Enjoy the outdoors while there’s still time

October 9, 2018

Jane Esau, Gage County 4-H

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

Calling for persons who sew to join us in this awesome sewing and service project, making a difference to girls in Africa. Dresses are simply made from fabric or a pillow case. Kits were prepared by 4-H member Kate Osterhaus and are available for pick up at the Extension office and Quilt Stitches in Beatrice. We’re not just sending dresses; we’re sending hope.

TSC Paper Clover drive

It’s fall Paper Clover time at Tractor Supply Company, from now through Oct. 14. Stop by TSC and purchase paper clovers to support 4-H for $1 each. Buy as many as you like. Stop by the 4-H table for 4-H information and sign up to win prizes. This Thursday and Saturday, stop by the table for a free bag of popcorn. What a great way to support our fabulous Gage County 4-H members. Thank you in advance.

4-H rabbit clinic

4-H families are invited to a free rabbit clinic on Saturday morning, Oct. 13, 9 a.m.-noon at the Lancaster County Extension meeting room. Sessions include feeding, care, judging, showmanship and educational resources.

Awards judging

Congrats to all 4-H members who completed their career portfolio and applied for the many awesome 4-H awards. Applications will be reviewed and winners selected at the awards judging, Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the Extension meeting room. Doors open at 5 p.m. with supper served at 6. Adult volunteers: 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 an open house, Oct. 22, 6-8 p.m. at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s East Campus. Take the Animal Science scavenger hunt, meet UNL students and faculty and learn about campus life.

4-H achievement celebration

The Gage County 4-H Council hosts 4-H members, families and supporters at the annual event to celebrate the accomplishments of Gage County 4-H members, volunteers, four National 4-H Congress winners and many others on Sunday, Nov. 11, 1:30 p.m., at the 4-H Building. We’re excited to present a Quilt of Valor to two Gage County 4-H alumni. Red, white and blue, 4-H is for you!

Monsanto funds

America’s Farmers Grow Communities gives eligible farmers the opportunity to win $2,500 for their favorite community nonprofit 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.

Gage County fair reminder

4-H and FFA exhibitors - if you have not cashed your exhibits premium check or your Premium Auction check, Nov. 1 is the deadline.

2019 Gage County Fair

Planning for next year began immediately following the Gage County Fair this year. Mark your calendar for July 24-28, 2019.

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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