Make sure to visit our website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/clw to find other information and programs.
Carroll County 4-H Shooting Sports SPIN Clubs-Next Date, April 17-1-5pm to Dark-VanBuskirk Shooting Range, Mt. Carroll This year we are going to offer two clubs at the VanBuskirk Shooting Range. Shotgun classes will be offered April 3-June 5 for ages 10-18 from 5 p.m. to dark and Air Rifle classes will be held for ages 8-18 from 6 p.m. to dark. For more information call the Extension office at 815-244-9444 and register online at go.illinois.edu/carrolloutdoorsports
Wits Fitness, Monthly Workshop-April 17-10:30-noon- Rock River Center, Oregon
Join University of Illinois Extension Educator Karla Belzer as she leads participants through interactive activities designed to exercise the brain to maintain and enhance cognitive function and memory. You are never too young or too old to get started training your brain, so join Karla in this fun and informative class. Class is FREE and open to the public. We will be offering this program at the Rock River Center, 810 S 10th St, Oregon, IL. Register online at go.illinois.edu/witsfitnessoregon
Seed Starting 101, April 17, 2018-5:30 p.m. –Savanna Public Library
University of Illinois Extension will sponsor a Seed Starting workshop at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17 at the Savanna Public Library, 326 3rd St. with Master Gardener Marcia Zell. Fundamentals of starting plants from seed indoors will be demonstrated. A free seed library will be available at the library for those interested in beginning a garden. Register by calling the library at 815-273-3714.
HEA Monthly Lessons for Living, Monthly, April 18-10am- Lee County Extension Office, Amboy
Join the HEA for their monthly lessons for living at the Lee County Extension Office in Amboy. Open to the public and free of charge the April lesson will be Teas-Types and Uses presented by Sherri Stauffer, Lee County Master Gardener. Call the office at 815-857-3525 to register at least one week prior to the event.
Pressed Flowers, April 19, 2018-10:30 a.m. - York Township Public Library, Thomson
Pressed Flowers will be presented by Master Gardeners Nancy Gmitro at the York Township Public Library in Thomson on April 19 at 10:30 a.m. Learn how to preserve flowers with the art of pressing, methods of pressing, and best flowers to grow for pressing. A bookmark and notecard will be made to take home. Register by calling the library at 815-259-2480.
Wildflower Presentation, April 19, 2018-5:30 p.m. - Mt. Carroll Public Library
Spring wildflowers will be presented by Master Gardener Nancy Gmitro at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19 at the Mt. Carroll Public Library. You won’t want to miss out on this colorful presentation about spring wildflowers in your backyard. To register contact the library at 815-244-1751.
Around The Table Webinar Series, Monthly Webinar, April 20, 2018-Noon-1 p.m. -Webinar Series at Home
Around the table is a free webinar series hosted by University of Illinois Extension’s Family and Consumer Sciences team. We discuss topics of finance, nutrition and family all across the lifespan. The topic for April 20 will be Establish Healthy Credit. To learn more and register online go to:
Kids & K-9’s, Saturday’s -Next Date April 21, 2018-9am & 10am- Granny Rose K-9 Enrichment Center, Dixon
This is a survey class that will introduce you to all facets of training including obedience, rally, agility, and conformation. It is also designed to help your dog become a more integral part of your family. Open to youth ages 8-18 beginning Saturday’s March 17-June 30. Advanced Classes will begin at 9am and beginners will take place at 10am. The fee will be $25 for 4-H members and $45 for non-4-H members. Register online at go.illinois.edu/kidsk9
Lee County Project Pool, April 21, 2018- 8:30am registration-Noon- Lee County 4-H Center, Amboy
This morning workshop is designed to showcase some of the unique project options available in the 4-H program. Take advantage of this opportunity to explore something you have never considered before. Open to all 4-H members and their friends; need not be a 4-H member to participate. Pre-registration is required by April 11. Late registrations will be limited in class choices. Registration fee is $15.
Register online: go.illinois.edu/ProjectPool
Let’s Live Well Series, Monthly Workshop- Next Date, April 23-10-11:30 am- Mt. Carroll Public Library
Join the University of Illinois Extension for Let's Live Well, a series featuring timely, researched informed information on
relevant topics to help you live well! The series will continue with Money Smart for Older Adults on April 23. Pre-registration is required online at go.illinois.edu/MCwellness or by calling the library at 815-244-1751.
Wits Fitness, Monthly Workshop-Next Date April 24-10-11:30am-Sterling Public Library
Join University of Illinois Extension Educator Karla Belzer each month as she leads participants through interactive activities designed to exercise the brain to maintain and enhance cognitive function and memory. We will be offering this program at the Sterling Public Library. Register online at go.illinois.edu/witsfitness
Wildflower Presentation, April 26, 2018-10:30 a.m. – York Township Public Library, Thomson
Spring wildflowers will be presented by Master Gardener Nancy Gmitro at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 26 at the York Township Public Library. You won’t want to miss out on this colorful presentation about spring wildflowers in your backyard. To register contact the library at 815-259-2480.
North Western IL Horse Clinic, Saturday, April 28, 2018-9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.-Pegasus Special Riders, Oregon
This is a working clinic so bring your horse along. Sign up for advanced or beginner with the following topics: Showmanship, Halter, Grooming, Pleasure, or Horsemanship. Register online at: go.illinois.edu/NorthWesternHorse
4-H Cloverbud Club, Mon & Wed., April 30-May 16-3-4 p.m., Jefferson Elementary School, Sterling
Want to be part of something fun, educational, and awesome? Join Jefferson Elementary 4-H Cloverbud Club. This club is for youth ages 5-7 years old as of September 1, 2017 and will meet 6 times before school is out from 3-4pm Mondays and Wednesdays at Jefferson Elementary School in Sterling. Register online at : go.illinois.edu/JeffersonCloverbud
Four Seasons Horticulture Webinar Winter Series-May 1 and May 15-1:30pm- All County Offices
Four Seasons Gardening, a 12-session program presented by University of Illinois Extension, includes a wide array of gardening and landscaping topics. Topics in the spring series are Living with Japanese Beetles on May 1 and Preserving Flowers on May 15. Cost per session is $5 (free for active Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists). Webinars will be offered at 3 locations within the Unit, Carroll County Extension Office, Mt. Carroll; Whiteside Extension Office, Sterling; and Lee County Extension Office, Amboy at 1:30pm. Advance registration is needed one week prior to the webinar. To register, call (815) 632-3611 or register online at: go.illinois.edu/4seasonsCLW If you wish to listen to the webinars for free from home, you can register at: go.illinois.edu/4seasonshome
Developing the Creative Economy, Tuesday, May 1, 2018-5:30-7:00 p.m.-Champs Banquet Venue, Sterling
Developing the Creative Economy was designed for community leaders and economic development professionals who want to tap into the creative talent in their communities to build viable businesses, adding to household income for the entrepreneur and increasing economic activity in the community. Register online at: go.illinois.edu/CreativeEconomy
5 Strategies for Retaining & Attracting Youth to Rural Communities, May 2, 2018-11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.-SVCC
Join Extension Educator Pam Schallhorn at Sauk Valley Community College for an interesting workshop on retaining youth in rural communities. Youth are leaving rural communities at an alarming rate, yet there is evidence that Millennial's have interest in moving to rural areas. There are specific strategies to use to attract and retain youth in rural communities. In addition to the presentation, there will be a panel of Millennial's who will share their thoughts and ideas on why they decided to return/stay to live in the Sauk Valley Area. Sauk Valley Chamber member cost is $10 and non-member cost is $15. Register online at:go.illinois.edu/RetainingYouth
Wits Fitness, Monthly Workshop- Next Date, May 3-10:30am- York Township Public Library, Thomson
Join University of Illinois Extension Educator Karla Belzer each month as she leads participants through interactive activities designed to exercise the brain to maintain and enhance cognitive function and memory. You are never too young or too old to get started training your brain, so join Karla in this fun and informative class. Class is FREE and open to the public. You are welcome to join the class at any time! We will be offering this program at the Thomson Public Library. Register online at go.illinois.edu/witsfitness2
Wits Fitness, Monthly Workshop- Next Date, May 3-1:30-3pm-Mt. Carroll Public Library, Mt. Carroll
Join University of Illinois Extension Educator Karla Belzer each month as she leads participants through interactive activities designed to exercise the brain to maintain and enhance cognitive function and memory. You are never too young or too old to get started training your brain, so join Karla in this fun and informative class. Class is FREE and open to the public. You are welcome to join the class at any time! We will be offering this program at the Mt. Carroll Public Library. Register online at: go.illinois.edu/MCwitsfitness
LGE Webinar, May 3, 2018- Noon-1 pm- Webinar Series at Home
University of Illinois Extension Community and Economic Development will air a live webinar on the Open Meetings Act on May 3, 2018, from Noon – 1:00 p.m. Christopher Boggs, from the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, will highlight the training and tools required to implement this policy at the local level, and avoid violations. Register online at: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lge/
Plant Sales– Every Saturday May 5 - May 19- 8-Noon -Whiteside and Lee County
Do not miss the plant sales in your area. Plant sales will all take place 8-noon or until plants are sold out so come early.
May 5-Morrison/Community Room at the Odell Library
May 12-Fulton/Fulton Fire Station/1802 16th Ave.
May 19- Amboy/Lee County 4-H Center/1196 Franklin Rd.
