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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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The Lake County Extension Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) public charity. The foundation’s mission is to generate resources to enhance research based educational programs of the University of Illinois Extension while serving the interest of all donors. We work together to raise funds to support our community through need-based programs offered by the staff of the Lake County University of Illinois Extension. Click the link below for more information.

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Pumpkins—everyone loves them! We smash them from catapults—carve intricate designs into their flesh—tell stories about them in folklore—Cinderella even rode in one—and Peter-Peter Pumpkin eater put his wife into one---but that’s a whole other story…it’s pumpkin season. We see them heaped into huge boxes at the grocery store—piled into wagons at roadside stands and growing in the fields as we drive along our country roads. Illinois is pumpkin country. In fact, we raise more pumpkins than any other state—yes, here where corn is king the lowly pumpkin would surely be a prince! We love their unique shapes vibrant or dusty colors—they make beautiful decorations. But their beauty is more than skin deep. Pumpkins are a “super food”—low calorie and packed with nutrition. I cup of cooked pumpkin contains 49 calories and is a major source of an important antioxidant, beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is one of the plant carotenoids converted to vitamin A in the body.

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I Didn’t Know That! Clear the Clutter! Did you know that clearing the clutter in your home can reduce stress? Many times we just simply have a difficult time letting things go. Here are a few questions to ask yourself about the item to determine what to do with it. How long has it been since I used this? Do I like it? Does it work properly? - Is it broken? Do I have more of this kind of thing? How many do I need? If I keep this, what will I get rid of to make room for it?

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University of Illinois Extension and the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) are pleased to offer up to 54 scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year. University of Illinois Extension is the flagship outreach effort of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, offering educational programs to residents of all of Illinois’ 102 counties. Two scholarships of $2,500 each will be awarded in each of the 27 Extension Units. To learn more about Extension, visit University of Illinois Extension Unit 18 will be rewarding two scholarships to incoming freshman or transfer students from Christian, Jersey, Macoupin or Montgomery County.

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Save the Dates and Get Ready for Washington, DC! Even though we just finished the summer of 2017, we’re already making plans for next summer’s Illinois’ Citizenship Washington Focus trip! The dates have been set for Saturday, July 7 to Saturday, July 14! Registration will open in mid-October, so start YOUR planning now to join us on this once-in-a-lifetime 4-H experience! Citizenship Washington Focus is for 4-H members ages 14-18 by May 1, 2018. Our delegates will travel by bus or air, depending upon the number of final delegates who register. Teens explore the federal legislative process through workshops and hands-on sessions, tour historical sights and museums, provide youth voice on issues that concern them, visit federal legislative offices, and meet teens from other states. The 2017 cost to youth was $1025, with financial assistance from the Illinois 4-H Foundation. Our 2018 costs have not been finalized. Registration will open mid-October through December 1, so start planning now!

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Co-parenting after the end of a violent marriage: What does the first year look like? Researchers at the University of Illinois wanted to find out how co-parenting varies during the first year after separation for mothers who have experienced different types of violence in their marriages. Would there be continued harassment and conflict for these mothers? Or would there be support for each other as co-parents?

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It’s Almost Turkey Time...Don’t Get Caught Off Guard! Does a house full of guest on Thanksgiving cause a little anxiety? Plan ahead and have a game plan to assure everything goes off without a hitch. It’s a little late to discover on Thanksgiving morning that your twenty- pound turkey needed four days to thaw. It’s only November 7th so there is plenty of time to plan ahead.

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Extension Meetings

Spring Impact Report 2017
Friday October 6, 2017 • 11:00 AM
Extension Council Agenda, December 5, 2017
Tuesday December 5, 2017 • 6:00 PM

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