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University of Illinois Extension serving Henry, Mercer, Rock Island and Stark Counties

Main Office (Rock Island County)
321 W 2nd Avenue
Milan, IL 61264
Phone: 309-756-9978
FAX: 309-756-9987
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm

Branch Office (Henry-Stark County)
26234 Black Hawk Road
Galva, IL 61434
Phone: 309-853-1533
FAX: 309-853-1634
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8am to 4:30pm (Closed from 12 - 1 pm)

Branch Office (Mercer County)
2106 SE Third Street
Aledo, IL 61231
Phone: 309-582-5106
FAX: 309-582-7338
Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 8am to 4:30pm (Closed from 12 - 1 pm)

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Getting Your Feet Wet with Rain Gardens -September 23 at 1:30 pm or September 25 at 6:30 pm Learn how to reduce your impact downstream by building a rain garden. U of I Extension horticulture educators will introduce participants to the concepts and construction techniques of a successful rain garden and what plants work best in rain gardens.

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We are pleased to offer the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program where U of I Extension staff work with low-income and limited resource individuals, families, and youth to improve health issues, assist with making healthier food choices, and aim for a physically active lifestyle. Here's the new website that details the program.

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Facts About Fats, Friday, September 19, 9 - 11 a.m. Western Illinois Agency on Aging, 729 34th Ave., Rock Island, IL Not only are fats essential for optimal health, they add flavor to our foods and help bring out fat-soluble flavors in seasonings and herbs. Today's marketplace provides a wide selection of domestic and imported oils which can sometimes be confusing. Understanding the differences among these fats and oils and their 'smoke points' will ensure that you're using the right fat for the right job. Join Kristin Bogdonas, Nutrition and Wellness Educator, as she takes you through the wonderful world of fats and how to best use them in the kitchen and beyond. Call Western IL Area Agency on Aging to RSVP: (309) 793-6800.

University of Illinois Extension is seeking applications for a full time Office Support Assistant in the Mercer County office, Aledo, IL. Details at Submit a completed online application and exam request for the specific vacancy at by 10/1/2014. All Extension vacancies begin with EXT. University of Illinois is an AA/EOE. Questions? UI Human Resources 217-333-2137. For a full description, click here

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Learn from a regional expert on how to set up your own beekeeping program and make your own honey! The workshop is November 7 and 14 with a refresher course in March to prepare you for your first season!

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Extension Meetings

Meeting Notes from October 15, 2013
Tuesday October 15, 2013 • 6:00 PM
U of I Extension Minutes from January 30, 2014
Thursday January 30, 2014 • 6:00 PM
Meeting Notes from March 18, 2014
Tuesday March 18, 2014 • 6:00 PM

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