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 April 21, 2016    
Macomb County 4-H News & Events
Jam Making & Food Safety Workshop - April 30
A Jam Making & Food Safety Workshop will be held at Thompson Center, Room 109, 11370 Hupp Ave., Warren, from 10 a.m.-noon on April 30, 2016. Participants will learn how to preserve their own jam at home. This hands-on experience in home food preservation helps students gain practical knowledge and guide them in developing deeper understandings of scientific and mathematical concepts. Contact Kea Norrell-Aitch at 586-469-6264 or knboyd@anr.msu.edu for more information; or 586-469-6431 or Macomb.4h@macombgov.org to register.

Spring 4-H Paper Clover Campaign - April 13-24
The Spring 2016 4-H Paper Clover Campaign is April 13-24, 2016. In partnership with Tractor Supply Company (TSC), the bi-annual 4-H Paper Clover fundraiser invites customers to donate $1 or more at checkout, supporting local 4-H programs across the country. Support 4-H from April 13-24 at two Macomb County locations:
  • Romeo Tractor Suply, 66143 Van Dyke, Washington
  • New Haven Tractor Supply, 57155 Gratiot Ave., New Haven
All funds raised will be donated to 4-H, and most (60-65 percent) will remain at the Macomb County level to support local 4-H youth development program activities.
Your involvement in the 4-H Paper Clover fundraiser is important. Counties with club and individual  4-Her involvement receive significantly more in donations. Participating 4-H clubs can enter a sweepstakes drawing for a chance to win a $150 TSC or $100 4-H Mall gift card. To find out ways you and your club can participate in the Spring 2016 4-H Paper Clover Campaign, contact Seth Martin at 586-783-8163 or  mart1885@anr.msu.edu , or Elizabeth Duran at  duraneli@anr.msu.edu  or 586-469-6090.

Member Recognition Pins Available
Macomb County MSU Extension still has a limited number of member year pins available: 1st - 11, 8th - 7, 9th - 9, 10th - 6, 
11th - 20, 12th - 8, 13th - 22, 14th - 7th, Blank - 1, I'm a 
4-H Cloversprout - 6. Contact Macomb County MSU Extension at 586-469-6431 or macomb.4h@macombgov.org to request them.

Macomb County 4-H Youth Council Meeting - May 12
Mark your calendars! The next Macomb County 4-H Youth Council meeting is May 12, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at Camp Rotary, 20505 29 Mile Road, Ray Township. For more information about the Council, contact Maggie Bohm, Macomb County 4-H Youth Council President, at gottadancegirl@gmail.com.
Macomb County 
4-H Staff
Richard Wooten
District 11 Coordinator
4-H Extension Educator
4-H Mentor Program
4-H Program Coordinator
4-H Extension Educator
Program Coordinator 
4-H Tech Wizards

4-H Program Coordinator 
Computer Maintenance Clerk
Web Site:
MSU Extension
21885 Dunham Road, Ste. 12
Clinton Township, MI 48036
Phone: (586) 469-6431
MSU Extension
11370 Hupp
Warren, MI 48089
Phone: (586) 469-7614
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Bee Keeping Workshop
T here will be a 4-H Bee Keeping Workshop from 1-3 p.m. on May 7, 2016 at the Ray Township Community Center, 64255 Wolcott Road, Ray Township. The presenter for this workshop is Ryan Smith, Sanilac County 4-Her and member of the AgInnovators State Leadership Team. Participants of all ages are welcome, and you do not have to be a 4-H member or volunteer to attend. 

This workshop is free, but please R.S.V.P. to Macomb County MSU Extension, 586-469-6431 or macomb.4h@macombgov.org, by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 6th. Contact Elizabeth Duran, 4-H Program Coordinator, at 586-469-6090 or  duraneli@anr.msu.edu  for more information.

Old 4-H Items Needed for Historical Display in Warren
Do you have old Macomb County 4-H photos, awards or other 4-H items from years gone by? Macomb County 4-H staff is looking for items for a 4-H historical display in Warren. Contact Elizabeth Duran, 4-H Program Coordinator, at 586-469-6090 or duraneli@anr.msu.edu if you have items you can lend for this exhibit.

