Oregon State University Extension Service
METRO CONNECTION
December 2018 /
January 2019
News, events and educational articles for our partners, community leaders, volunteers, friends and family
Washington County Extension in Beaverton 503-821-1127
Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Master Gardener Hours:
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 – 4 p.m.
Extension in Portland
4-H; Family and Community Health Programs only
You scream, they scream, we all scream for Mrs. Breakfast
Rena Titus, also known as Mrs. Breakfast to her younger audiences, is one of four Extension nutrition
educators in Washington County associated with Oregon State University College of Public Health and
Human Sciences. Did you know that Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) contracts with OSU Extension Service SNAP-Ed (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education) to bring nutrition education to limited income youth and adults living in Oregon?
For seven to nine weeks during the school year, Mrs. Breakfast visits Cornelius Elementary School and spends an hour once a week in three different classrooms. Weekly sessions include a lesson, an activity component, a story or song, and a taste experience. The Cornelius school has been a long-time partner of the SNAP-Ed program.
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UPCOMING EVENTS
Exploring Marijuana as Medicine – save the date!
Join us for a fascinating discussion with OSU College of Pharmacy researcher Jane Ishmael, PhD. about current trends in marijuana use and recent progress in understanding how cannabinoids act on the body.

Wednesday, Feb 27 at new OSU Portland Center in Portland Meier and Frank building.
Details and registration link coming soon!
Virginia Garcia Health Center, Cornelius
Virginia Garcia Health Center in Cornelius, an Extension community partner, offers activities for youth and adults. Check out their December classes, which range from exercise to field trips to keep active during the holiday season.

Classes for ages 6-9 click here, adults click here .

NEW! Preserve @ Home web-based hybrid food preservation course
Class is offered only once in 2019. Enrollment is limited so don’t delay. Must register by January 14, 2019. Find details and registration here .
GARDENING
Become an OSU Master Gardener!
Are you passionate about gardening? Do you want to get the real dirt on tried-and-true gardening practices? 

Register now to reserve your place. Classes begin in February 2019 in the metro-area. Check for details and registration information here.

Training is a combination of seven (once-a-week) in-person classes, online content and hands-on workshops followed by 50 hours of volunteer service. A non-volunteer option is also available, along with a limited number of reduced-fee slots (both scholarships and fellowships).
The winter garden doesn't have to be bare of flowers
Plants that bravely bloom in winter come into color when we need it most, so take advantage and plant plenty. Click here to read the full story.
Photo courtesy of Shelia Sund.
RECIPES
This month we are adding a little warmth to our lives with a Chicken Pepper Bake.

Busy holidays and kids on break means it is a great time to try this easy One Pot Meal. Everything goes into the oven at once on a single pan- making cooking and clean-up a breeze!
Emergency Preparedness Topic:
Preparing for a Flood
Learn how to prepare for a flood, what to do during one, and what to do after one has occurred. Download the poster here .
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