Celebrate KY Homemakers Week

The following Family & Consumer Sciences article printed in the October 12, 2017 edition of the Oldham Era.

2017 KEHA Week

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Celebrate Extension Homemakers during KEHA Week

Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association Week is October 8 through 14, and the state’s more than 850 clubs are celebrating their accomplishments from the past year.

Extension Homemakers are firmly rooted in community service with more than 14,000 members contributing more than 300,000 volunteer hours for Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service-sponsored activities.

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KEHA members are huge supporters of higher education and youth. During the 2015-2016 fiscal year, the organization awarded more than $58,000 in college scholarships to deserving students and gave more than $14,000 in 4-H Camp scholarships. Extension Homemakers also volunteered more than 90,000 hours to support youth development activities across the state.

The organization supports several international causes including the Kentucky Academy in Ghana. During the past nine years, Extension Homemakers have helped the academy, which is a kindergarten based in Adjeikrom, Ghana, with various projects. These efforts include building upgrades, new furniture, and a new water well. Most recently, the group has raised money to fund the construction of a library in the village of Adjeikrom.

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Outreach efforts extend to local communities too. In the 2015-2016 fiscal year, Oldham County Extension Homemakers volunteered 20,866 hours to our community. Charitable projects included making lap blankets for the VA Hospital, sewing hats for cancer patients and premature babies, donating time and money to local food banks, and making and delivering holiday cards to nursing home residents. Oldham County Extension Homemakers also raise money for ovarian cancer research, Oldham County Community Scholarships, Oldham County 4-H Camp, Coins for Change, and WaterStep.

Joining Extension Homemakers is a great way to get involved with and give back to your community. If you are interested in learning more, contact the Oldham County Extension office via (502) 222-9453.

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Educational programs of the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of economic or social status and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, marital status, genetic information, age, veteran status, or physical or mental disability.

Written by Kim Henken, Director of Communications and Strategic Partnerships for the School of Human Environmental Sciences, and Lauren State Fernandez, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant.

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Fall 2017 4-H Events

The following 4-H Youth Development calendar printed in the Fall 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

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All activities are held at Oldham County Extension unless otherwise noted.

September 4-H Calendar

4 Office closed for Labor Day
5 4-H Club Leader Meeting, 6:30 p.m.
11 Teen Club, 6:00 p.m.
14 Busy 4-H’ers, 6:30 p.m.
16 Challenge Walk, Wendell Moore Park, 9:30 a.m.
16 District 3 Teen Council, Carroll County Extension, 10:00 a.m.
18 Delicious Delights, 6:30 p.m.
19 Extension Foundation, 9:00 a.m.

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October 4-H Calendar

5 Leaders of the Pack, 6:30 p.m.
7 Oldham County Dog Show
12 Extension Council, 9:00 a.m.
12 District Board, 10:00 a.m.
12 4-H Council, 7:00 p.m.
13 4-H Reality Store, North Oldham High School
14 Teen Club, haunted house outing
16 Delicious Delights, 6:30 p.m.
30 Busy 4-H’ers, 6:30 p.m.

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November 4-H Calendar

9 Leaders of the Pack, 6:30 p.m.
14 Busy 4-H’ers, 6:30 p.m.
20 Delicious Delights, 6:30 p.m.
20 Teen Club, volunteering opportunity
21 4-H Awards Banquet, John Black Center
23-24 Office closed for Thanksgiving

Fall 2017 FCS Events

The following Family & Consumer Science calendar printed in the Fall 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

oldham county fcs calendar

All activities are held at Oldham County Extension unless otherwise noted.

September FCS Calendar

4 Office closed for Labor Day
16 Challenge Walk, Wendell Moore Park, 9:30 a.m.
20 Dare to Care Cooking & Nutrition Class, LaGrange Community Center, 1:15 p.m.
25 Come Sew with Us, “Pillow Cases and More,” 3:00 – 8:00 p.m.
26 Senior Health Fair, Oldham County Health Department, 9:00 a.m. – noon
28 Homemaker Lesson, “Dealing Creatively with Conflict,” 10:00 a.m.
30 Autumn Colors Craft Show, LaGrange Community Center, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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October FCS Calendar

2 Paid reservations for Louisville Area Annual Meeting due
8-14 Celebrate Homemaker Week
10 Perfecting Your Pies, 1:00 p.m.
12 Extension Council, 9:00 a.m.; District Board 10:00 a.m.
17 Homemaker Annual Meeting, Henry County Extension Office, 9:30 a.m.
18 Dare to Care Cooking & Nutrition Class, LaGrange Community Center, 1:15 p.m.
23 Come Sew with Us, “Just Stuff It,” 3:00 – 8:00 p.m.
26 Homemaker Lesson, “Toaster Ovens,” 10:00 a.m.

