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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 2015 programs being presented by Robin Danto, Food Safety & Nutrition Extension Educator:

April 16 - Food safety presentation (Ferndale)
April 18 - Health Fair (Hazel Park)
April 20 - Food safety presentation (Novi)
April 21 - Nutrition presentation (South Lyon)
April 22 - Earth Day program (West Bloomfield)
April 23 - Senior nutrition presentation (Berkley)
April 24 - Autistic nutrition program (West Bloomfield)
April 25 - Earth Day program (Rochester)
April 28 - School nutrition presentation (Farmington Hills)
April 29 - Senior nutrition presentation (Oak Park)

April 22, 2015:  4-H Advanced Leadership Training
Save this date for volunteer training on 4/22, 6-9 pm at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford.   RSVP IS REQUIRED TO:  Margi Stockert at 248-858-0889.
 
The Oakland County 4-H volunteer training provides essential information to help volunteers successfully work with young people using the 4-H method and philosophy.  Adult volunteers attending these trainings will build leadership skills, learn how to facilitate positive learning experiences for youth, and discover the endless opportunities in 4-H!  Topics include:  Positive Youth Development, Experiential Learning and Club Structure, Management and Development.  These interactive sessions will help you become a super 4-H club leader or volunteer!
April 18, 2015:  Canine All-stars Dog Show
see flyer
April 20, 2015:  Septic Systems Webinar - Insight into your Onsite System

MSU Extension is hosting a live webinar, "Septic Systems: Insight Into Your Onsite System" on Monday, April 20 from 1:30-3:30 pm. This program will cover what a septic system is, how it works, best management practices to protect the system and human health, how to identify trouble in the system and steps to take if a problem occurs.

The live webinar will include presentations by the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and  Macomb County Health Department Sanitarian Supervisor with 29 years of septic and well experience.  The presentations will be followed by a live question and answer session via the chat box. 

To join this FREE webinar, you must pre-register at http://events.anr.msu.edu/septicinsight/ . You will receive a confirmation email upon registration and log in instruction at least 48 hours prior to the webinar.

Deadline to register is Friday, April 17, 2015.


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.
Conference Objectives:
The 4-H Shooting Sports Adult & Teen Instructors Certification Workshop provides leaders an opportunity to:
•    Develop and improve skills in teaching shooting sports activities to youth
•    Work toward certification to become a Michigan 4-H Shooting Sports certified instructor in a variety of shooting disciplines.
•    Learn how to develop, expand, and maintain local 4-H Shooting Sports programs
•    Exchange ideas for local and State 4-H Shooting Sports programs with other leaders
•    Develop renewed respect and concern for safety in the 4-H Shooting Sports program.
For registration, go to http://events.anr.msu.edu/4hshooting15/.  Once registrations have been entered, workshop attendees who have not paid online with a credit card are still expected to send their payment to their county MSU Extension office or ANR Events Management at 446 W. Circle Dr. East Lansing, MI 48824, with a copy of their registration receipt. All fees must be prepaid prior to attendance at the conference or be subject to cancellation. When county staff login to register other individuals, they will select the type of participant from the roster and register the person in the system. Registrations must be entered into the MSU Extension Event registration System no later than 11:59 pm on April 15, 2015 at which time registration will be closed.
April 25, 2015:  4-H Discovery Day
Fun, family, Fair and 4-H are what 4-H Discovery Day is all about!  The event  is a collaborative effort between Oakland County 4-H and Oakland County Fair designed to showcase all the opportunities for youth in 4-H and at the Oakland County Fair (July 3-12, 2015).  We are looking for 4-H clubs to showcase club activities or project areas with a hands-on-activity, demo or craft.  Also needed are lots of volunteers to assist with set-up, clean-up and several activities throughout the day.  If you have any great ideas or want to join us, please contact Debbie Morgan or 248-858-0894.

April 25, 2015:  Healthy Affair XIII "Your Health Your Life"

Healthy Affair is a FREE community event promoting health and wellness that will be held on Saturday, April 25th, 9 am to 3 pm, at the Welcome Missionary Baptist Church in Pontiac (see flyer for details). Healthy Affair has many onsite free screenings and services for Oakland County residents and surrounding areas. Social services are also available including Medicaid applications.


May 1, 2015:  Oakland County 2015 4-H Fashion Revue

The purpose of the Fashion Revue is to help 4-H'ers in the Personal Appearance Project areas receive recognition for their efforts in the project and to give them experience modeling before an audience.

Personal Appearance projects have been expanded from the definition given to the original "sewing" projects to include the "total look".  This look can include such diverse aspects as health, nutrition and exercise, as well as clothing construction or purchasing and coordinating outfits.

