September 2014 4-H Newsletter

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Check out all the latest news and happenings in Cooke County 4-H.

September 2014

Welcome Back Pool Party

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2014-15 Annual 4-H Sign-up Night

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Welcome Back Night.2014

Sign-up for the 2014-15 year will take place on Tuesday, September 9th. This is an opportunity for current 4-H members to re-enroll for the coming year & pay their annual dues of $20. Adult volunteers can also sign-up for $5. Cooke County 4-H is designed to be a family affair and parents are encouraged to get involved. We have an outstanding group of dedicated adult volunteer leaders and a superb group of motivated 4-H members. Come see what we are all about and bring a friend to join!

Pecan 101 Workshop

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Pecan 101

The Noble Foundation will be providing a course covering all aspects of annual pecan production, from planning to planting to marketing, including fertilization and pest management. 9:00 am – 4:00 pm on September 16 at the Southern Oklahoma Technology Center in Ardmore.  Registration fee is $20 and includes lunch. For more information or to register, visit the Noble Foundation website or call 580-224-6360.

Step Up and Scale Down will start on September 8th.

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Do you feel the need to Step Up and Scale Down?  Step up to Scale Down is an 8 week educational program being offered by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Cooke County.  This program is based on the USDA 2010 dietary guidelines and is intended to help participants choose a healthful eating plan within their calorie requirements to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.  Some of the weekly sessions will include topics such as setting goals, creating a healthy plate, label reading, meal planning, and moving to lose.

Step Up to Scale Down will be held on Mondays from 12:15 to 12:45 starting on September 8, 2014 at the Extension Office located at 301 South Chestnut Street in Gainesville.  There is a one-time $10 fee to participate.  This fee helps to cover program expenses.

You can register here online , or you can contact our office for more information.

Step Up and Scale Down Registration

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2014 Cooke County 4-H Camp Information

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All the information and forms for the 2014 Cooke County 4-H Camp can be found by clicking here

4-H County Camp and 2014-2015 4-H County Officer Applications Added

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2014 4-H County Camp information and 2014-2015 County Council Officer Applications have been added to the 4-H Drop menu above.

Small Steps to Wellness Challenge

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Are you interested in maintaining your weight or even losing a few pounds this spring? Could you use some encouragement and guidance but don’t have time to attend classes? How about some tips to help you manage your finances better?

If so, give our Small Steps to Wellness challenge a try. Research has shown that the same skills are needed to manage both your health and your money.

“Small Steps to Wellness” is an on-line challenge designed to help adult participants get fit by encouraging regular physical activity, nutrition, and wellness activities; and also to save money, and reduce impulse spending. Participants will receive e-communications several times a week containing nutrition, health and fitness tips, and tasty recipes. They will also receive useful financial information to help them save money. Participants will also have access to supplemental information available on Facebook. There will be weekly prizes available to participants.

You can sign up below. There is no cost to participate and your information will not be shared.

Once you register, you will be enrolled and begin receiving e-communications starting the week of April 7, 2014. Participants only need to have an email address.

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2 CEU’s Available at Summer Grass Clinic

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2 CEU’s for Private Pesticide Applicators will be available to participants at the Summer Grass Establishment Clinic being held on April 3, 2014 in Sherman. For more information about this clinic, visit the events section of our website or contact Chuck Jones, CEA-AG in Grayson County at (903)813-4202.

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Too Busy to Cook?

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Too Busy to Cook? Cooking with Friends takes the guesswork out of your daily dinner dilemma. This program is designed to help and provide you with ready to cook freezer main dishes that you prepare in advance so that all you have to do is heat it up! The class has been scheduled for April 10th from 6 to 9 pm at the Downard-Fairplains Community Center ( about 7 miles South of Gainesville on old Denton Road). The cost of this class is $15 which includes recipes, handouts, and 4 freezer ready meals for a family of 4. It also will include some common ingredients in the recipes. Participants will be responsible for bringing other food ingredients and containers. Class space will be limited, but more classes will be scheduled if there is a need.

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