The Annual Christian County Ag Literacy Pancake and Sausage Breakfast will be held January 31, 2009 from 6:30 – 9:30 am at the Christian County Extension Office, located at 1120 N. Webster St. in Taylorville.
Tickets are $5 each and are available in advance at the University of Illinois Extension Office, the Christian County Soil and Water District Office, and the Christian County Farm Bureau Office. Tickets may also be purchased at the door the day of the event.
The theme of this year's breakfast centers around National Food Checkout Week, a celebration of the U.S. farmer's ability to produce the safest and most abundant food supply in the world.
Proceeds from the breakfast will help fund the Ag Literacy program which delivers hands-on agriculture-based lessons to over 6,000 students throughout Christian County annually.
Come on out and enjoy a great breakfast and good fellowship. We look forward to seeing you there!
There are two topics for the winter "4 Seasons Gardening" sessions being offered in February 2009 at the U of I Extension office at 1120 N. Webster St., in Taylorville.
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.
Digital Camera Class I – Camera Basics and Review—February 28
UI Extension will offer a program: "Introduction to Digital Cameras" on Saturday, February 28th at 10:00 a.m. in the University of Illinois Extension office auditorium in Taylorville.
This class is intended to help new users of digital cameras overcome a few of the barriers new technology brings and support their desire to participate in a hands-on learning environment. If you are considering purchasing a digital camera for the first time or just need help understanding basic digital camera functions, then plan on attending.
The registration fee is $5, and registration must be made and paid for in advance. The last day to register will be February 25. The program will start promptly at 10:00 a.m. and conclude no later than 11:30 a.m. If you already have a digital camera, bring it along. Make sure your batteries are fully charged and have the instruction manual in-hand.
Digital Camera Class II – General Review and Photo Printers—March 7
Extension will offer a program: "Digital Cameras and Printers" on Saturday, March 7th at 9:00 a.m.
Digital cameras are an incredible use of new technology and have opened up a world of photography to many new users. The automatic settings on most digital cameras can save you lots of time and guide you past the maze of optical and electronic terms that can be very confusing or foreign to even the experienced photographer. A common challenge in photography is the physical and electronic separation between the camera and the printer. To help you improve your understanding and optimize your ability to produce digital images, Extension will offer a workshop on digital cameras and printers. The workshop will provide a primary foundation to improve image quality, discuss printer and paper selection, review facts and fiction of camera and printer interactions, and other related camera-printer issues.
The registration fee of $5, and registration must be made and paid for in advance. The last day to register will be March 4th. Program will start promptly at 9:00 a.m. and conclude no later than 11:30. If you already have a digital camera, bring it along. Make sure your batteries are fully charged and have the instruction manual in-hand.
Both classes will be held at the U of I Extension Building, 1120 N. Webster St. in Taylorville. Call 287-7246 to register or go online at www.extension.uiuc.edu/christian.
Annie's Project, an educational program for farm women, will be offered Tuesday evenings on June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and July 7, 2009 from 6:00—9:00 p.m. in the Lincoln Land Community College Computer Lab, Room 107, located at 800 S. Spresser St., Taylorville, IL.
This program is being sponsored locally by First National Bank on Spresser and University of Illinois Extension Christian County.
Annie's Project is a series of educational programs for farm women wanting to learn more about farm management and improve their skills as business partners, and will be taught by Ruth Hambleton, UI Extension Farm Business Management and Marketing Educator.
Topics will include 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.
Program sponsors are University of Illinois Extension, Illinois Agri-Women, Illinois Farm Bureau, Farm Credit Services, and Illinois Risk Management Agency. Grant funding is supplied by the North Central Risk Management Education Center, Lincoln, NE. Visit Annie's Project on line at http://www.extension.iastate.edu/annie/.
The registration fee for this program is $50. For those who've participated in Annie's Project before, the fee is only $25. To register or for further information, please call the Christian County Extension office in Taylorville at (217) 287-7246. Class size is limited to the first 15 who register.
A new Illinois Vegetable Garden Guide website includes information about growing and caring for a successful garden, insect and disease problems, a directory on growing specific vegetables, and how to exhibit vegetables at a fair or show.
Information on this topics is available at the U of I Extension Christian County website located at www.extension.uiuc.edu/christian. Click on the "Local Links" tab on the "Home Page," and scroll down to the Horticulture section.
From coffeemakers to toasters, blenders and waffle irons, to microwaves and ovens— today's modern kitchen sports more electrical appliances than ever before. These appliances, like other electrical devices in your home, need to be operated safely and conscientiously in accordance with manufacturer's guidelines.
To ensure you don't have a potential safety hazard brewing in your kitchen, follow these important safety tips:
1. Unplug kitchen appliances, like toasters and coffeemakers, when you're not using them and never allow appliances like a stove or a microwave to remain on when you leave you leave home.
2. Never use a fork, knife, or other metal object that conducts electricity to clean debris from "live" kitchen appliances such as toasters and toaster ovens. For routine cleaning, make sure these appliances are switched off and disconnected before you clean their internal parts.
3. Avoid using electricity near water and other liquids. Clean up all spillages in or around an electrical appliance after making sure the power supply had been disconnected. Never submerge an appliance or its electrical cord or plug in water or any other liquid.
4. Install a sufficient number of GFCIs in you kitchen. GFCIs are designed to prevent shock hazards by interrupting power if electrical current leaks from a damaged cord or appliance.
5. Always check your kitchen appliances for damaged cords or plugs before you use them. Contact with a faulty or frayed power cord of a broken appliance can cause electrical shock. If an appliance malfunctions or appears to be damaged in any way, make sure the appliance is disconnected from the power outlet and have it repaired or replaced immediately.
6. Never let power cords or plugs dangle over the edge of counters, or come in contact with hot surfaces. Dangling cords are a danger to small children who might pull or grab them. Kitchen appliances should never be placed near a hot gas or electrical burner
Tips for Using Your Microwave Oven
In recent years microwaves have become among one of the most popular kitchen appliances. Be wary of the dangers associated with using them.
· To prevent facial burns or exposure to radiation from a defective appliance, microwaves should be kept high above the reach and eye level of children.
· Use only containers and tableware stamped "microwave safe." Cooking trays made of metal or aluminum should never be used to heat meals. Never put aluminum foil in the microwave since it can ignite.
· If food you're preparing catches fire, unplug the cord immediately, but do not open the door. This will only feed oxygen to the fire. Wait for the fire to extinguish then remove the contents from the oven.
Source: Helpful hints on Home Electricity from the Leviton Institute, www.leviton.com/institute