The University of Illinois announces additional, general subject webinars to the public in April.

Caregiver Self-Care: Overcoming the Challenges of Caregiving, April 2 – We all know someone who is providing care for someone else. It is a rewarding experience for most, but caregivers experience many difficult emotions and losses along their journey. This workshop will focus on overcoming the challenges of caregiving and will examine how to identify and prevent caregiver stress and techniques for self-care. Presented by Cheri Burcham and Tessa Hobbs-Curley.

Simplify Your Life by Clearing the Clutter, April 9 – Does the clutter in your house cause you stress? Is the mess starting fights with family members? Are you too overwhelmed to know where to start? If this

sounds like you or someone you know, join us to learn strategies, develop a plan to organize your life and reduce stress. Presented by Molly Hofer and Chelsey Byers.

Who Gets Grandma’s Pie Plate, April 16 – It’s a touchy subject, but have you ever considered where your valued possessions will end up? This session features information about the importance of including personal title and non-titled property as part of estate and inheritance planning. Explore strategies for speaking with family members about distributing family items with emotional and sentimental value and preventing family conflict. Presented by Chelsey Byers and Molly Hofer.

Being Mindful During Difficult Times, April 23 – During times of stress, our mental, emotional and physical health can suffer as we disconnect from life. Mindfulness is the act of actively paying attention to the present moment. The simple practice of being present can make life more enjoyable and reduce stress. Participants will explore the benefits of mindfulness meditation and learn techniques that reduce stress and increase life satisfaction. Presented by Karla Belzer and Cheri Burcham.

Someday is Today – Live Your Bucket List, April 30 – Do you have personal goals that always end up on the back burner because “life happens?” If you say “I’ll get to that someday,” and “when things slow down,” on a regular basis, then you need to work on your bucket list. The point of a bucket list is to help you live your life to the fullest by reaching all of your goals. Join us to learn how to create a bucket list and set exciting goals to pursue your interests and fulfill your dreams. Presented by Karla Belzer and Cheri Burcham.

The University of Illinois Extension Nutrition & Wellness program encourages individuals, families and communities to live healthier through online and in-person skill sharing. Learn about managing diabetes, safely preserving foods, being food-safe at home and making healthier choices when shopping, cooking and meal planning. More information is available at go.illinois.edu/dmp or find us on Facebook or Twitter @uie_DMP.

 

Food safety seminars

Get ready for summer produce by learning how to preserve food safely with University of Illinois Extension. Nutrition & Wellness Educator Caitlin Mellendorf will teach the basics of home food preservation and provide the latest safety guidelines.

Kick off the canning season with virtual or in-person classes. Learn the science behind food preservation and safe canning in the series Preserving Practice. In-person classes will practice hands-on water-bath canning and take home the products they make.

Webinars are free, and in-person classes are $15 to cover the cost of materials. Sign up in advance at go.illinois.edu/dmp. The Macon County Extension Office is located at 3351 N. President Howard Brown Blvd. in Decatur and the DeWitt County Office is at 8425 Katie Road in Clinton.

 

Jams and Jellies

–7-8 p.m. May 6, online webinar. Register by May 5.

–10 – 11 a.m. May 14, online webinar. Register by May 13.

 

Tomatoes and Tomato Products

–6-8 p.m. June 9 at the Macon County Extension Office. Register by June 5.

–6-8 p.m. June 23 at the DeWitt County Extension Office. Register by June 18.

 

Pickles and Pickle Products

–6-8 p.m. July 7 at the DeWitt County Extension Office. Register by July 3.

–10 a.m. - noon July 15 at the Macon County Extension Office. Register by July 10.

Illinois Extension’s Nutrition & Wellness program encourages individuals, families and communities to live healthier through online and in-person skill sharing. Learn about managing diabetes, being foodsafe at home and making healthier choices when shopping, cooking and meal planning.