Register Now for 4-H Exploration Days!
Exploration Days is June 22-24, 2016 at MSU in East Lansing. Registration for this popular annual youth conference will remain open through April 26th. Best described as a "mini-college experience," this event gives Michigan youth who are ages 11-19 as of January 1, 2016 the opportunity to take fun, educational sessions of their choice, experience life in the dorms, attend well-chaperoned youth activities, and meet peers from across the state.
Information and registration forms are now available online at http://4h.msue.msu.edu/events/4-h_exploration_days. Enrollment forms will be entered in the order that they are received at Macomb County MSU Extension in Clinton Township.
The cost for this year's event is $165 per person (4-H members) or $175 per person (non-members), plus any applicable session fees. An $80 deposit is required to reserve your spot.
A limited number of partial scholarships are available from MSU Extension and the Macomb County 
4-H Youth Council. The MSU Extension scholarship is open to youth members and non-members. The Council scholarship is open to Macomb County 4-H members and screened 4-H volunteers.
Participants will be housed either two to a room or four to a room, depending on the dorm our county is placed in. Macomb County roommates will be selected according to age and interests.
All participants, including returning participants, are required to attend one of two orientations offered in Macomb County:
Exploration Days Orientation #1
June 6, 2016     6-8:30 p.m.
MSU Extension Assembly Rooms
21885 Dunham Road, Entrance E
Clinton Township, MI 48036
Exploration Days Orientation #2
June 7, 2016     6-8:30 p.m.
Thompson Community Center
11370 Hupp Avenue
Warren, MI 48089 
Balance information, session confirmations, orientation details and personal data sheets will be sent to participants in mid-May. Balance payments, personal data sheets and any outstanding forms are due on or before your orientation date. 
Chaperones and  County Conference Assistants (CCAs): Adults, please consider being a chaperone or CCA for the Macomb County delegation. We need one male and one female CCA, and at least one (same-sex) chaperone for every ten youth participants.
For more information, contact Jeran Culina at culinaje@anr.msu.edu or 586-469-5979, 
or Roberta Busquaert at Macomb.4h@macombgov.org or 586-469-6431.

Club Seeks Support for 4-H Dog Fun Match
K-9 & Kompany 4-H Club will be sponsoring a 4-H Dog Fun Match at the Armada Fairgrounds in Armada on June 18, 2016. This show is a community event for 4-H youth to compete with their dogs in obedience, showmanship, agility, and rally obedience, and the club needs sponsors to support the event through donations. Expenses for the event include ribbons, trophies and funding for judges. If your business donates, they will receive their name on the back of a t-shirt that will be worn by the 4-H club members and sold at the match. The more donated, the more prominent the name will be on the shirt. The donation deadline is Tuesday, May 24, 2016. Please contact Chylie at  chylieschramm@gmail.com for more information and/or to donate.

School Section 4-H Club Volunteers to Help Council
Thank you, School Section 4-H Club, for supporting the Macomb County 4-H Youth Council! School Section 4-H Club has volunteered to help the Macomb County 4-H Youth Council with its wood shavings sales fundraiser during the 2016 Armada Fair. Fundraisers like this enable the Council to offer scholarships and other opportunities to Macomb County 4-H members and volunteers. 

