Several Extension events will bloom this spring

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By Maryellen Garrison

Some upcoming spring Extension events include:

March 30 — Truth and Consequences   
This is a new 4-H and school program designed to help freshmen students from both Henry County and Eminence understand the consequences of using drugs or alcohol.  
We need about 50 to 60 volunteers and are short 10 to 15.  
As a volunteer you will act as a parent or guardia guiding a student through each booth and helping them understand the consequences of actions related to drug and alcohol abuse.  
Volunteers need to be at the Henry County High School small gym by 8 a.m. and you will be done at 11 a.m.
The booths will be manned by professionals like state troopers, the coroner, lawyers, social service workers, etc.  
If you can help give us a call at 845-2811.

April 6 — Virtual Dementia
The Virtual Dementia Tour, which was developed by P.K. Beville, the founder of Second Wind Dreams, is a scientifically proven method of building a greater understanding of dementia through the use of sensory tools and instruction.
During the experience, participants are guided through the activity that alters their senses.
Tasks and exercises that are part of the tour enable caregivers and professionals to experience for themselves the physical and mental challenges facing those with dementia.  
We have offered this program to the staff at New Castle Nursing and Rehab for the past several years, and this year we will be able to open it to the family members and others in the community.  
It will take you about 30 minutes and you will need to schedule an appointment which will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Call the Extension Office for more information.
April 10 through 12 — Annual Sewing Expo
The Sewing Expo is held at General Butler State Park each year.  
The general registration fee is $95, which covers Tuesday’s lunch, Wednesday’s lunch and Tuesday’s evening banquet with special speaker.  
There are a variety of classes that are offered at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. There are class fees. The registration packet is 13 pages long.  
If you might be interested in attending please give Maryellen a call or go to: https://drive.google.com/file//0BzKRi8PkZeQpa21tTGV5U3h2NFE/view?usp=sha....
Guest speaker is Elizabeth Burns: “Through Tragedy, Challenge, Perseverance, and Triumph: A Quilter is Born.”
A native of East Tennessee, she began working as a dispatcher for the Indiana State Police.
Following years of dispatching help to others, Burns found herself on the receiving end of dispatch help when she was involved in a near fatal accident.
Burns faced years of reconstructive surgeries, while at the same time she had to accept the total loss of her sight.
She began piecing quilts in the year 2000, 12 years after she became totally blind.
She is an avid quilt maker who has won many best of show ribbons for her work.
She is a member of the Highland Homemakers in Washington County, Ind., and a member of several quilt guilds.

April 20 — Chautauqua Returns
Aunt Molly, Pistol Packin/Woman — Mary Magdalene Garland, later known as Aunt Molly Jackson, was involved with coal mining in eastern Kentucky and the conflicts between miners and operators.  
She was actively pro-union, a nurse, midwife and songwriter who visited the homes of the miners and their families.  
The story goes that she marched into the company store and ordered a sack of groceries.  
When the clerk handed them over, she told him she would be back to pay the bill, but she had hungry children to feed first.  
When he tried to stop her, she pulled a .38 Special out of her pocket and backed out the door.   
This program will be held at 1:30 p.m. in the dining room at Twin Oaks Assisted Living.  
Everyone is welcome, but please call the Extension Office to register so we will know how many to expect.  
Refreshments served after the program.  
This program was funded in part by the Kentucky Humanities Council, Inc. and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

April 20 — Financial Spring Cleaning Class
Spring cleaning is a traditional ritual of getting the springtime season off to a good start by cleaning, organizing and removing clutter from the house.  
Spring cleaning gives you a great feeling and a sense of accomplishment, as well as being good for your family and for your home.  
Spring is also a good time to get our financial house in order!  
We need to find a good time to review where we are financially and this class will help us review our budgets, our goals and our savings so that we know where we are financially.  
The program will be taught at the Extension Office at 6 p.m. by real estate agent Marcia Whigham Duncan and we will be providing a light pizza supper, so please call 845-2811 to register so that we will know how much pizza to order.

April 28 — AARP Safe Driver Class
For those over age 55, this class offers you a discount on your car insurance.  
To find out how much your discount is you need to contact your insurance carrier.  (The discount goes up with age).  
The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members.  
There is no driving test or written test.  
The class goes from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. and a light lunch will be provided.  
To register, send your check made out to AARP to the Henry County Extension Office at Box 246, New Castle, Ky., 40050.

April 25 — Consumer Beware
In tough economic times, consumer fraud, an age-old problem, has become more sophisticated with the expansion of the internet and direct-marketing techniques.
The old adage still holds true: “If anything sounds too good to be true, then it usually is.”
While many types of fraud continue to exist, “Let the consumer beware! In Tough Economic Times” focuses on a few general areas that consumers should consider carefully.  
Everyone is welcome to attend this program at 1:30 p.m. at the Extension Office.  
The lesson will be taught by Spencer County Extension Agent Allison Lewis.

May 18 — Prepare to Care
We are piloting a program from AARP which covers doing some groundwork and pre-planning so you will be prepared in case you become a caregiver.  
It will be held at the Extension Office on Thursday, May 18, at 11:30 a.m., right after our Living Well program.  
A box lunch will be served.  
The program will last about 90 minutes, 60 minutes for the program, 30 minutes for completing a pre- and post-assessment.  
There is a 37-page workbook and several handouts provided.  
Call 845-2811 to register by May 11.

Spring session of Living Well
The Living Well Club is designed for improving the quality of life of those over 50.  
We cover balance, coordination, fall reduction and chronic disease with an emphasis on Living Well.  
Classes are from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Henry County Extension Office on select days from March through May.  
Stop by any time to see if Living Well is for you. We also have a group that meets to play Sequence at 9:30 a.m. on Fridays before class.
Come join the fun and brain activity that playing games brings.