Friday, December 18, 2009

Wanted...Adventurous Youth

Last seen skateboarding down Main Street, shopping at the mall, meeting with their 4-H Club, at the high school basketball game, and playing video games with friends, we are in hot pursuit of all youth between the ages of 9 and 14 who possess an adventurous spirit, enjoy the outdoors, and are up for an exciting challenge! Join us for the Texas 4-H Conference Center’s Adventure Treks 2010!

The Adventure Treks are a great opportunity for youth to learn about conservation and minimum impact use of natural resources, develop their teambuilding and leadership skills, and best of all, go on a fun and action packed outdoor adventure with other youth from across Texas! These week-long outdoor adventures require the participant to have neither previous outdoor experience nor any equipment; all the essentials and necessary training are provided!

The basic thrust of the program is built around the National Outdoor Leadership School’s “Leave No Trace” Curriculum. This curriculum is designed to provide progressive learning and adventure challenge to help participants develop a true love of, and comfort in, the outdoor world, as well as learn and practice concepts and skills of minimum impact use. Adventure Trek guides (instructors) strive to instill in participants a sense of responsibility for self, others, and the world around them through hands on activities and learning experiences. Program topics include: Teambuilding, Leadership Development, Overnight Trip Planning, Backpacking & Minimum Impact Camping, Kayaking & Boater Safety, Survival Skills, Wildlife & Plant Identification, Aquatic & Terrestrial Ecology, Outdoor Cooking & Food Safety, Orienteering, and much MORE!!

Again in 2010, we will be offering the "Assistant Trek Guides" Program for returning participants! To qualify as an Assistant Trek Guide, participants must: meet all requirements to be a trek participant—with the exception of maximum age, have successfully completed a previous trek, and be willing to assume some leadership and directed teaching responsibilities. For 2010, two Assistant Trek Guide positions will be available for each trek. Assistant Trek Guides will be offered a reduced cost, and positions will be filled on a first come first serve basis, subject to approval by the Lead Trek Guide. **Note: Assistant Trek Guides may be over the age of 14.

Adventure Treks are open to ANY youth age 9-14. 4-H membership is NOT required to be eligible to participate.

A new adventure at a different destination is offered each year! Several of the past years’ adventures have included: “Colorado Bend Kayaking Adventure”, “Fishing the Watershed of Texas” Colorado River Basin, “The Great South Llano Adventure”, and “Far West Adventure” Exploring the Magnificence of Far West Texas.

Exciting plans are in the works for 2010!! Keep an eye on your inbox and check the 4-H Center website frequently for the announcement of this year’s destination and itinerary. Space is limited! A maximum of 14 youth will be selected on a first come first serve basis to participate in each of the Adventure Treks.

For more information about the Adventure Treks program, please visit the Texas 4-H Conference Center website at http://texas4h-ctr.tamu.edu or contact:

Laci Chapman, Lead Trek Guide

Program Director, Texas 4-H Conference Center

rlchapman@ag.tamu.edu

Phone: 325-784-5482

Monday, December 14, 2009

Charolais Association of Texas - Calf Donation Program

The Charolais Association of Texas has a program that donates Charolais calves to individuals who've never owned a registered Charolais, for the purpose of showing as a project. Applications are being accepted and the deadline has been extended to December 21, 2009. The link to the program and application is http://www.charolaisassociation.com/odbutler.html. We ask that you relay this information to your youth and encourage them to complete the application if they qualify. Remember, all applications must be postmarked by December 21, 2009.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Summer Program Assistant Positon at the National 4-H Center

Looking for youth with a high school diploma/preferably some college experience.

Do you know a 4-H'er who has a passion for government, history, political science, working with youth, public speaking, or leadership? If so, encourage them to apply for the position of Program Assistant (PA) at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center! Application deadlines are approaching soon and we want to give 4-H alumni and Collegiate 4-Hers an opportunity to make a difference during their spring or summer semester. Our PAs will be touching the lives of thousands of high school-aged students from all over the United States while working for the Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) program in Washington, DC.
CWF gives 4-Hers the opportunity to strengthen their communication, leadership, and other citizenship skills on a national level. Nearly 2,000 young people exchange ideas, practice respect, and form friendships with other youth from diverse backgrounds throughout the summer. Through hands-on activities, simulations, and tours of various monuments and memorials, participants figure out what citizenship means to them and develop action plans to make a difference in their home communities. As a CWF Program Assistant, these 4-H leaders will create, develop, and facilitate curriculum to be used during the 2010 program.
We are looking for individuals with at least a high school diploma (preferably some college experience) and a passion for youth development, hospitality, teaching, history, politics, or leadership. If you know a college student looking for credit towards graduation, National 4-H Council will happily work with the student and the school to make this possible. Listed below is the link for information and application materials.

Citizenship Washington Focus Program Assistant:
Application due January 18, 2010
http://www.citizenshipwashingtonfocus.org/programassistant.aspx

For more information please contact:
Molly Young Freeman Thompson
Director, Youth Opportunities Coordinator, Youth Opportunities
myoung@4HCenter.org fthompson@4HCenter.org
301-961-2812 301-961-2917

SALE Youth Day Activities

Saturday, February 6, 2010
Photography Contest and Fashion Show at the San Antonio Livestock Show
Booths will also be setup by clubs and groups to showcase their interests and project work. If your club would like to set up a booth, please contact Cory for further discussion.

Please Check out the flyers at www.travis4h.com (look under the upcoming events folder)
Entry list will be due to Cory Talley at cmtalley@ag.tamu.edu by January 19, 2010

Please email Cory if you have questions!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Photography Contest

If you enjoy taking photos and would like to receive recognition for your work, take the time to enter the Photography Contest. Each 4-H member is eligible to submit 4 (four) photographs to be judged. Each member may also submit a creative display (a one page (size - 12"x12") with pictures and embellishments). 4-H'ers may only submit 1 (one) creative display project.

4-H'ers may submit any number of photos for the county contest, but must designate the four photos they would like judged at the district contest. There is no charge for the county contest, but there is a $5.00 charge for the district contest. To be eligible to compete at the district contest, youth must register via 4-H Connect to be considered for judging. Registration will be open March 1- 15, 2010.

Photos must be submitted to the County Extension Office by Thursday, March 4, 2010. To view the divisions and classes, please check out the flyer at www.travis4h.com. Each photo must also have the label attached to the back on the photos. Photos may be in color or black and white and must be 8"x10" mounted on black or white foam board of 8"x10".

Please check out the www.travis4h.com website for the label and classes/divisions.

Friday, December 4, 2009

San Antoni Livestock Show School Tours

If you are interested in serving as a School Tour Guide for the San Antonio Livestock Show, please review the dates below and let Cory know by December 10 ,2009 at noon. Please look closely at the schedule and make sure that the date you choose does not conflict with a show date, time or anything else. Once you commit, you have committed and will be expected to carry out the duty on the day you signed up for. You are committing from 7:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. on that day.

