Family and Consumer Sciences Educational Lessons are presented each month, August through April. 

These lessons are presented with Madison County Extension Homemaker Lesson Leaders in mind, but everyone is invited to attend, even if you are not a member of Madison County Extension Homemakers. All lessons will be held at the Madison County Extension Education Center, 230 Duncannon Lane, Richmond. 

*If you plan to attend, please call 859-623-4072 to register, even if you are a designated Lesson Leader for your club!*

2018-2019 Leader Educational Lesson Lineup


September Lesson

Mental Health Awareness

(Thursday, August 30, 2018, 6:30pm)

Mental Health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being. Statistically half of Americans will have a mental health diagnosis at some point in their lives. All people experience times of difficulty and stress and should feel comfortable seeking help and support to manage those times. It is important to educate people that mental illnesses are as real as other physical illnesses, and that they can be treated effectively. And by acting early and effectively many of these illnesses can be prevented from progressing, or even occurring in the first place.


October Lesson

Nourish Your Skin

(Monday, September 17, 2018, 6:30pm)

Skin is the largest organ in the body. Skin serves as a protective barrier to help prevent harmful substances from entering the body. Damaging sun rays, chemicals, pollution and smoke all can affect the skin. Therefore, if we really want to protect our bodies, we need to commit to protecting our skin and making it a powerful barrier. Similar to other organs, our skin requires special care for optimal function. During this lesson we will discuss sunscreen, hygiene tips, and the importance of hydration and consuming antioxidants.


November Lesson

Not Your Grandma’s Pressure Cooker

(Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 6:30 pm)

You have most likely heard about the new electric programmable pressure cookers (AKA Instant Pots™). These appliances are becoming very popular because of their easy to use features and wide range of uses. Come see what the fuss is all about during this program where we will discuss the safety, benefits, and tips and tricks of using the electric pressure cooker.


January Lesson


(Monday, November 26, 2018, 12:00 noon)

Pasta is a staple food of traditional Italian cuisine, with the first reference dating to 1154 in Sicily. Also commonly used to refer to the variety of pasta dishes, pasta is typically a noodle made from an unleavened dough of a durum wheat flour mixed with water or eggs and formed into sheets or various shapes, then cooked by boiling or baking. This class will teach the history and basics of pasta making, and provide recipes and samples of various pastas.


February Lesson

Drying, The Other Food Preservation Method

(Thursday, January 24, 2019, 12:00 noon)

Drying (dehydrating) food is one of the oldest and easiest methods of food preservation. Dehydration is the process of removing water or moisture from a food product. Removing moisture from foods makes them smaller and lighter, but preserves taste and nutritional value. In this class we will learn about dehydrators, the principles and process of drying fruits, vegetables and meats and ways to use your finished products.


March Lesson

Nourish Your Muscles

(Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 12:00 noon)

The maintenance of your muscles plays a major role in healthy aging. By taking care of your muscles, you can impact your quality of life now and in the future. The proteins in our bodies continuously are being broken down and replaced. Protein is essential to life and needs to be consumed at each meal.


April Lesson

Hiring a Dependable Contractor

(Thursday, March 28, 2019, 12:00 noon)

Building, remodeling, or repairing a home can be one of the costliest undertakings a family experiences. When building or repairing your home, the general contractor you hire can be either the biggest help or the biggest source of problems you will encounter. Disreputable builders may try to take advantage of you, lining their pocket, while leaving your house in an unsatisfactory state. You can learn to protect your interests and avoid financial disaster by becoming an informed consumer.


May Lesson

Cooking for 1 or 2

(Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 6:30pm)

People often look at cooking for one or two as a hassle but it can be very rewarding while giving you the opportunity to be creative as well. This program brings together meal planning, purchasing food, proper storage, and techniques that make cooking for one or two a simple and fun task.