December 21 – February 28 Calendar of Events

 AGRICULTURE & NATURAL RESOURCES

Raising Broiler Turkeys on Small Farms, WEBINAR - January 10 - 1 p.m.

This Small Farm Webinar Series is a weekly online educational series presented for the small farm community. It provides practical information about emerging topics which advance local food production in Illinois. You must register for this at http://extension.illinois.edu/go/smallfarmswebinar. You can sign up for as many webinars as you like at that time. If you have any questions, please contact Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator, Chris Konieczka at 309-663-8306 or cmkonie@illinois.edu.

Strawberry Production, WEBINAR - January 17 - 1 p.m.

This Small Farm Webinar Series is a weekly online educational series presented for the small farm community. It provides practical information about emerging topics which advance local food production in Illinois. You must register for this at http://extension.illinois.edu/go/smallfarmswebinar. You can sign up for as many webinars as you like at that time. If you have any questions, please contact Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator, Chris Konieczka at 309-663-8306 or cmkonie@illinois.edu.

Water Sanitation for Small Farms Produce, WEBINAR - January 24 - 1 p.m.

This Small Farm Webinar Series is a weekly online educational series presented for the small farm community. It provides practical information about emerging topics which advance local food production in Illinois. You must register for this at http://extension.illinois.edu/go/smallfarmswebinar. You can sign up for as many webinars as you like at that time. If you have any questions, please contact Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator, Chris Konieczka at 309-663-8306 or cmkonie@illinois.edu.

Basic Agronomy for Landowners, January 28 - 6 to 8 p.m.

This workshop will focus on terms and technologies used in agriculture, how land is used by farmers, how crops are produced and harvested, basic agronomy, and how farmer decisions impact farmland values and leasing. This will be held in the Auditorium at the McLean County Extension office, 402 N. Hershey Rd., Bloomington. Please call 309-663-8306 to register or go to https://webs.extension.uiuc.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=7366.

Wildlife Damage Control, WEBINAR - January 31 - 1 p.m.

This Small Farm Webinar Series is a weekly online educational series presented for the small farm community. It provides practical information about emerging topics which advance local food production in Illinois. You must register for this at http://extension.illinois.edu/go/smallfarmswebinar. You can sign up for as many webinars as you like at that time. If you have any questions, please contact Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator, Chris Konieczka at 309-663-8306 or cmkonie@illinois.edu.

Farmland Leasing and Economics , February 4 - 6 to 8 p.m.

This is for landowners, producers, and others who want to learn more about current leasing practices: including crop-share, cash rent, and flexible cash rent leasing options. Lease forms, crop economics and recent trends will be discussed. The cost for one session is $20 or $30 for both sessions. Pre-registration is required by calling 309-663-8306 or going to https://webs.extension.uiuc.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=7366. This will be held at the McLean County Extension office, 402 N. Hershey Rd., Bloomington.

Growing and Marketing Unique Vegetables, webinar - February 5 - 6 to 7:30 p.m.

This Small Farm Webinar Series is a weekly online educational series presented for the small farm community. It provides practical information about emerging topics which advance local food production in Illinois. You must register for this at http://extension.illinois.edu/go/smallfarmswebinar. You can sign up for as many webinars as you like at that time. If you have any questions, please contact Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator, Chris Konieczka at 309-663-8306 or cmkonie@illinois.edu. PLEASE check above link for designated time.

Basics of Fruit Insect Management, webinar - February 7 - 1 p.m.

This Small Farm Webinar Series is a weekly online educational series presented for the small farm community. It provides practical information about emerging topics which advance local food production in Illinois. You must register for this at http://extension.illinois.edu/go/smallfarmswebinar. You can sign up for as many webinars as you like at that time. If you have any questions, please contact Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator, Chris Konieczka at 309-663-8306 or cmkonie@illinois.edu.

Intro to Farm Financial Management, webinar - February 14 - 1 p.m.

This Small Farm Webinar Series is a weekly online educational series presented for the small farm community. It provides practical information about emerging topics which advance local food production in Illinois. You must register for this at http://extension.illinois.edu/go/smallfarmswebinar. You can sign up for as many webinars as you like at that time. If you have any questions, please contact Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator, Chris Konieczka at 309-663-8306 or cmkonie@illinois.edu.

4-H & YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

4-H members and volunteers: Please refer to your latest copy of the 4-H newsletter/email for upcoming events in your county. Youth interested in becoming a 4-H member (ages 8-18 as of September 1, 2012) or Cloverbud member (ages 5-7 as of September 1, 2012) may contact the University of Illinois Extension Office in their county for more information.

4-H For Beginners, McLean County, January 11 - 6 to 8 p.m.

Are you new to 4-H or considering joining a 4-H club? This program will be held in the Auditorium at the McLean County Extension office, 402 N. Hershey Rd., Bloomington. This is designed to help new 4-H parents and members learn about the program. Parents will meet to discuss what to expect during the 4-H year, what is expected of 4-H members, other activities available to 4-H’ers and much more. There will also be a question and answer session. Registration deadline is January 7. Please call 309-663-8306 or go online to https://webs.extension.uiuc.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=7538.

