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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 a full-time position open for a SNAP-Ed (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education) Extension Community Worker. Click on the link below for the job description and qualifications. For more information please contact the Extension Office at: 847-223-8627.

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How Mediterranean is your diet? May is Mediterranean Diet Month – the perfect time to see how the foods you normally eat stack up against the gold-standard Med Diet.Hundreds of studies show that people who follow a Mediterranean Diet most closely get many health benefits, while enjoying some wonderfully delicious foods. These benefits include everything from better heart health and reduced risk of strokes and diabetes, to longer lifespan. Click on the "Learn More" link to take the quiz.

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Lake County Extension Foundation will be hosting the Annual BBQ Festival and Double K Productions Car Show. Being held at the University of Illinois Extension, Saturday, June 25, 2016, 10am to 5pm. Located at 100 S Highway 45, Grayslake, IL 60030. For more information, please call the Extension Office at: 847-223-8627.

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NEW ACADEMIES confirmed for Illini Summer Academies ‘16. The 2016 Illini Summer Academies will be held on the University of Illinois campus on Sunday, June 26 through Wednesday, June 29. Registration will open March 1. NEW ACADEMIES CONFIRMED SO FAR… AstroGeoBiology (the Origins of Life), Entomology (Bees & such), and Animal Science, along with all 13 Academies from 2015. Illini Summer Academies is open to youth who will be in high school in the fall of 2016 or graduating seniors Spring 2016. This exciting 4-day overnight event lets students experience U of I college life while learning with university professors about exciting college majors and careers.

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Tell your story through photography! Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs encourages young photographers to submit photographs for the 4th annual Cream of the Crop Photo Contest. The contest encourages young photographers to share their vision of agriculture in our state. Enter online by July 7. Winners will be picked in three age categories: 8-10, 11-14 and 15-18. You may submit up to two entries. Learn more @ and look under the Resource Center on the right side of the screen. The photo contest is part of the Ag Invest program and offers an opportunity for Illinois students to submit photos that depict their vision of agriculture in our state. Contest winners will be featured in the Ag Invest marketing materials and at the 2016 Illinois State Fair.

Open Your Home to International Youth! The Illinois IFYE (International 4-H Youth Exchange) Association is sponsoring two inbound young people this summer; Anna (18) from Finland and Amanda (28) from Australia. The IFYE program has helped thousands of young people from across the United States, Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the South Pacific learn about life in other lands. The two IFYEs will arrive in Illinois on Monday, June 20 and will leave Illinois on Tuesday, Sept 6. They stay about three to four weeks in your home. Host families provide room and board, care and guidance. If you’re interested, contact IL IFYE Association State Coordinator Sue Herren at (618) 234-2045 or

Big changes for Illinois 4-H Dog Contest. The state 4-H Dog Contest will be held Saturday, Aug. 27 & Sunday, Aug. 28 at the Dog Training Club of Champaign. The club is located at 2210 E. Ford Harris Road. Obedience classes will be held on Saturday, with check in beginning at 8 a.m. Showmanship classes will be held on Sunday. The show is open to 4-H members only. Members must have a “qualifying score” in their county show in order to compete at state.

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