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
OakTown 4-H Families, the online registration system is now open• for the 2016-2017 year. The link is here: https://california.4honline.com
The instructions for registering are on our "Oak Town 4-H Enrollment" page.
It's important for our adult volunteers to get registered as soon as possible . However, the youth can wait until September to enroll and won't be approved until all paperwork and fees and such are received.
* 8/24/16 The online Registration site is now OPEN
*8/19/16: The online registration system is temporarily unavailable for maintenance. This note will be removed when the system is back up. In the meantime, all the links to forms and documents on the "Oak Town 4-H Enrollment" page are current and you can go ahead and print, read through them and complete them while waiting for the registration site to open back up.
This past July, in partnership with 4-H, Fenton's gave 25% of the profits of the sundae of the month to the Alameda County 4-H Program to help those who need it with registration fees.
OakTown's Rabbit project made plenty of noise at the Fair, sweeping 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in first year Rabbit Showmanship. Congratulations to Alice, Mickey, and Jessica, who won in their first year showing. Bailey took home Reserve Champion in Advanced Showmanship. Oaktown's 3 Rabbit Bowl teams had a strong showing, with Bailey's senior team taking the gold medal. OakTown Rabbits, including Nora, Mabel, and Evie may receive some more recognition at this evening's Small Animal Awards.
OakTown Rabbits will be on display at the fair through Saturday, 6/25.
OakTown 4-H is pleased to announce our garden display won 1st in its class and Best in Show at the Alameda County Fair. Our theme is "Back Yard Picnic", and will be on display for the length of the Fair. Youth members and adults alike pitched in on the design, hand-painted backdrop, and transformation of this empty space into a beautiful setting for a picnic.
Volunteer and help get donations for food for the Alameda County Food Bank.
Saturday, November 21st 1:00 - 2:30 or 2:30 - 4:00
The event is a collaboration between Safeway and the Alameda County Food Bank to get donations of food to the food bank.
We will have a table outside of the Fruitvale Safeway (across the street from Dimond Library) asking people, as they walk in to consider buying the $10 pre-packed food bags to donate to ACFB. Wear your Oaktown 4H T-shirt. I will also bring extras if you do not have one.
This is something young kids can definitely participate in. We do need adult volunteers too. Please consider staying with your child and helping out.
Date: 11/21/2015 (Sat.)
Location: Safeway on Fruitvale
OakTown 4-H November Club meeting is November 9th at 6:30pm at Dimond Recreation Center off Hanley Road in Oakland. Come join us for
When: Monday, August 10 6–8pm
Where: Dimond Park, Sequoia Grove Picnic Area
What: Bring your own picnic, we will provide dessert
Find out all about 4-H, meet the members of OakTown club and get answers to your questions about:
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
Tickets can be purchased at:
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.