This program is designed for members of volunteer organizations who prepare and serve food to the public, whether a fee is charged or not. Organizations like churches, civic clubs, schools, and groups who organize fundraisers, etc., should plan on attending to learn how to help keep their food safe. This workshop will be offered on Wednesday, March 11, from 6:30–8:30 p.m. at the UI Extension Christian County office, located at 1120 N. Webster St. in Taylorville, and is being sponsored by the Christian County Public Health Department and the University of Illinois Extension Christian County. There is a $5 per person fee for the workshop, and pre-paid reservations are due by Friday, March 6.
Whenever food is served at a public event, preventing foodborne illness is a top priority, says Jananne Finck, Food and Nutrition educator with University of Illinois Extension.
"We don't want people getting sick from the food we are serving," Finck says, "so we need to make sure all of our volunteers know and practice correct food safety techniques."
At this workshop organizations will be given information on everything from planning the menu and transporting the food, to serving the food and disposing of any leftovers. This two-hour workshop will include hand washing activities as well as lecture, discussion and videos demonstrating safe food preparation techniques.
For more details about this program, or if you need reasonable accommodations to participate in this program, please contact the Christian County Extension Office at 217-287-7246. Notebooks and food thermometers will also be available for purchase at the workshop.
If the only blanket of green in your landscape is grass then you may be missing an opportunity to add texture, color and seasonal change to your daily vista. Blooming and everygreen groundcovers can enhance your landscape with plants that will outperform grass, require less water, no mowing and solve landscape problems.
Plan to attend this program on Thursday, March 19 at 7:00 p.m. in the UI Extension Christian County auditorium, to learn the how, where and what of selecting from a broad palette of leaf colors, blooms and textures.
You will gain an understanding of how to use groundcovers to enhance your landscapes appearance as well as reducing the use of fertilizer, water and the need for weekly maintenance.
"Blooming and Evergreen Groundcovers" is offered by the University of Illinois Extension. UI Extension Horticulture Educator, David Robson, will be presenting this program.
This program is open to the public, and there is no charge to attend. However, we would appreciate reservations be made by Tuesday, March 17. To register, call the UI Extension Christian County office, at 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 Parent and Child Health and Safety Fair will be held on Friday, April 3, in the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auditorium from 11:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m.
This year's theme is "Brain Power: Give Your Child a Boost," and over 25 agencies and organizations will have displays and share information about products and services they are offering to parents.
Taylorville Memorial Hospital is providing a free lunch to all those registering before noon on Monday, March 30. 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.
This event is sponsored by the Christian County Public Health Dept., Christian/Montgomery Regional Office of Education #10—Learning Express, Morrisonville PRE-K/PAT, Taylorville Memorial Hospital, TCUSD#3 PREP/PAT/Even Start/PI/Baby Talk, and the University of Illinois Extension Christian County.
Radon is a radioactive gas that you can't see or smell. When you breathe in radon, the radioactive particles release bursts of energy that can damage lung tissue and lead to lung cancer.
Radon gas comes from the breakdown of uranium, present naturally in the soil. Radon gas can enter the home through openings in the house around pipes and where floors and walls join.
The UI Extension Christian County office is offering a free radon test kit to anyone requesting them.
You can test for radon any time of the year, and a home should be tested for radon every two to three years because the house can settle and new foundation cracks can form. If you have never tested your home for radon, it is better to do a short test over a few days. You will know quickly if your home has high levels of radon. If the test shows a high level of radon, a second test should be done—a long-term test for 3 months to a year. If radon levels on the second test are high, contact a radon professional to seal up the cracks in the foundation or basement floor and walls. A depressurization system can also be installed in the basement, crawl space or under a slab foundation. This uses a 4" PVC pipe to vent radon through the roof of the house.
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 Wednesday, April 15, will cover yeast bread basics. Barb Farmer, UI Extension Nutrition and Wellness Educator, will discuss basic bread baking techniques, including why certain ingredients are necessary, as well as demonstrate mixing, kneading, shaping, and raising techniques.
The second bread workshop on Wednesday, April 22 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.
Each session in the "Let's Make Bread" series will be offered either from 1:00—4:00 p.m. or 6:00—9:00 p.m. at the U of I Extension Christian County office.
This program is open to the public. The cost is $20 for both classes, and is limited to 17 adult participants for each session. 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 Wednesday, April 8.
There are three topics for the spring "4 Seasons Gardening" sessions being offered in April & May, 2009 at the U of I Extension office at 1120 N. Webster St., in Taylorville.
Warm Season Vegetable Gardening
Tuesday, April 14, 1:00 p.m. & Thursday, April 16, 7:00 p.m.
Buy Local, Eat Healthy!
Tuesday, April 28, 1:00 p.m. & Thursday, April 30, 7:00 p.m.
Building a Basic Water Garden
Tuesday, May 12, 1:00 p.m. & Thursday, May 14, 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.
The annual Home & Community Education Association (HCEA) Table Setting Luncheon and Plant Sale will be held on Saturday, April 25 from 10:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m. at the University of Illinois Extension Office, 1120 N. Webster St., Taylorville, IL..
The theme for luncheon is "Spring is Bustin' Out All Over." Each person attending will be able to view decorated tables in three categories, Youth 18 and Under, Casual, and Elegant. Tickets for the luncheon are $6, and may be purchased in advance from a HCEA member or at the door on Saturday, April 25.
Many families and 4-H club leaders have already inquired about the 2009 fair dates for next summer. Mark your calendars and plan vacation dates accordingly.
On January 31, 2009, the Christian County Ag Literacy Program held its annual Pancake and Sausage breakfast at the University of Illinois Extension Auditorium. The fundraiser was extremely well attended, and the program raised a substantial amount of money to help with next year's ag programming in Christian County.
Last year, the program visited more than 6,000 students in grades Pre-K through 8 across Christian County.
A big thank-you to all of those who attended the breakfast, made a donation, or supported the program in some other way this year. Your continued generosity is greatly appreciated. Thanks for helping Christian County children to bloom with an agricultural education!!!!
The UI Extension Christian County Council serves as a liaison between the public and Extension staff as they develop and implement needed programs.
Jim Adcock, Assumption
Kandy Andruch, Edinburg
Rebecca Arkebauer, Palmer
Ivaloue Ashbrook, Taylorville
Andria Bass, Taylorville
Dale Baumgartner, Taylorville
Gale Bell, Morrisonville
Ann Bruenderman, Pana
Diana Cloyd, Mechanicsburg
Mark Dozier, Morrisonville
Douglas Garwood, Stonington
Roberta Harker, Morrisonville
Malcolm Head, Blue Mound
David Hixenbaugh, Taylorville
Marvin Hughes, Taylorville
Eric Kahle, Taylorville
Carla Mickey, Taylorville
Ed Rees, Kincaid
Elaine Vangeison, Morrisonville
Chad Waterman, Palmer