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#childsafety | Parent’s Corner — Jan. 15, 2022



MSU Extension of Midland County and cooperating parent educators sponsor the Parent’s Corner. Send submissions to Midland County MSU Extension Educator, Lisa Treiber, 220 W. Ellsworth St., Midland, MI 48640

Snowshoe Sampler. It’s time to play outside at Chippewa Nature Center! Drop by anytime between 2-4 p.m. on Jan. 16 to give CNC’s snowshoes a try. Do a winter scavenger hunt or warm up by the campfire when you are done. Meet at the Homestead Cabin and enjoy the winter afternoon in the snow. If snow conditions are unfavorable, the event will be cancelled. This program is designed for all ages (under 18 with an adult). For more information visit www.chippewanaturecenter.org.


Food Safety Q & A. MSU Extension offers a week 30-minute informational program about food preservation.  A short presentation will be shared focusing on a timely topic, leaving plenty of time for Q & A. The next session is: Preserving MI Harvest: Canning Basics. Join in on this quick free presentation at 1 p.m. Jan. 17. To register, visit events.anr.msu.edu/FoodSafetywinter2022/

Investigating Food with Science. Each week at 4 p.m., youth will explore the aspects of cooking is an experiment and baking is a science A kid-friendly recipe or experiment demonstration will be presented for youth to try at home with parent’s assistance. The following week, youth can share their experiences or pictures. All sessions will be presented via Zoom. The Jan. 17 topic will be Globby Gluten. To register visit events.anr.msu.edu/IFWSwinter2022/. Any questions should be directed to Kellie Jordan jorda136@msu.edu.

Full Moon Stroll. Join an interpretive naturalist for a hike at Chippewa Nature Center to enjoy this month’s full moon, 5:30-7 p.m. Jan. 17. Learn how the tradition of naming moons began and what makes each month special. Please wear dark colors and bring a flashlight. Snowshoes may be used if conditions permit. To reserve snowshoes, go online to www.chippewanaturecenter.org or call 989-631-0830. This program is designed for ages 9 and up (under 18 with an adult).

Make a Spending Plan Work for You. MSU Extension will be offering this virtual webinar 12-1 p.m. Jan. 20. The session will discuss the benefits of a spending plan, identify the difference between needs and wants, and highlight the importance of an emergency fund. There is no charge to attend.  Pre-registration is required, to register visit www.canr.msu.edu/mimoneyhealth/ click on the link “online classes” and you will then see this course as well as other options that might be of interest. Registration for this class closes on Jan. 18.

Story Hour. Spend an hour learning about nature, 9:30-10:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Jan. 20 at Chippewa Nature Center, on January 20. The hour will include a story, crafts, and other age-appropriate activities. Dress for the weather. For more information, visit www.chippewanaturecenter.org.

Preserving MI Harvest Series. Michigan State University Extension will be offering a series of food preservation classes online, these free online classes will be offered 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Thursdays. The topic on Jan. 20 will be Jammin’ in the Winter. These sessions will not be recorded, they will only be offered live. Supporting materials will be emailed to all participants after each broadcast. Join in the fun, sign up for one, some or all these educational sessions. There is time at the end of each program to ask questions. To register visit events.anr.msu.edu/PreservingMIHarvestWinter2022/

Stories by the Fire. Drop by the Homestead at Chippewa Nature Center, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 20 and enjoy an early winter evening relaxing by the campfire. Listen to tales of how settlers and animals adapted to survive a cold winter. This program is designed for all ages (under 18 with an adult). For more information, visit www.chippewanaturecenter.org.

Top 10 Credit Tips. MSU Extension will host this virtual workshop 12-1 p.m. Jan. 25. During this lunch and learn, discover the difference between credit, credit reports and credit scores. The session will also cover what makes up a credit score and offer tips on how to improve your credit score. Participants will also learn about habits that can hurt their score and why you need credit and the benefits of good credit. There is no charge to attend.  Pre-registration is required, to register visit www.canr.msu.edu/mimoneyhealth/ click on the link “online classes” and you will then see this course as well as other options that might be of interest. Registration for this class closes on Jan. 23.

Safe Food = Healthy Kids. MSU Extension is offering a three-hour online training for childcare providers with the Safe Food = Healthy Kids (SFHK) program, 6-9 p.m. Jan. 25. Learn the best practices for food safety to keep the children in your care safe. Food safety education topics discussed in the class include proper cleaning and sanitizing, cooking, storing food, as well as personal hygiene and more. SFHK is an approved training for Great Start to Quality, so this class will count toward annual training hours. Class is facilitated by MSU Extension Food Safety Educators.  To register, visit: events.anr.msu.edu/SFHKWinterSpring22/ This is a free program, participants must attend the whole session to receive their training hours.

Cooking for Crowds. Is your organization preparing for a food event? Cooking for Crowds provides food safety education to volunteers and groups who offer food fundraisers and events such as dinners and bake sales. Join MSU Extension for this online Zoom class, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 8 to learn how to keep the community safe and prevent foodborne illness. There are a variety of food safety risks that develop when cooking large volumes of food. Learn to reduce these risks and help prevent the conditions that may lead to a foodborne illness. Educational topics include foodborne illness, safe purchasing, storage, preparation, and service of food. Class will include information based on the Michigan food code and regulations for the state of Michigan. The cost for this 3-hour class is $15 with each participant receiving a food safety manual in the mail after registering for the class. www.canr.msu.edu/cooking_for_crowds/events



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