The popular monthly noon educational programs sponsored by the Finney County Extension Service soon will begin with a new name and a new look! The program series formerly called Lunch and Learn now will be known as "Knowledge At Noon." The updated name better reflects the Kansas State Research and Extension educational mission and motto Knowledge for Life.

The series of programs are designed to provide current information on a variety of timely topics in a convenient noon-hour format. They are held monthly, September through April, on the first Thursday of each month (except April 2010, which will be on the second Thursday due to Easter). The meetings are from 12:05 to 12:55 p.m. at the Finney County Public Library.

Knowledge at Noon programs are planned by representatives of the Finney County Extension Council who select the topics, identify presenters and plan the schedule. Those attending are invited to bring their lunches to the programs if desired. Coffee and iced tea are provided at each session.

Here are the dates, topics and presenters scheduled for the upcoming Extension Knowledge at Noon programs. Mark your calendar now for those you plan to attend:

Sept. 3 "More About Digital Photography" presented by Pansy Fryman, 4-H photography leader. Digital technology opens a whole new world for home photographers. This program will help you learn more about digital photography and how to make the most of your digital camera and photographs. Learn how to use digital photographs in creative ways and get tips to enhance your digital photography experience.

Oct. 1 "Dental Implants" presented by Dr. Craig Miller, Southwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Center. Despite improvements in dental care, millions of Americans suffer tooth loss mostly due to tooth decay, gum disease or injury. For many years, the only treatment for missing teeth were bridges and dentures. But, today, dental implants are available. Dental implants are replacement tooth roots. Learn about the uses for dental implants to improve appearance and anchor fixed or removable replacement teeth.

Nov. 5 "Funeral Planning" presented by Darin Bradstreet, Garnand Funeral Home. Planning a funeral often involves making difficult decisions during a particularly emotional time. This program will examine some of the details that must be considered when planning a funeral service to honor a loved one. Discussion topics will include items that can be planned in advance, those that must be confirmed at the time of the service and other necessary arrangements based on the type of ceremony preferred.

Dec. 3 "Christmas Cookies 101" presented by Nancy Honig, Stevens County Extension agent. This program will share tips about the science of baking that can improve cookies, even for those who have baked for years. Learn about the different types of cookies and take home some new recipes. If you want to see what's in the holiday cookie jar, come check out this fun program.

Jan. 7, 2010 "Thinking About Kitchen Remodeling?" presented by Scott Bogner, Kitchens Inc. The kitchen is the gathering place for family and guests alike, but when a kitchen needs to be updated, where do you begin? This program will take a look at the planning and decision-making that you'll want to consider when thinking about kitchen remodeling.

Feb. 4, 2010 "Reflexology and Couples Foot Massage" presented by Debra Bolton, Extension FCS specialist, Southwest Area. Enhance your relationship through couples' foot reflexology. Learn the techniques and health benefits of massaging pressure points on the foot. Also, participants will learn communication tips to further strengthen their relationships from K-State Research and Extension's CoupleTalk program. Bring a hand towel with you to this presentation.

March 4, 2010 "What's Cooking With Diabetes" presented by Linda K. Beech, Finney County Extension agent. Healthy meals and nutritious nibbles for those with diabetes will be the focus of this program. Learn more about a diabetic diet, how to adapt the food pyramid to meet a diabetic meal plan, and how to make snacks and sweets fit the plan, too. Diabetes fact sheets and recipe handouts will be included.

April 8, 2010 "Caring For Aging Parents" (second Thursday) presented by Gayle Doll, Kansas State University Center on Aging. Providing care and support for aging parents often starts slowly running errands and helping to shop or manage legal and financial affairs. It sometimes escalates into more complex or more intimate tasks if the health of the parent declines. While some people may readily identify themselves as family caregivers, others are more reluctant and uncertain how to take on such a challenging task. This program will take a look at family caregiving and provide helpful information on caring for your aging parents.

Read more from Linda Beech on her blog, Living Well, at SWKTalk.com/livingwell.