin Danto at 248-858-0904.

Ongoing:  Michigan Cottage Food Law Food Safety Training
The Michigan Cottage Food Law allows Michigan residents to manufacture and store particular foods in an unlicensed kitchen, such as a residential home. Through this program participants will learn about the Cottage food law and other principles you can use to provide safe products. Cottage Food Law and Safety training educates on preparing and selling foods under the Cottage Food Law, producing a safe food products, production, packaging and labeling, storing and transporting.  Cost: $10.00.

The Tollgate Farm Center offers year-round educational field trips for school or youth groups.  Hands-on, interactive and engaging lessons are intertwined with real-life applications.  They create experiences that complement school curriculum and customize programs to be relevant and enriching.

Online Learning 

2014 Master Citizen Planner Webinar Series
Date: October 16, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: webinar
Contact: Janean Danca: 269-657-8213 or cplanner@msu.edu
The 2014 Master Citizen Planner (MCP) Webinar Series is designed to offer participants the latest updates and information on current topics. Using Adobe Connect, MSU Extension educators will provide an overview of topics of interest to planning and zoning officials. Classes are the third Thursday of April, June, August, October and December from 7 - 8 p.m. Class descriptions are available on the attached flyer. Each session is available individually or participants can register for all five at once. MCPs will earn one credit per session.  Visit the 2014 Master Citizen Planner Webinar Series registration page for more information.
 
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Academy Online
Looking to learn more about integrated pest management (IPM)?  Then check out the Integrated Pest Management Academy Online.  These series of on-demand webinars, created by Michigan State University Extension, are designed to help Michigan growers identify pest management resources and understand IPM basics.  Registration is not required and they are available for free.  Simply visit http://bit.ly/ipmwebinars at your convenience and view one or all of the prerecorded webinars.  Viewers can earn up to four pesticide recertification credits.  A computer with Internet connectivity, a web browser and speakers are required.
 
Webinar:  Financial Planning for the Second Half of Life - Tuesday, September 23 at 11 a.m. ET
The  United States has an increasingly aging population including baby  boomers age 50 to 68 (in 2014). Older adults face unique financial  planning challenges. These include making irrevocable decisions about claiming Social  Security benefits, selecting Medicare supplement health insurance and  long-term care insurance, selecting income-based investments (e.g.,  annuities), making sustainable retirement asset withdrawals, and calculating required minimum distributions (RMDs) due on  tax-deferred savings plans such as traditional IRAs and the Thrift  Savings Plan (TSP). This 90-minute webinar will “package” together 15  key later life financial planning topics that older adults and the practitioners who serve them need to understand and address.  Topics that will be covered in the webinar include:  Common financial errors of older adults, Statistics about older adult finances, Common later life financial characteristics and required decisions, 15  key later life financial planning topics (e.g., creating a retirement  “paycheck,” required minimum distributions, untitled property transfers,  and leaving a legacy), and Personal finance resources for older adults and financial practitioners. Participant  interaction will include discussing workable financial planning  strategies for older adults, older client errors and “blind spots,”  older client success stories, and more. Speaker: Dr. Barbara O'Neill. 

Get the Facts: The Affordable Care Act in Michigan Webinars
(Mondays at 3:00 pm)
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as PPACA, ACA, health reform law, ObamaCare) affects residents’ access to and use of the country’s healthcare system and insurance policies. Individuals and families who have insurance through their employers, the private market, or through public programs, as well as those without insurance, are all affected in various ways. How much can I afford? Why is it important? What do I need and want? Lean how to make the Smart Choice . Join us live online to learn how you can get the most out of your health insurance. Webinars will be held Mondays at 3:00 pm for the foreseeable future.  To participate, log on to: connect.msu.edu/healthinsurance. Click “Guest” and type in any name. Your participation is anonymous. No personal information will be collected. If you don’t have a computer with a high-speed connection and speakers, visit your local library for access.
  
eHome Money is a personal guide to financial health.  It's a fun, informative, low-cost course that you take online at your own pace, on your own schedule, at any computer.  With eHome Money you learn the steps you can take to reduce debt, raise your credit score and improve your whole financial picture.
 
As a HUD and Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) certified agency, MSU Extension has been providing housing education for over 20 years.  By completing the online eHome America course and learning about available local, state and federal housing financing programs, participants can take positive steps to reach their goal of home ownership.  In order to receive a certificate of completion participants will need to complete a discussion (in-person or via phone) with a Michigan State University Extension Certified Housing Counselor.
 
Whether you already have a financial services provider, or are trying to select one, this course will give you the confidence to effectively evaluate your options and make the choice that's right for you.  What's the difference between a broker, an adviser and a financial planner?  What do all the titles and designations mean?  How can their background and credentials be checked out?  What services should you insist on having provided?  When interviewing a prospective financial services provider, how do you differentiate between a straight-talking professional and a flimflam salesman?   (This webinar was recorded on September 25, 2012.)

Legally Secure Your Financial Future 
Organize, Communicate, Prepare is a comprehensive series to help you get organized, communicate with others and begin preparing your estate plan.
 
Investing For Your Future is an 11-unit home study course that was developed by the Cooperative Extension system for beginning investors with small dollar amounts to invest at any one time. It was assumed that many readers will be investing for the first time or selecting investment products, such as a stock index fund or unit investment trust, that they have not purchased previously.  The course units were developed in a logical order. "Basic" topics such as setting goals, investment terms (e.g., diversification, dollar-cost averaging, asset allocation), and finding money to invest lay a foundation to help readers understand how and why they’re investing.  After exploring "the basics," the course describes specific types of investments (e.g., stocks and bonds) in detail. Finally, Investing For Your Future concludes with additional topics of use to investors: available resources, how to select professional financial advisors, and information to help you avoid becoming a victim of investment fraud. You can choose to read the entire course, in any order that makes sense to you, or select only those topics that are of most interest.
Michigan Citizen Planner Online 
Michigan Citizen Planner Online is designed to equip volunteer community leaders with the technical knowledge and leadership skills needed to perform their duties more effectively.   Contact:  517-432-7600.

For further information about any classes or activities, please contact MSU Extension-Oakland County, 248-858-0880. 
 

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