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CommunityInterestACBeyondALACHUA COUNTY – The Alachua County Extension Office is offering the following Family & Consumer Sciences Programs by Dr. Brenda Williams, Family & Consumer Sciences Agent for January 2012. All of these programs are held at the Extension Office at 2800 NE 39th Avenue, Gainesville.

Building Your Financial Future (A personal financial management program - for those filing bankruptcy only) - January 5, 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Attendees will learn four basic concepts that will aid in handling financial resources responsibly and building a financially secure future.  This program has been approved to issue certificates evidencing completion of a personal financial management instructional course in compliance with the Bankruptcy Code. You must bring your case number with you.

Topics include: Develop Your Budget, Money Management Skills, Use Credit Responsibly, and Consumers Rights and Responsibilities

Cost to attend this class is $10 (cash only) for course materials. Pre-register by Jan. 2 by calling 352-955-2402. For alternate class dates, or view the complete brochure, visit http://alachua.ifas.ufl.edu/calendar.shtml

Before You Tie the Knot – Jan. 9 & 10, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Before You Tie the Knot is a premarital preparation course.

Topics include: Communication, Conflict Management & Resolution, Financial Responsibility & Spending Plans, and Children and Parenting Responsibilities

Completion of this course is required to receive a $32.50 reduction of marriage license. Attendees will receive a certificate of completion and a copy for the Clerk of the Court. There is no cost to attend this two evening class. Pre-register by Jan. 4 by calling 352-337-6209.

Food Safety and Quality Program (ServSafe®) – Jan. 11, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This program is dedicated to providing training which enables food managers and staff to offer Florida consumers food that is prepared in a clean and safe environment. For further information and to register, please visit http://foodsafety.ifas.ufl.edu, or call toll-free at 1-888-232-8723.

For more information about these programs call 352-955-2402. Visit http://alachua.ifas.ufl.edu/calendar.shtml for additional programs offered by the Extension Office.