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September 04, 2013

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8 La Paz County Health Dept. offers Food Handler Classes Get connected Get answers For all your health and human services needs. When people don't know where to turn, 2-1-1 Arizona is there for them. Dialing 2-1-1 is now available statewide in Arizona, providing guidance for those in need of health and human services in their communities. Community Information and Referral Services (CIR) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) agency and has been the lead agency for up-to-date information on community, health, and human service resources in Arizona since 1979. 2-1-1 Arizona, as a program of CIR, is the primary source of information for: • Utility assistance programs • Rental assistance programs • Homeless services • Emergency food • Transportation information • Medical and mental health services • Community services • Volunteering and donating • And so much more... Just dial 2-1-1 or 877-211-8661 Or visit Desert Messenger 425 N. Central (Hwy. 95) HOURS Mon. - Fri. 8am - noon PROPANE Refills • Tanks OPD Valves Custom Hoses Recertification Auto pay RV DUMP Cash or Credit Card WATER R/O Ozone Water RV Potable Water R/O ICE R/O WATER 5 GAL/ $1 RV PARK with full hookups 928-927-3714 September 4, 2013 ONLINE La Paz County Health Department Food Handler Cards Food Handler cards are required for every person who handles or prepares food, and/or handles the eating utensils and food preparation equipment, including dishwashing. The cost is $15.00 per year and the card must be posted inside the food unit. Cards must be obtained prior to opening. Food handlers working without cards will be asked to leave and a re-inspection will be required ($100.00 re-inspection fee will be assessed against food unit). The Food Handler class and test will be given at: Quartzsite Senior Center 40 Moon Mountain Road. Wednesday, Oct 16 10:00 am, 2:00 pm Wednesday, Nov. 13 10:00 am, 2:00 pm Wednesdays Dec. 4, 11, 18 9:00 am, 10:30 am Wednesdays Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29 9:00 am, 10:30 am NOTE: If you need a Spanish video and test, please contact the Health Department at 928-669-1100. Time to think about fall planting Submitted by Lyle Browning University of Arizona La Paz County Cooperative Extension, Parker Fall planting of vegetables offers the best chance of success and a much more pleasant experience. By planting vegetable in the fall we avoid those blistering summer temperatures and as a result we are able Quartzsite Transit Services Available to our elderly, elderly disabled and disabled populations Our hours of operation are 8:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Pickups will begin at 8:20am; scheduling may be done two weeks in advance. An adult must accompany riders under 10 years of age. There is limited occupancy of 8 passengers depending on the size of the van available. To schedule a pickup call Quartzsite Town Hall at 928-927-4333. VAN SCHEDULE & SUGGESTED DONATIONS FOR SERVICE (round trip) Monday Local QUARTZSITE $ 3 Tuesday (1st & 3rd ) BLYTHE $10 Tuesday (2nd & 4th ) PARKER $10 Wednesday (1st, 3rd, 5th ) YUMA/ALGODONES $15 Wednesday (2nd & 4th) LAKE HAVASU CITY $15 Wednesday Local QUARTZSITE $ 3 Thursdays PARKER $10 Fridays Local QUARTZSITE $ 3 Space donated by Desert Messenger - - to spend more time enjoying gardening instead of hiding from the sun. Not all vegetables do well in fall and winter. Cooler temperatures result in generally slower growth, and shortened days are not good for some flowering vegetables. Here is a good rule of thumb for fall gardens: Plant vegetables with either edible tops: lettuce cabbage spinach and other leaf crops, or plants with edible roots; carrots, radishes, turnips, beets or other edible root plants. Plants that produce a fruit: tomatoes, squash, peppers do not do as well in fall and winter. There are some reasons for this. Night time temperatures are often too low to allow fruit to set. Most fruit setting plants are not frost hardy and often freeze, wasting seeds, money and labor. Sometimes these fruiting vegetables can be grown on a protected patio facing south or in a greenhouse setting, but most of us don't have that advantage. Some vegetable can be planted as early as the first part of September, while some prefer an October planting. Anyone wanting to know suggested planting dates can call or stop by our office. We are located at 2524 Mutahar road just off Shea Rd., Parker. Our telephone number is 928-669-9843. Be sure to call with any gardening questions you have. We enjoy talking with you.

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