WESTPORT - Local 4-Her's will have the chance to learn about food preservation and canning, about horticulture and gardening, about pinwheels and presenting in public at the second annual 4-H Extravaganza Day, Jan. 29.
"We encourage all of the 4-H youth and adults to come out to the event and it is a great chance to learn about the things that we are working on," Mary Breyette of Cornell Cooperative Extension said.
The Extravaganza Day will be held at the Cornell Cooperative Extension offices in Westport from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fee for the entire day of workshops is $5 per person or $10 per family.
Breyette said the featured speaker will be Jerry McGovern, a professor at Plattsburgh State University, who will talk about making public presentations.
"He will talk about public presentations and give the youths a chance to learn how to better display and present their projects and activities," Breyette said.
Breyette added learning more about public presentations helps the students as they continue on in 4-H.
"At this event, the members of the Science, Energy and Technology (SET) program will be giving a public presentation on pinwheels," Breyette said. "At the field days in May, there will be several presentations that will be done by the students themselves, so this will help them with ideas and things they can do to be better public presenters."
The event will start with a presentation on food preservation and canning, a key aspect of the 2011 4-H agenda.
"It is a life skill and something that we are focusing on this year," Breyette said. "It encourages gardening, spending time with the family, producing and storing local produce, eating healthy and even exercise."
Another presentation that will take place at the event will be making honey lip balm.
Breyette said that 4-H will also be holding a number of clinics and events during the mid-winter recess.
4-H programming is offered at the AuSable and Keeseville Elementary and Keene Central After-School Programs and the Adirondack Community Action Programs, Inc.'s After-School Programs in Crown Point, Moriah, Westport and Willsboro schools. Leadership, career development and life skills programming at the Crown Point, Elizabethtown and Moriah High Schools is being conducted in collaboration with the Essex County Youth Bureau.
The new Leerkes Farm 4-H Club held its first meeting in Ticonderoga in 2010 and will be selecting its official name in 2011.
For more information on the 4-H Extravaganza Day on Saturday, Jan. 29, contact Cornell Cooperative Extension at 962-4810.