Mom reading to toddlersBooks make great holiday gifts for your preschooler. They can be fun and engage your child’s developing mind.

Books introduce preschoolers to language and help them acquire important language skills. They are a great way for parents and other caring adults to connect with children in a meaningful, caring way.

Age-appropriate books advance young children’s literacy development and can contribute to their future academic success.

The type of books read to a young child contributes to their depth of learning, according to Louisiana State University AgCenter family development professor Dr. Rebecca White.

Parents should try to include a variety of books for their child’s library. Find out the type of books what White suggests as gifts.

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Free mulch is available at Cooperative Extension’s Research Center and Demonstration Orchard.

This year the date palm produced an abundant harvest of dates. Date palms are unique compared to most fruit trees because they grow as only male trees or only female trees. At the Center we have male palm trees and a female date palm tree.

The Center is offering pruning workshops the next three Saturdays! Learn how to prune fruit trees from 8:45 to 12 noon Dec. 5, 12, and 19.

Available at the Research Center & Demonstration Orchard: pomegranates $1 each; dates $3/lb; ghost peppers and habanero peppers (3 for $1); Pink Lady Apples $1/lb.; and more! Available in the back: Mulch- no charge

The Center is locared at 4600 Horse Dr., NLV is open Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 8am-12pm.

Volunteers are always welcome to help us prune trees this winter.


Picture of Hand with PencilUniversity of Nevada Cooperative Extension and Utah State University Extension are sponsoring a workshop on the food hub business model on December 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Marriott Courtyard hotel in St. George.

The workshop is designed to introduce and discuss the potential of a regional food hub to assist in the distribution and marketing of locally-grown and produced foods. Growers and small food producers, as well as potential food buyers such as chefs, restaurants, schools, hospitals, specialty stores, caterers, and tourism providers should attend.

Buyer benefits include streamlined communication and ordering, access to locally-grown products, and marketing assistance. Register online.


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Free Radon Test Kit

Have you tested your home for radon?

Radon, a naturally occurring radioactive gas, comes from the ground and can enter homes and accumulate to elevated concentrations. At elevated concentrations, the odorless, colorless gas can raise the risk of lung cancer for unsuspecting homeowners.

Cooperative Extension offices statewide are offering free radon test kits through February 2016.