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Spring at home - Spencer County Cooperative Extension Service 2017 Share Our Selves (S.O.S.) Program

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Got the time and the desire to learn something new? There are several people in the community offering their time and knowledge to teach fellow Spencer Countians on subjects ranging from art and crafts to cooking to lawn care.

The Spencer County Cooperative Extension Service is once again offering classes through their S.O.S. Program. S.O.S. stands for Sharing Our Selves, with the understanding that virtually everyone has a skill, interest or hobby to share.

“Once again, we have a great variety of classes this year that are taught by our local volunteers,” said Bryce Roberts, Ag Extension Agent.

“We appreciate the time and effort that they put into this program to make it a success every year.”
Roberts said the S.O.S. program started as a statewide program more than 30 years ago and Spencer County is the last county in the state still doing a concentrated timing of these classes.

In S.O.S. learning networks, “free” means all instructors are volunteers. If a class fee is charged, it is only to cover materials or supplies.

Classes will be held at the location listed per class. Location addresses are as follows:
• Extension Office, Spencer County Extension Office, 100 Oak Tree Way, Taylorsville.
• Spencer County Fish & Game Club, 1520 Little Mount Road, Taylorsville.
• Reynold’s Family, 36 Inglenook Drive, Taylorsville.

To register, you can download the registration form at www.spencerextension.com or stop by the Spencer County Extension Office.

The classes being offered include:

INTERNET SAFETY
DATE & TIME: March 30, 6:30 p.m.
CHARGE: nonperishable food item for backpack buddy program
INSTRUCTOR: Chase Smith
The Internet makes it possible to access information quickly, communicate around the world and much more. Unfortunately, the Internet is also home to certain risks, such as malware, spam and phishing. Come to the class to understand these risks and learn how to avoid them.  

LAWN MAINTENANCE
DATE & TIME: March 30, 6 p.m. CHARGE: nonperishable food item for backpack buddy program
INSTRUCTOR: Bryce Roberts, Spencer County CEA for Ag and Natural Resources.
What to do now to ensure a healthy and productive lawn this summer.  

VEGETABLE GARDENING
DATE & TIME: March 30, 7 p.m.
CHARGE: nonperishable food item for backpack buddy program
INSTRUCTOR: Bryce Roberts, Spencer County CEA for Agriculture and Natural Resources
Learn “good growing tips” for a successful garden this year.  

LANDSCAPE OIL PAINTING
DATE & TIME: April 3, 10 a.m.
CHARGE: Three nonperishable food items for backpack buddy program
AGE LIMIT: Juniors and Teens
SUPPLIES: Wear an old shirt
CLASS LIMIT: 12
INSTRUCTOR: Sandra Reynolds, Certified Painting Instructor
Create a landscape scene from a sketch we will do in class on canvas of a mountain and lake scene.
Learn oil painting techniques to create a finished painting.

BIRDHOUSE GOURD CLASS
DATE & TIME: April 4, 10 a.m.
CHARGE: nonperishable food item for backpack buddy program
CLASS LIMIT: 15
SUPPLIES: Wear old clothes that you do not care to get paint on
INSTRUCTOR: Janet Barnett
Class is geared more towards the kiddos but anyone is allowed to participate. They will be displayed at the Kentucky Gourd Show in May, as well as the Tea Cup for a People’s Choice contest.  

BABYSITTING CLASS
DATE & TIME: April 4, 2 p.m. CHARGE: nonperishable food item for backpack buddy program
AGE LIMIT: 12 and over
CLASS LIMIT: 10
INSTRUCTOR: Mollie Tichenor Participants will learn about infant and child care, age appropriate child development skills, child preventative safety and receive a babysitting basics handbook for them to keep.  

ACRYLIC ABSTRACT PAINTING
DATE & TIME: April 5, 10:30 a.m.
CHARGE: three nonperishable food items for backpack buddy program
AGE LIMIT: Junior and Senior Teens
CLASS LIMIT: 12
SUPPLIES: wear an old shirt, think of some ideas of what you want to create before class.
INSTRUCTOR: Sandra Reynolds, Certified Painting Instructor
We will be developing a sketch of your own abstract design and putting it to canvas with acrylic paint using brushes and pallet knives. Some ideas of what you want to create before class. A fun and creative time.  

