Patti Faughn, U of I Extension Family Life Educator, will speak on "Instilling Values In Our Children."
A light supper will be served at 6:00 p.m. with the program beginning at 6:30 p.m. Certified Christian County SafeSitters will provide childcare at no cost for all parents needing assistance.
We must have 10 participants registered by the deadline of February 9. For more information or to make a reservation, call Linda Smith at the University of Illinois Extension Christian County office at 287-7246.
Members of University of Illinois Extension Christian County staff met recently with Senator Deanna Demuzio to discuss community and economic programming efforts relative to her "Blueprint for the 49th District," which focuses on four vital aspects of the regional economy: Education and Job Training, Job Retention, Business Attraction, and Small Business Development.
Extension staff members from Calhoun/Jersey, Christian, Greene, Macoupin,Montgomery, Morgan/Scott, and Pike counties were on hand to share current community and economic development programs impacting citizens in their respective counties. These programs included forming local economic development corporations, conducting leadership academies to enhance leadership skills, after-school programming to keep kids safe and build self-esteem, and customer-service training,
According to Senator Demuzio, "The quality of life of my constituents depends on my district's ability to participate in today's changing global economy and now, more than ever, the entire district must come together as one united, regional force in order to compete successfully in today's era of economic globalization."
University of Illinois Extension is currently in the process of identifying and prioritizing local issues and/or conditions for community and economic development. Once these results are summarized later this spring, a follow up meeting between Extension staff members and Senator Demuzio will be held.
The first session of the winter series is titled Worm Composting and includes tips on setting up an indoor worm compost bin to recycle food wastes all year long. The program will be offered on February 7 at 1:00 p.m.
The second session of the winter series continues on February 21 at 1:00 p.m. with a session on Indoor Air Quality.
The winter series concludes with a session on Dwarf and Unusual Landscape Conifers on March 7 at 1 p.m.
The sessions will be held at the University of Illinois Extension Christian County office at 1120 N. Webster St., in Taylorville, IL. The cost for each session is $1 and advance registration is needed. Phone or email the local U of I Extension office for more details at287-7246 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Christian County Historical Society and Museum will have their annual Lincoln Mock Inaugural Luncheon on Sunday, February 12, at the Extension Center (note new location).
The menu will include corned beef and cabbage, "mock" turtle soup, parsley potatoes, carrots, blackberry cobbler, and beverage. Serving is from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Cost is $6.00 per person.
The public is invited to come have lunch and enjoy local Lincoln lore creations and folk art displayed at the opening of the Lincoln Presidential Museum.
Butterflies add beauty to our gardens, and with a little attention to detail, gardeners can design their gardens to be butterfly friendly. If you would like to discover how to attract these "flowers of the air" to your garden, plan on attending this presentation, Thursday, February 16 at 9:30 a.m. in the U of I Extension Christian County auditorium.
This programwill be taught by Dave Robson, U of I Extension Educator, Horticulture. Please call 287-7246 to make a reservation.
The U of I Extension Sangamon-Menard Unit Master Gardeners will host the "Gardener's Day" program on Saturday, February 18, 2006.
Registration starts at 8:00 a.m. with the first seminar at 8:45 a.m.The event concludes at 12:05 p.m.
Nine one-hour seminars will be offered by U of I Extension specialists and local horticulture experts in three sessions.
Session 1: topics and speakers: "Flowering Trees and Shrubs," David Robson; "Great Picks for the Cutting Garden," Sue Ellen Weitekamp; and "How to Install a Dry Laid, Brick Patio," Green View.
Session 2: topics and speakers: "Uncommon, Unusual and Underrated Landscape Plants," Chris Hilgert; "Landscape 101–Where to Start?" Heather Miller; and "Container Gardening," Karen Grant.
Session 3: topics and speakers: "Pruning," Chris Hilgert; "Landscape 101–4 seasons of Interest in the Landscape ;" and "Annuals for Color," Jennifer Fishburn.
