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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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The University of Illinois 4-H Program is seeking judges for Our 2019 4-H Lake County Fair (Visual Arts and General Projects) scheduled on Saturday, July 20, 2019. You will be judging 4-H exhibitor's projects in your assigned category through conversation and observation. You will speak individually with 4-H members about their inspiration for their project, techniques they used, what they learned, what they did best on, and what they could improve on. You will award ribbons (blue, red, white) based on the quality of the project, what was learned and other indicators. A set amount of higher ribbons (best in the show, grand, reserve) will later be awarded to exceptional exhibits that received a blue upon initial judging. These ribbons may put exhibitors in contention for showing their projects at the Illinois State Fair.If interested please contact the University of Illinois Extension Office (847)223-8627 ext.16.

The 4-H Pullorum testing scheduled for Sunday, June 30 at the University of Illinois Extension Office has been canceled due to a shortage of antigen Statewide. If you have any questions please call or email me. 847-223-8627 ext. 16;

Tips for Increasing Daily Dairy Intake. June is National Dairy Month. The daily recommended amount for dairy for individuals 9 years old and up is 3 cups a day. Below are tips to help reach the daily dairy goal while cutting down on fat: Lactose intolerant? Try soy milk, lactose free milk, or yogurt. Fish and dark leafy vegetables are an additional source of calcium. Snack on the go? Grab low-fat string cheese, a container of low fat or fat free yogurt, or a pudding pack made with low fat milk. When hitting the coffee shop ask for low-fat or skim milk in a latte. Substitutions? Substitute plain non-fat yogurt for sour cream, use fat free evaporated milk instead of cream, or try Neufchâtel cheese or low fat ricotta cheese in place of cream cheese.

I Didn’t Know That! Did you know that Juneteenth, June 19th, is a holiday commemorating the effective end of slavery in the United States? On June 19, 1865, in Galveston, Texas, General Gordon Granger and around 1,800 federal troops took control of the state and enforced the Emancipation Proclamation. Here are a few ways to celebrate this important date: Educate yourself on what is already being done in your community to celebrate. Check with NCAAP and local churches to see how you can better partner to assist with any event that is taking place. Organize a Community Party. Community agencies and groups can set up activities in the park, along with inviting community leaders and guest speakers. Educate others. Again, visit with individuals and do your research to find out the history and bring the knowledge to others. Educating adults is good but, making sure we are educating youth about the Juneteenth’s importance gets everyone involved. Host a party. When you gather with others, look at ways to recognize the date and food is a great way to bring everyone together. Make it a tradition because traditions contribute to a sense of comfort and belonging. Source: Tessa Hobbs-Curley, Family Life Educator.

Illinois State 4-H Youth Leadership Team. We’re Looking for New Members! You see them at state 4-H events in their bright green shirts. Now YOU can become an Illinois State 4-H Youth Leadership Team member. • Eligibility: Age 16 to 19 by September 1, 2019. • Length of service: Two years, so new Team members selected this summer will serve from September 1, 2019 through August 31, 2021. • Apply online: Look for the application at the bottom of the page under “Resources.” • Deadline: June 7 (for interviews during Illini Summer Academies); July 19 (for interviews during State Fair). The State Youth Leadership Team plans the state Jr. Leadership Conference, plans and teaches the Speaking for Illinois 4-H program, and assists for many other statewide events. Team members may serve on statewide planning committees and advisory groups, including the Illinois 4-H Foundation Board of Directors, Illinois Farm Bureau Youth Education Committee, Illini Summer Academies planning committee, and Teen Leadership Conference planning committee. Members also have the first opportunity to attend National 4-H Conference in Washington, D.C. each spring.

Shooting Sports volunteer training on target for July 20-21 Help ensure young people are exposed to everything the outdoors and shooting sports has to offer by becoming a certified 4-H volunteer. Volunteers should apply at their local Extension office who can share ways you can get involved. Volunteers must also complete a weekend training July 20-21 at 4-H Memorial Camp in Monticello. Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age. Cost is $95. Some counties cover the cost of this program. The deadline is early July, but counties must complete screenings prior to registering volunteers, so don’t delay. There are six concentrations of study, and volunteers must choose only one discipline to attend per session. These include archery, rifle, shotgun, pistol, and hunting and outdoor skills, as well as the overall county coordinator training. Remember, volunteers will work with their local Extension 4-H staff to establish or add to an existing shooting sports program in the county. Learn more about the Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports program by clicking the link below.

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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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Extension Council Meeting Minutes, April 23, 2019
Tuesday April 23, 2019 • 6:00 PM
Extension Council Meeting Agenda, June 11, 2019
Tuesday June 11, 2019 • 6:00 PM

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