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April

24: Wildlife & Pollinator Habitat Workshop, 5:30 p.m., provides an overview of value grasslands provided on a landscape and provides information on where to find seed and how to plant it, what financial and technical resources are available to assist you in creating and managing grassland habitats, and showcases the great organizations who are here to help improve our habitats, Camp Friedenswald, 15406 Watercress Way, Cassopolis, MI, www.mucc.org/pollinators, amitterling@mucc.org or 517-346-6454.

May

2: 4-H Livestock Developmental Committee meeting, 7:30 p.m., for 4-H beef, sheep and swine leaders and teens in Barry County, meetings include planning for the coming year as well as fair preparation, MSU Extension Community Room, Hastings, MI, pennin25@anr.msu.edu.
5: Northern Michigan 4-H Rabbit & Poultry Palooza, registration 8:15-9 a.m., clinic 9 a.m-2 p.m., cost is $20 for youth and $10 for adults (includes a lunch of pizza, salad, cookie and drinks), adults can also purchase a showmanship book for an additional $10, rabbit & showmanship competition 2-4 p.m. - $5/person, registration deadline April 23, Kalkaska Fairgrounds, Fairgrounds Rd., Kalkaska, MI, 231-258-3320, saxtonka@msu.edu, 231-533-8818 or vachonjr@msu.edu.
7, 11 & 12: 4-H Spark Club Mother's Day Cake Workshop, for everyone in grades 3-12, please attend all three dates, May 7 & 11 - 6-8 p.m., May 12 - 9-11 a.m., register by April 27, space is limited, learn to prepare cake pans, cover cakes with fondant and take a finished cake home in time for Mother's Day, minimum of 2 and maximum of 4 registered particpants to hold this workshop, payment holds your spot, $25 annual program fee plus $18 supplies fee, youth already enrolled in 4-H only pay supplies fee, Purdue Extension-Allen County office, 4001 Crescent Ave., Fort Wayne, IN, 260-481-6826.
9, 16 & 23: 4-H Spark Club Knitting Workshop, 6-8 p.m. each day, please attend all 3 dates, $25 annual program fee lus $10 supplies fee, youth already enrolled in 4-H only pay supplies fee, for everyone in grades 3-12, learn knit stitch, purl stitch, reading patterns, and casting on and off, register by May 4, space is limited, minimum of 2 and maximum of 6 participants to hold this workshop, payment holds your spot, Purdue Extension- Allen County, 4001 Crescent Ave., Fort Wayne, IN, 260-481-6826.
10: World Food Prize Michigan Youth Institute, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., wibby@msu.edu or 906-315-2662.
12: Huron County Junior Livestock Association Tagging Date, 9 a.m.-noon, sheep & swine, Huron Community Fairgrounds, Bad Axe, MI, www.huroncommunityfair.com.
15: Michigan 4-H Meats Judging Contest/FFA Meats Evaluation & Technology Career Development Event, 9 a.m. - pick up judging packets, 9:30 a.m. - contest begins, $15/contestant, register by May 1, Anthony Hall, MSU Meats Lab, East Lansing, MI, dwyrick@msu.edu or 517-353-9221.
16: Oakland County 2018 Youth Exploration Days Orientation, 6-8 p.m., all youth and chaperones attending the 2018 Youth Exploration Days with Oakland County are required to attend one of the four orientations, MSU Tollgate Education Conference Center, 28115 Meadowbrook Rd., Novi, MI, kemorris@anr.msu.edu or 248-858-0889.
17: Oakland County 2018 Youth Exploration Days Orientation, 6-8 p.m., all youth and chaperones attending the 2018 Youth Exploration Days with Oakland County are required to attend one of the four orientations, Springfield Oaks Community Room, 12451 Andersonville Rd., Davisburg, MI, kemorris@anr.msu.edu or 248-858-0889.
21: Oakland County 2018 Youth Exploration Days Orientation, 3-5 p.m., all youth and chaperones attending the 2018 Youth Exploration Days with Oakland County are required to attend one of the four orientations, Executive Office Building, 2100 Pontiac Lake Rd., Waterford, MI, kemorris@anr.msu.edu or 248-858-0889.
21: Oakland County 2018 Youth Exploration Days Orientation, 6:30-8:30 p.m., all youth and chaperones attending the 2018 Youth Exploration Days with Oakland County are required to attend one of the four orientations, Executive Office Building, 2100 Pontiac Lake Rd., Waterford, MI, kemorris@anr.msu.edu or 248-858-0889.
27: Springport FFA Awesome 5K & Kids Fun Run & Sheep Showcase, 5k registration starts at 8 a.m., race at 9 a.m. through the fairgrounds and neighboring Bennett Park, cost is $18 before May 18 and $20 on race day (no shirt guaranteed after May 18), awards given 3-deep in 5 year age groups, kids run is free and starts at 10 a.m., sheep show is MCLA-sanctioned, registration and weigh-ins from 8-10 a.m., educational contest at 10:30 a.m. and show starts at 11:30 a.m. (breed classes, showmanship, market classes), overall, reserve and class winners all get prizes, Eaton County Fairgrounds, Charlotte, MI, megan.merrill@springportschools.net.

