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What’s Up with Texas A&M Agrilife Extension? By Johanna Hicks

What’s Up with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension?

School is back up and in full swing, so that means that 4-H is gearing up for the new year, as well.   Our office has received several phone calls in the past few days, so I wanted to share the 4-H enrollment information again.  The 4-H year is from September 1 to August 31, and we have lots of events and activities for youth coming up in the next few months.  But first, here’s enrollment information:

1)      Registration is accessible on the 4-H Connect on-line system at: http://texas.4honline.com.  Existing members simply update information for the new year.  New members will need to set up a family profile and follow the on-screen instructions.

2)      The fee is $20, which covers the entire year, and allows members to participate in all 4-H activities.  Fee goes up to $25 after October 31.

3)      4-H Clubs available for membership are:  Arbala Harvest (meets 3rd Monday of each month at the Arbala Community Center, 6:00 p.m.); Dike (meets 1stSaturday of each month at the Dike Community Center, 10:00 a.m.);  Infinity (meets 2nd Monday at the Extension Office, 6:00 p.m.); Miller Grove (meets 1stTuesday of each month at the Miller Grove School, 3:30 p.m.); and 4-H Paws (school-based club at Sulphur Springs Elementary School, 3rd Thursday of each month, 3:15 p.m.)

If you need assistance with registration, we have a computer set up in our office for enrollment purposes.  We will be glad to assist you!

So, what events are coming soon for 4-H members and guests?  A very popular project among Hopkins County 4-H’ers and statewide is the foods & nutrition project.  I’ll be hosting “Spoonfuls” at the 4-H  Foods Fun Day, Saturday, September 24, 1:00 p.m. at the Extension Office.  I’m asking interested youth to please call our office to RSVP so adequate preparations can be made – 903-885-3443.

Here’s a list of other upcoming opportunities (both 4-H and non-4-H):

  • National 4-H Week kick-off:  Monday, October 3, 4:30 p.m., County Courthouse steps – join us for a proclamation reading by Judge Newsom!  Everybody is invited to join us – not just 4-H families!
  • County 4-H Council meeting:  Monday, October 3, 5:30 p.m. (following 4-H week kick-off), Extension Office.  We will be boxing up school supplies to send to Louisiana as a community service project, as well as discussing upcoming 4-H events.
  • 4-H Project Show:  4-H members are encouraged to enter items for judging, October 3-6.  They will be judged on October 7, and on display to the public at the Extension Office on October 10 and 11.  (4-H’ers are encouraged to enter the same items in the upcoming Fall Festival Creative Arts Contest!)
  • Ag-in-the-Classroom:  if you have a student in 4th grade in Hopkins, Delta, Franklin, or Rains Counties, their schools have received an invitation to this popular annual event, October 4 and 5 at the Hopkins County Civic Center.  Our Extension staff is looking forward to seeing approximately 1,000 4th graders and their teachers!
  • “One Day 4-H”: Saturday, October 8.  Our 4-H’ers will be traveling to Cooper Lake South Sulphur Unit to work on the butterfly garden that they prepared last year.  Those wishing to carpool will meet at the Extension Office between 9:30 and 9:45 a.m. Interested 4-H’ers need to RSVP by September 20.
  • Regional Childcare conference:  Saturday, October 8, Hopkins County Civic Center.  Our planning committee has some great speakers lined up.  Daycare facilities, church childcare facilities, and home daycare facilities are welcome to attend.  If you do not receive registration information, but would like to participate, please contact my office.
  • Senior Citizen’s expo:  Tuesday, October 11, League Street Church of Christ, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon – be sure to drop by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension exhibit!
  • Homeowners’ Septic System Maintenance Training:  Friday, October 14, Extension Office – call for times.
  • Fall Festival Creative Arts entries accepted: Thursday, October 20, 4:30 to 6:00 p.m., and Friday, October 21, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., at the High School Conference Center.  Or bring to the Extension Office Monday thru Wednesday, October 17 thru 19, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Items judged Friday, October 21 and on display to public that afternoon and until 1:30 on Saturday, October 22.  Best of Show winner pictures will be made at 1:30 on Saturday.  Items may be picked up between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.
  • Fall Festival Arts & Crafts Show: vendors move in Friday, October 21 at 7:30 a.m. and open to public from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm., and Saturday, October 22from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Walk & Talk series: selected dates in October, November, and ending December 6th, ECLC Parent Center, 8:30 a.m. Call Extension Office for details.
  • Pesticide Applicator’s Training:  Wednesday, November 2, Hopkins County Civic Center.  Call Extension Office for details.
  • Annual “Christmas Joys – Christmas Blessings” program:  Monday, November 7, 1:30 p.m. repeated at 5:30 p.m., Southwest Dairy Museum.  Must call Extension Office to reserve a seat!  (1:30 session is almost full, so don’t delay!)
  • Annual Extension Leadership Banquet:  Thursday, November 10, 6:00 p.m., League Street Church of Christ.  All Extension committees, Master Wellness volunteers, Youth Board, Leadership Advisory Board, and stakeholders are invited to attend.  More information coming, but save the date!

Well, that’s all I have room to list for now, but as you can see, there is much going on with your Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service!  Watch next week for information on an upcoming Regional EarthKind Living Conference, to take place in Sulphur Springs on November 18th.  You don’t want to miss this!!

 

Closing Thought

“Stress does not build character, but it reveals character” – unknown

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 jshicks@ag.tamu.edu

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]

 

Author: Staff Reporter

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