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 10th annual 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 offer parents.
As a special feature this year, the Illinois Secretary of State's office will be offering free car seat safety checks in the circle drive near the auditorium from 10:30 a.m. through 2:00 p.m.
Taylorville Memorial Hospital is providing a free lunch to all those registering before noon on Monday, March 30. To register, please call 287-7246.
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.
The topics for the spring "4 Seasons Gardening" sessions being offered in April 2009 at the U of I Extension office, 1120 N. Webster St., in Taylorville are:
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.
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.
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 Farner, 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, 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 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 by calling the Christian County Extension office at 287-7246 before Wednesday, April 8.
A workshop on making pastry is being offered by the U of I Extension, Christian County office on April 16, 2009. The class will run from 6:00—9:00 p.m. at the Extension Office, located at 1120 N. Webster St. in Taylorville. The cost for this class is $ 20 per attendee. (No couple prices for this class.)
This class will be taught by Jananne Finck, UI Extension Nutrition and Wellness Educator, and will include some demonstrations, but mostly hands-on cooking. You will learn how to make basic pie crust dough and each participant will use their dough to make a one-crust pie shell, an individual lemon tart and an apple turnover to take home.
When attending this class you will need to bring your own rolling pin, an 8 or 9-inch pie pan, and a glass mixing bowl. If you wish to use a pastry blender, you should also bring one of those. If you have a pastry cloth that you would like to use, please feel free to bring it. The pastry blender and cloth are optional, and we will show you how to make pastry using everyday items in place of them.
As always, there will be an emphasis on food safety & healthy cooking. It is requested that you not wear hand or wrist jewelry, if possible.
The deadline date to register is Monday April 13. These classes fill fast, so it is suggested that you register early. The receipt of your payment will hold your space. Checks should be made payable to University of Illinois Extension, and sent to UI Extension Christian County, 1120 N. Webster St. Taylorville, IL 62568. For more information call our office at 287-7246.
University of Illinois celebrates Extension Week from April 19-25, 2009. The event recognizes the service U of I Extension provides local Illinois communities. It's a time to celebrate 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 areas including 4-H youth development; agriculture; natural resources; home horticulture; community and economic development; nutrition and wellness; family life; and consumer education.
When the stock market plummets or you hear the word "recession," you may begin to question how your money is invested. Maybe you need cash for current expenses, or you're tempted to sell investments before you lose any more money. Should you buy, sell, or bury your money in the yard?
University of Illinois Extension Christian County is hosting Saving and Investing in Turbulent Times, a teleconference with campus-based professors and extension educators to help answer questions regarding what to do with your money in light of the current financial markets.
Paul McNamara, professor of Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois will speak on lessons we can derive from behavioral economics and previous market history. Extension educators will discuss sound investment and risk management strategies, including diversification, dollar cost averaging, and rebalancing. In addition, the final half hour will be dedicated to a Q & A session, so bring your questions.
Join our panel for a lively, unbiased 90-minute session to be held on April 21st from 12:00 to 1:30 pm. To register for the workshop, call the Christian County Extension Office at 287-7246 by Friday, April 17.
For more information on saving and investing, visit University of Illinois Extension Plan Well, Retire Well: Your how-to guide at http://www.retirewell.uiuc.edu/.
"Increasingly, people who are single are living their lives fully. Those who have the resources to do so are buying homes, traveling the world, and pursuing their passions. Their lives are meaningful – and yes, they are happy." writes researcher Bella De Paulo of the University of California. Achieving this in a "couples culture" is no easy task.
Changing demographics indicate that while our society may seem very coupled, many adults are single by choice or as the result of divorce or death of a spouse. Some have dubbed this century, "The Singles Century." Adults today are likely to experience a life in which singleness is more permanent with periods of marriage or coupling as the in–between state. For many people, successfully navigating their way through life will require a change in attitude and behavior regarding singlehood.
The seminar, Living Single in a Coupled World, will discuss current research regarding beliefs about singleness and strategies for dealing with the challenges of singlehood.
Patti Faughn, University of Illinois Extension Family Life Educator, will conduct the seminar on Thursday, April 23 at 9:30 a.m. at University of Illinois Extension Christian County, 1120 N. Webster St., Taylorville, IL.
The program is provided free of charge, but advance registration is needed by Monday, April 20.. To register, call U of I Extension in Christian County, 287-7246, or email your name, postal address and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A rain barrel construction course will be offered by Master Gardeners at the April 26th – "Earth Day in Manners Park".
Water is a precious resource that should be a part of everyone's Earth Day conservation efforts. Proper use of a simple-to-construct rainwater collection device can be part of your home-based natural resource management plan and a great Earth Day activity. Historically, rainwater collected by midwestern settlers was a key element in managing scarce water resources for personal needs and home gardening. Revisiting this concept will provide your landscape with collected water that is suitable for flowers trees, shrub and lawns without increasing your water bill.
U of I Christian County Master Gardeners will be offering a hands-on workshop on building a rain barrel collection unit for your home. Rain barrel construction will be part of the annual Earth Day activities on April 26, 2009 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and will be held at Manners Park in Taylorville.
The cost of the workshop is $55 and covers all supplies needed to construct your own rain barrel. You will work alongside experienced Master Gardener volunteers. Due to the limited number of appropriate barrels, enrollment will be limited to the first 5 who preregister. Reservations must be made in advance no later than Thursday, April 16. Those interested should call Sharron Taft, Christian County Master Gardener Chairman at 623-5352 for more information.
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.
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, retired 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.
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.