University of Illinois Extension is once again presenting the Four Seasons Gardening Winter Series program.
The first session is titled Emerald Ash Borer and Other Invasive Species, and Phil Nixon, U of I Extension educator will present this program on February 13 at 1:00 p.m. and February 15 at 7:00 p.m.
The second session of the winter series continues on February 27 at 1:00 p.m. and March 1 at 7:00 p.m. with a session on Spring Lawn Care.
David Robson, U of I Extension Horticulture Educator, will present this program via teleconference.
The winter series concludes with a session on Aggressive Thugs in the Flower Garden.
The program will be held on March 13 at 1 p.m. and March 15 at 7:00 p.m., and will be presented by Martha Smith, U of I Extension horticulture educator.
The Four Seasons Gardening programs will be held at the University of Illinois Extension Christian County office, located at 1120 N. Webster St., in Taylorville, IL, and Christian County Master Gardeners will be facilitating each session.
The cost for each session is $1 and advance registration is required by the Friday before each session. Phone the U of I Extension Christian County office at 287-7246 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Your stomach is growling, but lunch is hours away. You are eyeing the cookies on the counter, but know you'll feel guilty if you indulge. If you think your best option is to avoid a snack altogether and wait for lunch, think again.
Snacking has long been regarded as something children did and well-disciplined adults avoided. Today it's clear that healthy snacking can be important to everyone's diet and health, no matter what age.
To learn more about good snack choices plan to attend "Healthy Snacking at Any Age" program on Thursday, February 15 at 9:30 a.m. at the U of I Extension Christian County office in Taylorville, located at 1120 N. Webster St., Taylorville.
Chase away the winter gardening blues. Reserve your seat today for Gardeners Day. This event will be held Saturday, February 17, 2007 at the U of l Extension Building #30, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL.
Gardeners Day is presented by University of Illinois Extension Sangamon-Menard Unit Master Gardeners. Registration starts at 8:00 a.m. with the first seminar beginning 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: "Water Gardens made Simple," Wayne Books; "Rain Gardens, a Wise Way to Use Runoff," Duane Friend; and "Creating a Backyard Bird Habitat," Sarah Anglum.
¨Session 2 topics and speakers: "Native Plants of Central Illinois," Vernon LaGesse; "Unique Trees for the Landscape," Mike Dirksen; and "The Final Layer of Fashion Design for your Landscape," Laurie McWilliams.
¨Session 3 topics and speakers: "Wildlife Conflicts and Management in the Garden," Dave Shiley; "Gardening with Butterflies," Annette Chinuge; and "Orchids 101," Jennifer Schultz-Nelson.
Pre-registration is highly encouraged. The registration fee is $8 in advance (before February 9) and $10 at the door. To request a brochure with pre-registration form call (217) 782-4617 or visit Sangamon-Menard web site, www.extension.uiuc.edu/sangamonmenard.
Ready to learn more about your new digital camera? Or, have you just 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 24th 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 U of I 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 16. There will be a $1 charge to attend the class.
Home energy conservation is a hot topic. Three aspects of conservation will be discussed at this meeting: evaluating a home's use of energy; management of the home and behavior changes that can conserve energy; and how to prioritize to get the most benefit from money spent on conservation efforts.
"Drainage Law: Landowners Rights and Responsibilities under Illinois and Federal Law" will be presented by Don Uchtmann, Professor and Extension Specialist in Agricultural Law. Discussion will include drainage rights and limitations. Topics will include: the rights of a landowner to make drainage improvements, limitations on obstructing natural drainage, easements of drainage, the right to extend a covered drain across the land of another, mutual drains, drainage districts, and limitations on drainage improvements intended to protect wetlands.
These Natural Resources programs will be held at the U of I Extension Christian County office at 1120 N. Webster St., Taylorville, IL. The public is invited to attend and there is no charge. For more information or to make a reservation, please call 287-7246.
Each year, University of Illinois Extension offers a five-part in-service training series on current nutrition topics for dietitians, home economists, and healthcare providers.
