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 University of Illinois Extension, will equip producers with the knowledge to write a 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.
'Are You Ready to Buy a Home?' 6 p.m., Habitat for Humanity, 119 E. University Ave., C. Topics in this 2013 homeownership community education class include: "How Do You Buy a Home?"; "Mortgage Payment and Other Costs of Ownership"; and "How Much Can You Pay for a House?' Free. Call Michelle Stallmeyer at Habitat for Humanity, 819-5113, to register.
Tuesday, March 5
Reception for speaker. 5 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
Ford-Iroquois Extension Ag Breakfast. 7 a.m., Ford-Iroquois Extension office, 912 W. Seminary Ave., Onarga. Jean Payne, president of the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association, will speak on "What is Agriculture Doing to Address Nutrient Issues?" Reservations required by noon March 5. Register at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cfiv or contact Aimee Chandler at 815-268-4051 or email@example.com.
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.
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.
'Managing Your Money/Understanding Credit.' 6 p.m., Habitat for Humanity, 119 E. University Ave., C. Topics in this 2013 homeownership community education class include: getting started with making a plan for your money; developing a spending plan to meet your goals; the importance of saving; credit scores and credit ratings; and improving your credit record. Free. Call Michelle Stallmeyer at Habitat for Humanity, 819-5113, to register.
UI Small Farms Webinar Series. Online, continues 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 28 and March 7-28. Or attend at Champaign County Extension office, 801 N. Country Fair Drive, Suite D, C. Feb. 28: "Managing Crop Rotations in High Tunnels." March 7: "Farm to School Sales — What's Involved?" March 14: "Beneficial Insects." 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.
Food service sanitation manager's certification course. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 12 and 14, Round Barn Banquet Centre, 1900 Round Barn Road, C. Also, a renewal course, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 14. Course fee: $125 for full course; includes book and exam. Renewal fee of $60 includes book. Call Corporate Training Center, 800-705-8204, to register.
'Energy Efficiency in Manufacturing.' Three-course series. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 12, 27 and April 24, Parkland College Business and Community Education, 1315 N. Mattis Ave., C. Course one, "Effective Maintenance and Reliability Best Practices." Course two, "Introduction to Maintenance Planning and Scheduling." Course three, "Introduction to Preventive and Predictive Maintenance." Free. For details, contact Jessie McClusky-Gilbert at 353-2102 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To register, visit igencc.org/temt.
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