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March 2015 NewsFlash

UPCOMING EVENTS FOR Penn State Extension


Pike County
514 Broad Street
Milford PA 18337
Phone: 570-296-3400, Ext. 1442
Fax: 570-296-3406
Email: jms42@psu.edu
Web: extension.psu.edu

3/2/15 – 2015 Green Industry Winter Update, 1:00 – 3:00 PM, Penn State Extension office in Monroe County, 724 Phillips St, Suite 201, Stroudsburg PA 18360. Fee: $15. Topics: Spray Adjuvants for the Green Industry; approved for (2) core credits. The presenter is Sandy Feather, Penn State Extension Educator. Adjuvants are spray tank additives which applicators use to improve the efficacy of pesticides. There are many adjuvants and other spray aids that are used by Green Industry professionals including spreaders, spreader-stickers, extenders, activators, compatibility agents, and more. Correct use of adjuvants will improve pesticide efficacy, but incorrect selection, mixing or application can be injurious to plants. This talk will discuss the wide range of adjuvants used by Green Industry Professionals and help participants understand correct selection and use; and Controlling Grassy Weeds with Herbicides; approved for (2) credits in Categories 7, 18, 23, & Private. The presenter is Dr. Peter Landschoot. Weedy grasses and sedges can be a challenge in the management of turfgrass. Weeds such as crabgrass, quackgrass, yellow nutsedge and dallisgrass can be controlled if you know how to identify them, understand their lifecycle and have knowledge of pre- and post-emergence herbicides for weedy grass management. This talk will describe the common species of weedy grasses in turfgrass and discuss current management strategies with herbicides. Pre-registration is required by March 1 by visiting http://extension.psu.edu/plants/green-industry/events

3/3/15 – Registration deadline for the Childcare Provider Workshop: Defining Your Destiny – The Basics on March 5, 6:30 – 8:30 PM, Pike County Administration Building, 506 Broad Street, Milford, PA 18337. Fee: $7. Participants will learn methods for becoming more productive, engages, and fulfilled at work and life. This is a motivational class that will challenge participants to complete activity steps toward self-discovery, lasting change, and attaining the work and personal life desired. Registration, including payment, is required. Call 570-296-3400 for more information or visit the PA Keys website at https://www.pakeys.org/pages/get.aspx to register. This educational program for early education professionals and parents is offered as part of a statewide Penn State Extension program to support quality early learning.

3/3/15 – Registration deadline for the ServSafe Food Safety Management Certification Course on March 10 (8:30 AM - 4:00 PM) and March 17 (8:30 AM - 12:00 PM), PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center, 126 PPL Dr, Hawley, PA 18428. Fee: $175. This course uses the National Restaurant Association (NRA) food safety curriculum for food service establishments. Training meets the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture requirements for the Food Employee Certification Act. Register online at http://extension.psu.edu/food/safety/courses/servsafe. To register by phone or for registration questions: Phone: 570-253-5970 x4110; Email: ExtensionRegistration@ag.psu.edu For more information or questions about the event content: 570-296-3400; e-mail: PikeExt@psu.edu

3/4/15 – Meet the Author webinar, 12:00 – 1:00 PM. Throughout the start of 2015, the National 4-H Council will be hosting 45 minute overview webinars on new 4-H curriculum materials! The sessions will include a 30 minute overview by the authors and 15 minutes of Q&A. Delve into activities included in the curriculum and ask questions about implementation in various settings. These webinars are open to anyone -- professionals, volunteers, parents, etc. We hope to “see” you there. Topic: Backyards and Beyond. Author: Kirk Astroth, University of Arizona; Learning Level: Middle School; Format: 1 Explorer’s Journal, 1 Facilitator Guide, 1 Organizational Toolkit. The Backyards & Beyond curriculum is designed as a network of neighborhood “nature trails” with outdoor activities that are led by the Neighborhood Nature Club Leader. It includes four units with eight trails that progressively advance the connections youth make with the outdoors. Pre-registration is required by visiting the 4-H on24 Portal at http://portal.on24.com/view/channel/index.html?showId=897406&showCode=national4hcouncil

