This year our new club, OakTown 4-H, made its debut by doing community service and outreach at Fentons Creamery in Oakland (yes it's a real place!) The weekend they gave us was coincidentally Fentons 120th Anniversary. Boy, were we busy! -- George Butko
Fair Dates: Wednesday, June 17—Sunday, July 5, 2015
Oak Town 4-H Project Leaders and Parents,
Most of the Alameda County Fair information for youth is now posted here. (Livestock is not yet up but I don't believe we have any leaders for livestock projects at this point). Please do take a look at the catalogs. There is much information here and kids can enter many different things. I intend to go over this in more detail at the April Club meeting but PLEASE look at the various packets under the "Competitive Youth" column or view the " YOUTH Complete Guide" here.
If you have Primary members (youth 5–8 years old) pay special attention to what they can enter. There are special categories and contests for this age group. ANY questions, please ask.
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Dunsmuir House in Oakland, Lower Field
2960 Peralta Oaks Court, Oakland, CA 94605
Come one, Come all, and join us for a fun day with your family dog! You do not need to be in a 4H Dog Project to participate!! Dog Field Day will include Agility, Showmanship, Obedience, and Games. Prizes and ribbons will be awarded.
Lunch will be offered at a minimal cost as a fund raiser with all profits benefiting the Poultry Project.
Directions: From Castro Valley Area: Take 580 W toward Oakland. Exit at Estudillo. Turn right on MacArthur. Turn right at Dutton. Go under the freeway and continue straight (Dutton turns into Marlow). Turn left on Covington, pass the “not a through street” sign and park in the lot.
Directions: From Oakland Area: Take 580 E toward Hayward. Go under the freeway and continue straight (Dutton will turn into Marlow). Turn left on Covington, Pass the “not a through street” sign and park in the lot.
OakTown 4-H Club Members will elect officers for the 2015–2016 year at the May Community Club Meeting. Positions are available for youth 9 and up. Must be able to commit to an additional monthly meeting as well as help out at club meetings and activities. Job descriptions and expectations are available in the PDF below.
If you are interested in running for an office come to the May meeting prepared to speak about your interest and qualifications.
OakTown 4-H Officer Descriptions and Expectations
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 6:30PM
2727 Fruitvale Ave, Oakland, CA 94601
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Journalist and Author Kiera Butler reads from her new book "Raise: What 4-H Teaches 7 Million Kids and How Its Lessons Could Change Food and Farming Forever" Join Pollinate Farm & Garden as we welcome journalist and author Kiera Butler for a reading and discussion from her book "Raise: What 4-H Teaches 7 Million Kids and How Its Lessons Could Change Food and Farming Forever".
Saturday, April 4, 2015!
This spring there are several opportunities to take part in community service activities… most fairly local or drives to collect items for other club's projects.
Dunsmuir House has an annual Easter Party the day before Easter and asks for 4-H families to come with whatever small animals can be easily transported and contained for a 4-hour community event. Participating in this event helps offset the cost of the facility use fees for Dunsmuir House for Dog Field Day in May and they are looking for rabbits, chickens, guinea pigs, rats, small goats and the like with some sort of portable enclosure to contain them.
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Sunday, March 15 from 1:30pm–5:30pm
I will host a gathering of parents and leaders discussing topics such as Record Books, Fair Entry, Camp and more. While this is meant for interested parents, if older youth want to attend that is fine but the focus will be navigating the end of our first year successfully. We will be having a guest speaker to introduce you to the Online Record Book program and how to use it to document all the hours and activities spent on 4-H Projects, Club Meetings and activities and other 4-H Events.
Contact Barbara at email@example.com if you have additional topics and concerns you would like addressed.
Meeting Theme: Wear Your Sports Jerseys or Sports Hats
The March Oak Town 4-H Meeting will be Monday, March 9 from 6:30PM–7:45PM at Dimond Recreation Center. Our Club Officer Team has put together another fun meeting for you with an exciting guest speaker.