Woodford County Shooting Sports Orientation for 4-H Members, January 17 - 6:30 p.m.

The Certified Shooting Sports Instructors will hold an informational meeting for members and parents who are new to the project area or new to a particular discipline. There will be a demonstration on what to expect in each of the disciplines. This will be held at Liberty Bible Church, 801 N. Main St., Eureka. Please register by calling the Extension office at 309-467-3789 or registering online at: https://webs.extension.uiuc.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=7548  by January 11.

4-H Learn & Fun Day, January 26 - 9 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Learn & Fun Day will be held Saturday, January 26 for all youth age 5 and over (as of Sept. 1, 2012). Learn and Fun Day offers 4-H members and those interested in joining 4-H an opportunity to explore different 4-H projects through a series of workshops. Cost to attend will be $10. Registration information will be posted to our website soon and sent to all current 4-H members. Sign up early to get your first choice of workshops! Registration must be postmarked by January 11. Learn and Fun Day will be held at Schroeder Hall on Illinois State University campus.

4-H For Beginners, Livingston County, February 7 - 6:30 p.m.

Are you new to 4-H or considering joining a 4-H club? This is designed to help new 4-H parents and members learn about the program. Parents and members will meet to discuss what to expect during the 4-H year, what is expected of 4-H members, other activities available to 4-H’ers and much more. There will also be a question and answer session. This will be held at the Livingston County Extension office, 1412 S. Locust, Pontiac. Please register by February 6 by calling 815-842-1776 or online at https://webs.extension.uiuc.edu/countyadmin/CalendarEdit.cfm?ID=60227.  

4-H New Member Orientation, February 12 - 6:30 p.m.

Parents and new members will discuss what to expect during the 4-H year. First year 4-H members will learn the 4-H pledge, how to give a demonstration, see examples of first year projects and much more! This will be held at the Farm Bureau Auditorium, 117 W. Center, Eureka. Please call the Extension office at 309-467-3789 by February 5 to make a reservation, or register online https://webs.extension.uiuc.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=7354.

FAMILY & CONSUMER SCIENCE

Fresh Fare: Using Your Slow Cooker, January 9 - 6 p.m.

Is your slow cooker just another appliance that takes up space and rarely gets used? Jenna Smith, Nutrition and Wellness Educator, will demonstrate how your slow cooker can save you time and money. This program, from 6 to 7 p.m., is open to the public and will be held at Evenglow Inn, 1303 E. Indiana Ave., Pontiac, next to the Boys & Girls Club. A suggested donation of $5.00 will be given to Evenglow. To register, please call Norma at the Evenglow Inn at 815-842-9040 by January 8.

Serve It Safely Program, Eureka, January 10 - 9:30 a.m.

Any time your group sells food, certain procedures need to be followed to ensure that the food is wholesome, safe, and at low risk for causing food-borne illness. The cost is $10 for the first person from each organization and $5 per each additional person.  Mail payment to Woodford County Extension,109 E. Eureka Ave., Eureka, IL 61530. Registration deadline is Jan. 9, 2013. Program instructors: Jenna Smith, Extension Educator, Nutrition and Wellness and Paul Wilkins, Environmental Health Inspector, Woodford County Public Health Department. To register visit: https://webs.extension.uiuc.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=7541 or call 309-467-3789.

Diabetes Clinic: Organic, Local & Natural:  What is the Difference? January 17 - 1:30 p.m.

The January topic is Organic, Local & Natural: What is the Difference? This program, taught by Jenna Smith, nutrition and wellness Extension educator, is free and open to the public. No registration is necessary. Diabetes Clinic starts at

1:30 p.m. at the Woodford County Extension office at 109 E. Eureka Ave., Eureka. For more information contact the Eureka Extension office at 309-467-3789.

OSF-Center for Healthy Lifestyles:  Using Your Slow Cooker, January 22 - 5:30 p.m.

Is your slow cooker just another appliance that takes up space and rarely gets used? Jenna Smith, Nutrition and Wellness Educator, will demonstrate how your slow cooker can save you time and money. The menu, with generous samples given, include: Artichoke and Crab Spread, French Dip Sandwiches, German Potato Salad, and Caramel Apple Crisp.  This program is from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, 2200 E. Washington St., Bloomington. Cost is $20.00 per person. To register, call OSF toll free: 1-888-6-ASK-OSF (1-888-627-5673).

Avoiding the Cost of Meat with More Meatless Meals. January 28 - 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Registered Dietitian, Jenna Smith, will give you ideas and motivation to try more meatless entrees. Information, recipes, and a food demonstration with tastings will be provided.This program will be held at Eureka Public Library, 202 S. Main St., Eureka. Cost is $3.00 per person. To register, call the Eureka Public Library at 309-467-2922.

