Wednesday, Jan. 16
Fireside Toastmasters. 5:45 to 7 p.m., Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. Improve communication and leadership skills. For more information, contact Debra Custer at 621-0168 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Ann Chan at 355-1866 or email@example.com.
Monday, Jan. 21
Market Outlook Seminar. 9:30 a.m., Farm Bureau Auditorium, Vermilion County Center for Agriculture, 1905 U.S. 150 at Henning Road, Danville. Hosted by the Vermilion County Farm Bureau Marketing Committee. First part of the program features information from local elevators; second part will be market analysts giving opinions on future commodity prices. Free. For information, call the Vermilion County Farm Bureau at 442-8713.
2013 Community Awards Banquet. 7 p.m., Hoopeston Ira Owen Kreager American Legion Post 384, 502 E. Penn St., Hoopeston. Presented by Hoopeston Jaycees and Hoopeston Chamber of Commerce. Individuals, firms and organizations that go above and beyond in their respective fields are recognized. Awards include Police Officer of the Year, Firefighter of the Year, EMT of the Year, Jaycee of the Year, Jaycee Rookie of the Year, Jaycee Associate of the Year, Distinguished Service Award and various business awards. Appetizers served. Entry fee $5. For information, email hoopestonjaycees.org.
Thursday, Jan. 24
Crop Water Management Conference. 9:15 a.m. to 3 p.m., Beef House Restaurant, 16501 Indiana State Road 63, Covington, Ind. Registration, 8:45 a.m. Those interested in groundwater, irrigation and drainage issues are welcome. Hosted by Purdue University and University of Illinois Extension Bi-State Agriculture Programs group. Buffet lunch. Cost $20 at the door; additional $10 to earn Indiana Private Applicator Recertification Program, Certified Crop Advisor (approved for 4.5 soil and water credits) or Indiana Commercial Pesticide Applicator (pending approval) credits. Register by 5 p.m. Jan. 22. Contact Phil Cox, Vermillion County (Ind.) Extension at 765-492-5335 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
'Writing a Small Business Plan' workshop. 3 to 5:30 p.m., Champaign County Chamber of Commerce, 303 W. Kirby Ave., C. Sponsored by East Central Illinois SCORE. Covers business plan format, financial analysis and securing financing. Cost $25. Workbook provided. Preregistration required. Register at eci-score.org. Information and registration at eci-score.org or call East Central Illinois SCORE at 359-1791.
Saturday, Jan. 26
'Financing a Small Business' seminar. 9 to 11:30 a.m., Champaign County Chamber of Commerce, 303 W. Kirby Ave., C. Overview of startup financing for a business. Content includes business requirements, preparation needed and sources of capital. Sponsored by East Central Illinois SCORE. Cost $25. Workbook provided. Preregistration required. Information and registration at eci-score.org or call East Central Illinois SCORE at 359-1791.
University of Illinois Small Farms Webinar Series. Online, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 10-31, Feb. 7-28 and March 7-28, and from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5. Or attend at Champaign County Extension office, 801 N. Country Fair Drive, Suite D, C. Jan. 17: "Strawberry Production." Jan. 24: "Water Sanitation for Small Farms Produce." Jan. 31: "Wildlife Damage Control." Free. Register at: https://webs.extension.uiuc.edu/registration/default.cfm?RegistrationID=7543. To register for the series at the Extension office, call 333-7672 at least one week prior to the session.
Toast of Champaign Toastmasters. Noon to 1 p.m. every Thursday, Champaign Public Library, Room 215 (upstairs), 200 W. Green St. Learn to speak in front of groups. For anyone interested in beginning, developing or simply working on their communication skills. Guests are welcome to attend any meeting. Also, visit the McKinley Toastmasters Club, 6:15 p.m., first four Thursdays of the month, also at the library.
Food service sanitation manager's course. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 21 and 23, ILEAS Training Center, 1701 E. Main St., U. Exam, 9 to 11 a.m. Jan. 28. Course for those needing Department of Public Health recertification, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 23. Cost: $120 for certification class including text and exam; ServSafe exam at additional fee; $60 for recertification class including text. Both classes also available online. To register, contact Sue Summerville, 684-2435.
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