August Quick Bites: cool flowers, little critters, apps and crafts


Jan Swoope



Cool Flowers for Hot Days is the topic leading off August Quick Bites programs for the Mississippi State University Extension Service. The noon interactive video sessions offered four Thursdays in August are free to the public at county Extension offices. Sign-up is required.  


The programs include: 


  • Aug. 2 -- MSU's Lynette McDougald presents Cool Flowers, with advice on getting the most from the garden's bounty plus care and handling for the dog days of summer. She will also share "cool tricks" for design success. 


  • Aug. 9 -- MSU faculty member Blake Layton presents Miniature Mississippi Wildlife. The Extension professor points out that all insects are not pests. He takes a look at insects and spiders that share our landscape and gardens. This is a good one to bring the kids to. 


  • Aug. 23 -- At Tech Appy Hour, Extension instructor Jamie Varner teaches about useful apps and tech tips for smartphones, especially apps to help with productivity, shopping and saving at oft-visited stores. 


  • Aug. 30 -- In DIY 101: Creative Gift Boxes, Extension Agent II Terri Thompson shows how to use greeting cards and decorative stock paper to make boxes for small gifts or for storing small objects. 


    Those interested in attending any of the sessions at their county Extension office should contact the office to sign up. (Lowndes County: 662-328-2111; Oktibbeha 662-323-5916; Clay 662-494-5371.) 


    Sessions will also be held in Bost 409 for those who are on the MSU campus.  


    County offices can sign up for these programs at; use the online county sign up system. From the Distance Education drop-down menu, click on the County Schedule Signup. Or, counties may email [email protected]


  • Jan Swoope is the Lifestyles Editor for The Commercial Dispatch.


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