2010 Tour Dates – Week 1
Monday, February 8, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010

2010 Tour Dates – Week 2
Monday, February 15, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
No Tours on Thursday, February 18, 2010
No Tours on Friday, February 19, 2010

If you have any questions, please let Cory know. cmtalley@ag.tamu.edu

Teen Retreat at the Texas 4-H Conference Center

Howdy! The Texas 4-H Conference Center is pleased to announce plans for the first event of 2010. The Texas Teen Retreat to be held January 8-10, 2010 at the Texas 4-H Conference Center! This retreat will be an excellent opportunity for senior 4-H members ages 13-19 to learn numerous basic personal skills and leadership techniques. Our unique theme this year is “Fasten Your Seat Belts... 4-H is FUN!” a look at the new Recreation Handbook. Participants will see, learn, and get some practice leading recreation activities for any and all age groups! Teen Retreat participants will be equipped to return to their counties and lead activities with afterschool programs, 4-H clubs, Youth Boards, and more!

Registration is being conducted via 4-H Connect. The cost of this event is $120.00. Travis 4-H will pay half of the registration fee, only after you have paid for the event in full and attended the event. New additional sponsor - of the $60.00 remaining fee you will pay, due to a gracious sponsor, you will now only have to pay $30. For youth who attend. $90.00 will be refunded to each participant upon returning from the trip. If interested in this event and would like more information, please talk with Cory via email at cmtalley@ag.tamu.edu or by phone at 512-854-9600. Need to register via 4-H Connect by December 28, 2009.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Travis County 4-H T-shirt Orders


Orders are being accepted for Travis County 4-H T-shirts. The order form may be found at travis4h.com - (look under the tab "4-H Forms". Long or short sleeve shirts may be ordered.
Short Sleeve - $12.00 and Long Sleeve - $15.00. Order forms are due to the County Extension Office by December 1, 2009.

*** A correction is being made to add a hyphen between the 4 and the H.***

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Travis County Youth Show Junior Superintendents


Opportunity for youth in the 8th-12th grades. The application must be completed and turned in by November 16, 2009 to the Travis County Youth Show Office. Application may be found at travis4h.com under the "forms" tab or on the TCYS website


Youth will be notified by phone on November 23, 2009 and invited to attend the December 2nd Board Meeting to meet the superintendents.


JUNIOR SUPERINTENDENTS WILL BE EXPECTED TO ASSIST THE SUPERINTENDENTS WITH VARIOUS AREAS OF THE SHOW & AUCTION. THEY WILL BE EXPECTED TO WEAR YOUR OFFICIAL NAME TAG. THIS OBLIGATION WILL NOT INTERFERE WITH YOUR OWN SHOW TIMES.


Please mail applications to
P.O. Box 1110
Manor, TX 778653

or Email to: tcys@live.com

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Travis Extension Education Association Bazaar

Saturday, November 14, 2009
9:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m.

Faith Lutheran Church
6600 Woodrow Avenue
Austin, TX

Great Holiday Decorations, Craft and Gift Items, Delicious Homemade Bake Goods, Breakfast Tacos, Hot Soups and Sandwiches, Desserts, Drinks.. and Much More

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Travis County One Day 4-H Activities

Please take a look at the 4-H Website - www.travis4h.com to check out some photos of the One Day 4-H Events. If you have photos you would like posted of one day activity, please email them to Cory at cmtalley@ag.tamu.edu.

4-H Photos Needed

The 4-H Office and the County Council are requesting photos of 4-H'ers in action as well as photos taken by 4-H'ers. Promotional posters will be put together and printed to use at various 4-H events. The goal of this project is develop a poster portraying the many aspects of 4-H and all that it has to offer. Photos must be sent via email and as a jpeg (will not be accepted in other forms). Please submit photos to cmtalley@ag.tamu.edu. Please note that not all photos may be used. Selection of photos used will be made by a professional photographer.

Helpful Hints Regarding H1NI

For more information, please check out the following websites:


AgriLife Extension's Texas EDEN Flu Resources for your clientele:
For additional flu information: http://www.texasflu.org/


Here is a list of things we can all do to avoid spreading the flu, compiled by Carol Rice, Extension health specialist:

· Get the seasonal flu immunization as soon as possible and the H1N1 vaccination as recommended for you.

· Recognize early signs of flu: fever at 100F or higher, dry cough, sore throat, muscle aches and pain, headache, and cold symptoms. Stay at home until free from fever for 24 hours without fever-reducing medicines.

· Regularly wash hands with warm soap and water for 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

· Provide and use disinfecting wipes on commonly touched/shared surfaces like door handles, copy machine buttons, phones, etc.

· Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

· Shield coughs and sneezes with your elbow or upper arm rather than your hands; use disposable tissues and discard promptly after use. Keep tissues readily available.

· Avoid shaking hands.

· Maintain a distance of three to six feet from others who appear sick.

· Keep your immune system strong with regular exercise, adequate sleep, and a good diet.

Fostering Animals Through the Town Lake Animal Shelter

Below is some information about fostering animals through the Town Lake Animal Shelter. If this might be on interest to your family, please read below and feel free to contact the following individual:

Sarah Hammond
TLAC Foster Coordinator
512-972-6099 phone

TLAC F.A.Q.

What kind of animals need to be fostered?

Animals that benefit from foster care come in many shapes and sizes! The largest foster need TLAC has is for underage kittens and nursing mother cats and their kittens. We also need foster homes for underage puppies and nursing mother dogs and their puppies. Cats and dogs recovering from illness or injuries will enjoy recovering in the comfort of a foster home. In certain circumstances we simply need special temporary homes for a displaced pet.

What do foster homes need to do to become approved to foster for TLAC?

Fosters must live in Travis County, have a valid picture ID and have access to the Internet. All current animals in the foster home must have up to date rabies vaccinations. Foster homes should discuss fostering with their veterinarian – the veterinarian may suggest additional vaccinations or parasite protection for owned animals to protect them. If the foster home rents, we will need permission from the landlord to foster at the address. Ideally, there should be enough room in the foster home to separate them from owned animals.

How long is the typical foster period?

Average time in foster care is 2-4 weeks. If they become ill, it may be longer. Newborn kittens and puppies will need at least 8 weeks in foster care. Kittens and puppies need to be at least 8 weeks old to be eligible for adoption.

Who handles the veterinary care if a foster pet becomes ill while in foster care?

TLAC has a fully staffed vet services department and will handle all medical needs the foster animal requires at no expense to the foster home.

What happens if a foster’s owned animal catches a disease from a foster animal?

Any illness contracted by owned animals is the responsibility of the foster parent and their own personal veterinarian. All fosters animals are screened against certain contagious illness and the shelter’s recommendation is to keep owned animals separated from foster animals to avoid contamination.

What does the shelter provide in order to help care for the foster animals?

