Media Release

November Family & Consumer Sciences Programs

Tuesday, October 26, 2010 3:00 PM

ALACHUA COUNTY, FL - The Alachua County Extension Office is pleased to announce the following Family & Consumer Sciences Programs, for November 2010. These programs are offered by Dr. Brenda Williams, Family & Consumer Sciences Agent. All of these programs are held at the Extension Office (2800 NE 39th Avenue, Gainesville)

Building Your Financial Future (A Personal Financial Management Program) – November 10, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Attendees will learn 4 basic concepts that will aid in handling financial resources responsibly and building a financially secure future.  This program has been approved to issue certificates evidencing completion of a personal financial management instructional course in compliance with the Bankruptcy Code. Topics include:

·         Develop Your Budget

·         Money Management Skills

·         Use Credit Responsibly

·         Consumers Rights and Responsibilities

Cost to attend this class is $10.00 (for course materials). Pre-register by November 5th by calling 352-337-6209. For alternate class dates, or view the complete brochure, visit

Food Safety and Quality Program (ServSafe®) – November 22, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This program is dedicated to providing training which enables food managers and staff to offer Florida consumers food that is prepared in a clean and safe environment. For further information and to register, please visit, or call toll-free at 1-888-232-8723.

Before You Tie the Knot – November 29 & 30, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Before You Tie the Knot is a premarital preparation course. Topics include:

·         Communication

·         Conflict Management & Resolution

·         Financial Responsibility & Spending Plans

·         Children & Parenting Responsibilities

Completion of this course is required to receive a $32.50 reduction of marriage license fee and a waiver of the three day waiting period. Attendees will receive a certificate of completion and a copy for the Clerk of the Court. There is no cost to attend this two evening class. Pre-register by November 24 by calling 352-337-6209.

Personal Financial Management Series
Getting Financially Organized
November 1, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Topics include: Important Papers—what to keep, where and for how long. Preparing a household inventory and net worth statement. Building a spending plan. How and where to establish a family business center.

Making Credit Work For You – November 8, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Topics include: Obtaining your free credit reports. Reading the fine print in credit offers. Improving your credit score and guarding against identity theft.

Basic Estate Planning – November 15, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Topics include: Planning for health care issues including long-term care insurance and disability insurance. Getting your assets where you want them to go.

There is no cost to attend these classes. Pre-register one week in advance by calling 352-337-6209.

For more information about these programs call 352-955-2402. Visit for additional programs offered by the Extension Office.

All Extension Programs and Services are open to all without regard to race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin or handicap.  For persons requiring special accommodations, please contact the Extension office at (352) 955-2402 (voice) or TDD/TYY (352) 955-2406 or at the Alachua County Extension Service, 2800 NE 39th Avenue, Gainesville, FL  32609.  Please contact the Extension Office at least five working days prior to the program so that proper consideration may be given to the request.



If you have a disability and need an accommodation in order to participate in a County program, service or public meeting, please contact the Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office at 352-374-5275 at least 2 business days prior to the event. TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).