Upcoming programs

2014 Fall Festival

The Cole County Extension Fall Festival will take place on Saturday, September 6 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Jefferson City Jaycees Fairgrounds. This will mark the 38th year for the Fall Festival in Cole County. The Extension Council is looking forward to another successful year with more than 150 vendors from Missouri and surrounding states selling their crafts at this one-day only event. Check out the flyer or call the office at 573-634-2824 or email Jane at kempkerj@missouri.edu for more information. | 2014 Fall Festival Flyer (PDF)

Attn Vendors: All booth spaces have been sold and we will not be able to sell you a spot this year. If you are interested in being a vendor in 2015, email Jane at KempkerJ@missouri.edu

Eat Well, Be Well with Diabetes

Eat Well, Be Well with Diabetes is a 4-week program that provides practical, up-to-date information needed to manage or prevent diabetes and promote Good health. Sign up for this series to learn the most up-to-date recommendations from the American Diabetes Association, learn how to plan and prepare meals that are tasty, nutritious and easy to make.

The program will be held Monday mornings (10 a.m. - noon) September 8, 15, 22 and 29 at the Cole County Extension Center. The fee for the program is $30/person or $50/couple who are willing to share materials. Registration is required by September 1.

Please direct further questions to Lynda Zimmerman at ZimmermanL@missouri.edu or by calling 573-634-2824. EWBW flyer (PDF)

Stay Strong, Stay Healthy

Stay Strong, Stay Healthy is a 10-session series geared towards adults 50 and older, but to be honest, any adult can participate. Come to the Cole County Extension Center and lift weights to strengthen your muscles, to become more flexible, gain balance, increase your energy, manage aches and pains plus so much more.

Sign up today for this program. It will be offered at the Cole County Extension Center on Friday mornings starting Sep. 12 and will end on Nov. 14. The basic class (for those that haven't been through the program before) will be from 10 - 11 a.m. and advance class will be from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m., the fee for both is $30/person. Registration is required a week prior to the program start date.

Please direct further questions to Lynda Zimmerman at ZimmermanL@missouri.edu or by calling 573-634-2824. Please complete the registration form | SSSH flyer (PDF)

Business programs for new businesses

Chris Thompson, Cole County business specialist, hosts classes, including Starting a Small Business: The First Steps and The Basics of Writing a Business Plan, for new businesses almost every month. Interested? Visit our Business programs page or email Chris at thompsoncv@missouri.edu.

Join 4-H

There are 16 active 4-H Clubs in Cole County, and you don't have to grow up on a farm to belong to 4-H. Currently, Shooting Sports is the fastest growing project but with so many choices to choose from, almost anyone can find something that they enjoy. 4-H is open to all youth ages 5-18. Go to our Cole County 4-H Home Page or contact Youth Specialist Jenny Flatt at flattj@missouri.edu for more information.

The new 4-H year began September 1. Contact the office for more information to see how you can get your child signed up or let us know if you are interested in volunteering as a project leader. Or check out a club near you at: http://extension.missouri.edu/cole/4hclubs.aspx 

Master Gardeners' 10th Anniversary Celebration... Celebrating 10 years of the Demonstration Gardens

The Central Missouri Master Gardeners are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Lewis and Clark Demonstration Gardens in North Jefferson City. Programs listed below will be offered to the public. For more information, please contact Master Gardener Julie Long at jlong@ktis.net

More information is expected but save these dates:

  • Oct. 4: class on composting;
  • Oct 9: Sip and Stroll... an Evening in the Garden;
  • Oct 11: class on planting cool crops;
  • Oct. 18: class on how to build your own raised bed with drip irrigation.
  • Oct. 25: a festival with entertainment, vendors, food booths and more. 

Master Gardeners

Central Missouri Master Gardeners meet most months at McClung Park at 6 p.m. except in January and December. Most of these meetings are open to all.

Wanting to know more about the Master Gardener Program? Cole County Extension Center offers the Master Gardener Program every fall. Typically the classes begin in mid-August and will run 12 consecutive weeks on Monday nights from 6 - 9 p.m., the fee for this course is subject to change but it currently is $135 and 30 volunteer hours are required by November 30 of the following year. If you are interested, please contact Jane Kempker at kempkerj@missouri.edu to be placed on a mailing. Applications will be mailed out in June 2014.

Stay up-to-date with Cole County

Please send an email to Jane Kempker, kempkerj@missouri.edu, to be added to a monthly email list. You will be the first to know what is happening with your local extension center in Cole County.

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