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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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Thank you for visiting our website! Unit 3 Vision is to become “Highly Visible and The Leading Local Institution” in Lake and McHenry County where people come to hear and receive research-based education and information in the following areas to make a difference in their lives, homes and communities: 4-H Youth Development Program--Nutrition (SNAP- Ed) Program--Horticulture (Master Gardeners) Program--Local Foods/Small Farms Program

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Breaking the Code (BTC) is a research-based prevention simulation that highlights the existence and harmfulness of a hidden and unchallenged bullying social structure. It incorporates social issues such as shunning, intimidation, gossiping, lies, discrimination, threats, physical abuse, and making fun of others. The purpose of Breaking the Code is to impact the beliefs and attitudes middle and high school students have about bullying. It attempts to show how bullying allows a hidden code of conduct or a ‘pecking order’ of power to exist in a school’s social climate, and how a simple seemingly insignificant decision a bystander makes has the power to strengthen or weaken this code and structure. It encourages youth to take a stand against all behavior that treats others as inferior and change the social environment of their school and community. BTC is a simulation activity and guided discussion. It provides youth with a visual understanding of how a social hierarchy of bulling permits a climate of inequality and harassment to continue and increase for those who are singled out as the targets of mistreatment. The simulation tells a story of high school youth faced with everyday situations where they are pressured to give in to the bully’s social structure. For Adults, Thursday, March 5, 2015, 7:00 PM, Lake Villa Library, 1001 E Grand Ave, Lake Villa, IL 60046. There is no cost for this program. To register click on the link below. For more information contact Cindy Sarkady, Unit 3, 4-H Youth Development Educator, or 847-223-8627.

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Join the 2015 McHenry County "Human Race"! This is a unique 5K that supports charities serving McHenry County. Register at and choose "University of Illinois Extension McHenry County" as your charity. The race is on April 26 at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake.

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.

Mindfulness and Soul Care - We all lead such busy lives that our mental, emotional and physical health suffer from the disconnect that can happen between ourselves and Life. Mindfulness is the act of paying purposeful attention to the present moment. It offers us a way to enjoy our lives more and reduce stress through a few simple practices. Participants will learn how paying attention in a mindful way can reduce stress, and they will practice at least three easy techniques to increase life satisfaction. (Educator taught lesson). Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 1:30 PM, University of Illinois Extension, 100 S Hwy 45, Grayslake, IL 60030. Please call the Office to register at: 847-223-8627. The public is welcome!

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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Health Insurance for People 65 + Years - This lesson will explore the options and tools necessary for health insurance decisions by people approaching or whom are already on Medicare. We will look at what Medicare covers, what supplements are available, and how the Affordable Care Act affects your decisions. Using these tools will help you analyze your needs before the next open enrollment period. (Educator taught lesson). Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 1:30 PM, University of Illinois Extension, 100 S Hwy 45, Grayslake, IL 60030. Please call the office to register at: 847-223-8627. Public is welcome!

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

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

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