Media Release

February Family and Consumer Sciences Programs

Friday, January 24, 2014 9:45 AM
Before you tie the knot

ALACHUA COUNTY, FL - The UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office is pleased to announce the following Family and Consumer Sciences Programs for February, 2014. These programs are being offered by Brenda C. Williams, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, at the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office (2800 NE 39 Avenue, Gainesville).

Before You Tie the Knot – February 10 & 17, 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 and Resolution, Financial Responsibility and Spending Plans, and Children and Parenting Responsibilities.

Completion of this course is required to receive a $32.50 reduction on marriage license fee in Alachua County. 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.

View the program brochure (PDF).

Please pre-register at least 5 days in advance by calling 352-337-6209 (voicemail), subject to cancellation if less than 3 couples registered.

French Cooking Class – February 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Charmes de la France & UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office are hosting French cooking classes showcasing seasonal delights from the French regional cuisine. Run by French Chef Michel Maloiseau, the cooking classes include step-by-step recipes that are followed by tasting sessions. Brenda Williams will provide nutrition comments during the program. The classes can fit up to 25 people and reservations need to be made on the Charmes de la France website.

Visit to reserve a place, pre-pay or for more information on the cooking classes. The class fee is $35.00 per person and must be paid in advance.  Subject to cancellation if less than 15 registered.

View the program flyer (PDF).

For more information about these programs, call 352-955-2402. Visit the Extension Office calendar for additional programs offered by the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County.

An Equal Opportunity Institution. Extension Service, University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Nick T. Place, Dean. Single copies of Extension publications (excluding 4-H and youth publications) are available free to Florida residents from county Extension offices. Information about alternate formats is available from IFAS Communications, University of Florida, PO Box 110810, Gainesville, FL 32611-0810.


  • 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).