Mark your calendars for the University of Illinois Extension spring gardening series. This is the second of four seasonal offerings for gardeners and will include programs on: Summer Bulbs, Uncommon, Unusual & Underrated Landscape Plants, and Shade Gardening.
Summer Flowering Bulbs will introduce you to a whole new world of flowering bulbs for the landscape. Most gardeners think of tulips, daffodils, and crocus' when the term 'bulb' is mentioned. Or dahlias and gladiolus when it comes to summer bulbs. But there are a number of others, like African Lilies and Crocosmia that make welcome additions to the summer flower border. Bulbs that grace our gardens in summer will be the focus of this program by Jim Schmidt, Consumer Horticulture State Specialist. Learn about the culture and care of these plants as well as what companion plants work well in the garden. Summer Flowering Bulbs will be offered Tuesday, April 18 at 1:00 PM.
Looking for something new, or maybe something out of the ordinary to add to your landscape? Uncommon, Unusual & Underrated Landscape Plants will give you plant ideas that maybe you haven't seen before. University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator, Chris Hilgert, will talk about some of his favorite landscape plants. These plants are not the popular landscape plants you see every day. These are plants that will make people stop and ask "What is that?" Uncommon, Unusual and Underrated Landscape Plants will be held on Tuesday May 2 at 1:00 PM.
Have a spot in your garden that doesn't get much sunlight? Tired of impatiens and hostas every year? You need to attend Shade Gardening, a program that will offer you many other possibilities for your low-light landscape. University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator, David Robson will talk about annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs that thrive in shady areas. Shade Gardening will be offered on Tuesday May 16 at 1:00 PM.
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 recommended. Phone or email the local U of I Extension office for more details at, 287-7246 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next county-wide parenting class will be held on Tuesday, April 11, 2006 in the U of I Extension Christian County office, located at 1120 N. Webster St., in Taylorville.
Karen Vatthauer, Family Life counselor, will speak on "Living in a Blended Family."
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 April 6 deadline.
For more information or to make a reservation, call Linda Smith at the University of Illinois Extension Christian County office at 287-7246.
A "Burn Workshop", hosted by the Lower Sangamon Valley Ecosystem Partnership, is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, April 12 at Sangchris Lake State Park beginning at 9:00 a.m.
Thisworkshop will include class instruction on prescribed burns for conservation practices and a burn demonstration. Lunch will be provided.
For more information and to register, call Marsha Lynch at the Christian County Soil Water Conservation Dist, Phone: 217/287-1315, Ext. 3.
Have you ever seen a garden that just took your breath away? You visit two months later and the garden is again in full glory and you wonder how do people do it? How do you design a garden that offers visual interest through the seasons?
If you would like to learn the basics of seasonal flower garden design, plan on attending Thursday, April 20 at 9:30 a.m. in the U of I Extension auditorium, located at 1120 N. Webster, Taylorville, IL. This lesson will discuss how to plan a garden that will offer you visual interest spring through fall with a few winter accents as well.
The workshop will be taught by Dave Robson, University of Illinois Extension Educator, Horticulture, and is being sponsored by Christian County HCEA and University of Illinois Extension.
For more information, contact Linda Smith at 287-7246.
"Hats Off to Spring" is the theme of a Vintage Hat Show and Luncheon Tea to be hosted by the Christian County Historical Society on Saturday, April 22, beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the Pence Building on the Museum grounds in Taylorville.
The program, presented by Shelby Berta of Rochester, will feature her extensive hat collection that ranges in age from 1860's era to the latest millinery fashion. In addition to collecting hats, Shelby also makes new hats and repairs antique and vintage hats. Several hats from the Museum's collection will be on display and guests are invited to wear hats of their own.
The cost of the luncheon and program is $15, with proceeds designated for renovations in the 1854 Morrison House. Reservations are required as seating is limited to the first fifty attendees. Please call Gwen Podeschi 824-5695 or Midge Kendle 879-2319 by April 15 to make your reservation.
Come join us for a bit of spring fun!!
University of Illinois celebrates Extension Week from April 23-29, 2006. The event recognizes the service U of I Extension provides local Illinois communities. It's a time to celebrate ongoing education.
The nationwide network of Extension programs began in 1914 as a means of presenting land-grant university research in understandable and useful ways to farmers and rural families. Today, Extension serves both urban and rural areas by offering programs in a variety areas including 4-H youth development; agriculture; agriculture; natural resources; home gardening; horticulture; community and economic development; nutrition and wellness; family life; and consumer education.
During Extension Week, Christian County Extension is planning the following activities:
April 25, 2006
"Welcome To The Real World," an active, hands-on, real-life simulation, will provide high school senior students at Edinburg, Morrisonville, Raymond-Lincolnwood, and South Fork the opportunity to explore
various careers and make lifestyle and budget choices similar to those adults face on a daily basis.
