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Looking For Something To Do? Opportunities Abound With Texas AgriLife Extension

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Johanna Hicks

By Johanna Hicks, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Family & Community Health Agent for Hopkins County, [email protected]

A local news agency has stopped asking if Texas A&M AgriLife Extension has anything going on, and now asks, “What’s coming up next?” They know we always have an opportunity for involvement – seminars, workshops, community events, etc. So with that being said, I wanted to provide a list of upcoming events for both youth and adults. Please note that our staff will be taking turns manning the office during the month of July due to vacations, State conferences, and trainings.

  • July 11-13
    • Hopkins County has six youth who will be participating in Multi-County 4-H Camp in Lone Star, Texas. Our staff serves on the planning committee. This camp provides opportunities to learn, lead, and listen, but also lots of fun!
  • August 1
    • County 4-H Council will meet, 6 p.m. to finalize plans for the 2022 4-H Achievement Banquet. All 4-H members are invited to attend the meeting, but we will need a head count for dinner arrangements.
  • August 8-10
    • Youth Basic Sewing Workshop, Hopkins County Extension Office, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (times may vary).  The workshop is full, but we have started a waiting list in case someone drops out.
  • August 13
    • Twogether in Texas Marriage Education workshop, Extension Office, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. No charge. Engaged couples will receive a certificate to save $60 upon applying for a marriage license at their county clerk’s office. Must call 903-885-3443 to sign up.
  • Mid-August
    • 4-H Enrollment will be open statewide. Contact your local Extension office for information on how to enroll in the 4-H program.  Hopkins County residents may call 903-885-3443.
  • August 20
    • Hopkins County 4-H Achievement Banquet, League Street Church of Christ, 6 p.m. 4-H members, parents, leaders, and guests must contact the Extension office for ticket information. Meal and recognition of our outstanding 4-H members will take place.
  • Ongoing
    • Hopkins County Fall Festival Arts & Crafts Show applications are now being accepted. Dates of the event are October 21 and 22, at the Sulphur Springs High School cafeteria and north entrance. This show is for hand-crafted items for exhibitors to sell.  Applications and guidelines are available at the Hopkins County Extension Office, 1200-B West Houston, Sulphur Springs.  This show is open to anyone. 
    • The 2022 Hopkins County Fall Festival Creative Arts Contest will take place on October 21 and 22 at the Sulphur Springs High School Conference Center. Check-in of items is October 20 ad 21. Contact the Extension Office for categories and age divisions.  Because of space limitations, this contest is for Hopkins County residents only.
  • September
    • Cooking Well with Diabetes” 4-session series – watch for more details!
    • September 17 — “Beef 101” youth cooking session, Hopkins County Extension Office, 10 a.m. Please contact our office to sign up.
Nell Shipp, long-time Master Wellness Volunteer for the Hopkins County Extension Service, recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Volunteers come in all ages!

In other news, Hopkins County Master Wellness Volunteers remain active as they assist with various functions and take the lead in specific projects. Through May, they have contributed 624.25 hours! You will see several of them at the functions listed above.

We are also kicking off the 2022/2023 Healthy Texas Youth Ambassador program. Hopkins County has two new youth, along with the returning young person. They will be assisting with various projects throughout the year, as well. Volunteers are the backbone of effective programming in Hopkins County and we appreciate all they do!

I was recently invited to a birthday celebration for our longest-term Master Wellness Volunteer, Nell Shipp. She is 90 years young and still participates, although in a limited capacity. Congratulations to Ms. Nell on her accomplishments in volunteerism and in life!

Closing Thought

Without discipline, there is chaos in homes, schools, and communities.  Support your teachers and law enforcement, and remember to pray!


Contact Johanna Hicks, at the Hopkins County AgriLife Extension Office at P.O. Box 518, 1200-B West Houston St., Sulphur Springs, TX 75483; at 903-885-3443; or [email protected].

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