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4-H is Sweet

4-H and chocolate are both sweet. February marks Nebraska 4-H month and Valentine’s Day will be celebrated, I hope for you and me, with a mouth-watering box of truffles and 4-H.

What can chocolate do for you? Chocolate can make us feel good. Dark chocolate can expand the arteries and increase blood flow and may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Some of its ingredients stimulate the brain’s pleasure center. Go ahead - consume your 11.7 pounds of chocolate this year. I’m happy to be working on mine!

What can 4-H do for you? 4-H youth are growing and learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. They are lead by caring volunteers and families. 4-H grows youth with character. 4-H grows strong families. 4-H grows strong communities.

Now is a great time to join 4-H, register as a volunteer or get your business or organization on board as a 4-H sponsor. Together, we grow 4-H. Contact the Extension Office at 402-223-1384. 4-H and chocolate are sweet 365 days a year.

YQCA training

4-H and FFA youth exhibiting livestock at all fairs this year can get their training on Feb. 8 at 1:30 p.m. in the Tri County School ag room. Online training is an easy option to utilize for youth at your convenience. Visit http://yqca.learngrow.io.

Top 10 reasons to join 4-H

1. 4-H is loads of fun. 2. Green looks better on a clover than blue. 3. 4-H offers hundreds of projects and fair exhibits. 4. 4-H builds life skills and a whole lot more. 5. The four-leaf clover keeps the 4-H spirit alive. 6. 4-H helps you show your cows, cooking, quilting, vegetables and so much more. 7. When you try real hard, you achieve personal success and win that purple ribbon. 8. The 4-H feeling is plain great. 9. 4-H is a way to make you and your accomplishments shine. 10. 4-H builds character, making girls and boys into great women and men.

Homestead 4-H Shooting Sports Club

Looking for a new life skill, a source of fun, and a way of getting to know others while improving yourself? Enrollment is open for new members, second grade through age 18, in the Homestead 4-H Shooting Sports Club. Contact Mike Jochum by calling 402-984-1988.

UNL Red Letter Days

Experience life at UNL. High school seniors can learn about UNL and visit the campus on Feb. 16 or 23, March 9 or 16 and April 2 or 27. Pre-registration is required.

Gage County fair and expo

Come home to the Gage County Fair, taking place July 25-29. Visit with friends and neighbors, bring your kids back, exhibit your best homemade, homegrown exhibits. Get involved as an exhibitor, a 4-H or FFA family, as an organization or business sponsor or a volunteer. Watch for the announcement of this year’s entertainment: anybody got ideas? 4-H features the best homegrown kids, hometown values and homemade talent.

4-H serves the community

Community service is one of the pillars of 4-H. Each year, we offer county-wide projects, as well as clubs that do so much good in our communities. We network with Beatrice State Developmental Center in the collection of cards, cancelled stamps and envelopes as they recycle them. In addition, we continue to collect tabs. You may drop off tabs at the Extension Office. We are pleased to participate for the second year in sewing dresses for Africa from fabrics or pillowcases. To participate, ask for the pattern by calling 402-223-1384.

Simple Inspirations

“Love doesn’t make the world go round; it just makes the ride worthwhile.” - Franklin P. Jones.

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