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4HbothLeft: 4-H member Lauren Wolter (at left) helps kids figure out the Scribble Bots project; Right: 4-H member Kiersten Lampe (at right) works on one of the circuit projects at the Clinton County 4-H open house. (Photos by Bryan Hunt)    National 4-H Week was celebrated Oct. 6-10, and youth, volunteer leaders and officials with Clinton County’s 4-H programs held an open house Oct. 8 as part of their festivities.
    The two-hour event was held at the University of Illinois Extension office at 1163 N. Fourth St. in Breese. 4-H programs are run by the Extension.
    Cheryl Timmermann, who is the 4-H program coordinator for the county, discussed the programs with new and returning parents during an orientation session, while kids new and familiar with 4-H took part in a host of activities: visual arts, electricity and robotics.
    “4-H is fun, flexible, and almost free,” said Timmermann, and “as you can tell, just from the glimpse of activities you have today, your kids can explore a lot of great things.”
    With the flexibility, on average, a club meets once a month; there are different clubs that serve different purposes, like the Trenton robotics club, which meets September through the end of October, takes a break and then reconvenes.
    The Cloverbuds — they are comprised of members ages 5 to 7 — concept is a new one, coming about in the last seven years in 4-H. Those members attend a club meeting and “just have a lot of fun,” Timmermann said, adding that she wants to get a Cloverbud program going in Breese, “because I think there’s a big need for it” but hasn’t gotten there yet.
    Most of the traditional clubs — they are in Germantown, Aviston, St. Rose, Trenton and Carlyle — have a Cloverbud element, so those members attend meetings, recite the 4-H pledge and then are released for an activity. 

logo    Tap your feet and sing along at Jukebox Bingo to benefit Carlyle Grade School for the purchase of school supplies not covered in the school district budget.
    Sponsored by Carlyle Rotary Club,  Jukebox Bingo is a totally new and fun way to play Bingo.
    Jukebox Bingo replaces the numbers on the Bingo cards with tunes, artists, or bands from the '60s up to and including today’s music. 
    The event is Friday, Nov. 8, starting at 7 p.m. at the Carlyle VFW. Doors open at 6 p.m.
    The caller is replaced with a DJ and you will not be able to sit still as you sing along. 
    One-hundred dollars will be awarded to the winner of each of the 10 rounds.  Attendance prizes and a 50/50 raffle will increase your chances of winning.
    Pay $20 for two cards with the option to purchase additional cards at $5 each. Snacks may be brought into the venue,  but drinks should be purchased on site. 
    Be a rock star! Come and support Carlyle Grade School while having a lot of fun.
    For additional information, contact Tom Guebert at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
    The Rotary Club and Carlyle Grade School teachers and students will appreciate your support.

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