OSF-Center for Healthy Lifestyles: Meatless Meals, February 21 - 5:30 p.m.

Registered Dietitian, Jenna Smith, will give ideas and motivation to try more meatless entrees. The menu, with generous samples given, will include: Black Bean and Rice Burgers, Confetti Corn Salad and Garlic Hummus with Pita Chips. This program runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, 2200 E. Washington St., Bloomington. Cost is $20.00 per person. To register, call OSF toll-free at 1-888-6-ASK-OSF (1-888-627-5673).

Serve It Safely Program, Pontiac, February 5 - 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Any time your group sells food, certain procedures need to be followed to ensure that the food is wholesome, safe, and at low risk for causing food-borne illness. The cost is $10 for the first person from each organization and $5 per each additional person.  Mail payment to Livingston County Extension, 1412 S. Locust, Pontiac, IL 61764. Program instructors: Jenna Smith, Extension Educator, Nutrition and Wellness and Paul Wilkins, Environmental Health Inspector, Woodford County Public Health Department. Registration deadline is February 4, 2013.To register visit:  https://webs.extension.uiuc.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=7552 or call 815-842-1776.

HOME AND COMMUNITY EDUCATION

Exercise for Daily Health, January 14 - 9 a.m. to Noon

Learn some simple exercises you can do for a few minutes every day for better health. This workshop will be held in the Auditorium at the McLean County Extension office, 402 N. Hershey Rd., Bloomington. For more information please call Barb at 309-242-6187.

Kids Sewing Club, January 14 - 3 to 5 p.m.

This event will meet the 2nd Monday of each month in the Auditorium at the McLean County Extension office. The cost is $5 + material and supplies for projects but if you bring the material, you keep the finished project. If we provide the material, the finished product will be donated to a program sponsored by HCE. Contact Eileen at 309-533-1135 for more information.

Grandparents Have an Important Role in a Child’s Life, January 17 - 1:30 to 3 p.m.

This is a Local Leader Lesson telenet presented by Rachel Schwarzendruber, University of Illinois Family Life Educator. This workshop will be held in the Auditorium at the McLean County Extension office. For more information please call 309-663-8306.

Quilt for Kids Program Workshop, January 21 - 9 a.m. to Noon

This workshop will be held in the Auditorium at the McLean County Extension building. Quilts are made from 100% cotton including all materials, threads and padding. Material must be new, never washed fabric. Completed quilt top is approximately 40 in. square. Help is appreciated to make the tops, donation of materials, donations of money to help with the postage or buying of needed materials. Contact Eileen at 309-533-1135 for more information. 

Little Dresses for Africa, January 21 - 1 to 4 p.m. 

Taking fabric the size of pillow cases or larger, simple dresses are stitched up and given to girls in Africa. You are welcome to come and participate at the McLean County Extension building, or lend your financial support for fabric. Contact Barb E. at 309-242-6187 for more information.

HCE Friendship Tea, February 9 - 2 p.m.

Interested guests and members are invited to come and enjoy refreshments. This will be held in the Auditorium at the McLean County Extension office, 402 N. Hershey Rd., Bloomington. If you have any questions, please call 309-728-2784 or 309-454-8442.

Learn Smocking on an Easter Egg, February 11 - 9 a.m. to Noon

This will be held in the Auditorium at the McLean County Extension office, 402 N. Hershey Rd., Bloomington. If you have any questions, please call 309-242-6187.

Kids Sewing Club, February 11 - 9 a.m. to Noon

This will be held in the Auditorium at the McLean County Extension office, 402 N. Hershey Rd., Bloomington. If you have any questions, please call 309-242-6187.

Easy Care Outdoor Plants, February 13 - 1 p.m.

Easy Care Outdoor Plants will be presented by Horticulture Educator, Kelly Allsup. Kelly will cover a Top Ten easy care plant list for sun/shade requirements, flowering, and foliage. Come join us! Please let our office know you are coming by calling 309-467-3789 or e-mail agries@illinois.edu. This program is free and open to the public. The program will be held at the Woodford County Extension office at 109 E. Eureka Ave., Eureka.

Quilt for Kids, February 18 - 9 a.m. to Noon

This will be held in the Auditorium at the McLean County Extension office, 402 N. Hershey Rd., Bloomington. If you have any questions, please call 309-533-1135.

Help Sew Little Dresses for Africa, February 18 - 1 to 4 p.m.

This will be held in the Auditorium at the McLean County Extension office, 402 N. Hershey Rd., Bloomington. If you have any questions, please call 309-242-6187.

Read and Share a Book, February 18 - 2 to 3:30 p.m.

This will be held in the Auditorium at the McLean County Extension office, 402 N. Hershey Rd., Bloomington. If you have any questions, please call 309-825-6558.

Disaster Preparedness Lesson, February 25 - 1 to 3 p.m.

This will be held in the Auditorium at the McLean County Extension office, 402 N. Hershey Rd., Bloomington. If you have any questions, please call 309-533-1135.