LIBERTY - Many people assume that pasta was introduced by Italian immigrants seeking new opportunities in America around 1890-1914. However, it was in fact Thomas Jefferson, the third U.S. president, who introduced Americans to the new food in the 18th century.

Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) will offer a workshop, "Homemade Pasta Making for Kids," from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 26. Youth ages 10-12 are invited to experience this new, hands-on class in the Catskills Kitchen located at the Extension Education Center, 64 Ferndale-Loomis Road, Liberty.

Martin Colavito will teach kids how to make pasta and basic marinara sauce from scratch. Everyone will learn how to make dough, use a pasta making machine, prepare sauce, and cook the pasta in a state-of-the-art facility. Participants will sample pasta and take home dough.

The cost is $30 per youth or $25 for CCESC enrollee families. Anyone can enroll in CCESC for an annual contribution of $25 and receive a monthly subscription to the Extension Connection magazine.

Program fees support the cost of instructors, refreshments, materials, and facilities. Additional donations for CCESC programs are appreciated.

Registration with non-refundable payment is required in advance by visiting sullivancce.org, emailing sullivan@cornell.edu, or calling CCESC at 292-6180.