The topic for the last spring "4 Seasons Gardening" sessions being offered in May 2009 at the U of I Extension office, 1120 N. Webster St., in Taylorville are:
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.
Maintaining health throughout life is a concern for most Americans and each individual is responsible for their own life. Understanding the relationship between fitness and food and how it affects an individual's health is an important part of wellness.
To help you learn how to maintain wellness throughout your life, attend the "Fitness and Food – Fact or Fiction" program on May 21 at 9:30 a.m. in the UI Extension Christian County auditorium located at 1120 N. Webster St., Taylorville, IL.
Fitness and Food….Fact or Fiction? is an educational program to help participants better understand the new MyPyramid and Dietary Guidelines. Other information included in the program is a discussion on the importance of exercise and healthy lifestyle activities.
Jananne Finck, UI Extension Nutrition and Wellness Educator, will be presenting the program and will be available to answer questions.
There is no registration fee, but pre-registration is required by May 18. To pre-register, or for more information or if you need reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact the UI Extension Christian County office at 287-7246.
Christian County Master Gardeners will begin staffing a "Help Desk" for the public at the U of I Extension Christian County office each Monday afternoon from May—October, between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.
Anyone with questions or concerns about their flower or vegetable gardens, lawns or trees may call 287-7246 or drop by the Extension office, located at 1120 N. Webster St. in Taylorville.
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.
It's once again time to get ready for the gardening and canning season.
The annual canner testing day will be held on Tuesday, June 2 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. It's not necessary to bring lids from weighted gauge canners.
A Presto parts list will be available if you need to order gauges, gaskets, etc. 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.
Many people are already thinking about canning, freezing and drying foods as we work the garden this spring. Proper canning techniques are especially important to preserve food safely at home.
A Canning and Home Food Preservation program will be held on Tuesday evening, June 2 at the University of Illinois Extension Christian County, located at 1120 N. Webster St., Taylorville, IL from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Jananne Finck, Nutrition and Wellness Educator from the Springfield Extension Center, will be discussing and demonstrating ways to can fruits and vegetables using both the boiling water bath and pressure canning methods. In addition, those attending will receive USDA materials on safely preserving foods at home.
Pre-registration is needed and the cost is $10 per person. To register, send a check payable to "University of Illinois Extension Christian County" at 1120 N. Webster St., Taylorville, IL 62568.
The deadline for registration is Friday, May 29. For more information or if you need reasonable accommodations to participate in this program, please contact the Christian County office at 217-287-7246 in Taylorville.
Individuals representing agencies serving Christian County will be able to share upcoming programs, discuss issues critical to their agencies and network with other agency representatives on Wednesday, June 3 at 11:45 a.m. at the U of I Extension office at 1120 N. Webster St., Taylorville.
This meeting is open to the public, and agency representatives should bring their lunch and 25 copies of any handouts they would like to share. This meeting will wrap up by 1:00 p.m.
Have you checked your food handler's license expiration date lately? Do you need to renew your Illinois Department of Public Health Food Safety Service Sanitation Managers Certification within the next few months?
If so, you can attend the five-hour re-certification refresher course on Thursday, June 4, 2009 at the University of Illinois Extension Christian County office from 3:30—8:30 p.m.
According to Jananne Finck, UI Extension Nutrition and Wellness Educator, "Anyone who holds a valid Food Service Managers Certificate that expires within in the next year should plan to attend this refresher course." Finck is a certified instructor licensed through the Illinois Department of Public Health.
The cost of the workshop is $40 and the registration deadline is on Friday, May 29. To register, call the Christian County Extension office at (217) 287-7246.
A photo ID is required at registration time. If you need reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please call 287-7246.
Whether you're a recent grad, a UI graduate of many years, or just a good Illini fan, our 2009 tour to the University of Illinois on Thursday, June 11 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 newly renovated Memorial Stadium, the home of Illinois football, which now includes luxurious hospitality facilities, a state of the art press box, and a new permanent seating addition in the north end zone.
From there we will head to the brand new Business Instructional Facility, filled with high-tech classrooms, counseling and career services, a state-of-the-art laboratory that simulates real-time market trading. This is the university's first "green" building in its 141-year history, and includes solar panels to help power the building, roof plantings that provide insulation and reduce water runoff, and a unique, energy-efficient heating and cooling system.
Our next stop will be the Activities and Recreation Center, the newest campus facility originally opened in 1971 as the Intramural-Physical Education Building (IMPE). In 1995 the IMPE Building was closed for a total renovation and is now one of the country's largest on-campus recreation centers at 340,000 square feet.
Our last stop will be the renovated Irwin Academic Services building, an 8,000 square foot building, formerly the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity house, which offers the very best in academic services to Illinois student-athletes.
