October 04, 2022

Calendar: Southern Illinois Conservation Workshop

ULLIN, Ill. — The fifth annual Southern Illinois Conservation Workshop will be 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at Shawnee Community College, 8364 Shawnee College Road, Ullin.

The workshop will include speakers with expertise on different aspects of landowner conservation, offering an opportunity for local land managers and landowners to learn, make connections, and ask questions.

Cost is $20 and lunch will be provided. Register at https://tinyurl.com/583bb66b.

Topics will include:

• Eastern Whip-poor-wills in the Shawnee National Forest.

• Tornado Trends, Duane Friend, University of Illinois Extension.

• Armadillos in Southern Illinois, Agustin Jimenez, Southern Illinois University.

• Resilient Home Landscapes, Layne Knoche, University of Illinois Extension.

• NRCS Conservation Programs, Shelby Ferguson and Kelsey McAllister, USDA-NRCS.

• Tree Pruning 101, Jennifer Behnken, Missouri Department of Conservation.

• Pollinators, Sedonia Sipes, Southern Illinois University.

• Integrated Pest Management for Southern Illinois Invasive Species, Nick Seaton, River to River Cooperative Weed Management Area.

• Woodland Birdscaping in Southern Illinois, Kim Rohling, University of Illinois.

For more information, email Erin Garrett at emedvecz@illinois.edu or call 618-524-2270.

Fiber and Textile Workshop

CORYDON, Ind. — The Little Loomhouse is coming to the Harrison County Extension office, 247 Atwood St, Corydon, Sept. 17. Discover weaving and textile arts while having fun with fellow 4-H’ers. There will be three classes for different age groups: 9 to 10 a.m. ET for kindergarten through second grade; 10 to 11 a.m. for third through fifth grade; and 11 a.m. to noon for sixth grade and up.

RSVP by calling 812-738-4236. For more information, visit https://tinyurl.com/5n7wtfuk.

Nature Trails Day

MCLEAN, Ill. — Nature Trails Day will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 17 at Sugar Grove Nature Center, 4532 N 725 East Road, McLean.

Explore natural spaces and discover native species. Engage with local artisans and nature as art. Fill your day with memories of the family outdoors.

Scheduled activities include a Kids Fun Run at 10:30 a.m.; live animals; family fun activities in Imagination Grove; bee and pollinator activities; and blacksmithing, woodturning and citizen science demonstrations.

Purchase a meal onsite from Healthy in a Hurry or pack a picnic. For more information, visit https://tinyurl.com/2p9yfrdw.

Indiana Hunter Education

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is offering hunter education courses. The courses provide instruction in the areas of safe firearm use and handling, hunter ethics and responsibilities, game identification, and conservation management. Any child under the age of 11 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Anyone under 18 years of age must give the instructor a signed, completed liability release form.

Upcoming training locations include:

• Scottsburg Fire Department Station 1, 13-21 S Lake Rd N, Scottsburg; 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET Sept. 17, and 7 a.m. to noon Sept. 18; https://www.register-ed.com/events/register/186230.

• Harrison County Government Center, 245 Atwood St., Corydon; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET Sept. 17; https://www.register-ed.com/events/register/182784.

• Rushville Conservation Club, 204 E. State Road 44, Rushville; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Sept. 17; https://www.register-ed.com/events/register/185630.

• Twin Lakes Fish & Game, 1880 N. Francis St., Monticello; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Sept. 17; https://www.register-ed.com/events/register/186421.

• Darlington Conservation Club, 6342 N 700 E, Darlington; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Sept. 17; https://www.register-ed.com/events/register/186445.

• Oldenburg Conservation Club, Conservation Club Road, Oldenburg; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Sept. 17; https://www.register-ed.com/events/register/185678.

• Wayne County Fairgrounds, 861 Salisbury Road; Richmond; 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET Sept. 17; https://www.register-ed.com/events/register/180820.

• Frames Outdoor, 855 S. State Road 101, Liberty; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Sept. 17; https://www.register-ed.com/events/register/186291.

• Izaak Walton League - Allen County, 17100 Griffin Road, Fort Wayne; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET Sept. 17, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 18; https://www.register-ed.com/events/register/185987.

• Rising Sun Fire Department, 121 S. High St., Rising Sun; 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET Sept. 18; https://www.register-ed.com/events/register/186262.

• Fall Creek Valley Conservation Club, 1204 E. Gilmore Road, Markleville; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Sept. 18; https://www.register-ed.com/events/register/185867.

• Franklin County Conservation Club, Blue Creek Road, Brookville; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Sept. 18; https://www.register-ed.com/events/register/186028.

• Paoli United Methodist Church, 794 SR-56, Paoli; 6 to 9:30 p.m. ET Sept. 20, 6 to 9:30 p m. Sept. 21, and 6 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 22; https://www.register-ed.com/events/register/186761.

• Sullivan County 4-H Fairgrounds, 1301 E. County Road 75 N, Sullivan; 6 to 9 p.m. ET Sept. 30, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 1; https://www.register-ed.com/events/register/186424.

Life’s Moments

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Life’s Moments: From Memory to Legacy will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 20 at the Champaign County Extension office, 801 N. Country Fair Drive, Champaign.

