>July is National Blueberry Month. Alaska blueberries may not be ripe quite yet, but be prepared for blueberry season with our publication, Alaska Blueberries. Included is information on nutrition and health, selection, cleaning and storage, juice extraction and preparation as well as recipes.
>The Alaska 4-H program will host a three-part brown bag professional development series on positive youth development Fridays in Fairbanks, beginning July 14. Ninety-minute sessions will begin at 11:30 a.m. and feature trauma-sensitive yoga on July 14, youth-adult partnerships on July 21, and girls’ circle and council for boys and young men on July 28. The series fee is $30 and registration deadline is Thursday, July 13. Registration and more details are available online at http://bit.ly/PBJofPYD. For more questions, contact instructors Candi Dierenfield and Kendra Calhoun at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
>If your child is going to be entering goods into the Alaska State Fair, consider signing up for a class series our our Mat-Su/Copper River district office is hosting. The Fantastic Fair Series is designed for all youth ages 8-18 and will get your child ready to enter a variety of projects into the fair. The classes are $7 each or $25 for all and begin on July 11. For more information, view the flier or call 745-3551. Registration is available online.
>The Mat-Su/Copper River District office will host mycologist Gary Laursen August 11-13 to teach Introduction to Mushrooms of the Mat-Su Region. If you want to collect, identify, prepare and/or preserve wild edible mushrooms, this course is for you. The fee is $100 for the entire course or $20 for the Friday night lecture only. The registration deadline is August 4. Register online or call 745-3360. For complete course information, view the flier.
>As you gear up to preserve your fish catch this summer, let Extension help you to do it safely and effectively. We have publications on canning, freezing, smoking fish and more. Check out all of our publications online. District offices will test pressure canner gauges for free to ensure they are adjusted correctly to preserve fish safely. Contact your district office or call 877-520-5211.
>Tribes Extension Educator Heidi Rader and Extension are putting together short YouTube videos on gardening in Alaska. See the first 6-minute video with tips on getting started in your garden. The video series, called “In the Alaska Garden with Heidi Rader,” will continue most weeks through August. Get notifications on when new videos are posted by subscribing to Extension YouTube channel.