3/4/15 – Meet the Author webinar, 2:00 – 3:00 PM. Throughout the start of 2015, the National 4-H Council will be hosting 45 minute overview webinars on new 4-H curriculum materials! The sessions will include a 30 minute overview by the authors and 15 minutes of Q&A. Delve into activities included in the curriculum and ask questions about implementation in various settings. These webinars are open to anyone -- professionals, volunteers, parents, etc. We hope to “see” you there. Topic: What’s On Your Plate? Exploring Food Science. Author: Susie Craig, Washington State University; Learning Level: Middle and High School (Beginner through Advanced); Format: 4 Units (4 Youth Notebooks, 4 Facilitator Guides). What’s On Your Plate? Is a comprehensive curriculum set with hands-on experiments that teach youth the building blocks of food science using chemistry, biology, and physics. In a “kitchen laboratory” setting, youth learn why and how things happen in breads, muffins, eggs, fruit, vegetables, cheese, candy, and beverages. Youth conduct food experiments, collect and analyze data, practice sensory science (tasting), and investigate career opportunities. Each unit contains three activities for beginner through advanced learners. Pre-registration is required by visiting the 4-H on24 Portal at http://portal.on24.com/view/channel/index.html?showId=897406&showCode=national4hcouncil

3/5/15 – Pesticide Applicator Certification Examinations, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Penn State Extension office, 724 Phillips St, Suite 201, Stroudsburg PA 18360. Pre-registration is not required. You can find more about the exam fees, categories, and courses by visiting the Pesticide Education Program online at http://www.pested.psu.edu/applicators/certification

3/5/15 – Knitting Kids 4-H Club meeting, 6:00 – 7:30 PM, Penn State Extension office, 514 Broad St, Milford PA 18337. Meetings will be cancelled and not rescheduled if inclement weather or schools close. 4-H is open to youth ages 5 - 18. For more information on this club and other 4-H opportunities, call 570-296-3400 or visit http://tinyurl.com/ncagxy4

3/5/15 – Childcare Provider Workshop: Defining Your Destiny – The Basics, 6:30 – 8:30 PM, Pike County Administration Building, 506 Broad Street, Milford, PA 18337. Fee: $7. Participants will learn methods for becoming more productive, engaged, and fulfilled at work and life. This is a motivational class that will challenge participants to complete activity steps toward self-discovery, lasting change, and attaining the work and personal life desired. Registration, including payment, is required by 5:00 PM, March 3. Call 570-296-3400 for more information; visit the PA Keys website at https://www.pakeys.org/pages/get.aspx to register. This educational program for early education professionals and parents is offered as part of a statewide Penn State Extension program to support quality early learning.

3/6/15 – Final registration deadline for the StrongWomen/Growing Stronger program starting on March 10, 4:45 – 5:45 PM, Pike County Administration Building, 506 Broad St, Milford PA 18337. The classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from March 10 – May 28 and consist of a nutrition lesson and 8-12 strength training exercises that help improve strength, balance, and flexibility. Fee: $90. Pre-registration, including payment and completed paperwork, is required. To register or for more information visit http://extension.psu.edu/health/strongwomen/events, or call 570-296-3400, or send an e-mail message to PikeExt@psu.edu

3/7/15 – Registration deadline for the Childcare Provider Workshop: Defining Your Destiny – The Basics on March 9, 6:30 – 8:30 PM, Penn State Extension Conference Room, 648 Park Street – Suite E, Honesdale, PA 18431. Fee: $7. Participants will learn methods for becoming more productive, engages, and fulfilled at work and life. This is a motivational class that will challenge participants to complete activity steps toward self-discovery, lasting change, and attaining the work and personal life desired. Registration, including payment, is required. Call 570-296-3400 for more information or visit the PA Keys website at https://www.pakeys.org/pages/get.aspx to register. This educational program for early education professionals and parents is offered as part of a statewide Penn State Extension program to support quality early learning.