"Cooking Basics" will be the Family Nutrition Program nutrition lesson for the PREP/PAT–ESL (English as Second Language) class on April 25.
"Developing Personal Leadership Skills" will be the workshop topic presented by Dr. Paul Craig, UIS Institute of Governmental and Public Affairs lecturer, at the LEADership program from 1:00–5:00 p.m. at the U of I Extension office.
April 26, 2006
South School Walk Day is an annual event with the University of Illinois Extension Christian County office and Taylorville's South School collaborating to encourage 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students and an adult partner to join in a walking activity.
This event will be held immediately after school using the path around South School to walk laps together or with the adult as "cheerleader." While half of the walkers are outside, the other half will be in the multi-purpose room attending a
mini-health fair. The Christian County YMCA will provide a station that measures body fat, Taylorville Home Care will send two nurses to take pulse and blood pressure readings in a friendly setting, and the school nurse will weigh and measure the students as well as the partners if they're interested. Cards to record the number of laps walked and the results of the health fair stations will be provided for all participants. The South School Walk Day has grown each year with many of the same parent/partner groups participating as well as many new children joining in after hearing about the health fair and fun the participants enjoyed.
Stonington Head Start Classes- The FSNE "Nutritious Snacks" lesson will be presented to three Head Start classes at 9:00a.m., 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. by Nancy Briggs, FSNE Coordinator.
Stonington PREP Classes -The FSNE "Food Safety Snack" lesson will be presented to Stonington PREP students at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. by Nancy Briggs, FSNE Coordinator.
April 27, 2006
Pana Head Start -The FSNE "Food Safety Snack" lesson will be presented to Pana Head Start students at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. by Nancy Briggs, FSNE Coordinator.
Pana Senior Citizens -The FSNE "Food Safety Snack" lesson will be presented to Pana Golden Circle Nutrition Center senior citizens at 11:00 a.m. by Nancy Briggs, FSNE Coordinator.
Park Place Developmentally Disabled Home -The FSNE "Food Safety Snack" lesson will be presented to Park Place developmentally disabled citizens by Nancy Briggs, FSNE Coordinator at 4:00 p.m.
Edible Soil Program–Students at St. Mary's School, in Taylorville, will learn the layers of soils by making an edible treat. First, students will put colored candies in the bottom of a cup, representing the parent rock material. Then, the students will add a layer of chocolate pudding, representing the subsoil; followed by crushed up graham crackers with rainbow sprinkles, representing the topsoil and organisms that live in that layer. Finally, the students top off this great treat with a gummy worm.
Spring into Agriculture Workshop–Julie Duis, from the Illinois Farm Bureau, will be presenting a two hour teacher workshop with many hands-on activities dealing with the spring and summer agricultural lessons from 4:00–6:00 p.m. These are easy lessons that could be incorporated into a teacher's already existing curriculum. The workshop will target those who teach grades Kindergarten and will be held at the U of I Extension Christian County office, located at 1120 N. Webster St. in Taylorville.
April 28, 2006
Spring Horticulture Update–This program will be presented by Gary Letterly, U of I Extension Natural Resources Educator, at the Taylorville Wal-Mart garden area, from 1:00–4:00 p.m. Gary will host a mini-workshop on planting fruit, shade and ornamental trees and shrubs.
Morrisonville PREP–The FSNE "Food Safety Snack" lesson will be presented to Morrisonville PREP participants at the Morrisonville Elementary School at 9:00 a.m. by Nancy Briggs, FSNE Coordinator.
Morrisonville PREP Mother's–The "American Blessings Snack" lesson will be presented to Morrisonville PREP participants at by Nancy Briggs, FSNE Coordinator at 10:00 a.m.
The University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact the U of I Extension Christian County office at 287-7246.
The University of Illinois Extension Christian County website located at www.extension.uiuc.edu/christian is a quick pathway to research-based facts and other information available from the University of Illinois.
New to the website this month are local links to "Your Guide to Diet & Diabetes," found at http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/diabetes2/, "My First Garden," found at http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/firstgarden/, and "Disaster Resources" found at http://web.extension.uiuc.edu/disaster/ . Check them out.
People with diabetes have a new resource for help with meal planning and management through a new University of Illinois Extension website. "Your Guide to Diet and Diabetes" is located at: http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/diabetes2.
"This site can help those with diabetes or those who care for a loved one with the disease to understand the relationship between meal management and diabetes," said Jane Scherer, U of I Extension urban programs specialist. "It also has information on regulating blood glucose levels."
"All of the food groups are discussed and what the proper serving size for each would be," said Scherer. "The site also has some interactive features including one that allows users to plan a meal and then learn how that meal matches up with diabetic diet requirements."
"There is also an interactive feature for carbohydrates," Scherer said. "You select what you want to include with a meal and the program tells you whether or not you picked the right thing and in the right amounts."