Cats and kittens are provided with food, both canned and hard food. Toys, bedding and litter boxes are all provided by the foster home. Dogs and puppies are provided with food, both canned and hard kibble. They also go home with a leash and collar. If appropriate, TLAC will provide a crate or exercise pen. Toys and bedding are provided by the foster home.

Do foster homes find adopters for their foster pets?

Animals return to Town Lake Animal Center for adoption. Foster homes should be able to provide pictures and behavior information about how the animal behaved in their home to help the shelter match the pets with potential adopters. In the event the foster home finds potential adopters for their foster pets, these adopters must come to TLAC to complete the TLAC Adoption Application Process.

Can foster homes adopt their foster pets?

Of course! By becoming a an approved foster provider, you are an approved TLAC Adopter!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Fantastic Horse Needs a New Home


BA Tomorrow's Magic

IAHA Breeder's Sweepstakes Nominated US National Futurity Nominated AHR# 0596148

“Magic” is a large Arabian pony mare by the Legendary Pioneer V. She is a very well trained pony. She is quiet, and minds her manners. She has had a variety of work done on her. She has been ridden, Dressage, Hunter, Hunter-Jumper, Bareback, and Western. She has done trails down the nearby roads, and been ridden in an arena also. Her ground work is exquisite. She bathes, ties, trims, loads, leads, and all around behaves well. She can also do some TRICKS! She will do well with anyone with a couple of year of experience or as a lesson horse. She is registered with Arabian Horse Association, and is Breeder sweepstakes Nominated. She is update on worming, shots, floating, and Coggins until April. We are selling her due to financial hardship, and another sick loved one. She is valued at way more, however priced for an emergency quick sale.
I have photos and videos upon request. I also have an open schedule so if you would like to have a visit please don't hesitate.

Emily Keller (Please contact Emily - she is the owner and will be able to answer any questions you may have.)
512-744-3366
Salinia6789@AOL.com
Thanks So Much :)

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Vendor Opportunities at Pioneer Farms Christmas Event

Pioneer Farms is actively planning for its 2009 Christmas Event, and this could be a great opportunity for you to reach an audience of Austin area families and international visitors. The theme is 'Christmas Around the World', focusing on the heritages and Christmas traditions of the families that settled Central Texas. A Christmas Bazaar is also being planned in conjunction with the event. The date and time of the event is Saturday, December 12th, 4 to 9 p.m.

Pioneer Farms is a non-profit 1880’s living history museum. It is run solely by volunteers and provides an invaluable service to our community in educating school children and the public about Texas history. Members of the Pioneer Farms 4-H Club are volunteers at the museum.

Pioneer Farms waives all vendor fees and vendors may keep 100% of their proceeds. The event will be held rain or shine. Vendors are issued one 12-foot-by-12-foot space for the five hours of this event. The vendor will need to supply tent, tables, chairs, etc. Booth set up will begin at 2 hrs before the event begins and take down must be no later than a half hour after the end of the event. All vehicles must be off of the historic areas inside the museum no later than one half hour prior to the event start time. A special vendor parking area will be provided at the front entrance, near where the booth area will be located. Immediate families of vendor may attend the event free of charge; wrist bands will be provided with your info packet.

If you have any questions regarding this event, or to receive the vendor information packet, please e-mail Angela Walters at cordelia_78681@sbcglobal.net. If you do not have access to e-mail please call her at (512) 497-8952. Angela would like to get vendor applications back by October 30th if possible, so your information may be advertised on the Pioneer Farms web site. Pioneer Farms looks forward to working with you!

Manor FFA Lamb and Goat Prospect Show

October 31, 2009
Manor AG Barn
Check out the flyer at www.travis4h.com, look up the tab "upcoming events"

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

National 4-H Conference

WHAT IS NATIONAL 4‐H CONFERENCE?:
The National 4‐H Conference is the Secretary of Agriculture’s premier youth development opportunity to engage youth in developing recommendations for the 4‐H Youth Development Program.

The National 4‐H Conference is a working conference in which youth and adults‐‐at the invitation of the Secretary of Agriculture‐‐assist in the development of recommendations to help guide 4‐H Youth Development Programs nationally and in their communities. This event brings together
youth, volunteer leaders, and state and county Extension staff members from across the United States, the U.S. Territories, and the Canadian Provinces. As the sponsor for this conference, the National 4‐H Headquarters‐‐located within Families, 4‐H, and Nutrition at the U.S. Department of
Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Cooperative Research, Education and Extension Service (CSREES)‐‐is charged with sharing the recommendations that emerge from the conference with the Secretary of Agriculture, national Extension Program Leaders, and others who determine 4‐H programs. At the same time, ensuring that the conference is a meaningful experience for the youth and adult participants.

DATES AND LOCATION:
The 2010 National 4‐H Conference will be held at the National 4‐H Youth Conference Center. The National 4‐H Youth Conference Center is located in a quiet, 12‐acre campus‐like setting in Maryland, one mile from the nation’s capital, making it the perfect gateway to Washington, D.C.’s leaders, monuments and museums. The Conference Center is operated by the National 4‐H Council. To read more interesting history on the National 4‐H Youth Conference Center, visit http://www.4hcenter.org/center_history.html.

WHO SHOULD APPLY?:
The National 4‐H Conference requires youth who are focused and committed to working during the Conference and in their state. The Texas delegation will consist of 10 youth delegates, who need to engage in pre‐ and post conference work and participate in all scheduled conference activities. The minimum age requirement for a Texas youth delegate is 15 years old (must be by January 1, 2010). The maximum age for a youth delegate is 18.

APPLICATION PROCESS:
Applications must be submitted online and certified through 4H CONNECT by November 15, 2009. Final selection of delegates will be made on the basis of the online application. The final selection of delegates will be announced on, or before, December 1, 2009. Please refer to the Application/Nomination for 4‐H Recognition Form (4‐H 3‐2.041) to help you complete the online application. This form is available from the
Publication page of the Texas 4‐H and Youth Development Program website (http://texas4‐h.tamu.edu).

COST:
The delegate’s share of registration, adult chaperone registration, lodging, airfare, meals, and transportation costs is $1500.00. This registration fee will be due on January 5, 2010.

4-H and NASCAR















For many years, 4-H has been looking to partner with NASCAR.

On Sunday, October 4th, the 4-H clover and website address will be featured on the back TV panel of the No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet driven by Jeff Gordon at the Kansas Speedway.

Tune in for the race that day to check out the great exposure 4-H will receive courtesy of DuPont and NASCAR.