Submitted by Maggie Bohm, President
Macomb County 4-H Youth Council 
Children and Youth Institute Offers Volunteer Training
The MSU Extension CYI Capacity Building Work Team is offering a Generational Differences Training on May 5, 2016 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at YouthVille Detroit, 7375 Woodward Avenue, Suite 1520, Detroit.
See http://events.anr.msu.edu/GenerationDifferences2016/ for more information or to register.
This training is aimed at helping to build the capacity of professionals, volunteers and youth-serving organizations and is designed to keep participants active and engaged. The registration cost, unless otherwise listed, is $55 with a reduced fee for MSU Extension staff and AmeriCorps members. The cost includes lunch and any workshop materials.
If you have any questions, please contact the workshop facilitator listed on the registration page or Scott Lakin, 248-858-1509 or lakinsco@msu.edu

Raising Money Smart Children - April 23
Michigan State University Extension is offering "Raising Money Smart Children", a FREE workshop 
at Thompson Community Center, 11370 Hupp Avenue in Warren, from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, 
April 23, 2016, for adults and their children in grades 3-6. Adults and children will engage in activities designed to explore wants vs. needs, allowance, spending plans, and saving tips, and practice managing their money as a family unit. Seating is limited and lunch is provided. R.S.V.P. to 
586-469-7614 by April 21, 2016.
Mad City Money - May 3
Teens get a taste of the adult world with this hands-on simulation, complete with jobs, income, family and debt. During this two-hour challenge, youth visit merchants to select housing, transportation, food, household necessities, clothing, daycare and other wants and needs while building a budget for their simulated family. Mad City Money allows participants to make mistakes - and suffer the consequences of their decisions - in a realistic but safe environment. This Money Smart Week event, sponsored by Michigan State University Extension, is at the Farmington Community Library's Main Library Auditorium, 32737 W. 12 Mile Road, Farmington Hills, on Tuesday, May 3rd from 6-8 p.m. Call 
248-553-6880 for information.
Build Your Future: Choices...Connections...Careers... Curriculum Training
Learn how to implement this National 4-H curriculum that focuses on career exploration and workforce preparation. This National 4-H curriculum written by MSU Extension educators helps teens investigate career interests, identify goals, develop employability skills and explore post-secondary education options and sources of funding. Participants experience a variety of learning methods, such as developing a business plan, competing in a quiz bowl, creating a portfolio, analyzing case studiesand discussing questions that reflect on their experiences. Nine engaging activities provide a fun structure to help teens learn about their choices, make important connections and plan successful, meaningful careers. The curriculum is perfect for clubs, community groups, school enrichment, afterschool, and camp settings targeting upper middle and high school students. The training is conducted by two of the authors. This training would be beneficial for parents, volunteers, youth development workers, teachers and counselors. The Build Your Future: Choices...Connections...Careers Curriculum Training is May 2, 2016 from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at Wayne County MSU Extension, 33030 Van Born Road, Wayne, MI 48184. The training is $40 and includes a full curriculum, refreshments and lunch. Register online at http://events.anr.msu.edu/BuildYourFutureWayne2016/. Email 4-HCareerPrep@anr.msu.edu for more information.

Pioneers Learn about Nature and Serving the Community

Life Enrichment Academy-CSDD Warren is excited to have the privilege to be a part of 4-H. Over the last year at Life Enrichment Academy, we have launched a group that has become more involved in activities and volunteer efforts related to 4-H. The group, dedicated entirely to 4-H, is called "The Pioneers".

During the week, we visited the nature trails at the Lake Saint Clair Metropark in Harrison Township. We discussed habitats and ecosystems as we observed the wonders of nature around us. We talked about how the stuff on top of the water, that we think is gross, actually protects the life forms which live in the water. We were amazed at how nature is designed to take care of itself. We are looking forward to learning more lessons like this one. Pictured above is staff member Lynn, teaching about nature.

Submitted by Tena Harris, Pioneers 4-H Club

DTA 4-H Club and Mount Clemens 4-H Mentor Program Youth Prepare Gardens

4-Hers Explore Digital Storytelling at the Apple Store

The morning of April 16th was a fun time of creativity and learning for 15 members of School Section, Sharper Focus, and Thompson Community Center 4-H clubs. The youths attended the 4-H Meets at the Apple Store event at Partridge Creek in Clinton Township to learn about Apple technology and create digital stories using an assortment of Apple applications and devices.
They started off drawing and writing story boards on paper, then used iPads and various applications to draw out the pages of their story boards. Finally, they transferred the stories to MacBooks to put finishing touches on their books. Each 4-Her received a flash drive with his or her story on it and will also be receiving a t-shirt. 

