Each month, we host a variety of events for adults, including book discussions, movie events, crafting, computer classes, tasting events, and so much more! If you have any questions about our adult programs or ideas for future programs, please contact Catherine Bailey at 217-342-2464, ext. 409.
The learning doesn’t end with the event, check below for handouts and other information from past events.
Medicare 101 – Deb Stone, Information and Assistance Specialist from Heartland Human Services was here to explain the Medicare choices and decisions you have.
Date: Tuesday, October 13; Presenter: Deb Stone from Heartland Human Services; Info: Medicare 101 Presentation
The Joys and Challenges of Eating Locally and Seasonally – Mrs. Niemann explained the importance of eating locally and seasonally and how to go about doing that. This program was brought to us by the Illinois Stewardship Alliance as part of their Farmer Speaker Bureau.
Date: Thursday, June 4, 2015; Presenter: Deborah Niemann, Antiquity Oaks Farm; Information: Eating Seasonally and Locally PowerPoint Presentation; www.thriftyhomesteader.com
Healthy Habits of a Lasting Relationship – Judy Latta spoke to us about how to culture a relationship with our loved one that will stand the test of time.
Cottage Food Law – Want to produce and sell something at your local farmers market? Learn about labeling, licensing and what you can and cannot produce and sell at a farmers market.
Organic Vs. Non-Organic – Learn what constitutes organic produce, meat, dairy and eggs. Date: Monday, February 23, 2015; Presenter: Jamie Washburn, University of Illinois Extension; Info: Coming Soon
Intro to Geocaching – Nancy Ladendecker, geocacher with 10 years of experience, introduced us to geocaching and we located a cache on HML property. Date: Saturday, January 10, 2015 Presenter: Nancy Ladendecker Info: Geocaching 101 H
omemade Yogurt – Dr. Naddaf taught us how to make yogurt, kefir and greek yogurt at home. Date: Monday, December 8, 2014; Presenter: Dr. Naddaf; Info: Homemade Yogurt Presentation
eBay Basics – Experienced eBay sellers Stephanie Rieman and Brian Milleville shared tips, tricks and pitfalls to avoid when selling on eBay. Date: September 8, 2014; Presenter: Stephanie Rieman and Brian Milleville; Info: Welcome to the Wonderful World of eBay
Penguin Random House New Books Presentation – A presentation on new and upcoming book releases from the Penguin Group. Like movie previews but for books! Date: September 4, 2014; Presenter: Jon Mooney, Penguin Books; Info: New Books Presentation
Sculpture Walk – The Effingham Convention and Visitors Bureau again lead us on a walking tour of some of the Sculptures on the Avenues. Date: July 21, 2014; Presenter: Presentation compiled by Mrs. Thomas’s Central School class; Info: Sculpture Presentation Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
Time Management – Debby Cook from Life Links in Mattoon shared her favorite methods for being efficient and organized. Date: Thursday, July 10, 2014; Presenter: Debby Cook; Info: Work Smarter, Not Harder
Stress Proof Your Family – Dr. Abbie Ballard from Ballard Family Chiropractic shared ways to ensure we’re taking the best care of our families through the fun, hectic summer. Date: Wednesday, June 18, 2014; Presenter: Dr. Abbie Ballard; Info: Get a Grip on Stress Presentation
Pause to Read Product Labels – Anneke (Wolff) Hudson, co-owner of Olivia Tree, taught us about which chemicals in our home and personal products we should steer clear of and why. Date: June 12, 2014; Presenter: Anneke Hudson; Info: http://www.oliviatree.com/products.html
Grant Writing for Nonprofits – Johnna Schultz, Adult Services Manager, walked us through the grant writing process and shared tips for finding donors in our area. Date: April 16, 2014; Presenter: Johnna Schultz; Info: Grant Writing for Nonprofits
Sitting Still Like a Frog – Amy Guy presented tips for teaching children (and ourselves) mindfulness. Based on the book, Sitting Still Like a Frog. Date: Tuesday, April 8; Presenter: Amy Guy, The Wellness Loft Suggested Reading: Sitting Still Like a Frog by Eline Snel Mindful Monkey, Happy Panda by Lauren Alderfer and Kerry Lee MacLean You Are Not Your Thoughts by Brian Despard and Joanne Despard Visiting Feelings by Lauren Rubenstein What Does It Mean to be Present by Rana DiOrio and Eliza Wheeler A Handful of Quiet by Thich Nhat Hanh and Wietske Vriezen Peaceful Piggy Meditation by Kerry Lee Maclean and Kerry Maclean
Bread Machine Baking – Rosie Gibbons shared some of her favorite bread machine recipes and tips. Date: Monday, April 7, 2014; Presenter: Rosie Gibbons, Siemer Milling Company; Info: Recipes and Bread Machine Tips
Travel with a Purpose Open House – Representatives from various mission and secular groups presented information about past and upcoming trips. Date: Saturday, March 22, 2014; Info: Effingham Daily News article; Groups:
- Africa Sun Volunteering – Volunteer to work in either animal sanctuaries (cheetah, elephant, bird, etc.) or in a children’s home in South Africa. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Rob Davies locally at (217) 343-5102.