Manor 4-H Club Food Drive

The Manor 4-H Club is hosting a food drive and is inviting all Travis County 4-H families to participate. There is a box at the Travis County Extension Office, located in the front by the 4-H informational booth. Anytime you are coming by the office, think about making a donation with a non-perishable food item. Listed below are some items which are needed. Monetary donations may be made at the following website: http://cafbtx.convio.net/4H
  • Peanut Butter
  • Soups
  • Personal care items (shampoo, toothbrushes, soap, feminine hygiene).
  • Canned meats like tuna, stew and chili (pop-tops preferred)
  • Canned vegetables
  • Pasta & pasta sauce
  • Beans
  • Rice
  • Healthy cereals
  • Peanut Butter
  • Baby food & baby formula
  • Diapers (adult and baby)

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Fort Worth Calf Scramble

Youth participants must be between the ages of 14 to 17 years of age as of January 1, 2010 and not be beyond their junior year in high school. If chosen to participate and you catch a calf at the scramble, youth will receive a $500 certificate to purchase a registered beef or dairy heifer. Please let Cory know if you are interested by October 1, 2009.

Creedmoor Oktoberfest

Creedmoor Oktoberfest
October 17, 2009
Creedmoor Community Center
10:00 am.-7:00 p.m
website: Creedmo
orcommunityfa.org

Opportunity to attend and booths are still available for crafts. Check out the website for more details and forms.

2010 Beekeeping Essay Contest

For official rules for this contest, please go to the travis4h.com website and look under the "upcoming events" tab.

TOPIC:
For the 2010 essay contest, the essay topic is:

“Is My Community Honey Bee-Friendly?”
Honey bees and other pollinators have been in the news lately. Many beekeepers have experienced colony losses to the yet unexplained Colony Collapse Disorder, or CCD. These unexplained losses have caused some people to wonder: What can I do to help? For this essay, you should survey your community to see what is being done, or could be done to help
honey bees. Perhaps there are classes to attract new beekeepers – or laws that prohibit beekeeping. Does your community allow roadsides and open land to grow up in blooming plants in the spring – or not? Are there resources to help home gardeners make bee-friendly choices? When insecticides are required for pests (for example, mosquito control), are the insecticides chosen or applied with bee protection in mind? Include your state in your survey if there is some reason; for example, your state may have declared the honey bee your state insect, or your state highway department may have a wildflower seeding program. The scope of the research is an essential judging criterion, accounting for 40% of your score. The number of sources consulted, the authority of the sources, and the variety of the sources are all evaluated. Personal interviews with beekeepers and others familiar with the subject are valued sources of information and should be documented. Sources, which are not cited in the endnotes, should be listed in a “Resources” or “Bibliography” list. Note that “honey bee” is properly spelled as two words, even though many otherwise authoritative references spell it as one word.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Attention Adults - TCYS Youth Fair Committee Meeting

Its getting to be that time again! We'll have a meeting on Saturday, October 3, at 10:00 a.m. at the Extension Office on Smith Road. If you have anyone that is interested in joining our merry little band, please bring them.
For those who may be new to 4-H, TCYS is an acronym for the Travis County Youth Show. All 4-H and FFA youth who live and/or go to school in Travis County are eligible to participate in the Travis County Youth Show. Many youth choose to participate in the "Youth Fair" portion. This portion involves making craft items, woodworking items, bake goods and more. For more information about TCYS - check out the website at www.traviscountyyouthshow.org

For the adults interested in volunteering for the Youth Fair, please join us on October 3, 2009 at 10:00 a.m.

2009 Jr. Leadership Retreat

2009 Junior Leadership Retreat, November 6-8, 2009
Texas 4-H Conference Center, Brownwood, Texas
This event is open to youth ages 8 (and in the third grade) to 14 (as of August 31, 2009)
Cost: $120.00 - youth
$80.00 - adult

The workshop will focus on basics such as communication skills, leadership, team building, new
project and/or activity opportunities, community service, leading recreation, how to manage
groups, and more. It is the goal of the workshop to empower youth with the skills they need to
become leaders in their community clubs and county programs.

***If a youth would like to attend, a parent needs to serve as chaperon***

For those interested, please contact Cory at cmtalley@ag.tmu.edu or John at JJRiegler@ag.tamu.edu. If attending, you will need to submit the $50.00 non-refundable fee or the full deposit by Tuesday, October 6, 2009.

Threads of Love - District 10 Community Service Project

Threads of love is a non- profit, ministry meeting the needs of tiny premature infants and newborns who are deceased due to miscarriage. They are dedicated to the production and distribution of clothing and care items to the premature babies. The group sews, knits and crochets clothing and accessories.

What can you do to help? By donating the following items you can do your part:
  • fleece baby material
  • cotton baby material
  • yarn (#3 or baby yarn)
  • Ribbon
  • Lace
For more information, please check out the flyer at www.travis4h.com (look under the tab"upcoming events). Items may be brought to the County Extension Office during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Atascosa County Fair Association

Prospect Steer, Heifer, Lamb and Goat Show

see flyer at www.travis4h.com for more information (look under the tab "upcoming events"

Lone Star Classic

Prospect Steer Show in Gonzales
See flyer at www.travis4h.com for more information. (looking under tab "upcoming events)

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Are you a Pedernales Electric Cooperative Customer?

Essay contest for youth who have completed their sophomore, junior or senior year of high school
by June 10, 2010 and whose parent/legal guardian are a PEC member or receive Pedernales Electric Services at their residence.

If you fall under the requirements, please let us know so we can provide you more detailed information. Entry deadline is October 26, 2009.

4-H One Day - Walk for NAMI

Many of you have read and hopefully have seen the 4-H One Day video. On October 10, 2009 4-H'ers across the state will be giving back to their community. Many of the clubs may choose to coordinate their own community service activity. As the 4-H Agent, I have chosen to participate in a community service as well. Each of you are more than welcome to join me for this event. I have decided to participate in the

NAMIWALKS for the Mind of America
(National Alliance on Mental Illness)

Date: Saturday, October 10, 2009
Location: Auditorium Shores on Lady Bird Lake
Registration & Check-In: 8:00 am

Walk Begins: 9:00 am

Distance: 5 K

If you would like to participate, please go to the following website and join the Travis County 4-H Team. http://www.nami.org/namiwalks09/TEX/tc4h. This will take you to my page and below my name on the left side, click on Team: Travis County 4-H. Once on the team page, you can sign up to join the team and create your own page. You can then email your page link to friends and family for sponsorships as a walker. For those under the age of 18, you will need to complete a paper registration form. Please let me know of your interest at cmtalley@ag.tamu.edu.

Once I have an idea of how many are willing to participate, I will email you more information.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Hutto-Thrall Lamb and Goat Show

Saturday, October 17th, 2009
Open Show – Non-Sanctioned
Williamson County Show Barn
San Gabriel Park, Georgetown, Texas

For more information, check out the flyer at www.travis4h.com under the "upcoming events" tab.

Another great opportunity to gain some experience in the show ring.

2010 Broiler/Roaster/Fryer Orders

If you plan to show chickens during the 2010 Show season, the order form and information is posted to the travis4h.com website. Click on the "forms" tab.

Order forms are due to the Extension Office by Monday, September 28, 2009.

