Using Culinary Herbs in the Landscape is the second program offered this spring. Culinary herb plants add scent to the garden as well as flavor to your favorite recipe. Many offer ornamental foliage and flowers and work well with other garden plants. Tips for growing herbs and placement in the landscape will be covered in "Using Culinary Herbs in the Landscape" telenet. Jennifer Fishburn, Horticulture Educator, will also provide information on herb plant combinations that work well in the garden and in container plantings. Join Jennifer on Thursday, May 3, at 7:00 p.m. for Using Culinary Herbs in the Landscape.
Using Tropical Plants to add WOW! to Your Garden is no longer reserved for those living in the Deep South. The palette of tropical plants that can be used include things we often think of as houseplants, to the more traditional palms, bananas and elephant ears. They are showing up not only in the home landscape as part of the annual or perennial border and containers, but also in the commercial landscape. Plan on attending "Using Tropical Plants to add WOW to Your Garden" on Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. and also on Thursday, May 17, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. Escape with Greg Stack, Horticulture Educator, as he leads you into the leafy world of tropical plants. Find out what is available, how to use them and even how to over winter these tropical beauties and bring them back to the garden the following season.
All programs offered in this Spring Series will be held at the University of Illinois Extension Christian County, 1120 N. Webster St., Taylorville, IL.
The series will be shared via the University of Illinois telenet system and local computer PowerPoint presentations, allowing live discussion between the instructor and gardeners throughout Illinois. You will have the chance to ask questions at the end of the program.
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 us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details and to reserve a seat and packet of information.
IRAs, 401(k)s and other retirement plans are great tools for accumulating money for retirement. But what are the rules for getting your money out of them?
University of Illinois Extension Educator Karen Chan will be addressing these questions in Who Gets the Money?, a state-wide Extension event on Thursday, May 10 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
"Retirement accounts are powerful tools. But the rules can be confusing. Many people make simple mistakes," says Chan, who is also a Certified Financial Planner™. "Someone might fail to start taking annual distributions at the right time, and face stiff penalties. Mistakes when rolling over money from one financial institution or employer to another could cause taxes to be withheld. Understanding a few of the rules can help you make the best decisions," she added.
The workshop, Who Gets the Money?, will explain the various rules for taking distributions from tax-deferred retirement savings plans for those younger than 59½, those between 59½ and 70½, and those who have reached the important age of 70½ . Workshop participants will learn how distributions are taxed and how to avoid additional penalties. Chan will also give tips on rolling over money from one account to another, even if you're already taking annual distributions. She will explain what happens to the money when you're gone and what rules apply if you inherit your spouse's IRA.
Chan will teach you how to calculate minimum required distributions once you reach age 70½, and to determine exactly when you must take your first distribution.
Contact the Christian County Extension Office at 287-7246 or email@example.com to sign up for this program and receive the handouts. You can then simply dial an 800# to listen in from your home on the U of I Extension's teleconferencing site. University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment.
"Research has shown that forgiveness has positive value for emotional, physical and relationship well-being," states Frederic Luskin, director of the Standford University Forgiveness Project. His work and the work of others contradict the notion that "revenge is sweet."
While forgiveness may be something one person extends to others, the ultimate benefit is the reduction of stress and the peace that results for the forgiver. Forgiveness is not as simple as saying, "I forgive you." Forgiveness is an active process that includes making the decision to forgive. Reconciliation with the offender is not necessary for forgiveness.
The program, Forgiveness: The Gift You Give Yourself, will discuss current research regarding what forgiveness is and is not, the benefits of forgiveness for mind and body, common barriers to forgiveness, and some strategies for the forgiveness process.
Patti Faughn, University of Illinois Extension Family Life Educator, will present this program on Thursday, May 24 at 9:30 a.m. in the U of I Extension office auditorium.
The seminar is provided free of charge, but advance registration is needed by Tuesday, May 22. To register, call U of I Extension, or email your name, postal address and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org.
During May, Christian County Master Gardeners will begin staffing a "Help Desk" for the public at the University of Illinois Extension office. Anyone with questions or concerns about their flower or vegetable gardens, lawns or trees may call 287-7246 or drop by the Extension office, 1120 N. Webster St. in Taylorville any time between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. on the first and third Thursday and 2nd and 4th Monday of each month.
The "Help Desk" is being offered by Christian County Master Gardeners to help meet the constant demand for horticultural consumer information by Christian County residents.