Do you have treasured memories from your past you would like to record? Have you written down the special moments of your life to share with your family? Everyone has a unique and individual story to tell. Start writing yours with a little help and guidance in this six-week workshop. No prior writing skills are needed to join the group. The emphasis of the workshop is on writing your life story.

This workshop is designed for adults over 18. Classes will be on Tuesdays, Sept. 20-Oct. 25.

Cost is $20. Register by visiting https://tinyurl.com/4txnmmey.

For more information, email workshop leader Emily Harmon, ebaine@illinois.edu.

The program will be repeated from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 21-Oct. 26, at the Vermilion County Extension office, 3164 N. Vermilion St., Danville. Register at https://tinyurl.com/bdhrek8f.

For more information, email workshop leader Chelsey Byers, clbyers@illinois.edu.

Seed Saving Workshop

MONTICELLO, Ill. — Learn the proper techniques for seed saving from noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Piatt County Extension office, 210 S. Market St., Monticello.

Participants will learn important concepts and techniques for seed saving. You will learn how to select the best plants for seed saving, isolate varieties, plan your garden for seed saving, and different techniques for harvesting, drying, cleaning, and storing seeds.

Register for this free program by visiting https://tinyurl.com/4yfuwm5v.

Fall Cleanup

DANVILLE, Ill. — The program Fall Cleanup and Winter Garden Prep will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Danville Public Library, 319 N. Vermilion St., Danville.

After enjoying the fruits of our labor, it’s time to clean up and prepare our gardens for winter. Master gardeners will be on hand to answer questions.

Register for this free program by visiting https://tinyurl.com/2p849fje.

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

Dining with Diabetes

GREENCASTLE, Ind. — Learning to live well with diabetes can be a challenge. Dining with Diabetes offers new ways to eat healthy.

The free class will be at 2 p.m. ET Sept. 21 and Sept. 28 at the Putnam County Extension office, 12 Central Square, Greencastle,

Register by calling 765-653-8411 or email sampsona@purdue.edu.

Eating for Your Heart

MT. ZION, Ill. — The program Eating for Your Heart will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Mt. Zion District Library, 115 W. Main St., Mt. Zion.

Learn about the four categories of food that can improve your heart health. Menu will include blackened fish tacos, cilantro-lime slaw, pineapple and black beans.

Register in-person at the library or call the library at 217-864-3622. For more information, call Caitlin Mellendorf at 217-877-6042.

Help Desk

TAYLORVILLE, Ill. — The Master Gardener Help Desk will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Sept. 22 at the Christian County Extension office, 1120 N. Webster St., Taylorville. Master gardeners can assist in identifying gardening problems and finding solutions. Samples should be enclosed in a plastic bag or container and should be fresh to obtain a good diagnosis.

If questions arise at a time the help desk is not open, call the Extension office at 217-287-7246 and leave a message. A master gardener will return your call as soon as possible.

Regenerative Grazing

URBANA, Ill. — The online program Introduction to Regenerative Grazing will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 22.

Extension Local Foods and Small Farms Educator Katie Bell will help participants gain an understanding of regenerative grazing by discussing what it is, how to implement it on your farm, and basic tools for getting started.

Register by calling 618-687-1727, or visit https://tinyurl.com/bd2wwy7t.

Use an Air Fryer

EL PASO Ill. — Learn how to use an air fryer while also learning about the possible health benefits to using this appliance from 6 to 7 p.m. Sept. 22 at the El Paso Library, 149 W. First St., El Paso. You will watch a food demonstration, as well as receive recipes and tips on purchasing, frying, and cleaning the air fryer.

To register for this free event, call the El Paso Library at 309-527-4360.

Crop Research Field Day

OGLESBY, Ill. — Illinois Valley Community College Agriculture, in partnership with the University of Illinois Extension, will host a Crop Research Field Day from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at the IVCC Agricultural Research Plot, 815 N. Orlando Smith St., Oglesby.

The program is free; register by Sept. 21 to enjoy lunch provided by IVCC Ag. To register, visit https://tinyurl.com/ypxzhbed.

Topics will include:

• IVCC Agriculture Program Update, Jennifer Timmers and Willard Mott, IVCC agriculture instructors and program coordinators.

• 2022 Growing Season and Future Forecast, Trent Ford, Illinois state climatologist.

• Drone Technologies, Dennis Bowman, University of Illinois Extension agriculture specialist.

• Crop Pest Pressures and Corn Rootworm Research, Nick Seiter, University of Illinois Extension entomologist.

• Corn Products Update, Zak Swanson, Channel technical agronomist.

• IVCC Research Plot Update, Phillip Alberti, University of Illinois Extension commercial agriculture educator.

For information, contact Alberti at palberti@illinois.edu or 217-300-7392.

Hunger Walks

PEKIN, Ill. — In honor of Hunger Action Month, the inaugural Tri-County Hunger Walk will be held in three locations from 6 to 7 p.m. Sept. 23:

Mineral Springs Park Lagoon, 1701 Court St., Pekin.

Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 N. Forest Park Drive, Peoria Heights.

Black Partridge Park, Coal Bank Road, Metamora.

Entry fee for the walks is one healthy, shelf-stable food item per walker. All food will be donated to local pantries.

For more details about the walks and Hunger Action Month, go to go.illinois.edu/HAM2022.