The University of Delaware New Castle County Extension Cooperative Extension will offer various events during November.

Gardening events and workshops include:

— From the Ground UP!: Growing a Community Garden: 5-7 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Delaware Center for Horticulture, 1810 N. Dupont St., Wilmington. UD Cooperative Extension is partnering with the Delaware Center for Horticulture and the Delaware Urban Farm and Food Coalition to teach participants how to start their own community garden. This workshop will share more than 40 years of collective knowledge from start-up to a thriving garden; and it will provide information on resources, including how to obtain mini-grants, land and water, information on school gardens, pest and disease management, nutrition and a how-to-guide on starting a community garden. Free and open to the public. To register, call 658-6262, ext. 113, or visit

— Garden Days: Weather permitting, Master Gardeners will work in their demonstration gardens at the Cooperative Extension office, 461 Wyoming Road, Newark, throughout the growing season. They are in the native plant teaching garden from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays; the vegetables and fruit teaching garden from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Mondays, 9:15-11 a.m. after Labor Day. Email For more, visit

Families and wellness events and workshops include:

— Smart Choice Health Insurance: Basics: 1-2:30 p.m. Nov. 1. The program will increase the understanding of health insurance and provide strategies for selecting a health care plan that will meet health care needs and fit a spending plan. Free. Webinar available at

— Mindful Eating: 10-11 a.m. Nov. 3 at Hockessin Library, 1023 Valley Road. This session offers information on sensible eating for good health and general nutrition centered around MyPlate. Free. To register, call 239-5160.

— Delaware Diabetes Coalition 16th annual Diabetes Wellness Expo: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 14 at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino Conference Center, 1131 N. Dupont Highway. The expo will bring together health care providers, businesses, diabetes-related organizations and others to promote diabetes self-management and a healthier lifestyle for people with diabetes. Featured topics include information on blood glucose screenings, educational displays, demos, healthy holiday recipes/substitutions from Dining with Diabetes, flu shots and more. Box lunches and door prizes will be handed. Free. For more, call 388-9728 or visit

— Would Your Kitchen Pass a Food Safety Inspection?: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at Hockessin Community Recreation Center, 7259 Lancaster Pike. Learn information about preventing foodborne illness and strategies for keeping food safe at home. Free. To register, call 239-8861.