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What’s Happening with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension by Johanna Hicks, Family & Community Health Agent

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What’s Happening with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

               Folks who visit our office never ask if anything is going on – they ask what is going on!  We always have something of interest planned for all ages.  The 4-H program is off to a good start, and enrollment for the 2020/2021 year is now taking place.  We have five clubs in the county.  Enrollment is open to all youth grades 3 thru 12.  Contact our office for information on joining.

4-H Foods & Nutrition is one of the most popular projects in Hopkins County.  Recently, our 4-H Foods Project kids were given kits in leu of a face-to-face workshop. Each participant received 5 kits to take home and complete at their own pace.  Topics included:

  1. Set the Table/Read the Label
  2. Mix and Measure
  3. Gadgets and Gizmos
  4. Experimenting with Herbs and Spices
  5. Crockin’ Kids

Each kit provided challenges to complete at their own pace.  All utensils and equipment were provided – even some spices and herbs.  Through a grant, I was able to purchase a spiralizer for each participant.  (If you are not familiar with that, it’s a gadget that can make noodles from spaghetti, apples, and other fruits and vegetables.) Master Wellness Volunteers assisted in preparing the kits.  A survey and a check sheet for completed projects rounded out the project.   From feedback received so far, the kits were a huge hit! 

        National 4-H Week, October 4-10, is just around the corner.  Hopkins County 4-H members, parents, leaders, and supporters will celebrate with a kick-off at the Extension office on Monday, October 5.  Judge Robert Newsom will be on hand to read the 4-H proclamation at 4:15, followed by refreshments and County 4-H Council and leaders/parents meeting.  The new 4-H Food Show guidelines will be introduced via Zoom at 6:30 p.m. for interested 4-H’ers and leaders.

        Also taking place during national 4-H Week is the Project Show.  This event gives 4-H members the opportunity to showcase their talents in photography, art, woodworking, crafts, handiwork, and others.  Items may be brought to the Extension office Monday thru Friday, October 5-8.  Items will be judged on October 9 and on display to the public the week of October 12.  Be sure to drop by and view the exhibits!

        Also kicking off in October is the annual Walk & Talk event.  This is an 8-week series focusing on regular physical activity and increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables.  Fresh Start to A Healthier You is another program that will be held on-line for viewing from the comfort of your own home.  Contact my office at 903-885-3443 for more information on both of these.

        Of course, the Hopkins County Fall Festival is a popular annual event.  As coordinator of the Arts & Crafts Show and the Creative Arts Contest, I encourage you to take advantage of the festivities on October 23 and 24.  Other events will include a petting zoo, hay bale contest, parade, and more.

        Looking to November, the ever-popular Extension Christmas Joys holiday program will be held on Monday, November 9, at the ROC (please note the change in location.)  A third session has been added to accommodate physical distancing.  It is shaping up to be a great program – decorating, recipes, gift-giving ideas and more!  Call 903-885-3443 to reserve a seat.  We must have a name and phone number for each seat reserved.

        So, what’s happening with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension?  Now you know!

Closing Thought

When I was young, I used to admire intelligent people; as I grow older, I admire kind people – Abraham Heschel

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