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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Contact:
Patricia O'Neil, WSU Extension--Thurston County 4-H at (360) 867-2172

Spring into Fun with Thurston County 4-H Programs


Whether it's stitching or cooking, sailing or gardening, youth of all ages can build skills and make friends at several Thurston County 4-H programs this spring, and you don't need to be a 4-H member to register and join the fun.


Water Adventure Aboard the Elder Spirit Longboat--Information Session
If the open sea stirs your soul, then join us for an information session on Sunday, March 24 from 4-6:30 p.m. at the WSU Thurston County Extension Office at 5033 Harrison Ave. NW in Olympia.

The Thurston County 4-H Elder Spirit Adventure Club is a program for youth ages 12-18. Young sailors where you can learn rowing and sailing skills, navigation and chart reading, plus lessons exploring the shoreline, ocean life habitat, and maritime history. The program includes participation in the annual Pacific Challenge, a friendly competition where young sailors test their skills, knowledge and seamanship abilities with other youth boat crews from different organizations. Youth and parents are invited to the information session to find out more about the adventure that awaits aboard the Elder Spirit!

Contact Vicky McCarley at (360) 701-3351 for more information about the Information Session and the Elder Spirit Challenge program.


Spring Create & Take Workshops
Youth grades K-12 can enjoy cooking, sewing and gardening and take home their projects at the end of these easy and fun workshops. 4-H membership is not required, but pre-registration is.

Contact the Thurston County 4-H Office to register or for more information at TC4H@co.thurston.wa.us or (360) 867-2157.
  • Complete Meals in a Jar on Tuesday, March 26. Workshop will be at the Thurston County Fairgrounds from 6:30-8 p.m. for $5.

  • Sew a Felt Pony on Saturday, April 20. Workshop will be at the Thurston County Fairgrounds from 1-4 p.m. for $8.

  • Start a Spring Garden on Tuesday, May 21. Workshop will be at the Thurston County Fairgrounds from 6:30-8 p.m. for $5.

What's Cooking Teen Workshops
Designed specifically for teens ages 13-18 looking to sharpen their culinary skills, come savor the flavors while learning critical safety skills and cooking tips at the What's Cooking Teen Workshops. 4-H membership is not required, but pre-registration is. All four sessions will be held at the Benoschek Building at the Thurston County Fairgrounds from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and are $3 for each session. Registration is four all four sessions, though special exceptions can be made in consultation with WSU Extension staff.

Contact the Thurston County 4-H Office to register or for more information at TC4H@co.thurston.wa.us or (360) 867-2157.
  • Appetizers, Breads & Kitchen Basics on Monday, April 15

  • Soups, Salads, Timing & Recipe Collecting on Monday, April 22

  • Entrees, Side Dishes & Etiquette on Monday, April 29

  • Desserts & a Cooking Dictionary on Monday, May 6

The Thurston County 4-H program is a partnership between the private, non-profit National 4-H Council, the Washington State University Extension program, and Thurston County government. What started as a handful of agricultural clubs for youth in the late 1800s and early 1900s has grown into a community of 442 members supporting 89 clubs in Thurston County, and 6 million young people across America learning about agricultural techniques, technology and research through practical "hands-on" learning. The national 4-H organization is a unique partnership of the National 4-H Council, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), more than 100 land-grant universities across the country, and more than 3,000 county offices that form the land-grant university Cooperative Extension System.

To learn more about all of the Thurston County 4-H programs and membership, visit http://county.wsu.edu/thurston/youth or call (360) 867-2157. WSU Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination.


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County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3