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University of Illinois Extension serving Coles, Cumberland, Douglas, Moultrie and Shelby Counties

Main Office (Coles County)
707 Windsor Road, Suite A
Charleston, IL 61920
Phone: 217-345-7034
FAX: 217-348-7940
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed 12 - 1 pm)

Branch Office (Cumberland County)
130 Courthouse Square
P.O. Box 218
Toledo, IL 62468
Phone: 217-849-3931
FAX: 217-849-2411
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed 12 - 1 pm)

Branch Office (Douglas County)
122 S Walnut St
Arthur, IL 61911
Phone: 217-543-3755
FAX: 217-543-3757
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed 12 - 1 pm)

Branch Office (Shelby County)
1125 W N 2nd St
Shelbyville, IL 62565
Phone: 217-774-9546
FAX: 217-774-9549
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed 12 - 1 pm)

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The Coles-Cumberland-Douglas-Moultrie-Shelby Extension Unit is the University of Illinois' educational outreach to local residents. We offer programming in the following areas: local food systems and small farms, 4-H youth development, family life, and nutrition and wellness. We also offer the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP-Ed) and Master Gardener program. Extension's research-based programming helps local citizens improve their lives and our communities through learning partnerships. We are "Investing in You!"

Today's Features

Brain Health Series - this three-part workshop is an interactive series designed to better understand our brains as we mature. It's chocked full of tips and strategies to maintain and enhance brain function and memory. This workshop is being offered Friday's commencing April 24 - May 8 from 2:30-4:00pm at Heritage Woods located in Charleston at 480 W. Polk Avenue. You may register at this website online, or to download a registration form and flyer . . .

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Live Well, Be Well is a Chronic Disease Self-Management Program being held at the Coles County LifeSpan Center in Charleston on Wednesdays from 1:30 - 3:30pm commencing April 8 and running through May 13th. Cheri Burcham of University of Illinois Extension, and Jean Shobe of Coles County Council on Aging will be conducting the program as they help you learn a healthy way to live with chronic conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, heart disease and others. Registration opens March 11th online at this website. For more detailed information and other registration options . . .

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Quality Assurance and Ethics course - All 4-H members enrolled in an animal project area (beef, dairy, cats, dogs, goats, horses, poultry, rabbits, sheep, and swine) are required to complete the online Quality Assurance and Ethics course one time in order to stay enrolled in an animal project area. Members who don’t complete the certification before the show will be removed from the project and not be allowed to show. Anyone who has already taken the certification does not need to retake the test. The local office has a list of those already certified. This rule applies to 4-H members who exhibit live animals AND poster exhibits.

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Information and Resources for You

4-H Youth Development Commercial Agriculture Environment and Energy Stewardship Family Life Horticulture Local Food Systems and Small Farms Nutrition and Wellness

Extension Meetings

Unit 19 Extension Council Meeting
Thursday March 5, 2015 • 6:00 PM

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