Summer Youth Camps Planned at Thompson Community Center
Three summer camps for youth are planned by MSU Extension 4-H Youth Development. All will be 
held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Thompson Community Center, 11370 Hupp Avenue, Warren. Camp dates are June 27-July 1, July 11-15, and August 8-12. Activities will focus on Healthy Living, Gardening, STEM, and Theater Arts. For more information, contact Lizz Duran, 4-H Program Coordinator, at 
(586) 469-6090 or duraneli@anr.msu.edu
Other Local News
Gardening Classes Offered

Who's in My Backyard? - Monday, May 23, 2016  
Ever wonder why a Robin cocks his head? Can't tell the difference between a Downy and Hairy Woodpecker? And, what does a Red Winged Blackbird have in common with the TV show Sister Wives? Learn the answer to these questions, and more fun facts about birds. The program is from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Macomb County MSU Extension, 21885 Dunham Road, Clinton Township. Presented by Pam Goros of Wild Birds Unlimited in Macomb Township, it's free to Macomb County Master Gardener Association members +1 guest and $5 for all others. R.S.V.P. to macombmga@gmail.com.
The Iris Lady - Thursday, June 30, 2016 
Advanced Master Gardener Betty Slominski will show participants how to divide all of those overgrown Iris plants in our gardens. This will be a hands-on class, so dig up a clump or two of Iris from your garden and bring them to class. You will be taking home your divided, healthy Iris, and maybe even make a few trades with classmates. If you have "buggy" Iris, please bring them to class. The class is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Macomb County MSU Extension, 21885 Dunham Road, Clinton Township.CLASS SIZE LIMITED. Registration is required. The program is free to Macomb County Master Gardener Association members +1 guest and $5 to all others. R.S.V.P. to macombmga@gmail.com.
Viburnums - Thursday, July 14, 2016 
Join Advanced Master Gardener Cheryl English as she educates session participants on one of the most diverse geneses of garden-worthy shrubs. Viburnums are also less utilized than they should be, due to that very diversity. Get beyond "garden" variety and explore some other options with this charismatic group of plants, and become acquainted with some superb native species in the process. The class is from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Macomb County MSU Extension, 21885 Dunham Road, Clinton Township. The cost is $5 to Macomb County Master Gardener Association members +2 guests and $10 to all others. R.S.V.P. to macombmga@gmail.com .
Bowling Fundraiser Event benefits TCB Youth Mentoring
bowling fundraiser will be held on May 9, 2016 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Alley 59, 44925 N. Groesbeck, Clinton Township, to benefit TCB Youth Mentoring. Adults pay $25, youth under age 18 are $15. The cost includes shoes, three games, and all-you-can-eat pizza and pop. Contact Kathy Jamieson at 586-306-3544 or jamies13@anr.msu.edu for more information. 
Money Smart Week Run for the Money 5k Run/Walk - April 23
Michigan Council on Economic Education (MCEE) is hosting a Money Smart Week Run for the Money 5k Run/Walk and Youth 100 Yard Dash on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at Bloomfield Hills High School, 4200 Andover Road, Bloomfield Hills, and would like to make this a family-friendly event involving parents and their children. In addition to the youth 100 yard dash and inflatables for the kids, the MCEE will be hosting the PNC Bank Mobile Learning Adventure. 
The Mobile Learning Adventure (MLA) is a traveling exhibit that provides an opportunity for parents and caregivers to learn about the importance of early childhood education while they engage in fun activities with their children. The MLA is a part of PNC Grow Up Great, a multi-year, $350 million school readiness program that helps prepare children from birth to age five for success. The MLA includes the "When I Grow Up" station, where kids dress up as different professionals and have their picture superimposed on an appropriate background. In addition, parents can take home activity books and learning kits that demonstrate how to turn everyday moments into learning opportunities.
Alternatives to Anger for Parents & Caregivers
Attend RELAX Alternatives to Anger for Parents and Caregivers and learn developmental stages of self-control in children, understand what cortisol is and does, be able to identify children's books that can assist children with self-control, and be able to implement activities to assist with self-control.  How we deal with anger affects not only ourselves but the people around us, including the children in our lives. Learning to handle our own emotions is the first step in helping children manage their emotions. State continuing education clock hours are available! Class will meet Monday, May 23, 2016 from 5:15 - 9 p.m. at the Thompson Community Center, 11370 Hupp Ave., Warren. The cost is $20 per person. To register, contact Kate Rettler at 586-469-7481 or  rettlerk@anr.msu.edu.
Understanding Co-Parenting & its Implications for Children: 
A Workshop for Parents & Caregivers
co-parenting is good for children and families, the negative social, emotional and psychological outcomes for children when parents do not work together; tools needed for successful co-parenting and barriers to successful co-parenting. State continuing education clock hours are available! This workshop is Monday, June 27, 2016 from 5:15 - 9 p.m. at Thompson Community Center, 11370 Hupp Avenue, Warren. The cost is $20 per person. To register, contact Kate Rettler at 586-469-7481 or  rettlerk@anr.msu.edu .  
4-H Calendars of Events
Macomb County 4-H Calendar of Events

