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Week of July 13 - Energy Express on WVPB

Monday, July 13, 2020, 9:30 a.m.

Did you know that you can use “found” items from around your home to create typography to spell your name? Join Dylan Collins, associate professor in the School of Art and Design in the WVU College of Creative Arts, to learn about typography and how you can look for items around the house that you can use to creatively spell out your name. Dylan also will share a reading of Dr. Seuss’ “ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book.” 

Our WVU Extension Service Forest Resource specialist, Dave McGill, will show you how to build your own mini greenhouse using items, like plastic bottles, from around your home. Ary Mosley, AmeriCorps member, will wrap up our episode with a reading of “Chrysanthemum.”

Tuesday, July 14, 2020, 9:30 a.m.

WVU Extension Service wildlife specialist Sheldon Owen is back today to help us learn more about birds with special guest, Joey Herron, an avid bird watcher and a master bird bander with the U.S. Geological Survey. Learn about “bird banding,” and get introduced to some beautiful birds you’ll see in West Virginia. (An “extended” version of this episode will be available for viewing on our WVU Extension Service Energy Express YouTube channel following today’s airing. Check in to learn more about birds and meet a “fledgling” bird watcher.)

Wednesday, July 15, 2020, 9:30 a.m.

Join Amie Tutor, our Family Nutrition Program youth health educator, to learn how to make sure you give your plants and vegetables plenty of room to grow, make your own square foot seed mat, and enjoy a read aloud. Head over to the kitchen and join Molly Poffenbarger, our health educator, where you will learn how to make a delicious and nutritious recipe using sugar snap peas. (For this recipe, you will need the following ingredients: one pound of sugar snap peas, olive oil, chopped fresh mint and fresh lemon juice.)

We’ll wrap up the episode by striking some fun yoga poses with Tracey Valach, our health educator.

Thursday, July 16, 2020, 9:30 a.m.

Summers often mean campfires and marshmallows. Our 4-H agent in Monongalia County, Becca Fint-Clark, and her daughter, Rory, will lead you through a fun campfire art activity, followed by a “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” read aloud and sing along. (For the activity, you will need tissue paper, clear glue, brown/black construction paper, scissors, clear plastic cups and a small, battery-operated tea light.)

And, join FNP nutrition outreach instructor Susan Lilly in the kitchen for an energy packed treat you can make at home. (For this recipe, you will need the following ingredients include: rice cereal, quick cooking oats, dried fruit, toasted nuts, honey, low-fat or regular peanut butter, unsweetened coconut and vanilla.)

Friday, July 17, 2020, 9:30 a.m.

Leaves come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Join WVU Extension Service Forestry Resources Specialist Dave McGill to learn more about leaves that you might find in your backyard and how you can tell what kind of tree they came from. Dave will follow up with a reading of “Leaf Jumpers.”

Do you ever feel sad, mad or anxious? Learn how the “Moody Cow Meditates” and join our 4-H curriculum specialist, Jenny Murray, and her daughter, Audra, to learn how you can make your own mood jar. (For this activity, you will need a plastic or glass jar, glitter, water and clear liquid soap.)