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Macomb County 4-H News & Events
4-H Day at Bodhi Seed Yoga - Dec. 8
Join 4-H and non 4-H members as they participate in a  family yoga class at Bodhi Seed Yoga, 81 Macomb Place, Mount Clemens, Mich., from 12-1 p.m. on December 8, 2018. 

Introduce yoga and mindfulness to the whole family! This class will explore different elements of yoga such as movement, breath and focus in a playful way with the curiosity to explore habits of mindfulness and emotions balance suitable for all ages and experience levels.

The cost is $5 for 4-H members and their families, maximum 
$30 per family, or $10 for non-members.  To register, contact 
Elly Karam-Burk  at   karambur@msu.edu   or 586-307-8934.

Santa's Workshop - Dec. 15
4-H members and non 4-H youth are invited to a free 
Santa's Workshop at 135 South Main Street, Romeo, Mich. 
on December 15, 2018. Projects will be geared toward youth 
ages 5-14. There will be 10 different stations. Workshop participants will be able to make and take home their projects. R.S.V.P. to Elizabeth Karam-Burk at 586-307-8934 or karambur@msu.edu by Dec. 7th.

Macomb County 4-H Youth Council to meet Jan. 15
The next Macomb County 4-H Youth Council meeting is at  6:30 p.m. on January 15, 2019 at MSU Extension in Clinton Township. All are welcome to attend.

2018 State 4-H Horse Show results
The State 4-H Horse Show results are online at https://bit.ly/2Q2srjD. Macomb County youth are listed on pages 25-27. 

Happy Holidays
from the Macomb County 4-H Staff:
Ed Scott
District 11 Coordinator

Diane Wisnewski
4-H Extension Supervising & Staff Development Educator

Kathy Jamieson
4-H Educator
Kea Norrell-Aitch
4-H Educator

Katelyn Burns
4-H Program Coordinator

Elizabeth Duran
4-H Program Coordinator
Elly Karam-Burk
AmeriCorps Member

Seth Martin
4-H Program Coordinator

Roberta Buquaert
Computer Maintenance Clerk
Macomb County offices, 
including MSU Extension,  
will be closed Dec. 24-25, 2018, Dec. 31, 2018 
and Jan. 1, 2019.
Macomb County 
4-H Staff
Ed Scott
District 11 Coordinator
Oakland & Macomb Counties
Diane Wisnewski
4-H Extension Supervising
& Staff Development Educator

4-H Program Coordinator

4-H Program Coordinator

Kathy Jamieson
4-H Educator

AmeriCorps Member
4-H Program Coordinator

4-H Educator

Computer Maintenance Clerk


Web Site:

MSU Extension
VerKuilen Building
21885 Dunham Road, Ste. 12
Clinton Township, MI 48036
Phone: (586) 469-6431

MSU Extension
Max Thompson
Family Resource Center
11370 Hupp
Warren, MI 48089
Phone: (586) 469-7614
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Other Local News & Events

Mad City Money - Dec. 12
Mad City Money is December 12, 2018 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Jermaine Jackson Community Center, 58 Orchard Street, Mount Clemens, Michigan 48034. Teens get a taste of the adult world with this hands-on simulation, complete with jobs, income, family and debt. During this 2 1/2 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. Register for this FREE program online: https://events.anr.msu.edu/MadCityMoneyMC/ . We are also looking for volunteers to help serve as merchants. Guaranteed to have fun!!  Contact Kathy Jamieson at 586-469-6093 or jamies13@msu.edu if you're interested or need more information.

Armada Fair Youth Livestock Committee Elections - Jan. 28
Elections for the Armada Fair Youth Livestock Committee will take place on Monday, January 28, 2019. There are both adult and youth positions that are open. Every club that participates in the Armada Fair Youth Livestock Auction and/or Silent Auction is strongly encouraged to have representation on the committee. Elections will take place at 7 pm at the Grange Hall located on the Armada Fair Grounds.

Submitted by JoEllen Clark

Armada Fair Youth Livestock Sale Participation Forms are due in January
Each youth planning to sell his or her livestock project at the 2019 Armada Fair must return a completed Armada Fair Youth Livestock Sale Participation form to the Livestock Sale Committee Secretary by the second Friday in January. Contact Livestock Sale President if you have questions - Matthew Konarski (313) 805-2084. Completed forms may be mailed or dropped off at the Armada Fair Office, 74280 Fair Street, Armada MI 48005. Regular hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday (closed during the holidays). Market livestock must be tagged on the scheduled date and times. Check the Armada Fair website, http://www.armadafair.org, for posted dates and times. 
Tagging Dates:
Steer - 1st Sunday in February, 12- p.m.
Swine, Lambs, Goats - 1st Sunday in June, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
All Poultry & Rabbits - 3rd Sunday in July 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Statewide 4-H News & Events 

4-H Day at the Breslin - February 24

Free tickets will be available starting Dec. 3 from your county MSU Extension office for the  2019  4-H Day at the Breslin.  Gather with 4-H friends, families, volunteers and staff to cheer on the  MSU women's basketball team as they take on the University of Michigan Wolverines on Sunday, Feb. 24 at MSU's Jack Breslin Student Events Center.

