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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!"

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A new 4-H Cloverbud Club is forming in Noega this fall! Registration is open and all youth ages 5-7 are welcome! On-line registration is available on this website on the right-hand side of this screen. For more detailed information . . .

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The new Fall 4-Seasons Horticulture Webinar Series will commence in September with great new topics, including: Practical Weed Control, Vegetative Propagation, and Abiotic Plant Problems on Landscape Plants. These webinars will be offered once again in both the Coles and Moultrie-Douglas Extension Offices. These are free of charge, however, registration is required. For details and more information . . .

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Monthly Brain Training Classes Offered in Sullivan There is increasing evidence that brain health is directly related to body health. However, most people think more about keeping their bodies fit or their hearts healthy than working at maintaining a healthy brain. Cheri Burcham, Family Life Educator for the University of Illinois Extension, is offering “Wits Fitness: Brain Exercise Classes” every 4th Monday of the month at Mid-Illinois Senior Services (Senior Center) in Sullivan. The classes are held from 1:00 – 2:30pm and there is no cost to attend. No need to worry about having missed sessions as each week a different activity and topic is covered. Registration is required in order to have adequate hand-outs, so please call the Senior Center at 728-8521 or the Extension office at 543-3755.

Summer has arrived and along with it possibly lots of yard and garden questions! Your County Extension Office has trained Master Gardeners on board to answer your many horticulture questions. Please call your local County Extension Office for dates and times, as these will vary from county to county! Check out our University of Illinois Horticulture Website for planting tips, guides and more. . .

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2015 Illinois Master Gardener State Conference Registration is now open! September 17 - 19th at the Regency Conference Center in O'Fallon, Illinois. Don't miss out - 3 days filled with fabulous keynote speakers, tours and hands-on creations! For registration, cost and details . . .

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

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