It's the beginning of May and the sunshine is calling!

Watch the Healthy Aging telecast on sun safety, featuring Pat Brinkman.

The Connection Café presents "Master of Memory"

Wednesday's 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

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Interested in creating safe/healthy original lunch recipes? The Partnership for Food Safety Education has a Young Cooks Recipe Challenge for 1st to 12th grade students. Submit entries no later than May 3, 2021. The online entries must be submitted by an adult. There are Individuals and Teams categories. See details at:  Young Cooks Recipe Challenge | Partnership for Food Safety Education ( A Grand Prize winner and three finalists will be announced as part of World Food Safety Day June 7, 2021.

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Now scheduling free virtual Mindful Wellness classes for adults.  Select one or a series of 3 to 5 for your group.  Contact Pat at or call 937-637-6537.

Classes include Introduction to Mindfulness, Mindful Foundations, Mindful Breathing, Mindful Eating, Mindful Living.

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Dial-type canner gauges can be tested at our office by advancec appointment only.  Contact Pat at or call 937-637-6537.

Due to COVID-19 you must wear a mask.  Dial-type gauges should be tested yearly!

Food Preservation / Fact Sheets

Food Preservation Office Hours / video recordings - Ohio State University Extension All recordings posted:

We are not holding in-person classes due to COVID-19; however, these FREE recordings of virtual trainins are available for you to view at your convenience:

Preparing for Canning

Jams and Jellies

Canning and Freezing Cegeta bles

Canning and Freezing Fruit



Dining with Diabetes E-Mail Challenge

Dining with Diabetes invites you to enroll in an e-mail Challenge.  This 4-week program will encourage individuals with diabetes to improve their diabetes selfcare behaviors and learn: 

What is diabetes?  What are carbohydrates and how many can I have? And much much more!

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2021 Fall schedule of Ohio Approved Virtual Early Childhood Opportunities FREE from OSU Extension for preschool teachers, Head Start, Child Care Centers and Family Child Care Providers needing hours of professional development.  (Directions are on the attachment.)

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This week's Teen Tip Video  

This week’s Teen Tip video was created by Family and Consumer Sciences Educator Whitney Gherman. It is called “How to Use Mindfulness to Settle your Body (and Feel Good!)” and is available at Mindfulness is not about fixing life's problems -- it’s about noticing what is. "Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: On purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.” Please share this video via social media platforms, with community partners, and any other youth serving organizations. A complete listing of the Tips for Teens video series is at

Better Lives, Stronger Communities

OSU Extension Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) gives people the knowledge, skills and tools needed to make healthy, informed choices. We teach and promote safe food practices, better nutrition, better finances and better relationships – helping people acquire the knowledge and skills to make smart decisions in these areas.

Our family and consumer sciences professionals turn evidence-based, impartial, current research into useful information that can improve the quality of people’s lives. We work to make information accessible to all Ohioans.

You can count on FCS to provide reliable, evidence-based information to encourage – and empower – people to adopt practices and behaviors to improve their finances, build more positive relationships with friends and family, and embrace healthier, nutritious lifestyles.

Montgomery County consumers that have questions, or seek additional information may contact:

Pat Holmes, FCS Extension Educator, at the OSU Extension Montgomery County office via phone 937-637-6537 or email

You can also learn more about all OSU Extension Family and Consumer Sciences programs at

Extension has been helping all Ohioans build better lives, better businesses and better communities since 1914.