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>Extension’s Professional and Workforce Development program is now offering AlaskaHost classes. The classes give you the tools to provide quality customer service and are designed for those working in the Alaska visitor industry. Class topics include customer service essentials, telephone customer service, serving customers with disabilities and Alaska in your backyard: learn about the last frontier. AlaskaHost classes are scheduled in Fairbanks and can be arranged in other communities upon request. Registration is available online. For more information, contact Anna-Mariah Kelly at 907-474-5402.

>The Statewide Alaska Master Gardener conference is being hosted in Palmer by the Mat-Su Master Gardeners Association on April 22. Speakers include Mat-Su agent Steve Brown. More information and registration is available on the conference website.

>The Tanana District Office in Fairbanks is hosting Spring Extension Week April 10-14. Fifteen gardening, health, nutrition and general interest community classes will be offered. Space is limited, so preregistration is required. Find the full schedule, class descriptions and online registration at For more information or questions, call 474-1530.

>Check out the annual SNRE Highlights, which contains stories about the research, academics and outreach of the School of Natural Resources and Extension and a few quick facts.

>Extension will host a certified food protection manager workshop via videoconference April 26 in Fairbanks, Palmer, Sitka, Juneau and Delta Junction. If you are in another location but would like to attend, that can be arranged. The deadline to register is April 12 so participants may receive class materials and locations for the food safety class beforehand. State regulations require that all food establishments have at least one certified food protection manager on staff. See details here and register online.

>Learn how to tap birch trees for sap at the Mat-Su District Office on April 20. Participants will learn how to select good trees, tap trees and care for them, and collect sap and cook it down for syrup. The cost of the workshop is $10 and registration can be completed online. Call 745-3360 for more information.

>The Delta Junction District Office is hosting Extension Week March 27-31. Classes include subjects such as peonies, pottery, seed starting, composting, dining with diabetes and more. See the complete schedule here and call 895-4215 to register.

>Extension is now offering a self-paced online course on exotic forest pests.The course cost is $60 if seeking CEUs and free if you are just interested in the topic. Topics covered include forest health and invasive species. Registration for CEUs is available online. For more information, view the class modules or the flier.

> For past announcements please visit our home page news archive.

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