The Christian County LEADership program is now accepting applications for the 2009 class, which will begin in January. This program is designed to enhance the social and economic well being of Christian County by developing an active group of effective leaders.
Participants will learn about the community's opportunities, needs, problems, and resources. In addition, they will identify and analyze current economic, political and social forces affecting the county's future; and establish effective peer relationships and develop effective communication between participants and community leaders in order to educate participants moving people and ideas to action.
Sessions will be held each Wednesday beginning on January 14 and ending on April 1, 2009 from 1:00—4:00 p.m. with the exceptions of January 14 and March 11. These will be all day sessions.
Class size will be limited to 20 participants and is open to anyone interested in the future of Christian County. Tuition for the program is $199 and includes a one day orientation meeting, class materials and supplies, weekly refreshments and guest speakers.
LEAD program applications are available at the University of Illinois Extension Christian County located at 1120 N Webster St., Taylorville, IL, 217-287-7246, and the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce, 108 W. Market, Taylorville, IL 62568, at 217-824-4919, or you can go online to http://www.extension.uiuc.edu/christian. Checks should be made payable to the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce.
The deadline for submitting applications is January 9, 2009.
Astronaut, Mae Jemison, once said, "Don't let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. It's your place in the world; it's your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live."
Human creativity is a gift to be treasured. It is NOT the same as intelligence, talent, or eccentricity. Instead, creativity is the ability to temporarily forget "what we know" to ask new questions and seek new discoveries to problems.
The workshop, Fostering the Creative Spirit in Yourself and Others, will discuss current research regarding how creativity develops, is expressed, and changes throughout life.
Patti Faughn, U of I Extension Family Life Educator, will present this program at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 22 in the UI Extension auditorium.
This program is offered at no charge to the public.
This year many families are experiencing tremendous economic pressures. Some have lost their homes or watched the value of their property plummet. Others have seen their savings and investments evaporate. Some have lost their job or have a job with no health insurance coverage. Rising food and energy costs have created additional economic hardships.
U of I Extension has just launched a new website to help consumers cope with the recent economic downturn. Getting Through Tough Financial Times at www.ToughTimes.illinois.edu is organized around topics such as: Avoiding Money Traps, Setting Spending Priorities, Managing Debt, Talking with Creditors, and Savings and Investing in Turbulent Times.
There are three topics for the winter "4 Seasons Gardening" sessions being offered in January 2009 at the U of I Extension office at 1120 N. Webster St., in Taylorville.
Cool Season Vegetable Gardening
Tuesday, January 27, 1:00 p.m. & Thursday, January 29, 7:00 p.m.
Spring Flowering Shrubs for the Home Landscape
Tuesday, February 10, 1:00 p.m. & Thursday, February 12, 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 24, 1:00 p.m. & Thursday, February 26, 7:00 p.m.
Please call 287-7246 one week in advance of the specific presentation you would like to attend. A prepaid registration fee of $2 will be assessed for printed handout materials.
If you have diabetes, or live with someone who has diabetes, choosing and preparing foods can be a real challenge. Learn how to cook foods that are low in sugar, fat, and sodium at "Dining With Diabetes" program sponsored by University of Illinois Extension.
"Those attending will learn how to cook with artificial sweeteners, low-fat products, herbs and spices," explains Jananne Finck, Nutrition Educator with the U of I Extension in Springfield. "We'll have cooking demonstrations and taste several different recipes designed to help you plan healthy meals at home," adds Linda Smith, County Extension Director for Christian County.
"Dining With Diabetes: Part I" is a three part series that will be held on February 4, 11, 18, 2009 from 6:30—8:30 p.m. at the University of Illinois Extension Christian County office, located at 1120 N. Webster St. in Taylorville. (Please hold April 2 as a snow date in case of bad weather.)
The $30 registration fee includes class materials, recipe booklets and taste-testing. Checks should be made payable to University of Illinois Extension Christian County. Space is limited and advance registration is required.
For more details about this program or if you need reasonable accommodations to participate in this program, please contact the Christian County Extension office by calling 287-7246.
