Time to sign up for 4-H programs

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

4-H offers a variety of Special Interest Clubs – with start dates as early as April 6

University of Illinois Extension serving Henry, Mercer, Rock Island and Stark Counties announces upcoming Special Interest Clubs that are starting soon.  Youth can learn new skills in dog obedience and showmanship, Teen Leadership, Fishing, Disc Golf, and Entomology, and Food Preservation/Canning. It’s a great way to have fun with new friends as you develop new interests.  Non-members can enroll in 4-H by paying the$20 enrollment fee per year—good through Sept 30, 2016.  Then they can sign up for as many of the clubs as they would like, just pay any associated supply fees. You can register for all programs online at University of Illinois Extension’s website for Henry, Mercer, Rock Island and Stark Counties:  web.extension.illinois.edu/hmrs or call (309) 756-9978.

 Here’s what’s coming up:

4-H Teens as Teachers – Find out Meeting April 6, and April 25

Teens ages 13 and older, learn how you can spend your summer leading summer programs for kids.  Explore cooking and where food comes from.  You’ll get to attend a FREE Teens as Teachers Summer Day Camp where you learn lessons that you can teach to younger kids.  Then you are eligible to sign up with other teens to lead those same lessons at 15 different locations– schools, churches, YMCAs, Boys and Girls Club and others!  You choose the site that fits your schedule.  Join us at one of these meetings to find out more!

Wed, April 6th from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. at Glenview Middle School (library), East Moline

Mon, April 25th from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at University of Illinois Extension, Milan

4-H Dog Obedience/Showmanship starting April 6th

Learn what it takes to successfully show your dog and then participate in the 4-H Dog Shows at the county fairs in Henry, Mercer and Rock Island.  Each of these is open to youth ages 8 to 18. Free for 4-H Members. $20 program fee for new 4-H members.  Here are the details:

Mercer County Dog Obedience, Wednesdays, April 6 - July 6, 6:30 pm, Mercer County Fairgrounds, Aledo

After successfully completing this program, you will be eligible to show your dog at the Mercer County 4-H Dog Show, Wednesday, July 13 at 8 a.m. 

Rock Island County 4-H Dog Obedience/Showmanship; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30 pm April 12 - July 14 Rock Island County Fairgrounds, East Moline

Led by Mary Steiger (obedience) and Sarah Close (showmanship), meetings will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays through July 14.  Plan to attend per your schedule.  Dogs must be six months and older. Rock Island County 4-H Dog Show is July 16 at 3:30 p.m. 

Henry County Dog Obedience, Wednesdays, April 13 - June 15, 6 pm, Henry County Fairgrounds, Cambridge

4-Hers enrolled in Dogs and planning to show at the fair are required to attend at least six sessions. 

4-H Disc Golf Special Interest Clubs starting April 9th

Learn different disc grips, putting & throwing techniques, footwork & angles, course etiquette & play disc golf each week!  Equipment provided.  Those new to 4-H pay the $20 enrollment fee.  Here are the details:

Camden Park, Milan, IL  Saturdays, 10-11 a.m., April 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7 & 14.  $5 supply fee. For youth ages 8 and older, adult chaperones can play too.

Frosty’s Rest Golf Center, Alexis, IL Wednesdays, 5 pm, May 18, 25, June 1, 8, 22 and 29.  $7 course fee.  For ages 12—18, adult chaperones can play too. 

4-H Sport Fishing Club, Aledo, IL starting April 23

Saturdays, April 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21, 28, 9 -  11 am

Learn to fish at local ponds around Aledo, IL.  The first meeting is at Central Park.  Cost is $5 person, Those new to 4-H pay the $20 enrollment fee.  A list of supplies given upon registration.  For ages 8 and older. 

4-H Entomology Club, Saturdays May 7 – August 27, Quad Cities

Explore insects across the Quad Cities this summer!   Learn how to know the difference between bugs and insects; identify and classify, capture and preserve insects; explore insect habitats; discover career options. Supply fee is $10 per person. Those new to 4-H also pay the $20 enrollment fee.  The club will meet on Saturdays from 10 to 11:30 am: May 7 - U of I Extension Office, Milan; May 14 - Augustana College; June 18 - Black Hawk Park Park prairie ; July 9 - Quad City Botanical Center ; July 23 - Nahant Marsh, Davenport; August 13 - Hike on Singing Bird Trail at Black Hawk Park   The club concludes with an evening meeting on Saturday August 27 from  7—9 p.m. - Nighttime insect observation at Singing Bird Lodge, Black Hawk Park

Put it Up! 4-H Canning & Food PreservationMondays, May 16, 23, June 6, 20 and 27, 4:30— 6:30 pm, Rock Island County Extension, Milan

Learn how to can, freeze and other methods to save your fresh produce all year long during this Special Interest Club. Join University of Illinois Extension, Nutrition and Wellness Educator, Kristin Bogdonas who will teach preservation skills through hands-on experience. Supply fee is $15 per person. Open to ages 8-18 and interested adult volunteers.  Non 4-H members: add $20 program enrollment fee.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment.  If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate, contact (309) 756-9978.