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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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University of Illinois Extension of Lake County has 2 Part Time, 20 hours per week, PEP Grant Funded Positions. January to September 2015, "Creating Gardens". To inquire please call the Extension Office at: 847-223-8627. "Click Below" to view the Job Description.

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The ABC's of GMO's - For many people, "scary", intimidating", and other negative terms come to mind when they hear about genetically modified foods. Is there any truth to claims the GMO's increase antibiotic resistance, change our DNA, and are bad for the environment? In this lesson, you'll learn the science behind GMO's and walk away being able to make more informed food choices. (Educator taught lesson). Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 1:30 PM, University of Illinois Extension Office, 100 S Hwy 45, Grayslake. Public is welcomed. Please call the Extension Office to register: 847-223-8627.

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. "Click Below" for more information and to register.

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Poinsettias are traditional Christmas plants that will last through the Christmas season and beyond. It is important to select the best plant for your home environment. Here are a few selection pointers...

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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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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

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

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