Four parenting classes will be offered in March to help raise your children, grandchildren or young people under your care.
These classes will be held the first four Thursdays 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.
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.
Copies of the most recent Christian County Plat books are still available now at the University of Illinois Extension office. These plat books, published by the Rockford Map Company, are of an excellent quality and are for sale at a cost of $35 per copy. Checks should be made payable to the Christian County 4-H Federation.
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.
Drainage Law: Landowner Rights and Responsibilities
March 8, 2007
1:30 & 7:00 p.m.
Speaker: Dr. Don Uchtmann
"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.
Aquatic Weed Identification and Management
April 18, 2007
1:30 & 7:00 p.m.
Speaker: Dr. George Czapar
Although numerous plant species grow in ponds and are important components of the aquatic environment, excess weed growth can have a detrimental effect. This presentation will focus on the identification and management of aquatic weeds.
The 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.
If you're an expectant parent or the parent of a toddler you won't want to miss this opportunity to learn more about the exciting and yet, difficult job of being a parent.
The Special Delivery: Parent and Child Health and Safety Fair will be held on Friday, March 16, 2007 in the St. Vincent Memorial Hospital Auditorium from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Over 25 agencies and organizations will have displays and share information about products and services they are offering to parents.
This year's keynote speaker will be Patti Faughn, U of I Extension Family Life Educator, and her presentation "Taking From the Past: Giving to the Future" will address the importance of communication between parents and children and leaving a legacy for them.
St. Vincent Memorial Hospital is providing a free lunch to all those registering for the health fair before noon on March 13. To register, please call 287-7246.
The health fair is open to anyone and is free of charge. Doors open at 11:00 a.m. and the fair will continue through 1:00 p.m. with continuous door prizes donated by many local businesses. Sponsored by agencies serving Christian County.
Gardening is the number one hobby in America. Just about anyone with a home participates in it. Unfortunately, gardening can become more difficult. Many people blame it on aging, but it could be the tools we use and the way we use them, weather factors, and the typical aches and pains associated with any type of physical activity.
BodySmart Gardening is a new University of Illinois Extension program that looks at "how" we garden and provides some simple techniques to make gardening more enjoyable. Besides tool selection including the new ergonomic types, BodySmart Gardening also covers proper use of the tools to minimize muscle strain while maximizing the tool's intended use, warm-up exercises, correct clothing to minimize healthy concerns, poisonous plants, and weather-related problems.
This program will be held on Thursday, March 22 at 9:30 a.m. in the U of I Extension Christian County auditorium, and will be taught by Dave Robson, University of Illinois Extension Educator, Horticulture. Dave will highlight what you can do to make gardening more BodySmart, and examples of ergonomic tools and gardening aides will be demonstrated.
University of Illinois Extension will celebrate Extension Week April 15-21, 2007. The event recognizes the service U of I Extension provides local Illinois communities and celebrates 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 of areas including 4-H youth development; agriculture; natural resources; home gardening; horticulture; community and economic development; nutrition and wellness; family life and consumer education.
During Extension Week, the Christian County Unit will host a "Business After Hours" from 4:30–6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18, 2007 at the Extension office.
The public is invited to join us for hors d'oeuvres, door prizes, and fellowship.
Gone the way of the horse and buggy are the old canning equipment and techniques. And safe home food preservation skills are not always passed down from generation to generation, or taught in the home.
The Master Food Preserver Program fills a local need for education on safe food preservation practices. Sponsored by University of Illinois Extension, the program certifies experienced home food canners to teach consumers the latest canning techniques.
Extension nutrition and wellness educators teach a series of classes to consumers who may or may not have some experience in home canning. Once certified, the master food preservers are encouraged to provide programs on food preservation and food safety to community groups or participate in other volunteer activities such as judging 4-H county fair products, and answering questions on food preservation.
Certification to become a master food preserver involves taking course work and exams. The units focus on the general principles of safe food handling and the procedures of water bath canning, pressure canning and freezing fruits and vegetables.
The program also features units on pickling fruits and vegetables, preserving jams and jellies and drying fruits, vegetables and meats.
Each unit consists of instruction including lecture, multi media, and hands-on laboratory food preservation activities.
