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.
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. Date: Thursday, March 12, 2015 Presenter: Judy Latta MS, LCPC; The Wellness Loft Information: Healthy Habits List 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. Date: Thursday, March 5, 2014 Presenter: Jamie Washburn, University of Illinois Extension Info: Cottage Food Law Information 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 Instagram – Learn the basics of Instagram with professional photographer, Kate Key. Date: Thursday, February 12, 2015 Presenter: Kate Key Info: Instagram Powerpoint 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 Homemade 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Feed the Crave – Contact Andrew Bloemker at email@example.com.
- H.O.W. (Helping Orphans and Women) Jewelry – Michelle Outman, firstname.lastname@example.org or Debby Sefton, email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Sculpture 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: 1. The Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom: http://www.heritage.org/index/