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May 25, 2013

Extension service offers slate of classes, programs

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Parker County is offering several community and life skills classes and programs in the coming weeks. Information on those follows:

Scream-free parenting classes

Parenting classes will be offered by Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service on June 4-5 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Parker County Agricultural Service Center. Speakers will include Jim Morrow, Johnnie Kelly and Kathy Smith.

The class will be based on the curriculum “Scream-free Parenting: The Revolutionary Approach to Raising Your Kids by Keep Your Cool.”

The lessons will focus on how to become the parent your kids need and about keeping your cool. Also the class will cover Keeping Kids Healthy through Healthy Eating, Keeping Kids Safe and Food Safety and Shopping Strategies for Feeding Your Children and Family. The cost to attend the class is $10 for both days. This will include handouts and lunch. To register call 817-598-6168.

Food preservation workshops

Texas AgriLife Extension of Parker County will host two food preservation workshops this summer.

Basic Food Preservation and Making Jams and Jellies will be held Friday, June 21. The class will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and costs $20. Registration will include recipes, canning supplies for the workshop and handouts. Participants should bring a sack lunch. The workshop will be held at the Parker County Agricultural Service Center located at 604 N. Main St. in Weatherford.

The workshop will be helpful for beginners and those who need a refresher course in food preservation. Participants will learn how to safely can foods. They will also have the opportunity to can vegetables and make jelly.

Participants who have pressure canners or water bath canners are asked to bring their canners in case they are needed for the workshop. Canner gauge testing will be available for those who need theirs tested as well.

Registration is requested by Monday, June 17, by calling 817-598-6168.

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