Program to manage living with diabetes

Better Choice, Better Health--Diabetes is a FREE, eight-session workshop to help individuals manage the challenges of living with diabetes. The workshop runs April 25 through June 13, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each week at our extension center. The program's goals include: 1) learning to monitor and manage blood sugar, 2) understanding important foods to incorporate into your diet, 3) starting or maintaining an exercise program, 4) improving communication with family, friends and doctors, and 5) creating a personal self-management program. Class space is limited and registration is required. Call 636-928-9355 to register or to get more information. Flyer (PDF)

Master Gardener plant sale

The annual Master Gardener warm-season plant sale will be held April 27, 9:00 a.m. to noon on site at the extension center. Plants include but are not limited to the following: spring and summer annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables, fruit, Missouri natives, seeds and bulbs. A list of plants will be posted two weeks prior to the sale. There will be a follow-up sale on May 4 in the greenhouse on site with a limited plant supply. Closing time may be earlier if all plants are sold. The proceeds from the sale support the maintenance and expansion of the Demonstration Gardens. Plant list (PDF)

Help for older adults with balance

senior male picking up dropped groceriesA Matter of Balance, a FREE, eight-week program, helps adults 60 years old and up realize that falls and the fear of falling are controllable. Participants will learn to set goals for increasing activity, make changes to reduce fall risks at home, and exercise to increase strength and balance. The program will run June 3 through July 22, 10 a.m. to Noon each week at our extension center. Registration is required and space is limited--call 314-862-4859 ext 24 to register. Flyer (PDF) 

Strength training for older adults

Stay Strong, Stay Healthy is an eight-week program designed for older adults who want to improve their quality of life and stay active. The exercises are easy to learn, safe and effective. Over the course of the program, participants will increase strength and improve balance in a non-gym environment. The program will run Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 4 through July 30, 8:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. at St. Charles Community College. Fee is $69. Flyer (PDF)

Caring for ash trees

Emeraled ash borer insect resting on a penny to show sizeThe Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was initially found in St. Charles County in 2014. Due to the potential spread and destruction from this pest, you should take steps to protect ash trees while they are relatively healthy. Once canopy dieback or thinning begins, the tree's vascular system is considerably damaged. Treatment at that point may stop additional damage, but it cannot reverse the existing damage. Resources to learn more about this pest and how to manage it: Insecticide Options for Protecting Ash Trees from Emerald Ash Borer (PDF)Tree pests

You are important to Extension's future

If you have received help from  MU Extension of St. Charles County, please consider letting the County Executive or your county council member know about your experience. Our operation is funded by the county council. Your comments will verify the unique benefits from extension. Find your county council member

Support our funding — brick by brick

brick path through demonstration gardensBrick by brick we continue to extend the pathway that meanders through the on-site demonstration gardens. It has become a place for all to enjoy the peacefulness and awe-inspiring beauty of nature. A brick with your name or the name of someone to remember extends the path one brick at a time. Your generosity will support the funding of all programs at MU Extension in St. Charles County. Together we can make a difference. Brick order form (PDF) | Online ordering.

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