The University of Missouri is celebrating 100 years of outreach through the Cooperative Extension Service in 2014. The anniversary event will be held in Faust Park on Saturday August 23, from 11:00 am to 4:00 p.m. This celebration will include demonstrations, activities for kids, competitions and displays to engage and entertain participants of all ages. Visitors will see dog agility shows, a running steam engine tractor, bee keepers, a 3-D printer, a fire safety house, cows and robots, among other things. Visitors can stop by any time during the celebration.

The signing of the Smith-Lever Act in 1914 by President Woodrow Wilson established the Cooperative Extension Service in connection with land-grant universities, such as the University of Missouri. A historical look at the impact of Extension throughout the state will dovetail with Faust Park’s Historic Village open house. Pioneer demonstrations, historic homes, crafts and games for kids will be ongoing throughout the afternoon. Extension faculty from St. Charles, St. Louis and Jefferson counties will be teaching visitors about Extension programs past and present including 4-H, agriculture, nutrition, family finance and more. Missouri Master Gardeners will be on hand to field lawn and garden questions as well. The event is free and open to the public.

You deserve a break

Whether it be the back-to-school rush or juggling busy schedules filled with commitments, you deserve a break! Taking Care of You is a seven-session series where you will learn and practice strategies to manage life’s demands in a healthy way. While it may seem counterproductive to schedule yet another activity, you will learn ways to become responsive rather than reactive. The potential result? A calmer, more joyful life. The series begins September 9, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. More details

Emerald ash borer found in St. Charles County

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A potentially very destructive insect pest to ash trees known as the emerald ash borer (EAB) has been found in St. Charles County. This is the first know detection in the St. Louis Region. Press release (PDF)

Resources to learn more about this pest and how to manage it: MU Extension webpage | Insecticide Options for Protecting Ash Trees from Emerald Ash Borer (PDF)

Calling all food preservationists

As part of Extension's 100-year celebration, there will be a food preservation contest in August. Consider entering your canned fruits, canned vegetables, salsa, pickles, sweet spreads, dried fruit, dried vegetables, jerky, dried herbs and/or flavored vinegars. Contest rules (PDF)

Buy a brick fundraiser

St. Charles County Extension Council sponsors an ongoing brick fundraising effort to keep our programs and services at their current level. With funding from St. Charles County government reduced by 54 percent since 2008, we are forced to find additional sources of financial support. For each $100 donation, a brick will be inscribed and added to the pathway around our flagpole. Donations are tax-deductible. Brick order form (PDF).

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