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Learn about 4-H at Oct. 29 Open House

Make plans now to attend 4-H Open House on Friday, Oct. 29.

Open House is a prime opportunity to explore 4-H in general and check out more information concerning specific projects and clubs that will be represented.

Where can kids have fun, participate in exciting hands-on activities and make new friends? Any 4-Her can tell you!

4-H has something for everyone, boys and girls ages 5-18. Join 4-H to learn about science, engineering, technology, community service, nutrition, exercise and more. In 4-H clubs, camps, in-school and after-school programs, kids learn leadership, citizenship and life skills while they participate in experiences that prepare them to be successful adults.

Today’s 4-H touches the lives of more than 7 million kids across America in urban, suburban and rural communities. If you are interested in learning more about 4-H then this is the place to be. There will be goodies for new members enrolling. So again, join us down at the fairgrounds on Friday, Oct. 29, from 4:-6 p.m. for a great time.

Master gardener certification

The Colorado State University Extension Office in Archuleta County is now accepting applications for the 2011 Colorado Master Gardener (CMG) program until Dec. 10.

Students will receive training in tree care, vegetables, soils, native plants, water wise gardening, pruning and much more. The training utilizes on-site and distant education experts to teach a series of 11 classes.

The Colorado Master Gardener program can be a stepping stone toward a career in horticulture. Recognized by the green industry as a great vocational education course, the Colorado Master Gardener program is open to persons within and outside of the professional growing area. Many people considering a career in the green industry start with master gardener training as an all-around introduction to advanced plant care.

Classes start Jan. 27 and will take place at the La Plata County Fairgrounds every Thursday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The cost is $190 if you intend to volunteer, $550 for a certificate without volunteer time. CMG volunteers are expected to complete 50 hours of volunteer time in the first year and 24 hours in subsequent years. 

If gaining knowledge and helping others through horticulture is of interest to you, the Colorado Master Gardener program is an ideal volunteer choice. Please contact the Colorado State University Extension Office in Pagosa Springs at 264-5931 for more information or an application.

Calendar

Oct. 23 — 10 a.m., Shumei Natural Agriculture program.

Oct. 25 — 6:30 p.m., Archuleta County Tree Farmers.

Oct. 25 — 6:30 p.m., 4-H Club Leader meeting.

Oct. 29 — 4 p.m., 4-H Open House.