October 04, 2022

Calendar: Food Preservation Workshops

CROWN POINT, Ind. — The canning season is upon us and what better time to learn how to preserve food safely. Home Food Preservation Workshops are being offered from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CT Aug. 16, Aug. 23 and Aug. 30 at the Lake County Extension office, 2291 N. Main St., Crown Point.

Each session will include a lecture, hands-on food preservation, and an interactive discussion on food preservation-related topics.

Cost is $75. To register, contact Linda Curley, lcurley@purdue.edu, Diana Cook, dmcook@purdue.edu, or call 219-755-3240.

Pesticide Clean Sweep

WABASH, Ind. — An Office of Indiana State Chemist Pesticide Clean Sweep Project collection will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 16 at Ceres Solutions, 573 East 700 South, Wabash. The OISC Pesticide Clean Sweep Project is designed to collect and dispose of suspended, canceled, banned, unusable, opened, unopened or just unwanted pesticides (herbicides, insecticides, rodenticides, fungicides, miticides, etc.).

This disposal service is free of charge up to 250 pounds per participant. Over 250 pounds there will be a $2 per pound charge. This is a great opportunity to legally dispose of unwanted products at little or no cost.

All public and private schools, golf courses, nurseries, farmers, ag dealers, general public, cities, towns, municipalities and county units of government are eligible to participate.

Other collections (9 a.m. to 3 p.m. local time) will be Aug. 17 at Bartholomew County Solid Waste District, 720 S. Mapleton St., Columbus; Aug. 18 at Daviess County Highway Department, 5247 East 100 North, Montgomery; Aug. 23 at Davis Purdue Agricultural Center, 6230 IN-1 Farmland; Aug. 24 at Co-Alliance, 210 East 400 South, Valparaiso; and Aug. 25 at Hendricks County Fairgrounds, 1900 E. Main St., Danville.

For more information, visit https://tinyurl.com/ys3yrmnw, or contact Nathan Davis at 765-494-4331 or cleansweep@groups.purdue.edu.

Cumberland County Fair

GREENUP, Ill. — Cumberland County Fair, Aug. 13-20, 701 W. Cumberland St., Greenup; www.thecumberlandcountyfair.com; cumberlandcountyfair@gmail.com; 217-923-3194.

Hunger and Health

Urbana, Ill. — The impact of hunger and health when disaster strikes will be presented online at noon Aug. 15.

In this session, participants will learn about food insecurity, the health impacts of food insecurity, and how to identify emergency food assistance programs and resources.

Register at https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/660734624.

Monarch Butterfly Workshop

MONTICELLO, Ill. — A monarch butterfly workshop with Piatt County master gardeners will be noon to 1 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Piatt County Extension office, 210 S. Market St., Monticello.

The workshop will cover identification and life cycle, habits in the landscape, and supportive garden plants.

Register at https://tinyurl.com/2p8d8725.

Late Summer and Fall Blooming Plants

URBANA, Ill. — Late Summer and Fall Blooming Plants will be the topic of an online program from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 16.

As the summer flowers fade away to cooling temperatures and shorter days, the growing season still has one last flower spectacle. Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator Chris Enroth will go beyond mums to give us a few more options for our late summer and fall landscapes.

Register for this Four Seasons Gardening webinar by visiting https://tinyurl.com/wjrfxtm5.

Garden to Table

DANVILLE, Ill. — Do you have questions about pests or diseases you have seen in your garden this past summer?

Master gardeners will discuss the 2022 growing season at the their annual Garden to Table program from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Kennekuk County Park Lawry Red Barn, 22296 Henning Road, Danville.

This is a great opportunity to learn about different varieties of locally grown vegetables and fruits. You may find a new flower, herb, fruit or vegetable to grow next year, along with ideas on how to use and store produce. There will be tasting at the end of the event.

Register for this free program by visiting https://tinyurl.com/pnwcwnxn.

For more information, call the Vermilion County Extension office 217-442-8615.

Whiteside County Fair

MORRISON, Ill. — Whiteside County Fair, Aug. 16-20, 201 W. Winfield St., Morrison; www.whitesidecountyfair.org; admin@whitesidecountyfair.org; 815-772-7329.

CISMA Conference

TRAFALGAR, Ind. — Invasive Species and Loss of Biodiversity is the theme of the 2022 Indiana Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas Conference from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET Aug. 17 at the Indiana FFA Leadership Center, 6595 S 125 W, Trafalgar.

Several speakers will address invasive species topics, specifically their effect on biodiversity.

