Check out 4-H of Alachua County for making new friends, having fun, learning about a broad range of topics and helping others in the community.
Now is a good time to enroll. There are no membership fees or uniform requirements. 4-H is the youth educational program of the Cooperative Extension Service, the Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florida and the Alachua County Commission.
4-H is for youth ages 5-18, (as of Sept. 1, 2004) regardless of race, creed, religion, sex, national origin or handicap.
For more information and for enrollment forms, call the office at 955-2402. Those interested also can visit the Web site at http://alachua.ifas.ufl.edu. Then just click next to the 4-H clover.
Youth enrolling now are eligible to exhibit at the Alachua County Youth Fair, scheduled for February. 4-Hers earn ribbons on each project exhibit they enter, plus money for blue-ribbon exhibits.
In addition to project exhibits, there are a variety of project events and contests. There also are many other events and activities for 4-H members to participate in throughout the year.f-z
Youth can enroll in one or more projects. There are more than 50 subjects for youth to choose from.
If there is no club in your neighborhood, call the 4-H office. Parents can start a group now.
Below is a list of some the 4-H clubs in Alachua County:Alachua Rope & Halter: A livestock club; meets at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of the month at Hipp Construction in Alachua. Club members focus on beef, swine and goat projects, though many participate in other projects as well.
Archer Trailblazers: A community club that meets at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays at Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Archer.
Green Paws Dog Club: This new club will help you learn to better train and care for your dog. It meets 6 p.m. Mondays at the Alachua County Fairgrounds. Dogs (and youth) of all ages and breeds welcome.
Green Clovers: A community club that meets at 3:30 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of the month at Living Faith Fellowship School in Gainesville.
Linton Oaks Taking a Stand: A community club that meets in the Linton Oaks neighborhood.
Micanopy: A community club that meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Monday of the month in Micanopy at the Stroble Center.
4-H King Clovers: This is a community club that meets in the Majestic Oaks neighborhood.
Oak View Middle School: A new club just organizing. Check the school office for more information or call 955-2402.
Rocky Creek: A community 4-H club, Rocky Creek meets a 7 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at LaCrosse Baptist Church, 5700 NW 203rd Place (LaCrosse).
Tower Oaks: A community club that meets in the Tower Oaks neighborhood.
Town & Country: A new community club that meets at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at the Family Church, 2022 SW 122nd St.
Waldo Lucky Clovers: A community club that meets at 6:30 p.m. every other Friday in the Waldo Community Center.
Silver Snaffles: A horse project club that meets at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of the month in the Newberry area.
Bits and Spurs: A horse project club that meets in the Alachua-High Springs area on the second Tuesdays.
Cedar Ridge Fun, Fun, Fun & More Fun Club: This is a community club that meets from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Cedar Ridge Community Center.
Winners Circle: A goat project club that meets in the Newberry area.