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MSU 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 programming.

 

 

March-April 2014:  Show Me Nutrition
This 6-week program is being offered at two locations (Pontiac and Ferndale) and 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.
Upcoming 2014 programs being presented by Robin Danto, Food Safety & Nutrition Extension Educator:
April 17 - Senior nutrition presentation in Clawson
April 29 - Senior nutrition presentation Highland (2)

April-May 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 will be presented to community groups and organizations in:
Holly, beginning April 22nd, 9:30-11:30 am
Pontiac, beginning April 16th, 5:00-6:00 pm
Southfield, beginning April 24th, 10:00-11:00 am
For more information or to schedule the Eat Healthy, Be Active series for your community group or organization, contact Debbie Studebaker at 248-975-9610.

April 14, 21, May 5, 2014:  Our Changing Climate - An Evening Educational Series   
Life on Earth depends on, and is shaped by, its climate. This series is designed to engage interested Michigan citizens and leaders in understanding the latest climate change research in the Great Lakes’ region. Each session will include resources and discussion about individual and community actions that could lead to a more resilient Michigan.  This educational series, sponsored by Michigan State University Extension.  Register for all sessions or only the one(s) that fit your schedule.
 
  • Thursday, April 3: Climate Literacy and Trends
    Session cancelled.  This session's educational content will be delivered as part of the April 14th session.
  • Monday, April 14: 
  • Climate Literacy and Trends: The complex system that makes our planet capable of supporting life, clearly described; the important distinction between climate and weather; and, past and future climate trends in the Great Lakes Region, all taught in a way that makes climate change relevant and interesting to Michiganders.   Speakers: Dan Brown, Research Associate, Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments (GLISA); Dr. Jeff Andresen, State Climatologist and Associate Professor, MSU Department of Geography, Claire Layman, Public Policy Education Specialist, MSU Extension.
  • Climate Change's Impact on Michigan's Wildlife Species: How species of birds, trees, mammals, fish and reptiles already are responding to a warmer, wetter, more climate-variable Michigan.  Speaker: Dr. Brian Klatt, Director, Michigan Natural Features Inventory (MNFI), MSU Extension.
  • Monday, April 21:  Social and Health Implications of Changing Climate
    Water scarcity and poor water quality, both in Michigan and in other parts of North America, will likely affect state and national water policy.  A warmer, wetter Michigan al increases the threats of disease and heat stroke in Michigan's more vulnerable populations.  Speakers: Dr. Patricia Norris, Guyer-Seevers Chair in Natural Resource Conservation, MSU, Department of Community Sustainability. 
  • Monday, May 5:  Climate Resilient Communities
    How local units of government can improve community infrastructure to both adapt to and slow down climate change through the use of energy-efficient buildings, walkable neighborhoods, green spaces, and storm water management.  Speakers: Wayne Beyea, Specialist and Instructor, School of Planning, Design and Construction, MSU; Rebecca Esselman, Watershed Planner, Huron River Watershed Council.
 
All sessions will be held at Oakland County Executive Office Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Rd, Waterford, MI 48328 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.
 
Registration cost for each individual session is $15 per person.  If you wish to register for all four sessions, cost is $50 per person. To register, please visit: http://events.anr.msu.edu/2014ClimateChange/
 
For more information about the content of this educational offering, please contact Bindu Bhakta at bhaktabi@anr.msu.edu or Claire Layman at layman@anr.msu.edu.
 
For questions on registering, please contact Linda Smith 248-858-0887 or smithlin@oakgov.com.
April 25-27, 2014:  Michigan 4-H Dairy Conference
Location: Sebewaing, MI.  Do you have an interest in learning more about the dairy industry in Michigan?   This conference is open to youth ages 13-19 as of January 1, 2014.  The Medical/Media Release form is required for all workshop participants.  Click here to go to the registration page. 

April 25-27, 2014:  Michigan 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Certification
Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI 49688. This MI 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, 2014.   Disciplines offered will include shotgun, rifle (BB, .22, air/pellet), archery, muzzleloading, and hunting and wildlife.   The Medical/Media Release form is required for all workshop participants.  Click here to go to the registration page.


April 26, 2014:  Gardening and All That Jazz! Conference
Tickets are now on sale for the upcoming "Gardening and All That Jazz!" conference for new and experienced gardeners.  Keynote speakers include nationally known writer Allan Armitage, as well as speakers discussing garden photography, native plants, and the seasonal use of shrubs.  Pre-registration is required; registration at the door is not available.
 
April 26, 2014:  4-H Discovery Day
A family event -- open to the public -- providing educational hands-on experiences in a friendly atmosphere.  Information will be available about joining 4-H and exhibiting at the Oakland County Fair.  Held at Springfield Oaks Activity Center and barns in Davisburg.
April 26, 2014:  4-H Mentor Training
Join us for 4-H mentor training.  In this fun, interactive training participants are trained by 4-H mentoring staff using a research-based curriculum of interactive activities covering topics like:  building strong mentoring relationships, setting boundaries, engaging in positive communication, youth development principles and cultural competency.  Light refreshments and lunch will be provided at this all day session.  Click here to register by April 25th.  For information contact Anetria Rhodes at 313-494-4678.
April 27. 2014:  4-H Rabbit Clinic in Macomb County
A rabbit clinic is being held at the Armada Fairgrounds for 4-H members.
May 1-3, 2014:  Michigan Inland Lakes Convention: Partnering to Protect Michigan’s Inland Lakes
The Michigan Inland Lakes Partnership is pleased to announce that registration is open for the inaugural Michigan Inland Lakes Convention, May 1-3 at Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls. Register by March 1 to take advantage of the Early Bird discount!
 
