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UPCOMING EVENTS AND MEETINGS

PAUL OSBORNE, EDITOR 

Basic Computer Classes At DMCOC Starting April 30

    Decatur-Macon County Oppor-tunities Corporation (DMCOC), is sponsoring classes for low-income persons interested in obtaining basic computer skills.
    The next class will begin April 30 and will meet 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays for four weeks. Classes will end Wednesday, May 23.
    The training will include instruction in keyboarding, computer basics, using the Internet, Windows 10, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. Certificates of Achievement will be awarded once the training has been completed.
    There is no charge for the training.  However, potential students must meet income eligibility guidelines, which will vary depending on family size. For a family of three, income cannot exceed $6,494 (gross) for the past 90 days.    To apply, contact DMCOC at 428-0155 for an appointment.
    Appointments will be taken any time before the first day of class. Seats will be filled on a first come/first served basis.    
    Funding for these classes is provided through the Community Services Block Grant.    

Volunteer Open House At Old King’s Orchard Community Center May 5

    Old King’s Orchard Community Center (OKOCC) is located at 815 N Church St in the inner-city of Decatur.     Saturday, May 5 at 11 AM - 1 PM the Community Center is hosting a Volunteer Open House.  (217) 428-2782 for more information. 
    People interested in volunteering are invited to attend to learn more about the center and their programs.         OKOCC is looking for individuals or groups to share their talents and time at the Center. Light snacks will be served.
    The mission of the OKOCC is to provide a safe, healthy environment that offers opportunities for families to improve their quality of life.  
    It is a 501(c)3.


Registration Is Open For Scovill Zoo’s Summer Camps And Classes


    Registration is now open for Scovill Zoo’s summer zoo camps and classes.
    Youth aged 3-17 will discover the wild side of education with Zoo Buddies classes, Critter Tales, Zoo Kids, Zoo Camp, Zoo Crew, Zoo Safari, and Zoo Teens I/II.
    First sessions will begin in June and classes/camps will extend through late July.
    To preregister, go online at www.decaturpark.org, call 421-7435, or visit Scovill Zoo at 71 S. County Club Road.

Decatur Park District Announces 
Ladies Only Golf Clinic


    The Decatur Park District golf pros will host a Ladies Only Golf Clinic featuring one-on-one assistance and refreshments. Sessions will be held on Thursday, May 17-31 from 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at Hickory Point Golf Club, located at 727 West Weaver Road In Forsyth. The clinic is for ladies age 21+. Fee will be $35 ($30 with resident discount). 
    Register on line at Decatur-parks.org.

Spaghetti Dinner At 
Prairie Avenue Christian Church April 28


    Prairie Avenue Christian Church, located at 2201 East Prairie in Decatur, will have a fundraiser on Saturday, April 28. A spaghetti dinner will be served from 11:00 a.m.-2 p.m. and will cost $6.00 per person. Desserts will be available to purchase from Boy Scout Troop 91.
    Proceeds from the dinner will be used to redecorate the church nursery.

Edwards Chapter #399 NARFE To Meet May 2

    The Edwards Chapter #399, NARFE, National Active & Retired Federal Employees, will meet at 1PM, Wed, May 2nd at Clare's Restaurant, 2502 E William St., Decatur.
    They will not have an outside speaker.  Instead, they will be working on finalizing items for the Illinois Federation Convention which is scheduled for May 16-18 at Decatur Conference Center & Hotel.
    All federal employees, retirees, spouses & survivor annuitants are eligible for membership and encouraged to attend the meeting.  Guests are always welcome.
    Call Ilene McQuality, 217-429-1367, with questions or for information.


Stephen Decatur Masonic Lodge 
To Host Blood Drive May 4

    Stephen Decatur Masonic Lodge will host a community blood drive on Friday, May 4. The drive will be held from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. in meeting rooms 100 and 101 at the Decatur Civic Center, One Gary K. Anderson Plaza, Decatur.
    To donate, contact Anthony Brent at (217) 836-5652 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 60845 to located the drive.
    Potential donors must be at least 17 years of age (16 with parental permission form available through www.bloodcenter.org) and weigh more than 110 pounds.  A photo identification is required to donate. For questions about eligibility, call Central Illinois Community Blood Center at (800) 747-5401. 
    Donors who last gave blood on or before March 9, 2018 are eligible to give at this drive. 
    Blood donation is a safe, simple procedure that takes about 45 minutes to one hour. Individuals with diabetes or controlled high blood pressure may be accepted as eligible donors.

