4-H Summer Spark! 2019

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2019 4-H Summer Spark Events

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4-H Summer SPARK is sponsored by North Carolina Cooperative Extension and provides day classes and trips designed to spark new interest as youth explore and learn during the summer months. We hope classes will spark an interest that may lead your child to join a 4-H club to further explore a topic. That summer spark could even lead to a future career! Programs are taught and supervised by N.C. Cooperative Extension staff and 4-H & Community Volunteers. If you have questions about any of the activities, call 465-8240. Email donna_mull@ncsu.edu

Farm to Table – June 18-20, 9:00-4:00

Begin the day with a visit to a nearby farm and/or farmers market and learn how things grow. Then we return to the Extension office for kitchen time when you learn to turn the farm produce into yummy new recipes. Instructors: April Vigardt and Tina McGillvary, Extension staff. Location-1175 S Brady Ave, Newton. For ages 9 and up. Cost- $50

Wilderness Survival – June 21, 9:00-3:00

Spend the day at Riverbend park learning survival skills, including fire craft, map reading & orienteering, knots, basic bush craft, plant & wildlife identification. Instructor: Dr. George Place, Extension Director. For ages: 8 and up. Cost: $15

Horsin’ Around- June 22, 9:00 – 1:00

Spend the day learning about horses and opportunities in the NC 4-H Horse program. Meet and ride some of the barn horses at Sunset Ridge Farms. Meet at Sunset Farms at 5442 Harris Farm Rd. Hickory, North Carolina 28602.Instructors: Snowy Creek Equestrians 4-H ClubFor ages: 6 and up. Cost-$15

Renew and Recycle-June 25, 9:00-4:30

See ordinary items in an extraordinary, artistic light. Learn to renew and re-purpose with recycling. The day includes a behind the scenes tour of the landfill and afternoon visit to create at the Resource Warehouse. Instructor: Amanda Kain, Recycling Coordinator. Location-1175 S Brady Ave, Newton. For ages 8 and up. Cost- $20

Learn, Eat, Go and Grow-June 26-28, 9:00 – 3:00

LEARN all about plants and how they GROW with cool activities like Fruity Beauty and Garden Graffiti. Create and EAT some yummy recipes using summer fruits and veggies. We will explore and GO some places like the Reedy Creek Nature Center and Hickory Farmers Market. Location-1175 S Brady Ave, Newton. For ages 8-12. Cost- $50

Percussion Experiment Day-July 1, 12:00-5:00

If you enjoyed Styx and Tones at 4-H Achievement, now you can “play with the band”. Try several instruments and learn a couple easy songs. Experiment with steel drums, mallet instruments (marimba, vibraphone, xylophone, bells), snare drum, bass drum, drum set, hand percussion (congas, bongos) and auxiliary percussion (tambourine, triangle, calves, maracas, shakers). Location-1175 S Brady Ave, Newton. For ages 7-12. Cost- $25

Hands to Service- July 2, 8:15-2:00

Volunteer at Camp Dogwood. Learn how they serve visually impaired adults, work alongside a counselor to assist with morning activities, serve and have lunch with campers. Location-1175 S Brady Ave, Newton. For ages-12 and up. Cost- $15.

Barn Quilt Painting at the Farm- July 10, 9:00-12:00

Learn the art of Barn Quilt Painting as you create your own 1ft x 1ft painting to take home. Visit the barnyard animals during painting breaks. Youth who also register for the July 10 p.m. class, Quest to Madagascar, may bring a lunch and transportation will be provided for them to return to the Ag Resource Center with Extension Staff. Location-  Meet at Devine Farms near Maiden. For ages-7-14. Cost $35

Quest to Madagascar – July 10, 1:30-4:00

Become a cultural explorer by learning about Madagascar and its people. Gain an understanding of the Malagasy people by learning about their language, food, games, and crafts. Instructors: Kelli and Selah Sigmon, 4-H volunteers. Location-1175 S Brady Ave, Newton. For ages 5-10. Cost- $10