April 13-24
TSC stores,  Romeo and  New Haven
April 23
Raising Money Smart Children
6-8 p.m., Thompson Community Center, Warren

April 26
MSU Extension, Clinton Township

April 30
Jam Making & Food Safety Workshop
10 a.m.-Noon, Thompson Community Center, Warren

May 2
Last day to cancel out of 4-H Exploration Days and receive a full refund

May 5
10 a.m.-3 p.m., YouthVille, Detroit

May 7
1-3 p.m., Ray Township Community Center, Ray Township

May 12
Macomb County 4-H Youth Council Meeting
6:30 p.m., Camp Rotary, Ray Township
June 6
4-H Exploration Days Orientation #1
6:30 p.m., MSU Extension, VerKuilen Building, Clinton Township
June 7
4-H Exploration Days Orientation #2
6:30 p.m., MSU Extension, Thompson Community Center, Warren
June 18
Armada Fairgrounds, Armada

Other Local Events
April 19
Companion Planting
6:30 p.m., MSU Extension, VerKuilen Building, Clinton Township
April 23
6-8 p.m., Thompson Community Center, Warren

April 23
9 a.m., Bloomfield Hills High School, Bloomfield Township

May 2
9:30 a.m. -3 p.m., Wayne County MSU Extension, Wayne

May 3
6-8 p.m., Farmington Community Library, Farmington Hills

May 9
5:30-8:30 p.m., Alley 59, Clinton Township

May 23
Who's in My Backyard?
6:30 p.m., MSU Extenison, VerKuilen Building, Clinton Township

May 23
5:15-9 p.m., Thompson Community Center, Warren
June 30
The Iris Lady
6:30 p.m., MSU Extension, VerKuilen Building, Clinton Township
July 14
6:30 p.m., MSU Extension, VerKuilen Building, Clinton Township

State 4-H Calendar of Events
April 22-23
Anthony Hall & MSU Pavilion, East Lansing

April 22-24
Kettunen Center
April 23
4-H Day at the West Michigan Whitecaps
Contact  Kristi Ayers 
Fifth Third Ballpark, Grand Rapids
April 23
MSU Pavilion, East Lansing
April 24
Comerica Park, Detroit
May 12
World Food Prize Michigan Youth Institute
Michigan State University
May 20-21
Eaton County Fairgrounds, Charlotte

Camp Tuhsmeheta, Greenville

June 11
Anthony Hall, MSU, East Lansing

June 15-16
4-H MMPA Dairy Tour (Contact  Melissa Elischer)
Mchigan Milk Producers Association Headquarters, Novi