3/7/15 – Horse & Pony 4-H club meeting, 1:00 PM, GAIT Therapeutic Riding Center, 514 Foster Hill Road, Milford PA 18337. 4-H is open to youth ages 5 - 18. Call 570-296-3400 for more information or visit http://tinyurl.com/ncagxy4

3/9/15 – Registration deadline for the Cooking for Crowds - A Volunteer's Guide to Food Safety program on March 16, 6:00 – 8:30 PM, Pike County Administration Bldg, 506 Broad St, Milford, PA 18337. Fee: $40 for the first person and $5 for each additional person from the same organization (up to 5 people) (one pack of resources per organization). Who should attend? Church dinners, fire company chicken barbeques, booster club hoagie sales, organizational bake sales ... non-profit food fund-raisers are an excellent way to socialize with the community while earning money for organizational activities. Your organization and you have so much to gain from a successful food fund-raiser. Don’t risk your customer’s health or damaging your organization’s reputation. The registration deadline is March 9. Register online at http://extension.psu.edu/food/safety/events. To register by phone or for registration questions: Phone: 570-253-5970 x4110; Email: ExtensionRegistration@ag.psu.edu For more information or questions about the event content: Phone: 570-296-3400; Email: PikeExt@psu.edu

3/9/15 – 2015 Green Industry Winter Update webinar, 1:00 – 3:00 PM. Fee: $10. Topics: Protecting our Water from Pesticide Contamination; approved for (2) core credits. The presenter is Ruth Benner, Penn State Extension Educator. This presentation will describe the various ways in which our water supplies (wells, streams, rivers, ponds, lakes and reservoirs) can become contaminated by pesticides. The speaker will explain Best Management Practices for pesticide applicators to protect water from nonpoint contamination by pesticides; and Controlling Broadleaf Weeds in Turfgrass with Herbicides; approved for (2) credits in Categories 7, 18, 23, & Private. The presenter is Tanner Delvalle, Penn State Extension Educator. Weeds such as creeping Charlie, plantains, dandelion and heal-all can be controlled if you know how to identify them, understand their lifecycle and have knowledge of pre- and post-emergence herbicides for broadleaf weed management. This talk will describe the common species of broadleaf weeds in turfgrass and discuss current management strategies with herbicides. Pre-registration is required by March 8 by visiting http://extension.psu.edu/plants/green-industry/events

3/9/15 – One in a series of free Penn State Extension Green Infrastructure webinars, 3:00 - 4:00 PM (EDT/EST). The topic is Green Stormwater Infrastructure: An Overview of Villanova’s Research. The presenter is Robert Traver, Ph.D., PE, F.EWRI, D.WRE., F.ASCE., F.EWRI., Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering & Director of the Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership (VUSP), Villanova University.

As we continue to change our landscapes, converting fields and forests to buildings, parking lots and lawns, we fragment forests and other productive landscapes and impact our streams, lakes and rivers with polluted stormwater runoff. Learn how Green Infrastructure is helping to conserve viable natural resources and capture, infiltrate and evapotranspire rain where it falls. Green Infrastructure improves both the quality of life and environment in our communities.

For more information and registration visit http://extension.psu.edu/green-infrastructure or contact Vincent Cotrone, Penn State Extension Urban Forester at vjc1@psu.edu

To view the webinar visit https://meeting.psu.edu/pacommunityforestry

3/9/15 – Childcare Provider Workshop: Defining Your Destiny – The Basics, 6:30 – 8:30 PM, Penn State Extension Conference Room, 648 Park Street – Suite E, Honesdale, PA 18431. Fee: $7. Participants will learn methods for becoming more productive, engages, and fulfilled at work and life. This is a motivational class that will challenge participants to complete activity steps toward self-discovery, lasting change, and attaining the work and personal life desired. Registration, including payment, is required by March 7. Call 570-296-3400 for more information; visit the PA Keys website at https://www.pakeys.org/pages/get.aspx to register. This educational program for early education professionals and parents is offered as part of a statewide Penn State Extension program to support quality early learning.

3/10/15 – Technology Tuesdays: Calf & Heifer System Planning & Design” free online workshop, 8:30 -10:00 AM (EDT/EST). This is part of a series that includes presentations on dairy farm facilities design, dairy cattle behavior, nutrition, financing and labor. The future of the dairy enterprise lies in the health and performance of the replacement herd. Developing a management plan and housing system that satisfies the unique needs of each age group is not difficult, but must fit into the farms management goals and allow flexibility. Topics covered management and health care considerations, animal environment needs, common shelter types, and a method to develop a plan that suits the needs of your farm. The presenters are Dan McFarland and John Tyson, Penn State Extension Dairy Team Ag Engineers. For more information about the series visit http://extension.psu.edu/animals/dairy/events. Register for free online no later than noon the day before at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TechnologyTuesdays1314

