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Around the Home: 'Food Talk' sessions start next week
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We’re looking forward to meeting parents and families during our “Food Talk” sessions.

The lesson series begins Thursday and Friday at the University of Georgia-Hall County Extension Office in Gainesville. A different topic will be covered every week at our office at 734 E. Crescent Drive behind the Hall County Farmers’ Market.

Thursday sessions continue Oct. 17 and 24 and Nov. 7. Two time slots are available: 4:30-5:30 p.m. and 6-7 p.m. Friday sessions continue Oct. 18 and 25 and Nov. 1. Time slots available are: 10-11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Participants must attend the four lessons in order to receive the “Food Talk: Meals in Minutes” cookbook and a certificate.

So, grab your calendar or datebook, then pick a day and time to start your “Food Talk” sessions.

Food Talk is part of the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program.

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The Hall County 4-H Club annual Chicken BBQ is only a few days away. It’s a long-standing community tradition during the annual Mule Camp Market on the downtown Gainesville square.

The three-day festival is sponsored by the Gainesville Jaycees. It features arts and crafts, food and music.

As a youngster I attended Mule Camp Market every year with my mother. And the 4-H booth was always on our list of places to visit.

The BBQ plates are available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or until sellout Friday and Saturday. Plates are $8 each and proceeds help fund local 4-H Club programs.

For more information on Mule Camp Market, check out this week’s “Get Out” section of The Times.

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Food safety is especially important during holiday or family gatherings. Be sure to visit for information and tips to help keep your family safe.

By the way, the Partnership for Food Safety Education, which sponsors the Fight BAC! website, is sponsoring a Halloween drawing contest.

Young artists in the family or classroom can show off their drawing talents while learning more about food safety.

“Franken BAC’s Monster Mash Drawing Contest” is open to children age 12 and younger.

Children can draw their own spooky interpretations of the “10 Least Wanted Pathogens.” Plus, they’ll learn how to “Fight BAC!” with a game.

All entries must be received or postmarked by Oct. 31. Three eligible entries will win a raffle for $50 gift cards. Winners will be notified by Nov. 18.

For details, visit

Sandra Stringer is a nutrition educator with the UGA Cooperative Extension office in Hall County. She may be contacted at 770-535-8290. Her column appears biweekly on Wednesdays and on