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Woman comforting another woman with head in her hands
September 10, 2019

AMES, Iowa -- How people respond to stress can affect their behavior. Stress also can affect their relationships, says Joy Rouse, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Canning jar with the words "Preserve the Taste of Summer"
July 30, 2019

Make plans to join Jill Weber, Nutrition and Wellness Program Specialist, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach at a hands on salsa-making workshop.  You will learn valuable knife skills as you turn fresh tomatoes, peppers and onions into a delicious salsa you can enjoy for many months. 

Canning jar with the words "Preserve the Taste of Summer"
July 30, 2019

Jill Weber, ISU Extension Human Sciences Specialist, is offering a Food Preservation 101 workshop at the Tama County Extension office on Thursday September 19  from  6:30pm-7:30PM.  The workshop is intended for those wanting to learn how to safely preserve food and will also serve as a good refresher for those who have experience preserving food.  The workshop will cover canning, freezing, and drying. 

Poster with photos of people in ethnic dress and potluck table
April 22, 2019

Community potluck at STC Elementary School on May 5 will feature the creative art work of area students and music by Los Aliados. 

3 women surrounding a display board with information about the seed library
April 22, 2019

Now you can check out seeds at the library.  Through an arrangement between Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardeners program and the Toledo Public Library, a seed library housed at the Toledo Public Library has seeds you can check out and plant in your garden. Seeds available through the library include vegetables, herbs and flowers.

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    Get answers to your home and family questions from the specialists at AnswerLine. Connect with them on the phone, email, Facebook or Twitter for information about cleaning, food preparation, preservation, and safety, home environment, equipment, nutrition, textiles, and laundry. - 1-800-262-3804 or - answer@iastate.edu

  • A 24-hour resource for legal, finance, crisis and disaster and personal health issues, Iowa Concern provides access to an attorney for legal education, stress counselors, and information and referral services.

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    A national resource that brings quality, research-based information to families at the time it can be most useful and make the biggest difference in their lives.

  • Powerful Tools for Caregivers

    A series of classes designed to empower family caregivers of older adults to take better care of themselves. Learn more about the six-week series and find a class near you.

  • Human Sciences Extension and Outreach is all over the social media networks. Stay in touch with us through our blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

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    Are you an early childhood professional that provides care and education in your home, a center or a school? Check out our programs, resources, and trainings available to help you be the best early childhood professional you can be.

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  • Specialists have compiled a list of resources to help you prepare for and recover from natural disasters. Remember to take care of yourself and your family first; then deal with the things lost to the disaster.

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