Four Christian County residents recently completed training to become the newest class of Master Gardeners serving the county. Throughout the spring, Lynne Kaye Bilyeu, Assumption; Sandy Sample, Mt. Auburn; Ed Rees and Alan Bower of Taylorville, completed a series of 11 classes and testing on topics ranging from botany and soils to landscaping and diseases. Attending last week's monthly Master Gardener meeting were new graduates: Ed Rees, Lynne Kaye Bilyeu and Sandy Sample. Back row: Gwen Podeschi, Robert and Cindy Givens, Nina Branum, secretary; Deb Leahy, president; Mary Grace Given, Midge Kendle and Jenniffer House.
Now is your chance to attend a cooking class designed to let you taste-test food cooked with diabetics in mind. This class will be held on Wednesday, May 30, 2007, from 6:00–8:30 p.m. at the University of Illinois Extension Christian County office, located at 1120 N. Webster St. in Taylorville.
So, if you are a diabetic, or are cooking for a diabetic, this class will offer you the opportunity to refresh your cooking techniques, gain some great tasting recipes for your files and taste-test recipes that have been evaluation by registered dieticians–Janelle Cornell from St. Vincent Memorial Hospital and Jananne Finck, U of I Extension Nutrition and Wellness Educator.
Sign up today by calling Linda Smith at 287-7246. The cost to attend the class will be $2. This program is co-sponsored by St. Vincent Memorial Hospital and University of Illinois Extension Christian County.
It's once again time to get ready for the gardening and canning season.
The U of I Extension annual canner testing day will be held on Tuesday, June 5 at the Extension office between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Bring only the lid from dial-gauge canners to the office, and we'll test them for accuracy while you wait and at no charge.
A parts list will be available from Presto if you need to order gauges, gaskets, etc.
Do you can or freeze foods? Do you dry your fresh fruits and vegetables? Charts to help you determine the correct processing times for canners, blanching times for freezing, and drying times (in an oven or a dehydrator) for fruits and vegetables will also be available.
The Dudley Smith Farm in Christian County will be the host site for a Beef Cow-Calf Field Day on Thursday, June 14 beginning with registration at 9:30 a.m., program at 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
The field day will place special emphasis on the research of Frank Ireland, U I - Dixon Springs Ag Center. Ireland's work covers a broad range of animal issues in the areas of "conventional/ traditional" versus "natural" beef production.
Matt Maughan, UI Department of Crop Sciences graduate student will provide an update on grazing conditions, project progress, and the performance of paddocks this past year.
Justin Sexten, UI Extension Animal Systems Specialist from the Mt. Vernon Center will discuss the use of Distiller Dry Grains and their nutritional benefits to livestock.
Ed Ballard (retired Extension, Animal systems Educator) and other Extension staff will provide a look at other pasture-grazing and biofuels research taking place on the Dudley Smith Farm.
To attend and receive a lunch that day, please contact the University of Illinois Extension, Christian County Unit office at 287-7246 by noon on Friday, June 8.
For additional details on the Dudley Smith Field day to be held on June 14, contact University of Illinois Extension, Christian County Unit at 217-287-7246.
Whether you're a recent grad, a UI graduate of many years, or just a good Illini fan, our 2007 tour to the University of Illinois on Thursday, June 14 will surely include some things you'll really enjoy.
We will leave the Extension office parking lot at 7:00 a.m. and travel to Champaign-Urbana by van, where we will tour the new the Demirjian Golf Practice Facility (scheduled for completion in March, 2007); the new Institute for Genomic Biology, located next to the Morrow Plots; an up-close and personal look at Krannert Art Center; lunch in the Illini Union; and the Campbell Hall for Public Communications (now home of the WILL-AM-FM-TV public broadcasting system). Plans are to return to Taylorville by 5:00 p.m.
The cost of the tour is $32, and paid reservations will be taken on a first come, first served basis.
The Christian County Extension office is now able to process soil samples you bring in for analysis. This service will provide a convenient way to obtain test data that can be used to help answer agronomic and horticultural soil-related problems. There will be a $10 fee for each Standard Analysis Test #1 sample performed. Sample bags, provided by a reputable local lab, can be picked up at the Extension office, and samples should consist of soil that represents equal portions of the top 6 to 7 inches of the soil profile. The total volume of an individual sample should be no greater than 1½ cups of soil. Extension office staff will assist you in completing a "soil sample information sheet." The results will be sent back to the Extension Office where a trained agronomist will provide assistance in interpreting the results. Soil sample turn-around time will be approximately two weeks. Payment must accompany each sample at the time of processing. For more information, contact Gary Letterly at 287-7246.
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.