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Computer Classes Provide Info For Beginners

By Pamela Redwine

If you just got a computer for Christmas or you are interested in learning how to use a computer, we have the class for you. The Extension Service will be offering several computer classes in March.
On Tuesday, March 5 we will have Intro to Computers. This class will begin at 9 a.m. and will end around 4 p.m. It is a class for beginners or someone who is not comfortable with computers. This is a great class for someone who is just getting started with computers or who has not done much with one. The cost of this class is $15 and is due when you register. There are only 12 spaces available and this class is filling up fast so call or come by the extension office at 675-2730 now to get registered.
On Tuesday, March 26 from 9 a.m. until noon we will offer Intro to Internet. This class will teach you the basics of Internet Explorer, how to browse the Internet, set favorites, search for information using a search engine, how to go to specific sites, etc. This class will help make the internet less intimidating and more useful.     
That afternoon, from 1 to 4 p.m., we will offer Intro to Email. This class will teach you how email works and the things you can do with it. The course will deal with constructing emails, saving them, attaching things to them, setting up accounts, etc. The cost of this day (includes both classes) is $15. There are only 12 spaces available for this class as well. Please call or come by the extension office to register. Registration fee is due when registering.
The 4-H Clover Buds club (formerly the FCS Club) will meet at the Extension Office on Thursday, February 21. This group is open to all youth ages 5-9. We hope you can come.
The Healthy You Exercise class will meet on Monday, February 18 and Wednesday, February 20 (we had originally cancelled due to the conference room being booked). We will be walking on the concrete in the arena instead of doing our usual exercise. Sometimes it is a little cool in the arena so you may want to dress a little warmer. Also, don’t forget your water!
The United Y.C. MHV Club will meet on Thursday, February 21. The business meeting will be at 9 a.m. and the program starts at 10 a.m. This month Mrs. Reba Bland, Area Leadership Agent with MSU-ES, will be our speaker. She will be discussing how to keep up with your Secretary Record book. The public is invited to attend.
We’ve all heard about the joys of antioxidants, but today we want to discuss what they do and where to actually find them.
There are many different types of antioxidants, but they all appear to play a similar role; protecting your cells from free radicals, which would otherwise damage those cells.
Where can you find anti-oxidants? In healthful foods, of course.
• Orange foods are rich in the antioxidant called beta-carotene. Stock up on carrots, sweet potatoes, mangoes, and squash.
• What do tomatoes, pink grapefruit, and watermelon have in common? Why, they’re all sources of lycopene, another amazing antioxidant.
• Vitamin E, yet another great antioxidant, is found in nuts, mangoes, broccoli, and a slew of oils, including corn oil, safflower oil, and soybean oil.
Article Source: Communicating Food For Health Newsletter, February 2013

Recipe of the Week

Plum Ratatouille

By Pamela Redwine

2-1/2 cups diced eggplant
2 cups sliced zucchini
1 onion, cut into wedges
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 cups diced tomatoes
2 cups fresh plum wedges
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1-1/2 teaspoons dried basil leaves, crushed
1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves, crushed
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Fresh lemon juice

In large nonstick skillet, cook and stir eggplant, zucchini and onion in oil 15 minutes or until tender. Add remaining ingredients except lemon juice; reduce heat and cover. Cook, stirring occasionally, until plums are tender, about 4 minutes. Drizzle with fresh lemon juice just before serving. Makes 6 servings
Nutrients per Serving: 1 cup ratatouille
Calories 69, Fat 3g, Protein 1 g, Carbohydrate 12g
Fiber 3g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 4mg
Recipe Source: Taste of Home Diabetic Cookbook 2008

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