Gardening is at its peak this time of year and the University of Illinois Extension summer gardening programs are a great way to learn more! The summer series is the third of four seasonal offerings for gardening enthusiasts! Landscape Maintenance, Rain Gardens, and Garden Weeds, will be presented. Each program will be offered twice for your convenience.
Rain Gardens have enjoyed a growing interest in the past couple years but what are they and how do you install one? Plan on attending Rain Gardens – A Wise Way to Use Runoff will be offered Tuesday July 31, at 1:00 p.m. and again on August 2, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. When we receive a rain, a lot of it falls on surfaces that can't soak up water. Instead of allowing all of this water to uselessly drain away, one can create an aesthetically pleasing area that will allow the water to drain back into the ground, away from the house. This is the idea behind a rain garden. Extension Educator Duane Friend will discuss various aspects of developing a rain garden, including benefits, design, and recommended plants.
Have some uninvited "plants" set up housekeeping in your garden? Can you blame the purslane and lambsquarters for wanting to live among your mums? You wanted a lush garden but this isn't quite what you had pictured. Garden Weeds can quickly overcome your plantings leaving both you and your plants under stress. Come learn prevention and control strategies for some common weeds of the home garden. Michelle Wiesbrook, University of Illinois Extension Specialist will discuss hand weeding, cutting, mulching, edging, using ground covers, and applying herbicides. She will talk about some of the various types of herbicides on the market that are available for homeowners. When using herbicides, it's important to avoid injuring your desirable plants. Tips will be provided for keeping applications on target and away from nearby sensitive plants. Different types of weed life cycles and weed control programs will also be covered. The Garden Weeds program will be offered twice. Plan on attending either Tuesday August 14, at 1:00 pm. or Thursday August 16, 2007 at 7:00 pm.
The series will be shared via the University of Illinois telenet system and local computer PowerPoint presentations, allowing live discussion between the instructor and gardeners throughout Illinois. You will have the chance to ask questions at the end of the program.
All programs offered in this Summer Series will be held at the University of Illinois Extension Christian County, 1120 N. Webster St., Taylorville, IL.
The cost for each session is $1 and advance registration is required by the Friday before each session.
Phone the U of I Extension Christian County office at 287-7246 or email us at email@example.com for more details and to reserve a seat and packet of information.
The next Safe Sitter class for girls and boys ages 11 to 13 will be held on Wednesday, August 1 and Thursday, August 2, 2007 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 registration information, call the University of Illinois Extension Christian County officeat 287-7246.
For many years, the Christian County Home and Community Education Association published a zucchini cookbook. Three or four years ago, we sold our last copy of the 7th printing and the decision was made not to reprint them again.
Well, zucchini still grows prolifically here in central Illinois, and people have a hard time planting one or two plants, so they end up with bushels and bushels of zucchini squash every year. We continue to get requests for a cookbook to help use up their excess zucchini supplies.
You can purchase a new zucchini cookbook here at the U of I Extension office for $3. Better yet, you can print it off of our website: www.extension.uiuc.edu/christian from the convenience of your home if you have access to a computer and printer.
Women in the Outdoors will be presented at Sangchris Lake State Park on Saturday, August 4th. The Women in the Outdoors program's mission is to provide hands-on, educational outdoor opportunities for women. Through this event, women from all walks of life will be given the chance to experience the thrill of outdoor activities such as outdoor cooking, canoeing, archery, fire building, recreational shooting, and many more. It will also allow women to develop a greater understanding of wildlife conservation and meet others who share their enthusiasm. Woody's White Oaks Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation is sponsoring this event. University of Illinois Natural Resources Educator, Gary Letterly, will present information on the "Nesting Structures–Habitat and More!" Other hands-on activities and presentations will be made throughout the day. For more information, contact Marsha Lynch at (217) 820-1770, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now is your chance to attend a cooking class designed to let you taste-test food cooked with diabetics in mind. This class will be held on Wednesday, August 22, 2007, from 6:00–8:30 p.m. at the University of Illinois Extension Christian County office, located at 1120 N. Webster St. in Taylorville.
So, if you are a diabetic, or are cooking for a diabetic, this class will offer you the opportunity to refresh your cooking techniques, gain some great tasting recipes for your files and taste-test recipes that have been evaluation by registered dieticians–Janelle Cornell from Taylorville Memorial Hospital and Jananne Finck, U of I Extension Nutrition and Wellness Educator.
Sign up today by calling Linda Smith at 287-7246. The cost to attend the class will be $2. This program is co-sponsored by Taylorville Memorial Hospital and University of Illinois Extension Christian County.
IRAs, 401(k)s and other retirement plans are great tools for accumulating money for retirement. But what are the rules for getting your money out of them? University of Illinois Extension Educator Karen Chan will be addressing these questions in Who Gets the Money?, a state-wide Extension event on Tuesday, August 21 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
"Retirement accounts are powerful tools. But the rules can be confusing. Many people make simple mistakes," says Chan, who is also a Certified Financial Planner™. "Mistakes when rolling over money from one financial institution or employer to another could cause taxes to be withheld. Someone might fail to start taking annual distributions at the right time, and face stiff penalties. Understanding a few of the rules can help you make the best decisions," she added.