June 17-19
Whiskey Creek Campground, Custer

June 22-24
MSU, East Lansing

June 25
State 4-H Goat Show (Contact  Katie Ockert)
MSU Pavilion, East Lansing

June 27-July 1
MSU, East Lansing

June 27-July 1
MSU, East Lansing

July 14
Anthony Hall, MSU, East Lansing

National 4-H Calendar of Events

June 26-July 2
Heartland Public Shooting Park, Grand Island, Nebraska  

For the most up-to-date events listing, go to http://4h.msue.msu.edu/events
Statewide 4-H News
Michigan 4-H Health and Food Science Camp
The first Michigan 4-H Health and Food Science Camp will be held at Michigan State University from August 2 through August 4, 2016.
What will campers do?
At this fun, interactive program, youth participants will:
  • Explore fields related to health
  • Participate in numerous, hands-on learning activities
  • Gain knowledge about nutrition, physical fitness and personal safety
  • Examine situations, ask questions and solve problems
  • Work in teams to develop a plan to address health issues in their community
  • Have the opportunity to visit and explore MSU
Who should attend?
Youth ( 13 to 19 years of age as of January 1, 2016) who are interested in exploring health, food science, nutrition, physical fitness and personal safety related activities
When and where will it be held?
The camp will begin with check-in on Tuesday, August 2, 2016, from 12:30 to 1:50 pm and it will conclude at 5 pm on Thursday, August. 4, 2016.  Participants will be lodged overnight at Shaw Hall on the MSU campus. Camp sessions will take place on campus with visits to many different facilities and much more!
How do interested youth and chaperones apply for camp?
By 5 pm Friday, May 13:
How will participants be chosen?
Space is limited; up to 40 youth will be admitted. Youth campers will be selected based upon:
  • Meeting the age requirement
  • Having a complete application with all of the proper signatures 
  • The applicant's responses to the short-answer questions
By June 1, 2016, the selection committee will email all applicants with their decision. At the same time, youth who are accepted as campers will receive additional information, including the camp agenda and payment information. A waiting list will also be developed based on application scores.
What is the cost?
The cost, which includes all meals, lodging, transportation around camp and camp materials, is $165 for 4-H members and $175 for nonmembers. Payment will be due by July 1, 2016.
What is the cancellation policy?
No refunds will be given after July 15, 2016.
For more information

State 4-H Rabbit & Cavy Expo
Hop to it! The 4-H Rabbit & Cavy Expo is June 11, 2016 at MSU. Find more information at http://msue.anr.msu.edu/events/4_h_rabbit_and_cavy_expo. Register online by June 3, 2016 at http://events.anr.msu.edu/event.cfm?eventID=E1913089101F8254 .
Michigan Renewable Energy Camp
Registration is now open for Michigan 4-H Renewable Energy Camp, a five-day exploration camp held at MSU for youth who are ages 13-19 as of January 1, 2016. Campers will explore ideas, research and opportunities in the field of energy as it relates to natural resources and agriculture. Submit applications online at http://msue.anr.msu.edu/events/4_h_renewable_energy_camp_1 by May 1, 2016. See http://msue.anr.msu.edu/program/info/4_h_renewable_energy_camp for more information.
Michigan 4-H Companion Animal Camp
The Michigan 4-H Companion Animal Camp will be held on June 3-5, 2016 at Camp Tuhsmeheta in Greenville, Michigan. Campers and their dogs will have the opportunity to attend various sessions such as games to play with your dog, learn hands on skills from a veterinarian, new training techniques, make it take it crafts and more. Campers will also have many opportunities to partake in camp activities such as an evening campfire, a climbing tower and hiking trails.
Camp Tuhsmeheta offers various lodging options to participants: lodge, tent or camper/RV sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information on amenities at Camp Tuhsmeheta, please visit their website. Additional program information can be found in the program materials: 
Camp registrations must be postmarked by May 7, 2016.  Space is limited and registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Michigan's Adventure to host 4-H Day - June 4th
Michigan's Adventure will be partnering with Muskegon County 4-H to host a 4-H Day on Saturday, June 4, 2016. Michigan 4-H members, volunteers, staff and their families are all invited. To get the discount on the day of the event, wear a 4-H shirt or bring something designating that you are with Michigan 4-H. Let's pack the park with 4-H clovers!!
The cost is $24 plus $6 with a lunch. Everyone will pay for their tickets on the day of the event. R.S.V.P. for the event and the lunch to (231) 766-9959 or youthsales@miadventure.com by June 1st.

