- Decorated Pumpkin Contest
- Oak -Town 4-H Yard-Art Sign Competition
- Games and Activities
The October Oak Town 4-H Meeting will be on October 12, 2020 at 6pm on Zoom.
Art: Sketching/Drawing: Leader Erica Gomes, Virtual Meetings in October (Fridays or Saturdays) Ages *+
Log on to Zoom and learn to draw step-by-step favorite graphic novel or other popular characters. Group will decide on themes!
Month of October on weekend; day/times flexible; meeting dates the weeks of 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24; may have new section in Spring
Arts & Crafts: Leader Elisabeth Wade, Virtual meetings, yearlong. Ages 5+
Send home kits for kids to be creative; meet with Zoom for everyone to show off their projects
Second Wednesday of the month, October – April, 7- 7:30 pm
Definitely NOT Trending: Book Club for Non-Readers: Leader Casey Walvoord. Virtual meetings, Ages 12+
Share what you've found in the stream/pod/ blogosphere. A book club for people who don't read.
Book Club: Leader Erica Gomes, Virtual Meetings, Yearlong Ages 8+
Group chooses book for the month; once/month get together to discuss book and hangout
Monthly, on a Friday or Saturday, 7pm
Centerpieces for your Table: Leader Jolene La, Virtual Meetings, yearlong, Ages 9+
Learn how to make a centerpiece for your dining table with stuff you have around the house
Monthly, on a Friday or Saturday, 4-5pm (this is flexible)
Club Game Night: Leader Jolene La. Virtual meetings, Yearlong. Ages ALL
a chance to play games and socialize.
weekly, maybe a Thursday or Friday? 7-8 pm?
Culinary Arts: Leader Elisabeth Wade, Virtual meetings, yearlong. Ages 8+
Advanced cooking - candy making, baking, cheese making, other areas depending on member interest
Second Sunday of the month, October – April, 10-11:30 am
Dog Care & Obedience: Leader Erich Vogel. Virtual meetings Yearlong. Ages 8+
Learn about basic dog care and dog obedience. Owning a dog is not necessary
Environmental Science: Leader Mary Cousins, Virtual meetings. Yearlong, Ages 9+
Field Trip-Based study of particular places in the East Bay - habitats and engineered systems. Will switch to in-person in spring if allowed, otherwise virtual.
Monthly, 6 times (October to April), Dates TBD
Fiber Arts : Leaders Chandelle Soriano/Erica Gomes, Virtual meetings,
Floral Design: Leader Barbara Butko, Virtual meetings, Yearlong, Ages 8+
Learn about flower arrangements, their design, supplies, materials, seasonal variation and uses. Supply packets will be available for pickup the morning of the meeting. Most materials will be supplied but some additional floral material will need to be purchased for a small cost later in the program year.
1st Sunday, Oct-May, 2-3:15 pm
Harvesting/Gleaning: Leader Barbara Butko, In-Person and virtual meetings, Oct/Nov Ages 7+
Learn about needs of community and resources that can help. Harvest local fruit/vegies from local backyards
Sundays, 10/11-11/8. Initial and Wrap-up Zoom meetings, harvesting in-person, 3-4:30pm
Hiking (Fall): Leader, Elisabeth Wade, In-Person meetings, Sept/Oct, Ages 5+
Explore three Bay Area Parks
Sept. 19, Oct. 10, Oct. 24, 10 am – noon
Hiking (Spring): Leader, Elisabeth Wade, In-Person meetings, Dates TBD, Ages 5+
Explore three Bay Area Parks
TBD, 10 am – noon
Mini-Gardens: Leader Barbara Butko, In-Person and virtual meetings, Jan/Feb, Ages 8+
Learn to create succulent mini-gardens that fulfill the plants needs, are attractive and long lived.
Sundays, 1/24-2/21/21. Initial and Wrap-up Zoom meetings, rooting, planting and decorating in-person, 3-4:30pm
Photography: Leaders George and Barbara Butko, Virtual meetings, Yearlong, Ages 9+
Photo Composition/Editing and Critiquing
Meeting Info TBD
Poultry/Backyard Chickens: Leader Erich Vogel, Virtual meetings, Yearlong, Ages 9+
Learn about owning and caring for backyard chickens
Meeting info TBD
Rabbits, Advanced- Leaders Casey Walvoord and Jolene La, Virtual meetings, Yearlong, Must be experienced in Rabbits
Prep for virtual ARBA convention & future shows
1st Sundays, 2 pm
Rabbits, Beginning- Leaders Casey Walvoord, Jolene La, In-Person meetings, Spring, Ages 8+
Learn about care of pet rabbits
Rocketry: Leader Elisabeth Wade, In-Person meetings, Winter, Ages 8+
Make and fly a model rocket. Learn about construction techniques’
We will have a virtual planning meeting, then meet once for two hours in January to build rockets. There will be a launch in the Central Valley or in Sacramento in late February or in March, depending on conditions (weather and COVID). Tentative date for the pre-meeting is Wed, Jan 20 from 7-7:45 pm, build is Sunday, January 24 (depending on weather).
