April 2018 NewsFlash

Penn State Extension

4/2/18 – 5/9/18 – StrongWomen/Growing Stronger Challenge, Mondays and Wednesdays, April 2 – May 9, 2018, 2:00 – 3:00 PM, Penn State Extension Monroe County, 724 Phillips St., Ste 201, Stroudsburg PA 18360. Cost: $45. The StrongWomen/Growing Stronger program is a safe, effective strength-training and nutrition program for individuals who have been active or sedentary for the past few years and are interested in improving their health. Pre-registration is required by April 1 by visiting or calling 1-877-345-0691. For more information contact Kathryn Lombardo at or call 570-421-6430.

4/2/18 – 5/27/18 – Join Penn State Extension in a FREE virtual walking program, Everybody Walk PA, exploring the counties of PA. Walking will be reported April 2 - May 27. Gather your family and friends or co-workers to form a team of up to five. Team members will try to average walking or exercising ten miles per week to meet the goal of Everybody Walk PA. Walk with your team or on your own at a time and place convenient for you. Team captains will report the mileage for their team each week. You can also walk as an individual. Registration is required by April 1, 2018. Register or learn more about this event at or contact Karen Bracey at 570-836-3196 or

4/4/18, 4/11, 4/25 & 5/2/18 – Dining with Diabetes class on Wednesdays, April 4, 11, 25, and May 2, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Penn State Extension in Monroe County, 724 Phillips Street, Suite 201, Stroudsburg, PA 18360. There will also be a follow-up class held on July 2, 2018. This program helps people with type 2 diabetes identify and understand important information about managing and preventing this disease. Family members and/or friends are also invited to attend the program. This class, a $200 value, is offered at $5. Participants learn how to prepare meals that are healthy, simple, and tasty. Participants will have the opportunity to help prepare recipes and sample the foods, and will also learn up to date information on nutrition, planning, and important diabetes-related medical tests. For individuals with pre-diabetes lifestyle modification information learned in this class can prevent individuals from developing type 2 diabetes and the complications associated with it. Preregistration is required by March 30 due to space limitations. To register, visit or call toll free 877-345-0691. For content information, call 570-421-6430 or email Nicole McGeehan at

4/5/18 – Home Water and Septic Workshop, April 5, 1:00 - 3:00 and again 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Penn State Extension office, 648 Park Street Suite E, Honesdale PA 18431. This program is for owners and users of private water systems (such as wells, springs and cisterns.) and/or on-lot septic systems. Understand your drinking water supply & septic systems. Learn how to protect, test, and treat water from wells & springs. Learn how to maintain & inspect your septic system. There is no fee to attend this program but pre-registration is required by April 4.

To register, visit or call toll free 877-345-0691. Phone or online registration is required to ensure minimum participation and to avoid cancellation. For content information, call 570-296-3400 or email

4/6/18 – April 6 is the registration deadline for the Master Gardener Succulents & Hypertufa workshop on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Penn State Extension, 648 Park St., Honesdale, PA 18431. Cost: $10. Join the Master Gardeners of Wayne County for Succulents & Hypertufa to make hypertufa planters for succulents! Hypertufa is a man-made, lightweight, artificial stone and planters made of the stone work well for succulents such as hens and chicks or sedum. All materials for this workshop will be provided. After a demonstration, participants will make three small hypertufa pots. This is a hands-on workshop, so please dress accordingly. To register, visit or call toll free 877-345-0691. Phone or online registration is required to ensure minimum participation and to avoid cancellation. For content information, call 570-253-5970 Ext 4110 or email

4/7/18 – Gardening with Jenny Rose Carey, Saturday, April 7, 2018, 9:30 AM - 2:15 PM, Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Rd., Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania 18360. Jenny is the director of Pennsylvania Horticultural Society garden at Meadowbrook and author of Glorious Shade and she will present two talks: Glorious Shade and Gardening without Sprinklers. Breakfast items will be provided. Participants are asked to bring their own lunch. Cost: $25. Registration is requested by April 6. Register by calling 1-877-345-0691 or self-register online at For more information call 570-421-6430 or email Walk-ins will be welcome at this workshop (check or cash only). Sponsored by: Monroe County Conservation District and Master Gardeners of Monroe County.

4/7/18 – It's Time to Plant, Saturday, April 7, 2018, 10:00 AM -2 PM, Carbon County Environmental Education Center, 151 East White Bear Drive, Summit Hill, PA 18250. Free; donations accepted. Topics: Why are my trees dying; how to identify weeds, container gardening, and seed starting. Bring your own lunch. Pre-registration is requested by visiting or calling 1-877-345-0691. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information email or call 570-325-2788.

