>Fair time is upon Alaska. Come visit with Extension agents and celebrate at the following fairs:
- July 30 to Aug. 2, Southeast Alaska State Fair
- July 31 to Aug. 2, Deltana Fair and Music Festival
- Aug. 7-16, Tanana Valley State Fair
- Aug. 21-23, Kenai Peninsula Fair
- Aug. 27 to Sept. 7, Alaska State Fair
- Aug. 29-30, Kodiak Rodeo and State Fair
>If you are exhibiting a preserved food in your local fair this year, take a look at Extension publication Safe and Attractive Food Preservation Exhibits so you can submit your best work.
>Come visit the Matanuska Experiment Farm and celebrate Alaska Agriculture Appreciation Day Aug. 6 from noon to 5 p.m. Agents from the Mat-Su/Copper River District Office will be on hand. There will be activities for children, agriculture presentations, cooking demonstrations, live music and more. The farm is located at 1509 S. Georgeson Road in Palmer. For more information, call 746-9450 or view the flier.
>Providing housing that allows Alaskans to "age in place" is a challenge for all of us. Extension has produced a new 20-minute DVD, Aging in Place in Alaska, that shows how you can modify your home so that you or your loved ones can live independently for as long as possible. The DVD costs $5 and can be ordered by calling 877-520-5211.
>The Mat-Su/Copper River District office will host mycologist Dr. Gary Laursen August 21-23 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 14. Register online or call 745-3360. For complete course information view the flier.
>What berries are ripe in your part of Alaska? Extension has resources and information to help you preserve blueberries, wild strawberries, raspberries, currants, salmonberries and many other Alaska berries. See the full list here and call your local district office if you have questions.