Register soon to join OSU friends for a talk about the once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse that will be visible in Oregon next month. Renowned physicist Dr. Randall Milstein will be our guest at the Golden Valley Brewery and Restaurant in Beaverton on Aug. 3. 

Milstein is a geologist first but has a secondary career in photographing professional dancers and companies from around the world. During the holiday season he has found time for another passion. For the past 17 years he has performed in the Chamber Ballet of Corvallis in the annual production of The Nutcracker ballet. From performer to astronomer there is no question he sees deep within and beyond himself. 
Over drinks and appetizers he will discuss the solar eclipse, interesting facts and safe viewing for Oregonians when they witness the event around 10:16 a.m. Aug. 21. As the moon passes between the Sun and Earth, it will block our views of the sun. This is the first solar eclipse over the continental U.S. since 1979 and the first to run from the North American Pacific Coast to the Atlantic Coast since 1918. It's the first total solar eclipse since 1776. 

Soak up some science and fun with professor Milstein as the state prepares for this historic event! Register at
Head to Corvallis for a Family Friendly Eclipse Weekend 

Oregon State University in Corvallis invites the public to a fun, informative, family-friendly weekend to learn about and experience the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse. 

Book a Lodging Package to stay on campus, or come for the day to enjoy the activities and entertainment.
Family lodging is now sold out. 
Superheroes bring food, fun to Rockwood community at annual fair

This year's Rock the Block theme, Superheroes of S.T.E.A.M., brought out the superheroes of the community, including Multnomah County Commissioner, Lori Stegmann, and Extension's own superwoman, Maureen Quinn.
Oregon State University Metro Extension nutrition education program faculty and staff teamed up to provide fun information, samples of flavored waters and a healthy fruit salad to Rockwood community members during the annual Rock the Block celebration Saturday, June 3. 

According to Rock the Block organizers, more than 2,000 people attended, visiting 60 booths that featured community-based programs and social services for East County Rockwood neighborhood residents.

Extension staff members work with Rockwood community partners to provide families with educational opportunities to help them better manage and use their food resources, improve their health and become more self-sufficient.

For more information on these Extension Programs see:

Rock the Block began in 2011 as a free, family-oriented festival to help connect residents to resources and offer a community space for a day of fun together. The event has evolved to become a fun neighborhood fair that includes local vendors, resources and entertainment where residents can celebrate this very diverse community! For more information and pictures on the Rock the Block celebrations, visit
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Tis this season for tomatoes. Grow your best tomatoes yet this year by combatting common problems. Brooke Edmunds, a horticulturist with the Oregon State University Extension Service,  explains

Enjoy this fresh " cowboy salad " featuring delicious summer produce, including green onions, tomatoes, corn and cilantro. It's easy and perfect for those hot summer days and evenings, as it requires no cooking! 
Boating this summer? Learn how to properly empty an onboard portable toilet with a few fun videos from OSU Extension Boater Outreach Coordinator Jenny East. Depending on your needs, check out " Where To Empty Onboard Portable Toilets in Oregon" or " Where to Empty Onboard Holding Tanks in Oregon."

Summer is upon us. So is the season for cookouts, gardening and food preservation. Help your family and those you know be food safe this summer with the USDA Food Safety blog, which includes information on safe picnics, grilling, serving food outdoors, transporting food and more. 
The blog is also available in Spanish.
OSU Extension Master Food Preservers are on hand 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 10 to Oct. 13. Call toll free at 1-800-354-7319. Spanish speaking families may call Lynn Steele at 971-361-9623 with food safety and/or food preservation questions.

Head to the North Willamette Extension and Research Center (NWERC) in Aurora for a close-up look at the center's programs, research and activities. There will berry tastings, hay wagon rides, tractor driving, burgers and hot dogs, agricultural displays, and the chance to take home fresh vegetables. The event will be held 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 19
Check out OSU's new online Essentials of Parenting Education Professional Practice class, which covers the foundation of professional practice for parenting educators. 
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