Quick Bites help make the new year more beautiful and delicious

 

Jan Swoope

 

 

One way to start off 2021 would be to resolve to take advantage of free Quick Bites video programs offered monthly by the Mississippi State University Extension Service. The interactive video sessions provide access to experts on a wide variety of topics, from floral design to cooking to dealing with fire ants. The programs, currently offered over Zoom video conferencing, are held from noon-1 p.m. on designated Thursdays each month. Some limited seating is available at county Extension offices. All current COVID-19 guidelines will be observed. Sign up at your county Extension office.

 

January's programs include:

 

  • Jan. 7 -- New Eyes on a New Year with presenter Lynette McDougald of MSU's Plant & Soil Sciences explores unique winter opportunities for floral design -- bare branches, seasonal berries, evergreens and warm finishes. McDougald will help participants transition from holiday decorating to longer-lasting designs for winter displays.

     

     

    Register in advance for this meeting at http://msuext.ms/qb2021-01-07. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

     

  • Jan. 14 -- Cooking in the New Year, with Janet Jolly, covers the basics of something you may receive for Christmas, an electric pressure cooker. Learn how to use this appliance and about cleaning it and recipes.

     

    Register in advance for this meeting at http://msuext.ms/qb2021-01-14. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

     

  • Jan. 28 -- In Introduction: Online Master Gardener Volunteer Training, Jeff Wilson, assistant Extension professor and State Master Gardener coordinator, North Mississippi Research and Extension Center, covers how Master Gardener training works and what Extension agents need to know about it. He will go over fees, payment, recruiting, management and other issues for 2021 training.

     

    Register in advance for this meeting at http://msuext.ms/qb2021-01-28. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

     

    Interested individuals must contact their county office in order to participate in any Quick Bites programs. (In Lowndes County, 662-328-2111; Oktibbeha County, 662-323-5916; Clay County, 662-494-5371.)

     

    Counties offices may sign up via the Zoom registration link if they plan to host a program within their office area according to the current face-to-face numbers and meeting space guidelines.

     

    Or, counties may make the registration link available to their clients for the individual client to view the programs from their personal computers. Individuals will register for each program and will receive the program link automatically after registering.

     

     

  • Jan Swoope is the Lifestyles Editor for The Commercial Dispatch.

     

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