By Jessica B., Abbie 4-H
Operation Dignity is an organization based in Oakland that helps the families of homeless vets. They help vets with emergency and transitional housing and services to help them get back on their feet. Abbie 4-H has been helping this organization provide a happy spring for these children for several years. This year, OakTown 4-H will be helping to make baskets as part of our Community Service efforts.
Here’s how you can help:
Bring to the March Community Club meeting (Monday, March 9th at Dimond Park) items to help make Easter Baskets such as:
Our goal is to complete baskets, not just gather materials. The children range in age up to young teenagers, so we will need a range of age appropriate items. Please bring supplies to donate.
Camp reg. Will open for chaperones and staff on March 1, campers will begin registration on March 15. Check out lpcamp.com then click the Alameda tab/link. All camp info and registration info is there.
I am pleased to announce that Alameda County 4-H Skit Night will be held on February 27th, 2015 at 6:30 pm at Canyon Middle School.
19600 Cull Canyon Road, Castro Valley, CA 94552
Even if you are not participating in a skit, Skit Night is still a great experience for 4Hers young and old. Come one, come all for a night back to the future.
We will be extending the deadline and accepting short skit registrations from now up until two nights before or the 25th.
Link here http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=12330
There will be prizes for winning skits.
Registration opens on March 15. Please go to lasposadas4hcamp.org
If your child wants to attend 4-H camp this year -- Register today! 4-H Camp is open for youth 9 and up and they just need to be 9 at the time of camp.
Camp registration fills quickly. Please speak to Emily or Michelle if your child needs financial assistance to attend camp. We want every OakTown member to attend camp if they want to attend.
$20 of each ticket sold by our club for the December 21st, 1:25 pm game will be donated to OakTown 4-H! Please download form here for your Oakland Raider's tickets. The linked form must be used so that California 4-H will get credit for tickets sold. You cannot designate a seat, only a section. Help our club while enjoying 4-H Day at the Oakland Raiders vs Buffalo Bills.
The State Fashion Revue committee is seeking entries to design the program cover for the SFR Fashion Show. Your design should reflect the theme, "Through the Looking Glass". Contest rules are:
Use the 4-H clover appropriately in your design. Please keep your original art work and go to this link to submit your entry http://ucanr.edu/sfrcovercontest
Entries are due by 5:00 PM on December 15, 2014. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
To all of the 4-H Clubs that participated today –
Thanks so much for helping out at the Holiday Food Drive kick-off. Every "clunk" of an item being put into the barrel made all of the standing and exhausting "sales pitch" delivery worth it. The Food Bank reported that 58% of the food donated during the month long food drive is collected on the kick-off day, because of the volunteers that encourage shoppers to get involved. We made a difference today.
Thank you for standing behind me all over the Bay Area every year for this event. I hope your members had fun, stayed dry and warm. I'm so proud of Alameda County 4-H!
4-H Food Bank volunteer coordinator
Tassajara Valley 4-H
Saturday, November 22nd, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Safeway (510) 530-7067
3550 Fruitvale Road, Oakland, CA 94602
Just a reminder to sign up for OakTown 4-H's Annual Safeway's Holiday Food Drive benefiting the Alameda County Community Food Bank. (Sign up sheet will be available tomorrow night at our Club Meeting). Youth members, please wear OakTown t-shirts or buttons.
Oak Town members are needed to help staff an informational table about the Food Bank Drive and also will be able to give out informational flyers about our club. More info on signing up to help coming.
Tuesday, November 18th, 6:45 pm
Canyon Middle School
19600 Cull Canyon Road
Castro Valley, CA 94552
This is required for all new leaders and leaders with a break in service.The training is Open to ALL adults. Those with 5 years or less experience in 4-H are encourage to attend. There will be Livescan Service at both trainings for new volunteers. The cost is $20.00. Alameda County 4-H Volunteers will have their fee reimbursed by the Alameda County 4-H Leaders Council.
Oak Town 4-H had many members in attendance for the annual Alameda County 4-H Skate Night. At least ten members showed up for this Alameda County FUN night. Eight of the members were captured in this photo.
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