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November FCS Calendar

2 Homemaker Holiday Showcase: An Old Fashioned Holiday, 10:00 a.m. – noon
13 Come Sew with Us, “Holiday Ideas,” 3:00 p.m.
15 Dare to Care Cooking & Nutrition Class, LaGrange Community Center, 1:15 p.m.
17 Louisville Area Diabetes Awareness Day, Shelby County Extension Office, 10:00 a.m.
23-24 Office closed for Thanksgiving
30 Homemaker dues and enrollment due to extension office

Fall 2017 Ag Events

The following Agriculture & Natural Resources calendar printed in the Fall 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

oldham county agriculture calendar

All activities are held at the Oldham County Extension office unless otherwise noted. Please call to RSVP for classes held at extension offices.

September Ag Calendar

1 Master Gardener classes begin
4 Office closed for Labor Day
7 Growing Daylilies, sponsored by the Oldham County Master Gardener Association, 6:30 p.m.
8 Oldham County Beekeepers Association, 7:30 p.m.
11 Green Thumbs Garden Club, carpool leaves extension office at 8:30 a.m.
16 Oldham County Master Gardener Association meeting, 9:00 a.m.
16 Indoor Tilapia, Shrimp, & Aquaponics, Kentucky State University, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., details/RSVP via kathryn.mitchell@kysu.edu
19 Extension Foundation, 9:00 a.m.
25 Regional Beef Field Day, Todd Rand Farm, Bedford
27-28 Kentucky Grazing School, Versailles, Kentucky

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October Ag Calendar

5 Landscaping for All Seasons, Oldham County Arts Center, sponsored by Oldham County Community Education, 6:00 p.m.
9 Green Thumbs Garden Club, contact office for details
12 Extension Council, 9:00 a.m.
12 Extension District Board, 10:00 a.m.
13 Oldham County Beekeepers Association, 7:30 p.m.
17 Kentucky Grazing Conference, Lexington
19 Beef Quality Assurance Training/Certification, 6:00 p.m.
23 Monarchs in Mexico, Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve, sponsored by the Oldham County Master Gardener Association, 6:30 p.m.

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November Ag Calendar

9 Beef Quality Assurance Training/Certification, 9:00 a.m.
10 Oldham County Beekeepers Association, 7:30 p.m.
13 Green Thumbs Garden Club, contact office for details
17 Master Gardener Graduation Celebration, 9:00 a.m.
23-24 Office closed for Thanksgiving

Invitation from the OC Homemakers

The following Family & Consumer Science articles printed in the Fall 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

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Autumn Colors Craft Show

From 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 30, stop by the Autumn Colors Craft Show at the LaGrange Community Center. Visit artisans, shop for holiday gifts, enjoy local culinary arts, and support homemaker activities in Oldham County.

Come Sew With Us

Master Clothing Volunteer Angela Morris has prepared a new and exciting schedule for this year’s sewing classes. Come Sew With Us between 3:00 and 8:00 p.m. on the following Mondays:

  • “Pillow Cases & More” on September 25
  • “Just Stuff It” on October 23
  • “Holiday Ideas” on November 13

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Keep watch for supply lists on our website: oldham.ca.uky.edu/sewing. To sign up for the fall series of sewing classes, contact the extension office via (502) 222-9453 or crivera@uky.edu.

2017 Holiday Showcase

Join us on memory lane for An Old Fashioned Holiday, when life was simpler, and toys and decorations were handmade. Reminisce with us your childhood memories and the stories our grandparents told. Enjoy the delicious aromas coming from the kitchen: cinnamon, cookies, pies, and cakes baking, cider simmering on the stove, and the scent of cedar and pine cone decorations. We will also make a toy to take home.

An Old Fashioned Holiday takes place at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 2, at the Oldham County Extension Office.

Homemaker Lessons

Shelby County FCS Agent Shelia Fawbush presents Dealing Creatively With Conflict at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 28. Not always negative, conflict can help keep organizations growing and also provide personal growth opportunities. Successful conflict resolution relies on understanding how to utilize the correct conflict response in each situation as well as removing barriers.

At 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 26, Valerie Holland, Jefferson County FCS Agent, introduces Today’s Toaster Oven, a popular household appliance since the 50’s. Gain insights on purchase, use, and care. Review the advantages and challenges, and take home recipes.

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Written by Chris Duncan, Oldham County Family & Consumer Science Agent; and Lauren State Fernandez, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant.

