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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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NATIONAL 4-H WEEK-October 5-11, 2014 - 4-H Membership Open to Youth 8 to 18 Years of Age. More than 60 million youth have belonged to 4-H during the organization’s 100-year history. Clubs are accepting new members this month to grow that number even higher. 4-H members in the county will join the 7 million other youth currently in 4-H worldwide to celebrate National 4-H Week Oct. 5-11. 4-H youth development programs provide hands-on learning activities for youth in Illinois and throughout the country. 4-H youth programs focus on leadership, citizenship and life skills. Every county in Illinois has a 4-H program which is operated through University of Illinois Extension. 4-H club membership is open to youth aged 8 to 18. There are several ways to participate in 4-H. Youth may join 4-H community clubs, coordinated by local adult volunteers who receive special training. Each club decides how often it meets, the location of its meetings and the activities held during the meeting. Members may select from over 100 different project areas to study while they build leadership, teamwork, cooperation, decision-making and communication skills. Youth may instead choose to focus on a specific project area and join a club specifically related to that one project. Robotics, photography, gardening, visual arts, and nutrition, are just a few of the popular topics for special interest clubs. One may also participate in 4-H short term projects during school or at after school youth organizations. Some of these popular groups teach youth about caring for the environment, preparing for a career, making healthy choices or other priority issues which build a person’s life skills.

Lake County Association for Home Community Education (LCAHCE) will be hosting a lesson called "How Well Do You Know Car?, Monday, October 6, 2014, 1:00 PM, at the University of Illinois Extension Office in Grayslake. If you own or drive a car YOU MAY WANT TO ATTEND this lesson. All are welcome, come bring a friend or neighbor. Mr. Louis Sharp will be presenting this most informative and interesting lesson. Please call the Extension Office to register at: 847-223-8627.

THE 2014 VOLUNTEER FORUM - 4-H: A Century of Believing..... A Future of Achieving! Saturday, October 18, 2014. DeKalb County Center for Agriculture, 1350 W Prairie Drive, Sycamore, IL. Join Fellow Leaders, Volunteers & Veteran 4-H'ers for Learning & Sharing! Register online by Friday, October 3, 2014. To register "Click Below".

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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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SAVE THE DATE: October 18, 2014 - Extension 100 Years Gala, Milan Banquet Hall, 651 Lakehurst Rd., Waukegan, IL 60085. Extension is celebrating 100 years of service to the community. We will be celebrating all program accomplishments October 18, 2014 starting at 6:00 pm. More details to come....

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

Extension Meetings

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

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