TOM TURKEY GOURD  
DATE & TIME: April 6, 10 a.m.
CHARGE: $10
CLASS LIMIT: 12
SUPPLIES: Wear old clothes you don’t mind getting paint on
INSTRUCTOR: Janet Barnett
Come and make this super cute Tom Turkey. It will make a cute addition to your Thanksgiving table.

NEEDLEPOINT GIFT BAG
DATE & TIME: April 11, 6 p.m.
CHARGE: $3
CLASS LIMIT: 12
SUPPLIES: Sharp Scissors to cut thread.
INSTRUCTORS: Polly Pennington and Edith Judd
Doing needlework to make small gift bag with snowman.

CRAFTY CRICUT
DATE & TIME: April 12, 6 p.m.
CHARGE: nonperishable food item for backpack buddy program
INSTRUCTOR: Courtney Jeffiers
Learn the basics of using the new cricut air to create monograms, stickers, and iron on. Come get crafty!

PERFORMING ARTS
DATE & TIME: April 13, 6 p.m.
CHARGE: nonperishable food item for backpack buddy program
AGE LIMIT: 9 - 12
CLASS LIMIT: 15
INSTRUCTOR: Amanda Ladwig
Performing arts is proven to build confidence, teamwork skills and leadership skills. Those enrolled in the class will experience aspects of the performing arts through interactive games and team building exercises.

LOUISVILLE AREA BEEF CATTLE
DATE & TIME: April 18,  Registration 5:30 p.m.
CHARGE: $5 payable that night
This program will be dealing with veterinarian issues.  

BEGINNING PORTRAITS IN OILS
DATE & TIME: April 20, 10:30 a.m.
CHARGE: $25
AGE LIMIT: 13 to Adult
SUPPLIES: Wear an old shirt and bring a sack lunch
INSTRUCTOR: Sandra Reynolds, Certified Painting Instructor
This beginner class will be a study of a little boy painted in oils through layering oil paint to canvas and blending techniques to create the subject. No prior skills are needed.
From there you will create form. A good study working with eyes, nose, mouth, ears, and hair.

KID’S COOKING
TIME: April 20, 4 p.m.
CHARGE: nonperishable food item for backpack buddy program
AGE LIMIT: 9 - 18 years
CLASS LIMIT: 12
INSTRUCTOR: Allison Lewis, Mollie Tichenor and Tonya Tucker
A fun and  exciting way for youth to learn the basics about nutrition and  food preparation. While mastering proper hand washing techniques, food safety, and  reading nutrition labels; each child will have the opportunity to have hands on cooking experience in the kitchen, while learning about 4-H Fair Projects.  

TRACTOR and ATV SAFETY  
DATE & TIME: April 20, 6 p.m.
CHARGE: nonperishable food item for backpack buddy program
INSTRUCTOR: Adam Butler
This is geared more towards children, but everyone is invited to attend. Have fun learning about tractor and ATV safety on the farm & in the yard. All youth attending may drive in the tractor-driving contest at a later date.

UPCYCLING WITH PAINT  
DATE & TIME: April 22 & 29, 10 a.m.
CHARGE: $3
AGE LIMIT: age 13 and older
CLASS LIMIT: 10
SUPPLIES: 2 day class, Students should bring a small piece of furniture suitable for painting. Wear old clothes and bring a paintbrush suitable for painting the large areas. Small brushes, acrylic paint and sandpaper will be provided. If you like, bring a bag lunch.
INSTRUCTOR: Lois Platt
You will upcycle a small piece of paintable furniture, using acrylic paint as method of upcycling.

GLASS ETCHING
DATE & TIME: April 25, 6 p.m.
CHARGE: $6
CLASS LIMIT: 12
SUPPLIES: Bring your glass that you want etched such as a SMOOTH surface bowl, glass, plate, etc. Does not do well on old glass or Pyrex type dish
INSTRUCTOR: Edith Judd and Polly Pennington Etching on glass using stencil and rub off stencil.

