Enjoy the Outdoors

Days are getting shorter and the weather is cooling down. Don’t stop going outdoors. Wonderful adventures await us in nature. Experience the crunch of fall leaves, mud between your toes, the warmth of sunshine, or Jack Frost nipping at your nose. Unlike TV or electronic games, nature stimulates all of our senses and provides input for critical thinking skills, muscle tone, and a can-do attitude. Positive interaction with nature is instrumental in helping children develop a respect for the environment. Children will learn from us as we appreciate and enjoy the outdoors. No couch potatoes this fall - get out there and enjoy life.

Dresses for Africa

Please join us in this awesome sewing and service project, making a difference to girls in Africa. Dresses are simply made from fabric or pillow cases and patterns are available at the Extension Office. If you sew, can you help us reach our goal of 100 dresses to send in November. We’re not just sending dresses, we’re sending hope.

TSC Paper Clover Drive

It’s paper clover time at Tractor Supply Company. Now through Oct. 15, stop by TSC and purchase paper clovers to support 4-H for one dollar each. Buy as many as you like. What a simple way to support our fabulous Gage County 4-H members! We say “thank you.”

4-H Rabbit Clinic

4-H families are invited to the free rabbit clinic on Saturday morning, Oct. 21 at the Lancaster County Extension meeting room. Sessions include feeding, care, judging, showmanship, plus educational resources. Register online at http://go.unl.edu/rabbit.

Awards judging

Congrats to all 4-H members who completed their career portfolios and applied for the many awesome 4-H awards. Applications will be reviewed and winners selected at the awards judging ceremony on Monday, Oct. 23 in the Extension meeting room. Doors will open at 5 p.m., with supper served at 6 p.m. Adult volunteers, please contact the Extension Office if you’re interested.

UNL Animal Science Open House

Students, learn about careers in companion animals, horses, livestock and more at the open house on Oct. 23 from 6-8 p.m. on UNL's East Campus. Participate in the animal science scavenger hunt, meet UNL students and faculty and more.

4-H Achievement Celebration

The Gage County 4-H Council hosts 4-H members, families and supporters at the annual celebration, which will be held on Sunday, Nov. 5 at 5 p.m. in the 4-H Building. Please join us in honoring 2017 award winners at the annual event. We invite youth and adults to submit entries in the “Something to crow about” contests. Further information will sent to 4-H families.

Monsanto Funds

America’s Farmers Grow Communities gives eligible farmers the opportunity to win $2,500 for their favorite community non-profit organization. One winner is selected in each eligible county. Visit www.growcommunities.com or call 1-877-267-3332 by Nov. 30. Please indicate Gage County 4-H as your choice for recipient of funds.

Celebrate the Good Life in 4-H

4-H grows great kids as they set goals, gain leadership skills and develop life skills. Gage County 4-H is open to youth, from second grade to age 18, with over 100 projects. Minimum club size is five members, with leadership provided by volunteer adults. Contact the Extension Office at 402-223-1384 or email at jesau2@unl.edu. Celebrate 4-H families as you join the green team.

Quote of note

George Washington said, “I’d rather be on my farm than emperor of the world.” During this harvest season, to those who work in acres, not in hours: thank you. Eat well today? Thank a farmer and their family.

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