- Carol Toney – Mission trips taken usually during the first quarter of the year. Contact Carol Toney at email@example.com.
- Feed the Crave – Contact Andrew Bloemker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- H.O.W. (Helping Orphans and Women) Jewelry – Michelle Outman, email@example.com or Debby Sefton, firstname.lastname@example.org. Also on Facebook.
- Packed with Purpose – 2015 mission trip to San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Contact Jill Jones (217) 343-8856 or Tony MuÃ±oz (504) 715-0133.
- Travel Quarters – Collette Vacations offers one day foundation visits at destinations all over the world. Contact Ellen Westendorf at (217) 347-0522 or email@example.com.
Food Preservation – Dr. Naddaf taught us how to save the healthfulness and taste of delicious summer fruits and vegetables with her favorite food preservation techniques. Date: Thursday, March 20, 2016; Presenter: Dr. Naddaf; Info: Natural Food Preservation Presentation
Composting – Jamie Washburn, Small Farms and Local Foods Educator from the University of Illinois Extension, taught us the ins and outs of composting. Date: Thursday, March 13, 2014; Presenter: Jamie Washburn, University of Illinois Extension; Info: Presentation Slides 1 to 6 Slides 7 to 12 Slides 13 to 25 Slides 26 to 30
Human Trafficking – Anne Schomaker from the Set Free Movement out of Greenville, IL, gave us information about human trafficking worldwide and in America and shared with us ways to stop it. Date : Thursday, February 20, 2014; Presenter: Anne Schomaker, Set Free Movement, Greenville, IL; Info: Set Free Presentation
Book Discussion – Orange is the New Black: My year in a women’s prison by Piper Kerman. The first book in our Uncorked book discussion series held at Village Wine Shop in downtown Effingham. Date: Monday, January 27, 2014; Info: Interview with Piper Kerman, Reading Guide, Book Review
New Books for 2014 – Jon Mooney from Penguin Books gave us a sneak peek at great new reads coming out this winter and spring. Date: Thursday, January 23, 2014; Presenter: Jon Mooney from Penguin Books; Information: Penguin New Releases Winter Spring 2014
Memory Loss – For World Alzheimer’s Month Trisha Katt shared the importance of memory: how the mind remembers, what can go wrong and how to care for those who have memory impairments. Date: Thursday, September 19, 2013; Presenter: Trisha Katt, Heartland Human Services Caregiver Advisor; Info: Memory Loss Presentation
What’s the Deal With…Fracking – The University of Illinois Extension Fracking Task Force presented an unbiased look at fracking, a controversial method of extracting oil and natural gas. Date: Thursday, September 12, 2013; Presenters: U of I Extension Fracking Task Force Members; Info: Fracking Presentation Part 1 & Part 2
Juicing for Your Health – Linda Ditzler, R.N., a holistic nutritionist, educator and nurse, taught us how to unlock the nutrient power of fresh vegetable juices. Date: Monday, September 9, 2013; Presenter: Linda Ditzler, R.N.; Info: Juicing Presentation
Pinterest 101 – Learn the basics for getting started on Pinterest. Date: Thursday, August 15, 2013; Presenter: Joanna Davies, HML Staff; Info: Pinterest Presentation (updated)
What’s the Deal With…The Injustice System – Ryan Ervin, adjunct professor at Lakeland College, lead us in a discussion of the justice system in America. Date: Thursday, August 8, 2013; Presenter: Ryan Ervin; Websites: Bureau of Justice Statistics, The Innocence Project, Rights of the Accused (an overview), Landmark Supreme Court Cases
Butterfly Release/130th Birthday – Helen Matthes Library turned 130 years old this year and to celebrate we had a birthday party complete with cupcakes, singing and a butterfly release. Date: Tuesday, July 30, 2013; Info: Butterfly farm from where we purchased our butterflies – Swallowtail Farms, Inc.
Sulpture Walk II – Helen Matthes Library and the Effingham Convention and Visitors Bureau once again lead participants on a walking tour of some of the sculptures in downtown Effingham. Date: Monday, July 15, 2013; Presenters: Joanna Davies, HML Staff & Abbey DePoister, ECVB; Info: Sculptures on the Avenues Presentation
South Africa Travelogue – Robert and Joanna Davies walked us through the ins and outs of traveling in South Africa. Date: Thursday, July 11, 2013; Presenters: Robert and Joanna Davies; Info: Traveling In South Africa
What’s the Deal With…The Middle East – Ryan Ervin, Adjunct History Professor at Lakeland, lead us in a discussion about issues in the Middle East. Date: Tuesday, July 9, 2013; Presenter: Ryan Ervin; Info: