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Is Your Family Prepared for a Natural Disaster?
Many communities across the Midwest have already begun experiencing severe weather as warm, humid airmasses from the Gulf of Mexico have collided with the cooler, dryer air from Canada, resulting in unstable atmospheric conditions. Although thunderstorms and tornadoes can happen anytime...
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Stephenson County 4-H- Brings STEM Activities to Pearl CIty Middle School
Creative thinking, hands-on problem solving, critical reasoning—these are just some of the skills seventh and eighth-grade students at Pearl City Middle School used on Friday, February 16. Staff from the University of Illinois Extension provided four different STEM activities for students to...
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Become a Certified Food Protection Manager
Do you currently have a position handling food, or are you looking for a job in the food industry? If so, consider becoming a Certified Food Protection Manager. The Illinois Department of Public Health requires retail food establishment managers to obtain an American National...
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Spring Flower Arranging
Join University of Illinois Extension for the second program in their Spring Break Gardening Series “Spring Flower Arranging” on Thursday, March 28, 2024 at 1:30 p.m. This program is being held at the Jo Daviess County Extension Office, 204 N. Vine St. Elizabeth, IL 61028.  There will be a $30...
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Birdie Basics — Youth Birding 101
Calling all young bird enthusiasts! Join University of Illinois Extension and the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation for an exciting Birding 101 program for kids ages 8 to 18. Whether you’re a budding ornithologist or simply curious about our feathered friends, this event is for you. ...
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Brambles: From Raspberries to Blackberries
Join University of Illinois Extension as they kick off their Spring Break Gardening Series with “Brambles: From Raspberries to Blackberries” on Thursday, March 21, 2024 at 1:30 p.m. This program is being held at the Jo Daviess County Extension Office, 204 N. Vine St. Elizabeth, IL 61028.  This...
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Pasture Management: Recovering from 2023
“Pasture Management: Recovering from 2023,” hosted by the University of Illinois Extension, will focus on recovering from the 2023 growing season drought and short forage supply in three evening sessions.  The sessions are intended to build upon each other by looking at options and management...
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How to freeze produce for maximum freshness
Spring is right around the corner, and summer gardens will be bursting with produce in no time. You can enjoy your summer flavors year-round by preserving your fresh produce now. Home food preservation continues to be a favorite by many. And by knowing and understanding a few basics, you can...
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Tri-State Forest Stewardship Conference to be held in Freeport
Make plans to attend the Tri-State Forest Stewardship Conference scheduled for March 2, 2024, in Freeport, Illinois, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The conference is designed specifically for forest landowners in the Midwest, but forestry professionals, consultants, volunteers, Master...
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Extension to offer healthy cooking at home series
Whether you live alone or with a family, more and more people are looking for money-saving tips to help stretch their hard-earned money. In fact, many consumers are making or have already made significant lifestyle changes to navigate the ever-changing economic challenges we have faced over the...
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Air Frying 101
Did you recently receive or purchase an air fryer? Are you wondering what to do with it? Or are you contemplating investing in one? Perhaps you are curious if it will be as easy to use as they say it will but haven’t taken it out of its box yet. If you answered yes to these questions, consider...
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DOING, THINKING, CREATING & FUN awaits kids at 4-H SUPER SATURDAY
University of Illinois Extension is hosting its annual 4-H Super Saturday on Saturday, February 24 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Stephenson County Farm Bureau, 210 W. Spring St. Freeport, IL . Super Saturday is a 3-hour event designed to give area youth ages 5 to 18 a chance to explore the many...
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Calling all Cloverbuds! | Join the Little Roots Gardening Program
We are excited to offer our Cloverbud-aged kids their very own special program again- Little Roots!  Registration closes March 1st and pick up (and activity) is May 6th.  This is a work-at-home program with some added bonus days if you are available- you do not have to attend the extra days to...
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Register now for the Annual Joys of Gardening
Mark your calendars for the 26th annual Joys of Gardening program offered by the University of Illinois Extension and the U of I Extension Master Gardeners.  Slated for Saturday, February 24, at the Highland Community College Student Conference Center, 2998 W. Pearl City Road, Freeport,...
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Serve It Safely: Food Handlers Course
Selling and serving food remains a popular fundraising activity for many community groups. If you belong to a service club, church group, youth group, special interest club, or any non-profit organization, chances are good that you sell food. Any time your group sells food, it is essential to...
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Become a Certified Food Protection Manager
Do you currently have a position handling food, or are you looking for a job in the food industry? If so, consider becoming a Certified Food Protection Manager. The Illinois Department of Public Health requires retail food establishment managers to obtain an American National Standards...
 Fun Day participants during our martial arts demonstration in 2023.  We appreciate Tki Martial Arts for their continued support to positive youth development!
Come Experience Winnebago County 4-H Fun Day!
University of Illinois Extension is hosting its annual Winnebago County 4-H Fun Day on Saturday, March 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Prince of Peace Church in Rockton. 4-H Fun Day is a 3-hour event designed to give area youth ages 8 to 18 a chance to explore the many project areas available...