Four free Quick Bites programs on tap for May


Jan Swoope



As the school year races toward its close and summer is in the wings, the Mississippi State University Extension Service offers four timely Quick Bites programs in May. The hour-long interactive video sessions take place every month at area County Extension Offices on designated Thursdays from noon-1 p.m. There is no cost; sign-up is required.


May sessions scheduled include:


  • May 2 -- In "A May Day Experience," Lynette McDougald of MSU's Plant and Soil Sciences discusses planting options for summer cut flower gardens, proper pruning of shrubs and trees to use in arrangements, and design styles for summer fun.



  • May 9 -- Mitchell Memorial Library Assistant Professor DeeDee Baldwin presents "Starting Your Family Tree Online." Learn the basics of using and, including starting your tree, using search strategies to get the best results and taking advantage of free resources. (Participants should have a laptop with internet access for the best experience.)


  • May 23 -- At "Fire Ants: Mound Builders," Blake Layton, Extension professor in biochemistry, molecular biology, entomology and plant pathology, talks about fire ants, which have been busy since the cool, wet spring. Layton shares facts and fiction about controlling them in the home landscape and lawn.


  • May 30 -- Attend "Hazardous Preparedness: To-Do List" to hear Extension instructor Anne Howard Hilbun-Benoit of the Extension Center for Government and Community Development focus on personal preparedness for hazardous situations. Concepts will include planning, emergency kits, situational awareness and calling for help.


    Those interested in attending any free video session should contact their county's Extension office to sign up. (In Lowndes County, 662-328-2111; Oktibbeha County, 662-323-5916; Clay County, 662-494-5371.)


    County offices can sign up for the programs at using the online county sign up system. From the Distance Education dropdown menu, click on the County Schedule Signup. Or, counties may email [email protected]



  • Jan Swoope is the Lifestyles Editor for The Commercial Dispatch.


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