Upcoming Events

2018 River Region Successful Aging Initiative

The 2018 event is fast approaching and we invite you to receive education and resources at the upcoming River Region Successful Aging Initiative on Thursday, September 20th at Multiplex @ Cramton Bowl. 

9:00 a.m. -– 2:00 p.m.

Please fill out the below registration form and mail to – 5340 Atlanta Hwy., Montgomery AL 36109. If you need more information, contact us at 334.270.4133 or email bixlekr@aces.edu

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GMO Fact or Fiction?

Genetically modified organisms concept with an organic pears and a genetically modified pear.

Fact or Fiction?

The truth behind GMO’s and other food myths

GMO, Genetically Engineered, Bio Technology-What Does It All Mean?

Come join Alabama Extension professionals, researchers, and specialists from Auburn University and Alabama A&M University as we uncover the truth with non-based & research-based information.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
9:00am – until
Montgomery County Extension Office
Eastmont Shopping Plaza
5340 Atlanta Hwy.
Montgomery AL 36109

This is a free program, but you have to register by May 15th

Contact 334-270-4133 for more information

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The Master Gardener Helpline IS OPEN!

If you have questions on a garden related topic, the Master Gardener Helpline is open!

Call 1-877-ALA (252)-GROW (4769)

March through August the Alabama Cooperative Extension System offers a Gardening Helpline for the public each Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. This helpline is operated by Master Gardener Volunteers who use research-based information to best answer all of your gardening questions.

Holiday Open House


Please Join Us

The Montgomery County Extension invites you to attend a Holiday Open House on Friday, December 9, 2016.  The Open House will give partners, individuals we serve and other community stakeholders an opportunity to talk with staff to learn more about the programs and services the organization Offers.

Holiday Open House
Friday, December 9, 2016
10:30 am to 1:00 pm
5340 Atlanta Hwy., Montgomery, AL 36106
“A Taste of Extension”

Setting Your Child Up for Success: Sleep

Photo of a Young Teen sleeping in front of a laptop computer and on a bed

For students everywhere summer vacation is coming to an end. Soon, if not already, children, parents, and caregivers will be readying themselves for the first day of school.  The transition from the lax summer days to early school bells is difficult for many of us.  The school days begin to fill with homework and activities. In order to fit it all in, it’s easy to let bedtime slide. This is the time of year when many parents and caregivers ask themselves, “Is my child getting enough sleep?”.

Experts with The National Sleep Foundation report that children aged 6-13 need nine to eleven hours of sleep per night. With so many distractions, it’s important to implement and follow a bedtime routine. Here are some more suggestions to increase the quality and quantity of sleep for your child.

  • Create a cool, dark, and quiet space for sleep.
  • Keep computers and televisions out of the bedroom.
  • Reduce screen time before bed—it can cause issues falling and staying asleep.
  • Avoid caffeine.
  • Continue to teach your child about the importance of healthy sleep routines.

Studies have shown that a lack of quality sleep can lead to mood swings, behavioral issues, and problems with learning. When children do not get enough sleep their ability to ‘download’ information and skills learned during the day into their developing neural systems can be negatively affected. Implementing the tips listed and an earlier bedtime can ensure your child is getting the proper amount of sleep. This is one of many ways parents can set their child up for academic, behavioral, and social success.

Sheila Weber
Regional Extension Agent
Family & Child Development

Sheila Weber

Montgomery Extension Office To Participate in Scale Back Alabama

ScaleThe Montgomery County Extension Office will serve as a Weigh-In Site for the Scale Back Alabama program.

The goal of Scale Back Alabama is to encourage people to lose at least 10 or more pounds over a 10-week period.  To participate as a team, there must be at least two or more people per team.  You may also participate as an individual.

You may register online at www.scalebackalabama.com or register at the Montgomery County Extension Office, Eastmont Shopping Plaza, 5340 Atlanta Highway, Montgomery, Alabama 36109. Your weigh-in start the week of January 25-29.

Days for weekly weigh-in starting February 1st – Monday thru Friday from 7:30 am – 4:00 pm.

Contact the Montgomery County Extension Office at 334-270-4133 to obtain a registration form.

Scale Back Alabama (SBA) is a free statewide weight-loss program designed to encourage Alabamians to get healthy and to have fun while doing it. Since the first competition in 2007, Alabamians have lost more than one million pounds! (Scale Back Alabama is designed to address the state’s challenge with obesity; however, we caution individuals to check with their health care provider before beginning a new exercise or diet regimen.)

More information: PDF Scale Back Alabama