4-H invites youth to join 4-H clubs

The Carroll County Kids held their first 4-H meeting of the year. During this meeting, they elected officers for the 2018- 2019 4-H year. The Carroll County Kids meet the third Sunday of every month in Mt. Carroll. New members are always welcomed. For more information about the club contact the Carroll County Extension Office at 815-244-9444. Pictured in the attached file: Back row, left to right: Olivia Charles, Treasurer; Lakin Getz, Secretary; Riley Getz, President; and Aubrey Charles, Vice President. Front row: Maya Croffoot, Photographer; Abbey Schmidt, Reporter.

4-H members in this county will join the 6 million youth across the country in celebrating National 4-H Week, Oct. 7 – 13. 4-H youth development programs provide hands-on learning activities for youth in Illinois and throughout the country. 4-H youth programs focus on leadership, citizenship and life skills.

Every county in Illinois has a 4-H program which is operated through University of Illinois Extension. 4-H club membership is open to youth aged 8 to 18. Youth 5 to 7 years of age may join the 4-H Cloverbud program. 

There are several ways to participate in 4-H. Youth may join 4-H clubs, coordinated by local screened adult volunteers. Each club decides how often it meets, the location of its meetings and the activities held during the meeting. Members may select from dozens of project areas to study while they build leadership, teamwork, cooperation, decision-making and communication skills.

Youth may also choose to focus on a very specific project area and join a club specifically related to that one project, said Martha Ebbesmeyer, University of Illinois Extension Educator.  Robotics, quilting, horses and gardening are just a few of the popular topics for special interest clubs.

One may also participate in 4-H through short term projects held during school or at after school youth organizations. Some of these popular groups teach youth about caring for the environment, preparing for a career, making healthy choices or other priority issues which build a person’s life skills.

To learn more about 4-H and enroll your child in a local club, one may contact the Carroll County University of Illinois Extension Office at 815-244-9444, Lee County at 815-857-3525 or Whiteside County at 815-632-3611 or visit our website at go.illinois.edu/clw

Write Your Life Story – Workshop Offered in Dixon

Do you have treasured memories from your past you’d like to record?  Have you written down the special moments of your life to share with your family?  The University of Illinois Extension is pleased to offer the “Share Your Life Story:  Chapter Four” writing series on Mondays, October 22nd in Dixon.  This writing series for all abilities will explore how to get started in sharing your life story and will include writing sessions and activities.  Previous writing experience is not required.  This 2018 series is a continuation from previous Life Story Writing Workshops; new participants are welcome to join at any time.     

University of Illinois Extension offers programs create learning partnerships that put knowledge to work and aim to make life better, healthier, safer, and more profitable for individuals and their communities.  Recording your life story, treasured memories, and special moments leaves a legacy for generations to come.  

“Share Your Life Story:  Chapter Four” will be held on Mondays at 1 p.m. beginning on October 22nd through November 26th at the Post House Community Center, 100 West Second Street, Dixon.  This writing series is free and open to the public.  To pre-register for the series or for more information, visit go.illinois.edu/2018lifestorydixon or call 815-632-3611.  

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Real Colors:  Assessing Your Temperament Workshop Offered in Sterling

Do you want to understand yourself better?  Could you use some insight on how to better relate to, interact with, and communicate with others?  Real Colors is for you!

Real Colors is a dynamic workshop experience using a personality type test with goals to provide participants with the skills to understand human behavior, uncover motivator’s specific to each temperament, and improve communication with others.  Participants will complete the Real Colors® Personality Type Test: a user-friendly, intuitive tool that identifies four personality types common to all people—Gold, Green, Blue, and Orange.  

It all begins with the Real Colors workshop, in which participants gain an understanding of the each of the four colors that correspond to a personality type and discover where they fall as an individual on the Real Colors spectrum.  Participants will also learn to recognize characteristics of each of the four colors and discuss with fellow workshop participants what it’s like to be each color.

From the very beginning, participants begin to see the world from a new perspective…and have fun doing it!  Real Colors can improve your interpersonal communication skills in your workplace, home, and community!

The Real Colors workshop will be facilitated by NCTI certified Real Colors facilitator, Karla Belzer.  Belzer is the Family Life Educator with the University of Illinois Extension.  

The workshop will be held on Tuesday, October 2nd, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the University of Illinois Extension, 12923 Lawrence Road, Sterling.  Cost of the workshop is $10, which includes the Real Colors assessment booklet at all materials.  Light snacks will be provided.  

Pre-registration is required by September 28.  Register at go.illinois.edu/4realcolors or by calling 815-632-3611.  

Free Educational Materials Available Through University Of Illinois Extension

University of Illinois Extension is offering “touchable” museum artifacts and lessons in kits that are available for check out to area educators and youth organizations.

“An Artifact Speaks examines a variety of ancient cultures including; Rome, Greece, Mesopotamia, Egypt, China and India. Each kit contains lessons, artifacts, games, folktales and hands on activities that are available for loan from the Whiteside County Extension office, through a grant developed by staff of the Spurlock Museum of World Cultures. Teachers, librarians, youth and adult group leaders, home schooling parents and volunteers who may be interested in borrowing these FREE kits should contact Mary Nelson at (815) 632-3611

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