Jackson County Center 538 Scotts Creek Road, Suite 205 Sylva, NC 28779 828-586-4009 http://jackson.ces.ncsu.edu Heather Gordon Extension Agent 4-H Youth Development [email protected]


Summer 2017

4-H Summer Programs Join Us!

Join 4-H Clubs and Summer Fun Register for the Club meetings, and activities, that have registration dates by calling 828-586-4009 or emailing [email protected]. Paperwork: Update, or complete your 4-H paperwork - 4-H Enrollment Form and 4-H Medical Form (this paperwork will be good through May 2018). Find the forms at: jackson4-h.blogspot.com, at the Extension Office, or we can email them to you. You can also find all the activities listed on the 4-H Activities calendar at this same blog. Questions? Contact Heather Gordon - Extension Agent; 4-H Youth Development, [email protected], 828-586-4009.

Summer 2017 Club Summer Programs CLOVERBUDS This is a co-ed 4-H group for children ages 5-8. Join us for hands on activities about gardening and insects. Meets the first and third Wednesday of every month. Ages: 5-8 Time: 3:45 – 5:00 Location: Cooperative Extension Office, conference room

EXPLORERS CLUB This club focuses on an exploration of all kinds of science including technology, engineering, earth science & life science. Meets the second Monday of each month. Ages: 9-13 Time: 3:30-5:00 Location: Cooperative Extension Office, conference room Dates: May 8 June 12 July 10 August 14

Dates: May 3 & 17 June 7 & 21 July 5 & 19 August 2 & 16

SUMMER YOUTH LEADERSHIP COUNCIL Providing youth with opportunities to leave a positive impact on the community by creating, serving, and implementing change. Summer is a time to celebrate our accomplishments, find new youth council members, and plan for next year. Please ask any teens who may be interested in joining this group to call or text Heather, 4-H Agent, at 828-400-2114. Meets the first and third Sundays of each month. Ages: 9th – 12th graders Time: 5:45 – 7:30pm Location: Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church Dates: May 7 & 21 June 4 & 18 July 2 & 16 August 6 & 20

MAY COUNTY PRESENTATION DAY Let us hear your great 4-H Presentation! Jackson County 4-Hers will present to judges at our local County Activity Day. Those participating in the 4-H Entertains Showcase are also invited to participate. Maybe you’re not presenting this year. That’s ok. We need an audience too and you can see if this is something you’d like to do in the future. Please come out and support our 4-H members. Dates: Friday, May 12 Time: 4:30 - 6:00pm Ages: All ages, divided into categories 5-8, 9-10, 11-13, 14-18 Cost: FREE Location: Cooperative Extension Office, conference room Leader: Heather Gordon, 4-H Agent Registration: Entry Deadline - May 8. Contact Heather if interested. Entry form available at: jackson4-h.blogspot.com

BIKE RODEO This activity is designed for kids of all ages to learn bicycle safety and skills! All participants will be entered into a FREE drawing for an age appropriate bike! A total of 4 bikes will be given away! Safety checks begin at 9 AM. All riders must wear a bicycle helmet at all times while riding and have a guardian present. A limited number of bike helmets will be available at the event. Ongoing events include: *Helmet and Bike Inspections *Learn to Ride (bikes available for loan) *Beginner Bike Skills Course *Advanced Bike Skills Course *Parent Bike Shop (learn to change a tire, adjust a seat, or fix a chain) *Group Rides for all skill levels *Bike Trick Demo Dates: Saturday, May 13 Time: 9:00am-12:00pm Ages: All ages Cost: FREE Location: Cullowhee Recreation Center Leader: Jackson County Recreation and Community Partners Registration: At the activity

MTN YOUTH TALENT CONTEST-STECOAH VALLEY BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL Do you like to sing, play an instrument, or dance in the old timey way? Join us for the Mountain Youth Talent Contest. The purpose is to discover, develop, and encourage talent in the youth of Western North Carolina and to provide an opportunity for young people to perform on stage before an audience. Dates: Saturday, May 20 Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm Ages: 5-18 Location: Stecoah Valley Center, Robbinsville, NC Categories: Vocal Performance, Dance, Instrumental (banjo, fiddle, guitar, dulcimer, mandolin, etc), Poetry/Storytelling. Types of Music: old timey songs, old gospel songs, bluegrass, heritage tunes Leader: Heather Gordon, 4-H Agent Registration Deadline: May 12. Entry forms available at: jackson4-h.blogspot.com or call the Extension Office at 828-586-4009.


JUNE SPRING INTO SUMMER Families are invited to join us for an outdoor festival to celebrate the beginning of summer. Lots of food, games, tie-dye t-shirts, music by a DJ, service project, and more! Hosted by the Jackson County Youth Leadership Council. Date: Saturday, June 3 Time: 3:00 – 8:30pm Ages: All Cost: FREE Location: Bridge Park, Sylva, NC Registration: none needed

FIRST AID & CPR FOR TEENS Prepare yourself to help others. This is a great skill for life and also for those interested in babysitting. Mike Huffman, a Paramedic from Harris EMS, will teach this all-day course. You will learn basic first aid and how to perform CPR. Date: Thursday, June 15 Time: 9:00am-4:00pm Ages: 12 - 18 Cost: FREE Location: Sylva Fire Department Leader: Mike Huffman, Harris EMS Paramedic Registration: by June 1

GEM MINING Let’s venture on over to Franklin and see if we can strike it rich! Spend the morning looking for priceless gems at the Mason Mountain Mine. In the afternoon we will have a picnic lunch, take a walk on the Greenways trail, visit the Gem Museum and Historical Museum and then cool off in the water feature at the playground. Dates: Tuesday, June 20 Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm Ages: ages 5-18, families are welcome to join us. Children 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Cost: $6 per person (two buckets of dirt) Location: Mason Mountain Mine, Franklin, NC Transportation: provided in the 4-H van Leader: Heather Gordon, 4-H Agent Registration: by June 1

FAIRY & GNOME GARDENS Create your own Little People homes, doors and decorations out of clay. Then create a container garden with plants to house your small creations for the Fairies and Gnomes who may visit. Program led by the amazing potter Annie Burrell at Rabbit Creek Pottery. The 4 sessions build on each other. Please plan to attend all four. Tuesday, June 13 9:00-12:00

Wednesday, June 14 10:00-12:00

Tuesday, June 27 10:00-12:00

Wednesday, June 28 10:00-3:00

Collection Hike

Make clay Fairy/Gnome Houses

Paint all clay items

Create Fairy/Gnome gardens

Create clay mushrooms & Fairy/Gnome home doors

Ages: 8 - 11 Cost: $30 (total for 4 days) Location: Rabbit Creek Pottery, Dillsboro, NC Leader: Annie Burrell, potter, Heather Gordon, 4-H Agent, and volunteers Transportation: June 13 & 14 – 4-H Van, June 27 & 28 – on your own Registration: By June 1

ARCHERY CLUB Are you interested in learning to shoot a bow & arrow? This will be an organizational gathering to determine if we have enough interest to form a club. Do you know someone who could be our volunteer leader? Are you interested What do kids want from this club? What do parents want? We will select dates for meeting this summer if there is interest. Dates: Wednesday, June 14 Time: 5:00pm – 6:00pm Ages: 9-18 plus adults Cost: FREE Location: Cooperative Extension Office, upstairs conference room Leader: Heather Gordon Registration: by June 1

DISTRICT ACTIVITY DAY Join lots of other 4-H members from across Western North Carolina at this regional presentations contest. This year the contest is being held in Macon County. You are required to participate in our county presentations day first and then may be eligible to present at district activity day. You can also attend and watch the youth presentations without doing one yourself. You still need to register so we know to expect you. Date: Saturday, June 17 Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm Ages: 5-18 Cost: FREE Location: Macon County Leader: Heather Gordon, 4-H Agent Transportation: 4-H Van Registration: by June 1. Let us know if you will ride in the van or travel in your own vehicle.

BEGINNER SEWING WORKSHOP Learn all about the basics of sewing. Participants will learn how to use a sewing machine, construction skills, and will practice during the morning. Each will leave with a sewing handbook they create. Dates: Monday, June 26 Time: 9:00am -12:00pm Ages: 9-11 Cost: $5 Location: Cooperative Extension Office, conference room Leader: Sherrie Peeler, Family Consumer Science Agent Registration: by June 1

WEST DISTRICT HORSE CLINIC Professional instructors, running games, team penning, a picnic, social time, recreation- all for just $80! Now that's a deal! The clinic is open to all youth- not just 4-H boys and girls. The horse clinic is designed for youth to increase their horsemanship knowledge and riding skills. Each child brings his/her horse and, throughout the three days, participates in riding classes in selected disciplines. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced rider, the clinic offers something for you! Date: June 26, 27, 28 Time: 8:00am - overnight Ages: 9-18 Cost: $80 Location: WNC Agricultural Center, Arden, NC Leader: West District 4-H Agents & Instructors Registration: by June 1. Contact Heather Gordon for registration packet.

JULY CORN & TOMATO SUMMER CLUB 4-H began with corn clubs for boys – to teach them how to get a greater yield of corn from their land. Soon the girls wanted to get involved and thus began the tomato canning clubs to teach food safety. We’ll revisit some skills such as farming, homemaking and food preservation in this activity. Join us to learn where our food comes from, do some work in the fields, do some canning, and cook and eat meal together. Dates: July 12, 13, 14 - Wednesday-Friday Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm Ages: 10 - 13 Cost: $30 Location: Cooperative Extension and area farms Leaders: Sherrie Peeler, Family Consumer Science Agent & Heather Gordon, 4-H Agent Registration: by June 1

4-H NIGHT - ASHEVILLE TOURISTS Join 4-H members from across Western NC for a baseball game and celebration of 4-H! Wear your 4-H t-shirt and show your support for the Tourists team. Free pizza for the kids plus games and the 4-H clover highlighted on the scoreboard. Bring your whole family for some summertime fun. Date: Monday, July 17 Time: 7:00pm game time Ages: All Ages Cost: $5 per person Location: McCormick Field, Asheville, NC Transportation: on your own Registration: by June 1

STARGIRLS CAMP 4-H is partnering with the New Century Scholars program to offer an inspiring three days of “girl stuff.” Do you feel out of place? Are you wondering what high school will be like? Are you feeling stressed out as a teen? Would you like to meet new people? This camp will help you build self-confidence, be adventuresome, try new things, be healthy, and make new friends. Activities include: journaling, yoga, ZLAP (ropes) course, spa day, healthy eating, stress relief exercises, hiking, and outdoor adventures. Dates: July 17, 18, 19 - Monday-Wednesday Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm Ages: rising 8th & 9th grade girls Cost: $30 Location: Held in various locations in Swain, Jackson & Macon Counties Leaders: 4-H and Family Consumer Science Agents representing the three counties Transportation: 4-H Van & NC State Mini Van

SURVIVAL SKILLS Could you live in the woods on your own? Learn about fire building, shelters, how to make cordage, and much more. Jeff Gottlieb, naturalist & earth skills instructor, will lead this one day workshop. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn these primitive skills from an amazing teacher. Dates: Thursday, July 27 Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm Ages: 10 - 14 Cost: $20 Location: TBD Leader: Jeff Gottlieb & Heather Gordon, 4-H Agent Registration: by July 3

AUGUST STEP BACK IN TIME CAMP The WCU Mountain Heritage Center and Jackson County 4-H invites kids ages 9-11 to join us in a time traveling journey into our cultural past. New 4-day format this year! Camp participants will meet at the WCU Picnic Pavilion in the morning. Afternoon activities will take place at different spots around campus and in the community (field trips!). Activities (weather permitting): Candle making, bee keeping, quilting, old-time farming, copy books, writing with quill pens, using old-time slates. Adventures: Zachary Tolbert House, Visit to a local graveyard, Mountain Farm Museum. Dates: August 1 - 4, Tuesday-Friday Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm each day Ages: 9-11 Cost: $99 for 4 days (lunch, snacks, & t-shirt provided) Location: meet each morning at the WCU Pavilion and many days will include field trips around the county Leaders: Peter Koch, Mountain Heritage Museum Educator & Heather Gordon, 4-H Agent Registration: register at the Western Carolina University website: https://www.wcu.edu/engage/community-resources/camps-and-programs-for-kids/Back-in-Time.aspx Space is limited so register soon.

BLACK BALSAM KNOB HIKE We’ll explore the Art Loeb Trail and Black Balsam Knob (approximately 3 mile hike) off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Learn about proper clothing and packing for a day hike as well as Leave No Trace principles. This is a moderately strenuous hike. Bring your own lunch, snacks provided. Dates: Monday, August 14 Time: 8:00am – 5:00pm Ages: All ages & Families welcome. Those under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Cost: $5 per person Location: Meet at Cooperative Extension Office, travel the Blue Ridge Parkway Leader: Heather Gordon, 4-H Agent Registration: by August 1


POP INTO 4-H! What makes popcorn different than other kinds of corn? Learn all about how popcorn grows, where it grows, products made from popcorn, visit a farm where it’s grown, and of course… eat some popcorn. Dates: Tuesday, August 15 Time: 8:00am – 5:00pm Ages: 9-13 Cost: $5 Location: Cooperative Extension Office and outdoors Leader: Heather Gordon, 4-H Agent Registration: by August 1

MOUNTAIN YOUTH TALENT CONTEST FRANKLIN AREA FOLK FESTIVAL Do you like to sing, play an instrument, or dance in the old timey way? Join us For the Mountain Youth Talent Contest. The purpose is to discover, develop, and encourage talent in the youth of Western North Carolina and to provide an opportunity for young people to perform on stage before an audience. Dates: Saturday, August 19 Time: 3:00-4:30pm Ages: 5-18 Location: Old Cowee School, Franklin, NC Categories: Vocal Performance, Dance, Instrumental (banjo, fiddle, guitar, dulcimer, mandolin, etc), Poetry/Storytelling. Types of Music: old timey songs, old gospel songs, bluegrass, heritage tunes Leader: Heather Gordon, 4-H Agent Registration: Entry Deadline - August 11. Entry forms available at: jackson4-h.blogspot.com or call the Extension Office at 828-586-4009.

SCOTT HOGSED DAY A full day of learning about outdoor activities centered around hunting, fishing, and conservation. Try your hand at archery, learn from hunting experts, learn about outdoor safety, and have a meal featuring wild game. While youth attend learning experiences adults are welcome to set up a lawn chair and relax in the shade. Date: Saturday, August 26 Time: all day Ages: 7 - 17 Cost: FREE Location: Brasstown, NC Leader: Sponsored by Cherokee County 4-H Transportation: attend on your own Registration: register after June 1 at www.scotthogsedday.com


4-H information is easily located on the Jackson County 4-H Blog!

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Rides for all skill levels *Bike Trick Demo. Dates: Saturday, May 13. Time: 9:00am-12:00pm. Ages: All ages. Cost: FREE. Location: Cullowhee Recreation Center.

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