July 15, 2024

Calendar: 4-H Federation hosts pork chop dinner

MORRISON, Ill. — The Whiteside 4-H Federation Pork Chop Dinner will be 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. July 12 at the Whiteside County Fairgrounds, 201 W. Winfield St., Morrison.

Meals can be enjoyed on-site or drive up and take them home. Each $10 meal comes with a pork chop sandwich, baked beans, apple sauce, chips, cookie and water.

Pre-order your meals online at https://tinyurl.com/5x8k3cpv.

Cultivating Care

MARION, Ill. — The July session of Cultivating Care Garden Stewardship Days will be 8 to 10 a.m. July 8 at First Presbyterian Church, 1200 S. Carbon St., Marion.

Learn how to water, weed and harvest produce, which will be weighed and delivered to the Salvation Army of Southern Illinois in Marion.

For more information, visit https://tinyurl.com/bdr4c9wj.

Pressure Canning Basics

PRINCETON, Ind. — The Pressure Canning Basics workshop will be 1 to 2:30 p.m. CT July 8 at the Toyota Events Center at the Gibson County Fairgrounds, 709 N. Embree St., Princeton.

Participants will learn about:

• Canning basics

• Food safety guidelines for home canning

• Where to find trusted resources

The program will include a lecture, discussion and handouts. Pressure canner dial gauge testing will be available after the program for a $5 fee per gauge.

For more information, visit https://tinyurl.com/3mr8e5rf.

Healthy Teens

DANVILLE, Ill. — Healthy Teens will be 2 to 3 p.m. July 8 at the Danville Public Library, 319 N. Vermilion St., Danville.

This program will equip teens with the knowledge and skills to navigate the grocery store and make informed food choices.

Register by visiting https://tinyurl.com/yc5b4e9t.

Nutrient Management

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — The Nutrient Management Plan workshop will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET July 9 at the Allen County Extension office, 4001 Crescent Ave., Fort Wayne.

Participants will walk through the steps of writing basic nutrient management plans for their crop or livestock operations. Topics will include basic soil health principles and nutrient cycles, manure sampling and analyses, and the steps and processes of a nutrient management plan.

The $20 registration includes materials, a manure sampling kit, a printed copy of the “Tri-State Fertilizer Recommendations for Corn, Soybean, Wheat and Alfalfa”, and lunch. Participants will earn credits for PARP, Commercial Applicator Category 14 license renewal, and Certified Crop Advisor credits.

For more information, visit https://tinyurl.com/36jcr4mm.

Financial Preparedness

URBANA, Ill. — The online Lessons for Living program Financial Emergency Preparedness for Older Adults will be 2 to 3 p.m. July 9.

Disasters and other emergencies can disrupt finances and a sense of normal. In this session, participants will learn ways to organize and manage finances, develop valuable resource lists, and ways to reduce anxiety and stress. With a focus on implications for older adults, the program also will explore processes such as building a contact lists before an emergency, watching out for financial fraud following a disaster, and building a financial preparedness toolkit.

Register by visiting https://tinyurl.com/3ubpbju4.

Meal Planning

BEMENT, Ill. — The program Balancing Blood Sugars: Diabetes Meal Planning will be 2 to 3 p.m. July 9 at the Bement Public Library, 349 S. Macon St., Bement.

Learn how to plan meals that improve blood sugar management using tools like carbohydrate counting and Plate Method.

Register by calling the library at 217-678-7101 or emailing at bementlibrary@gmail.com.

Pressure to Can

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Feeling the Pressure to Pressure Can will be 6 to 7:30 p.m. July 9 at the McLean County Extension office, 1615 Commerce Pkwy., Bloomington.

In this class, participants will learn how to safely preserve foods using a pressure canner; discover the step-by-step process of canning low-acid foods, such as vegetables, meats, and soups; and see a canner in action.

Register at https://tinyurl.com/2nz4yj2d.

Cooking on a Budget

SPRING VALLEY, Ill. — The program Cooking on a Budget will be 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. July 9 at St. George Orthodox Church, 211 E. Minnesota St., Spring Valley.

Participants will learn how to cook on a budget using the three P’s — plan, purchase and prepare; take a shopping quiz and see if they are smart shoppers; and take home resources to help stay on budget, and decrease spending at the store.

Register at https://tinyurl.com/2pzdj5aw.

Financial Security

URBANA, Ill. — The online program Keys to Financial Security will be 11 a.m. to noon July 12.

Do you feel your financial plan needs a refresh? Financial planning can be short-term, long-term, or ideally both. Discover smart steps to focus on your financial security and work toward improving your financial well-being.

Register for this Money Basics Webinar Series program at https://tinyurl.com/3s6wypux.

Help Desk

TAYLORVILLE, Ill. — The Master Gardener Help Desk will be open 9 to 11 a.m. July 11 at the Christian County Extension office, 1120 N. Webster St., Taylorville.

