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Master Gardener class set

Whether you are an experienced gardener with a “green thumb” or just a beginner gardener with energy and desire to learn more about your hobby, the University of Wisconsin Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program may be for you.

Master Gardener Volunteers are trained volunteers who assist the staff of the University of Wisconsin Extension in helping their communities better understand horticulture and the environment. There are currently about 100 members belonging to the Sheboygan County Master Gardener Volunteer Association.

The General Master Gardener Volunteer class is being offered this fall starting Sept. 9. The classes will be held on 12 consecutive Tuesday evenings from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Sheboygan County UW-Extension Office, 5 University Dr., Sheboygan.

Cost of the program is $75.00, which includes: Master Gardener Program Manual, on-line and classroom instruction, and memberships in both the Wisconsin Master Gardener and Sheboygan County Master Gardener Associations. Registration deadline is Aug. 29.

The general class is intended to be an introductory course covering a wide range of horticultural topics. Among the topics to be covered include: Vegetable Crops, Introduction to Turf Management, Plant Pathology, Backyard Wildlife, Weeds and Pest Management, Entomology, Fruit Crops, Using Native Plants, Invasive Plants, Woody Landscape Plants, Soils and Fertility, Plant Propagation, Herbaceous Annuals and Perennials, and Fruit Crops.

The classes are delivered using a combination of on-line and classroom presentations. University of Wisconsin horticultural faculty, horticultural agents, and others with expertise in specific horticultural issues will be providing the instruction.

In order to become a certified Master Gardener Volunteer, participants must attend the classes, complete a final exam and volunteer time back to the community in a horticultural related project.

Class registration and/or information about UW-Extension Master Gardener Volunteers is available on-line at http://sheboygan.uwex.edu or by contacting the Sheboygan County UW-Extension office at (920) 459-5904.

Comm Ed course guide coming

Plymouth School District Community Education and Recreation will offer fitness classes from aquatics to Zumba, as well as youth, nutrition and general-interest courses this fall.

Registration opens Tuesday, Aug. 12. New nutrition and wellness classes include:

· Young Living Essential Oils: Join a discussion and learn more about essential oils and how they can promote healing in the body naturally.

· Real Life, Real Food - an Intro to Enlightened Eating: Incorporating the teachings of yoga and Ayurveda, learn how simply changing your eating can change your life and overall health - mind, body and spirit.

· Herbal Gift Making: In this fun hands-on class, you’ll make approximately 10 herbal items to give this holiday season, including lip balm, felted soap, herbal condiments, herbal salts, lotion bar, dream pillow, herbal tea blend and herbal massage oil.

· Herbs for Health & Nourishment: Learn about the nourishing and tonic herbs that grow around us and how to prepare and incorporate them into our daily lives for optimal nourishment and health. Make an herbal-infused vinegar to take home.

· Fall Food Fiesta w/Chef Caren: Learn about local fall harvests and prepare tasty, fun dishes using locally grown fall fruits and vegetables.

· Get the Dish ... on the Side Dish: Take favorite traditional holiday side dishes and give them an exciting twist in this hands-on class.

· All Things Vinegar: Learn about all-natural vinegar and the amazing uses it has in and around your home from cooking and cleaning to gardening and home remedies.

· Comfort Food with a Healthy Twist: Explore some new foods and new ways to add a bit of health to the comfort foods we all love.

Other new classes include:

· Fingerless Mitts: Learn the technique of casting on and knitting in the round, the M1 increase and casting on stitches mid row.

· Knitting and Crochet UFOs: If you are stuck with a knitting or crochet UnFinished Object, schedule 15 minutes of one-on-one time with Sharon Schlundt.

· Pickleball: Families and children of all ages are invited to try this up-and-coming lifestyle sport, which is a combination of ping-pong & tennis and fun for the entire family.

· Tyke Time: Kids ages 3 and up will enjoy movement to music as well as introduction to a different recreational activity each week.

· Maskmaking and Acting: Students in grades three through six will learn to make masks and use their voices and bodies to make a character out of them.

· Core and Tone: This fitness class combines the strengthening and toning of Sculpt and Tone with the midsection detail from Core Fitness.

· Runners Club: This sequel to Couch to 2 Mile focuses on muscle strength, speed, lung conditioning and distance endurance. Participants should be able to run 1 to 2 miles continuously.

Learn more:

• The fall course guide will be available online at http://www.plymouth. k12.wi.us/COM.html beginning Tuesday, Aug. 12; in the Aug. 12 Plymouth Review Xtra; at all back-to-school events; at the Sheboygan County Fair; and at locations throughout the community.

• For more information, visit http://www.plymouth.k12.wi.us/COM. html, call (920) 892-5068, email commedrec@plymouth.k12.wi.us or stop by the Plymouth Community Education & Recreation office on the north end of Plymouth High School, 125 Highland Ave.


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