Upcoming programs

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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.

Ongoing Programs

Home Food Preservation Series

Plan to attend this workshop series to learn the latest and safest ways to preserve foods. Each session includes: detailed research-based information, recipes to take home, demonstrations and opportunities for hands-on practice of the preservation method and time for answering your questions.


  • Tuesday, August 30 - Pressure Canning

All classes will be held at Lincoln University Commercial Kitchen. Registration is due one week prior to each class. Each session costs $15. Applications can also be picked up at the extension center.

40th Annual Cole County Extension Fall Festival

Vendors from Missouri and surrounding states will be selling their craft items at the 40th Annual Cole County Extension Fall Festival on Saturday, September 10 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Jefferson City Jaycees Fairgrounds. Don't miss out on this one-day event. More than 165 vendors fill 250 booth spaces with a large variety of items. Expect to see: yard art; home decor; honey; gourds; jewelry; leather items; wood working; clothing for dolls, infants to adults and so much more. Please help us spread the word by posting this flyer and please attend. Kids 12 and under get in free; 13 and older only pay $2. All proceeds from the Fall Festival help support extension programs and the building. Also visit the Fall Festival Facebook page.

Stay Strong, Stay Healthy

This is a hands-on program, a chance to visit the extension center and work out. A chance to improve your strength, flexibility, balance... a chance to "Stay Strong".

The Stay Strong, Stay Healthy program is an exercise program designed for those age 50 and up but it is a great exercise regime for adults of all ages. There will be 16 classes in all from Sep. 7 through Nov. 7, please see the registration form for dates and times. And also check out the Advanced Stay Strong, Stay Healthy program. Those dates and times are also included on the form. The fee for both programs is $50 each and weights will be provided.

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 October 1. Contact the extension center 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. Check out a club near you at: http://extension.missouri.edu/cole/4hclubs.aspx 

Master Gardeners

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

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