2017 Kentucky Wood Expo

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The Kentucky Wood Expo will take place on September 15 and 16 in Lexington at Masterson Station Park. Open to the public, attendees will enjoy a wide variety of activities, demonstrations, and educational events. University of Kentucky Forestry and Natural Resources Extension is partnering with the Kentucky Forest Industries Association (KFIA) to put on several educational programs including: Small Scale Logging Demonstration, Your Backyard Woods, and the ever-popular Critter Tent including a new mammal display with skulls and skins of native Kentucky animals. In addition, Wood Expo attendees will once again have a chance to make and take home their own cutting boards. Other planned activities include live Country and Bluegrass Music, Chainsaw Carving Demonstrations, and a competition between local police and fire departments in forestry related events.

There are also several other contests that the public can participate in and a wide variety of crafts, food, and fun for the entire family. Make sure to come out to the Kentucky Wood Expo to cheer on the UK Forestry student team as they compete in the Collegiate Lumberjack Competition against seven other universities! Mark your calendars now and plan to join us at the 2017 Kentucky Wood Expo! Learn more by visiting here.

Events include:

  • Forestry Equipment Sales & Demonstrations
  • Lumberjack Competitions & Entertainment
  • Chainsaw Carving Demonstration & Auction
  • Crafts
  • Wood Expo Tickets

    General admission to the 2017 Kentucky Wood Expo will be $7.00 at the gate. Advance tickets are available for $5.00. Tickets are $5.00 for kids ages six to twelve. Kids under age six can enter free of charge. Parking is free.

    For further information, contact the KFIA Office via (502) 695-3979 or michele@kfia.org.

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    Wood Expo Competitors

    KFIA is looking for chainsaw carvers to participate in the Chainsaw Carving Competition in exchange for submitting a large carving completed during KY Wood Expo hours. Carvers will be provided wood and an outside space for carving during the show. One- to eight-foot white pine log will be supplied for the auction piece. First and second place prize money is available. The winner will be determined by the carving with the highest bid.

    Wood Expo Exhibitors

    Exhibit at the 2017 KY Wood Expo! KFIA is currently taking reservations to exhibit at the 2017 Kentucky Wood Expo, held September 15 and 16 at Masterson Station Park in Lexington, Kentucky. The Kentucky Forest Industries Association, Inc. will accommodate each exhibitor to the best of their ability while ensuring a successful show for all involved.

    For further information, contact the KFIA Office via (502) 695-3979 or michele@kfia.org.

    Summer 2017 FCS Events

    The following Agriculture & Natural Resources calendar printed in the Summer 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

    All activities are held at the Oldham County Extension office unless otherwise noted.

    June FCS Calendar

    5 Homemaker Executive Board, 9:30 a.m.
    8 Canning Boot Camp, 6:30 p.m.
    9 Canning Boot Camp, 10:00 a.m.
    13 FCS Council, 10:00 a.m.
    16 Homemakers Club Reports due to Extension Office
    21 Dare to Care Cooking & Nutrition Class, La Grange Community Center, 1:00 p.m.
    30 Homemaker Volunteer Hours due to Extension Office

    July FCS Calendar

    4 Office closed for Independence Day
    10-12 Kids Cooking Camp
    19 Wednesday Quilters, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    19 Dare to Care Cooking & Nutrition Class, La Grange Community Center, 1:00 p.m.
    24 County Fair Entry Day (Non-Perishables), 1:00 – 7:00 p.m.
    25 County Fair Entry Day (Non-Perishables), 9:00 a.m. – noon
    31 County Fair Entry Day (Culinary), 9:00 a.m. – noon

    August FCS Calendar

    1-5 Oldham County Fair
    6 County Fair Entry Check Out, Oldham County Fairgrounds, noon – 2:00 p.m.
    8 Extension Foundation, 9:00 a.m.
    16 Dare to Care Cooking & Nutrition Class, La Grange Community Center, 1:00 p.m.
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    Summer 2017 Ag Events

    The following Agriculture & Natural Resources calendar printed in the Summer 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

    All activities are held at the Oldham County Extension office unless otherwise noted. Please call to RSVP for classes held at extension offices.

    June Ag Calendar

    1 Master Cattleman, 6:00 p.m.
    8 County Extension Council, 9:00 a.m.
    8 Extension District Board, 10:00 a.m.
    8 Equine Farm & Facilities Expo, Lexington, University of Kentucky Extension Forages
    9 Oldham County Beekeepers, 7:30 p.m.
    12 Green Thumbs, contact office for details
    15 Master Cattleman, 6:00 p.m.
    20 Ag Development Council, 7:00 p.m.
    24 Master Gardener Association Meeting and Rain Garden Work Day, 9:00 a.m., Oldham County Extension Pavilion

