So Many Choices! by Johanna Hicks

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So Many Choices!

               We make decisions every day – what to wear, what to eat, how to spend our day, whether or not to answer the phone, what to watch on TV, whom to text or call, and even things we don’t think about, like where to sit, what to read (whether in the newspaper, on your phone, on your computer, on your smart watch, etc.)  We literally make hundreds of choices, if not thousands, every day.

               At the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office, we offer so many opportunities to our community, and we want you to make the decision to take advantage of them!  Below are several upcoming opportunities, and many of them are absolutely free!  Call us if you would like to take part of any of these:

  • Thursday, August 2: Joint Extension Leadership Workshop and County 4-H Council meeting, 6:00 p.m., Extension Office – 1200 W. Houston, Sulphur Springs.  Our theme is “Who’s in Your Bob Sled?”  Our Leadership Advisory Board, Program Area Committees, Master Wellness Volunteers, Master Gardeners, 4-H leaders and Club Managers, and County 4-H Council members will meet to talk about program successes, ideas and plans for new programs, volunteer opportunities, and involving new audiences.  We’ll even through in a free meal and a little fun!  Our County 4-H Council kids will discuss the 4-H Achievement, 4-H enrollment for the 2018/2019 4-H year, club meetings, and One Day 4-H ideas.  If you would like to serve on one of our Extension Committees, give us a call!  We’d love to meet you!
  • Tuesday, August 7:  Judges’ Training for Fairs, Festivals, and Events will take place at the ROC, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  This session will cover judging woodworking, food preservation, baked goods, and art.  Lunch and cooking demonstrations will also be provided.  Cost is $25.  Pre-registration is required.  Contact our Extension Office for registration information – 903-885-3443.  Individuals who take this training will be added to the list of qualified judges for distribution to County Extension Offices, so you might be called upon to help serve as a judge in other counties.  Our current trained judges indicate that they really enjoy judging and seeing the variety of entries!  We are partnering with Rains, Wood, and Hunt Counties to bring this training to Sulphur Springs, so please take advantage of it.  Don’t delay, though, because we must have an accurate head count for lunch!
  • Friday, August 10: County-wide Back-to-School Fair, 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., Hopkins County Civic Center.  Visit exhibitors from all across the area!  Games, food, prizes, and great information will be provided, as well as immunizations, haircuts, and dental checks.  Pre-qualified students will also receive school supplies (must apply through CAN Help).  Be sure to visit the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension exhibit and the Hopkins County 4-H booth!
  • Saturday, August 18:  Our 4-H members who are interested in the Foods & Nutrition Project will meet at 10:00 a.m. at League Street Church of Christ to prepare desserts for the Annual 4-H Achievement Banquet.  Ingredients and recipes will be provided, and any 4-H member is welcome to come assist!
  • Saturday, August 18:  Annual 4-H Achievement Banquet, 6:00 p.m., League Street Church of Christ.  This is a ticketed event and tickets must be picked up at the Extension Office by  August 14.  Tickets are $2.00 to help defray the cost of the banquet.  4-H members and leaders will be recognized for their accomplishments during the 2017/2018 4-H year, and a great speaker is lined up!  Call 903-885-3443 for more information.
  • Friday, August 24:  The Hopkins County Master Wellness Volunteers, Family & Community Health Committee, and the Special Events Committee will meet at 12:00 noon for a planning meeting to discuss upcoming events, including the Hopkins County Fall Festival Creative Arts Contest, Cooking Well with Diabetes Series, annual Christmas Joys holiday program, and other events.  Lunch will be provided.
  • Saturday, August 25:  Twogether in Texas Marriage Education workshop – 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Extension Office.  This free workshop will include marriage expectations, communication, conflict resolution, money management, and goals and dreams.  Engaged couples will receive a certificate to save $60 upon applying for a marriage license.  The workshop is free of charge, but couples must pre-register by calling 903-885-3443.  Lunch will be provided.
  • Tuesday, August 27:  Second session of Volunteer Training for Fairs, Festivals, and Events, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at the ROC.  This session will cover judging horticulture, quilts, fiber arts, home accessories, and photography.  Cost is $25, lunch included.  Must pre-register!!
  • Saturday, September 8: 4-H Foods Fun Day, 1:00 p.m., Extension Office.  This will be a hands-on workshop for 4-H members interested in the Foods & Nutrition project.  Great gift-giving ideas included!!
  • Mondays and Thursdays, September 10, 13, 17, and 20:  Cooking Well with Diabetes series, 1:30 p.m., repeated at 6:00 p.m. (pick the time that works best for you!)  Cost: $25.  Topics include carbohydrate foods, Double-please side dishes (decreasing sodium, increasing fiber), Making Foods with Fat Better for you, and Celebrating Sensibly with Diabetes.  Please call to sign up.  Registration form will be mailed to you.

That’s probably enough opportunities for now!  As you can see, your Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office always has something going on – something for everyone!

 

Closing Thought

Self-trust is the first secret of success – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

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