Visit our webpage to download the flier: go.illinois.edu/CLWPlantSales
Cooking and Booking, Next Date, May 10, 2018-4:30-6:30 p.m.-KSB Hospital Private Dining Room, Dixon
Where can you try new foods, make lasagna, and toss water balloons? At Cooking and Booking of course! The club meets on the second Thursday of each month from April 12 through November 8 at 4:30pm in the KSB Hospital Private Dining Room. Pre-registration is required and can be done at go.illinois.edu/CookinBookin. The cost of the club is $50.
4-H Junior Gardener SPIN Club, Tuesdays May 15- July 31, 4:30-6:00 p.m. - Immanuel Lutheran Church, Dixon
Teaching children about the wonderful world of gardening through hands-on investigation of growing their own vegetables & flowers and learning to use the harvest. A portion of the produce grown will be given to food insecure situations. The club is for youth 3-5 grades and the cost is $30 for non-4-H members and $10 for 4-H members. For more information contact the Lee County Extension Office at 815-857-3525. Register online at: go.illinos.edu/LeeCoJG
Let’s Go to the Beach, May 15, 2018-5:00-6:00 p.m. - York Township Public Library, Thomson
This interactive workshop is open to preschoolers and their parents or grandparents. Featuring developmentally appropriate learning activities, your child will have fun learning about the beach! Cost to attend the workshop is $3 per child/adult. Pre-registration is required and available at the library or by calling 815-259-2480
Let’s Live Well Series, Next Date –May 17, 2018- 10:30am- York Township Public Library, Thomson
Are there things in your life that you’ve wanted to accomplish but haven’t? What’s the secret to successful aging? Join Extension Educator, Karla Belzer for a series featuring timely, researched information to help you live well! Being Mindful In a Busy World will be offered on May 17 at 10:30 a.m. To pre-register for the series, please visit or call the Thomson Public Library at 815-259-2480.
Real Colors, May 22, 2018-5:30-7:30 p.m.-Post House Community Center, Dixon
University of Illinois Extension Educator Karla Belzer will be presenting True Colors. This interactive workshop will help you learn more about yourself so you can, in turn, better relate to, interact with and communicate with others. Perfect for improving your interpersonal communication in your workplace, home, and community. Cost is $10 and includes workshop booklet and materials. Register by May 18 online at go.illinois.edu/realcolors or by calling 815-632-3611.
Illinois 4-H Feeding & Growing Our Communities, May 29, 2018-5:30pm-Lee County 4-H Center, Amboy
Come out to the fairgrounds on May 29 at 5:30pm to help your local 4-Her’s and volunteers pack over 12,000 meals for local food pantries. We need as many volunteers as possible to make this meal packaging event a success. For questions contact Kathy Book at the Lee County Extension office at 815-857-3525. RSVP online by May 18 at go.illinois.edu/FeedingandGrowing
Youth Mental Health First Aid Workshop, June 5, 2018- 9-5pm, Faith United Methodist Church, Polo
Youth Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course designed for adults who work with youth between the ages of 12-25.
Just like CPR and First Aid training prepares you for a physical emergency, YMHFA prepares you for a mental health challenge. To register go.illinois.edu/youthmentalhealth
4-H Summer Camp at LOMC, June 11-15, 2018-Week Stay at LOMC, Oregon
Camp is open to anyone ages 8 to 14. Camp facilities are located in Oregon, Illinois at Camp LOMC. Campers enjoy a week of hiking, team building, arts and crafts, canoeing, swimming, enjoying nature and making new friends. Visit
go.illinois.edu/4HCampLOMC to register online or for more information.
All My Money, June 12&13, 2018-8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.-Sterling Federal Bank, Sterling
All My Money: Change for the Better is a train-the-trainer financial management program for persons working with limited-resource audiences. It is designed so that agency staff, social workers, and other educators can teach financial literacy topics, even if they do not personally have expertise in financial management. Learn more at go.illinois.edu/AllMyMoney
A Movie in The Barn, June22, 2018-6 p.m.-Lee County 4-H Fairgrounds, Amboy
Lee county federation invites lee co 4-H’ers to a Movie in the Barn! We will be watching Charlotte’s Web and Sandlot. 6pm. Popcorn and water provided. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and excitement! For more information contact the Lee County Extension Office at 815-857-3525.
Master Gardener Training, Tuesday’s, August 28-November 13-9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.-LOTS(210 E Progress), Dixon,
Local training classes will be held at Lee-Ogle Transportation System (210 E Progress Dr. Dixon, IL) beginning August 28, 2018. Classes will be Tuesday's, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. through November 13. Class topics include botany, soils and fertilizer, ornamental grasses and landscape design, vegetables, fruits, insects, turf grass management, disease control, woodies and vines, annuals and perrenials, and plant pathology. The cost of the manual and training will be $250. Register online at