>Spring Extension Week is April 21–25 in Fairbanks. Pick up some fun Alaska gardening tips or get your Zumba on during the week of free mini community classes at the Tanana District office. Other topics include online privacy, GPS use, radon detection, estate planning, raising backyard chickens, Operation Write Home, science experiments for kids, cooking healthy desserts and more. See the full schedule and class descriptions here. Space is limited, so register soon at 474-1530. The office is located at 724 27th Ave., on the south side of the Fairbanks Community Food Bank building.
>Extension recently completed and posted a YouTube video with Jim Myers, a plant breeder from Oregon State University who was in Fairbanks recently for the Sustainable Agriculture Conference. Check out the video, which is about four minutes long. Myers describes the benefits of plant breeding for Alaska and explains what participatory plant breeding is.
>The Juneau and the Palmer district offices are moving. The Juneau office is closed and will reopen April 21 at its new location at 450 Whittier St., Suite 128, in the Public Safety Building near the state museum. Palmer will close May 6–9 and reopen at its new location at the Matanuska Experiment Farm on May 12. The address is 1509 S. Georgeson Drive.
>Host families with a child aged 10-15 are still needed for Japanese youth visiting Alaska this summer through the 4-H Global Citizenship program. The exchange will take place July 26 to Aug. 22. Hosts don’t need to speak Japanese — they just need to be willing to share their lives and friendship with a young person from another country. See program details here or contact exchange coordinator Jason Floyd with questions.