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University of Illinois Extension serving Lake and McHenry Counties

Main Office (Lake County)
100 South US Highway 45
Grayslake, IL 60030
Phone: 847-223-8627
FAX: 847-223-9288
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm

Branch Office (McHenry County)
1102 McConnell Road
PO Box 1430
Woodstock, IL 60098
Phone: 815-338-3737
FAX: 815-338-4755
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm

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Judging Opportunity for Community Service with 4-H Youth in Lake County-The 4-H program is a youth program for ages 8-18 supervised by the University of Illinois Extension. Every year the 4-H members prepare projects to be judged by adult volunteers knowledgeable in a specific 4-H project area. The program is always in need of judges to help 4-H members master their learning by doing. We are seeking volunteers to judge Saturday, July 25th or Sunday, July 26th depending on which project area you judge. Judging is held on Saturday and Sunday prior to the fair opening giving the staff and other volunteers time to set up the project display for the public. This year’s Lake County Fair is July 29-August 2, 2015. Judges will be given a short training and materials to reference. If this is something you would be interested in volunteering for please contact any of the following: Jodie Ells at; Jen Daniels at Please feel free to email any questions about this opportunity before you make a decision. Or call the Extension Office at: 847-223-8627.

4-H Junior Leadership Conference - You and your friends can get away from home and have fun meeting new kids your age at a statewide Illinois 4-H conference! The Illinois 4-H Junior Leadership Conference will be Feb. 28 and March 1 in Decatur. The conference, “Dream. Lead. Achieve.,” is open to 4-H members and their friends currently in seventh and eighth grade. Yes, you can have fun while you learn new leadership and communication skills. Let us show you just how much fun dreaming, leading and achieving can be. At the conference, you’ll learn how our genes (not our jeans!) make us different from one another, helping some of us become creative engineers, while others become talented musicians, and still others excel in Olympic sports. We’ll build rockets, learn to present our best foot forward in fashion, and fight stage fright while we also fight back against hunger in our communities. Each participant is invited to make a donation which will help pay for supplies we will use to package more than 10,000 meals for hungry families in Illinois. Clubs can also make a donation toward this statewide community service effort. There will be lots of time to visit and make new friends. Friends may attend as a guest of a 4-H member. This may be a great way to get your friends to JOIN 4-H! Cost for the conference is $135 which includes all meals, lodging and conference supplies. You can purchase a commemorative t-shirt for $10. Registration ends Feb.7. Fifteen $50 need-based scholarships are available from the Illinois 4-H Foundation. "Click Below" to register.

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Lake County Association for Home Community Education (LCAHCE) is hosting a "Women's Health Forum". Two guests speakers from Advocate Condell Medical Center will be giving presentations. Maryann Majewski will be presenting the 10,000 step program and the benefit of exercise. Teresa Beckman will be presenting lower back pain in relation to women. The event will take place at the University of Illinois Extension Office, 100 S Hwy 45, Grayslake, IL, Wednesday, February 4th, 2015, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. "Light Refreshments" will be served. Public is welcome! Please call the Extension Office to register at: 847-223-8627.

INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL-Come see the World through the eyes of Lake County 4-H at the International Festival. Sunday, February 22, 2015, 2:30 - 5:30 p.m., Lake County Fair Grounds, 1060 E Peterson Rd, Grayslake, IL 60030. Admission: One Canned Good Per Person. Fun and Learning for all ages! Crafts and Games! Entertainment! Prizes! Adult Silent Auction! Youth Silent Auction! For more information call: 847-223-8627.

University of Illinois Extension is pleased to announce the 19th Annual Stateline Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference to be held on Thursday, February 5th from 8:30-3:15 PM at Midway Village in Rockford, Illinois. “Each season, large scale fruit and vegetable growers need updates on production, diseases, and insects that they will be dealing with before the season starts. This conference addresses all of these topics with information from University of Illinois Extension Specialists and other speakers,” states Grant McCarty, Local Foods and Small Farms Extension Educator “Our two general topics of farm finances and cold storage/packinghouses will build upon the production updates. We’re looking forward to a great conference.” The registration fee is $45 per person, $35 for additional employees of the same farm. The program will include two general sessions, choice of three breakouts, and lunch. Registration and more information on the program can be found here by clicking on the link below or by calling 815-986-4357.

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Rink Side DJ Party, Public Skate Sessions! Prizes, Games, Dances & Fun! Pay at the door. Register on-line. 4-Her's and Families are welcomed. $13.00 per person. Includes: Admmission, Skate Rental, Small Drink, Fresh Baked Cookie & your choice of Mini Golf or Laser Tag!Sunday, March 1, 2015, 12:55-2:25 PM. Rink Side Sports & Family Entertainment Center in Gurnee Mills Mall, Parking Lot H,6152 W Grand Ave., Gurnee, IL 60031, 847-856-1064, Questions? Please contact Cindy Sarkady at: or Sabrina Huley at:; or call the Extension Office at : 847-223-8627. To register "Click Below".

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE 2015 SMALL FARM WEBINAR SERIES - The Small Farm Webinar Series is a weekly on-line educational series for the small farm community and provides practical knowledge on emerging topics which advance local food production in Illinois. This series of online events is aimed at providing small farm producers with a look at how leading practices in production, management, and marketing enable operations to improve profitability and sustainability.

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4-H Youth Development Consumer Economics Family Life Horticulture Local Food Systems and Small Farms Nutrition and Wellness

Extension Meetings

Extension Council Meeting Schedule 2014-2015
Tuesday September 23, 2014 • 6:00 PM
Tuesday November 25, 2014 • 6:30 PM

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