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Residents Gain Easier Access to a Variety of Cooperative Extension Programs

Posted 5/2/2007

Southern Nevadans celebrated the new University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) Lifelong Learning Center during a dedication ceremony held Sept. 27, 2006. University of Nevada, Reno Executive Vice President and Provost John Frederick and Cooperative Extension Dean and Director Karen Hinton joined Southern Area Director Mike Howell and others for the ribbon cutting ceremony.

The day-long open house included self-guided tours through the new, state-of-the art Lifelong Learning Center facility along with hands-on activities, food demonstrations and tasting, prizes and more.

More than 400 individuals toured the new facility located at 8050 S. Maryland Parkway, near Windmill Lane and I-215. Each person received a wheel magnet and after they visited each program area, they received a sticker for their magnet. At the end of the tour, the wheel was filled with information about Cooperative Extension programming and the magnets could then be placed on refrigerators for future reference.

The Water, Horticulture, Economic & Environment team activities included a worm farm, a compost pile; a hands-on terrarium made from recycled products; and tiny peat gardens. The Children, Youth & Families team activities included a 4-H rocketry display; an animal display with a horse, rabbits and guinea pigs; and a children's craft area. The Health & Nutrition team helped people figure out their mass body index and their level of flexibility; they gave Tai Chi and exercise band demonstrations. There were also food demonstrations throughout the day along with food tasting. At the end, along with refreshments, everyone could spin the "wheel of prizes."

If you missed the opportunity to tour the new Cooperative Extension Lifelong Learning Center, please contact Marilyn Ming at 702-257-5516 or by email to schedule a tour.

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