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University of Illinois Extension serving Lake and McHenry Counties

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

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, the staff and volunteers of Lake and McHenry County (Unit 3) invite you to explore our educational programs. Extension offer practical research-based education you can trust that help people solve problems, develop life skills and build a better future. Our mission is to help local residents put knowledge to work by serving as the local link to the University of Illinois. We invite you to explore how Extension can make a difference in your life, and the lives of your family and community. Please contact us at 847-223-8627 with questions or to learn more about our educational programs and volunteer leadership opportunities.


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Celebrate the Illinois Bicentennial Sponsored by LCAHCE (Lake County Association for Home and Community Education) When: Saturday, August 18, 9:00 am to Noon. Where: University of Illinois Extension Office, 100 S. U.S. Highway 45, Grayslake, IL 60030. What: A historic perspective of Lake and McHenry Counties to celebrate the Illinois Bicentennial. Speakers are from the Lake County Historical Alliance, LCAHCE, and Lake County Farm Bureau. Admission is free. Pre-registration is recommended, as space is limited, by calling the U of I Extension office at (847) 223 8627 weekdays from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

The Lake County Extension Foundation requests that you save the date for our Mystery & Masquerade Ball Fundraiser. This banquet is our premier event for the Lake County Extension Foundation to raise funds to support programs of the University of Illinois Extension in Lake County. This exciting event will be held on October 13, 2018. The Social will be from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm and the Dinner will be from 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm at DoubleTree by Hilton Libertyville-Mundelein Hotel, 510 E. IL Route 83, Mundelein, IL 60060.

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I Didn’t Know That! The number of new melanoma skin cancer cases diagnosed annually has increased 53% in the past decade. How to defend your skin against the UV harmful rays when you are out in the sun: Read SPF Labels- SPF label should be 30 or higher. Pick products based on skin colorations, and apply before going in the sun and reapply often. Look at the label, and purchase sunscreen with broad spectrum protection. Broad spectrum means protection against both UVA and UVB rays. Read the warning label before selecting sunscreen. Wear clothes-Hats are in style so, find one with a brim size of 3 inches. Also, find a shirt, shorts and pants that protect skin. Don’t forget to protect eyes. Sunglasses are a must. Make sure sunglasses provide 100 percent UV ray protection. Know the surroundings. Look for trees for shade. However, don’t let shaded areas deceive you. Sunscreen is still essential. Remember that sand, water, and snow reflect sunlight, which increases the amount of UV absorbed. Insect repellent- Buy it separately, and apply it before sunscreen. Don’t forget to protect your children. Children can burn more easily, and babies younger than 6 months should be kept out of direct sunlight.

Discover your future at FilmFest 4-H Youth from across the nation go on location to Columbia, Mo. this summer to take part in “FilmFest 4-H,” the national 4-H film festival. FilmFest 4-H runs July 29 – August 1 in Columbia, Mo. Register online at Companies use digital media every day. Scriptwriting, camera framing, and video editing skills are becoming as important as reading in many jobs. Now in its 8th year, the festival continues its mission to bring youth together to learn from working professionals in the television and film industry. Past presenters have included film directors, actors, TV series editors, writers, stunt persons, special effects (SFX) experts, sound engineers and commercial animal trainers. Scheduled for 2018 is SFX makeup artist Joseph Drobezko, an internationally recognized makeup artist who has already worked on several films and is fresh off the most recent season of Faceoff.

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We live in a society with many levels of quick information and instant gratification. However, not so with change! Change takes time…it’s never finished, only maintained! According to the Journal of Extension, change is the consistent practice of a new behavior. Behavioral change is more likely to occur when skills are practiced over time. For some, change may be necessary to prevent or manage a health condition like diabetes or heart disease. In order to practice change, several self-perceptions critical to behavior change have to line up: • First, is the question “is this personally important?” • Second, “are you ready?” • Third, “do you believe you can make the change?”

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Water is important for our daily health to control temperature, lubricate and cushion joints, and get rid of wastes through urination, perspiration, and bowel movements. Your body needs more water when you are: • In hot climates • More physically active • Running a fever • Having diarrhea or vomiting. Water is the best beverage to hydrate. Energy drinks, coffee, tea, and soda are not the best sources to hydrate, they contain caffeine and can affect your heart, adding to the strain placed on your body by heat. Alcohol causes dehydration and increases the risk of heat illness.

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The Lake County Extension Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) public charity. The foundation’s mission is to generate resources to enhance research based educational programs of the University of Illinois Extension while serving the interest of all donors. We work together to raise funds to support our community through need-based programs offered by the staff of the Lake County University of Illinois Extension. Click the link below for more information.

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Annual Impact Report Unit 3 2017
Friday January 26, 2018 • 10:30 AM
Monday February 12, 2018 • 6:00 PM
Extension Council Agenda, April 24, 2018
Tuesday April 24, 2018 • 6:00 PM
Extension Council Meeting Minutes, April 24, 2018
Tuesday April 24, 2018 • 6:30 PM

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