If you have questions, please ask.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo Calf Scramble

For youth interested in this calf scramble, please contact Cory for the appropriate forms. To enter, youth must have reached their 12th birthday, but not their 18th by August 31, 2009.

***Completing and submitting required paperwork does not guarantee you a slot. Selection will be made at the district level.***

State Shooting Sports Results

Back in July, 4-H Shooting Sports members participated in the state games held in Helotes, TX. Their results have been posted to the travis4h.com website (click on the "upcoming events" tab). Please check out their successful year.

Congratulations to all of the participants. Awesome Job!!

Guadalupe County Sheep and Goat Show

Posted on the travis4h.com website under the "upcoming events" tab is a flyer for the Guadalupe County Sheep and Goat Show. If interested, please check it out.

October 10, 2009
Seguin, TX

San Antonio Stock Show Calf Scramble

4-H members interested in participating in the San Antonio Livestock Show Calf Scramble need to contact Cory. To be eligible, members must have reached their 12th birthday, but not their 18th by January 1, 2010.

All required forms including medical release will need to be completed with all original signatures and document needs to be notarized. Completed forms will need to be returned to the County Extension Office by September 21st.

****Completing the forms does not guarantee that you will be selected to compete in the scramble. There is a selection from all applications submitted throughout the district.****

If interested or would like to know more information, please contact Cory to get the required forms and additional information.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Cowboy Christmas Ball

October 24, 2009
Double Tree Hotel North
6:30 p.m. to midnight
Silent and Live Auctions
Live Music by Bryan Smith Band
Proceeds benefit 4-H and FFA youth of Travis County.

For tickets, sponsorships and other information, please visit the website below:

http://www.cowboychristmasball.org/

(Event is adult admission only)

Monday, August 24, 2009

State Lamb and Goat Validation

If you plan to exhibit lambs or goats at the Travis County Youth Show or any of the major stock shows in the spring, you will need to purchase an ear tag for each animal you plan to have.

Tags are $9.00 each. Checks may be made payable to Travis 4-H and must accompany an order form which may be found on the travis4h.com website.

If you are unfamiliar with this process, orders are taken now (due August 28, 2009) and all lambs and goats will be validated on October 20, 2009.

If you have any additional questions, please call us at 854-9600 and ask for Cory, John or Brad.

Hays County Bobcat Classic

October 24, 2009
Hays County Civic Center
1249 Civic Center Loop
San Marcos, TX

Great opportunity to get some exposure especially if this is your first year as a showman.
Please see the flyer at www.travis4h.com under the "upcoming events" tab.

Monday, August 17, 2009

4-H Clothing Community Service Project

If you are a 4-H member interested in the clothing and textiles project, I have a community service project ready to go. All of the linens that were used at the banquet need to have the edges hemmed or surged so that we can use them in the upcoming years. If you are willing to take on this task, please contact Cory at cmtalley@ag.tamu.edu.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

El Paso 4-H'ers in Need of Assistance!!

AgriLife Extension Family,

This past weekend several El Paso 4-H members were burned while working a food booth at a 4-H fundraiser. Three of those youth are now in the Burn ICU at University Medical Center, Lubbock, TX.

Many 4-H families are already providing the Extension faculty in Lubbock with non-perishable foods, books, cards, and letters to support these families during this most trying time. If you would like to contribute any of these items, please contact Cory and bring those items to the office by August 19th.
Also, the Texas 4-H Foundation has set up an account for people to make financial donations to help these 4-H families with meals and lodging. If you would like to support these young 4H'ers and their families, please send your checks or money orders to:
Texas 4-H Foundation
P.O. Box 11020
College Station, Texas 77842
(on the memo line state " El Paso 4-H Youths")
If you would like to make an Online Donation, please go to the Texas 4-H Foundation website at www.texas4hfoundation.org. Click on the DONATE Button on the home page. From here you will be taken to PayPal. Under the "Specify Donation Requirements" box, please type "El Paso 4-H Youths"
(Only Paypal fees will be deducted from your contribution. Your tax deductible donation will be the actual amount donated.)
If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Foundation office at 979-845-1213.
Please keep these families in your thoughts and prayers.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

4-H Youth Invited to Special Event at Bob Bullock Museum

The Museum will be offering free admission for our 4-H friends, employees and their families, on August 12 from 8 am to 3 pm. The Museum will host a live satellite conference with Astronaut Colonel Timothy Kopra (a native Texan) aboard the International Space Station (ISS) in the IMAX Theatre. We will offer and host complimentary educational activities including on-site experiments, autograph signings, hands-on NASA artifacts, a discovery dome inflatable planetarium, & Space Station 3-D IMAX screenings. A simulcast of the downlink will be projected on the timeline video wall on the 2nd floor.

http://thestoryoftexas.com/the_museum/public_events.html


Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Travis County Youth Show

Rules for the 2010 Travis County Youth Show have been posted to the show's website. Please become familiar with the rules as early as possible.

Dates included in the rules; validation dates and housing request form deadlines.

www.traviscountyyouthshow.org

Friday, July 31, 2009

Multi-County Officer Training - 2nd Opportunity

A second officer training is being offered. If you missed the first one, you have the opportunity to attend the multi-County Officer training with Bastrop, Caldwell, Gonzales and Travis Counties.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009
First Lockhart Baptist Church
315 W Prairie Lea
Lockhart, TX 78644

We will begin at 9:30 a.m. and run until about 2:30 p.m.
Cost will be $5.00
Please let John know if you plan to attend. JJRiegler@ag.tamu.edu


LaQuinta offers 4-H Supporters 15% Discount

Texas 4-H supporters receive a 15% discount at La Quinta hotels nationwide.
The TX4H Alliance Program benefits the youth of 4-H!
“WAKE UP ON THE BRIGHT SIDE” AT LA QUINTA!

Check out the flyer at travis4h.com and remember that when you are booking hotel rooms, remember LaQuinta.

Community Service Opportunity for Senior High Kids and Adults

Volunteers Needed For Lose The Training Wheels Bike Camp!

The Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas (DSACT) is seeking
volunteers to assist at our Lose the Training Wheels bike camp for
children with disabilities. With an 85 percent success rate, Lose the
Training Wheels is a non-profit organization that hosts summer bike
camps all across the nation. It first started in LaCrosse, WI in 1999
and since has grown to over fifty camps nationwide. This camp teaches
the skills needed to ride a bicycle without training wheels. Using
modified bicycles that have rollers instead of training wheels, the
course teaches the techniques to overcome three main obstacles to riding
a bicycle: impaired balance, limited coordination, and fear. The rollers
provide greater stability and improved balance and are phased out over
time until the child can use regular tires. Volunteers provide
encouragement and support while serving as spotters to the camp
participants..