Sketchup, Beginning: Leader Casey Walvoord, Virtual meetings, Yearlong, Ages ?
Design & build a project (individual or group)
First Saturdays, 1 pm
Spring Vegie Gardens: Leader Barbara Butko, In-Person and Virtual meetings, March-May, Ages 7+
Learn about crops to plant in the spring for early summer gardens
Sundays, March-May. Initial Zoom 3/28, In-Person 4/11, 4/25, 5/16, 5/30/21 Initial and Wrap-up Zoom meetings if needed, , planting, care and maintenance in-person
Throw Down/”Chopped” Dessert/Snack Challenge, Virtual meetings, Yearlong, Ages 11+
Learn to be creative, think on your feet and put together a snack or dessert from a shared pantry list as well as four unique "mystery items" each meeting. Supply packets available for pickup the morning of the meeting. “Pantry items” will be assumed to be on-hand at members house
2nd Sunday, Oct-May, 4:30-6pm
Veterinary Science- Leader Tina Johansson, Virtual meetings, Yearlong, Ages 12+
Study animal science, medicine, disease, behavior, and care, and learn about the veterinary profession.
Thursdays 4-5:30Hopefully: 9/24, 10/22, 11/19, 1/28, 2/25, 3/25, 4/22, 5/27
Yoga: Leader Jolene La, Virtual meetings, Yearlong, Ages 5+
Practice Yoga with peers
Tuesdays 5-5:30 pm
A 4-H project is 3+ kids, 6+ hours, and a goal. Almost any interest/curiosity can be turned into a project led by youth and supported by adult volunteers. A sampling of what Oaktown 4-H youth are exploring this year:
CREATE it: Art, Drawing, Culinary Arts, Table-setting, Floral Design, Sewing, Fiber Arts, "Chopped"/Throw-Down Dessert/Snack Challenge, Mini-Gardens
STEM it: Rocketry, Gardening, Sketch-up for Beginners, Vet Science, Backyard Chickens, Raising Rabbits, Video for Youtube, Geocaching
IMPACT it: Environmental Science, Citizenship, Youth Leadership, Cultural Literacy, Harvest/Gleaning Community Service
SHARE it: Photography, Game Night, Book Club,
MOVE it: Archery, Hiking, Yoga, Camping, Dog Care
"Learn by Doing" goes virtual. Looking for socially-distanced and/or virtual extracurricular activities? Oak Town 4-H is welcoming new (and old) families to our re-imagined community club. This year our club of 40-ish youth ages 5-18 gather in a community club emphasizing belonging and community impact. Smaller groups meet as "projects" typically around a learning objective, but we are developing groups around making friends with shared interests. To register for the 2020-2021 4-H Program year visit the "Enrollment: page of this website.
At their February meeting, the Veterinary Science learned microscopy to study parasites and canine cancer cells in Dr. Fisher's lab.
Thanks to everyone who made Oaktown's annual holiday party a huge success! As always, the decorations, music, food, and games were awesome.
Congratulations to Oaktown members participating at the CSRCBA convention this weekend! Placings in 3 divisions in the youth Royalty contests, Champion Breed Identification, Champion 2018 Achievement, 5 Best of Breed winners, and a Best in Show Finalist.
Great fun at our annual club potluck, silent auction, and community service projects.
Oaktown members were everywhere for the 3 weeks of fair--small animals, crafts, photography, music, gardening, and more--we all had an awesome time showing off everything we'd worked on in our projects. Can't wait for next year!
The Environmental Stewardship project volunteered with Friends of Sausal Creek on Sunday, November 20th. We went to the Bridgeview Trailhead in Oakland to help restore the nature, by planting native species to attract pollinators. It started pouring halfway through, but we finished planting anyway!
“Creating A Leader”
Leadership Training Conference
V.I.P. Unlocking your Rhythm of Leadership
January 27, 28, 29 2017
Dear Alameda County 4-H Youth Delegates:
You are cordially invited to attend the 27th annual C.A.L. Conference at Walker Creek Ranch on January 27, 28, and 29, 2017.
C.A.L. is a former sectional 4-H event and members from all Sections are encouraged to attend. This conference is for interested 4-H members 11 years old – 17 years old. Participants share their knowledge, exchange ideas and information, and have the chance to develop and enhance their leadership skills. Each attendee is expected to participate fully.
Registration is accepted on a first come, first served basis. Each county is allotted 15 youth delegate spaces. The Conference fee is $165 ($82.50 for Alameda 4-H Youth) which includes room and board on Friday and Saturday night, all three meals on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday; the cost is $175 ($92.50) for Alameda 4-H Youth) if you would like to purchase a conference T-shirt. You must complete the following forms and turn them in to your county office to reserve your spot at the conference by November 29, 2016:
1. Registration form
2. Medical Treatment form (you also should carry a completed form when traveling on the trip)
3. State 4-H Code of Conduct
4. C.A.L. Conference Event Rules
5. Check for $82.50 made payable to Alameda County Leaders’ Council (or $92.50 to include a conference T-shirt)
Many leadership opportunities exist both before and during the Conference. If you are interested in assuming a leadership position before the Conference you may enjoy being your county contact. The responsibilities associated with this position include conducting a county orientation prior to C.A.L. Conference. Suggested orientation topics will be sent to you if you check the space on your registration form. You also will be the main contact between the Conference and your County; just in case your county delegates have any questions or if the C.A.L. staff needs to contact your county. Please indicate your interest on your registration form. You can contact Kyle M. at email@example.com for more information.