3/10/15 – ServSafe Food Safety Management Certification Course, March 10 (8:30 AM - 4:00 PM) and March 17 (8:30 AM - 12:00 PM), PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center, 126 PPL Dr, Hawley, PA 18428. Fee: $175. This course uses the National Restaurant Association (NRA) food safety curriculum for food service establishments. Training meets the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture requirements for the Food Employee Certification Act. The registration deadline is March 3. Register online at http://extension.psu.edu/food/safety/courses/servsafe. To register by phone or for registration questions: Phone: 570-253-5970 x4110; Email: ExtensionRegistration@ag.psu.edu For more information or questions about the event content: 570-296-3400; e-mail: PikeExt@psu.edu

3/10/15 – First session of a StrongWomen/Growing Stronger program, 4:45 – 5:45 PM, Pike County Administration Building, 506 Broad St, Milford PA 18337. The classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from March 10 – May 28 and consist of a nutrition lesson and 8-12 strength training exercises that help improve strength, balance, and flexibility. Fee: $90. Registration deadline is March 6. Pre-registration, including payment and completed paperwork, is required. To register or for more information visit http://extension.psu.edu/health/strongwomen/events or contact Penn State Extension at 570-296-3400, by fax at 570-296-3406, or send an e-mail message to PikeExt@psu.edu

3/11/15 – Pesticide Updates 2015: 2+2 Series, 6:30 – 9:00 PM, Polk Firehouse, 511 Interchange Road, Kresgeville PA 18333. Fee: $15. This is a traditional two-core and two-category credit session for private pesticide applicators, but any applicators may attend. Recertification education addresses the pest management decision-making process, pest identification, life cycles and control alternatives as well as the safe, proper and legal use of pesticides. Pre-registration is required. Register online at http://www.cvent.com/events/pesticide-updates-2015-2-2-series-in-monroe-county/event-summary-a4309c93ffd04d6a8c3388617984291d.aspx For more information call 570-421-6430 or email seh28@psu.edu

3/13/15 - Bows on Fire 4-H Archery Club meeting, March 13, 4:00 – 6:30 PM, Archery Adventures, 301 E Harford St, Milford PA 18337. For more information, call 570-296-3400.

3/14/15 – Childcare Provider Workshop: Is My School-age Classroom STEM Friendly? Assessing for STEM Learning, 8:30 – 10:30 AM, Emergency Management Bldg., 1 Emergency Lane, Nesquehoning, PA 18240. Does your school-age program curriculum excite and challenge children to grow and learn in the STEM (science/technology, engineering/math) areas? This hands-on course provides enrichment ideas for integrating STEM activities into school-age programs, challenging children to think more critically about real world situations and allowing children to explore STEM subjects in more depth...all while having fun! Pre-registration, including payment, is required by March 12. Call 570-325-2788 Ext. 3803 for more information or visit the PA Keys website at https://www.pakeys.org/pages/get.aspx to register. This educational program for early education professionals and parents is offered as part of a statewide Penn State Extension program to support quality early learning.

3/14/15 – Rough Riders 4-H Horse Club meeting, 10:00 AM, Pocono Ranchlands Stable, Bushkill, PA 18324. 4-H is open to youth ages 5 - 18. For more information, call 570-296-3400 or visit http://tinyurl.com/ncagxy4

3/14/15 – Childcare Provider Workshop: STEM Rules! Making STEM Come Alive for School-age Children, 10:45 AM – 12:45 PM, Emergency Management Bldg., 1 Emergency Lane, Nesquehoning, PA 18240. This course focuses on the need for every family and child to feel they belong. Do you ever wonder why parent involvement is not strong? Perhaps you are sending an incorrect message without even knowing it. This course focuses on the need for every family and child to feel that they belong in your program. Participants will self-assess their own program to identify welcoming/unwelcoming messages in their environment and written policies. Using strategies acquired throughout the course, participants will develop an action plan to increase welcoming messages in their programs. Pre-registration, including payment, is required by March 12. Call 570-325-2788 Ext. 3803 for more information or visit the PA Keys website at https://www.pakeys.org/pages/get.aspx to register. This educational program for early education professionals and parents is offered as part of a statewide Penn State Extension program to support quality.



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