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Ag calendar - Jan. 22

January 21, 2013

Winter Sowing — Saturday, 9 to 11 a.m.; Starting plants from seed outdoors in the winter? Learn the techniques involved with winter sowing from Master Gardener Karen Brown. Learn how to sow seeds outdoors in recycled containers during the winter months and get a head start on the growing season. To register, call 717- 263-9226. The fee is $10.

Third annual joint meeting and banquet of the Franklin County Cooperative Extension Association and the Franklin County Conservation District  — Friday at Solomon’s Lutheran Church, 4856 Wayne Road, Chambersburg, Pa.

Social hour starts at 6:15 p.m., with buffet dinner served at 7 p.m. This year’s theme is “4-H Centennial: Generations Making the Best Better for 4-H and Agriculture.”

Four generations of 4-H members will share a brief story on how 4-H impacted their lives.

Tickets cost $12.50 for adults, $6 for those ages 5 to 11 and are free for those younger than 5. Tickets are available by calling the Extension office at 717-263-9226 and the Conservation District Office at 717-264-5499. The reservation deadline is Wednesday.

Toss Your Hat in the Ring — Penn State Extension will offer  a workshop providing all the information you might need in order to run for local office.

This is a two-hour interactive session designed to help you become involved in local government by seeking elected or appointed office. The workshop includes an introduction to the structure and purpose of Pennsylvania local government, a look at the duties of local officials, and an overview of elected and appointed positions.

The workshop will take place Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Franklin County Administrative Annex in Chambersburg.  The fee is $25. Register online at agsci.psu.edu/local-government/chambersburg. For more information, call Judy Chambers at 717-334-6271 or send an email to chambers@psu.edu. Snow date is Jan. 30.

Pennsylvania Water Resources Survey — The five-minute survey can be completed online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/PaWater.

The survey is open to Pennsylvania residents who are at least 18 years of age. It will remain open until Feb. 28, and a summary of results will be published on the Pennsylvania Water Resources Research Center website in Spring 2013 at www.pawater center.psu.edu/

Tree Tender Webinar Series — Seven-week online short course. The course costs $25. The first class is on Jan. 31.

Tree tenders is a training program that empowers concerned residents to make strides toward restoring and caring for their local tree canopy. The training course was developed by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society in collaboration with Penn State Extension.

Register online at bit.ly/W9DOQj. For those without high-speed access from their home computer, or with computers that do not meet the requirements of the Adobe Connect Software, Penn State Extension of Franklin County has reserved a conference room at the Extension office for the afternoon sessions only (noon to 3 p.m.) for all seven classes, that can accommodate up to 20 people.

You must still register online at the link above and pay the $25 fee following the instructions at the link.  Also, email Linda Secrist at lbs112@psu.edu or George Hurd at grh5@psu.edu informing them you will be attending at this location. The 20 slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

 If you have no home computer, call 717-263-9226 for directions.  Deadline to register is Jan. 25.

The Art of Japanese Landscaping and Bonsai — Saturday, Feb. 16, 9 to 11 a.m. Join Master Gardeners Sylvia Kremp, and Barbara Petrucci for an introductory workshop. Call the Penn State Extension Office at 717-263-9226 to register. The fee is $10.

Strong Women Winter 2013 Classes Forming — Three locations: Fayetteville (New Guilford Brethren in Christ) —  Mondays and Wednesdays. 9 to 10 a.m.; Shippensburg (Memorial Lutheran Church) — Tuesdays and Thursdays, at 9 a.m.; and two sessions in Chambersburg (Chambersburg Church of the Brethren) — Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:45 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.

Classes are one hour to one hour and 15 minutes long. Registration costs $45 for six weeks (12 classes). Contact the extension office at 717-263-9226 to register or for more information about the program, or email Cathy Walker at cvw5226@ag.psu.edu

Annie’s Project — Tuesday nights from Jan. 22 to March 19, Adams County Extension Office in Gettysburg, Pa. Annie’s Project is a national Cooperative Extension workshop series designed to empower women who are farm owners or partners, or thinking about becoming one.

Cost of the program is $75 per person for all eight sessions. Class size is limited. Registration is required; to sign up, go to agsci.psu.edu/annies-project or call 717-270-4391.

More information

• For more information about 4-H events, go to washington.umd.edu.

• To reach the Washington County Extension office, drive about seven miles south of Hagerstown from the I-70 exit onto Sharpsburg Pike.

The office is in the Washington County Agricultural Education Center complex.

• The Franklin County, Pa., Extension office is at 181 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg.

From Hagerstown, take Interstate 81 north to the U.S. 30 east exit. Take the first road to the left, which is Franklin Farm Lane.

• The Jefferson County, W.Va., Extension office is in Suite 3 at 1948 Wiltshire Road, Kearneysville, W.Va. Call 304-728-7413.

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