Christian County master gardeners will be available to help you with your gardening questions.Bring your questions, photos, and any samples you have. Samples should be enclosed in a plastic bag or container and should be fresh to obtain a good diagnosis.

For more information, call 217-287-7246.

Preserving Herbs

ROCKVILLE, Ind. — Preserving Herbs will be the topic of the Community Garden Lessons series, 6 to 7 p.m. ET July 11 at the Parke County Community Garden, 413 S. Hwy. 41, Rockville.

For more information, visit https://tinyurl.com/2cx6da3d or call 765-569-3176.

Growing in the City

INDIANAPOLIS — Harvesting Your Bounty will be the topic of the fourth and final program in the Growing in the City series, 9 a.m. to noon ET July 13 at the Marion County Extension office, 1202 E. 38th St., Suite 201, Indianapolis.

Participants will learn how to identify and manage common pests and diseases and techniques like pruning and pinching for plant health, and explore best practices for watering irrigation and maintaining garden borders.

Register at https://tinyurl.com/3w6t4acm.

Wabash Riverfest

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Wabash Riverfest will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET July 13 at Tapawingo Park, 100 Tapawingo Drive, West Lafayette.

Wabash Riverfest is a free and family-friendly event focused on nature and conservation. Enjoy a day filled with exciting activities, while learning about the Wabash River and the importance of protecting our environment.

Activities will include canoe races, paddling trip, conservation exhibits, games and activities, a 5K run, a kids run, kids fishing, nature photography class and mermaid story time.

For more information, visit https://tinyurl.com/y48zy57b.

McHenry County Garden Walk

CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. — The McHenry County Garden Walk will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 13.

The walk will start at the outdoor Demonstration Garden at McHenry County College, 8900 US-14, Crystal Lake. Attendees experience all gardens at their own pace on a self-guided tour. Master gardeners will be on-site at each garden to answer questions and offer educational materials.

For more information, visit https://tinyurl.com/43ke62a8.

Wellness Walk

RIVER GROVE, Ill. — The July Cook County Nature Wellness Walk will be 10 a.m. to noon July 13 at Sunset Bridge Meadow, Des Plaines River Trail, River Grove.

Participants will be guided through a slow, leisurely walk that incorporates mindfulness and meditative practices. A tea ceremony will be held after the walk.

Register at https://tinyurl.com/3r8ampd6.

DeKalb County Garden Walk

The DeKalb County Garden Walk featuring eight beautiful home gardens will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 13.

Cost is $10. Purchase wristbands at the DeKalb County Extension office, 1350 W. Prairie Drive, Sycamore; Blumen Gardens, 403 Edward St., Sycamore; Glidden Florist, 917 W. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb; or The Garden Market, 2270 Oakland Ave., Sycamore.

For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit go.illinois.edu/2024GardenWalk.

County Fairs

July 6-12 — Cass County 4-H Fair, 2281 E County Rd 125 N, Logansport, Ind.; 574-753-7750; www.4hcasscounty.orgcassces@purdue.edu.

July 6-12 — Lawrence County Jr. Fair, 1117 4H Road, Sumner, Ill.; facebook.com/groups/159119417471804; 618-843-7138.

July 6-12 — Orange County 4-H Fair, 293 W. Daniel Lane, Paoli, Ind.; https://tinyurl.com/5x84jt7c; 812-723-7107.

July 6-13 — Fulton County 4-H Fair, 1009 W. 3rd St., Rochester, Ind.; fultoncofairboard@gmail.com; 574-223-5279.

July 6-13 — Georgetown Ag. Fair, 413 N. Seminary St., Georgetown, Ill.; www.georgetownfair.org; 217-662-6415.

July 6-13 — Jay County Fair, 806 E. Votaw St., Portland, Ind.; www.jaycountyfair.com; jaycountyfair@gmail.com; 260-726-9616.

July 6-13 —LaGrange County Fair, 1030 E 075 N, LaGrange, Ind.; 260-463-3826 www.lagrangecounty4hfair.org; info@lc4hfair.org.

July 6-13 — LaPorte County Fair, 2581 W. State Rd. 2, LaPorte, Ind.; www.lpfair.com; laportefair@gmail.com; 219-362-2647.

July 6-13 — Vigo County Fair, 3901 S. U.S. Hwy 41, Terre Haute, Ind.; www.vigofair.com; info@vigocountyfair.com; 812-201-3058.

July 6-14 — Owen County 4-H Fair, 364 S. East St., Spencer, Ind.; www.owencountyfair.com; owen.county.fair.association@gmail.com; 812-322-4322.

July 7-13 — Fisher Community Fair, 226 E. Sangamon St., Fisher, Ill.; www.fisherfair.com; fisherfair2@frontier.com; 217-897-1437.

July 7-13 — The New Wayne County Fair, 215 SE Third St., Fairfield. Ill.; 618-842-2621.

