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Home Based Food Business Workshop

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

Thinking about opening a Home-based Food Business? Are you interested in selling food products that you make in your own home? Do you want to sell your home-made baked goods, candies, preserves, and more to the general public? If so, you don’t want to miss this workshop! This workshop will be held from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Monday, May 1st and will run every Monday until May 15th, at the UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County office, 3650 W. Sovereign Path, Suite 1, Lecanto, FL 34461.

The cottage food bill allows individuals to manufacture, sell and store certain types of “cottage food” products in an unlicensed home kitchen. Cottage food operations are NOT required to obtain a license or permit from the Florida Department of Agriculture and   Consumer Services (FDACS) or subject to inspection by any state government entity.

This workshop will provide you with the opportunity to connect with experts in the community, get answers to business questions and challenges, and obtain information on starting or building your business. Learn about new ideas and get proven advice to start or grow your business. Topics will include: Florida Cottage Food Law, Social Media and advertising your business, is your kitchen safe for cottage food operation and Cottage Food at farmers’ markets.

Pre-registration is required and the fee of $25 is due by April 26th. Registration fee includes materials and light refreshments and is payable by check, cash, or online. 

To register and pay on-line: https://cottagefoodworkshop.eventbrite.com

Make checks payable to “The University of Florida” and mail or pay in person at: UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County office, 3650 W. Sovereign Path, Suite 1, Lecanto, FL 34461.   For more information contact Stephanie Clamer at sclamer@ufl.edu or call 352-527-5700.

BOCC Proclaims Career and Technical Education Month

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

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The Board of County Commissioners is pictured with Withlacoochee Technical College Director Gloria Bishop

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on February 28, 2017 proclaiming March as Career and Technical Education Month.

Leaders from business and industry nationwide report increasing challenges related to the skills gap and connecting qualified professionals with available careers in critical growing CTE-related fields, including healthcare, energy, advanced manufacturing and information technology.

Career and technical education prepares students for these and other fulfilling careers by offering integrated programs of study that link secondary and postsecondary education and lead to the attainment of industry-recognized credentials. Ensuring employers have access to a qualified workforce is a crucial step in ensuring productivity among business and industry communities as well as continued American economic growth and global competitiveness.

The Board of County Commissioners recognizes March as Career and Technical Education Month in Citrus County and calls the observance to the attention of all citizens.

BOCC Proclaims Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

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The Board of County Commissioners is pictured with representatives of the Key Center

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on February 28, 2017 proclaiming March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.

Individuals with developmental disabilities in conjunction with family members, advocacy groups, governmental agencies and service organizations are encouraging all citizens to realize that individuals with developmental disabilities should be afforded opportunities in the community, including full access to housing, employment, and recreational activities.

Celebrating the abilities and contributions of people with developmental disabilities serves to enrich our community, enhance diversity, and help to build a great state and nation.

The Board of County Commissioners recognizes March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in Citrus County and calls the observance to the attention of all citizens.

BOCC Proclaims Newspaper in Education Week

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

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The Board of County Commissioners is pictured with representatives from some of local newspapers

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on February 28, 2017 proclaiming the week of March 6 through 10, 2017 as Newspaper in Education Week.

Newspaper in Education (NIE) is an international program that encourages the use of daily newspaper as a progressive teaching resource for students from primary through adult education levels. For more than thirty years, the Tampa Bay Times Bay Times Newspaper in Education program has been a community partner, serving educators, students and families by providing funded newspapers, companion materials and instructional support.

The American Press Institute commemorates and celebrates Newspaper in Education Week annually during the first full school week in March.

The Board of County Commissioners recognizes March 6 through 10, 2017 as Newspaper in Education Week in Citrus County and calls the observance to the attention of all citizens.

UF/IFAS Offers Healthy Relationship Classes

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

Healthy Relationship Series for April

UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County is pleased to offer 2 different educational series to help you improve your relationships.  SMART Couples Florida classes are designed to teach you how to communicate needs, listen to the needs of others, successfully resolve conflict, and maintain happy and healthy relationships with everyone in your life.

1. “Elevate,” is a fun and powerful relationship-enhancement workshop to help couples improve their communication skills and strengthen their relationships.  This program runs Thursdays from 6 pm-8:30 p.m. from April 27 - May 25.  At the UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County 3650 W. Sovereign Path, Ste. 1, Lecanto.

2. “Smart Steps” is a fun and empowering stepfamily workshop designed to help strengthen the relationship of the couple and their children, including non-custodial parents.  The program runs Fridays from 6-8:30 p.m. from April 28 - May 26. At the UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County 3650 W. Sovereign Path, Ste. 1, Lecanto.

A light meal is served each week.  To register by March 17th, or for more information, visit the SMARTcouples.org Classes and Events page or contact UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County at 352-527-5700.

Funding for this project is provided by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Grant: #90FM 0079-01-00.  These services are available to all eligible persons, regardless of race, gender, age, disability or religion.  In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 286.26, F.S., persons needing accommodations or an interpreter to participate in programs should contact their UF/IFAS Extension office no later than 5 days prior to the scheduled meeting time or call 1-800-955-8771 (TDD).

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