The garments will be judged in two categories: Buymanship and Construction. You may bring a dressy or casual choice for both categories.

Experience Levels:
Beginners (1-2 years)
Intermediate (3-5 years)

Advanced (6-10 years)


May 2, 2015: Tail Waggers K-9 4-H Club 10th Anniversary Fun Match

We would like to invite you to our 10th Anniversary Fun Match.  All competitors receive a goodie bag for participating.  Our match this year is to benefit, Grace Centers of Hope and Michigan Animal Rescue League.  Bring an item to donate to either group or $10/dog will cover all your entry fees.  Hope to see you then.


May 9, 2015:  Spice Up Your Garden with Herbs 
Join us for an educational and enjoyable morning workshop on growing herbs in your garden.  In addition to the culture and use of many of the herbs commonly grown here,  we will delve into the interesting folklore surrounding them.  Your herbal appetite will be whet, just as the growing season starts!  

May 14, 2015:  2015 Master Gardener Volunteer Recognition Banquet
Please join your fellow Oakland County Master Gardeners at the 2015 Volunteer Recognition Banquet for a celebration to honor our great volunteers!
May 31-July 18, 2015:  4-H Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF)
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.
June 1 - September 1, 2015:  Book Your Organization’s Summer Outreach Program Today!
Every year Oakland County MSU Extension 4-H Youth Development offers special introductory educational programs to bring a sense of adventure and fun to help enrich summer youth activities.  Three new summer outreach programs will be offered for area libraries, community centers, and youth groups to book. Sessions are available Mondays and Tuesdays starting June 1st through September 1st. Programs to choose from:
Super Hero Science (ages 5-11)
Super Animal Adaptation (ages 5-11)
Animation Unmasked (ages 12-19)
Programs are interactive and include hands-on activities.  See brochure for costs and details.  To book your session, contact Margi Stockert at 248-858-0889. For questions about program content, contact Mary Blumka at 248-858-0890.
June 21-25, 2015:  4-H Horse Camp
Do you want to improve your horsemanship skills ... be better prepared for horse shows ... meet other horse kids ... and have fun?  If your answer is yes, youl should attend the Oakland County 4-H Horse Camp, a four-day instructional camp at Springfield Oaks County Park in Davisburg, offered to 4-H youth ages 9-19.  Campers and their horses attend three classes a day with instruction by local horse professionals.
June 24-26, 2015:  4-H Exploration Days
Oakland County 4-H is NOW accepting Exploration Days registrations. Registrations are numbered as they come in. Starting the morning of March 17th registrations will be entered into the system in the order received. 

Every year, approximately 2,500 youth and chaperones from nearly every Michigan county come stay at MSU for 4-H Exploration Days. This fun and interactive MSU pre-college program could be the highlight of your summer - it could even change your life!

• If you are at least 11 years old on January 1, 2015, you can attend Exploration Days. You don’t even have to be a 4-H member!
 
• The 2015 cost is $180 for 4-H members and $190 for those not enrolled in 4-H yet. The fee includes meals, a shared room in a dorm, sessions and a t-shirt.
 
• Registration deadline is April 24th. Don’t wait until the deadline though, because popular sessions fill up fast! 
 
Contact 4-H staff at 248-858-0889 for more information or if you have questions about 4-H Exploration Days.  View video
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. 
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! 
August 19-21, 2015:  Cloverbud Camp
Now offering a camp experience specifically designed for your 5-8 year olds.  Oakland County 4-H Cloverbud Camp offers hands-on learning activities, crafts and active play throughout the day.  This camp will be held at Lookout Lodge (Waterford Oaks County Park in Waterford) from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm each day. 


Our camp provides a positive and collaborative atmosphere where Cloverbuds can thrive.  Fun activities include: trips to Paradise Peninsula Playscape, crafts, nature hikes, chemistry activities, and more!   A snack and t-shirt are provided. 

Please pack a sack lunch! (No peanuts please!)

Check-in is  9:00 to 9:30 am and check-out is 2:30-3:00 pm.

Daily themes:

  • Wednesday, August 19 - Mad Scientist
  • Thursday, August 20 -  Make It Count
  • Friday, August 21 - Barnyard Bonanza

Price: $35/Day

Register now; space in this camp is limited to maintain low staff- to-camper ratios.  Your spot cannot be held for more than 10 days without payment.  Once payment is received there are no refunds.  Registration for this camp closes August 5th.

Contact person:  Mary Blumka, 248-858-0890.

August 20-Novemer 19, 2015:  2015 Fall Master Gardener Class
The Master Gardener Program is a volunteer leader training program for people who are enthusiastic about gardening, who wish to use what they learn to improve communities.

