TAVARES — The Lake County 4-H Program is hosting a “Summer Sampler” program this year that will include four fun-filled weeks of hands-on educational activities.
The summer-vacation workshops are all held at the Lake County Agricultural Center, located at 1951 Woodlea Road in Tavares. All classes are from 10 a.m. to noon, except the workshop on June 19. Workshop enrollment will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. To register for any of the activities, call Carla Mitchell or Vera Collins at (352) 343-4101.
The activities are split into four different age groups, ages 5-7, 8-10, 11-13 and 14-18.
“Summer Sampler” workshops for Cloverbuds, ages 5-7
• Healthy Snacks, May 29 —Children attending this session will make healthy muffins, cookies and pudding.
• Meet Me at The Gator Bowl, May 30 — Children will visit five fun stations in the "Swamp."
• Cloverbud Camp, May 31 — Children will attend a day trip to Camp Ocala located in the heart of the Ocala National Forest. Class size is limited to the first 10 to register. Transportation will be provided.
• Make and Take Fair Crafts, June 1 —Cloverbuds will make and take home 13 crafts that can be entered in the 2008 Lake County Fair. Class size is limited to the first 20 to register. Participants need to bring an old T-shirt.
“Summer Sampler” workshops for Juniors, ages 8-10
• Manners Matters, June 4 —This session will assist youth experience with the lost art of dining etiquette. Class size is limited to the first 20 to register.
• Here Comes the Grooming, June 5 — Workshop attendees will learn how to bathe dogs, clean ears, clip nails, how to care for different coats and when to call a veterinarian. Class size is limited to the first 20 to register.
• Living with Black Bears, June 6 — Youth attending this session will learn all about Florida black bears including their habits and how to discourage them from hanging around homes. Class size is limited to the first 20 to register.
• Leatherworking, June 7 — Class participants will learn the basics of working with leather. Class size is limited to the first 10 to register. Registration fee of $3 is required.
• Basket weaving, June 8 — Youth attending this session will take home a basket.
“Summer Sampler” workshops for Intermediates, ages 11-13
• The Meat We Eat, June 11 —Youth attending this session will learn where meat comes from and will have an opportunity to taste different qualities in order to become more educated when purchasing meats. Class size is limited to the first 15 to register.
• How to do a Food Demonstration I, June 12 — Students will learn about purple-ribbon demonstration.
• How to do a Food Demonstration II, June 13 — Students will build on skills learned during the previous class.
• Share the Fun, June 14 — Youth will help choose entertainment for the 4-H Share the Fun Program this fall.
• Wraps Around the World, June 15 — During this workshop, learn about, how to make and eat some of the wraps from around the world.
“Summer Sampler” workshops for Seniors, ages 14-18
• How to Create a Blue Ribbon Poster, June 18 —Students will learn how to make a demonstration poster.
• Welcome to the Real World, June 19 — This session provides real-life simulation about lifestyle and budget options adults face on a daily basis. This session is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch.
• Say Cheese I, June 20 — Youth attending this session will learn about photography.
• Say Cheese II, June 21 — Youth will review photos taken during the previous class.
• Creative Ways to Say "Thank you," June 22 — Youth attending this session will create items to show appreciation to 4-H leaders, teachers, parents and grandparents.