4-H Junior Gardener SPIN Club, Next Date May 29-4:30-6:00 p.m. - Immanuel Lutheran Church, Dixon
Teaching children about the wonderful world of gardening through hands-on investigation of growing their own vegetables & flowers and learning to use the harvest. A portion of the produce grown will be given to food insecure situations. The club is for youth 3-5 grades and will meet on Tuesday’s May 15-July 31. The cost is $30 for non-4-H members and $10 for 4-H members. For more information contact the Lee County Extension Office at 815-857-3525. Register online at: go.illinos.edu/LeeCoJG
Carroll County 4-H Shooting Sports SPIN Clubs-Next Date, May 29-5pm to Dark-VanBuskirk Shooting Range, Mt. Carroll This year we are going to offer two clubs at the VanBuskirk Shooting Range. Shotgun classes will be offered April 3-June 5 for ages 10-18 from 5 p.m. to dark and Air Rifle classes will be held for ages 8-18 from 6 p.m. to dark. For more information call the Extension office at 815-244-9444 and register online at go.illinois.edu/carrolloutdoorsports
Illinois 4-H Feeding & Growing Our Communities, May 29, 2018-5:30pm-Lee County 4-H Center, Amboy
Come out to the fairgrounds on May 29 at 5:30pm to help your local 4-Her’s and volunteers pack over 12,000 meals for local food pantries. We need as many volunteers as possible to make this meal packaging event a success. For questions contact Kathy Book at the Lee County Extension office at 815-857-3525. RSVP online by May 18 at go.illinois.edu/FeedingandGrowing
Kids & K-9’s, Saturday’s -Next Date June 2, 2018-9am & 10am- Granny Rose K-9 Enrichment Center, Dixon
This is a survey class that will introduce you to all facets of training including obedience, rally, agility, and conformation. It is also designed to help your dog become a more integral part of your family. Open to youth ages 8-18 beginning Saturday’s March 17-June 30. Advanced Classes will begin at 9am and beginners will take place at 10am. The fee will be $25 for 4-H members and $45 for non-4-H members. Register online at go.illinois.edu/kidsk9
Summer STEAM program, Weekly June 4-July 16- Sterling, Thomson, Mt. Carroll, Dixon and Prophetstown
STEAM up the summer with the University of Illinois Extension Super Summer STEAM program. The six-week program is for kids 8-12 featuring all new, hands-on, interactive learning activities focused on science, technology, engineering, art, agriculture, and math is coming to a location near you!
• University of Illinois Extension office in Sterling on Mondays from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
• Thomson Public Library on Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
• Mt. Carroll Public Library on Tuesdays from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
• Post House Community Center in Dixon on Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
• Prophetstown Park District in Prophetstown on Thursdays from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Cost to register for this 6-week program is $10 per participant. For more information or to register for Super Summer STEAM, visit go.illinois.edu/clw or contact Karla Belzer at 815-632-3611 or by email at email@example.com
Carroll County Archery SPIN Club, Next Date June 4 & 6- 5:30-6:30 pm- York Farm, Lanark
4-H archery workshops will be held May 14,16,21, June 4,6,11,13,20,25,27 July 11,18,25 and Aug 1 from 5:30-6:30 pm and May 20 and June 3 from 5:00-6:00 pm at the Mike & Jodi York farm located at 25269 E. Locust Rd., Lanark. A parent must accompany you; if your mom or dad cannot then you need to find another adult to be responsible for you. Dress for the weather. You need to arrive at least ½ hour before ending time if you are going to be late and want to shoot. Bring what equipment you have with you. There is no cost for 4-H’ers to attend. Cost for non 4-H’ers is $20. The Archery SPIN club is open to all youth 8-18 years old. Register online at go.illinois.edu/carrollarchery
Plant U, Mondays starting June 4-July 23-6-7:30pm- Whiteside Extension Office, Sterling
Looking to help your child avoid the summer slide while spending time outside and learning to grow food? Send them to Plant U on Monday nights! Starting June 4 until July 23 from 6-7:30pm, The University of Illinois Extension in Sterling will be offering a summer youth gardening program for kids ages 8 – 18 to grow their favorite color. Register online at go.illinois.edu/summergarden
Youth Mental Health First Aid Workshop, June 5, 2018- 9-5pm, Faith United Methodist Church, Polo
Youth Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course designed for adults who work with youth between the ages of 12-25.
