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!*

2017-2018 Leader Educational Lesson Lineup

September Lesson

Savvy Sellers and Bargain Hunters

(Tuesday, August 29, 2017, 6:30pm)

Many of us have items in our homes that have been kept long beyond their usefulness. These items often clutter our houses while we scratch our heads wondering what to do with them. Many times, clothes, bags, furniture, or odd knick-knacks are still in good condition, yet we no longer have a use for them. On the other hand, many of us also have upcoming purchases, such as back-to-school clothes, home redecorating, or furnishing a college apartment, that make us wonder whether there is a cheaper option.  Checking out local yard sales and consignment shops might help you save substantially.


October Lesson

Toaster Ovens:  A Primer

(Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 6:30pm)

Toaster ovens became popular household appliances in the mid-1950s, and have changed significantly since those early days. This program introduces today’s toaster ovens and provides insights on their purchase, use and care.  Advantages and challenges are reviewed and recipes are included.


November Lesson

Eating For Your Eyes

(Monday, October 23, 2017, 12:00 noon)

We cannot change our genetic inheritance, but we can change our behavior in order to reduce our risk for certain diseases. In this lesson, learn what to eat as well as other lifestyle changes to improve eye health. Macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and other eye diseases will be discussed.


January Lesson

Vegetarian 101:  History, Health & Tips

(Monday, November 20, 2017, 12:00 noon)

Every day we make choices about the foods we eat. Some people elect a plant based eating pattern, ranging from foods with no animal connections (vegans) to those with mostly plant-based food and minimal animal connections (flexitarian and vegetarian). This lesson explores vegetarian and vegan diets, providing history, outlining health benefits and reviewing possible nutrient challenges. 


February Lesson

On the Road Again:  Sites, Tastes & Culture of Ireland

(Monday, January 29, 2018, 12:00 and 6:30*pm (*if at least six people preregister)

Join us for a whirlwind tour of Ireland which will include glimpses of the ever-changing scenery from plunging cliffs to towering mountains and gloomy peat bogs. We’ll learn a little of the history of the country and how it relates to the ancestry of many Kentuckians. Some traditional Irish recipes will be shared. We will also discuss packing and travel tips and hacks. This lesson will be designed to help your clubs celebrate International month and early St. Patrick’s Day.


March Lesson

Pinterest Party:  How to Make Your Money Go Farther

(Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 12:00 noon)

The Pinterest Party sessions will feature five financial concepts and will utilize new teaching methods to reinforce learning. Participants will develop their own vision boards and learn to differentiate between solid research based information and information provided for commercial gain. Participants will develop an understanding of financial management concepts and will be able to relate these concepts to their own financial goal.


April Lesson

Couch Potato Challenge

(Monday, March 19, 2018, 12:00 noon)

The Couch Potato Challenge is a 12 week walking challenge that is based on the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s walking plan.  This program allows you to get started walking at a pace that is comfortable for you!


May Lesson

Creating and Maintaining Family Traditions

(Monday, April 30, 2018, 6:30pm)

Building a strong family takes time and effort.  Strong families are unified through deep emotional connections with each other, a sense of belonging in the family system, and healthy relationships between members. The purpose of this lesson is to reinforce the importance of family traditions, emphasize habits to preserve and respect traditions, and provide practical ways to establish new traditions. 

* The evening lesson will only be held if at least six people pre-register.