RI Extension has something for everyone

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

University of Illinois Extension, Rock Island County has plenty of fun educational programs and events to keep adults and youth active and warm inside this winter!

From cooking to art appreciation, fitness to youth classes, a trivia fund-raiser to several lunch and learn programs, there is something for everyone! Classes take place at University of Illinois Extension, Rock Island County, 321 West 2nd Ave., Milan, unless noted.

To register, go online to www.yourextension.org or call (309) 756-9978 Ext 10. University of Illinois Extension offers equal opportunities in programming and employment.

Experience a day of amazing workshops at this premiere gardening symposium!

Nursery School: Lessons in gardening, Sat, Feb. 27, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., iwireless Center, Moline. Now in its 14th year, Nursery School is recognized as one of the Quad Cities premiere gardening symposiums!

University of Illinois Extension, Rock Island County Master Gardeners bring together renowned local and regional horticulture experts to provide 15 different workshops on diverse topics. This includes continental breakfast, sit-down luncheon, afternoon snacks, handouts and outstanding lessons. Shop from gardening vendors and have a chance to win fabulous door prizes! Nursery School is the perfect opportunity to reconnect with friends and get re-inspired for another successful gardening season!

Register online by Feb. 18 at www.yourextension.org.

Rock Island County Extension offers Tai Chi, 7 p.m. Tuesdays now through Feb. 23.

Get introduced to Tai Chi through the Five Elements form and Qi Gong exercises. Using music and poetic imagery as your guide, you will learn to move gently and fluidly as you improve balance, concentration, and experience renewed energy and vitality!

Art Appreciation for Everyone! Saturdays, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Jan. 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20

Come to Rock Island County Extension on Saturday afternoons to learn about famous artists and art movements throughout history in a relaxed and thoughtful environment.  No slide memorization or tests, instead you'll enjoy a lecture and then a beginner friendly project based on the day's lesson.

Weekly topics include:

Feb. 6- Impressionism, Post Impressionism, Fauves, Cubism

Feb. 13- Dadaism, Surrealism, Mexican Muralists, WPA Artists, Regionalist;

Feb. 20-Abstract Expressionism, Modernism, Pop Art, Contemporary Art.

Slow Cooking Thursday, Feb. 16, 1:30-3 p.m. or 5:30-7 p.m.

Do you have a slow cooker/crockpot in your kitchen or storage that you aren't using to your best advantage? If so, this workshop is for you! Get ideas and recipes on how you can use the slow cooker to help prepare nutritious meals. Enjoy samples of the variety of recipes.

Comfort Foods-Tuesday, Feb. 9, 16, 23, 1:30-3:30 or 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Emotionally significant, comfort foods are a salve for the soul in ways that go beyond enjoyment of the food alone. Join us as we explore, cook and eat our way through these favored meals.

Healthy Heart, Healthy YOU Saturday, Feb. 13, 9 a.m.-Noon

February is heart health month. Changing the way we cook our food can have a dramatic effect on our health. Discover how heart healthy cooking tips and tricks can turn you into a healthy cook extraordinaire! Recipes & samples.

For youth and families

Youth and their parents are invited to make their Saturday super as they explore one subject in depth and create a hands-on, make and take project! Each program runs from 9 a.m.-Noon, includes all supplies. Half-fee tuition waivers are available. Great for youth ages nine and up. Parents/families are encouraged to participate together. Youth ages 5-8 can attend with an adult.

Baking from the Heart Saturday, Feb. 6-Baking from the Heart, 9 a.m. - Noon.

Learn to bake and decorate tasty treats to give your loved ones for Valentine's Day! In this hands-on baking class, youth will get to learn how to make a variety of special sweets, cakes and candies. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend. Children ages 9 and older are welcome without a guardian. Youth ages 5-8 should be accompanied by an adult. Includes treats to take home. Half-fee tuition waivers are available.

Saturday, Feb. 20 - Nature and Electricity Project Day - 9 a.m. - Noon.

Come ready to create an exciting project in the fields of nature or electricity. Team members from Living Lands and Waters will be on hand to share exciting stories and information about their river cleanup efforts.  After presentations, youth will get to develop their own project in nature or electricity. This is a great opportunity for to prepare a science fair project or for those involved in 4-H Clubs to prepare a project for the fair. There is a nominal cost which includes supplies.

Saturday, Feb. 27 - First Aid for Kids - 9 a.m. - Noon

With help from the Red Cross, students will learn the first aid basics and create a first-aid kit to take home.  Great for babysitters, or scouts working on their badges. There is a nominal cost which includes supplies.    

SPECIAL EVENTS:

Rock Island County Extension Foundation will Hold 2nd Annual Trivia Lovers Fundraiser on Valentine's Day, Sunday, Feb. 14 at the Milan Community Center.

Are you looking for something fun and unique to do this Valentine's Day? Gather your friends and loved ones to form a team of eight for the Rock Island County Extension & 4-H Education Foundation's 2nd Annual "Green" Trivia fundraiser from 1-5 p.m. at the Milan Community Center. The event supports the "green" environmental, horticulture and agriculture programs offered by Rock Island County Extension; from the Homegrown Challenge purposeful gardening programs to the new Wednesday Farmer's Market coming to the Milan Extension office this summer, Rock Island County Extension is committed to helping the local community grow in their knowledge and opportunities in these areas.

Trivia MC Anthony Peoples, NewsChannel 8 meteorologist, will ask questions in a variety of categories: movies, music, sports, "green" environment, foods, TV Trivia, general, famous lovers, Presidents and general knowledge. The winning team will go home with $100.  Doors open at noon, game starts at 1 p.m. There will be a complimentary taco bar and free popcorn. Cash bar will be available. No outside snacks are allowed. Teams are encouraged to have a member decorate their table in a nature theme and one talented table decorator will be awarded a gardening-inspired prize basket valued at $100! In honor of Valentine's Day, a dessert silent auction will be held.  Winners will be announced at intermission so they can share their delicious desserts with their team members during the final rounds of the game.  Businesses or individuals interested in donating a dessert to the Silent Auction should contact Becky at (309) 756-9978 Ext 12.

There is a cost to attend the Valentine's Day Trivia fundraiser. For more information or to register, call Rock Island County Extension at (309) 756-9978 Ext 10 or online at www.yourextension.org.