Decatur Police Department To Dispose Of Unwanted

Prescription Drugs On April 28

    On Saturday, April 28, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. the Decatur Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 15th opportunity in 7 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring pills for disposal to the Decatur Police Department at 707 W. South Side Dr., Decatur, IL. (THE DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
    Last fall Americans turned in 456 tons (912,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,300 sites operated by the DEA and almost 4,300 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 14 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in more than 9 million pounds — more than 4,500 tons — of pills.
    This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines — flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash — both pose potential safety and health hazards.
    For additional information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 28 Take Back Day event, go to www.DEATakeBack.com.

Master Gardener Plant Sale At Macon County Fairgrounds May 5

    Do you need annuals, native plants, perennials, vegetable plants or herbs for your garden, yard or flowerpots? If so, join the Macon County Master Gardeners at the 2018 Plant Sale on Saturday, May 5. Choose from a wide variety of plants for your yard or garden from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Macon County Fairgrounds located at 3700 N. Westlawn Ave., Decatur.
    The Macon County Master Gardener Plant Sale has something for every gardener and space. Offerings include a large collection of annuals, Master Gardener shared perennials, flowers, hundreds of hosta varieties, vegetable plants, heirloom tomato plants and a diverse selection of herbs from basil to lavender. The Glacier’s Edge Master Naturalists will also be selling native species of plants and new this year is a wide variety of succulents grown by the Decatur Correctional Center Master Gardeners.
    Shop early for the best selection of plants and great deals. Gently used gardening tools and supplies will be also available for purchase. For your convenience, they will accept cash or checks as payment. They cannot take credit card payments.
    This annual event helps support community projects and scholarships for Master Gardener training through University of Illinois Extension. For more information, contact Vasthi Schwarz at the Macon County Extension Office at 217.877.6042 or vasthis@illinois.edu.
    Master Gardeners volunteer their time and expertise by sharing their horticulture skills through community garden projects and educational outreach. To learn more, visit go.illinois.edu/dmp or like our Facebook page.

Decatur Park District Spring 
Dance Recital May 11, 12


    The Decatur Park District Dance Studio will celebrate 11 years of dance instruction with their students performing “The World of Dance!” on May 11 and 12. 
    Show times are 7:00 p.m. on May 11 and 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on May 12 at the Decatur Civic Center Theater.
    Performances will feature dance students aged three-adult and a special performance by the high school senior dancers.
    Tickets are $8 in advance before May 10 at the Decatur Park District Administrative Office, located at 620 E. Riverside Ave., or by calling 422-5911. Tickets are $10 at the door for reserved seating.






SAIL To Hold Workshop On Seniors

Controlling Their 
Assets April 26

    Soyland Access to Independent Living (SAIL) will host a free workshop featuring information about maintaining control of assets and other decisions faced by seniors in later life. The workshop will be held Thursday, April 26 from 10:30-12:00 noon at the SAIL office, located at 2449 E. Federal Drive in Park 101, Decatur.
    Speaker will be Decatur Attorney William Faber.
    Reservations are not required.
    For additional information, call SAIL at (217) 876-8888 or 1-800-358-8080.
    
Railroad Retirees 
To Meet May 2


    National Association of Retired and Veteran Railway Employees, Unit #77, Decatur, will meet Wednesday, May 2 at the VFW Hall on North Martin Luther King Drive. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. and the meeting will start at 10:00 a.m. Speaker will be Brandi Splitter, U. S. Railroad Retirement.
    All active and retired railroaders and their spouses, and all widows and widowers are invited and urged to attend.
    For additional information, call 864-3795.

Stephen Decatur Chapter Of DAR To Hold Chapter Meeting May 3

    The Stephen Decatur Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will hold a chapter meeting Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 1:00 P.M. inside St. Paul's Lutheran Church.
    Lola DeGroff will present, "The Revolutionary Intelligence".
    Hostesses are Jan Parsons, Chairman, Pauline Brown, Susan Dudra and Debbie Rankin.
    Guests are welcome.