Bill Rustem, Director of Strategy for Governor Rick Snyder, will join us for a plenary address on Friday morning, May 2. Mr. Rustem will focus on the conference theme of partnerships, with his address “Successful Partnerships – Importance to Government”. Prior to his current position in the Governor’s office, Mr. Rustem was an owner of Public Sector Consultants (PSC) and was the firm’s president and CEO. While at PSC, Mr. Rustem directed studies on the status of Michigan cities, wastewater treatment needs, recycling, and land use. Before joining the firm, Mr. Rustem was Gov. William G. Milliken’s chief staff advisor on environmental matters and director of the Governor’s Policy Council.
 
The Convention presents an opportunity for lake enthusiasts, lake professionals, researchers, local government officials and anyone else interested in protecting our water resources to participate in three days of educational presentations and discussion, in-depth workshops, tours, exhibits and much more focused on Michigan’s 11,000 inland lakes. 
 
The 2014 Michigan Inland Lakes Convention is brought to you by the Michigan Inland Lakes Partnership, launched in 2008 to promote collaboration to advance stewardship of Michigan’s inland lakes. The Convention is a cooperative effort between many public and private organizations including the Michigan Chapter of the North American Lake Management Society, Michigan Lake and Stream Associations, Inc., Michigan State University Extension, Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, and the Michigan State University Institute of Water Research.
 
Visit the Michigan Inland Lakes Partnership website to register. Questions about the Convention can be directed to Dr. Jo Latimore, MSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, at 517-432-1491.
May 3, May 17, May 31, June 7, 2014:  Garden Design 1-2-3
This is a 4-week how to series on garden design.  The workshop will present the basic elements of design used in formal and informal gardens.  Participants will develop the necessary skills to layout garden beds and small landscape areas using the principles of design.  There will be plenty of hands on exercises to help you understand the steps necessary to end up with a pleasing design for your landscape beds.  Questions? Contact Linda Smith at 248-858-0887.
May 7 - June 11, 2014:  Eat Healthy, Be Active
This series, open to the public, 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.  This series will be held 11:00 am to 12:00 noon at the MSU Extension-Oakland offices, 1200 North Telegraph Road, Building 26 East, Pontiac, 48341.  To register for this free series call 248-858-0897.
In this workshop, participants will learn how to design a garden with native plants, protect water resources and manage stormwater runoff, and attract beneficial birds and butterflies to your garden. Following the lecture portion of the program, resource people will be available to help participants design gardens just right for their home site. This program is intended for those with little to no experience gardening with native plants. There is no fee to attend this workshop, but pre-registration is required. Participants will need to bring a sketch and photos of their yard. 6:00- 8:30 pm at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, 48328. Call 586-469-6440 or email msue50@msu.edu with questions. To register: http://events.anr.msu.edu/ecolanscapes14/  This workshop will be repeated on June 10th in Macomb County.
Forests are an enormous part of Michigan's history, culture, economy and landscape.  Join Michigan Forest Association and MSU faculty to explore how to enrich your classroom with intentional nature lessons.  Take home knowledge you can use in your classroom.  8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Tollgate Education Center.  Cost: $90.  Call Alan Jaros at 248-347-0269, extension 232 if you have questions.
Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI 49688. Participants in this exciting, hands-on training opportunity will gain new ideas and information about companion animal projects, while having the ability to work with their own companion animal.  This workshop is open to 4-H volunteers and youth aged 12 (as of January 1, 2014) and up.  The Medical/Media Release form is required for all workshop participants.  Click here to go to the registration page.
May 22 - June 26, 2014:  PATH for Diabetes Workshop
A six-week series in Troy for people with Type 2 diabetes facilitated by two trained leaders.  Topics include:  how to deal with the symptoms of diabetes, fatigue, pain, stress and emotions like depression, anger, fear and frustration; exercise for maintaining and improving strength and endurance; healthy eating; appropriate use of medication; and, working effectively with health care providers.  Participants make weekly action plans, share experiences and help each other solve problems.  Questions?  Contact Cathy Newkirk at 810-244-8523.
In this workshop, participants will learn how to design a garden with native plants, protect water resources and manage stormwater runoff, and attract beneficial birds and butterflies to your garden. Following the lecture portion of the program, resource people will be available to help participants design gardens just right for their home site. This program is intended for those with little to no experience gardening with native plants. There is no fee to attend this workshop, but pre-registration is required. Participants will need to bring a sketch and photos of their yard. 6:00- 8:30 pm at the MSU Extension Assembly Room, VerKuilen Building, 21885 Dunham Road, Clinton Township, 48036. Call 586-469-6440 or email msue50@msu.edu with questions. To register: http://events.anr.msu.edu/ecolanscapes14/

 
June 18-20, 2014:  4-H Youth Explorations Days
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!  See the following links:
Youth Exploration Days Registration Book (shows all of the sessions and provides details on everything happening during Exploration Days)
 
Youth Exploration Days is a three-day event held annually on the Michigan State University campus.  Youth and adult chaperones have an opportunity to participate in action/learning experiences in specific interest areas.  If you are at least 11 years old on January 1, 2014, you can attend Exploration Days. You don’t even have to be a 4-H member!
 