June

2: Thumb Livestock Jackpot Show (swine, lamb & goat), profits to benefit Lapeer County 4-H Livestock programs, Eastern Michigan State Fairgrounds, Imlay City, MI, 810-614-0427, curellmi@hotmail.com, 810-614-4094 or pears1389@gmail.com.
6: 4-H Livestock Developmental Committee meeting, 7:30 p.m., for 4-H beef, sheep and swine leaders and teens in Barry County, meetings include planning for the coming year as well as fair preparation, MSU Extension Community Room, Hastings, MI, pennin25@anr.msu.edu.
6, 13 & 20: 4-H Spark Club Public Speaking Workshop, 6-8 p.m. each day, please attend all 3 dates, $25 annual program fee, youth already enrolled in 4-H are free, learn how to speak for a crowd, giving a demonstration, controlling your nerves, and organizing a speech, register by June 1, space is limited, minimum of 2 and maximum of particpants to hold this workshop, Purdue Extension-Allen County, 4001 Crescent Ave., Fort Wayne, IN, 260-481-6826.
9: 4-H Day at Michigan's Adventure, $25/person, includes unlimited use of the amusement park and water park, with the exception of RipCord and Bumper Boats, children 2 and under free, 4-H meal tickets available for $7 - hot dog, macaroni salad, chips and soft drink, reserve tickets by June 4, 231-766-9959, youthsales@miadventure.com or www.miadventure.com/specialevents.
23-30: 4-H Citizenship Washington Focus, for 4-H youth ages 14-19 to experience our national government through legislative visits, tours and workshops, participants will travel by charter bus and stay the first night in Gettysburg to visit the National Gettysburg Museum and tour the battlefields, during the week in DC, particpants will meet with legislators and spend a day at the Capitol and surrounding area, participate in leadership workshops, visit many presidential and war memorials, visit the Holocaust Museum and attend a theatre production, life-changing week that empowers 4-H'ers to take their leadership skills to the next level for themselves and their communities, $1450/person which includes transportation, lodging and meals, space is very limited with only 45 participants statewide, first-come, first-served basis, 989-269-9949 x 609 or errerpat@msu.edu.

August

1: 4-H Livestock Developmental Committee meeting, 7:30 p.m., for 4-H beef, sheep and swine leaders and teens in Barry County, meetings include planning for the coming year as well as fair preparation, MSU Extension Community Room, Hastings, MI, pennin25@anr.msu.edu.
1-3: Michigan 4-H Health & Food Science Camp, $165/4-H members, $185/non-members, registration fee includes meals, lodging and resources, scholarships may be available, 989-539-7805 or hydemich@msu.edu.

September

5: 4-H Livestock Developmental Committee meeting, 7:30 p.m., for 4-H beef, sheep and swine leaders and teens in Barry County, meetings include planning for the coming year as well as fair preparation, MSU Extension Community Room, Hastings, MI, pennin25@anr.msu.edu.

October

3: 4-H Livestock Developmental Committee meeting, 7:30 p.m., for 4-H beef, sheep and swine leaders and teens in Barry County, meetings include planning for the coming year as well as fair preparation, MSU Extension Community Room, Hastings, MI, pennin25@anr.msu.edu.

November

7: 4-H Livestock Developmental Committee meeting, 7:30 p.m., for 4-H beef, sheep and swine leaders and teens in Barry County, meetings include planning for the coming year as well as fair preparation, MSU Extension Community Room, Hastings, MI, pennin25@anr.msu.edu.

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