Catholic Charities 4 Seasons Sale Shop Adds Saturday Hours

    Catholic Charities 4 Seasons Resale Shop, located at 2725 N. Water St. in Decatur, has added Saturday hours.
    Robin Murray, Catholic Charities Community Services Supervisor, said, “Our store has been in this location for a year and our customer base is growing strong. 
    As a result we have decided to open Saturdays 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. to better serve our new and existing customers.”
    The store is also open Monday and Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Wednesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    The store accepts donations of kitchenware, home décor, linens, gently used clothing and accessories, and furniture. 
    Donations are accepted Monday-Friday with drop off at the back of the store.
    All proceeds from the resale store will go to support the mission of Catholic Charities of helping those in need. Services include the food pantry, mobile food pantry, med assist/SHIP, counseling, senior service programs, legal services and more.
     The store also maintains a Facebook page with daily updates: Catholic Charities 4 Seasons Resale Shop.
    For additional information, call (217) 428-3458, extension 236.

Karaoke With Katy’ Senior Program At The Salvation Army April 27

    The Salvation Army Senior Program, “Karaoke with Katy” will be held Friday, April 27 at 11:00 a.m. at 229 W. Main, Decatur, for all seniors 50 and over.
    A $3 donation will be accepted at the door.
    Reply by Wednesday, April 25 by calling (217) 428-4672.


‘It’s A Spring Thing’ At Blue Mound Civic Center April 27, 28 

    “It’s a Spring Thing” will be held on Friday, April 27 from 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 28 from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m at the Blue Mound Civic Center, located at 551 N. Lewis Street in Blue Mound.
    The event will include 30+ vendors, direct sales representatives, and food.
    For additional information, contact Judy Dance at (217) 764-3505 or email pepsi lover64@yahoo.com




Decatur Memorial Hospital And Millikin University

To Host Blood Drives May 1 

    Decatur Memorial Hospital and Millikin University will host community blood drives on Tuesday, May 1.
    Decatur Memorial Hospital’s blood drive will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in classrooms at 2300 N. Edward Street, Decatur. To donate, contact Community Blood Center at (217) 241-7550 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 60703 to locate the drive.
    Millikin University’s blood drive will be held 1:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m., inside Richards Treat University Center at 1184 W. Main St., Decatur. To donate, contact Community Blood Center at (217) 241-7550 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 60674 to locate the drive.
    Potential donors must be at least 17 years of age (16 with parental permission form available through www.bloodcenter.org) and weigh more than 110 pounds.  A photo identification is required to donate. For questions about eligibility, call Central Illinois Community Blood Center at (800) 747-5401. 
    Donors who last gave blood on or before March 6, 2018 are eligible to give at these drives. 
    Blood donation is a safe, simple procedure that takes about 45 minutes to one hour. Individuals with diabetes or controlled high blood pressure may be accepted as eligible donors.


Schaub Floral Display Center’s Spring Plant 
Sales April 27, 28

  

    The Decatur Park District’s Schaub Floral Display Center will hold plant sales on April 27 and 28 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 
    Plants available for purchase are annuals, perennials, succulents, and tropical plants. 
    This fundraiser benefits the Park District’s horticulture department which plants and maintains flower beds in parks across the community.         

    The Schaub Floral Display Center is located at 3415 E. Lost Bridge Road.     For more information, call 421-7550.

Decatur Park District To Host Adult Softball Summer Leagues

    The Decatur Park District will host both competitive and recreational Adult Softball Summer Leagues at Rotary Park. 
    Leagues are offered for men, women, and coed teams at varying skill levels. Registration is open now through April 20 and the season begins April 30. 
    For details or to register, call the DISC at 429-3472.

Young Adult Writers Poetry Contest At Decatur

Public Library Through April

    April is National Poetry Month, and in celebration the Decatur Public Library is inviting young adult writers, ages 12-18, to submit their best original poetry in its contest. There are no limitations to poem structure: sonnet, limerick, haiku, free verse, concrete, acrostic and more are all acceptable.
    Poetry can be submitted from April 1st-30th. Include your name, age, school, and contact information.         Selected poems and prize winners will be announced mid-May, and some displayed on the library's website and social media pages.


Entry Forms Available 
For Illinois Emerging Writers Competition


    Entry forms are available for the 14th annual Illinois Emerging Writers Competition, according to Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White. Winners will receive the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award.
    “We created the Illinois Emerging Writers Competition to promote creative writing and provide an outlet for talented writers,” White said. “Great poems have the ability to enrich and enhance our lives, and I am looking forward to celebrating talented poets with this year’s competition.”
    The award is named in honor of the late Pulitzer Prize-winning Illinois Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Brooks, and is co-sponsored by the Illinois Center for the Book.
    The competition is open to Illinois residents age 18 and over. Entries must be postmarked by June 30, 2018. Cash prizes will be awarded for first ($500), second ($300) and third place ($100). Winning poems will be submitted for possible publication in the “Ninth Letter,” “RHINO” and “Quiddity” journals and “Poetic License Press” publications. Winners will read their poems at a ceremony later this year at the Illinois State Library in Springfield.
    Entry forms can be found at http://cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/center for the book.
    For additional information, contact Bonnie Mathews, Illinois Center for the Book Coordinator, at (217) 558-2065 or bmatheis@ilsos.net.