"Lose the Training Wheels”is coming to Austin for the first time and
will be held at the Crockett Center in North Austin from Monday, August
17 through Friday, August 21, 2009 from 8AM-5PM. Volunteers are needed
for 1hr 45 minute slots. We ask that you commit to all 5 days for the
session(s) you select., as campers bond with their volunteers and rely
on the same person to be there each day to help them learn to ride.

Time slots are as follows:

Session I: 7:45-9:30
Session II: 9:15-11:00
Session III: 10:45-12:30
Session IV: 1:00-2:45
Session V: 2:30-4:15

All volunteers must be at least 16 years of age.
Completed forms can either be emailed back to me
(rothberg@email.unc.edu) or mailed to the DSACT office (3710 Cedar
Street, Box 3 Austin, TX 78705).

Feel free to email me back with any questions and I will be happy to
help in anyway!

If you are interested, please let John or I know and we will email you the form that needs to be completed.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

2010 Texas 4-H Round Up Theme Contest

Texas 4-H is looking for some new creative ideas! A contest is being held to search for the theme for the 2010 Texas 4-H State Roundup Event. This event is held in June on the campus of Texas A&M University. For all the details about this unique opportunity, check out the flyer posted on the travis4h.com website under the "upcoming events" tab for 4-H Programs.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Pet Vaccination Clinic

Pet Vaccination Clinic
John Y. Tarlton, DVM

Wednesday, August 12th
5 – 7 p.m.
at First United Methodist Church
500 Pecan in Pflugerville

Rabies: Dogs and Cats - $5.00
Dog vaccines: DHLP/Parvo/Corona - $15.00
Bordetella (Kennel Cough) - $10.00
Cat vaccines: PRCC/Feluk - $15.00
Complete yearly vaccine - $20.00
Flea & Heartworm preventative will also be available.

Heart of Texas 4-H Club
Fund Raiser

A portion of the proceeds will go to help the Club with projects and community service work
Please come and support us!

For additional information, please call:
Austin Avenue Animal Hospital
Lana Tarlton ~ 238-1093

Monday, July 6, 2009

One Day 4-H


October 10, 2009...What will you do?

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Teen Leaders Needed for Operaton Military Kids

Do you enjoy working with kids ages 5-15? Are you interested in team building or communication? Are you are willing to help kids with parents who are serving their country away from home? Then you are exactly what we need.

Operation Military Kids is currently training 100’s of youth ages 10-17 around the state of Texas. The state of Texas will be sending over 2500 soldiers over seas in the next two years. These soldiers are national guard soldiers who are leaving their civilian jobs and families.

A series of training and events are currently being scheduled for both the soldiers, spouses/families and their children. At these Yellow Ribbon Events, the spouses learn about how to deal with the stress of a family member who is gone away. The children develop a group of friends who also have parents who have gone to serve.

Operation Military Kids have been asked to help these children learn to make new friends and to communicate their questions or concerns.

Central Texas 4-H Robotics Club currently has two fathers who are in Iraq. One of the club members had been trained by Operation Military Kids – before his father was sent to Iraq. We are hosting a training for other youth around Central Texas “We don’t live on military bases and it could be your neighbor.”

Please join us Thursday, June 25th from 9:00 – 4:00 p.m. We will provide lunch and all materials necessary for you to feel comfortable when you join others to support these families. If you or your child is interested – just email your childs name and address to kate@learning-links.org and we will send you a confirmation letter and directions to the training site.

If you have questions about the program or how to volunteer – contact the State Operation Military Kids office at omktx@ag.tamu.edu or you can call me – Kate Young (wife to deployed soldier, mother to four 4-H club members) kate@learning-links.org or 512-347-9658.

Texas 4-H State Roundup

Congratulations to State 4-H Round up Participants

Meredith Vasquez - 1st Place Companion Animals Educational Presentation
Horse Judging
Mathew Evnas – 4th Place Hosing and Home Environment Educational Presentation
Brandon Masi – Share the Fun - Musical
Lauren Schneider – Share the Fun –Choreographed Routine
Kayla Swilling – Share the Fun – Choreographed Routine
Codi Spence – Livestock Judging
Ryan McAfee – Livestock Judging
Keaton Harlow – Rifle Contest

Scholarship Recipients
The following four individuals brought home $25, 000 in scholarship money
William McAfee
Autumn Pearson
Hannah Riemer
Jeremy Stremler

Friday, May 29, 2009

2009 Annual Achievement Banquet

Date: Saturday, August 15, 2009
Location: Regents School of Austin - Activity Center
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Cost: TBD

Don't forget about the awards forms that all 4-H'ers should be completing to receive their much deserved recognition.

You should be soon be receiving a postcard in the mail as a reminder.

Youth Leadership Program (Public Speaking)

This is a three-day workshop dedicated to helping youth with their public speaking skills. The Toastmasters curriculum is used to aid participants in becoming more comfortable with impromptu speaking, and preparing, delivering, and evaluating speeches. A local Toastmaster will serve as the facilitator for the workshop. There is no fee for the workshop itself, but kids will be responsible for paying for their lunches. More information will be available later.

Dates: June 15 - 17
Location: Goodwill Community Center (I 35 and 183)
Age Requirement: 12 - 18 years old
Start Time: 9:00 a.m. and End Time: 4:00 p.m.
A graduation ceremony will be held on Wednesday night. Location to be determined.

4-H Recordbooks


Recordbook Workday - Monday, June 8, 2009
Come to the Extension Office anytime between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to get help with your recordbooks. Bring your laptops, flash drives, hard copies (whatever you already have).

This is not a formal workshop - this is set up as a help session.

Recordbooks are due to the Extension office by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, June 22, 2009. (please remember that our office closes at 5:00 so plan to have your book in early).

Food Challenge Workshop

A new and exciting 4-H contest is being added in the 2009-2010 4-H year. Be one of the first in the county to take part in this hands on experience. The workshop is being held in Seguin.
Check out the flyer at travis4h.com for more information on location and registration.

Food Project Day

Monday, July 6, 2009
Meet at the Extension Office at 9:00 a.m.
Cost: Bring money for lunch at Good Luck Grill in Manor

Participants will learn about the history of chocolate, hands on dipping with chocolate, lunch at Good Luck Grill and Tour Austin Nuts in the afternoon.

Flyer posted at travis4h.com

District 10 Junior Leadership Rally

Date: July 9, 2009
Location: Helotes 4-H Activity Center in Helotes, TX
Cost : $15.00
Flyer posted at travis4h.com

For our junior and intermediate aged youth. This is being held in conjunction with the District Recordbook Judging. If you want to judge recordbooks and need something for the younger 4-H'ers to do, this is your answer. 4-H youth must register on 4-H Connect to participate.

