Upcoming Programs

Building Better Child Care

Caregivers in licensed child care facilities in Missouri are required to receive 12 clock hours of training approved by the Department of Health and Senior Service yearly.  The Taney County University of Missouri Extension center will be offering four sessions to help our area child care providers reach this goal.  We will be offering a monthly three hour session for the next 4 months starting in August.  Registration is $15 per session which will include handouts and refreshments.  Classes will be held in the Community room of the White River Valley Electric Cooperative building located at 2449 East State Highway 76 in Branson and will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Classes will be facilitated by Dr. Jim Wirth, retired University of Missouri Human Development specialist. All session have been registered with Child Care Aware of Missouri.

Class Schedule:

  • Thursday, August 8, 2019 - Sparking Kids Curiosity and How to Turn Good Play into GREAT Play
  • Thursday, September 12, 2019 - Happiness, the Good Life, and Living Life Fully: What Psychology and Philosophy Teach Us
  • Thursday, October 10, 2019 - Music for the Non-Musical and Learning Disabilities and Social Skills
  • Thursday, November 14, 2019 - Problem Solving with Children and Dealing with Anger: The Children's and Yours

Registration form is on the attached program brochure, or contact the Taney County University of Missouri Extension center at 417-546-4431 or taneyco@missouri.edu.

Master Gardener Training Offered

University of Missouri Extension is offering Master Gardener training courses in Branson and Ozark this summer.  The intensive multi-week Master Gardener course consists of ten three-hour classes on specific Tuesday and Thursday afternoons in Branson and evenings in Ozark.  The classes will all occur from August 15 to September 26.  Participants have their choice in classes; 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Branson or 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in Ozark.  There is a course fee which covers 30 hours of instruction and many resource materials including the 'Missouri Master Gardener Core Manuel'.  Interested persons are encouraged to attend a no-obligation orientation to learn more about the master gardener program scheduled for Tuesday, August 13th.  Orientation will be offered at 1:00 p.m. at the Branson United Methodist Church, 1208 W. 76 Country Blvd in Branson and at 6:00 p.m. at the Ozark Technical College , Room 22 one mile west of Highway 65 on Highway 14 in Ozark. 

For more information see the attached program registration brochure and class schedulePreregistration is needed by August 14 and space is limited.  A downloadable registration form and class schedule is also available at: http://mgozarks.com/.  For more information please contact Tim Schnakenberg, Agronomy field specialist, for the Branson class at (417)357-6812 or Jim Spencer, ag business field specialist, (417)581-3558, regarding the Ozark class.

Become a Volunteer Tax Preparer and Make a Difference in Your Community

If you ever wonder how to make a difference and help people in your community, then consider becoming a volunteer income tax preparer (VITA).  The University of Missouri Extension in Christian, Stone and Taney counties are looking for people to help provide free tax help in 2020.  You will receive all the tax training you need to help others file their tax returns.  The VITA program offers free tax help to people with low-to-moderate income,the elderly, people on disability and others who need assistance in preparing their tax returns.  Helping in the VITA program is a rewarding way to serve a vital role in your local community.   

Here are some good reasons to consider becoming a VITA volunteer:

  • Short-term, effective volunteer effort
  • 4-6 hours a week depending on location, mid-January to April 15
  • Free 15 hour tax training by the IRS and University of Missouri Extension
  • No experience needed
  • Supervised tax professional on site at all times
  • No liability to tax preparer (Sites are IRS approved)
  • Flexible hours

For more information or to volunteer please call the Taney County - University of Missouri Extension office at 417-546-4431 or email taneyco@missouri.edu.

Brown Bag Lunch Gardening Series 2019

Master Gardeners of the Ozarks will present their monthly gardening workshops again this year, in the demonstration gardens located at the Taney County MU Extension center at 122 Felkins Avenue in Forsyth.  Programs are held on the third Tuesday of each month at noon starting Tuesday, April 16, 2019 through October.  Classes are free and open to the public as part of community education offered by the Master Gardeners. 

2019 Programs:

  • Tuesday, April 16 - Seed Starting - Bill Greet, Master Gardener
  • Tuesday, May 21 - Right Plant in the Right Place - Rita Hlasney, Master Gardener
  • Tuesday, June 18 - Lilies - Penny Meador, Master Gardener
  • Tuesday, July 16 - Water Wise - Marie Ewing, Master Gardeners
  • Tuesday, Aug. 20 - Preserving Your Garden Abundance - Marie Ewing, Master Gardener
  • Tuesday, Sept. 17 - Bring the Garden in for the Fall - Alice Troyke, Master Gardener
  • Tuesday, Oct. 15 - Seed Saving - Maggie Shanks, Master Gardener

So pack you lunch and join us in our garden setting for these casual, informative programs.  In case of inclement weather programs are often moved to the basement of the Forsyth Community Presbyterian Church at 271 Main Street. For further information see attached flyer or call the Taney County University of Missouri Extension center at 417-546-4431 or taneyco@missouri.edu. The Master Gardeners will also offer programs at the Kimberling Area Library in Kimberling City on Wednesday, at 10 a.m. see their programs in the attached flyer.

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