Decatur Family YMCA Accepting Petrowsky Scholarship Applications

    Applications are now being accepted for the Decatur Family YMCA Petrowsky Scholarship.
    In 2001, the YMCA Soccer Club established the Petrowsky Soccer Scholarship in memory of David Petrowsky. a friend and mentor to thousands of area youth as a coach and coordinator of the Decatur Family YMCA’s youth soccer program.
    Each year a scholarship is awarded to one male and female high school senior who participated in the YMCA soccer program.
    Applicants must complete an application form and write a maximum 500-word essay. Application deadline is April 9, 2018. The application form can be found at decaturymca.org.
    For more information contact Natalie Beck at natalie.beck@decaturymca.org or 217-872-3835, ext. 129.
    The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 22 million men, woman and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.

Decatur Christian School Announces Coming Events

    • Decatur Christian School enrollment is in progress for the 2018-2019 school year.  You can obtain enrollment forms from www.decaturchristian.net or in the school office located at 137 S. Grant St., Forsyth, IL 62535.  Kindergarten screenings are also being scheduled.  Call the school office with any questions, 877-5636.
     • Trivia Night/Dessert Auction will be held Friday, April 13, 2018 at 6:30pm.  The cost for trivia night is $10 per person.  Taco dinner will be served from 5:00-6:30 in the cafeteria. Meal cost is $7/person; $20/family; $5/Seniors 55+.  137 S. Grant St. Forsyth, IL 62535.  Phone 877-5636. 
    • The Decatur Christian School Spring drama production, “Much Ado About Nothing”, will take place on Friday and Saturday April 27-28 at Faith Baptist Church of South Shores.  Show time is 6:30pm.  Tickets will be available for purchase in the school office as of April 3, 2018.  The cost of tickets is $5 for adults and $3 for students. 
    • The Decatur Christian School will be offering a “Summer Hop” Program for ages 5-9.  The program will be held Monday-Friday for the month of June. 06/04/2018-06/29/2018.  All Summer Hop details and registration forms are available online at www.decaturchristian.net under the “information” tab. Registration cost goes up after May 3rd.


DMH Diabetes Education Center To Hold Free Monthly Support Groups

    The DMH Diabetes Education Center will begin hosting a new Diabetes Support group every third Wednesday of the month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., starting March 21 at a DMH Family Medicine, 4775 E. Maryland St., Decatur. Also, a daytime support group meets every third Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. to noon at the DMH Diabetes Education Center. The  2018 dates are March 21, April 18, May 16, June 20, July 18, August 15, September 19, October 17, November 21 and December 19.
    This monthly event is free and open to anyone interested in learning how to manage diabetes. Whether a person is newly diagnosed or has had diabetes for many years, the support group can help manage diabetes. Each meeting focuses on a different topic with opportunities to learn, share and ask questions.    Attendees will have the opportunity to hear educational presentations, gather information on a variety of topics related to diabetes and meet others who are also learning how to live with diabetes. Knowledge and support play a vital role in controlling diabetes. Topics include general diabetes information, acute and chronic complications, exercise, nutrition and sexuality, coping skills and problem solving.
    The DMH Diabetes Education Program is accredited by the American Diabetes Association. Register online at www.dmhcares.com or call the DMH Diabetes Education Center at (217) 876-2699.


Jane Frey Wil Be The Featured Artist For 
April At Gallery 510


     For the month of April, Gallery 510, located at 160 East Main Street in Decatur, will feature the work of oil painter, Jane Frey. Jane’s reception will be held April 6 during the First Friday Gallery Walk from 5:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Her talk will begin at 6:30 p.m.
    On the third floor of Madden Arts Center, Gallery 510 will host “Arts in Education Spring Show”, featuring work by area junior high and high school students. 
    The work will be on display through April 19. There will be ribbons awarded and People’s Choice voting during the show. A reception will be held 5:00-7:00 p.m. on April 6. Select pieces will be displayed for the remainder of April at the Decatur Public Library and at Richland’s Erlanson Art Gallery.
    There will be an exhibit by Beki Van Meter at the airport and Barbara Dove will have an exhibit at Wildflour and also at the Decatur Public Library.


