Upcoming Cooperative Extension activities

Solar Celebration!

Go Solar is throwing a party, May 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Cass Park. Celebrate how far this community has come in embracing a clean energy future and learn about the latest technologies and options available to put the power of the sun to work.!

Partner installers are offering discounts and free, no-obligation site assessments through the Go Solar program. Live music, free ice cream, and the Pi Truck, the world's first solar- and wind-powered wood-fired-oven pizza truck, will be on site. 

And if you already have solar, bring a photo of your array along with a friend, neighbor – anyone – who doesn't have solar and be entered for a chance to win great prizes.

The Solar Celebration is free and everyone is welcome.

Visit www.GoSolarTompkins.org for more information about going solar and a list of partner installers, or contact Guillermo Metz at gm52@cornell.edu or at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, (607) 272-2292 for more information.

Rainwater harvesting

This workshop, to be held May 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the Cornell Cooperative Extension-Tompkins Education Center, 615 Willow Ave., will show how to set up your own rainwater harvesting system to conserve water and be ready for the next drought. Sean Dembrosky will give a slide presentation on how his nursery, Edible Acres, thrived during last summer’s drought by using harvested rainwater. Topics covered will include sourcing and placement of containers, connecting multiple containers in series, techniques for designing overflow systems, and farming techniques that complement erratic rainfall and turbulent growing seasons.

For more information visit: http://ccetompkins.org/events/2016/11/02/rainwater-harvesting . Register online at: http://db.ccetompkins.org/programs/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=1085 or by phone by calling 272-2292, or emailing cab69@cornell.edu. Cost: $5 - $10 sliding scale.

Money-smart seniors

This free class, "Money Smart for Older Adults," May 27, 3:30-5:30 p.m., at the Cornell Cooperative Extension-Tompkins Education Center, 615 Willow Ave., raises awareness among older adults and their caregivers on how to prevent elder financial exploitation and to encourage advance planning and informed financial decision-making.  After the workshop the participants will be better able to:

  • Recognize and reduce the risk of elder financial exploitation
  • Guard against identity theft
  • Plan for possible loss of their ability to manage their finances
  • Prepare financially for disasters
  • Find other helpful resources for managing their money

Register online. For more information, contact Kenneth McLaurin, Jr., financial management educator, kem228@cornell.edu, (607) 272-2292 ext. 150.