4-H Club Officer Training

Monday, July 27, 2009
Location: Travis County East Facility
6011 Blue Bluff Road
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $5.00 -includes lunch and snacks
Flyer posted on travis4h.com website

All newly elected officers and club managers should attend
Topics of discussion include:
  • Parliamentary Procedure
  • Officer Responsibilities/Duties/ Program Ideas
  • Award Opportunities/Scholarships
  • 4-H Opportunities
  • New 4-H Contests
  • 4-H Connect Enrollment
  • 4-H Recordbooks
RSVP to John by July 22, 2009 at JJRiegler@ag.tamu.edu

Consumer Decision Making Project

Wednesday, July 29, 2009
9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Cabela's in Buda (bring money for lunch at Cabela's)
Open to all 4-H aged youth and adults!!!

Participants will learn the ins and outs of this project. A life long skill with some potential scholarship opportunities. Check out the flyer on travis4h.com

District 10 Mega Meeting

A district wide event open to all youth and adults. This is a great opportunity for youth to meet fellow 4-H members and take part in a district wide event. It will take place in Kerrville on Saturday, August 29, 2009. Youth will participate in an educational activity related to 4-H projects. A dance has been added this year.

There are workshops for youth and adults. Check out the travis4h.com website to see the flyers of workshops offered.

Meeting begins at 12:00 noon at Schreiner University
Cost: full time registration- $20.00 per participant (youth and adults) (includes dinner and dance)
part time registration - $8.00 per participant (does not include dinner and dance)

If you are interested in attending, please sign up with John and pay the fee by August 20th. Cory is taking a van and will take up to 13 youth. If youth want to attend, they must notify John so he can put their name on the list.

If you need more information, please let us know.

4-H Club Scrapbooks

All Club Scrapbooks are due: August 3, 2009 to the Extension Office

Items you should consider including:
Creativity, Club Information, Member Information, Projects/Activities, Group Photo, Individual Photos/Member pages, club goals, greatest accomplishments, proudest moments,
Clover Kids.

County Camp at Lake Brownwood

What is County Camp? County Camp allows counties to send youth of all ages (9-18) to camp at the 4-H Conference Center at one time, whereas Prime Time is age specific. County groups are housed together in the dorms by gender (Boys in boys dorms, girl in girls dorms). Campers will experience team-building and communication skills development through their participation in such programs as Challenge Course activities, canoeing, rifle, archery, drama, swimming, dance, and other activities.

Travis County attends: July 13 (3:00 pm) to July 16 (11:00 am) Cost: $205.00
Each participant will be reimbursed $100.00 upon returning from camp.

Participants will need to register via 4-H Connect to attend:
4-H Connect Login. Must be registered by June 16, 2009

Cory will be attending this camp.

Award Opportunities - Due: June 30, 2009

Award applications have been posted to the travis4h.com website under the "forms" link. This will allow you the opportunity to see what the requirements are for the awards and know what else you may need to do to be eligible to apply.

Awards due include;
Rookie, All Star, Honor Roll, Letterman, Gold Star, Bronze Star, Silver Star, I DARE You, Project Summary and Adult Leader Award

If you have questions regarding the awards application, please let us know.

State Fair of Texas - Contest Opportunities

Although the State Fair of Texas in Dallas is three hours away, there are opportunities available for youth and adults. Take a look at their premium book online to see what is available for your age range and if projects can be mailed in or you must deliver the day of. There some cooking contests as well as photography. Make it a family or club event.
Click on the link to check out the Creative Arts handbook
http://www.bigtex.com/creativearts/competitionhandbook/
State Fair of Texas Website: www.bigtex.com

West Texas Rabbit Show


Junior Rabbit Show
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Please see the entry form and rules on the travis4h.com website for additional information. Check under the upcoming events tab.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Richland 4-H is Stocking the Shelves


Richland 4-H members contributed to the District 10 Community Service Project, Filling the Shelves. All items donated are being sent to the Texas 4-H Conference Center in Brownwood. Items will be used to help stock the nurse's station. Other items donated will be used for the craft's and games closets.

Banquet Committee Meeting

Attention 4-H Members ...If you are looking for more leadership opportunities, join the 4-H Banquet Committee. A meeting will be held on Monday, June 15th at 6:30 p.m. at the Extension Office. Items of discussion will be; meal to be served, delegation of duties for banquet, set up and remaining decorations. This is open to youth and adults. We have some tasks which will need to be completed by senior aged 4-H members and adults.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Professional yoU Day

Get ahead of the rest and take advantage of preparing for your future. Learn the dos and don'ts of dining etiquette. Sharpen your interview skills. Enhance your skills in completing applications.

Open to 4-H youth ages 13 to 18.
Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Location: Meet at the Extension Office at 9:00 a.m.
Dining Etiquette will take place at the Ventana Restaurant at the Culinary Academy.
Please see the flyer at travis4h.com

Cost: plan to spend at least $20.00 for lunch.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Gold Star, Silver Star and Bronze Star Award Applications

The Gold Star Award is the highest county achievement award and will be awarded only once in a member’s 4-H career. Counties have award quotas based on the number of senior 4-H members. The award is presented to the most deserving young people without regard to sex.
(application and requirements are posted on the travis4h.com website.)

Bronze Star and Silver Star Awards
Purpose to recognize achievement by 4-H members 9 to 11 (Bronze) or 12-14 (Silver) years of age at the time of application. A member may receive the award only once. Number to be awarded is based on judges discretion.(application and requirements are posted on the travis4h.com website.)

Adult Volunteer Leader AwardAn new award to recognize volunteer leaders for their service and contributions was added last year. The leader must be someone the Extension Office has listed as a screened volunteer leader through the Texas 4-H and Youth Development - Youth Protection Standards Program. If you have questions regarding a potential nominee, please contact us at the office.


The award form applications have been posted to the travis4h.com website under the "FORMS" tab. Award interviews are scheduled for Monday, July 20, 2009

President's Student Service Awards

Log your community service hours and receive recognition! The award application has been posted to the travis4h.com website under the "forms" tab. Applications and log of hours due: June 5, 2009.

County Recordbook Judging

Judges are Needed!!!!
Judging Date: Friday, June 26th
Location: Travis County East Facility (6011 Blue Blue Road, Austin)
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Lunch will be provided!!

We will be teaming up with Caldwell County this year. This is a great opportunity to learn more about recordbooks, the judging process and gain new ideas and opinions.

If you would like to judge (intermediate and senior aged 4-H youth are eligible judge) please let John know. JJRiegler@ag.tamu.edu

For those interested in judging recordbooks at the district level, please let us know.
D-10 Recordbook Judging
Date: Thursday, July 9, 2009
Location: Helotes 4-H Activity Center, Helotes, TX

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Aggieland Lamb Camp


July 17-19, 2009

Pearce Pavillion

College Station, Tx


For more information see flyer at travis4h.com website

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

2010 Turkey Order


The 2010 Turkey Order Form has been posted on the travis4h.com(under the "forms" tab) website. If you plan to show turkeys during the 2010 show season (including county) you need to submit an order by
July 1, 2009

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

TCYS Annual Meeting

2009

Travis County Youth Show

Annual Meeting

May 6, 2009

Doors open~~6:30 PM

Dinner followed by Meeting

VFW Post~North

500 VFW Road

Austin, TX 78753

Dinner will be provided to TCYS paid members

Voting rights also for all paid members

Membership forms attached

Dinner $15. for non members

Direct all membership forms and questions to:

Roxann Kaatz

TCYS Board Secretary

7803 Mowinkle Drive

Austin, TX 78736

512.288.5557

512.965.0477

Monday, May 4, 2009

District 10 Leadership Lab

Leadership workshops for youth ages 13 - 18 (must not have graduated high school)
Teambuilding, games and activities, dances and much more.