The workshop, Who Gets the Money?, will explain the various rules for taking distributions from tax-deferred retirement savings plans for those younger than 59½, those between 59½ and 70½, and those who have reached the important age of 70½ . Workshop participants will learn how distributions are taxed and how to avoid additional penalties. Chan will also give tips on rolling over money from one account to another, even if you're already taking annual distributions. She will explain what happens to the money when you're gone and what rules apply if you inherit your spouse's IRA.
Chan will teach you how to calculate minimum required distributions once you reach age 70½, and to determine exactly when you must take your first distribution.
Contact the Christian County Extension Office at 287-7246 or email@example.com (email) to reserve your space for this program.
The University of Illinois Extension Christian County office will be providing an approved "Refresher Course for Food Handlers" on Thursday, August 23 from 3:00–8:30 p.m. at the Christian County Extension office located at 1120 N. Webster St. in Taylorville.
Certificates of certified managers expire five (5)
years from the original date of issue. In order to have the certificate renewed, the individual must attend an approved five (5) hour training course or pass the Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification test, apply for renewal and pay a $35 fee to the Illinois Department of Public Health. This recertification course is available for only $30.
Contact the Extension office at 287-7246 to register. Checks are to be made payable to "University of Illinois Extension." Registration forms and accompanying checks must be received by, August 17, 2007.
The secret ingredient to safely making and canning your own pie filling is the use of Clear Jel@. It is a very, very fine cornstarch mixture that gives the finished product a clear look just like the pie filling you buy in the store. Be sure to buy the regular Clear Jel@ and NOT the instant. We do have a limited supply at the office. The cost is $2.25 for 2 1/2 cups (directions included, approximately enough for 5-6 pies), or you can order it directly from:
7009 Washington Ave. South
Edina, MN 55439
(Formerly Maid of Scandinavia)
Source for Clear Jel@, cake and candy supplies
Cooler temperatures and low humidity levels developed to make the 9th annual Ag Appreciation Luncheon, on Thursday, July 12 at the Christian County Fair, another great success.
Speaker, Eric Cornelius, Archer, Daniels, Midland Market Analyst, topic was "Grains & Oilseeds Outlook" and Illinois Farm Bureau Director of State Legislation, Kevin Semlow, both did a great job of explaining both the current corn & soybean market situations, as well as the state of the Illinois budget negotiations.
Many thanks to the following Agri-businesses for sponsoring this annual event:
The University of Illinois Extension Christian County office is proud to announce that with a simple click of your mouse, you can now access the on-line version of the Christian County Social Service Directory.
Access to this website, with the complete Christian County Social Services Directory as it appeared most recently in a three-ring binder format, can now be found within the University of Illinois Extension Christian County website at http://www.extension.uiuc.edu/christian
Simply click on the website address above, and once at our homepage, scroll down the right hand side until you see the section entitled, "Community Directory". Click on "Christian County Social Services Directory" and you'll be taken to the first page of the directory where you will see an alphabet through which each individual agency can be accessed.
You'll also notice that in addition to being able to initiate searches on this site by agency, there is also a "word" search feature on this directory. If, for instance, a viewer is not familiar with the Christian County area and wants to know what hospitals serve this area, he or she can simply type in the word "hospital" in the search box and all the listings that contain the word "hospital" will appear.
Viewers may also print out individual pages of the directory as needed and at no cost. This feature may reduce or even eliminate the need for hanging on to that cumbersome 3-ring notebook. If desired, the University of Illinois Extension office in Christian County, located at 1120 N. Webster St. in Taylorville, IL will still print out copies of the entire directory, for a nominal fee.
We hope you like this new version of the Christian County Social Services Directory.
During August, Christian County Master Gardeners will again be staffing a "Help Desk" for the public at the University of Illinois Extension office.
Anyone with questions or concerns about their flower or vegetable gardens, lawns and/or trees may call 287-7246 or drop by the Extension office, 1120 N. Webster St. in Taylorville any time between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. on August 2, 13, 16, 27.
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.
With summer come fairs throughout Illinois. And fairs bring food that appeal to "kids" of all ages. Elephant ears, ice cream, fried candy bars, corn dogs and lemonade are just a few favorite foods seen at many county and state fairs.
So how do we handle the calories from these high fat, high sugar foods?
First, decide what ONE food you want to have that day at the fair. Selecting one food rather than eating and drinking several things should help with caloric intake. Another option is to share a food or drink with other family members or friends. Ask for a few extra napkins or forks to divide. This helps everyone reduce serving size, resulting in fewer calories, grams of fat and carbohydrates.
Another suggestion is to look for healthy foods at the fair. Many vendors are offering fresh fruit like watermelon, cantaloupe, apples and peaches that you can enjoy at the fair and take home to enjoy later.
Asking for fewer "sides" on many foods can help too. Watch that pie filling on the elephant ears and the chili on the corn dogs–they can really increase calories and fat.
When going to the fair, start with breakfast before you leave home. Also, be sure to take a bottle of water with you when starting out walking the fairgrounds.
Lastly, don't forget the exercise from walking around the fair is another way to help with balancing food with activity. The Dietary Guidelines recommend at least 30 minutes of activity most days of the week, so walking from site to site will help meet this goal. But remember, it takes one hour of brisk walking (3.5 mph) for most adults to use about 370-450 calories...which is about one small fair food treat!
Source: Jananne Finck, MS, RD, University of Illinois Extension educator, Nutrition and Wellness, Springfield Center