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Cottage Foods Safety Training – Learn food safety guidelines and the specifics of operating a home-based cottage food business. Upon completion of the webinar and exam, receive a 3 year food safety certificate.

Mediterranean DietMarch 16, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Learn how to use the Mediterranean Diet to enjoy good food and improve your health!

Convert Your Turf! – March 18, 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. Learn what steps you can take to turn your current lawn into something different! Event Speaker: Tony Koski, CSU Professor and Interim Director of the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture.

Pruning Shrubs: Stop the Senseless Shearing – March 25, 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. To cut or not to cut? Learn the correct steps to take when pruning shrubs in your yard. Event Speaker: Eric Hammond, CSU Extension Director – Adams County.

“All My Money” Basic Money Management CourseWednesdays, March 30-April 20. Want to get your finances on track in 2022? Attend a free, online series (4 sessions) on basic money management. Great for people starting out or looking to get back on track with their finances.

A Fool’s Guide to Zero-Water Gardens – April 1, 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. We’re not fooling on this April Fool’s Day! Learn the truth about zero-water gardens. Event Speaker: John Murgel, CSU Extension – Douglas County.

Vegetable Varieties – April 8, 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. Choosing vegetable varieties can be overwhelming. Join this class to narrow down the possibilities and choose what grows best in Colorado. Event Speaker: Cassey Anderson, CSU Extension – Adams County.

Celebrate Trees for Arbor Day! – April 15, 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. Join our panel of tree experts to celebrate Colorado Arbor Day as they present you with their favorite trees for Colorado landscapes. Event Speakers: CSU Extension – Cassey Anderson, Eric Hammond, Amy Lentz, Alison O’Connor and Lisa Mason.

Denver Audubon – Native Plants for Birds – April 16, 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Join Lisa Mason exploring the basics of native plants and why they’re essential for our bird populations.

Bemis Public Library Monthly CMG Series: Garden Insects – April 19, 6:00 p.m. Arapahoe County Master Gardener Ron Hogan will be presenting on the various insects found in your landscape. Come learn about beneficial insect friends and common insect pests that can be found in your own garden. In person at Bemis Public Library – 6014 S Datura Street Littleton, CO 80120.

Beneficial Garden Insects – April 22, 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. Meet some of the beneficial insects that you can attract to your garden to help you win the war against pests. Event Speaker: Lisa Mason, CSU Extension – Arapahoe County.

NPM – Basic Botany – April 26, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Enjoy an interactive, fun and fact-filled class designed to prepare you for success in your study of Colorado’s flora. Participants will be exposed to the plant kingdom and basic botanical terms as we get a close-up look at plant parts, discover scientific terminology and basic identifying characteristics, all to set you up for success in the field. No keying will be done in this class.

NPM – Plant Families – April 28, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Learn distinguishing characteristics of common plant families which will make plant identification more successful and fun. Plant materials will be available for a close look. Handouts available. This is a particularly useful class for those new to botany and plant identification.

Introduction to Landscape Design – April 29, 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. Learn the basics of landscape design from site planning to plant placement. Event Speaker: Deryn Davidson, CSU Extension – Boulder County.

Native Plants Suitable for Extreme Elbert County Habitat – April 30, 10:00 a.m. This class will be geared towards adults and youth alike, and include lectures and a presentation on native plants. Speakers include Raylene Owen, Jesse Donnelly, and Cathy Ramsey.