Giant Games -July 16, 1:00-3:00

You have shrunk into a world of GIANT GAMES! Team up with others and exercise your ability to think and strategize by playing games like Chinese Checkers, Jenga, and Dominos…in GIANT size! Instructor: Stella and Kylee Carpenter, 4-H Volunteers. Location-1175 S Brady Ave , Newton. For ages 5-10. Cost- $5

Hands to Service-July 17, 12:15-7:15

Volunteer at Camp Dogwood. Learn how they serve visually impaired adults, work alongside a counselor to assist with afternoon activities, help with evening cook-out and have dinner with campers. Location-1175 S Brady Ave, Newton. For ages 12 and up. Cost- $15

Real Life Academy -July 24-25, 8:30-3:30

Get prepared for life on your own. The group will prepare their own lunch each day and learn from interactive workshop sessions on topics such as Finance, Cooking, Nutrition, Stress Management, and Etiquette.This is a joint workshop with Iredell County. Transportation provided from Newton to the Iredell County Extension office both days. Instructors: Iredell and Catawba County Extension staff. For ages-12-17. Cost- $35

Mini-Society – July 29-Aug 1, 9:00-3:30

Youth will create their own Mini-Society and earn money through mini businesses! You will have the chance to name your town, create a system for earning money, design your money, apply for jobs, and maybe even be mayor. Learn economic and business basics as you create a business, buy, and sell with other Mini Society citizens (no outside selling allowed). Location-1175 S Brady Ave, Newton. Ages 9-13. Cost-$55

Robotics Basics- August 7, 9:00-12:00

Learn to program a Lego robot to perform simple tasks & follow your commands. Great chance for beginners to explore robotics. If you like today, make plans to join the 4-H Robotics  team for the coming school year. Instructors: Amazing Circuits 4-H Club Leaders. Location-1175 S Brady Ave., Newton. Ages 9 and up. Cost $10

Advanced Robotics –August 8, 9:00-12:00

Try your hand with some robotics challenges and work independently with guided help to try-out Lego robotics. Limited to those who attended  Robotics Basic class OR member of 4-H Robotics team. Instructors: Amazing Circuits 4-H Club Leaders. Location 1175 S Brady Ave., Newton. For ages 9 and up. Cost-$10

Chopped Plus: 4-H Style! August 13 – 14, 12:00-4:00

Join us for the 4-H version of the popular food network show Chopped! Get some kitchen and food prep skills to get you ready for Chopped. Our contest follows on the second day when contestants will participate in an appetizer, entrée, and dessert round just like on the show, but with no eliminations! Location- 1175 S Brady Ave, Newton. For ages 9 and up. Cost- $20

Discover the Wild –August 15, 9:00-1:00

Spend the day outside with hiking, nature games, learning about critters. Kids need to come prepared to be outside and get dirty. Instructors: Emily and Joanna Kanupp, 4-H Hiking Club. Location(to start) 1175 S Brady Ave, Newton. For ages-6 and up. Cost- $10

Investigate Health –August 20-22, 9:00-3:00

Get moving toward better health with activities and adventures that help you learn more about nutrition, physical fitness, goal setting, making healthy choices, and time management. Get moving as you spend a day on the Virginia Creeper trail with a full day bike ride in the VA mountains. Bike rental for the trail ride included in the price. Thursday trip will be 7:15 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.. Location-1175 S Brady Ave, Newton. For ages 12 and up. Cost- $50.

Taste of 4-H –August 23, 3:00-6:00

Use what you have learned about healthy eating and food preparation during the summer, to make a dish of your choice that will be judged. Judging includes taste, presentation of the dish, and how you respond to questions from the judges. Complete details will be shared with those who enter. Sponsored by: iCook 4-H Club.Location- 1175 S Brady Ave, Newton. For ages 6 and up. Cost- $5

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