4/9/18 – Spotted Lanternfly Information Night, Monday, April 9, 7:00 – 8:30 PM, White Haven Area Community Library, 121 Towanda St. White Haven, PA 18661. The program is free but registration is required due to space limitations. This workshop will teach you how to identify the spotted lanternfly and what precautions to take. The spotted lanternfly was introduced in Berks County in 2014 and has spread to 13 counties, including Carbon and Monroe. It spreads by laying eggs on cars, trailers, firewood and anything that has a flat surface. It also can hitch hike onto your car as you travel from one area to another. Visit or call 1-877-345-0691 to register. For more information email or call 570-325-2788.

4/9/18, 4/16/ 4/23 & 4/30/18 – Mediterranean Cuisine Comes to You, Mondays, April 9, 16, 23, 30, 2018, 3:00 - 5:00 PM, Penn State Extension Monroe County, 724 Phillips St., Suite 201, Stroudsburg, PA 18360. This series of four classes will introduce you to the lifestyle, history, and culture of the Mediterranean region. Each class has a food focus. Experience olive oil and cheese tasting sessions and learn how to prepare dishes of the Mediterranean, while learning how to plan meals using the health-giving basics of the Mediterranean lifestyle. Learn how local foods and flavors can be part of a healthy eating plan and hear from local producers. Cost: $80 per person; $150 for two people. To register, visit or call toll free 877-345-0691. Phone or online registration is required by March 30 to ensure minimum participation and to avoid cancellation. For content information, call 570-421-6430 or email Nicole McGeehan at

4/10/18 - A Technology Tuesday webinar: Animal Welfare Considerations in Dairy System Design will be held on April 10, 8:30 - 10:00 AM (EDT/EST). The presenters are Dan McFarland and John Tyson. This series of free webinars is geared toward dairy producers, employees, and agribusiness professionals. All webinars are from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM (EST) and will be recorded for viewing at a later date. For more information or to register for any webinar in this series visit

4/10/18 - A PA Forests webinar: Fish Health Starts on Land will be held on April 10, 12:00 - 1:00 PM and 7:00 to 8:00 PM (EDT/EST). Questions often last an extra 15 to 20 minutes. Stream fish are some of the most threatened species of organisms worldwide. Unlike fish that inhabit larger waterways, many threats to stream fish can be traced back to improper management of land adjacent to the stream corridor. This presentation will discuss the threats to stream fish communities, common warning signs that in-stream habitat is declining, and the actions landowners can take to protect and improve stream habitat. There will be a special emphasis on coldwater stream communities, including trout streams commonly found throughout Pennsylvania. The presenter is Shannon White, PhD Candidate, Penn State Department of Ecosystem Science and Management.

Visit or contact Allyson Muth at or 814-865-3208 for more information. Visit to view either presentation.

4/11/18 - A Land Use Decision-making webinar will be held on April 11, 12:00 - 1:15 PM (EDT/EST). The topic is Addressing the Parking Challenge – Smart Parking Planning for Downtown Development. This is the third in a series of 5 webinars for Winter/Spring 2018. The webinars are designed to help planners, elected officials and citizens better engage in land use decision-making processes.

Parking, especially structured parking, is often a critical design, density, and financial component of downtown / urban development. Structured parking is often required to achieve the necessary development density for downtown redevelopment projects. This webinar will explore the important role that parking planning, design, and financing plays in the redevelopment of downtowns and transit oriented locations. The webinar will also outline best practices related to financing, designing, right-sizing, and developing parking to support downtown / urban development.

The presenters are: Todd Helmer, Vice President, TimHaahs; James Zullo, Vice President, TimHaahs, and moderator Neal Fogle, Extension Educator, Penn State Extension. Fee for the series: non-credit registration - $40/person; RLA Credit Registration - $45; Professional Engineer or AICP Professional Planer credit registration $75/person. Register online at by May 15. Upon receipt of payment links to the previous recorded webinars will be provided.

4/12/18 – Cooking for Crowds: A Volunteer’s Guide to Safe Food Handling, April 12, 6:00 – 9:00 PM, Pike County Training Center, 135 Pike County Blvd., Lords Valley PA 18428. Preparing food in large quantities is different than food preparation in the home. This program helps non-profit organizations and their volunteers understand the risks involved with preparing large volumes of food and the important food safety practices that need to be implemented to ensure a safe event. It is geared to volunteers preparing food for events such as church fund raisers, fire company barbecues, booster club food sales and the many other types of events were food is served to the public. It covers information related to preventing cross contamination, temperature control, good personal hygiene, cleaning and sanitization, and planning a successful food event. Cost: Individual: $25; Group: $50 (includes 4 people, $5 for each additional participant). Fee includes one manual, one set of food safetly posters, and one thermometer per individual/group. To register, visit or call toll free 877-345-0691 by April 6, 2018. Phone or online registration is required to ensure minimum participation and to avoid cancellation. For content information, call Nicole McGeehan at 570-421-6430 or email

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