March 03, 2024

Calendar: Learn about backyard birds

DECATUR, Ill. — The program Backyard Birds — From Hummingbirds to Hawks will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Macon County Extension office, 3351 N. President Howard Brown Blvd., Decatur.

A variety of topics will be covered, from the habits and habitats of hummingbirds to what birds are saying to each other with their songs. Common native birds plus those pesky, non-native invasive species will be discussed. The connection between native plants and native wildlife also will be addressed.

Register at For more information, call 217-877-6042.

4-H Fall Fest

AMBOY, Ill. — The Lee County 4-H Fall Fest will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Lee County 4-H Center, 1196 Franklin Road, Amboy.

There will be a costume contest, pumpkin hunt and carnival games. Popcorn, hot chocolate, and treats will be served. The event is free and open to the public of all ages.

For more information, contact the Lee County Extension office at 815-857-3525.

Fall Festival

NORTH VERNON, Ind. — The Jennings County Extension Fall Festival and Annual Update will be from 4 to 7 p.m. ET Oct. 29 at the Jennings County Fairgrounds Community Building, 4920 N. State Highway 3, North Vernon.

Dress up as your favorite book character and join the Story Walk to learn all about Purdue Extension along the way; learn fun facts about pumpkins and sample a nutritional pumpkin soup; and participate in STEM activities.

A chili dinner will be served by the Jennings County 4-H junior leaders.

Admission is a non-perishable food item or free-will donation for the JCHS Food Pantry. Suggested items for the food pantry include oatmeal, pancake mix and syrup, Pop-Tarts, cereal, granola bars, crackers, salt and pepper, cooking oils, canned vegetables, and canned soup.

For more information, visit or call 812-352-3033.

Boo at the Slough

CYPRESS, Ill. — Boo at the Slough will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Henry N. Barkhausen Cache River Wetlands Center, 8885 IL-37, Cypress.

Families are invited to hike through the Egret Slough Trail behind the Wetlands Center on a guided trick-or-treating adventure to meet misunderstood creatures of the swamp. Learn about creatures like spiders, bats, and owls. There will be games and crafts, and more. Everyone is invited to wear their Halloween costume.

This a free event and open to the public and offered by Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Friends of the Cache, and University of Illinois Extension.

Register at

Winter Sowing

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — A winer sowing workshop will be at 10 a.m. Oct. 31 at the Kankakee County Extension office, 1650 Commerce Drive, Bourbonnais.

Winter sowing is a fun and easy way to start seeds outside during the winter. You plant your seeds in miniature greenhouses made from recycled plastic containers, and then put them outside in the snow and freezing cold. Once the weather starts to warm up in the spring, the seeds will germinate at their own pace, just as in nature.

Cost is $10, which includes all supplies. Register at

Sewing Day

FLORA, Ind. — Carroll County Extension Homemakers’ annual Sewing Day will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET Oct. 31 at the 4-H Building, 800 E. Main St., Flora.

Non-sewers are also welcome to help cut, iron and thread ribbon. A soup lunch will be provided.

Sweet Street

NORTH VERNON, Ind. — North Vernon Sweet Street is an opportunity for kids to trick-or-treat from 5 to 8 p.m. ET Oct. 31 in downtown North Vernon. Jennings County 4-H Council will have a table set up at the event to pass out candy as well as information for the 2022-2023 4-H enrollment year.

Pesticide Training

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Multi-category commercial pesticide applicator training will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET Nov. 1 at the Walb Student Union Classic Ballroom, Purdue Fort Wayne Campus, Union Circle Drive, Fort Wayne.

This event is approved for continuing credit hours in several categories, including:

• Agricultural pest management

• Forest pest control

• Ornamental pest management

• Turf pest management

• Seed treatment

• Aquatic pest management

• Industrial weed management

• Industrial, institutional, structural and health-related pest management

• Termite control

• Fumigation

• Community-wide mosquito management

• Aerial application

• Registered technician

Cost is $80. Register at

All About Owls

FRANKLIN GROVE, Ill. — The program All About Owls will be from 4 to 5 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Winfred Knox Memorial Library, 112 S. Elm St., Franklin Grove.

Children will learn about the nine different types of owls and make their own crafty owl to take home. Register by calling the library at 815-456-2823.

Day of the Dead

CLINTON, Ill. — The 4-H Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Celebration will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Nov. 1 at Cinco de Mayo Restaurant, 1150 Route 54 West, Clinton.

The program is open to third- through sixth-graders. Register at

4-H Recognition

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — The McLean County 4-H Recognition of Excellence will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Miller Park Pavilion, 1020 S. Morris Ave., Bloomington.

Recognized will be milestone leaders, Leader of the Year, County Record Award winners, Illinois State Experience Award winners, Mosbacher Scholarship recipients, and the Hall of Fame Award recipient.

Register at

For more information, call the McLean County Extension office at 309-663-8306 or email Mackenzie Kraft at

Succulent Workshop

HILLSBORO, Ill. — The Succulent Workshop will be from 4 to 5 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Montgomery County Extension office, 1 Industrial Park Drive, Hillsboro.

Extension Horticulture Educator Andrew Holsinger will explain how to grow succulents and create your own potted design. Learn the basics on soil, water, culture, and propagation methods for succulents. The program also will be available online.

Register at

Painting Workshop

MT. CARMEL — A Painting Workshop will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Anderson Building, 5039 4-H Center Lane, Mt. Carmel .

Children 8 to 18 will create an agriculture-themed canvas painting. Cost is $10. Register at

Healthy Holidays

ELLETTSVILLE, Ind. — The program Happy, Healthy Holidays will be at 6 p.m. ET Nov. 2 at the Monroe County Public Library, 600 W. Temperance St., Ellettsville.

Learn ways to eat well, spend smart, and be well during the busy holiday season. Register at, or call 812-349-2575.

The program will be repeated:

• 6:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Sullivan County Extension office, 1361 E County Rd 75 N, Sullivan;, 812-268-4332.

• 1 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Vermillion County Fairgrounds 4-H Building, Fairgrounds Road, Cayuga;, 765-492-5330.

• 6 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Clay County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall, 6656 IN-59, Brazil;, 812-448-9041.

Gardener Roundtable

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Virtual Master Gardener Roundtable will be 6:30 to 8 p.m. ET Nov. 2.

The purpose of this event is to help Purdue Extension master gardeners group their leadership skills and share ideas. Participants will learn about state and national trainings, engaging stakeholders, community gardens and officer recruitment.

Register at For more information, contact or 765-653-8411.

Floriculture Workshop

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Purdue Horticulture Extension workshop on Hydroponics and Floriculture Production will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Nov. 3 at the the Pfendler Hall of Agriculture, Room 241, 767-799 W. State St., West Lafayette.

Learn about crop management, insect and disease control, and environment/crop monitoring from Purdue Extension specialists and industry professionals.

Cost is $25, and includes breakfast, lunch, and snacks.

Register at For more information, contact Lori Jolly-Brown at or 765-494-1296.

Woodland Conference

MADISON, Ind. — The Woodland Owner Conference will begin at 10 a.m. ET Nov. 4, and 7:30 a.m. Nov. 5 at Clifty Inn, Clifty Falls State Park, 1501 Green Road, Madison.

This annual conference includes an optional Friday morning and afternoon field tour of two local landowners’ woods. Saturday will be an indoor program with speakers and breakout sessions on a number of topics important to woodland owners and an optional evening awards banquet. Attendees can choose to attend single days or all-weekend registration.

Register at

Indiana Forestry & Woodland Owners Association was founded in 1977 and is a non-profit organization dedicated to conservation and sustainable management of woodlands in Indiana. IFWOA advocates for scientific best practices for management to achieve objectives of clean water, wildlife habitat, soil protection, native species diversity, timber production, recreation, carbon sequestration and many others.

Achievement Night

MONTICELLO, Ill. — 4-H Achievement Night will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 5 at 4-H Memorial Camp, 499 Old Timber Road, Monticello.

Games and dinner will be 4:30 to 6 p.m,. with the awards ceremony from 6 to 7 p.m.

The event is free. Register at