Briefs 04.23.2020

Quarantine boxes available for older adults
Are you age 60 or older and having trouble getting food while trying to stay home and stay safe during the pandemic? If so, a quarantine box might be just what you need. The Michigan Aging and Adult Services Agency in partnership with the Food Bank Council of Michigan is providing each Area Agency on Aging region with a quantity of quarantine boxes that are intended for older adults experiencing food insecurity as a result of the pandemic. The intent is to support housebound older adults not currently receiving food assistance from other programs. The boxes contain 33 shelf stable food items, enough for 22 meals. To see if you’re eligible, complete the short survey at The supply is limited.
Online Ocean Explorers series offered
MSU Extension’s 4-H Ocean Explorers Webinar Series introduces kids of all ages to marine life around the world. Free, online, and available to all (no 4-H membership required). Programs are scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays. Programs include: April 23 – “Sharks: Not as scary as you think,” April 30 – “Life Cycle of a Sea Turtle,” May 7 – “What’s in a Tidepool,” May 14 – “Vote on ocean animal topic.” Zoom link emailed prior to each session. Register at
Webinar to focus on COVID-19 tourism impact
The Current Issues Impacting Tourism Webinar Series from MSU Extension focuses on the impacts of COVID 19 on tourism and the economy in small towns, and explores strategies for recovery. Free and online every Thursday from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. from April 23 through May 14. Register at
MSUE offers webinar series regarding anger
Several reports indicate that domestic violence has increased as a result of the stressors brought on by the novel coronavirus pandemic. MSU Extension’s “RELAX: Alternatives to Anger” webinar series aims to help teens, adults, parents, and caregivers understand and manage anger and stress, and develop the communication and problem solving skills needed for healthy relationships. Free and online. Information and registration: 
Mindfulness program offered over the phone
MSU Extension District 4 is hosting a Stress Less with Mindfulness course for those without internet access. Stress Less with Mindfulness introduces participants to the experience and practice of mindfulness, with a goal of reducing stress. The class will be held over the phone from 1-2 p.m. on the following dates: May 12, May 14, May 19, May 21, and May 26. Register by April 30 at 5 p.m. by calling (989) 344-3264 x 1.
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