Just like CPR and First Aid training prepares you for a physical emergency, YMHFA prepares you for a mental health challenge. To register go.illinois.edu/youthmentalhealth
Wits Fitness, Monthly Workshop- Next Date, June 7-10:30am- York Township Public Library, Thomson
Join University of Illinois Extension Educator Karla Belzer each month as she leads participants through interactive activities designed to exercise the brain to maintain and enhance cognitive function and memory. You are never too young or too old to get started training your brain, so join Karla in this fun and informative class. Class is FREE and open to the public. You are welcome to join the class at any time! We will be offering this program at the Thomson Public Library. Register online at go.illinois.edu/witsfitness2
Wits Fitness, Monthly Workshop- Next Date, June 7-1:30-3pm-Mt. Carroll Public Library, Mt. Carroll
Join University of Illinois Extension Educator Karla Belzer each month as she leads participants through interactive activities designed to exercise the brain to maintain and enhance cognitive function and memory. You are never too young or too old to get started training your brain, so join Karla in this fun and informative class. Class is FREE and open to the public. You are welcome to join the class at any time! We will be offering this program at the Mt. Carroll Public Library. Register online at: go.illinois.edu/MCwitsfitness
4-H Summer Camp at LOMC, June 11-15, 2018-Week Stay at LOMC, Oregon
Camp is open to anyone ages 8 to 14. Camp facilities are located in Oregon, Illinois at Camp LOMC. Campers enjoy a week of hiking, team building, arts and crafts, canoeing, swimming, enjoying nature and making new friends. Visit
go.illinois.edu/4HCampLOMC to register online or for more information.
All My Money, June 12&13, 2018-8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.-Sterling Federal Bank, Sterling
All My Money: Change for the Better is a train-the-trainer financial management program for persons working with limited-resource audiences. It is designed so that agency staff, social workers, and other educators can teach financial literacy topics, even if they do not personally have expertise in financial management. Learn more at go.illinois.edu/AllMyMoney
HEA Monthly Lessons for Living, Monthly, June 18-10am- Lowell Park, Dixon
Join the HEA for their monthly lessons for living. Open to the public and free of charge the June lesson will be a tour of Lowell Park and Picnic. Call the office at 815-857-3525 to register and for meeting directions at least one week prior to the event
Wits Fitness, Monthly Workshop Next Date June 19-10:30-noon- Rock River Center, Oregon
Join University of Illinois Extension Educator Karla Belzer as she leads participants through interactive activities designed to exercise the brain to maintain and enhance cognitive function and memory. You are never too young or too old to get started training your brain, so join Karla in this fun and informative class. Class is FREE and open to the public. We will be offering this program at the Rock River Center, 810 S 10th St, Oregon, IL. Register online at go.illinois.edu/witsfitnessoregon
A Movie in The Barn, June22, 2018-6 p.m.-Lee County 4-H Fairgrounds, Amboy
Lee county federation invites lee co 4-H’ers to a Movie in the Barn! We will be watching Charlotte’s Web and Sandlot. 6pm. Popcorn and water provided. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and excitement! For more information contact the Lee County Extension Office at 815-857-3525.
Four Seasons Horticulture Webinar Summer Series-July 10, 31 & August 14-1:30pm- All County Offices
Four Seasons Gardening, a 12-session program presented by University of Illinois Extension, includes a wide array of gardening and landscaping topics. Topics in the summer series will begin with Beneficial Insects: Garden Warriors on July 10. Other topics in the summer series include Urban Soil Safety set for July 31 and At-Home Micropropagation: In Vitro Plants set for August 14. Cost per session is $5 (free for active Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists). Webinars will be offered at 3 locations within the Unit, Carroll County Extension Office, Mt. Carroll; Whiteside Extension Office, Sterling; and Lee County Extension Office, Amboy at 1:30pm. Advance registration is needed one week prior to the webinar. To register, call (815) 632-3611 or register online at: go.illinois.edu/4seasonsCLW If you wish to listen to the webinars for free from home, you can register at: go.illinois.edu/4seasonshome
Wits Fitness, Monthly Workshop-Next Date July 24-10-11:30am-Sterling Public Library
Join University of Illinois Extension Educator Karla Belzer each month as she leads participants through interactive activities designed to exercise the brain to maintain and enhance cognitive function and memory. We will be offering this program at the Sterling Public Library. Register online at go.illinois.edu/witsfitness
Gardening Extravaganza, July 28-1:00-4:00 p.m.-Whiteside Extension Office, Sterling
Whiteside Master Gardeners will present a 3 session workshop on shade gardening, grace of gardening and a hands on session making homemade hand scrub and natural bug spray. The fee for the workshop is $15 and online registration is at go.illinois.edu/GardenDay2018. For more information contact the Whiteside Extension office at 815-632-3611.
Master Gardener Training, Tuesday’s, August 28-November 13-9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.-LOTS(210 E Progress), Dixon,
Local training classes will be held at Lee-Ogle Transportation System (210 E Progress Dr. Dixon, IL) beginning August 28, 2018. Classes will be Tuesday's, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. through November 13. Class topics include botany, soils and fertilizer, ornamental grasses and landscape design, vegetables, fruits, insects, turf grass management, disease control, woodies and vines, annuals and perrenials, and plant pathology. The cost of the manual and training will be $250. Register online at