October 2020

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Upcoming Events and Important Dates

October 1 Start of 4-H year 2021

October 7-18 Fall 2020 Paper Clover Campaign at Tractor Supply Stores

October 8 KLLA Meeting, 6pm

November 12 KLLA Meeting, 6pm

November 14 NEW DATE 2020 4-H Achievement Celebration, 2-3pm, virtual event

apple on a treeOctober Birthdays

Happy Birthday to Jensen G., Carson D., Isabelle M., Autumn H., Remi W., Liam M., Justin B., and Pearl B.!

2020 4-H Achievement Celebration

NEW DATE! The 2020 Knox-Lincoln 4-H Achievement Celebration will be held online on Saturday, November 14, 2-3 pm on Zoom. We hope you can make it! We realize that this format is not the same as getting together in person, but it is the safest option we have at the moment. We promise to make this event as interactive as possible and a recording of the event will be made available for those who can’t join us live. Watch for an invitation in the mail and more information very soon!

What Have You Been Doing? Send Photos, Videos!

Have you been working on a project? Did you join in a virtual program or livestock show? Did you enter a project in the 4-H Virtual Exhibit Hall? Please send us a photo, drawing or video about what you did so we can share it! We hope to include these photos in the 2020 4-H Achievement Celebration on November 14! Just email your photo or art, and a paragraph about your experience by November 1 to cynthia.rogers@maine.edu.

Put Your Best Pumpkin Forward!

photo of pumpkins4-H members are invited to create their best painted or carved pumpkin and show it at the 4-H Virtual Achievement Celebration on Saturday, November 14. Everyone attending the event will be able to vote for their favorite design. Prizes will be awarded!

For 4-H youth members currently enrolled in Knox or Lincoln Counties. One entry per 4-H member. If you can’t make the event, send a photo of your creation and we will show and vote on it! We hope to see you on November 14 with your fantastic pumpkin!

Updates to Guidance for In-Person 4-H Programming

The University of Maine has approved the following changes to in-person programs for youth, led by Volunteers:

  • The total number of people has increased from 10 to 20.
  • Programs can occur indoors, but not in people’s homes. There must be adequate space for 20 people to socially distance.

Be sure to familiarize yourself with the rules and guidelines. If you have any questions, please reach out to Knox-Lincoln Counties 4-H Community Education Associate, Cindy Rogers cynthia.rogers@maine.edu.

Office Protocol

The Knox & Lincoln Counties Office is now staffed, but our door will remain locked. Many staff continue to work remotely. Our new hours are Monday-Friday 8 am-12 noon and 1 pm-4 pm. Please call 207.832.0343 before arriving so we may assess your needs and provide you with pick-up, drop-off, or curbside options. If you need to access the building, please call once you have arrived as we have a one customer limit in our lobby, per University of Maine policies and procedures regarding social distancing. A properly worn cloth face mask is required. If you do not have a mask we will have one available for you in our entryway. Thank you for your patience.

State 4-H Office Core News

4-H aquarium4-H Aquarium Club

The 4-H Aquarium Club is open to youth ages 5-18 who are interested in being members of a community of youth aquarium hobbyists! This group is for Maine youth who already have an aquarium hobby, or who are looking to start one, to come together to talk about their love for fish and aquaria. The club is led by aquaculture experts Dr. Scarlett Tudor from UMaine’s Aquaculture Research Institute, and Melissa Malmstedt from the UMaine Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research (CCAR). Meetings take place approximately once per month, starting in November 2020. All meetings will be virtual via Zoom in order to connect youth from across the state of Maine! Register by November 1.

4-H Virtual Teen Science Cafes are Back!

This fall, join us on Thursdays, beginning October 1, as we meet with cool presenters and learn about their research and pathway to UMaine! In our first session, we will be joined by UMaine Electrical Engineering PhD Candidate, Sonia Naderi, whose research focuses on utilizing artificial intelligence in wireless networks to enable widespread environmental monitoring. Other topics for this series will include animal health, wildlife, engineering and more! View spring session webinars and register today!

Every Wednesday, you have the opportunity to participate in The University of Vermont’s VTeen Science Exploration. These are a similar format and run from 3:30-4:45 pm.

Virtual Mindfulness Meeting

K-2 kids are invited to join Sara King for a Mindfulness Meeting on Monday, October 19 at 4:00 PM via Zoom. Have you heard of yoga and mindfulness but aren’t sure what it’s all about? Come check it out! Sara will guide everyone through a short yoga sequence, followed by some breath work and a mindful activity! Please register by October 16.

Trainings for Volunteers

With the start of the new 4-H year just around the corner, Maine 4-H is excited to offer some virtual learning opportunities for 4-H volunteers! Whether you are a club volunteer who has worked with a group of youth for a number of years, or a newly enrolled volunteer trying to decide how you can get involved, the Maine 4-H program has something for you. Register to join us for one, two or all three virtual sessions to learn how you can work with 4-H youth this year.

Taking 4-H Outdoors – Thursday, October 8, 7:00-8:00 pm

Virtual 4-H Special Interest Clubs—What’s All the Hype? – Friday, October 2, 12:00-1:00 pm OR Monday, October 5, 7:00-8:00 pm

When Your 4-H Club Can’t Meet in Person…GO VIRTUAL! – Friday, October 9, 2:00-3:00 pm OR Tuesday, October 13, 7:00-8:00 pm

4-H Volunteers: Connecting with Cloverbuds – Wednesday, October 14, 7:00-8:00 pm