Agriplex offering loads of activities for 2019

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CULLMAN – The North Alabama Agriplex is offering loads of fun classes, programs and special events for all ages in 2019. The Agriplex is partnering with Cullman Parks, Recreation & Sports Tourism (CPRST) this year so that participants can register for classes through CPRST’s online RecDesk portal (www.cullmanrecreation.recdesk.com/Community/Home), as well as through the Agriplex website at www.agriplex.org/programs.html#reg.

Here are some of the programs available this year.

Preschool (Ages 3-4) $5 per child (with adult) from 10-11 a.m.

  • Jan. 11 Winter Animals 
  • Feb. 6 Bee Mine 
  • March 8 Farm Animal Babies
  • April 12 Farmer’s Market 
  • May 10 Sunflowers 
  • Sept. 13 Barnyard Dance
  • Oct. 11 Cotton
  • Nov. 8 The Green Tractor
  • Dec. 13 Winter Celebration 

Farm Kids Club (Ages 5 and up) Saturdays 9-10:30 a.m. $5 per child (with exceptions); Max program cost of $10 per family 

  • Jan. 5 Make and Take Terrariums ($10 per child) 
  • Feb. 2 The Chicken and the Egg 
  • March 2 Sheep to Wool 
  • April 6 Planting the Garden
  • May 4 Attracting Birds to the Backyard 
  • June 1 Horse Talk
  • July 13 Water Water Everywhere 
  • Sept. 7 Cooking Class
  • Oct. 5 Charlotte’s Web
  • Nov. 2 Turkey Time
  • Dec. 7 Holiday Crafts 

Heritage Homeschool (homeschoolers and parents) Thursdays 9-11 a.m. $8 per child; Max program cost of $16 per family

  • Jan. 24 Peanuts 
  • Feb. 28 Little Red Hen 
  • March 14 Victory Gardens
  • April 25 Strawberries 
  • May 23 Wildlife 
  • Sept. 26 Forestry 
  • Oct. 24 Owls 
  • Nov. 14 Soybeans 
  • Dec. 12 Happy Birthday Alabama 

Several summer programs are being offered to kids including Garden Camps in June and July, Sewing Camps (101-102-103) in July and August, and the 19th Annual Touring Farms for Kids in June. 

Field trips are also scheduled throughout the year for preschoolers, elementary students and middle schoolers (sixth-eighth grades). These trips cover a variety of places and topics. The prices of these field trip vary. 

From May 11 thru Oct. 12, Power of Produce will be held at the Festhalle Farmers’ Market. On Saturdays and at 2nd Fridays events, children up to age 12 will get free produce samples. Children will also receive market money to spend. 

Adult classes $5 per person (with exceptions),  6 p.m. 

  • Jan. 22 Attracting Purple Martins and Bluebirds to Your Yard 
  • Feb. 7 Raised Bed Gardening 
  • March 5 Lasagna Gardening 
  • April 16 Healthy Lawn Care 
  • May 7 Combat Invasive Plants/Traveling Band of Privet Remand 
  • June 4 Training Trees the First 25 Years 
  • July 16 Backyard Chickens 
  • Aug. 22 Salad Bowl Garden/ Growing Other Fall Veggies 
  • Sept. 26 Succulent Pumpkin Centerpiece 
  • Oct. 3 Native Woody Plants 
  • Nov. 5 Horses
  • Dec. 7 Grapevine Wreaths 

Monthly programs  $5 per person, 6 p.m.

  • Jan. 17 Storytelling Night 
  • Feb. 28 Life of Tommie Bass 
  • March 14 Cheesemaking 
  • April 11 A Cutting Flower Garden from Your Backyard 
  • May 9 Hypertuffa 
  • June 20 Healing Salves from the Earth
  • July 18 Learn to Crochet an Amigurumi Japanese Stuffed Toy 
  • Aug. 15 Sacred Harp Singing 
  • Sept. 10 Woods of Alabama 
  • Oct. 15 Trapping and the Fur Trade 
  • Nov. 7 Essential Oil Basics
  • Dec. 3 Herbs for the Holidays 

The American Iris Society will also meet on the last Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m., expect December, when it will meet earlier in the month.

Lunch and Learn programs are free and will be held on Wednesdays at the Agriplex from noon until 1 p.m. 

The dates for Lunch and Learns are Jan. 16, Feb. 20, March 20, April 17, May 15, June 19, July 17, Aug. 24 and Sept. 18. Participants will learn about various outdoor topics. Door prizes will also be given out. 

Several exciting workshops have been scheduled, with the first beginning later in January on Beekeeping. Quilting Basics for Adults will take place in March and Blacksmith Workshop in May.  On Feb. 21 at 6 p.m., as part of the Alabama 200 Bicentennial celebration, co-authors Ken Willis and Larry Davenport will be discussing their book “Exploring Wild Alabama.” Afterward they will be signing books. 

Participants must be registered for events and seats should be reserved for Lunch and Learns. For more information and to register, visit www.agriplex.org. 

For updates on upcoming events, follow the North Alabama Agriplex on Facebook  at www.facebook.com/NorthAlabamaAgriplex.

The Agriplex’s 2019 schedule can also be accessed at www.flipsnack.com/agriplex/2019-agriplex-public-programs.html.

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