Shooting Sports

B.B. and Air Rifle instruction sessions will begin on Monday, March 31, and will be held each Monday evening through April 28. Sessions will be held in the Show Barn at the Cherry County Fairgrounds starting at 6:00 PM, CT. Certified Shooting Sports Instructors, Tom Lancaster and Rusty Kieborz will be leading each session.  Bring eye protection, a mat or rug, firearm and b.b.s/pellets. The 4-H Council has a few B.B. guns available for check out and they will be available at the first practice. If you have questions about the program or needed equipment, you may contact Tom Lancaster at or (402) 376-6185.

4-H members must attend a minimum of 2 meetings or practices in each discipline with a certified leader to compete in that division at the Cherry County Fair contest. B.B. and Air Rifle requirements may be combined. Youth unable to attend the county wide sessions may meet this requirement by meeting individually with a certified leader.

4-H Enrollments due April 7

Cherry County 4-H membership and leader enrollments are being accepted now through April 7. Enrollment forms can be found at The forms are in a fillable PDF format and may be filled out and e-mailed to or printed and dropped off at the Extension Office. There is a $5 enrollment fee per member, not to exceed $20 per family. Members will find the project list on the website. There is a separate list of projects for Clover Kids (ages 5-7). Project manuals can be picked up at the Extension Office. New members and leaders have until June 1 to enroll. Feel free to make copies if needed. Don’t hesitate to call the Cherry County Extension Office at (402) 376-1850 if you have any questions.

Communications & Expressive Arts Contest

The important life skills of being able to speak before a group and to perform before a crowd can be strengthened by taking part in the 4-H CEA Contest on Saturday, April 5, at the Valentine High School at Divisions include music, talent, public service announcements, speech, presentations and the brand new job interview contest.  Complete guidelines and entry forms are available at . Entries will be due by March 31. For your convenience, entries may be phoned in to Extension Office by calling (402) 376-1850.

Valentine Community Garden

Spring is in the air!  The Valentine Community Garden is excited to announce that registration is open for garden boxes in the Valentine Community Garden.  Stop by or call the Extension Office to reserve your spot and find out more information. Valentine Community Garden newsletters can be found at

Giving Your Best On-line Program

Ready…Set…Go…Make plans to join a FREE, live web-based program designed for 4-H volunteers, leaders and parents. Three separate web-based programs are being offered to benefit 4-H volunteers and parents as they enroll in 4-H, hold 4-H club meetings and expand 4-H activities into their communities.

READY: Maximize Your Meeting Time – Making 4-H the priority for busy kids and families may be challenging. Get ready to set your club/youth group in motion by maximizing your time before, during and after each meeting. Gain time-saving tips and ideas that will keep you and group members energized throughout the year.

SET: 4-H Projects from Start to Finish – 4-H projects can set the opportunity for endless experiences all while building life skills in youth. Join us on this webinar to learn more about helping youth get the most out of a 4-H project from start to finish. We will start in the beginning with setting goals for the 4-H Project. Then move to setting the stage for a positive learning experience and round the corner with tips for making a 4-H project unique and meaningful to the 4-H’er.

GO: Beyond the 4-H Project – Help youth extend their 4-H project work through leadership activities and guide them in developing strong connections within their communities through service learning. Learn how to connect young people with the life skills they’ve learned through 4-H, career choices, and by exploring entrepreneurial possibilities.

Register online at: Once you are registered you will receive an email with the webinar link and additional information related to each program. Participate from your OWN home or anywhere you have access to the internet. Each program will meet on-line for one hour to help connect parents and volunteers to pertinent youth development knowledge.

Choose to participate in one or all of 3-different web-based programs on the following dates from Noon to 1:00 p.m. CST and 7:00 p.m. CST

March 27, 2014 READY: Maximize Your Meeting Time

April 3, 2014 SET: 4-H Projects from Start to Finish

April 17, 2014 GO: Beyond in 4-H Project!

All programs will be presented by area UNL 4-H Youth Development Extension Educators