July 7-13 — Gibson County Fair, 709 N. Embree St., Princeton, Ind.; www.gibsoncountyfair.com; events@gibsoncountyfair.com; 812-385-3445.

July 7-13 — Kosciusko County Community Fair, 1400 E. Smith St., Warsaw, Ind.; www.kcfair.com; info@kcfair.com; 574-269-1823.

July 7-14 — Jersey County Fair, 100 W. Fairground Ave., Jerseyville, Ill.; www.jerseycountyfair.com; jerseycountyfair@gmail.com; 618-498-3422.

July 7-14 — Moultrie-Douglas County Fair, 220 Jurgens Pkwy., Arthur, Ill.; www.moultriedouglascountyfair.org; modofair@yahoo.com; 217-549-4246.

July 7-15 — Lawrence County Fair, 11265 US-50, Bedford, Ind.; 812-275-4623.

July 8-13 — Howard County 4-H Fair, 610 E. Payton St., Greentown, Ind.; www.howardcofair.com; 628fair@gmail.com; 765-628-3247.

July 8-13 — Knox County Fair, 1392 Knox Hwy 9, Knoxville, Ill.; www.knoxfair.com; knoxcofair@hotmail.com; 309-289-2714.

July 8-17 — Delaware County 4-H Fair, 1210 N. Wheeling Ave., Muncie, Ind.; www.delawarecountyfair.net; delcofair@live.com; 765-288-1854.

July 9-13 — Mercer County Fair, 848 170th St., Aledo, Ill.; www.mercercountyfair.org; info@mercercountyfair.org; 309-582-2350.

July 9-13 — Newton County Pun’kin Vine Fair, 12189 S. Punkin Vine Road, Kentland, Ind.; www.newtoncountyfair.com; newcofair1920@gmail.com; 219-474-5745.

July 9-13 — Washington County Fair, 810 E. Holzhauer Drive, Nashville, Ill.; www.thewashingtoncountyfair.com; 618-327-4401 or 618-327-3298.

July 9-14 — Morgan County Fair, 110 N. Westgate Ave., Jacksonville, Ill.; www.themorgancountyfair.com; info@themorgancountyfair.com; 217-245-6800.

July 9-19 — Henry County 4-H Fair, 2221 N. Memorial Drive, New Castle, Ind.; https://extension.purdue.edu/county/henry/county-fair.html, 765-529-5002.

July 10-14 — Tipton County 4-H Fair, 1200 S. Main St., Tipton, Ind.; www.facebook.com/TiptonCountyFairgrounds; tiptonces@purdue.edu; 765-776-1606.

July 11-14 — La Salle County Jr. Fair, 1578 4-H Road, Ottawa, Ill.; www.facebook.com/lasallecountyjrfair; lasallecountyjuniorfair@gmail.com; 815-200-3913.

July 11-16 — Fayette County Fair, 386 W. Cumberland Road, Brownstown, Ill.; www.fayettecofair.org; fayettecountyfairillinois@gmail.com; 618-427-5285.

July 11-16 — Martin County 4-H Fair, 2660 US 50, Loogootee, Ind.; 812-295-2412.

July 11-17 — Decatur County Fair, 545 S County Rd 200 W, Greensburg, Ind.; 812-663-8388; bhellmic@purdue.edu.

July 11-19 — Franklin County Fair, 486 N. Ken Gray Pkwy., Ina, Ill.; 618-439-3178.

July 12-15 — Perry County 4-H Fair, 65 Park Ave., Tell City, Ind.; perryces@purdue.edu; 812-547-7084.

July 12-15 — Randolph County Fair, 506 W. Belmont, Sparta, Ill.; 618-443-2916.

July 12-17— Montgomery County Fair, 400 Parke Ave., Crawfordsville, Ind.; 765-364-6363.

July 12-18 — Fountain County 4-H Fair, U.S. Hwy. 136, Veedersburg, Ind.; www.facebook.com/FoCo4HFair; fountainces@purdue.edu; 765-793-6240.

July 12-18 — Whitley County 4-H Fair, 680 W. Squawbuck Road, Columbia City, Ind.; www.whitleycounty4h.com; 260-244-7615.

July 12-19 — Greene County Fair, 4503 IN-54, Bloomfield, Ind.; www.facebook.com/GreeneCountyIndiana4.H; 812-659-2122.

July 12-19 — Noble County Community Fair, 580 Fair St., Kendallville, Ind.; www.noblecountycommunityfair.weebly.com; noblecountyfair@gmail.com; 260-347-0666.

July 12-19 — Parke County Fair, 1472 N U.S. 41, Rockville, ind.; www.parkecountyfairgrounds.com; 765-569-3176.

July 12-20 — Clark County Fair, 9608 IN-62, Charlestown,Ind.; www.clarkcountyfairgrounds.com; kcarunch@purdue.edu; 812-256-4591.

July 12-21 — Massac County Youth Fair, 4476 Korte Road, Metropolis, Ill.; massacyouthfair@gmail.com; 618-524-4608.

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