We’re pleased you are interested in the MSU Extension Master Gardener Program (MGP) and trust it will be a rich and rewarding experience for you. This class will be held on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at MSU Tollgate Education Center, 28115 Meadowbrook Rd., Novi, Michigan 48317 running from August 20 to November 19, 2015. The cost of the 14-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. There are no other out-of-pocket costs. The registration deadline for this training class is August 4, 2015 for payment by check and August 18, 2015 for payment by credit card. Contact:  Cathy Morris at 248-858-0887. Click here to register


Ongoing:  The following nutrition program series are presented to community groups, organizations, and schools (age appropriate) by MSU Extension staff.  Programs are offered in English or Spanish.  Call  248-858-0897 for further information or to schedule these programs.
Cooking Matters for Adults is a nutrition program where participants will learn how to eat healthy, cook and grocery shop on a limited budget. The program consists of six lessons, lasting approximately two hours each. With the help of an experienced chef and nutrition educator, participants will gain the skills and confidence to make healthy, budget friendly meals for their family.
 
Each week, participants will receive take-home food, which they can use at home to practice a recipe they learned in class. The class series also includes:
  • Participatory food preparation that provides cooking and food safety instruction
  • Engaging nutrition activities and discussions
  • Practice with food budgeting
  • Interactive grocery store visit and $10 challenge
  • Recipe book for use at home
  • Certificate of completion
  • Short physical activity component lasting 5 minutes or less
 
Class series are taught throughout the community, including but not limited to community centers, churches, schools and local MSU Extension offices. Group series are available if there are six to 15 people, and at least half of the group is Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligible.
 
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. The class series also includes a short physical activity component lastng 5 minutes or less.
 
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. 

Learn to stretch your food dollars to fit your meal plan, learn about food preservation and maintain a healthy weight with Eating Right is Basic from Michigan State University Extension. This eight to 10 week session can be offered in a variety of community settings. Participants will learn about goal setting, custom nutrition and physical activity to suite each person, eating more fruits and vegetables, portion sizes, becoming familiar with Dietary Guideline numbers, Food labels 101, healthy habits and fat facts.  High school students and adults can participate in this series.
 
Show Me Nutrition
This 6-week program 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. 
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.

Upcoming Webinars

2015 Rest Time Refresher Online Training for Early Childhood Providers
Join MSU Extension’s MI Strong Family Early Childhood Education staff for a 1-hour online training opportunity held during nap time. Connect through your computer and learn about a variety of topics! Sessions will last 45 minutes with 15 minutes for questions and answers. Participants that attend and actively participate will receive a certificate of completion for 1 training hour emailed directly to them. Sessions are $5 per person.   Click individual links to register for training. 
 
April 21, 2015: Purpose of Play – “Why does my child just ‘play’ all day?” Learn more about the purpose of play in early childhood and why play-based education for young children is so critical to their social, emotional, language, cognitive and physical development.
 
May 19, 2015: RELAX Alternatives to Anger Parent Caregiver – Anger affects everyone and can be hard to know how to handle. Learn the developmental stages of self-control in children, understand what cortisol is and does, be able to identify books that can assist children with self-control, learn and be able to implement activities to assist with self-control and use RELAX concepts in daily interactions with children.
 
June 16, 2015: Setting the Stage – Social emotional skills can be nurtured by parents and caregivers through daily routine, children’s literature and language, and, playing to learn. The workshop will discuss social emotional skills that are fundamental to healthy development and school success and explore children's literature that can assist in teaching the skills.
January 26 - April 29, 2015: Beginning Farmer Webinar Series
Attention beginning farmers!  The MSU Extension 2015 Beginning Farmer Webinar Series is available for you to gain knowledge needed to plan your start-up farming operation, or add a new enterprise to an existing farm.  A series of twenty, 2-hour evening webinars covering a wide variety of farm- related topics is available, remaining webinars are: 
“Getting started with….”
…Poultry Production, April 20
…Small Farm Equipment, April 27
…Beef Feedlot Management, April 29
 
A fee of $10 per webinar is required, or you can register for the entire series for $100.  Webinar recordings will be provided to all registered participants.  Participate from the comfort and convenience of your own home or office.  Registration, a brochure containing details on each individual program, and on-line or mailed payment options can be found at http://events.anr.msu.edu/beginningfarmerwebinars/.
 
Each program begins at 7pm Eastern time and will last about 2 hours.  A  high-speed internet connection is required.  You will receive webinar connection information after you register.
 
Contact the Alger County MSU Extension office at 906-387-2530 or isleibj@anr.msu.edu for more information.
 

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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