Rock Springs Conservation Area

Hosting Summer 
Camps for 2018

    The Macon County Conserva-tion District is pleased to offer a variety of nature and history themed summer camps for children ages 1-15.  With the help of experienced staff, these camps have connected children with nature, encouraged exploration, and created lasting memories since 1982.  All camps meet at Rock Springs Conservation Area.  Online registration opens April 2 at maconcountyconservation.org. 
     Earth Adventures returns as a full-day, Monday-Friday nature camp, designed for ages 6-12.  Campers will explore science, nature, and history through outdoor activities.  Camp runs from June 4 through August 10.  You may sign up for any number of weeks, or join us all summer as we learn about “River Explorers.”      Earth Adventures runs weekdays, from 9am to 4pm, with before and after care available in the mornings from 7am to 9am and evenings from 4pm to 6pm.  A fee of $120/camper each week covers all activities and transportation for weekly field trips and swimming.  Any additional siblings in a family receive a discounted rate of $105/week.  Campers bring their own lunches.  Space is limited to 40 campers each week.
     If a full week of camp doesn’t fit your schedule, the Macon County Conservation District also offers Adventure Club.  In Adventure Club, children ages 5-12 join in on Earth Adventures activities on Tuesday mornings, from 9am-12pm for $12/camper each week.
     In celebration of the Illinois bicentennial, Pioneer Adventure Camp will explore Illinois history this summer, from June 21 through July 26.  This history-themed camp for ages 6-12 meets Thursday mornings, from 9am-12pm in Rock Springs Nature Center.  Campers will explore how Illinois has lived, worked, and played over the last 200 years.  A fee of $12/camper each week includes a camp t-shirt and all activities.
     Children ages 10-15 seeking more adventure can choose from four unique X-treme Camp day trips.  Day trips include canoeing (June 20), horseback riding and Gator Creek cruise (June 27), horseback riding and Mississippi Riverboat cruise (July 18), and a trip to St. Louis Science Center and Planetarium (July 25).  A fee of $60/camper for each trip covers the cost of all activities and transportation.
     Mini Camps are one hour long camps for children ages 1-5 with an adult buddy.  They are held all year.  In June and July, we’ll explore a different local plant or animal each week.  A fee of $6/camper covers all activities and a snack. 
     Find more information about each camp and register online at maconcountyconservation.org.  Conservation District staff are happy to answer your questions at 217-423-7708.
     Rock Springs Conservation Area is located on the southwestern edge of Decatur.  To get to Rock Springs from Decatur, go south on Route 48 and turn west onto Rock Springs Road or go south on Wyckles Road and turn east onto Rock Springs Road.  Watch for signs.  Plenty of parking is available.


The United Way Of 
Decatur And Mid-Illinois Needs Volunteers For 
Line Of Effort Panels

    The United Way of Decatur and Mid-Illinois community needs volunteers to serve on their Line of Effort panels. Their community investment approach continues to evolve. 
    This year they will look at programs in the following Lines of Effort: youth education; adult education; job skills training and income resilience; health; safety; and essential needs and program linkage. Community funds raised during the United Way campaign will be invested into the most effective, efficient, and integrated community programs.
    As in past years, volunteering will include participating in a short orientation followed by a week of agency program presentations. 
    The presentations will consist of a program site visit and a detailed program presentation by agent staff to the volunteers. Each Line of Effort investment deliberation will take approximately one week from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. 
    Actual times will not be known until total number of program applications per Line of Effort are known, after the application period closes. 
    For additional information or to volunteer, call (217) 422-8537 or email jkeith@uwdecatur.org.


Applications Being Accepted For Arts In Central Park

In Downtown Decatur Sept. 15, 16

    Applications are being accepted from artists interested in exhibiting at Arts in Central Park, a juried art fair held in Central Park in downtown Decatur, on Sept. 15 and 16, 2018.  Deadline to apply is June 1, 2018.
    Artwork for jurying and inclusion in the show must be original.  Assistance of commercial molds and kits may not be used.  Resale of purchased item is not permissible.
    If interested, contact Decatur Area Arts Council at 217-423-3189 or Gallery 510 at 217-422-1509.  For details about the event or to download the artist application, go to www.decaturarts.org. ;
    In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Decatur Area Arts Council, they are sharing fun facts, memories, and history. 
    Now in its 56th year, Decatur's original juried fine arts fair was founded by Barn Colony Artists in 1962, with the newly-established Arts Council joining in 1969. Arts in Central Park as we know it today has been co-sponsored by DAAC and Gallery 510 Arts Guild since 1995.


