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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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What to Do When Your Pet Gets into Household Toxins. Not sure if it’s toxic? Assume it is. Life would be much easier if pets could read the words “Warning!” or “Toxic!” on product labels. Then we wouldn’t have to worry when a chocolate bar or pack of gum goes missing. But until your pet learns to read, you should learn what to do in the scary event that your pet eats something harmful.

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Drink Up! In summer, water is extra important. In the heat, we sweat more and need to drink more. If plain water is not something you go for to hydrate and cool off, try: unsweetened iced tea - maybe an herbal tea for a different flavor - unsweetened iced coffee - decaf if needed or mixed with milk - water with a small amount of sugar-free powdered or liquid drink flavoring - water with a small amount of 100% juice - 100% juice frozen fruit pop - no-sugar-added smoothies.

2017 Lake County Association for Home and Community Education Scholarship Winner is: Teaghan Callaway! We are proud to award a $500.00 scholarship to Teaghan Callaway this year. Teaghan is a senior at Lakes Community High School and after graduation plans to attend Dartmouth College, majoring in investment banking and also plans to run for the U.S. Senate someday! Teaghan is a member of Chain O’ Lakes 4-H Club and gives credit to 4-H for helping her accomplish so much in her life. She wrote, “The 4-H Motto of making the best better has not only caused me to strive for perfection, but is also why I have become an independent and determined young women. 4-H focuses on teaching youth to create and be innovative using their own two hands. Without 4-H I would have never had the opportunity to build a rocket, refine and practice my speaking skills, or travel to Washington D.C. to meet and discuss with congressional representative on pressing issues”. She does not just talk the 4-H talk; Teaghan walks the 4-H talk!

SAVE THE DATE! Garden Walk 2017 travels through McHenry County, showcasing both urban and rural gardens and leading guests through some of the most unique spots in the county. Come with us to explore secret gardens, organic and sustainable gardens, and certified wildlife habitats. At each site, visitors will learn how inspiration and perspiration have transformed ordinary properties into extraordinary examples of horticultural excellence. Saturday, July 8 at 9 AM - 4 PM, McHenry Co Master Gardeners, 1102 McConnell Rd, Woodstock, IL 60098, Tickets Available.

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Welcome to the Lake County 4-H Fair! July 26 - July 30, 2017. Lake County Fairgrounds, 1060 Peterson Rd, Grayslake, IL 60030. Expo Hall open Wednesday-Saturday: 10 am to 9 pm; Sunday: 10 am to 6 pm. Hope to see you there!

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WELCOME to the 4-H SHOW at the MCHENRY COUNTY FAIR! August 1 - 6, 2017. McHenry County Fairgrounds is east of Rte. 47 (Eastwood Drive) and Country Club Road in Woodstock, IL See you at the fair!

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Some plants like it hot – some plants like it cool. Whatever your garden situation, there are annuals and perennials that can be selected to offer color and interest to even some of the most extreme gardening situations.

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In summer, we get lots of access to fresh fruits and veggies. Also include frozen, canned, plastic-packed cups, dried, and 100% juiced. See lots of recipes and information about all sorts of different fruits and veggies at Fruits & Veggies More Matters.

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Information and Resources for You

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

Extension Meetings

May 23, 2017 Extension Council Agenda
Tuesday May 23, 2017 • 6:00 PM

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