WSU – Extension office hosts open house to mark 100 years of service

UNION GAP – Washington State University Yakima County Extension invites the public to join in a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act, this coming Saturday, May 10, from 1 to 3 p.m., at the Union Gap office, located at 2403 S. 18th St., Suite 100.

The centennial open house will feature numerous educational displays and activities and a food drive, hosted by the Yakima County Extension office staff, volunteers and faculty.

Those attending Saturday’s celebration are encouraged to bring a canned food or a non-perishable item for the Yakima Food Bank. Each food item donated equates to one raffle ticket.

WSU gear, Master Gardener plant displays and other related items will be raffled off. Raffle tickets can also be purchased for $2, with all proceeds going to the Yakima Food Bank. Refreshments will be served.

Also featured will be information regarding extension service community projects such as education displays and activities, including a 4-H petting zoo, basket making, healthy food demonstrations, a Master Gardener’s plant clinic, pest management information and office tours.

Smith-Lever Act established the national Cooperative Extension Service, a state-by-state network of educators who apply local research and education to improve economic well-being and quality of life throughout their states and across the nation.

In Washington, extension professionals and volunteers have helped invigorate regional economies, improve health and wellness, strengthen families, engage youth in leadership and citizenship, enhance energy security and create one of the largest and most successful agriculture enterprises in the world.

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