Decatur Park District Boat 
Slips Available


    The Decatur Park District has boat slips available for the 2018 season. All slips have boat lifts. Rental fee is $1,395. 
    The docks have locked entrance gates, accessible walkways, electricity, and potable water. 
    Call Mandy at 422-5911 for details.

Extension Offering Certified Food Protection Manager Training, Exam

    This March, the Macon County University of Illinois Extension office is offering the state mandated Certified Food Protection Manager course and test. Under the Food Service Sanitation Code, the Illinois Department of Public requires all food establishments be supervised by a Certified Food Protection Manager during hours of operation.
    The two-day course will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 7 and 9 at the Macon County Extension Office located at 3351 N. President Howard Brown Blvd., Decatur. Participants must attend both classes. The certificate exam will take place on the second day of classes. Bring a valid photo ID to the exam.
    The class will be taught by Extension Nutrition & Wellness Educator Caitlin Huth and provides the minimum classroom work to prepare for the national certification exam. The fee for this course is $115 and includes the textbook, class materials and exam. Classes fill quickly. 
    Register by Feb. 11 online at go.illinois.edu/dmp or by calling 217.877.6042. If needed, a retest will cost $50. If a reader or translator is needed, contact the National Registry of Food Safety Professionals at 800.446.0257 or customer.service @nrfsp.com.


New International Program At St. Teresa 

    St Teresa has partnered with New Oasis International Education to bring  international students to the St. Teresa and Decatur community.
    They are actively searching for Host Families to host international students that will be arriving for Fall 2018. They  have both young ladies and young men from China that are interested in attending high school in America. 
    They have all completed an international preparatory program, with a proven track record for excelling academically.
    Host families provide meals, a bedroom, transportation to activities, and a warm family environment. A generous monthly financial stipend of $1,100 is provided to the host family to offset housing costs.     
    New Oasis strives to create and grow global citizens through cultural awareness and immersion. We fully support the students that take the chance in coming to America for their High School experience, as well as the families that open their homes and their hearts.
    If you are interested in serving as a Host Family or have any questions, contact the main office at 217-875-2431 or our local New Oasis Global Program Manager, Audra Murray: AMurray@ NewOasisEdu.com, or 703-380- 3531.
    For more information, visit www.st-teresahs.org/hostfamily.


Stephen Decatur Chapter Of The Sons Of The American Revolution Invites Interested Citizens To Its Monthly Meetings

    The Stephen Decatur Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (S.A.R), which covers the counties of Christian, DeWitt, Macon, Moultrie and Piatt, is an organization which encourages and supports participation in the preservation of our American heritage of personal, economic, political and religious freedom and promotes individuals to be active citizens in our great democratic society.             

      Members of the Society are able to trace their ancestry to a patriot from the Revolutionary War. 
    Monthly meetings are usually held the third Saturday of the month and, besides the monthly business meeting, it is an informational meeting for anyone who may be interested in finding out how to become a member. 
    For additional information call Dave Miller at 217-649-4025.


Health Department Is Offering Walk-In Hours  

For Adult Emergency Dental Treatment

    Macon County Health Department Dental Clinic is now offering walk-in hours for adult emergency dental treatment on Fridays. Hours will be 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
    Walking in is not a guarantee that the individual will be seen or treated on the same day. Bring medical card, voucher, or self-pay.    For additional information, call (217) 423-9930.


Stroller Club At The DISC

     Throw on your walking shoes and join the Stroller Club at the DISC. Stroller Club is held on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 9 – 11 a.m. at the DISC Indoor Track. 
    This is a great opportunity to meet other parents while exercising. No registration needed. Free for DISC members or $3.25/visit for non-members.         

    Call the DISC at 429-3472 for more information. 

Meals On Wheels Of Macon County Reinforcing Its Commitment 

    Meals on Wheels of Macon County is working on reinforcing its commitment to the entirety of Macon County. There has been an almost 50% increase in the number of clients served over the past couple of years. There is not a waiting list for new clients.
    Meals on Wheels of Macon County delivers a warm, nutritious noon-time meal (Monday-Friday) to homebound seniors living anywhere in Macon County. It is much more than a meal. It is a warm smile, friendly hello, and quick chat to make sure all is well.
    Anyone over 60 who does not drive (or drives very little) is eligible. There are no income guidelines. For additional information, call  (217) 422-6611.