Another leadership opportunity available is serving as a cabin leader. We ask that all cabin leaders have attended C.A.L. Conference for at least one previous C.A.L. Conference and be in the 8th grade or above. As a cabin leader you will be responsible for ensuring everyone in your cabin gets to know each other, is aware of each day’s events and are on time to all activities. If you are interested in a cabin leader role please indicate it on your registration form. There will be a training held for this position on January 7, 2017 10:30am to noon place TBD. You can contact: MacGarrett O. at firstname.lastname@example.org or Sarah D. at email@example.com for more information.
We also ask that you consider being a workshop presenter for the C.A.L. Education Program. Each session will be offered 5 times for 50 minutes. A training workshop for presenters is being offered on Saturday January 7, 2017 from 1p.m. to 4 p.m. place TBD. Contact workshop coordinator Kari M. at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We hope that you are excited about the Conference and that you consider accepting a leadership role. Thanks in advance for being a part of this innovative Conference. We know that you will benefit and have much to share upon returning to your own county and club.
For forms and information please go to http://4halameda.ucanr.edu/Events/Sectional_Events_and_Activities/
If you have any questions about the registration form or the Conference, please don’t hesitate to contact the co-chairs.
Sincerely, CAL Co-Chairs,
Lianna Webber- Education & Assembles
Jesse Osman- Logistics & Recreation-
Oaktown 4-H had our first Environmental Stewardship meeting on Sunday, October 30th. We wrote in our journals and discussed what it means to be an environmental steward. We took an online quiz to find out what our ecological footprints are. I got 5.3. This means if everyone in the world lived like I did, it would take 5.3 Earths to sustain us all. We then watched a video about why compost is good for the environment. Did you know that all the trash in landfills emits methane, which harms the atmosphere? By composting, we can reduce the waste that goes into the landfill. We made our own compost jars filled with food scraps, dirt, and leaves. When we had filled our jars, we drew and labeled a picture of them in our journals. We are going to monitor their progress until the next meeting. New members are still welcome to join us!
We're having our first Video Project meeting next week on Tuesday the 11th at George and Barbara's house from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. We'll discuss the project and general video production processes. Please let us know if you will be attending.
Oak Town 4-H Club Meeting Monday, October 10, 6:30pm @ Dimond Recreation Center
Fall Costume Fashion Show: Dress up in your favorite costume for a festive costume fashion show at the October Oak Town 4-H Club Meeting. The officers will be MC'ing the show and small prizes will be given to participants. Come in costume and join in the festivities!
T-Shirt Sale: A small number of Oak Town 4-H T-Shirts will be available at the October Oak Town 4-H club meeting for purchase for $10. There are various sizes but only a limited supply.
Informal "Parent Info Session": New family parents with questions are invited to stop by Dimond Recreation Center before the 6:30 pm meeting start time. From 6-6:30 someone will be available to answer any questions you may have about the club or 4-H. This is not a formal meeting but just a chance to connect and get questions answered.
Today we had our first Gardening project meeting. We figured out what to plant for the winter. We seeded paper towel squares with carrot, beet, radish, lettuce, kale and spinach seeds and planted them. When we planted them we found lots of worms. We picked cherry tomatoes and pumpkins. We won $108 from the Fair from our project group entries, mainly for window boxes and wine barrel gardens. We are planning on using the award money for awards at Garden Field Day this spring.
Ali, Rylee and Shayla
The Videography project is looking for new members (Ages 11 and up) If you are interested in working behind or in front camera, this project is for you. They're looking to start meetings SOON so if you might be interested let us know. They're looking to meet twice a month and can flex the meeting schedule around the kids who are interested.
Oaktown 4H to the rescue!
The second part (and most exciting part) of this community service event is that on Sunday the 25th at 10 am we will go to the SPCA to bring the donations and receive a tour of the facility. Signup here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0B4FABAD2AA4FB6-community
Alice and Andrea
Oak Town 4-H Families, our first meeting of the new year will be this coming Monday, September 12 at 6:30pm. We will try to be set up a bit ahead of that for taking in the forms and fees to complete the enrollment process and will continue, outside on the patio at Dimond Recreation Center, through the meeting.
REGISTRATION INFORMATION & PROCESS
Hopefully BEFORE the meeting you will have
BRING TO THE MEETING 9/12 6:30pm
ONCE the enrollment is complete (ALL forms and fees in AND online registration complete) you can fill out the Project Selection Form and turn it in.
Lists of all forms and links in on our club website: http://www.oaktown4h.org/oaktown-4-h-enrollment.html
The officers have a great meeting lined up. They are asking that all members who went to the Alameda County Fair this summer bring ONE thing that they exhibited and want to show people. If you attended but did not exhibit, bring something that shows one of your fair experiences.
There will also be