July 25, 2021

Calendar: Get creative with Paint & Sip

MILAN, Ill. — Research has shown that the neural pathways are strengthened by engaging in modes of art, thus improving cognition and enhancing cognitive reserve. Give your wits a workout with Paint & Sip from 6 to 8 p.m. June 28 at the Rock Island County Extension office, 321 W. 2nd Ave., Milan.

You’ll be guided through a painting in this hands-on class led by Beth Peters of Painting for a Purpose. You can choose to paint a pineapple on a tote or a canvas. Also, as part of the evening, Kristin Bogdonas, Extension nutrition and wellness educator, will lead a demonstration of healthy hydrating summer sippers (non-alcoholic). You’ll enjoy learning fun and creative concoctions you can make to hydrate this summer.

Cost is $15 person and includes all supplies. Register at go.illinois.edu/PaintSip.

Mental health first aid

The program Mental Health First Aid for the Ag Community will be offered June 29. You’ll complete a two-hour, self-paced online course before joining the July 28 live video conference. The conference will cover:

  • Mental illness symptoms
  • Substance use signs and addiction
  • Crisis interaction
  • Trauma
  • Self care

University of Illinois Extension educators will lead the trainings. The work is supported by Illinois Extension specialists Josie Rudolphi and Courtney Cuthbertson as part of the North Central Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Center, funded by USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Register by visiting tinyurl.com/rkun2x8n.

How to read product labels

The online program Our Chemical Environment: How to Read Product Labels and Understand Marketing Terms will be offered at noon June 30.

In this webinar, participants will learn what the standard terms used on product labels mean and help you determine which strategies are best for you and your family.

Register by visiting go.illinois.edu/selfcare.