¨The first session will discuss the issues of health literacy and health disparities.
¨The second session will focus on the role of the food industry in overweight and obesity issues.
¨The third session will be about biofilms and their importance to food safety.
¨The fourth session topic will be vitamin B12 and folate as they relate to neurological disease and aging.
¨The final session will take a second look at the possible health benefits of a Mediterranean diet.
Two CPE hours of credit for each session for dietitians have been applied for from the American Dietetic Association.
The sessions will be conducted via a telephone conferencing system to selected Extension offices throughout the state on February 15, March 15, April 19, and May 17, 2007. Portions of some sessions will be augmented with streaming video. All sessions run from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on these dates.
Participants can register for individual sessions or for the entire series. Registration is $10 per session or $45 for the five-part series. To register or to obtain information on site locations, contact Robert J. Reber at (217) 244-2851 or email@example.com. Or contact the Extension Center office at 287-7246.
Four parenting classes will be offered in March to help you raise your children, grandchildren or young people under your care.
These classes will be held the first four Thursday's in March and cover a different topic each week:
¨March 1– "School Behavior, Homework, Studying, and Togetherness"
¨March 8– "Parties, Concerts, Curfews and Whereabouts"
¨March 15– "Surviving Sexual Issues"
¨March 22– "Dealing with Peers and Drugs"
A light supper will be served at 6:00 p.m. in the University of Illinois Extension Office, located at 1120 N. Webster St. in Taylorville. The programs will run from 6:30–7:30 p.m. each evening, and certified Christian County Safe Sitters will provide childcare at no cost for all parents needing assistance.
Added incentives will be provided by the Christian County Head Start program– 5 "Parent Bucks" for each session attended and an extra 20 for attending all 4 sessions; and Loving Arms Crisis Pregnancy Center will offer 3 "Mommy or Daddy Dollars" for each session attended.
These classes are based on the "Raising Children in Troubled Times" curriculum. Each class will begin with a video session depicting specific problems families can face with their children. There will be time for questions and discussion at the end of each program.
To make a reservation, or for more information, please contact Linda Smith at the University of Illinois Extension Christian County office at 287-7246. The deadline to call in reservation is the Monday before each session.
Reservations are required to insure enough food and childcare each evening.
These classes are being brought to you by agencies throughout Christian County working to provide parenting skills to its residents.
As of January 5, 2007, all Christian County residents have the opportunity to dispose of those old, out of date, or broken down computers and electronic equipment cluttering up their homes and businesses.
BLH Computers, located at 212 W. Market Street in Taylorville, (next door to the Christian County Solid Waste Management Department off the square in Taylorville) will take those old pieces of equipment off of your hands at no charge. (The only exceptions are television sets, for which there is a $20.00 per item disposal fee.)
Acceptable items include VCR's, CD and DVD players, cell phones, computer CPU's (processors), computer monitors, keyboards, etc.
Currently, store hours are 9:00 a.m.--5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, or to find out whether a specific piece of equipment will be accepted, please call 824-2500 and ask to speak to Dean or Brian.
Thanks to a five year agreement between Christian County and BLH Computers, the county has agreed to pay 10 cents per resident or about $3,500 per year making this service available to all Christian County residents now. So don't delay, start clearing out your basements, storage rooms and businesses today and help the environment at the same time.
Women may now enroll in Annie's Project–Education for Women in Agriculture. Five scheduled meetings will be offered at the Sangamon-Menard Extension office in Springfield, March 16, 21, 23, 28, and 30 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Annie's Project is a series of educational programs for farm women teaching them about farm management and improving their skills as business partners. Women are taught the basics of managing money, examining how property is titled, setting up farm leases, basic grain marketing, deciding on insurance products, and putting together a business plan which includes financial documents like balance sheets, income statements and cash flows.
Computers can make decision making and record keeping much more manageable and effective and so farm women are trained to use spreadsheets and internet websites for information organization and retrieval.
Annie's Project is ideal for women about to marry into farm families, or for women who have been away from the farm scene and need to get in touch with what is happening on their farms that they left years ago.
