TAVARES — The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension in Lake County is inviting residents to the following educational classes in February:
• Closing Your Seasonal Home: Participants will learn the proper way to close a home for an extended period and how to minimize serious issues when they return.
o Monday, Feb. 6 at 10 a.m. at the Lady Lake Public Library, 225 W. Guava St., Lady Lake. Free registration is required online at https://seasonalhomeladylake.eventbrite.com or by calling 352-343-4101 ext. 2721.
o Monday, Feb. 13 at 2 p.m. at the Leesburg Public Library, 110 E. Main St., Leesburg. Free registration is required online at https://leesburgclosinghome.eventbrite.com or by calling 352-343-4101 ext. 2721.
• Cooking for Heart Health: This class teaches how to prepare healthful recipes that can protect the heart from disease. The $15 registration fee, which includes food, printed material and recipes, is required before Feb. 6 online, or by cash or check at the Lake County Extension Center, 1951 Woodlea Road, Tavares.
o Friday, Feb. 10 at 11 a.m. (Registration: https://hearthealth11.eventbrite.com)
o Friday, Feb. 10 at 5:30 p.m. (Registration: https://hearthealth530.eventbrite.com)
• The Art of Pruning Beautiful Roses: Sumter County Master Gardener and rosarian Ed Bull will present a free, 30-minute lecture followed by a hands-on demonstration at the Lake County Extension Center’s Rose Gardens, 1951 Woodlea Road, Tavares, on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 9:30 a.m. Participants will learn the art of pruning techniques used for roses commonly grown in the home landscape. Registration is requested online at http://bit.ly/2k5oshJ.
• From Veggie Garden to Table: Taught by Extension Agents Brooke Moffis and Mia Wilchcombe, this class will discuss vegetable garden harvesting and cooking techniques on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 9:30 a.m. at the Lake County Extension Center, 1951 Woodlea Road, Tavares. Participants will receive the Lake County Master Gardener Vegetable Bundle which includes the “Vegetable Gardening in Florida” book by James M. Stephens, an assortment of three warm season vegetables and samples of vegetable dishes grown at Discovery Gardens. $30 registration is required by Feb. 11 online at http://veggiegardentotable.eventbrite.com.
For additional details about any of these events, contact the UF/IFAS Extension in Lake County at 352-343-4101 or visit http://lake.ifas.ufl.edu.
Those with food allergies should be aware that food items prepared or distributed as part of UF/IFAS Extension events may contain milk, egg, gluten, wheat, soybean, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish; and could be prepared in a facility that may be exposed to any of these ingredients.
The mission of the UF/IFAS Extension in Lake County is to develop knowledge in agricultural, human and natural resources and to make that knowledge accessible to sustain and enhance the quality of human life. The Extension service provides free consultations, as well as educational programs on a variety of subjects.