Many of you are 4-H alumni or worked with your children in 4-H. We love 4-H positive youth development! What are the values you associate with 4-H? Big dreams. Hard work. Life skills. Respect. Responsibility. Positive character traits. Work ethic. Grit and determination. Disappointments and purple ribbon success. February is 4-H month and Valentine’s month; we celebrate 4-H members, parents, volunteers, alumni, and community supporters, sweet during the month and all year through. February is a great time to join 4-H, volunteer as a leader, or get your business or organization on board as a 4-H sponsor. Contact the Extension Office, 402-223-1384. Online 4-H enrollment deadline is May 1. 4-H and chocolate are sweet, 365 days a year.

Celebrate N-150 with us

Calling UNL graduates and friends of UNL. The University of Nebraska was chartered on Feb. 15, 1869 and charged with its land-grant mission of public education and service to Nebraska. In 2019 we mark a 150-year legacy of improving the quality of life for Nebraska and beyond. Please join us in our Charter Day Celebration, Friday, Feb. 15, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Extension Office in Beatrice. We feature UNL logo cookies and N150 goodies. Wear your red! Take your picture with flat-out amazing Flat Herbie. Join in our celebration of the historic past of your University and chartering a bold new future.

Glow Big Red celebrates 24 hours of Husker Giving noon Feb. 14-15. Light your porch red, fly your Husker flags, wear your favorite Husker gear, and show your love for Nebraska.

 YQCA certification

4-H and FFA youth exhibiting livestock at fairs must get YQCA certification (Youth for the Quality Care of Animals) online ($12/youth) or face to face training ($3/youth) by June 15. Website: https://yqca.learngrow.io. Local training dates: Feb. 24 4 p.m. April 6, 2:30 p.m., June 1, 9 a.m., Extension Office meeting room. Pre-register online prior to attending any session.

Celebrate President’s Day

My favorite quotes by one of the greatest, Abraham Lincoln... “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be... I will prepare and some day my chance will come... The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend... Whatever you are, be a good one... You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today... No man has a good enough memory to make a successful liar... If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?... I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him... In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”

4-H tailgate kick-off

You’re invited to tailgate and celebrate Gage County 4-H, Tuesday, April 9, 5-8 p.m., 4-H Building in Beatrice. Share the fun and learning in 4-H, enjoy tailgate food, tons of prizes, enrollment station open for 4-H members and Clover Kids.

Summer camping

Planning your kids’ summer activities? All kids are invited to join in the fun and learning at 4-H camps this summer, Eastern Nebraska 4-H Center, Gretna, and the State 4-H Camp, Halsey. Compare these figures: in a typical week's time... 51 minutes spent outdoors by the average kid and 623 minutes at the computer. At a week of summer camp, a child spends 3,600 minutes outdoors and 0 minutes watching TV, talking on a cell phone or playing video games. Pick up the 2019 brochure at the Extension Office. Registration discount prior to April 15. Kids will come home with new friends, confidence, leadership, outdoor skills, and a lifetime of memories.

Summer is coming and there's nothing like our local 4-H Camp Renegade, June 18-19 (8-10 year olds) and a new Camp Venture, June 20-21 (ages 11-13), both at Camp Jefferson near Fairbury. 4-H enrollment not required.

Quote of Note: “They say if you become a better person, you’ll have a better life.” – Charlie Brown

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