Monday, March 4
'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"; "How Much Can You Pay for a House?" Free. Call Michelle Stallmeyer at Habitat for Humanity, 819-5113, to register.
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 Tuesday. Register at http://web. extension.illinois.edu/cfiv or contact Aimee Chandler at 815-268-4051 or email@example.com.
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.
Monday, March 11
'Getting a Mortgage Loan.' 6 p.m., Habitat for Humanity, 119 E. University Ave., C. Topics in this 2013 home ownership community education class include: "Who Can Get a Mortgage Loan?"; "How Much Will a Lender Lend to You?"; "Working With a Lender"; and "Your Rights as a Loan Customer." Free. Call Michelle Stallmeyer at Habitat for Humanity, 819-5113, to register.
Wednesday, March 13
'Shopping for a Home.' 6 p.m., Habitat for Humanity, 119 E. University Ave., C. Topics in this 2013 homeownership community education class include: timeline and steps in the homebuying process; types of homes and ownership; purchase and sale; escrow explained; and what to expect at closing. Free. Call Michelle Stallmeyer at Habitat for Humanity, 819-5113, to register.
Thursday, March 14
'Starting A Small Business' seminar. 3 to 5:30 p.m., Champaign County Chamber of Commerce, 303 W. Kirby Ave., C. For first-time entrepreneurs and those growing small businesses. Seminar is an overview of the advantages, hazards and requirements of starting a small business. Workshop offered monthly. Sponsored by East Central Illinois SCORE. Cost: $25; series of three, $60. Workbook provided. Registration required. Information at eci.score.org or call 359-1791.
'One-on-One Computer Basics.' 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, through May 29, Douglass Branch Library, 504 E. Grove St., C. All skill levels are welcome to drop in for one-on-one computer instruction. Get free help with your questions about the Internet, email, resumes and more. Volunteers provided by Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois. Individual computer instruction from library staff is also available by appointment. Call the library, 403-2090.
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.
UI Small Farms Webinar Series. Online, continues 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursdays, March 7-28. Or participants may attend at Champaign County Extension office, 801 N. Country Fair Drive, Suite D, C. March 7: "Farm-to-School Sales — What's Involved?" March 14: "Beneficial Insects." March 21: "Weed Control in Pastures." 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 and 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.
Food service sanitation manager's course. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 18 and 20, ILEAS Training Center, 1701 E. Main St., U. Exam, 9 to 11 a.m. March 25. Course is for people needing the Department of Public Health recertification, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 20. 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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