The program is patterned after the life of a woman in northern Illinois who grew up in a small town and married a farmer. She learned everything about being a farm wife and business partner by trial and error, and by her sheer desire to be married to a farmer. Annie was married to her farmer for five decades before she died in 1997. Her legacy of keeping farm records, supplying information for management decisions, and keeping a family together under both trying and good times is found in this unique program.
Program sponsors are University of Illinois Extension, Illinois Agri-Women, Illinois Farm Bureau, Farm Credit Services, and Illinois Risk Management Agency. Visit Annie's Project on line at http://www.extension.iastate.edu/annie/
The registration fee for this program is $50 payable after the first meeting. Register by March 2 by calling the Springfield office at (217) 782-4617.
America Saves is a nationwide campaign in which a broad coalition of nonprofit, corporate, and government groups helps individuals and families save and build wealth. Through information, advice, and encouragement, the America Saves program assists those who wish to pay down debt, build an emergency fund, save for a home, save for an education, or save for retirement.
Do what Works:
Save something out of every paycheck–no matter how much or little. Make it automatic. You know if it isn't in your pocket or easily accessible from the ATM, you are more likely to see your savings grow. Have a goal. Save for something you want–and create a plan on where, how, and when you will deposit your money.
America Saves Week is your opportunity to start. Make a commitment.
¨Save $25 a month for Emergencies
¨Pay down debt by an extra $25 a month
¨Set up an IRA
¨Open a college savings account
¨Participate or increase participation in a 401k, 403b or Deferred Compensation Program
¨Save some of your Tax Refund–make the commitment before you file and use the new Form 8888 to split your refund in up to 3 accounts.
¨Open a No Fee, Low Opening Deposit Savings Account by enrolling in "America Saves."
Many believe that low- and moderate-income families cannot afford to save and build wealth. Yet research shows that there are "savers" and "spenders" in all income classes. While those with modest incomes cannot save as much as the affluent, almost all have the ability to build wealth over time. Through contributions to a workplace retirement program, home purchase, and other savings, during their working years most can accumulate six-figure assets. The goal of the campaign is to convince all Americans that they can build wealth and to assist them in doing so.
Savers who enroll via the Internet will receive an email welcoming you to America Saves, with links to a brochure "Build Wealth, Not Debt", information on savings products, and the latest edition of American Saver, a quarterly newsletter. The new-member email will also include information on how you can receive free advice over the phone or by email from a financial planner. To sign up as a member of America Saves, go to www.americasaves.org .
Tom and Jan Ewald will be offering a two-part series of parenting classes on Friday, February 23 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. (includes a light supper), and Saturday, February 24 from 8:30 a.m.–12:00 noon (includes coffee and donuts) at the Taylorville Christian Church, located at 1124 N. Webster St. in Taylorville.
All parents feeling the need to do a better job of parenting are encouraged to participate. There will be plenty of time for questions. Free childcare will be provided and participants are asked to register by calling 824-6621 by February 19th.
New links on the Christian County website this month are the "Winter Storm Resource Center" website (http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/winter), "Claude's Got the Scoop on Soil!!" (http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/soil), and "Common Problems for Vegetable Crops" (http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/vegproblems).
Winter Storm Resource Center–The "Winter Storm Resource Center" website contains an exhaustive amount of information through links to weather-related websites and has seven sections: Understanding Winter Storms, Weather, Getting Around in the Snow, Home, Health & Safety, Snow Education, and Fun in the Snow. The section on Getting Around in the Snow includes information on Illinois and Midwestern road conditions, winter vehicle operation, safe driving tips, and airport and Amtrak accessibility.
Scoop on Soil–"Claude's Got the Scoop on Soil!" is a new USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service website that is targeted for young students in grades 4-6 and is designed to raise awareness about the importance of our nation's soil resources. Students learn about how soil is made, who really needs soil, and what happens to soil if you don't take care of it.
Common Problems for Vegetable Crops–is website describes insect pest problems as well as disease problems for 21 different vegetables. Users can search by specific vegetable or problem.