Upcoming Events

Estate Planning Seminar

estateAlabama Cooperative Extension System is currently offering free seminars on estate planning. Many people may not know what estate planning is or why it is important. Estate planning is important for individuals who wish to have some control over transferring property before and after his/her death. With proper planning, families can avoid many of the problems associated with dividing a family member’s assets.

If you are interested in learning more about 1) How to Make an Informed Decision by Avoiding Investment Fraud; 2) Alabama’s Plan for Your Estate, 3) Documents in An Estate Plan, and 4) Should I make a Will or Trust. Please plan to attend this free seminar on Wednesday, November 2, 2016, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, at the Traders and Farmers Bank Bernice Hilton Walker Building, upstairs room, located at 64 Main Street, in Double Springs.

Dr. Robert Tufts, Estate Planning Attorney and Auburn University Professor, will present information and answer questions relating to estate planning topics. Call the Winston County Extension Office at (205) 489-5376 to pre-register for this free seminar no later than noon on October 31st, due to limited seating. Refreshments will be provided for all participants. This program is being sponsored by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Traders and Farmers Bank. For more information, contact Pat W. Smith, Regional Extension Agent at 256-710-7706 or e-mail: smithp7@auburn.edu


Minding Our Future: Investing in Healthy Infants and Toddlers Forum to be held in Double Springs

Parents attend educational event.
Parenting Forum

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) is sponsoring an educational forum titled “Minding Our Future:  Investing in Healthy Infants and Toddlers” on Tuesday, December 15, at 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., at the Double Springs Municipal Building.  The municipal building is located at 23415 Hwy 195, about 1.7 miles south of the County Courthouse.

Anyone interested in the well-being of babies and toddlers from prenatal to three years old are invited to participate in this Alabama Issues Forum.  The forum will be facilitated by the David Mathews Center for Civic Life located in Montevallo.  The information will benefit parents, child care providers, Head Start, Pre-K, Family & Consumer Science teachers, health teachers, social workers, family service agencies, medical personnel, and public leaders.

Certificate of attendance will be provided.  It has been approved for two contact hours of education for social workers and child care providers as well as 0.2 CEUs of general elective continuing education credit for all professionals including nurses.  During the forum citizens will have the opportunity to discuss several approaches to supporting children during their first three years of life.  The educational booklet that all will receive was written by Dr. Ellen Abell, Child Development Extension Specialist at Auburn University.

Supporting Alabama’s infants and toddlers will require us working together as a community.  According to Harvard University’s Center for the Developing Child, a strong foundation of health for young children requires positive relationships, safe and stable environments, and good nutrition.  While Alabama continues to make strides in improving the wellbeing of our youngest citizens, much remains to be done.

“At this forum citizens will explore options for supporting our youngest Alabamians, and hopefully, they will make decisions together,” says Cristin Foster, Executive Director of the David Mathews Center.  A meal will be provided during the forum for those who pre-register, and the program is free to the public.  To pre-register please contact Winston County Extension Office at 205-489-5376.

Parenting Resource Fair


A Parenting Resource Fair was held recently in Haleyville at the 21st Street Gym.  This event was a great place for parents, grandparents, relatives, foster parents, and guardians wanting to learn more about raising children.  This Parenting Resource Fair was organized by Head Start, Winston County Extension Office, and the City of Haleyville.

Participants viewed displays and talked with representatives of over 30 organizations that help children and their parents.  Many of these exhibitors had free publications, discounts on services, and even promotional items for parents to pick up.  The Parenting Resource Fair was well attended and we hope to increase the numbers next year.  Health care providers, dentists, banks and financial companies, education and government services, Community Action, are just a few of the categories of exhibitors.  Pre-registration is not required and this event was free of charge.

For information on the Parenting Resource Fair, call the Winston County Extension Office at (205) 489-5376.