Wednesday, Feb. 20
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.
Thursday, Feb. 21
Eastern Illinois Safety Network. 7:30 to 10 a.m., Urbana Country Club, 100 E. Country Club Road, U. Seminar/workshop: Dr. Philbert Chen, medical director of Community Partners Health Plan, consultant for P3 Consulting and physician in Occupational Medicine Department of Carle Physicians Group, on "The Effect of Age and Overtime on Employees." Food and networking, 7:30 to 8 a.m.; presentation, 8 to 10 a.m. Two continuing education units available. Cost $10 for nonmembers; members, free. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, Feb. 22
Ford-Iroquois Extension Ag Day. 9 a.m., Christ Lutheran High School, 201 W. Lincoln Ave., Buckley. Renamed "Aimee Chandler Ag Day" to honor Chandler's dedication to agriculture, 4-H and Ag in the Classroom efforts for the past 10 years. She is leaving University of Illinois Extension, Ford-Iroquois, this spring. Speakers will cover topics including agronomic issues, weather, crop insurance, grain marketing, herbicide carryover, BT corn, rootworm resistance and FFA topics. Iroquois Memorial Hospital will present an alternative program on heart health. Blood pressure screening, 8 to 9 a.m. Refreshments and lunch. Registration, 8:30 a.m. Free. Call 815-268-4051.
Saturday, Feb. 23
'Writing A Small Business Plan' workshop. 9 to 11:30 a.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. For more information, call East Central Illinois SCORE at 359-1791.
Thursday, Feb. 28
'FAST Training 2013: Develop a New Set of Tools for Your Farm.' 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Champaign County UI Extension, 801 N. Country Fair Drive, C. Make informed decisions using your computer and spreadsheet tools developed by members of the UI farmdoc team. Morning session covers producers' crop insurance options using the 2013 Crop Insurance Decision Tool. Afternoon session covers the use of Extension's updated Balance Sheet Tool. Cost $85; includes lunch, one-year FAST tools update subscription service and program descriptions binder. Register by Thursday. Contact Ryan Batts, UI Extension, at 333-1817 or email@example.com.
Monday, March 4
'Food Safety on the Farm.' 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Champaign County Extension Office, 801 N. Country Fair Drive, Suite D, C. Good Agricultural Practices workshop, offered by UI Extension, will equip producers with the knowledge to put together a written food safety plan. Topics: post-harvest produce handling, water quality and testing, auditing farms for food safety, soil and manure management, and worker health and hygiene. Check-in, 8:30 a.m. Registration fee $10; includes lunch. To register, go to http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cfiv/index.html or call 333-7672.
Tuesday, March 5
Reception for speaker. 5:30 to 7 p.m., K.C. Summers Toyota Building, 117 S. 19th St., Mattoon. Meet the keynote speaker for the Energy Innovation Conference on March 6 at Lake Land College: Bob Dixson, mayor of Greensburg, Kan. After a 2007 tornado demolished the town, the community is rebuilding, using sustainable building, renewable energy and green technologies. Free. To register, go to http://www.energyconf.org.
Wednesday, March 6
'Get Control of Email and Get Organized.' 8 a.m. to noon, Parkland Business and Community Education, 1315 N. Mattis Ave., C. Discover how to get more done; increase productivity by eliminating unnecessary email; organize your inbox; and create effective messages. Class fee $185. Register by Wednesday. Call Parkland, 351-2235.
Lake Land College Energy Innovation Conference. 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., West Building of Lake Land College, Mattoon. Breakout sessions related to sustainable energy practices including geothermal heating, solar and wind energy, technician and job training. Also, a high school energy fair and a student film-short competition. Registration, 7:45 a.m. Free. To register, visit http://www.energyconf.org.
UI Small Farms Webinar Series. Online, continues 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 14-28 and March 7-28. Or attend at Champaign County Extension office, 801 N. Country Fair Drive, Suite D, C. Feb. 21: "Seed Saving." Feb. 28: "Managing Crop Rotations in High Tunnels." 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 before the session.
Beginner Chinese for Business. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 27 to April 17, Parkland Business and Community Education, 1315 N. Mattis Ave., C. Learn basic Mandarin Chinese speaking skills, vocabulary and grammar while you develop your ability to speak Chinese when conducting business in China. Discuss typical business etiquette and customs. Class fee $205. Register by Wednesday. Call Parkland, 351-2235.
Items for the Business Calendar may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Don Dodson, The News-Gazette, P.O. Box 677, Champaign, IL 61824-0677.