Master Gardener LogoClark County Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners will offer a series of free classes at Acacia Park in conjunction with the Henderson Parks and Recreation Department. All classes will be taught by Master Gardener instructors and begin at 9 a.m. The line-up includes:

  • September15, Growing Cool Season Vegetables in the Las Vegas Valley – A greater variety of vegetables can be planted during the cool fall and winter months such as spinach, asparagus, leaf lettuce, broccoli, kale, and root vegetables like carrots, beets, turnips, onion and more.  Come and join a Nevada Cooperative Extension Certified Master Gardener and learn how and when to plant vegetables in your own garden this fall.
  • September 22, Growing and Using Herbs – Herbs are easy to grow and have many uses.  Join a certified Nevada Cooperative Extension Master Gardener and discuss which ones grow best here, and how they can be used in your home.  We will also explore methods for drying, preservation, and storage.
  • September 29, Information on Fruit Trees – What fruit trees grow here in Las Vegas?  How do you get edible fruit?  You can grow many fruits and it is not all that difficult.  Come and learn from a Nevada Cooperative Extension Master Gardener all about planting, growing, pruning, and harvesting fruit here in the Las Vegas valley.


Two Babies PlayingExtension experts say parents shouldn’t be afraid to seek help

Couples who bring a baby into the world this year can expect to spend nearly $300,000 raising the child, but a University of Nevada Cooperative Extension expert says there are steps parents can take to raise a smart, happy and healthy child without going bankrupt in the process.

“You can have more by spending less,” says Jeanne Hilton, an Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at UNR and an Aging Program Specialist with Cooperative Extension. “When people become parents, they join an important club: parenthood! Parents can help each other out. Organize play dates to save money on child care. Trade favors like haircuts or lasagnas. Exchange outgrown clothes.

“Lifestyles have changed –both parents usually work now, so kids are involved in more after-school activities. There are hidden costs tied to a second income, and all those activities and day care are a big hit on the family budget.”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently released a new report, “Expenditures on Children by Families,” that found families with children born this year will spend $234,900 providing the child with food, shelter and other necessities for the next 17 years. When inflation is factored in, that amount increases to $295,000.

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The longest-serving female dean of an academic unit at the University of Nevada, Reno is retiring this year.

Karen Hinton, the dean and director of University of Nevada Cooperative Extension since 1998, is retiring in October. Jerry Buk, the director of Cooperative Extension’s Southern Area, has been named interim dean and director by UNR President Marc Johnson.

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The Urban Center for Horticulture and Water Conservation—Master Gardener Orchard—is holding a cactus sale and BBQ on Thursday, August 23. The BBQ is at 6:30 p.m. After the BBQ, Dr. Dale Devitt, soil and water scientist, will discuss Getting To Know Your Soils (Soils 101) and Dr. Tom Piechota, civil and environmental engineer, will talk about the Colorado River and the future of water. The talks begin at 7:30 p.m.

The BBQ will offer hamburgers for $1.25 and soda for $.75. The discussion is FREE! The Master Gardener Orchard is located just east of the intersection of Decatur and Horse Road (NLV).  The BBQ, cactus sale and talks will be at the Center Headquarters (outside) near the three large canary island palms. Details!

All 4 Kids LogoMark Your Calendar! Cooperative Extension’s All 4 Kids© Program and Winchester Park and Cultural Center are proud to announce the Healthy Kids Festival event on Saturday, September 29, 2012. The free festival, open to families, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Winchester located at 3130 McLeod Dr., Las Vegas, 89121.

The goal of the Festival is to raise awareness and target prevention of childhood obesity in the community.  September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and we are inviting families to come out and learn how to be healthy and active. A day full of fun and entertainment is anticipated for everyone while gaining valuable resources and information available to community residents.

Watch for more information in the upcoming weeks!

Childhood obesity is a problem that begins with the child, the families and the school; then extends to the community, local and national government. Educating children at a young age will provide them with tools to make healthier choices and engage in active lifestyles during adolescence and later years.