Pre-registration is highly encouraged. Registration fee: $8 in advance (before February 10) and $10 at the door. The event will be at the U of I Extension Building#30, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL. To request a brochure with pre-registration form, call (217)782-4617.
Ready to learn more about your new digital camera? Or, have you felt overwhelmed by the new technology associated with using a digital camera?
U of I Extension will offer a "Digital Camera Workshop" on Saturday, February 25th for anyone interested in learning more about using digital cameras. This class will help those with digital camera experience levels ranging from novice to early intermediate, or those considering buying a digital camera.
General topics will include:
· Introduction to basic functions
· Beginning and intermediate use
· Improving general use
· Useful preset functions
· Do's & Don'ts
Camera owning participants should bring their camera (fully charged), a formatted memory card or stick, and the owner's manual.
This program will be held in the Extension office auditorium starting at 9:00 a.m. and finishing up by noon.
The first part of the class, from 9:00–10:00 a.m., will focus on new or novice users. The second part of the class will focus on intermediate use.
Seating will be limited to the first 30 registered participants. For advance registration or more information, call 287-7246, by Friday, February 17.
There is a $1 charge to attend the class.
Believe it or not, spring is just around the corner and with it comes the promise of warmer weather, blooming flowers and budding trees. Unfortunately, those may not be the only items appearing in your yard this spring. Skunks, moles, raccoons and deer also enjoy blooming flowers, budding trees and the warmer weather.
Although these animals are generally fun to see, they can cause considerable damage to outdoor plants and landscaping. On March 14 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., University of Illinois Extension Educator, Dave Shiley, will discuss control options that can be used to prevent damage caused by wildlife on the U of I's teleconferencing system.
Following the seminar, Mr. Shiley will answer specific questions. A handout outlining specific control options for different species of wildlife will be provided to all participants.
To register contact, Christian County Extension office at 287-7246 or on our websiteat www.extension.uiuc.edu/christian, Upcoming Events section by Thursday, February 23, 2006.
The Christian County Historical Society will host a Vintage Hat Show & Tea on April 22, 2006, beginning at 12:30 p.m.,at the Christian County Historical Society Museum, in Taylorville, IL.
Shelby Berta, of Rochester, will be the featured speaker. Shelby will be wearing a vintage costume, andwill bring her collection of hats. Also on display will be the Historical Society's collection of historical hats.
Reservations are required for attendance. Donations will be accepted and will be used to renovate the 1854 James Canty Morrison House. Contact Gwen Podeschi, 824-5695; or Midge Kendle, 879-2319, to make reservations by April 15.
The tea planning committee would also like to use vintage plates that are a combination cake and cup plate at the tea. If anyone would be willing to loan them out for the tea, please contact Gwen or Midge by April 1.
"Regardless if you are 21 or 61, it is time to be thinking about your retirement forecast," says Mary Ann Fugate, educator in Consumer and Family Economics with University of Illinois Extension. Weather forecasts tell us if it will be sunny or if it will be rainy, what the temperature will be and what is predicated for tomorrow, the week and sometimes the month or season. We use this to plan our daily lives.
Just like the weather forecast, your retirement forecasts will help you to plan for your leisure years. Fugate indicated that there are many tools today that can help you forecast your retirement income and will assist you in planning for your future. Just keep in mind that the farther out the weather is forecast the less certain the prediction. It's the same with retirement forecasts. However, it is important to your future to make an up-to-date retirement outlook.
An interactive tool to help you forecast your retirement can be found at University of Illinois's free web site www.RetireWell.uiuc.edu in the goal setting section to help you develop a plan of action for retirement planning. Not only will you estimate your retirement income and savings, but discover if you need to save an additional amount to afford the retirement lifestyle you wish to have.
When you begin to forecast your retirement it is necessary to make some assumptions that will guide you in projecting what your retirement will be like. Fugate says, "You will want to identify your retirement goals/lifestyles, a reasonable rate of inflation, the rate of return on your investment, where and how your money is invested, tax implications, sources of retirement income and your life expectancy." This will help you have a retirement forecast that is designed for you.