Extension offices around the state will be closed Nov. 23 and 24 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Normal office hours resume on Monday, Nov. 27. Have a good Thanksgiving.

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>With the Thanksgiving holiday rapidly approaching, it is time to think about food safety during holiday meals. Extension has a YouTube video that demonstrates multiple ways to defrost a frozen turkey, as well as the publication Serving Turkey Safely, which has tips on thawing, cooking and serving your bird while avoiding foodborne illness. For any other questions about food safety during the holidays, give the district office in your area a call.

>The Delta Junction District Office is hosting a free mitten class on Nov. 28 at 6:30 p.m. Participants will use Extension’s “Alaska’s Mittens: A Collection of Patterns for All Ages” to create a variety of styles and sizes. Space is limited, so please register by Monday, Nov. 27, by calling 907-895-4215 or emailing Christy Roden at cmroden@alaska.edu.

>Variety trials are returning to the Georgeson Botanical Garden in Fairbanks and the Matanuska Experiment Farm in Palmer. This summer we tested four varieties each of Daikon radishes, beets, carrots, and turnips. Results will be available soon. Next year, we want to test more crops and varieties, but we can’t test everything. We’re conducting a survey to help us decide what to test. Let us know your thoughts. More information about the variety trials is available on the SNRE blog.

>Leslie Shallcross is hosting two trainings in Anchorage in December for individuals who want to offer the four-day Living Well Alaska Chronic Disease Self Management course or the two-day Diabetes Self-Management program course. The two-day training is for those who have taken the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program Leader course. For more information, view the flier or contact Leslie Shallcross at 907-474-2426 or lashallcross@alaska.edu. Registration is available online.

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

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