    July Ag Calendar

    4 Office closed for Independence Day
    6 Master Cattleman, 6:00 p.m., Henry County Extension
    6 I Love Roses, 6:30 p.m., Oldham County Public Library, La Grange. Guest speaker Janet Miller of the Louisville Rose Society. Sponsored by Oldham County Master Gardener Association.
    10 Green Thumbs, Contact office for details
    14 Oldham County Beekeepers, 7:30 p.m.
    17 How Flowers Flirt and Flourish, 6:30 p.m., Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve, Goshen. Guest speaker Tavia Cathcart Brown, Wildflower Expert and Author. Sponsored by Oldham County Master Gardener Association.
    18 Oldham County Cattlemen, 6:00 p.m.
    20 Master Cattleman, 6:00 p.m., Shelby County Extension
    31 Ag Exhibits Entry for County Fair, 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., (NEW LOCATION: Oldham County Extension office)

    August Ag Calendar

    3 Late Summer/Early Fall Gardening, 10:00 a.m. Guest speaker Jeff Wallitsch, Wallitsch Nursery and Garden Center. Sponsored by Oldham County Master Gardener Association.
    3 Master Cattleman, 6:00 p.m.
    8 Extension Foundation, 9:00 a.m.
    10 Rinse & Return for Pesticide Containers, 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon
    11 Oldham County Beekeepers, 7:30 p.m.
    16 Master Gardener/Green Thumbs Outing, Streamcliff Farms

    Summer 2017 4-H Events

    The following 4-H Youth Development calendar printed in the Summer 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

    June 4-H Calendar

    2-4 District Horse Show
    5 All 4-H Camp Forms Due
    5 Teen Conference Orientation
    6 Project Day: 2-Point Perspective
    8 Project Day: Leaf Printing
    8 Extension Council & District Board
    9 Project Day: Making An Electromagnet
    12 Robotics Club
    12-15 Teen Conference
    16 Project Day: 4-H Clover Photography
    15-16 State Horse Contest
    20 Camp Leader Orientation
    22 Camper Orientation

    July 4-H Calendar

    2-8 State Horse Show
    4 Office closed for Independence Day
    8 State Communications Day
    10-12 Kids Cooking Camp
    13 4-H Council Meeting
    14 Head Lice Checks for Camp
    17-21 4-H Camp
    27 Fair Project Entry Day

    August 4-H Calendar

    2 4-H Fashion Revue
    1-5 Oldham County Fair
    11 State Fair Projects to Office
    12-13 State Fair Dog Show
    17-27 Kentucky State Fair

    Oldham County Dog Show details to be announced.

    Drink Up For Good Health

    The following Family & Consumer Science article printed in the Summer 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter and in the March 7, 2017 edition of the Oldham Era.

    Drink Up For Good Health

    We should drink water for good health, but some of us may not know why it is so important.

    More than two-thirds of our bodies are made of water. It helps lubricate our joints, and without water, our organs could not properly function. Water is also essential in helping us remove waste from our bodies.

    If you don’t consume enough water, you run the risk of becoming dehydrated. Dehydration can cause headaches, mood changes, fever, dizziness, rapid heartbeat, and kidney problems among others.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests adults consume between 91 and 125 fluid ounces of water each day on average. Individuals who choose water when they are thirsty and at meal time usually have no problem drinking enough daily. Water may also be consumed through healthy food choices like fruits and vegetables. Keep in mind that your daily intake amount can fluctuate depending upon your weight, age, sex, activity level, and certain medical conditions. You will also need to consume more water if you are in a hot climate, are physically active, running a fever, or losing fluids through vomiting and/or diarrhea.

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    Below are some suggestions on how to increase your and your family’s fluid intake.

    • Keep a bottle of water with you.
    • Eat more foods with high water content like fruit and vegetables.
    • Add fruit to water for flavor.
    • Give children water when they are thirsty.
    • Choose water over sugar-sweetened beverages when eating out. Not only will you consume fewer calories, but water is free in most restaurants.

    Check out this Kentucky Proud Strawberry Green Tea recipe that could help you increase water intake.

    KY Proud Strawberry Green Tea Recipe

    Ingredients:

  • 13 cups water
  • 13 green tea bags, regular size
  • 1 pound fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 lemon, optional
  • Yield: 16, 8 ounce servings

    strawberry green tea recipe

    Directions: Wash strawberries and remove the tops. Chop the berries with a hand chopper in a large pot. Add water to the chopped berries and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and let mixture cool for five minutes. Add tea bags and submerge. Steep tea for two to three minutes. Strain the tea through a mesh strainer or cheesecloth-lined colander into a one gallon pitcher. Add honey and stir until dissolved. Chill and serve. Garnish with a lemon slice or fresh strawberry if desired.

    Nutritional Analysis: 70 calories, 0 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 5 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 17 g sugar, 0 g protein, 30% Daily Value of vitamin C

    Source: Heather Norman-Burgdolf, University of Kentucky Extension Specialist in Food Nutrition