Upcoming 2021 Events for Family and Consumer Science

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With the gradual lifting of COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines, there has been a slow start to summer. With the past Memorial Day holiday marking the unofficial start of the summer, families and individuals are making plans for vacations, barbeques, and pool parties, trying to return some sort of normal. But where do these more lenient guidelines leave us here at North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Robeson County Center? What plans do we have for the summer and the rest of the year?

For the Family and Consumer Sciences program, I’m excited to announce upcoming virtual workshops on how to use InstantPots and Air Fryers. These workshops will cover how to use, storing and cleaning, and healthy recipes, as well as a demonstration. For participants who have either an InstantPot or Air Fryer, an ingredient list will be sent to them so they can cook along if they choose to. InstantPot workshops will be held on August 18 at 11 a.m. or 5 p.m. and August 19 at 10:30 a.m. or 5:30 p.m. Air Fryer workshops will be held on August 24 at 4:30 p.m., August 25 at 11 a.m. or 5 p.m., and August 26 at 10:30 a.m. or 5:30 p.m. There is no cost to attend these workshops and space is limited to 20 participants. You can register online on for the Instant Pot for Beginners class and the Air Frying for Beginners class on Eventbrite.

Physical activity, while very important to overall health, is something people do not get enough of. According to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, adults need 150 minutes (2 ½ hours) of moderate-intensity activity every week. Time, location, and safety are often handy excuses for not exercising. As a way to break through those excuses, I will be offering an eight-week walking group starting in September. Walks will take place on Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. and Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. at Northeast Park (500 Hornets Road, Lumberton). The group will provide motivation, accountability, and tips and information, so participants can continue their physical activity journey after the group has ended. Participants will receive a water bottle and weekly giveaways. Group members who participate in at least two walks each week will have their name entered into a drawing at the end of the eight weeks. More information will be available in the future.

To register for the workshops or for more information, please contact Jessie Jones, Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Agent with North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Robeson County Center at 910-671-3276, by email at jessie_jones@ncsu.edu, or visit our website.