LET THE CONSUMER BEWARD IN TOUGH ECONOMIC TIMES
DATE & TIME: April 26, 1 :30 p.m.
CHARGE: nonperishable food item for backpack buddy program
INSTRUCTOR: Allison Lewis, Spencer County CEA for Family and Consumer Sciences
Consumer fraud, an age-old problem, has become more sophisticated with the expansion of the Internet and  direct-marketing techniques. The old adage still holds true: “If anything sounds too good to be true, then it usually is.” While many types of fraud continue to exist, “Let the Consumer Beware! In Tough Economic Times” focuses on a few general areas that consumers should consider carefully

DEALING WITH NUISANCE WILDLIFE
DATE & TIME: April 27, 6 p.m.
CHARGE: nonperishable food item for backpack buddy program
INSTRUCTOR: Jason Nally, Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife.
Learn the tools to improve crop yields by decreasing the amount of damage to your crops, gardens and chickens from wildlife

INTRODUCTION TO TRAP SHOOTING AND SHOTGUN SAFETY
DATE & TIME: April 27, 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: 1520 Little Mt Rd, Taylorsville
CHARGE: nonperishable food item for backpack buddy program
INSTRUCTOR: Tim Brewer, Spencer County 4-H Shooting Sports Coordinator Learn the safety ins & outs of shot guns and  how to ways of trap shooting on a dry fire system.

BEAUTIFUL McCAW IN ACRYLIC
DATE & TIME: April 29, 10 a.m.
CHARGE: $20
AGE LIMIT: 13 & older
CLASS LIMIT: 15
SUPPLIES: Wear an old shirt and  bring a sack lunch
INSTRUCTOR: Sandra Reynolds, Certified Painting Instructor
This canvas project is available for beginner through advanced students. Learn how to work with acrylic paints and  develop a finished painting. No prior experience necessary.

PERFORMING ARTS
DATE & TIME: May 4, 6 p.m.
CHARGE: nonperishable food item for backpack buddy program
AGE LIMIT: 13 - Adult
CLASS LIMIT: 15
INSTRUCTOR: Amanda Ladwig
Performing arts is proven to build confidence, teamwork skills and leadership skills. Fun interactive games, teambuilding exercises, dramatic scene work. There will also be time for discussion about the different areas of the performing arts.

POND MAINTENANCE and MANAGEMENT
DATE & TIME: May 18, 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: 36 Inglenook Dr, Taylorsville
CHARGE: nonperishable food item for backpack buddy program
INSTRUCTOR: Dr Bob Burburow, KSU Aquaculture Specialist
Learn how to properly care for your farm pond.


Backpack Buddy Approved Food List

The Backpack Buddy program provides one child with a bag of food, every Friday, which would feed a child for an entire weekend. Currently, the Extension Service serves approximately 180 Head-start/Pre-School through High School Students.

Due to State and Federal Budget cuts, the Spencer County Family Resource and Youth Service Center’s Backpack Buddy food assistance program is in need of food or monetary donations. The cost to feed one student for an entire school year is $90; however, any donation amount will help greatly.

The following list is an example of some of the single serving, easy to open and prepare food items that we currently use.

• Ramen Noodles - any flavor, • Easy Mac, • Vienna Sausages, • Ravioli, • Spaghetti O’s, • Spaghetti & Meatballs, • Canned Soup, • Single Serving Breakfast Cereal, • Pop Tarts, • Granola Bars, • Breakfast bars, • Single serving Applesauce, Cinnamon Applesauce, Fruit Snacks, Canned Fruit, • Single serving Chips or crackers, Cheezit’s Sun Chips, Animal Crackers, Graham Crackers, Pretzels, • Juice Boxes or Small Bottles of Water, Shelf Stable Milk - Any Flavor.

If you are bringing items for the SOS programs, please bring them to the office at the time of your class.
You may continue to contribute to the program after SOS at the Spencer County Extension Office Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

You can also drop items off at one of the schools during normal school hours.

4-H Youth Development Clubs

4-H Shooting Sports Club
Archery Practice - 6:30 p.m., First, Third, and Fourth Monday of the month.
Shotgun Practice - 6:30 p.m., First and Third Tuesday of the month.
Rifle Practice - 6:30 p.m., Second and Fourth Tuesday of the month.
Shooting Sports Adult Council - 6:30 p.m., each month that has a Fifth Tuesday.  Spencer County Fish & Game Club. Contact Tim Brewer (502) 649-7492

4-H Teen Council
6:30 p.m., Second Thursday of each month. Spencer County Extension Office. Contact Mollie Tichenor (502) 477-2217

For more Spencer County Extension Service class or club information go to www.spencerextension.com.