Doors will open at 12:30 p.m. with the game beginning at 2 p.m.
Make sure to come early to engage in the activities set up around the concourse showcasing various Michigan 4-H programs and events and to mingle with other Michigan 4-H'ers. 

Wear your MSU Extension or 4-H green and white apparel to show your 4-H support! 
Learn more at

4-H Day with Michigan Basketball - Dec. 30
Attention University of Michigan basketball fans! U of M Athletics has invited Michigan 4-H to attend a men's basketball game on December 30, 2018 (U of M vs. Binghamton). 4-H's discounted tickets are only $10 but will go fast! The first 20 youth (6th grade or younger) who purchase tickets are invited to stand on the court with the team during the pre-game singing of the National Anthem, and will get a free t-shirt! Tickets make great gifts! Non-4-H friends and family are welcome to attend also! Purchase tickets online at https://fevo.me/2QXgrwD . Contact Andrew Snyderman at the U of M Athletics office (734-615-7900) with any specific event questions.

2019 State Award applications now available
Michigan 4-H true leaders ages 11 and older have an opportunity to be recognized for the great work they do in 4-H by completing a state award application. A Michigan 4-H State Award is the highest honor bestowed on a Michigan 4-H member and provides an opportunity to receive recognition for their engagement in rich learning experiences that result in outstanding knowledge and life-skill development.

State award applications are divided into four categories: Mark of Excellence essay contest
(11-12 years old), junior state award (13-15 years old), senior state award (16-19 years old) and group awards (13-19 years old).  

2018 State Award winners in the senior division with their plaques at 4-H Exploration Days.

The application process and selection is determined by the age of the 4-H member. Final candidates for the junior, senior and group level awards in each project area will be selected to participate in the State Awards program during 4-H Exploration Days in June, where final selection and announcement of winners will take place.

The application can be found at  http://bit.ly/2xWk3VO and is due Feb. 1, 2019. For more information, contact Betty Jo Krosnicki at nashbett@anr.msu.edu .

2019 4-H Beekeeping Essay Contest for Michigan 4-H Members
Michigan 4-H youth can improve their science, knowledge, writing and research skills and win a cash prize by entering the 2019 4-H Beekeeping Essay Competition. This year's essay topic is Honey Varietals, State to State. Each jar of honey reflects an unrepeatable combination of climate, soil, weather and flowers. Each state has unique honey varietals that beekeepers can market to their customers. Contestants should identify one unique varietal to their state and discuss the flower's uniqueness and how beekeepers can effectively market that varietal. Please include a photo of the varietal's flower, an interview with a local beekeeper who collects this varietal, and a recipe that highlights the varietal.

The top three winners nationally will receive cash prizes of $750, $500 and $250, and winning essays will be published in ABF Quarterly , the magazine of the American Beekeeping Federation. The three national winners and the top winner of each state will receive a book about honey bees, beekeeping or honey.

Essay length should be 750 to 1000 words and will be judged on the scope of research, accuracy, creativity, conciseness and logic development of the topic. Youth are encouraged to research the topic using a number of sources. Download the complete rules at  https://bit.ly/2PuegUu  before beginning the contest. This contest is sponsored by the Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, Inc., a non-profit corporation, to preserve the practice and the profession of beekeeping through education and research, established by the American Beekeeping Federation.

Support Michigan 4-H during your holiday shopping!
Get ready for the holidays by supporting 4-H while making your purchases on AmazonSmile, SHOP 4-H Online and at JOANN's Fabric. 
  • AmazonSmile will give 0.5 percent of eligible purchases to the Michigan 4-H Foundation when you shop at http://smile.amazon.com/ch/38-1539997.
  • Buy your favorite Michigan 4-H'ers 4-H apparel and essentials at the SHOP 4-H Online Store (https://shop4-h.org/?rfsn=871792.16dd0) and 5 percent of the purchase will go back to Michigan 4-H!
  • JOANN's Fabrics shoppers who use their free 4-H loyalty card (http://www.joann.com/4-h/) will save 15 percent while also giving 2.5 percent back to the National 4-H Council.

