Media Release

April Family and Consumer Sciences Programs

Friday, March 23, 2012 9:30 AM
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ALACHUA COUNTY, FL - The Alachua County Cooperative Extension Office is pleased to announce the following Family and Consumer Sciences programs for April, 2012. These programs will be conducted by Brenda Williams, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent. These programs will be held at the Alachua County Extension Office (2800 NE 39 Avenue, Gainesville).

The 9 Important Communication Skills for Every Relationship – April 3, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Effective communication is critical to successful relationships. This session will focus on providing at least nine skills that can help couples talk effectively about important issues in their lives.

Participants in past “Before You Tie the Knot” classes as well as the general public are invited to attend.

There is no cost for this program and pre-registration is not required.

Food Safety and Quality Program (ServSafe®) – April 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 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 – April 30 & May 7, from 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, and Children and Parenting Responsibilities.

Completion of this course is required to receive a $32.50 reduction of marriage license. 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 April 26 by calling 352-337-6209.

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

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Opportunity Institution authorized to provide research, educational information, and other services only to individuals and institutions that function with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions, or affiliations. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service, University of Florida, IFAS, Florida A&M University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating.

Persons with disabilities needing special accommodate should contact the Extension Office at least 10 working days prior to the event so that special consideration can be given to the request.


  • Mark Sexton
  • Communications & Legislative Affairs Director
  • Phone: 352-374-5204
  • Cell: 352-283-2317

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).