Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Teen Retreat

The NW/SW District Teen Retreat will be held on March 15-16th at the Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Center. The cost for this fun-filled event is $45. Scholarships might be available to help with the cost. The workshops that will be held on Saturday and Sunday will focus on the expressive arts theme and they hope to have some Ambassador classes too. Other activies planned include a bonfire, fireworks and a dance. If you are interested in attending, you must register by 5:00pm on Monday, February 4th.

2008 4-H Beekeeping Essay Contest The topic for the 2008 4-H Beekeeping Essay contest is "The Results of Honey Bee Pollination in My Community". The deadline for entries to be received in Raleigh is February 14th. If you are interested in participating in this great opportunity, please click here for the official rules for the contest. There is also a great source with hints to help you with your essay available here.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

2008 WHEP Contest

The 2008 NC Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Program (WHEP) state contest will be held on April 19, 2008 from 10am to 5pm at Carolina Beach State Park in New Hanover County.

If you would like to learn more about the WHEP program, please visit the NC WHEP or National WHEP websites. The registration deadline is April 4, 2008. If you would be interested in joining a local team, please contact the Extension office.

2008 4-H International Outbound Trips

Would you like to go on a 4-H International Exchange Trip this summer? If so, the deadline for your application, deposit, forms, etc. is January 25th. This year there are trips to Norway, Finland, Australia, Japan and Costa Rica. Each one is a 4 week homestay. The cost and ages differ depending on the trip.

If you would like more information about this exciting opportunity, please visit the International Exchange website.


Tuesday, January 15, 2008

NC Blueberry Festival Announces $20,000 in Scholarships

The 2008 NC Blueberry Festival will award a minimum of $20,000 in
scholarships with one $4,000, two $3,000, three $2,000, and at least
four $1,000 awards to North Carolina students. Endowment contributions,
fundraisers, and donations from Blueberry Festival attendees contribute
to the success of this campaign.

All North Carolina high school seniors with the initiative to write a short blueberry essay are eligible for these awards. Deadline for application is March 15, 2008. More information and specifics can be found at If you are a senior in need of college money, you are encouraged to exercise your writing skills and apply for a blueberry scholarship.

If you want to donate to the scholarship fund, or would like further information about the 2008 NC Blueberry Festival, please contact Wayne Batten,Pender County Extension Director, at 910.259.1235 or Scholarship awards will be announced at the 5th Annual NC Blueberry Festival on Saturday, June 21, 2008 in Burgaw.

Friday, January 11, 2008

International Exchange Host Families Needed

The high school student selection is currently occurring at the National level for year-long students from Japan, Korea, and the Newly Independent States. If you would be interested or know of a family who would like to be a year-long host now is the time to express your interest so a good host family match can be made.

If you would like more information about this wonderful opportunity, please visit the NC 4-H International Exchange website or contact Carolyn Langley by email: or call 336-318-6000.

Overseas Adventure.... from the Ukraine to Alleghany County

Have you ever thought about traveling to a foreign country and living for a year? Well that’s exactly what one 4-her from the Ukraine has done. We are very excited to have Inna Zhekova, a 16 year old student staying in Alleghany County. She is living with Hall family (Bonnie, Al, Cate, Victoria and James) in Twin Oaks and is attending her senior year at Alleghany High School.

PhotobucketShe arrived in Alleghany on August 10th, 2007 and will be here through May of 2008. Inna is very excited to be here and loves the mountains and the friendly people. She was one of about 1200 exchange students that came to the United States to participate in the exchange program. Inna has made herself a part of the Hall family and enjoys spending time with her two new sisters and brother. Since she has been here, Inna has been able to do lots of fun activities like riding a horse and visiting places around North Carolina. She has also been attending various 4-H events such as 4-H State Council Conference and will attend Winterfest coming up on January 18-19.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Fit and Fun 4-H Food Show

PhotobucketCome show off your cooking talents at the Fit and Fun 4-H Food Show on February 23, 2008 from 9am until 12pm. You will be able to participate in workshops and activities related to healthy lifestyles and show off the food that you have prepared. The event is open to all 4-hers, ages 5-18. The deadline for entries will be February 15th. Watch the February Clover News for more information

January Clover News

The January Clover News is now available online. To view a copy, click here.

2008 Storytelling Festival of Carolina

The Storytelling Festival of Carolina is seeking young storytellers to participatein its second annual festival to be held in Laurinburg, NC on April 26-27, 2008. Up to eight student tellers from North and South Carolina will be selected by a panel of judges to perform at the festival. Youth tellers will share the stage with some of the most highly acclaimed professional tellers in the country as well as talented regional and local tellers. Tellers must be 17 years old or younger at the time of the festival and be able to attend the festival on April 26-27, 2008. There are two ways to audition:
By sending a VHS/DVD of the story being told by the young teller by Friday, March 7, 2008


By auditioning in person on Saturday, March 8, 2008. All students who plan to audition must submit an Audition Commitment Form by February 16, 2008.

The forms and information may be found under Youthful Voices on the festival website For more information call Brenda Gilbert at 910) 276-7316 or email to: