December 02, 2023

Calendar: Community Tree Care Series

URBANA, Ill. — Tree Basics will be the first of three sessions in the online Community Tree Care Series, 9 to 11 a.m. Nov. 13.

Other sessions will be Individual Tree Care, 9 to 11 a.m. Nov. 27; and Collective Tree Care, 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 11.

Participants will discuss the benefits of trees, basic tree identification and tree parts, and the importance of diversity in the urban forest.

Cost is $10 per session. Register at

Garden Planning

TAYLORVILLE, Ill. — Garden Planning 101: Getting Started will be 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Christian County Extension office, 1120 N. Webster St., Taylorville.

Learn the guiding principles of garden design, and find the support system needed to stay energized throughout the process.

Register at

Cooking with Pumpkins

THOMSON, Ill. — Learn the basics of planting, harvesting, and creating recipes using pumpkins, 5 to 6 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Thomson Library, 1005 W. Main St., Thomson.

To register for this program, call the library at 815-259-2480.

Seed Saving

PECATONICA, Ill. — Seed Saving and Fall Garden Care will be 6 to 7 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Pecatonica Library, 400 W. 11th St., Pecatonica.

Master Gardener Shelby Leick will provide tips and tricks on how to save seeds for the future, as well as what you can be doing in your garden for winter and next season.

Register at

Sew Day

AUBURN, Ind. — DeKalb County Extension Homemakers Sew Day will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET Nov. 14 at the DeKalb County Office Building, 215 E. 9th St., Auburn.

Participants will be making baby blankets. You don’t have to be a seamstress to participate — there’s cutting, pressing, and hand stitching to help with. Bring a dish to share.

Under Pressure

TAYLORVILLE, Ill. — Preparing Food Under Pressure will be 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 14 in Conference Room 179 at Taylorville Memorial Hospital, 201 E. Pleasant St., Taylorville.

Learn how to prepare healthy meals made with a pressure cooker, how to care for the machine, and tips for cooking a variety of food quickly and efficiently. The class will include hands-on practice using a pressure cooker and recipe testing.

Register for this free class at

Processed Foods

URBANA, Ill. — Evaluating the pros and cons of ultra-processed foods will be discussed in the online Autumn Health Picks Series program from noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 15.

What is the difference between potatoes and potato chips? One is the natural form, while the other is ultra-processed. With different nutrient profiles, the body responds to each in distinct ways. Americans widely consume ultra-processed foods, yet their health implications remain unclear to many. Learn more about how these food products affect your health.

Register at

Turf Seminar

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Purdue Turf and Landscape Seminar will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET Nov. 16 and 17 at the William H. Daniel Turfgrass Research and Diagnostic Center, 1340 Cherry Lane, West Lafayette.

This event is designed for intermediate and advanced turf professionals, providing them with the latest technology for managing turf and landscape systems, and to maintain their pesticide applicators licenses. Presentations will be delivered by faculty and staff from Purdue University and the Office of the Indiana State Chemist. Registered attendees will be provided with lunch on day two of the seminar.

To learn more about how to register and how you could earn credits, visit

ANR Retreat

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The annual Agriculture Natural Resources Retreat will be 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET Nov. 16 and 17 at the Beck Ag Center, 4550 US-52, West Lafayette.

The ANR Retreat is a great opportunity for Purdue specialists and Purdue Extension educators to get connected and receive training.

For more information, contact Jennifer Pluhar at 765-494-8490, or

Watercolor Cookies

AUBURN, Ind. — Youths will create their own edible art and decorate cookies for the holiday season at the DeKalb County Watercolor Cookies Program, 6 to 8 p.m. ET Nov. 16 at the DeKalb County Office Building, 215 E. 9th St., Auburn.

Cost is $5. Register at

Healthy Aging

GREENCASTLE, Ind. — Staying Healthy As You Age will be 6 to 7 p.m. ET Nov. 16 at the Putnam County Fairgrounds, 191 US-231, Greencastle.

Learn how to increase physical activity, and improve strength, balance, and flexibility in this program presented by the Putnam County Extension Homemakers.

Register by calling 765-653-8411.

Opioid Crisis

INDIANAPOLIS — The virtual Lunch and Learn program Understanding the Opioid Crisis will be noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 17.

Learn about the current state of the opioid crisis and arm yourself with valuable information to help people find recovery.

The program will be presented by Kevin Davis, Purdue Extension health and human sciences educator, Marion County.

Register for this free program at

Paper Pumpkins

ALBION, Ill. — Youths ages 5 to 7 will make shaving cream marbled paper pumpkins to decorate the home for Thanksgiving, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Edwards County Farm Bureau, 15 S. 5th St., Albion.

Register at

Craft Bazaar

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The Vigo County 4-H Scholarship Holiday Craft Bazaar will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET Nov. 18 at the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall, 3901 S. Hwy. 41, Terre Haute.

Featured will be homemade crafts, jewelry, embroidery, clothing, kitchenware, fall and Christmas decor, woodworking and artwork.

The $1 admission price includes a door prize ticket.

For vendor information, visit

Herb Gardening

MT. ZION, Ill. — Herb Gardening will be 10 to 11 a.m. Nov. 18 at the Mt. Zion District Library, 115 W. Main St., Mt. Zion.

Learn all about growing herbs with the Macon County master gardeners.

Register by calling the library at 217-864-3622.