In addition, regional field events will be held Aug. 18-20. These field events will be held concurrently around the state and registrants can choose which event they would like to attend. These events are designed to address a particular restoration issue (urban, rural, forestry, prairie, wetland, etc.), teach species identification, and provide examples of local management techniques.

For more details, sponsorship and registration, visit www.sicim.info/cismaconference.

Invasive Plant Tour

HILLSBORO, Ill. — Take a tour of Hillsboro for a free program about common invasive plants from 6 to 7 p.m. Aug. 17. Learn about invasive plants, how they negatively impact the environment and how to control their spread.

Meet at Challacombe House, 509 School St., Hillsboro. Register at https://tinyurl.com/5bda99sx.

Fairbury Fair

FAIRBURY, Ill. — Fairbury Fair, 600 S. Third St., Aug. 17-21, Fairbury; www.thefairburyfair.com; thefairburyfair@gmail.com.

Winnebago County Fair

PECATONICA, Ill. — Winnebago County Fair, Aug. 17-21, 500 W. First St., Pecatonica; www.winnebagocountyfair.com; fairinfo@winnebagocountyfair.com; 815-239-1641 or 800-238-3587.

Homemakers Fall Meeting

VERSAILLES, Ind. — The Madison District Extension Homemakers Fall Meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. ET Aug. 18 at Versailles Community Hall, 128 N. Main St., Versailles.

Cost is $15. Register by sending check to: Ripley County Extension Homemakers, 525 W. Beech St., Osgood, IN 47037.

Diabetes Clinic

EUREKA, Ill. — The first step to eating healthier is buying healthy foods. However, wandering the aisles of the grocery store in search of “healthy foods” can be overwhelming. Join Nutrition and Wellness Educator and Registered Dietitian Jenna Smith from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 18 for a tour of the grocery aisles of the IGA, 514 W. Center St., Eureka. Learn how to shop smart to find the best foods for you and your family’s health needs.

Diabetes clinics are informal but informational walk-in programs with a different topic each month designed especially for persons living with diabetes. There is no cost to attend this program and no registration is necessary.

Cool Season Vegetables

FREEPORT, Ill. — The program Cool Season Vegetables will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Freeport Public Library,100 E. Douglas St., Freeport.

University of Illinois Extension Local Foods and Small Farms Educator Grant McCarty will discuss cool season vegetables and how to get the most out of your garden heading into the cooler months of fall. Topics that will be addressed include planting, varieties, season extension, pest management, and harvest of cool season vegetables.

Register at https://tinyurl.com/mmu83st9.

Volunteer Fair

URBANA, Ill. — In celebration of the 2022 Master Naturalist Volunteer Graduation, an outdoor Volunteer Fair will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Aug. 18 at Meadowbrook Park, 2808 S. Race St., Urbana. Meet the new master naturalists and program partners, and learn more about volunteering opportunities.

You will be able to talk to representatives from Champaign County Forest Preserve District, Champaign Park District Natural Areas, Urbana Park District, Vermilion County Conservation District, Grand Prairie Friends, Land Conservation Foundation, Upper Sangamon River Conservancy, the Idea Store, Audubon Society, Allerton Allies, and more. Representatives will discuss programs, including Master Naturalist, Master Gardener, and Money Mentors.

For more information, visit https://tinyurl.com/5fcwphsw.

Nature in Your Neighborhood

GALESBURG, Ill. — Rogers Park, 914 S. West St., Galesburg, will be the site of the Nature in Your Neighborhood program from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 18. Explore, observe, and discover new and amazing places in your own neighborhoods in the event brought to you by Galesburg Parks and Recreation, Illinois Extension, Knox County Farm Bureau, Ms. Mariposa Butterfly Resource Bus, and Tina’s Bontanicals. For more information about nature programs, contact Wendy Ferguson, horticulture program coordinator for Henderson, Knox, McDonough, and Warren counties, at wendyf@illinois.edu.

Emerald Ash Borer Workshop

RICHVIEW, Ill. — The Emerald Ash Borer Workshop will be from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 19 at 21610 Minnesota Road, Richview. Speaker will be Fredric Miller, a professor of horticulture in the Department of Agriculture and Horticulture Sciences at Joliet Junior College, and a senior scientist in entomology at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle.

Register by visiting https://tinyurl.com/5d8ycpkc.

Union County Fair

ANNA, Ill. — Union County Fair, Aug. 19-28, 185 Herman Wright Drive, Anna; www.unioncountyfair.net; unioncofair@frontier.com; 618-833-8923.