Media Release

May Family & Consumer Sciences Programs

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 1:30 PM
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ALACHUA COUNTY, FL - The Alachua County Cooperative Extension Office is pleased to announce the following Family & Consumer Sciences Programs for May 2012.  These programs are offered by Dr. Brenda Williams, Family & Consumer Sciences Agent at the Extension Office (2800 NE 39 Avenue, Gainesville) unless otherwise indicated.

Home Food Preservation Workshop – May 1, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and repeated from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Dixie County Library (16328 SE Highway 19, Cross City).

Basic information on canning foods using the steam pressure canner or boiling-water canner. Directions and tips will also be included on making jams, jellies and pickles.

There is no cost, but registration is required at least three working days prior to workshop. Pre-register by calling 352-498-1219. Printed materials will be available for $3.00 per set.

Building Your Financial Future (A personal financial management program - for those filing bankruptcy only) – May 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 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.  Attendees must bring a case number to class.

Topics include: Develop a Budget, Money Management Skills, Use Credit Responsibly, and Consumers Rights and Responsibilities.

Cost to attend this class is $10.00 (cash only) for course materials. Pre-register by April 30 by calling 352-955-2402.

Food Safety and Quality Program (ServSafe®) – May 24, 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 more information and to register, please visit the Food Safety and Quality website, or call toll-free at 1-888-232-8723.

For more information about these programs, call 352-955-2402. Visit the Extension 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.  IFAS is a cooperative of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Cooperative Extension Service, the University of Florida, the Florida A&M University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners. 

Persons with disabilities needing special accommodations 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).