Program Highlights

Upcoming Programs

Building Better Child Care Classes

Taney County human development specialist, Dr. Jim Wirth will be holding a 4-part series again this year to help area child care providers obtain the continuing education hours.  Classes will be held once a month for four months and are each three hours long beginning in August.  Sessions are $15 per session, handouts and refreshements will be provided.  Classes will be held in the White River Valley Electric Cooperative community room from 6-9 p.m.  Class brochure and registration form attached.

Topics are:

  • Session 1 - Thursday, August 25, 2016 - "Is There a Vaccine to Cure Rudeness?  Empathy/Civility as an Antidote to Rudeness"  and "Teaching Children Respect & Tolerance"
  • Session 2 - Thursday, September 15, 2016 - "Five Key Factors for Strengthening Families: Building Strong Parents and Stable Children"
  • Session 3 - Thursday, October 20, 2016 - "Conflict Management" and "Learning Disabilities and Social Skills"
  • Session 4 - Thursday, November 17, 2016 - "Creating Special Moments with Infants and Toddlers" and Building Relationships with Children and Youth Who Challenge Us"

Key Facts About myRA

Many people want to save, but haven't found an easy way to get started.  According to a 2015 Federal Reserve Report, 31 percent of non-retired people said they have not retirement savings or pension whatsoever.  The U.S. Department of the Treasury developed myRA to make it easy for people to start saving for the future.  Visit or the attached myRA fact sheet for information on who is eligible, how it works, how to start saving.

Master Gardeners of the Ozarks Brown Bag Lunch Garden Series

Pack your lunch and join the Master Gardeners in their demonstration gardens at the Taney County University of Missouri Extension center. Classes are held on the third Tuesday of the month starting in April.  Programs begin at noon and run approximately 1 hour. Program Flyer 

  • April 19 - New Plants to Try This Season                           
  • May 17 - The Ozarks: Perfect Place for Berries                  
  • June 21 - Wild Edibles  
  • July 19 - Rock Gardening with Succulents
  • August 16 - First Aid Kit from the Garden
  • September 20 - Vegetables for Your Fall Garden                                              

Master Gardeners of the Ozarks Saturday Classes:

April 9, 2016 - Springtime in the Garden, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., visit the garden and learn from the Master Gardeners about the various plants and ideas utilized in the demonstration garden.  The Missouri Department of Conservation will present a program at 10 a.m. on planting and care of trees as part of an Arbor Day observation and will be giving our Viburnum and Plum trees.  At 1 p.m. the Master Gardeners will show steps involved casting leafs as molds.  The leaves can be used as ornamental features or utilized as birdbaths or fountains.

September 24, 2016 - Monarch Watch, 10 a.m., learn about the monarch butterfly's annual migration and ways that you can assist them as they travel through southwest Missouri.  Fall nectar plants, caterpillar host plants and the tag and release program developed by "Monarch Watch" will all be covered.  Monarch tagging kits will be available for those who want to tag Monarchs in their own garden.

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