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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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22 YEARS, ANNUAL HOLIDAY COOKIE SALE! -- Get sweet homemade treats Saturday, Dec. 13 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 Betty Wertke at 815-385-4243 or email by December 8, 2014.

Putting Small Acres to Work will take place Saturday, December 6th, at the NIU Rockford Meeting and Conference Center located at 8500 E. State St., just one mile east of I-90. The registration desk will open at 8:00am, and the program will last from 9:00am to 4:00pm. There will be general sessions on building soil health and choosing scale-appropriate equipment, as well as numerous breakout sessions on both plant and animal topics, including perennial vegetables, berry fruits, root cellars, season extension, chickens, hogs, beekeeping, and grazing. Outreach professionals from both Illinois and Wisconsin will provide the expertise. To register for Putting Small Acres to Work at NIU-Rockford, please visit our website at and go to “Register Online” on the right-hand side. You can also contact University of Illinois Extension-Boone County at 815-544-3710 for more information or to register. The program fee is $40 per person, which includes all program materials and lunch. Please register by Monday, December 1st to guarantee a space and a meal. To visit NIU-Rockford website "Click Below".

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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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It's almost Thanksgiving! Get great TURKEY cooking information and much, much more at this excellent website. Click below.

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

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