December 10, 2023

Calendar: Youth Holiday Wreath Workshop

Many types of hand made natural wreathes were available for purchase at Spring Bluff Nursery in Sugar Grove on Saturday, November 26, 2022.

Wreath Workshop

CARLINVILLE, Ill. — The Youth Holiday Wreath Workshop will be 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 29 at the Macoupin County Extension office, 60 Carlinville Plaza, Carlinville.

Get into the holiday spirit and use nature’s bounty to build a beautiful wreath. Natural materials such as fresh evergreens, foliage, pine cones and berries will be provided and are included in the registration fee.

Cost is $15. Register at

Learn to Knit

AUBURN, Ind. — Learn to knit and crochet with the DeKalb County Extension Homemakers, 6 p.m. ET Nov. 27 at the DeKalb County Office Building, 215 E. 9th St., Auburn.

There is no cost to attend; all supplies will be provided. Reserve your spot by calling Linda Wilson at 260-909-0358.

Plan Ahead

URBANA, Ill. — The Four Seasons Gardening Webinar Series program Planning and Growing Vegetables through the Seasons will be 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 28.

The gardening season is wrapping up, but it is never too early to begin planning for next year’s garden. Learn how to get the most out of a vegetable garden with tips for planning, planting, and garden maintenance for every season. Finally, participants can look forward to discussing newer vegetable selections for consideration in future gardens.

Register at

Porch Pots

FREEPORT, Ill. — The Fall Garden Series program Evergreen Porch Pots will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Nov 28 at the Krape Park Community Building, 1799 Park Blvd., Freeport.

Summer is over, and our container gardens have finished blooming; before you put them in the shed, consider making them into decorative evergreen porch pots for the winter season. As part of the class, participants will make a porch pot of their own to take home. All supplies provided.

Cost is $30. Register at

The program will be repeated 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at the Jo Daviess County Extension Office, 204 Vine St. Elizabeth. Register at

Wild Eats

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The free webinar Wild Eats: Cooking Venison for Flavor and Safety will be 6 p.m. ET Nov. 28. Session features in-depth discussion on cooking venison, while keeping food safety a top priority.

Register at

Scented Gifts

SAVANNA, Ill. — The program Scented Gifts will be 5 to 6 p.m. Nov. 28 at the Savanna Public Library, 326 3rd St., Savanna.

Carroll County master gardeners will give a brief lesson on aromatherapy and essential oils will be discussed, and participants will make bath salts and sugar scrubs to enjoy at home or give as a holiday gift. Call the library to register at 815-273-3714.

Gifts from the Kitchen

MARSHALL, Ill. — Gifts from the Kitchen will be 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 28 at the Clark County Extension office, 15493 IL-1, Marshall.

Extension Educator Mary Liz Wright will demonstrate how to make jam. Each participant will leave with a jar of jam.

Cost is $5. Register at

Hot and Fast

WAYNESVILLE, Ill. — Hot and Fast: Cooking with an Air Fryer will be 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 28 at the Waynesville Township Library, 303 2nd St., Waynesville.

Learn how to use air fryers to prepare meals quickly and efficiently in this hands-on class. Register by calling the library at 217-949-5111.

The program will be repeated 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29 at the South Macon Public Library, 451 W. Glenn St., Macon. Register by calling 217-764-3356.

Staying Active

SPENCER, Ind. — The program Physical Activity Across the Lifespan will be 10 a.m. ET Nov. 29 at the Owen County Extension office, 180 S. Washington St., Spencer.

The program will provide an overview about the importance of physical activity, and review terms, recommendations and benefits of physical activity. There will be a movement break included for participants and an opportunity for them to set a personal movement goal.

Register by contacting Jamie Jo Lowder at 812-829-5020 or

Spotted Lanternfly

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A webinar on the spread of spotted lanternfly in Indiana will be 6 to 7 p.m. ET Nov. 29.

The invasive insect infests crops, including soybeans.

Register at

Healthy Cooking

CROWN POINT, Ind. — The program Healthier Holiday Cooking will be 1 p.m. ET Nov. 30 at the Lake County Extension office, 2291 N. Main St., Crown Point.

The free program will be presented by Linda Curley, Extension health and human sciences educator.

Register at or call 219-755-3240.

Holiday Cards

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Learn how to create your own holiday cards for family and friends, 6 p.m. ET Nov. 30 at the Allen County Extension office, 4001 Crescent Ave., Ft. Wayne.

Participants should bring small scissors. Register by calling 260-481-6826.

Holiday Fest

DANVILLE, Ill. — Hendricks County Extension Homemakers will host the 2023 Holiday Fest and Cookie Walk from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET Dec. 1 at the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds, 1900 E. Main St., Danville.

Cookie Walk sales begin at 9 a.m. with craft booths and entertainment from many vendors. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Holiday Workshop

ALBION, Ill. — The Unit 25 Holiday Workshop will be 9:30 a.m. to noon Dec. 2 at the Edwards County Farm Bureau, 15 S. 5th St., Albion.

Youths will create various holiday crafts and treats. Register at

Soap Making

DECATUR, Ill. — Homemade Plant-Based Soap Making will be 1 to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Macon County Extension office, 3351 N. President Howard Brown Blvd., Decatur.

Learn how to properly and carefully make soap out of plant-based materials. Participants will take home a bar of soap. Cost is $10. Register at