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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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Watch this year’s state 4-H Shooting Sports contest. Two great events, two great days, still one great 4-H program. As the Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports program grows, so does its contest. This year’s State 4-H Shoot will be held on two days in two different locations. The state contest for archery and shotgun will be held Saturday, Oct. 3 at Brittany Shooting Park in Bunker Hill. The address of the facility is 11374 Prairie Dell Rd. in Bunker Hill. The state competition for rifle will be held Saturday, Oct. 17 at the new Central Illinois Precision Shooters (CIPS) indoor facility in Bloomington. The address of the facility is 6125 E 1175 North Road in Bloomington. Registration has closed for the contest, but the public is welcome to attend

SAVE THE DATE - University of Illinois Extension, Lake County Annual Banquet and Hall of Fame. Saturday, October 24, 2015, 6:00 pm, at the Holiday Inn in Gurnee, 6161 W Grand Ave., Gurnee, IL 60031. Sponsored by the Lake County Extension Foundation. If you have any questions about the event, please contact James Reaves at 847-223-8627.

When you buy something, you are often asked, "Will this be cash or credit?" Using a credit card has become a very common way to pay for goods and services the family needs and wants. If you don't have the cash to pay for the item, you may be tempted to use a credit card. But, you should consider the cost of using credit, as you are using future income to pay for the item. Credit Card Smarts is a series of fact sheets that provides up-to-date information about credit card topics, such as selecting the right credit card, checking your credit report, managing your debt, and credit card laws that protect the consumer. Most of the fact sheets include a hands-on activity to apply the information to your personal situation.

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Lake County 4-H Open House - What is 4-H? To kick off the 2015 program year, 4-H is holding an Open House on October 27th from 6:30 to 8:00p.m at the University of Illinois Extension Office - 100 South Highway 45, Grayslake, IL 60030. The Open House is open to all current enrolled 4-Hers/families and those that would like to enroll. This event will provide an opportunity for everyone to learn more about the Lake County 4-H Program. It will also provide prospective members a chance to meet and interact with the 4-H Staff as well as other enrolled 4-Hers and Club Leaders. Learn about Robotics, Sailing, Gardening, Lizards, Horses and Cloverbuds and the list goes on and on. If you know anyone who may be interested in 4-H, please help spread the word about our Open House and encourage them to attend. 4-H’s goal is to teach life skills through the caring support of adult volunteers and mentors, who inspire young people to work collaboratively, take the lead on their own projects and set and achieve goals with confidence. 4-H’ers charts their own course, explore important issues and define their place in the world. 4-H’ers stand up for themselves and their communities. Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2015, Location: University of Illinois Extension, 100 South Highway 45,Grayslake, IL 60030,847-223-8627, Time: 6:30p.m. – 8:00p.m. To register, "Click Below".

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Lake County Association for Home Community Education (LCAHCE) will be having a lesson on "Holiday Plant Care". This lesson will be presented by Kim Isaacson, Program Coordinator, Horticulture, on October 29th at 1:30 PM, at the University of Illinois Extension Auditorium, 100 S Hwy 45, Grayslake, IL 60030. Please call the Extension Office to register, 847-223-8627. The public is welcomed!

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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