Join us for a 2-part bread-making workshop where you'll learn tips and recipes on making bread "from scratch" and actually create loaves of bread to enjoy.
The first program, scheduled for Thursday, February 19, will cover yeast bread basics. Jananne Finck, UI Extension Nutrition and Wellness Educator, will discuss basic bread baking techniques, including why certain ingredients are necessary. She will also demonstrate mixing, kneading, shaping, and raising techniques.
The second bread workshop on Wednesday, February 25 will be a "hands-on" opportunity to learn traditional methods of bread making, including kneading, shaping and baking. Everyone will make two loaves of bread to take home and complete the baking process.
Participants will want to bring their own aprons and wear comfortable shoes.
Both programs in the "Let's Make Bread" series will be held at the U of I Extension Christian County office from 6:00—9:00 p.m. The cost is $20 for both classes, and is limited to 15 adult participants. Please make checks payable to UI Extension. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. To pre-register, call the Christian County Extension office at 287-7246 by Friday, February 13.
This program is open to the public. If reasonable accommodations are needed to participate, please contact Linda Smith, Christian County Extension Director.
Do you enjoy canning and preserving fruits and vegetables? Would you enjoy teaching others how to preserve foods safely?
The Master Food Preserver Program is an opportunity for experienced food preservers to learn about the latest techniques and home food preservation equipment and become certified as Master Food Preservers. This series of the Master Food Preserver classes will be held April 28, 29, 30 and May 6 and 7, 2009 in the Lincoln Room at the U of I Extension Building, #30, IL State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The cost of the classes is $150.00, which includes University of Illinois Master Food Preserver Notebook, food preservation materials, and food used in the lab practical.
Sponsored by University of Illinois Extension, this program draws on the expertise of educators to educate consumers about safe food preservation techniques.
Certified Master Food Preservers are encouraged to provide programs on food preservation to community groups or participate in other volunteer activities such as judging 4-H county fair products or answering food preservation telephone questions.
To become certified, participants enroll in 5 days of educational classes that provide instruction on handling and preserving food safely using the latest equipment and techniques.
The Master Food Preserver Program contains five units, including: Food Safety and Freezing Foods, Canning High Acid Foods with a Water Bath Canner; Canning Low Acid Foods with a Pressure Canner; Pickling and Drying Foods, and Jams and Jellies.
Each unit consists of instruction, including hands-on laboratory food preservation activity. Methods used are USDA's recommended procedures for canning, freezing and drying foods.
Jananne Finck Nutrition and Wellness Educator with University of Illinois Extension, will teach the programs. To register or if you need more information or reasonable accommodations to participate in this program, please contact the UI Extension Christian County office, 1120 N. Webster St., Taylorville, IL 62568, phone 217-287-7246.
The University of Illinois Extension office has a computer available for public use on a secure high-speed internet line during regular working hours: 8:00 a.m.—4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. The U of I Extension office is located at 1120 N. Webster St. in Taylorville.
You can't see or smell radon, but it may be in your home, posing a health risk to you and your family. The natural breakdown of uranium in the rocks and soil gives off a radioactive gas called radon that can enter homes, polluting the air. At elevated concentrations and prolonged exposure, radon can cause lung cancer, leading to approximately 22,000 deaths each year in the U.S. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer for smokers and the first leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers.
During January's being Radon Action Month, University of Illinois Extension encourages homeowners to test their homes for radon. High radon levels have been found in every county in Illinois. Testing is the only way to know how much radon is in your home. Homes can be tested for radon at any time of the year.
The UI Extension office is offering a free radon test kit to the first 100 people requesting them.
Radon detectors are also available by going online to www.radon.illinois.gov or call IEMA at 1-800-325-1245 to request the free radon test kit directly from IEMA. Radon detectors are easy to use and low-cost. Homes with high radon levels can be fixed.
For more information about how to test your home for radon, visit the radon web site: www.TakeActionOnRadon.uiuc.edu.
Radon information is also available at the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Radon Program at 1-800-325-1245.