Parents Corner – April 30, 2022 – Advice Eating

The MSU Extension of Midland County and partner parenting educators sponsor the Parents’ Corner. Submit your submissions to the Midland County MSU Extension Educator, Lisa Driver, 220 W. Ellsworth St., Midland, MI 48640.

Throw away your drugs. Hand in your unused or expired medication for safe disposal. This drive-through event involves sharp objects. There is a chance that four out of ten people visiting a home will look through the medicine cabinet. It is important to properly dispose of unused medication to prevent it falling into the wrong hands. Take advantage of the annual Dump Your Drugs event and properly dispose of unused or expired drugs. Visit the Midland Law Enforcement Center at 2727 Rodd St. on April 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. If you can’t make it on April 30, look for it at local pharmacies or visit the Law Enforcement Center during regular hours.

Food safety questions and answers. MSU Extension offers a weekly 30-minute food preservation educational program. A short presentation is shared, focusing on the topic presented, with plenty of time for questions and answers. The next session is: It’s Getting Green. Join us for this quick, free presentation on May 2 at 1:00 p.m. To register, visit

Examine food with science. Every week at 4 p.m. young people deal with the aspects of cooking as an experiment and baking as a science. A child-friendly recipe or experimental demonstration is presented to the youngsters, who can try it at home with the help of an adult. In the following week young people can share their experiences or pictures. All sessions will be presented via Zoom. May 2nd’s theme is Magic Fire Extinguisher! To register, visit If you have any questions, please contact Kellie Jordan at

nature game! It’s time to play outdoors at the Chippewa Nature Center on May 3rd at 10-11am. Whether we’re baking cakes in the clay kitchen, pretending to be animals, lounging in hammocks, or creating natural artworks, this hour of play is sure to delight everyone. Caregivers are required to stay with the children during this program and are encouraged to play actively with the children in their care. This program is supported by a CNC employee. Meet at the Woods Nature Play Area near the Arbury Trail. This program is designed for children between the ages of 2 and 10 accompanied by an adult. Visit to learn more.

Storage of the MI Harvest series. Michigan State University Extension will offer a series of online food preservation courses; These free courses are offered on Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. The topic on May 5th is “Spices”. These sessions are not recorded, only offered live. Supporting materials will be emailed to all participants after each broadcast. Join the fun by signing up for any, some or all of these training sessions. At the end of each program there is time to ask questions. To register, visit

story hour. Come and learn about nature for an hour on May 7th from 9:30am – 10:30am or 11:00am – 12:00pm at the Chippewa Nature Center. The lesson includes a story, crafts and other age-appropriate activities. Dress appropriately for the weather. Dress appropriately for the weather for this outdoor program. Visit for more information.

Midland County Recipe for Health in American Sign Language. This course is taught in American Sign Language and is provided by MSU Extension. Take part in a free six-lesson workshop focused on nutrition and shopping at the farmers market. For each lesson completed, attendees will receive $10 in coupons to use at the Midland Area Farmers Market. Learn about the farmers, groceries and food aid available at the Midland Region Farmers Market and build confidence to shop there. This group meets every other Wednesday, May 11 – July 20, at 10-11 am. Attendees will meet at the Midland Area Farmers Market, 825 E. Main St., Midland. Participation in this course is free of charge. For more information or to register for this program, contact Sandy Graham at or via videophone at 248-381-3101.

Safe food = healthy children. The MSU Extension is offering a three-hour online training program for childcare professionals with the Safe Food = Healthy Kids (SFHK) program on May 18 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Learn food safety best practices to ensure the safety of the children in your care. Food safety education topics discussed in class include proper cleaning and sanitizing, cooking, food storage, personal hygiene, and more. SFHK is an accredited training course for Great Start to Quality, therefore this course counts toward annual training hours. Classes are conducted by MSU Extension Food Safety Educators. To register, visit This is a free program, participants must attend the entire session to receive their training hours.

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