The 2014 cost is $181 for current 4-H members and $191 for those not enrolled in 4-H. The fee includes meals, a shared room in a dorm, sessions and a t-shirt. You may wish to check with the Oakland County 4-H office to see if scholarship funds are available.
Official registration opens March 18, 2014 but we are now accepting registration forms with your deposit. Registration forms will be numbered and entered into the campus registration system by our staff in the order they are received. 
 
The registration deadline is usually the end of April but don’t wait until then because popular sessions fill up fast!
The 4-H Renewable Energy Camp application is now available!  We have a new name (formerly 4-H Discovery Camp), but we continue to provide experiences that enable youth to explore new and innovative ideas and uses surrounding bioenergy. 
 
Youth will:
  • Conduct their own experiments,
  • Create their own biofuel and take home a sample,
  • Interact with the MSU Solar Powered Car Racing team,
  • Collect data in field trials,
  • Tour an ethanol plant and wind farm,
  • Interact with leading scientists and engineers,
  • Compete in an Engineering design challenge,
  • Tour the MSU Breslin Center and much more!
 
Applications due:  April 25th
Where: MSU Campus and sites across Michigan
Who: For youth 13-19 years of age
June 24, 2014:  The Busy Gardener
MSU Extension is hosting this seminar presented by well-known gardener Janet Macunovich.  Tips for the gardener who wants to make the best use of precious time and money.  Janet will present ideas and answer questions to help you get your garden, shrub and lawn work done in the spring that will make summer more relaxing and beautiful.   Location:  Oakland County Executive Office Conference Center in Waterford from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.  Cost $20.00.  Questions should be directed to Linda Smith at 248-858-0887. Advance registration required.
July 18-20, 2014:  4-H Mentoring Weekend
Location: Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Drive, Tustin, MI 49688. 4-H Mentoring Weekend is a 3-day workshop for adults and youth who are matched for 3 months or more in a mentoring program through 4-H and other youth mentoring organizations.  Mentoring program staff are also welcome to attend.  The Medical/Media Release form is required for all workshop participants.  As soon as the link for registration in the Michigan State University ANR Event Registration system becomes available, it will be added to this description.  Registration usually opens six (6) weeks prior to event.
MSU Extension is hosting this seminar presented by well-known gardener Janet Macunovich. Put that best foot forward by making your entry gardens truly grand. Janet tours the audience through many beautiful dooryards, courtyards, side passages, and main entry ways, explains what makes them great and tells how the best features from each can be transplanted to a place of honor outside your front door, gate, arbor, patio steps or other entry.  Location:  Oakland County Executive Office Conference Center in Waterford from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.  Cost $20.00.  Questions should be directed to Linda Smith at 248-858-0887. Advance registration required.
August 26, 2014:  Never Stop Growing: In Pursuit of Low Maintenance, All the Years of Our Lives
MSU Extension is hosting this seminar presented by well-known gardener Janet Macunovich. Here’s a look at what you can do to reduce the work you do in your yard and how to keep it up even as your physical abilities change. Although there isn’t any such thing as a no maintenance garden, there are low maintenance gardens and yards and different approaches that reduce work by making tasks simpler or physically easier. You may be surprised at how much difference you can make with design modifications, variations in tools and timing and more. These tips come to you from 30-year professional gardener and writer, Janet Macunovich with lots of input from those with even more seniority.   Location:  Oakland County Executive Office Conference Center in Waterford from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.  Cost $20.00.  Questions should be directed to Linda Smith at 248-858-0887.  Advance registration required.

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 

April 22 to May 27, 2014:  Vegetable Gardening 101 webinar series
Join us on Tuesday nights, 6:00-7:00 pm for a 6-week online introductory course on vegetable gardening.
 
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.



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 through August 2014.  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.
 
Health Insurance Resources
• For Michigan State University Extension’s most current  ACA news and information, visit aca.msue.msu.edu
• Learn more about the Health Insurance Marketplace at Healthcare.gov. Ask questions using the Live Chat function or with a toll-free phone call to 800-318-2596
•  Access information about how insurance works and the terms you will want to understand  at Affordable Care Act Resources for Consumers
• Get answers to your questions about health insurance and its effect on your personal finances at bit.ly/askhealthlit
Report suspected fraud to the Federal Trade Commission or call 877-FTC-HELP (877-382-4357)
• For specific questions about Medicare claims, medical records or expenses, visit MyMedicare.gov, or call 800-MEDICARE (800-633-42273)

 

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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