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Spring sessions can solve and involve resolution

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By Maryellen Garrison

I received an interesting Facebook message from my niece; she said that she thought New Year’s resolutions were a very bad idea because January is such a rough time to commit to anything.
It is the end of the holiday season and may be depressing for many and the weather is usually cold and grey. So she said why not make a Spring Equinox Resolution to go into effect on March 20! Spring seems like a better time to make some positive life changes. So why not plan to attend one of these interesting sessions and resolve to get involved.
Microprocessor Workshop, April 3
This videotaped HBM workshop is required to become a Homebased Microprocessor in Kentucky. The workshop runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and costs $50. It is the first step in a process that includes recipe approval (at a cost of $5 per recipe), verification of an approved water source, and annual certification by the Kentucky Food Safety Branch (with a certification fee of $50 per year). To qualify, farmers must live and farm in Kentucky. The final product must contain a fruit, vegetable, nut or herb grown by the farmer. Products may be sold from the farm, registered farmers markets or certified roadside stands. Once certified, homebased microprocessors may sell products such as canned tomatoes and tomato products, pickled fruits and vegetables, salsa, barbecue sauce, pepper or herb jellies, pressure-canned vegetables, and low- or no-sugar jams and jellies. Call Extension Office if interested.
Elvis will be spotted at Homestead, April 5
Second Wind Dreams will be hosting Elvis impersonator Todd Bodenheimer at a concert at 2 p.m. at Homestead. If you or your group would like to sponsor a dream give us a call. We are rapidly approaching our 200th Dream. For more information call the Extension Office at 845-2811 or Sue Barnett. Our committee meets monthly at the Extension Office at 1:30 on the first Tuesday and everyone is welcome.
Beginning sewing for adults, April 9-May 21
Alice Newman, a Master Clothing Volunteer has agreed to offer a beginning sewing class!! The program is tentatively set for Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. The class size will be limited so give us a call if you are interested.
Alzheimer’s Education Program for Rural Caregivers, April 13, 9:30 to 11:30
The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service Alzheimer’s Education Program for Rural Caregivers is a series of educational sessions that will be presented via Webinars. Each session will last about two hours. The first session is on a Saturday and the remaining sessions will be on Thursday evenings from 5:30-7:30 p.m April 18, May 2, 9 and 16, all to be held at the Extension Office. Workshop Topics include: Alzheimer’s awareness; Home adaptations; Managing caregiver stress; Financial and legal issues; and nutritional consideration. Call to register.
New Homemaker Book Club, April 24
We are going to be starting a new type of Homemaker Book Club patterned after a new club that has started in Shelby County. The group will meet but instead of everyone reading the same book as is done in most book clubs each person will share what they are currently reading! It is a novel concept and sounds like a lot of fun. Please give me a call if you are interested. We hope to get it started in April. We will have the initial meeting here at the Extension office on Wednesday, April 24 at 1:30. We will be discussing times and locations to meet at that time so if this time does not work for you but you are interested be sure to call and give us your input.
Antiques Road Show, April 25
Dr. R.E. Wells a noted authority on antiques will be hosting an Antique Road Show at the Henry County Extension Office from 1 to 3 p.m.. You will need to pre-register and can bring two items to be appraised (no guns; no knives; no coins; and no stamps-if you have an item of furniture that is too large simply take a good photo and bring a drawer that is representative of the piece if possible). Everyone will arrive at 1, you will receive a number and he will appraise the items in order.
Dr. Wells always does a roadshow at the end of the antique series he teaches and it is fascinating to have an item appraised but also to see all the other items appraised! If you don’t want to bring an item please indicate that when you call to register. He can do about 50 items so there will be a limit to how many will be able to bring things so call early to reserve your spot.
Opening Day of the Henry County Farmers Market, April 27
Another great resolution that you could make is to plan on regular visits to the Henry County Farmers Market this spring/summer and fall. Eating locally grown produce is not only healthy but it helps support our own local economy! And besides our market is a fun and fascinating place to visit. We are located on the Courthouse Lawn on Saturday mornings and during the peak season they are open on Wednesday afternoons too. As the season gets into swing more and more items will be showing up!

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