A microwave tester is owned by the Christian County Home and Community Education Association, and is used to test microwaves for emissions.
Whether your microwave oven is new or old, now might be the time to check it out before we move into the hot summer months when microwaves tend to be used more frequently.
The tester is available at no charge to HCEA members. We simply ask for a $2 deposit prior to taking it out of the office. Your money will be returned when the microwave tester is returned.
Call the Extension Office at 287-7246 to reserve a time to check it out.
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 to be held on Wednesday, August 20, 2008 at the University of Illinois Extension Christian County office from 3:30—9:00 p.m.
This five-hour course meets the re-certification requirements set by the Illinois Department of Public Health.
"Anyone with a valid Food Service Managers Certificate expiring within in the next year should plan to attend this refresher course," according to Jananne Finck, Nutrition and Wellness Education with University of Illinois Extension. Jananne is a certified instructor licensed through the Illinois Department of Public Health.
The cost for the workshop is $45 and the registration deadline is Friday, August 15, 2008. To register, call the Christian County Extension office at (217) 287-7246.
A photo ID is required at registration. If you need reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please call 287-7246.
The Christian County Quilt Guild will be offering a workshop on Saturday, August 23, 2008, from 10:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m. at the UI Extension office. The class is open to the public and is limited to the first 25 to sign up.
The cost of the class is $20. A $10 sign-up fee is due by July 30. Please send fee to the Christian County Quilt Guild in care of Sharon Dubbelde, 401 Thomas St., Morrisonville, IL 62546.
Class participants will learn to quilt a 24x24 inch square of material. They will also learn to square up and bind this square and make it into a beautiful casserole carrier.
All materials will be provided. Bring your sewing machine, thread and straight pins. Also bring a sack lunch.
If you do not have a sewing machine or need more information, please call Sharon Dubbelde—526-3897, or Fran Benning—229-4488.
This will be a fun and easy class. These casserole covers make great gifts. Sew some for Christmas presents.
The August HCEA International Lesson for Living on Belgium will be held on Tuesday, August 26 beginning at 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. in the University of Illinois Extension Christian County auditorium.
Guest speaker, Debbi Borris, IAHCE International Director, will present information on Belgium and taste-tested recipes prepared by Christian County HCEA members will be offered as well.
The public is invited to attend.
One of the objectives of the Christian County Home and Community Education Association is to promote the well being of the individual and family.
Your Christian County HCEA Board would like to offer classes in beginning sewing, etiquette for everyday living and table manners.
If you or you know of anyone interested in one of the above classes, please contact the Extension Office 287-7246. If there is enough interested, we will schedule classes.
If you have any suggestion for other classes, please call the Extension Office at 287-7246.
"5 Wishes" is the first living will that talks about your personal, emotional and spiritual needs as well as your medical wishes. HCEA has 18 copies of the "5 Wishes" document still on hand. They are designed by the Commission on Aging with Dignity and recognized in Illinois as a legal document. They are available for purchase at the Christian County Extension office for $2 each until the supply is depleted.
Copies of the most recent Christian County Plat books (2005) are still available now at the University of Illinois Extension office. These plat books, published by the Rockford Map Company, are of an excellent quality and are for sale at a cost of $35 per copy. Checks should be made payable to the Christian County 4-H Federation.
A popular University of Illinois Extension website that serves as a guide to growing, storing, and preparing vegetables has been updated. And, added Jane Scherer, U of I Extension urban programs specialist and director of web programming, it is also now available in Spanish.
"Watch Your Garden Grow" (http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/veggies/) was developed by Ron Wolford, U of I Extension horticulture educator, and Drusilla Banks, a U of I Extension specialist in food science and nutrition programming.
Among the changes is a glossary that provides definitions for terms often encountered by gardeners.
The site covers the basics of vegetable gardening, where to plant a garden, disease and pest problems, and a directory of vegetables.
The University of Illinois Extension office has a computer available for public use on a secure high-speed internet line during regular working hours: 8:00 a.m.—4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. The U of I Extension office is located at 1120 N. Webster St. in Taylorville.
With the popularity of ornamental grasses the "Ornamental Grasses" website, which can be located at http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/grasses/understanding.cfm will help homeowners understand their use in the landscape and how these plants grow as well as how to plant, care and maintain ornamental grasses. In addition, there is a directory of 15 popular grasses for use in Illinois.
Stain Solutions a new website can be found at http://web.extension.uiuc.edu/stain/ is an interactive website that will help people treat more than 230 different stains. This comprehensive site gives detailed instructions for removing stains from washable fabrics, upholstery, and carpeting. In addition, a special section is seasonal featured stain solutions, such as barbecue and picnic stains.