The certification series will be held from 9 am to 4 pm on June 7, 14, 15, 20 and 21, 2007 in the Lincoln Room at the Building #30 University of Illinois Extension located on the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Cost of the program is $100, which covers the cost of teaching materials and supplies for the five sessions.
U of I Extension provides out-of-the-classroom educational opportunities that help you deal with the critical issues impacting your daily lives.
For more information about the Master Food Preserver Program, contact: U of I Extension Christian County at 287-7246.
If you or someone you know are hard of hearing and have difficulty hearing on a regular telephone, you may qualify for a free amplified telephone. Application packets can be obtained from Springfield Center for Independent Living (SCIL) at 330 South Grand Ave West in Springfield. Call (217)523-2587 v/tty to request an application packet to be sent to you.
To be considered, applicants must have a standard analog phone line (land line) coming into their home and must have a physician or audiologist complete the back of the application stating that the individual would benefit from having an amplified telephone.
SCIL staff members will be available to answer your questions at the Christian County YMCA Adult Wellness Fair. Stop by the SCIL table on Wednesday, March 7th from 8:30 – 11:30 am to learn more about this opportunity!
Walk-ins or scheduled appointments are taken at SCIL to test amplified telephone models. You can select from four different amplified telephones, all with different features. After you test the telephones, you simply choose the one that best suits your needs. All telephones also come with a warranty.
Once approved by ITAC, the amplified telephone will arrive at your home within 5-7 business days via UPS. Every four years the individual qualifies to receive a new amplified telephone. You never need to return the amplified telephone – it is yours to keep.
There are no income qualifications, age requirements or hidden costs. Past customers have been completely satisfied with their new amplified telephones. For more information, please call Carolyn at SCIL at (217)523-2587 v/tty or ITAC at 1 (800)841-6167.
Life-changing disasters can strike at any time and any place playing havoc with the best-laid financial plans. These disasters can happen quickly and unexpectedly, forcing you to deal with situations at a time when you may not be thinking clearly.
Advance planning will not eliminate these disasters but certainly will make dealing with them a lot easier. A good financial plan is built around saving and acquiring assets, as well as protecting your assets. As well as investing for retirement, you need an emergency savings fund that can be accessed easily in case of a disaster. Without a good financial plan, a disaster can wipe out your savings and ruin your retirement plans.
In addition to saving, you can protect your assets by taking a look at your insurance needs, reviewing your will or preparing one if you don't have one, and organizing your financial files.
Insurance needs are often underestimated. Do you have disability, life, health and homeowners/renters, or auto insurance that will provide enough coverage in the event of an accident, death, illness, or natural disaster? Making an inventory of all your assets will help you determine the coverage you need.
Wills need to be reviewed and updated every five years or when you acquire new assets or in case of divorce, death, or other life changing event. Make sure that the will clearly states how you want your assets divided upon your death.
Organize and keep up-to-date files about your financial information. Make sure your spouse, adult children or other responsible person knows where to find the files and understands your filing system. They should also know where to find the safe deposit box key. If you are among the people who keep all their files on a computer, make sure that you keep a backup copy of important files and that someone knows where to find your password in case you are not able communicate.
An emergency savings fund, appropriate insurance, wills, and organized files are all important components of a good financial plan. Protecting your assets is important to ensuring your financial security and minimizing the financial impact of disasters and other life-changing events.
For further information about protecting your financial future, visit the Plan Well, Retire Well website at www.RetireWell.uiuc.edu.
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. Click on the "Local Links" tab on the "home page" to find this information.
New to the website this month is a local link to "4-H Memorial Camp." The 4-H Memorial Camp and Conference Center website includes general information about camp, the various summer and specialty programs, facility rental information, as well as information about applying to work at the camp.
Also, check out "Cicadas In Illinois." 2007 is the year for the periodical cicada to appear in Northern Illinois. To prepare for this, U of I Extension Horticultural Educators have created this new website which discusses he cicada's lifecycle, next emergence, and control issues.
The University of Illinois Extension office has a public use computer site. It is available during regular working hours–between 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. This site is connected to a high-speed internet line, so anytime you'd like to come use it, feel free to come on in and search the World Wide Web. The U of I Extension office is located at 1120 N. Webster St. in Taylorville.