Winterfest2019Winterfest - Feb. 2-3
The 4-H Winterfest workshop scheduled for Feb. 2-3, 2019, at Kettunen Center will open for registration on December 3rd. Watch for the registration link. Youth ages 8-12 who attend 4-H Winterfest will spend two days learning about many different project areas while meeting youth from around the state. 4-H Winterfest offers participants and chaperones an opportunity to experience Kettunen Center in an overnight camp setting. Youth participate in hands-on sessions that range from crafts to shooting sports. 

The cost is $70 per 4-H youth and VSP certified 4-H volunteers, or $90 per non-member. For information, view the event schedule and session descriptions or contact Renee Carroll at carro188@anr.msu.edu.

4-H Shooting Sports Archery Certification Workshop - January 26-27
The Michigan 4-H Shooting Sports Archery Certification Workshop is January 26-27, 2019 at 4 Square Sportsmen's Club in Jeddo, Mich. Participants ages 16 and older will meet from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. each day. This workshop is for those who want to improve their knowledge and skills in shooting sports and gain the skills, resources and background to successfully teach shooting sports and conduct range activities. This workshop is archery specific. Certification is a requirement to facilitate live fire on a range. All adult leaders need to be approved by their local MSU Extension office and have completed the 4-H Volunteer Selection Proess. The $65 registration fee includes resources, snacks and lunch both days. Register by January 7, 2019. For more information or to register, contact Lori Warchuck, lwarchuck@stclaircounty.org, or Laura Quist at quistla1@msu.edu
Calendars of Events
Macomb County 4-H Calendar of Events

December 8
12-1 p.m., Bodhi Seed Yoga, Mount Clemens

December 14
Submission deadline for the January 2019 Macomb County 4-H newsletter

December 15
11 a.m.-3 p.m., 135 S. Main St., Romeo

December 24-25
Macomb County offices closed

December 31-January 1
Macomb County offices closed

January 15
Macomb County 4-H Youth Council Meeting
6:30 p.m., MSU Extension, Clinton Township

January 17
Macomb County Expansion and Review Committee Meeting
6:30-8:00 p.m., MSU Extension, Clinton Township

Other Local News & Events

December 12
10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Jermaine Jackson Community Center, Mount Clemens

January 28
Armada Fair Youth Livestock Committee Elections
7 p.m., Armada Fair Grange Hall, Armada

Statewide 4-H Calendar of Events

December 10
Kent County MSU Extension Office, Grand Rapids
This training is designed for educators who would like to learn how to implement an embryology program through classroom activities or 4-H SPIN clubs.

December 11
Online Webinar
Learn more about the importance of a treasurer's role in 4-H clubs while exploring how to effectively manage money.

December 12
Michigan 4-H Embryology Staff, Teacher and Volunteer Training
Sanilac County MSU Extension Office, Sandusky
This training is designed for educators who would like to learn how to implement an embryology program through classroom activities or 4-H SPIN clubs.

December 23
4-H Day at the Lions
Ford Field, Detroit
The Detroit Lions would like to invite all 4-H members, families and friends out to a Detroit Lions game. For every ticket purchased, $5 will go back to your county 4-H program.

December 28 - Jan. 1
4-H Camp Kidwell Winter Camp
4-H Camp Kidwell, Bloomingdale
Spend time during winter break enjoying yourself at winter camp. Options for both day camp sessions and overnight camping!

December 30
12 p.m., Crisler Center, Ann Arbor

January 16
Washtenaw County MSU Extension Office, Ann Arbor
This training is designed for educators who would like to learn how to implement an embryology program through classroom activities or 4-H SPIN clubs.

January 19
Michigan 4-H Embryology Staff, Teacher and Volunteer Training
Ingham County Fairgrounds, Mason
This training is designed for educators who would like to learn how to implement an embryology program through classroom activities or 4-H SPIN clubs.

January 26
MSU Pavilion, East Lansing
This one day event is open to Michigan 4-H members ages 8 to 19. Exhibitors may enter as many breeds as they wish. Spectators are welcome!

January 26-27
Michigan 4-H Shooting Sports Archery Certification Workshop
8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily, 4 Square Sportsmen's Club, Jeddo

February 2-3
Kettunen Center, Tustin

February 24
2 p.m., Jack Breslin Student Events Center, MSU. Doors open at 12:30 p.m.

For the most up-to-date events listing, go to  http://www.canr.msu.edu/4h/events .