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Upcoming Events Brought to You by Your County Extension Office

Upcoming Events Brought to You by Your County Extension Office

If you keep up with local happenings, you will often see Texas A&M AgriLife Extension listed as the primary provider or collaborator. Improving the lives of people, businesses, and communities across Texas and beyond through high-quality, relevant education is Extension’s mission. Through the programs Extension faculty members provide, Texans are better prepared to:

· eat well, stay healthy, manage money, and raise their children to be successful adults.

· efficiently help themselves through preventing problems and using tools for economic stability and security.

· improve stewardship of the environment and of the state’s natural resources.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension has a proud history, celebrating 100 years of service this year, and I’m glad to be a part of this excellent organization! We hope you will choose to take advantage of our programs, workshops, educational series, and special events. July is half over, and as I write this column, eight 4-H members and four adults are participating in an exchange trip with Eau Claire, Wisconsin 4-H families. From the correspondence that I’ve received, they are having a wonderful time while learning about the Wisconsin 4-H program, primary sources of agriculture and visiting historic sites of our great country.

August brings more opportunities for a variety of audiences. Check the list below and call us if you would like to take part in any of the following:

1) 4-H Project Tour Day, Friday, August 8: We will meet at the Extension Office at 9:15 a.m. and travel to Greenville to visit the Audie Murphy Cotton Museum, YMCA, Heritage Garden, and Collin Street Bakery (hands-on workshop!). These stops are related to the clothing/textiles project, citizenship/leadership project, recreation project, horticulture project, foods project and safety project. All Hopkins County 4-H members are invited to participate. Adult leaders and parents are needed to assist in providing transportation. Cost is $5. Bring a sack lunch. Contact the Extension Office by August 5 to sign up.

2) “Cooking Well with Diabetes”, Tuesdays & Thursdays, August 12, 14, 19, 21: This 4-lesson series will be from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., at the Extension Office. Topics include: Carbohydrate Foods, Making Recipes with Fat Better for You, Double-Please Side Dishes (reducing sodium and increasing fiber), and Celebrating Sensibly with Diabetes. Recipe demonstrations will be included along with sampling. The fee for the 4-lesson series is $25, payable at the first session, which covers all materials, recipe sampling, door prizes, and supplementary items. This series will be held at the Hopkins County Extension Office. Seating is limited to the first 25. Please call to reserve a seat.

3) Solar Energy Program, Tuesday, August 12, 7:00 p.m.: Program speakers are Paul and Erica Hopkins. No charge to attend, but please call to sign up. This will be held at the Extension Office.

4) Thursday, August 14, 6:00 p.m.: Extension Leadership Advisory Board, Youth Board, 4-H leaders, Program Area Committees, Master Volunteers are encouraged to come to the annual meeting to gear up for the new year, make plans, and have fun while doing so! Light meal will be provided, so please call 903-885-3443 to sign up. Individuals who are interested in serving as volunteers or committee members are welcome to attend!

5) 4-H End of Summer Party, Friday, August 15: Jason and Jana Andrews have graciously invited Hopkins County 4-H members to their home for a swim and pot-luck party. Bring (or wear) swim suit, towel, and a dish of your choice. We will start gathering at 5:30 p.m. Contact the Extension Office for the address and to sign up.

6) 4-H enrollment: Contact the Extension Office if you have students in grades 3 thru 12 who would like to join the 4-H program. We have four clubs in Hopkins County from which to choose. Enrollment is $20 until November 1, $25 thereafter. This fee covers the entire 4-H year which runs from September 1 to August 31.

7) Family & Consumer Sciences Committee meeting, Wednesday, August 27, noon: This committee will meet to discuss fall events, including Ag-in-the-Classroom, Fall Festival Creative Arts Contest, and annual “Christmas Joys” holiday program. Light lunch will be provided. Please call if you plan to come so adequate meal arrangements can be made. New volunteers welcome!

Whew! August is a busy month! If you have questions about any of these, or if you wish to sign up, call 903-885-3443, or come by the Extension Office at 1200-B W. Houston Street, Sulphur Springs.


Closing Thought

Your career is what you’re paid for. Your purpose is what you’re made for – “Get Motivated” conference



Johanna Hicks
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
Family & Consumer Sciences
1200-B W. Houston
P.O.Box 518
Sulphur springs, TX 75483
903-885-3443 – phone
903-439-4909 – Fax
[email protected]

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