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University of Illinois Extension serving Christian, Jersey, Macoupin and Montgomery Counties

Main Office (Montgomery County)
#1 Industrial Park Dr.
Hillsboro, IL 62049
Phone: 217-532-3941
FAX: 217-532-3944
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 12 pm, 1 pm to 4:30 pm

Branch Office (Christian County)
1120 N Webster St.
Taylorville, IL 62568
Phone: 217-287-7246
FAX: 217-287-7248
Hours: Monday - Friday 8am to 11:30am, 12:30pm to 4.30pm

Branch Office (Jersey County)
201 W. Exchange St.
Suite A
Jerseyville, IL 62052
Phone: 618-498-2913
FAX: 618-498-5913
Hours: Monday & Wednesday 8 am to 12 pm and 1pm to 4:30 pm

Branch Office (Macoupin County)
#60 Carlinville Plaza
Carlinville, IL 62626
Phone: 217-854-9604
FAX: 217-854-7804
Hours: Monday - Thursday 8 am to 12 pm; 1 pm to 4:30 pm

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Today's Features

Our Jerseyville office has Moved!

The Jersey County Extension office has moved right down the street. Our new address is 201 W. Exchange St. Suite A in Jerseyville, IL.

Four Seasons Gardening Series:

The Basics of Growing Herbs - April 8 @ 1:30 PM OR APRIL 10 @ 6:30 PM Pest Control Strategies in the Garden - April 22 @ 1:30 PM OR April 24 @ 6:30 PM Bargain Gardening - May 6 @ 1:30 PM OR May 8 @ 6:30 PM (Registration each session is $5.)

Jersey County Arts & Crafts Spin Club

Next Arts & Crafts session is tentatively scheduled for April 21. Its not too late to sign up!

The cost for this session is $5. Call the Jersey county office for more details 618-498-2913.

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In 4-H, we know that there are times when you just want to say "Now, THAT'S 4-H!" Now you have a chance to share in $1,000 worth of prizes in the "That's 4-H" Contest. Submit a photo, video, story, poem or promotional item that really shows what 4-H is all about to you & your entry could be featured in a statewide 4-H Campaign. Call office for all the entry rules. This contest is open to everyone who has experienced 4-H in their life.

Public Speaking Presentation (Montgomery County) - April 24, 6 p.m.

For members enrolled in the public speaking project. Youth in this competition will chose to present a formal, extempore, illustrated, original speech or demonstration. If you would like to participate in this event and you have not registered for public speaking please contact our office to have the project added to your enrollment.

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Music Competition (Montgomery County) - APRIL 27, 5 P.M.

Held at the free Methodist Church in Hillsboro. Members must be enrolled in Music to participate. Members can choose to compete in vocal and/or instrumental jr/sr divisions. If you would like to participate in this event and you have not registered for music please contact our office to have the project added to your enrollment.

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4-H CPR & First Aid Workshop (Montgomery County) - MAY 3 9 a.m. -11:30 a.m.
Certified & Non-Certified Training
Ages 8-13: Cost $25 non-certified
Ages 12-18: 1-4:30 p.m. Cost $50 Certified Fee waivers are not available for this event.

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Dog Obedience Classes In Montgomery County Starting May 6

Montgomery county 4-H is hosting a dog obedience training course at the 4-H Park in Butler, IL beginning on May 6, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. and running each Tuesday night through June 10 (six classes in total). The course is open to both 4-H and non-4-H youths, as well as adults.
Anyone interested in participating must register prior to May 2, 2014

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Babysitting Clinic (Jersey County) - June 10

University of Illinois Extension in Jersey County will offer a Babysitting Clinic on Tuesday, June 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Jerseyville Public Library. The library is located at 105 North Liberty in Jerseyville. The workshop is open to all youth entering 6th grade and up who would like to learn about babysitting. Youth will learn about child safety, medical emergencies, infant care, and preparation of nutritious snacks, games & activities to use when babysitting. In addition, the youth will receive a Babysitting Manual and a babysitting tote. The cost for the clinic is $20 and includes lunch. For more information, call the Jersey County Extension office at 618-498-2913. Deadline to register is June 9. The workshop is limited to 20 youth.

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Christian County Garden Walk - Hosted by the Master Gardeners

June 28, 2014 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM ) Rain or Shine! Tickets $8 in Advance $10 Day of the Walk

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Unit 18 Annual Report 2012-2013

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Unit 18 Plan of Work 2013-2014

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