October 13-19 is Illinois Association for Home and Community Education (HCE) Week.

Massac County HCE was formed in 1947 to help people become better homemakers. Today, HCE continues to focus on the home as well as community outreach, volunteerism, cultural arts, international awareness and continuing education.

HCE works cooperatively with University of Illinois Extension to provide non-formal educational classes.

The aim of the HCE member written by Juliet Lita Bane, is to have the home: economically sound, mechanically convenient, physically healthful, morally wholesome, mentally stimulating, artistically satisfying, socially responsible, spiritually inspiring and founded upon mutual affection and respect.

In recognition of the week, the Massac County HCE will have an essential oil workshop on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 2-4 p.m. at the Massac County Extension Office, located on West 10th Street.

The guest speaker will be Judi Hannah. She will cover how to use different essential oils and how they can help with pain, breathing problem, help sleep better, just to name a few.

Two local HCE groups will have meetings during the week - New Frontiers on Monday, Oct. 14 at noon; and Volleville on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 10 a.m.

The AJMPU Unit 27 will have its annual educational meeting at Shawnee Community College on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 9 a.m. The guest speakers this year will be Jane Chapman, IAHCE president, and Jim Razor, WSIL-TV weather forecaster.

The following topics will be presented during the class sessions: Five Ingredient Fix, Smart Grid/Meter, Volunteering, Craft-Tree of Life, Rules of the Road & Real ID, Dining Out (without filling out), Native Plants, Senior Credit Score and What's New in the Kitchen.

Anyone interested in attending any of these events or learning more about the local units in the county can contact the local U of I Extension Office at 524-2270.

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