Plans are to return to Taylorville by 5:30 p.m. Paid reservations of $25, which includes transportation, tours, and lunch, will be taken on a first come, first served basis to the first 15 people who call in reservations.
The deadline for paid reservations is Friday, June 5.
The Dudley Smith Farm will be the host site for a Beef Cow-Calf Field Day on Tuesday, June 30, 2009 beginning with registration at 9:30 a.m. Gary Letterly, U I Extension Christian County Natural Resources Management Educator, will provide updates and program introductions at 10:00 a.m.
Ed Ballard, retired UI Extension Animal Systems Educator from the Shelbyville area, will discuss the performance of cool season grasses in local grazing trials. Then, following up on the first year study on grazing corn stalks and supplementing with DDG's, Dr. Dan Shike, U of I Dept. of Animal Science, will share "What's New in 2009".
Mike Vincent, UI Department of Crop Sciences doctoral candidate, will give a brief update on the development of a tropical maize project for livestock feeding and as a potential bioenergy crop.
The field day will feature the research of Dr. Garry Lacefield, University of Kentucky Forage Specialist in the area of forage selection and management in rotational grazing programs for the "heart of America" (Illinois, of course).
Lunch will be provided by the U of I Extension Christian County office at noon. To attend and receive a complimentary lunch, please contact the University of Illinois Extension Christian County Unit office at 287-7246 by noon on Wednesday, June 24.
For additional details, contact University of Illinois Extension Christian County Unit at 217-287-7246.
The next Safe Sitter class for girls and boys ages 11 to 13 will be held on Tuesday, July 21 and Wednesday, July 22, 2009 from 8:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Christian County Extension Office.
The two-day Safe Sitter program is sponsored by the University of Illinois Extension Christian County, Christian County Home and Community Education Association, and Taylorville Memorial Hospital.
During the course, students get hands-on practice in basic life-saving techniques so they are prepared to act in a crisis, with medical information taught by a certified professional.
Safe Sitter participants also receive helpful tips to make them more confident caregivers, learning safety and security precautions, such as what to do if a stranger comes to the door and when and how to call for help. Information on child development and age-appropriate activities, and the business aspects of babysitting are also taught.
To become a certified Safe Sitter, students have to pass a rigorous practical and written test to show they have mastered the key concepts and have the skills necessary to handle an emergency.
For a registration form or information, call the Christian County at 287-7246. There is a limit to the number of participants we can accommodate in the class, so register as soon as possible. The registration fee is $30, and pre-paid registration is due by Friday, July 17, 2009.
Registration fees will not be refunded for cancellations made less than 24 hours in advance.
You can't see or smell radon, but it may be in your home, posing a health risk to you and your family.
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.
The UI Extension Christian County office is offering a limited supply of free radon detectors to the public.
Pick up your free detector at the UI Extension office located at 1120 N. Webster St. in Taylorville on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Christian County Extension office will process your soil samples for analysis. Soil testing provides you with a convenient way to obtain test data that can be used to help answer agronomic and horticultural soil-related problems.
There is a $20 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 Gary Letterly, UI Extension Natural Resources Educator and agronomist, will provide assistance in interpreting the results. Soil sample turn-around time is approximately two weeks. Payment must accompany each sample at the time of processing. For more information, contact Gary Letterly at 287-7246.
We're looking for—homegrown fruits, vegetables, live plants, flowers-fresh or dried, herbs, honey, more organic products, dairy, eggs, chesses, artisan breads and baked goods, honey, garden related products and other specialty products grown and made in the central Illinois area. We offer very affordable full season and daily rates. We are a grower friendly market and do our best to accommodate all of our participants.
To add to our producer venue, we are looking for more arts and crafts vendors. Artisan craftsmen are welcome. We are inviting commercial home and garden businesses to present contemporary products and trends to tie into and promote our Market Day Preview.
· Saturday, May 30—Car & Bike Cruise from the Square to the BBQ, Blues & Cruise at the Christian County Fair Grounds
· Saturday, June 6—Art on the Square
· Saturday, June 13—Dog Daze-Dog Show and Training demos and live music
· Saturday, June 20—Whistlin' Dixie—The Great American Music Series featuring Dixieland music and Southern-style food served
· Saturday, July 18—Healthy Living-screenings presented by Memorial Hospital, YMCA demos, live music
· Saturday, August 29—Country Roots-The Great American Music Series featuring country music and Farmers' Share Lunch under the Tent. Our market is growing and supported by a loyal—and growing local customer base. Taylorville offers a traditional, small hometown venue with a friendly, social atmosphere. Last year's Market producers enjoyed strong sales and sellouts of many featured products.
· Saturday, September 26—Wine Tasting on the Patio-featuring Illinois wine growers and live music.
For guidelines and registration forms go to our website, firstname.lastname@example.org: or contact Taylorville Main Street, Inc. at (217) 824-3555.