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Volunteers Needed for 2014 Maine 4-H Days

Maine 4-H Days will take place June 20 – 22, 2014 at the Windsor Fairgrounds. If you are interested in volunteering, or offering a workshop, please contact Jessy Brainerd at jessica.brainerd@maine.edu or   207.581.3877. Registration materials will be available at: http://umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-events/maine-4-h-days/ by May 1.

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Save the Date for Positive Youth Development Conference (Presentations Needed)

Save the date for the 2014 Positive Youth Development Conference July 21-22 “Charting the Course: Connect. Inspire. Empower!” University of New England, Biddeford, ME. PYDI Early registration open April 1 through June 15, 2014 $125.00 early price (includes lunch both days), www.regonline/pydi2014 (also of interest is the Summer Training Academy on July 23 – $199 plus materials) CEU Eligible.

Every year, teachers, afterschool providers, youth workers and others come to this conference for fresh new ideas of hands-on projects/programs that work to raise the level of engagement of youth in learning – 4-H is good at this – volunteer leaders and youth are doing fabulous things others need to know! Youth and adults are co-presenters in 90 minute workshops on using 4-H Science Kits; Starting 4-H Clubs in Afterschool Programs; Importance of Service Learning (Community Service) to Youth & How To Do It; How 4-H Clubs Care for School Gardens in the Summer; 4-H Animals in the School Setting, etc…. Contact Barb Baker for more information & ideas about presenting by April 11: barbara.baker@maine.edu 207.942.7396. No charge for one adult and any youth presenters to attend the conference! Some youth also have an option to be part of a special youth program – ask Barb about this special opportunity.

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Help Wanted! Regional Public Speaking Contest 3/29/2014

Help is needed from 4-H clubs or 4-H families to help with the Regional Public Speaking Contest on March 29, 2014 at the University of Maine, Orono, in Jenness Hall, (snow date April 5).  Help with set up and serving snacks from 9:00 to 1:00 or 1:00 to 5:00 for serving snacks and clean up.  Support members of your club who are presenting or learn about public speaking this year so you can try it next year.  This is a great community service project for   4-H clubs, individuals, or families.

To sign up to help or for more information contact Sheila Norman at 207.564.3301 or email sheila.norman@maine.edu as soon as possible, no later than March 21.

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2014 New England 4-H Horse Judges School

April 12-13, 2014 at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT.  Registration is due by March 10, and a Rulebook test will be emailed to you prior to the school.  Registration forms and information can be found at: http://newengland4hjudgessc.wix.com/ne4hjudgesschool.

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Save the Date for 2014 Maine 4-H Days

Maine 4-H Days will take place June 20 – 22, 2014 at the Windsor Fairgrounds. If you are interested in helping to plan next year’s event, please contact Jessy Brainerd at jessica.brainerd@maine.edu or   207.581.3877.

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Get Ready for 4-H Maps & Apps

4-H National Headquarters and National 4-H Council are pleased to reveal the National Science Experiment for the 2013 4-H National Youth Science Day. 4-H Maps & Apps will introduce youth to the power of geospatial technologies and their unique ability to help us understand and improve our communities.

Developed by Colorado State University Extension, this exciting activity will engage young people in ways to improve our environment with the help of geographic information systems (GIS) and global positioning systems (GPS).

The experiment will test the ability of young people to:

  • Use geospatial skills to create the ideal neighborhood park
  • Become a community planner by using maps and layers to investigate and solve real-world problems, and
  • Contribute data and their community to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) The National Map through The National Map Corps project.

Save the Date!

This annual youth science event will be held on Wednesday, October 9, 2013, and will bring 4-H’ers together from all around the nation to complete this single, innovative activity.

Participation in 4-H National Youth Science Day is meant to help spark an early passion for STEM education and to encourage young people to consider these paths of study and future careers.

To download the 2013 National Science Experiment Youth and Facilitator Guides as well as other key resources, visit the 4-H National Youth Science Day website.

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Brooks 4th of July – Share Your 4-H Stories

Wanted! 4-H alumni to come tell your 4-H stories at the Brooks 4th of July celebration. Story telling is located over at the Brooks fairground shortly after the parade is over.

