Allen County Extension Office announces variety of programs for fall and winter

The Allen County Extension Office will offer a variety of programs this fall and winter, and the public is invited to attend. No registration is required, and all programs are held at the Allen County Extension Office on the Purdue Fort Wayne campus, 4001 Crescent Ave.

Sept. 11, 7 p.m., “Personal Defense”: Sgt. Galaviz of the Indiana State Police will discuss current situations requiring Personal Defense. Learn techniques to protect yourself and avoid becoming a victim.

Oct. 11, 7 p.m., “Managing Diabetes”: More individuals are being diagnosed with diabetes earlier in life. Learn the signs to look for, healthy eating and exercise habits to reduce dependency on medication and genetic factors.

Nov. 7, 7 p.m., “Managing Stress for the Holidays”: All of us experience stress of one kind or another. It seems to be an inevitable part of life. Some stresses may be large and some may be small, but we all have stresses in our lives. Even happy events can be challenging. This program teaches you ways to turn your stresses into growth, your challenges into blessings.

Dec. 6, 1 p.m., “Downsizing Your Financial Maze”: Bank statements, credit card bills, canceled checks and other documents can be useful for tax purposes, as proof of a transaction or payment, or for other financial reasons. But how long should you keep them? Do you have boxes and bags of old papers and receipts? This program will help you decide what, how long, where and how to keep your records and Downsize Your Financial Maze.

Jan. 9, 2019, 1 p.m., “Who Am I?”: Illness and death bring up a lot of emotions. When a loved one has been sick for some time, we care for that individual and are concentrated on their care. When we experience the death of a loved one, we receive well wishes for days to come. However, when the loved one has been laid to rest, the funeral is over, homemade casseroles are no longer being delivered and the mailbox is no longer bursting with sympathy cards… What’s next? What do we do with… The quietness around the house… No longer needing to go to the nursing home… The inability to feel the presence of our loved one… The confusion of Who Am I? This class will focus on the questions “Who Am I?” and “What Is My Identity?” after chronic illness that results in the death of loved ones. Participants are encouraged to share their own stories if they so choose. Healing comes in the power of community.

Feb. 12, 1 p.m., “Nurturing a Healthy Heart”: Join us to nurture a healthy heart. We will discuss recognizing risk factors for men and women, understanding what screenings you need, what symptoms you should not ignore and how to live heart healthy every day.

March 4, 7 p.m., “Pointers for a Productive Pantry” Learn the steps to successfully stock, reorganize and use your pantry to its fullest. Whether you are a family of 2 or 10, have a large space or small, you can save money and become more efficient by using your pantry.

April 9, 7 p.m., “Reuse and Repurpose for Thrifty Savings”: A household can be more efficient when it isn’t spending money left and right. Learn to reuse and repurpose items around your home, and become thrifty, crafty and less wasteful over time.

May 8, 7 p.m., “Cooking with Herbs”: Herbs have been used in cooking for years. Learn which herbs compliment each other and enhance the flavor of food. Storage is critical to save the flavor. Herbs can be used to flavor foods when salt and sugar have to be reduced.

For more information, contact Vickie Hadley at 260-481-6826.