Montcalm County 4-H Fundraiser Events 
Saturday, April 23, 2016
Mother's Day Tea and Spring Hat Auction ~ 2 p.m. ~ Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds, Ash Foundation Building, Greenville, MI
Saturday, May 7, 2016
Montcalm County 4-H Doggie Dash ~ starts at 9 a.m. ~ Lakeside Park, Lincoln Avenue, Lakeview, MI
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Montcalm County 4-H Small Animal Swap ~ 6 a.m. to 12 Noon ~ Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds, Small Animal Barn Area,    Greenville, MI

Montcalm County 4-H Rabbit and Cavy Show ~ 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. ~ Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds, Ash Foundation Building,   Greenville, MI

Montcalm County 4-H Garage Sale ~ 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. ~ Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds, Ash Foundation Building, Greenville, MI
Contact Montcalm County MSU Extension at  989-831-7500 for more information.

Michigan 4-H Day at Comerica Park - April 24
Join fellow 4-H'ers from across Michigan for 4-H Day on Sunday, April 24, 2016 as we watch the Detroit Tigers take on the Cleveland Indians at Comerica Park, 2100 Woodward Ave, Detroit. The game starts at Game day packages include ticket and a Detroit Tigers t-shirt with the 4-H emblem. Package choices are:
Upper Reserved ($25.00)
Upper Box Infield Package ($34.00)
Lower Baseline ($40.00)
Purchase tickets at  http://www.tigers.com/4h For groups of 15 or more please contact Jeremy at Jeremy.hostetter@detroittigers.com or phone (313) 471-2236. For further information, contact Glenda Weiss at weissgle@anr.msu.edu or 734-729-3632 Ext. 101.

Upcoming Dairy-Related Events
On-Farm Crisis Preparedness Workshop - April 21
As dairy producers, you have a plan for everything, how you raise your calves, the milking process and the crops you grow. But if a crisis occurs, who will you call, what steps will you take and how will you recover? Jolene Griffin from United Dairy Industry of Michigan (UDIM) will help create on-farm crisis plans and provide resources to help prepare for a potential crisis at the On-Farm Crisis Preparedness Workshop. The workshop will be at The Gathering Place, 898 N. Van Dyke, Bad Axe. UDIM will sponsor the meal. A laptop or tablet is not required but will help you create individual farm plans at the session. R.S.V.P. to Marianne Buza at mbuza@msu.edu or 440-785-2919.  

Thumb Dairy Oddysey Days
This summer, there will be three on-farm dairy science sessions for youth ages 9-19, inspired by Huron County 4-Her, Addy Battel.  The Dairy Oddysey hands-on youth program teaches young people about the dairy industry, introduces youth to career options in agriculture, and strengthens skills used in FFA and 4-H competitions.

May 7th
Messing Dairy, Bad Axe
10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Calf Care
  • Showmanship
  • Technology
June 4th
Starward Farms, Sebewaing
10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Dairy Judging
  • Genetics
  • Dairy Management Challenge
July 9th
Roto-Z Dairy, Snover
10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Nutrition
  • Reproduction & Breeding
  • Cow Comfort & Well-being

4-H Heartland Rabbit, Cavy & Poultry Exhibition Show - June 18
The 4-H Heartland Show, a rabbit, cavy and poultry exhibition show, will be held at the Clare County Fairgrounds, 418 Fairlane Road, Harrison on Saturday, June 18, 2016. Registration will take place by 
8 a.m. Showmanship begins at 9 a.m. The cost is $2.75 per rabbit or cavy and $2 per bird. Extra events are $1 each, and Cloverbud events are free. View the event flyer or contact Brenda Spivey at 231-429-4230 for more information.