Parents Corner — April 2, 2022

The MSU Midland County Extension and Cooperating Parent Educators sponsor Parent’s Corner. Send your submissions to MSU Midland County Extension Educator, Lisa Treiber, 220 W. Ellsworth St., Midland, MI 48640

Food safety questions and answers. MSU Extension offers a weekly 30-minute information program on food preservation. A short presentation will be shared focusing on the topic presented, leaving plenty of time for questions and answers. Next session is: Sharpen Your Kitchen Skills – Knives 101. Join this quick and free presentation at 1 p.m. on April 4. To register, visit events.anr.msu.edu/Foodsafetyspring2022/


Investigate food with science. Every week at 4 p.m., young people will explore aspects of cooking as an experience and baking as a science. A child-friendly recipe or experiment demonstration will be presented for youngsters to try at home with the help of an adult. The following week, young people can share their experiences or photos. All sessions will be presented via Zoom. April 4’s topic will be Cookie Time! To register, visit events.anr.msu.edu/IFWSwinter2022/ All questions should be directed to Kellie Jordan at [email protected]

Nature game! It’s time to play outside at 10-11 a.m. on April 5 at the Chippewa Nature Center. Whether we’re baking pies in the clay kitchen, pretending to be animals, lounging in hammocks, or creating nature art, this hour of playtime is sure to interest everybody. Caregivers should stay with the children during this program and are encouraged to actively play alongside the children in their care. This program will be facilitated by a CNC staff member. Meet at The Woods natural playground near Arbury Trail. This program is designed for children from 2 to 10 years old accompanied by an adult. Visit www.chippewanaturecenter.org to learn more.

Protect your identity. MSU Extension offers an online program to discuss how to protect yourself against identity theft and what to do if your identity has been stolen. The session takes place from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. on April 6. Pre-registration is required; To register, visit www.canr.msu.edu/mimoneyhealth/, click on the “online course” link and you will then see this course and other options that may be of interest to you. Registration for this course closes April 4.

Wealth Creation Webinar. MSU Extension is offering an online program to discuss Wealth Building, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. on April 6. Topics that will be covered include saving, creating a plan, growing your savings, and savings products. Time will also be spent discussing investments, risk assessment, goal setting and different types of investments. Advice will also be shared on finding a financial advisor. Prior registration is required; To register, visit www.canr.msu.edu/mimoneyhealth/, click on the “online course” link and you will then see this course and other options that may be of interest to you. Registration for this course closes April 5.

Preserving the MI Harvest series. Michigan State University Extension will offer a series of online food preservation courses. These free classes will be offered at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursdays. The subject for April 7 will be “Let’s Get Growing”. These sessions will not be recorded, they will only be offered live. Support material will be emailed to all participants after each broadcast. Join the fun, register for one, several or all of these educational sessions. There is time at the end of each program to ask questions. To register, go to events.anr.msu.edu/PreservingMIHarvestSpring/

The kitchen matters to families. MSU Extension is hosting a new series from 6-8 p.m. starting April 6. Parents/guardians with their children ages 8-18 will learn how to prepare healthy meals together, food safety, grocery shopping and food budgeting. The program consists of six lessons, each lasting two hours. With the help of an experienced chef and nutrition educator, participants will gain the skills and confidence to prepare healthy, economical meals at home as a family. Participants will receive take-out shopping that they can use to practice, as a family, one of the recipes learned in class. Classes are held at the Midland MSU County Extension Office (third floor of the County Services Building). Seats are filling up fast, to register call 989-832-6648 or email Sheila at [email protected]

Story time. Come spend an hour experiencing nature at 9:30-10am or 11am-12pm on April 7 at the Chippewa Nature Center. The hour will include a story, crafts and other age-appropriate activities. Dress according to the weather. The program will move indoors if the weather is bad. For more information visit www.chippewanaturecenter.org

Historic hike. Join the historic interpreter at the Chippewa Nature Center to walk the trails and explore the natural resources that brought people to the area. Hikers will look for evidence of how nature has influenced our history and guided the settlement of our region. This event takes place on April 7 from 10-11:30 a.m. This program is designed for all ages (under 18 with an adult). To learn more, visit www.chippewanaturecenter.org

Little walk. The Chippewa Nature Center offers this program, designed for parents to take a guided walk with their child. Wee Stroll takes place from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on April 8. Learn about the outdoors and ways to introduce children to the natural world around them. This program is designed for children aged 6 months to 2 years, accompanied by an adult. To learn more, visit www.chippewanaturecenter.org.

Banff Center Mountain Film Festival World Tour. Check out some of the best mountain movies of 2021 featuring the people who live, play and enjoy these regions through adventure, humor and a love of the outdoors. The Chippewa Nature Center will host two screenings, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., April 8 and 9. The event will take place at Bullock Creek Auditorium, 1420 S. Badour Road. Different films will be screened each evening. This program is designed for ages 15 and up (under 18 with an adult). Tickets are required for screenings; the cost is $18 per ticket. Visit www.chippewanaturecenter.org/banff-centre-mountain-film-festival for full details.

Exploration of the vernal pool. Come explore the vernal forest pools at the Chippewa Nature Center, 10-11 a.m. on April 9. Use ladles, nets and microscopes to discover frogs, salamanders, fairy shrimp and other aquatic invertebrates that inhabit spring pools. This program is designed for all ages (under 18 with an adult). To learn more, visit www.chippewanaturecenter.org.

Cooking for the crowds. Is your organization preparing a gastronomic event? Cooking for Crowds provides food safety education to volunteers and groups who organize food fundraisers and events such as dinners and bake sales. Join MSU Extension for this online Zoom course, 3-6 p.m., April 26, to learn how to keep the community safe and prevent foodborne illness. There are a variety of food safety hazards that develop when cooking large amounts of food. Learn how to reduce these risks and help prevent conditions that can lead to foodborne illness. Educational topics include the definition of foodborne illness, safe purchasing, storing, preparing and serving food safely. The class will include information based on the Michigan Food Code and Michigan State regulations. The cost of this three-hour course is $15 and each participant receives a food safety manual in the mail after registering for the course. www.canr.msu.edu/cooking_for_crowds/events

This program is also available as an in-person program with your organization. If interested, email [email protected]

Grow with Early Head Start. Families are invited to welcome spring at this garden-themed event, from 2-4 p.m. on April 27. Come to the Sanford Food Center, 11 W. Saginaw Road, Sanford to participate in garden-themed arts and crafts and a raffle for children’s gardening tools. . This event is open to all families in Midland County. For more information, contact Kelly at [email protected]

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