Nebraska Extension in Gage County
March 2017
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Your Monthly News & Updates
4-H BB Gun and Air Rifle Tournament - March 27

We're holding a spring tournament to encourage all kids to come out and compete and enjoy the fun. Open to 4-H and non 4-H  youth, 6:00 pm, 4-H building, Gage County Fairgrounds. Age divisions for competition in BB guns and Air rifles. Competitors must have an adult/parent/coach on the line with them. Gun must be brought to range in a case. Range rifles available. Check in 5:30 pm. Contact Mike Jochum  402-228-0206
4-H Speech Workshop

Jetta Harvey and Mel Kostal, Senior Division Public Speakers will be presenting a public speaking workshop, Sunday March 26, 3:00 pm at the Gage Co. Extension meeting room. This workshop will help you as you prepare for the County Contest, April 20. Pre-register by March 20. Bring your favorite poems if you are a younger speaker or your favorite 4-H topic if you are 12 & older and they will help you develop your speech for the contest.

Sharing your Home 
with Critters

The winter months can really drag out. You can't go outside and garden and you are stuck indoors. It is at this time that you might start to notice some other critters coming into your home as well. There are a lot of home invading insects and arthropods that use our homes to stay warm through the winter. Read about the critters in your home at: Plants and Pests
Gage County Fair & Expo
We are blessed to live in a state that embodies the label "The Good Life," and this year, we get to celebrate all that that means on Nebraska's 150th birthday!  It's a year long celebration and the Gage County Fair is going to be celebrating with families, fun, agriculture, education and entertainment, so mark you calendars for July 26th through July 30th and be prepared for some BIG fun! Gage County Fair

Fairbooks will be ready to pick up at the Extension Office Friday, April 14
Ready to Plant Your Garden?

Spring will be here before we know it. With all the warm weather lately, it is hard to remember that spring has not already sprung in Southeast Nebraska. But, with the warmer weather, there are a few things we can do in our landscapes and a few things we should avoid. Read Nicole's blog for information on what you can and can't do in your landscape now. Plants and Pests

Empty Bowls Luncheon - March 21

Support the Beatrice Backpack Program and enjoy the soups of Beatrice fine restaurants and caterers, Tuesday, 11:30-1:00 pm, Classics Restaurant. Purchase your ticket for $25.00 and receive a free pottery bowl crafted by BHS and SCC art students, Ervin Dixon, Patrick McKinney or Down Under Pottery. Tickets at Pinnacle Bank or Security First Bank. Email: Patty Kaufman for more details. 

4-H Online Enrollment is NOW

Time to sign up for the 2017 4-H program.  You can go online to 4-H Online and either update your previous years registration or create a new profile (ONLY if you are new to 4-H).  The Project List will help you with your choices for 2017.
Extension Events
See all Gage County Extension Events on our Online Calendar

March 18 - Pesticide Training, 9-noon, Gage County
March 21 - Master Gardener 6:30-9:00 pm - Gage Co. Extension
March 22 - Master Gardener, 1-3 pm, Wilber, Saline Center 
March 21 - Commercial Applicators Training (Initial) 8:30 am - Gage Co. Extension
March 23 - Commercial Applicators Training (Recert) - 9:00 am - Gage Co. Extension
March 25 - 4-H Public Speaking Workshop, Exension Office
March 28 - Groundwater Guardian program, Noon, Valentino's - Beatrice
March 28 - Master Gardener 6:30-9:00 pm - Gage Co. Extension
March 29 - Master Gardener, 1-3 pm, Wilber, Saline Center

April 4 - Next Chapter (8th Grade) State Celebration, UNL
April 15 - Market Beef ID/DNA due (State Fair & Ak-Sar-Ben)
April 20 - County 4-H Speech Contest, Gage County Extension
April 25 -  Next Chapter (8th Grade) State Celebration, UNL

May 1 - Online 4-H Enrollment & Volunteer Leader Registration deadline
May 19 - Regional 4-H Speech Contest, Lincoln

June 1 - Horse ID Deadline (unless district entry)
June 1 - Livestock Quality Assurance deadline
June 13-14 - Camp Renegade, near Fairbury
June 15 - Livestock ID deadline
June 20 - District 4-H Horse Show, Lincoln

July 10-14 - NAYI, Lincoln
July 16-20 - State 4-H Horse Exposition, Grand Island
July 26-30 - Gage County Fair & Expo

Aug 21 - Solar Eclipse
Aug. 25-Sept. 4 - Nebraska State Fair, Grand Island

Sept. 21-24 - Ak-Sar-Ben Stock Show, Omaha

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