Participants can bring photos, and samples of projects past or present. Let’s try to go back in time as far as we can.

If you know of a 4-H alum (a former 4-H member, 4-H club leader / volunteer), call them on the phone and invite them to come to the Brooks 4th of July Celebration.

If a 4-H alum cannot attend on July 4th, ask them if a 4-H member and volunteer can set up an interview with them at a more convenient time.

We know family schedules are busy. If you have an hour or two of free time, please come join us on the 4th. It would be great if 4-H members, volunteers and alumni would RSVP by contacting the Waldo County 4-H Staff.

Thank you for your consideration.

Come join us!

Let’s enjoy listening and capturing our wonderful Waldo County’s 4-H stories.

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Register Now for Maine 4-H Days!

Maine 4-H Days will take place July 18 – 21, 2013 at the Windsor Fairgrounds, and the registration materials are available online. As always, workshops are assigned on a first come, first served basis, so be sure to register early. If you do not have online access, please contact your local county office for paper copies of the forms.

We are in need of volunteers willing to help with all aspects of the event.  Last year, Maine 4-H Days brought almost 500 individuals to the Windsor Fairgrounds, and we are preparing for even greater numbers for 2013. Volunteers are needed for: presenter assistance, office/registration help, being crafty in the Creativity Area, set-up, cleanup, and more.  We request that one member of each group sign up for a minimum of one volunteer shift.

Along with many of your favorite returning workshops (Archery, ATV Certification, Modular Origami, Shades of Creativity, Blacksmithing, etc.), there are a ton of awesome new workshops this year: Decorating a 4-H Birthday Cake, Milk Science, Duct Tape Projects, Exploration of an Owl’s Diet, and so much more!  The State 4-H Dairy Show will also be held during 4-H Days. All of the workshops, and their descriptions, are posted on the Maine 4-H Days web page at: http://umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-events/maine-4-h-days/.

If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity, please contact Jessy Brainerd at jessica.brainerd@maine.edu or 207.581.3877.

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Spaghetti Dinner & Fundraiser Celebrates 100 Years of 4-H in Maine

The Knox-Lincoln 4-H Leaders’ Association is hosting a Spaghetti Dinner & Fundraiser at Union Fairgrounds in Union, Maine on Saturday, June 15, 6:00-8:00 pm.  This dinner will celebrate 100 Years of 4-H in Maine, as well as raise funds for 4-H in Knox and Lincoln Counties. 4-H alumni members and leaders are encouraged to attend and possibly share memories of their time with 4-H. Cost is donation of your choice. For more information contact Cindy Rogers at 207.832.0343, cynthia.rogers@maine.edu.

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2013 Maine 4-H Days – Registration Begins in May

Maine 4-H Days will take place July 18 – 21, 2013 at the Windsor Fairgrounds, and the registration materials will be available online in May. As always, workshops are assigned on a first come, first served basis, so be sure to register early. If you do not have online access, please contact your local county office for paper copies of the forms.

We are in need of volunteers willing to help with all aspects of the event.  Last year, Maine 4-H Days brought almost 500 individuals to the Windsor Fairgrounds, and we are preparing for even greater numbers for 2013. Volunteers are needed for: presenter assistance, office/registration help, being crafty in the Creativity Area, set-up, cleanup, and more.  We request that one member of each group sign up for a minimum of one volunteer shift.

Along with many of your favorite returning workshops (Archery, ATV Certification, Modular Origami, Shades of Creativity, Blacksmithing, etc.), there are a ton of awesome new workshops this year: Decorating a 4-H Birthday Cake, Milk Science, Duct Tape Projects, Exploration of an Owl’s Diet, and so much more!  The State 4-H Dairy Show will also be held during 4-H Days. All of the workshops, and their descriptions, will be posted on the Maine 4-H Days event page.

If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity, please contact Jessy Brainerd via email or phone at 581-3877.

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Cooperative Extension: 4-H
103 Libby Hall
Orono, Maine 04469
Phone: 1.800.287.0274
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
207.581.1110
A Member of the University of Maine System