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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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University of Illinois Extension has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. During the month of November, University of Illinois Extension will be hosting a food drive to benefit the Northern Illinois Food Bank throughout the month of November (11/2/15 – 12/4/15), leading up to #GivingTuesday. As an organization, we hope to collect 300 lbs. of food during the drive to help fight hunger in our area. This is our way of giving back to the communities that we serve. Those who are interested in joining University of Illinois Extension’s #GivingTuesday initiative can visit the University of Illinois Extension offices or give us a call at 847-223-8627. Food donations can be dropped off at either office location between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm. Location addresses are: Lake County Office, 100 South US Highway 45, Grayslake, IL 60030 and McHenry County Office, 1102 McConnell Road, Woodstock, IL 60098.

23 YEARS, ANNUAL HOLIDAY COOKIE SALE! -- Get sweet homemade treats Saturday, Dec. 12 from 9AM - Noon or until all cookies are sold out. Being held at the University of Illinois Extension Office, 100 S Hwy 45, Just North of 120,Grayslake, IL. Sponsored by the Lake County Association for Home and Community Education. Cookies are baked by LCAHCE members. Pre-Orders accepted. Call Margaret Hilliard at 847-223-5041 or email by December 8, 2015.

FIRST DETECTORS INVASIVE PEST WORKSHOP Early detection and response is key to managing invasive pests. The Illinois First Detector Workshops are aimed at improving first detector training and invasive species awareness. Topics in 2016 will cover insect invaders of forests, boxwood blight, and jumping worms. Learn more about your role as a first detector and what’s new with the Illinois Exotic Weed Act. Back by popular demand is the Q & A lunch session where speakers update participants on previous topics and open the floor to your questions. These in-depth training sessions will cover: identification/detection, life cycle/biology, sampling, management, and commonly confused look-a-likes. Participants are given an opportunity to take part in hands-on activities to learn about the topics in more detail. A $40 registration fee covers instruction, on-site lunch, and training materials. Hosted by University of Illinois Extension Unit 3, Lake and McHenry Counties along with the College of Lake County. Wednesday, February 17, 2016 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. College of Lake County, Conference Room C003 Grayslake Register now.

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Pumpkins & More...Find information on pumpkin history and selection & use. Also pumpkin recipes, local pumpkin farms and Halloween links.

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Believe it or not, cooking a turkey is not that difficult. Which turkey cooking method chosen is up to the cook, just make sure it is a safe method...

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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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Save the Date – 2016 Illinois 4-H Jr. Leadership Conference. The Illinois State 4-H Youth Leadership Team is starting to make plans for the 13th Illinois 4-H Junior Leadership Conference scheduled for February 27-28 at the Hawthorne Suites in Champaign. Planned specifically for 7th and 8th grade 4-H members, the weekend will be full of fun, hands-on workshops and team-building activities that help develop skills in young leaders. Want to be sure you don’t miss any information… sign up to receive updates about the conference click on "Learn More."

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