June 22-24, 2009 (Monday-Wednesday)
4-H Conference Center, Lake Brownwood
Registration will be conducted on 4-H Connect April 27-May 13, 2009.
Texas 4-H Connect Login

$170 per delegate This includes all meals and snacks beginning with the lunch on Monday and ending with breakfast on Wednesday, insurance and facility use at the 4-H Conference Center.
Travis 4-H pays 50% of this trip. 4-H members are required to pay the full amount and after returning, participants will receive a check request form to submit for the $85.00 return.

A promotional flyer can be found at www.travis4h.com

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Postponement/Cancellation of Large 4-H Events/Activities

Per the request of Extension Administration, all large attended 4-H events and activities are being postponed/canceled through at least May 11th. If you have plans to attend a 4-H related event or activity over the next couple of weeks, I advise you to check the status of the event.

Also please be cautious and aware of safety concerns:

Here are some examples of steps you can take to manage your risk of infection:
1. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, or carry a small-size, alcohol-based hand sanitizer with you and use it often. You can purchase alcohol-based hand sanitizer at any local pharmacy or grocery store.
2. Keep your hands away from your mouth, nose and eyes.
3. Don’t eat, drink or smoke after others.
4. Cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve so viruses are trapped in the fabric of your clothing and so you do not contaminate your hands. If you cough into a tissue, throw it in a wastebasket immediately. Don’t lay it on a surface that others might touch. Wash or sanitize your hands as soon as possible.
5. Avoid close contact with people who are ill and stay home when you are sick.
Simple actions such as these can reduce the chances of you contracting this and other illnesses. Further information specific to swine flu can be found at the following URL’s:
Center for Disease Control: http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/
Texas Department of State Health Services: www.dshs.state.tx.us\swineflu
Texas Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN): http://texashelp.tamu.edu/004-natural/disease-and-epidemic.php

Friday, April 17, 2009

4-H Night with the Rangers


Saturday, May 2, 2009
White Sox vs. Rangers - 7:05 p.m.
Nolan Ryan Replica Statue (First 20,000)

Saturday, May 30, 2009
A’s vs. Rangers - 7:05 p.m.
Casting Crowns pre-game concert

Friday, June 26, 2009
Padres vs. Rangers - 7:05 p.m.
Post-game fireworks show

Friday, July 17, 2009
Twins vs. Rangers - 7:05 p.m.
Post-game fireworks show

Saturday, September 19, 2009
Angels vs. Rangers - 7:05 p.m.
MercyMe pre-game concert

Click on the following website for pricing and ordering information.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

4-H Night With the Astros!


4-H Night with the Astros is back.
Minute Maid Park
Saturday, June 6th & Saturday, September 12th
Texas 4-H Special Fundraising Pricing

To purchase tickets and find out prices as well as other information - check out the following website:
Log on to www.astros.com/4h
Password: 4h

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Veterinary Science Camp



We are pleased to announce the sixth annual West Texas Youth Veterinary Science Workshop. This year’s workshop will be held at the Tom Green County 4-H Center in San Angelo, Texas from June 21st through June 25th, 2009.

The objective of the week-long event is to expose youth to careers in veterinary science. Instructors will include university and research faculty, Texas Cooperative Extension personnel, Texas Animal Health Commission personnel, and veterinary practitioners. Course topics will include: the beef quality assurance program, toxicology, parasitology, anaesthesiology, anatomy, nutrition, first aid, beef feedlot health management, large & small animal practice, zoology, necropsy, horse medicine, and more. Activities will involve classroom study, lab work, and field excursions.

Cost of the camp will be $200.00, with payment for the camp due on June 10th . In the event of cancellations, refunds will be offered in full. After June 15th, the payment is non-refundable. If you or your leaders have questions about the camp please call the Sutton County Extension Office, at
(325) 387-3101.

Forms may be found on the travis4h.com website under the "Forms" tab

Burnet County Sportfishing Camp





Texas 4-H Sportfishing Camp
July 13-16, 2009
LCRA Facility on Lake Buchanan
Buchanan Dam, Texas


Participants will learn sportfishing skills such as casting, lure manufacturing, fish biology, and water quality improvement skills just to name a few. All campers will be Boater Safety Certified with the Texas Parks Wildlife Department at this camp. This camp will be held on Lake Buchanan in the Highland Lakes chain of lakes located between Burnet and Llano Counties in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Most activities will be on the water at either Lake Buchanan or Inks Lake.

This 4 day 3 night camp will include: tour Inks Dam National Fish Hatchery operated by the U.S. Fish &Wildlife Department; and the Inks Lake State Park operated by Texas Parks & Wildlife.

Thanks to a generous donation from the LCRA the cost of this camp has been kept to $150.00 which will cover meal expenses. Cabin facilities at the LCRA administrative facility will accommodate female & malecampers so space is limited. If you wish to participate in this years camp send in your registration now.
Registration will be accepted on a first come basis. Once your application is received and approved you will receivea packet of information via e-mail to your county agent.

Registration Form: (will be accepted up to June 1, 2009 *FIRST COME FIRST SERVE*)
Registration form may be obtained from the travis4h.com website under the "Forms" tab.

Monday, April 6, 2009

4 – H C.A.P.I.T.A.L. Project Summer Camps




Come out and join us for a fun-filled week of Austin-area sportfishing field trips and other water adventures! All campers receive: a Zebco 33 Fishing Pole, Tackle Box, Daily Lunch, Snacks, Camp T-shirt and Awards Ceremony.


Explore our solar system! Build and launch your own rockets, gliders and “UFOs.”
Build and race solar cars. Feel what the astronauts feel by riding our orbital simulator! All campers receive: a model rocket, Daily Lunch, Snacks, Camp T-shirt and Awards Ceremony.

Both camps held at:
Martin Middle School
1601 Haskell
Austin, TX 78702

Ages: 9-13
Time: 8:00 am- 5:00 pm (extended hours available for $20 surcharge: 7:30-5:30)
Cost: $175 (scholarships available)

To register, for more information, or to learn about volunteer opportunities please contact:
4-H CAPITAL Summer Camps
Phone 512.854.9616 • Fax 512.854.9611 • Email: 4HCapital@ag.tamu.edu

Or Visit us at: http://www.4-hcapital.org/