2017-01-05 / Editorial

MSU Extension offers 4-H winter activities

Michigan State University Extension

Welcome to the New Year! We at Roscommon County Michigan State University Extension hope you had a chance to enjoy some quality time during the holiday season. Now that things are back in full swing, we invite you to join us for our exciting 4-H Winter Programs.

The first is the 4-H Cross Country Ski Program, hosted by Cross Country Ski Headquarters at Higgins Lake. This six-session program meets every Tuesday afternoon (and began Jan. 3). Through the club, children have the opportunity to learn or improve upon their cross country skiing skills. Lessons in both traditional and skate ski styles are offered. All children, boys and girls aged kindergarten to high school, are invited to attend. The cost is $25 for all six sessions and includes equipment rental as well as the $10 annual 4-H participation fee (cost is $15 if the 2017 4-H participation fee has already been paid).

Sessions begin at 4 p.m. and last until 5:30 each Tuesday through Feb. 7. If you missed the first session, don’t worry, you can still register online and begin the program Jan. 10. Be sure you take advantage of this opportunity for your children to enjoy the outdoors while they learn to be better skiers!

Our second program, beginning Jan. 7, takes us indoors to the CRAF Center, Roscommon, every other Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon, through March 18, for the 4-H Winter Workshop Series, delivered in partnership with the Roscommon Metropolitan Recreation Authority (RMRA). The cost is only $10 for the six workshops and everyone age five (by Jan. 1, 2017) and up, is invited to attend. High school students can even earn community service credit by volunteering (pre-registration required).

Each Saturday workshop is different from the next, offering a variety of unique and engaging activities. In week one the focus is pickleball, a fast growing racquet sport that is a cross between badminton, tennis and ping-pong. Week two is an exploration of electronics, including sound and light circuits, motion detectors and the chance to program an Ozobot. During week three the entire family is invited to attend to build igloos and ice sculptures outside (dress warm!). In week four, the kitchen is filled with magic and messiness. Week five is always a favorite for cooking – and tasting - delicious creations. The final week is all about art, from clay sculptures to charcoal drawings, ice art and pendulum painting; it’s a great way to connect with the creative side.

We hope to see you this winter! Please be sure to preregister for one or both of these winter workshops!

Registration can be completed online at https://mi.4honline.com.

For more information, contact the MSU Extension office at 275-5043 or msue.roscommon@ county.msu.edu.

This article was provided by Michigan State University Extension. For information about upcoming classes, contact the Roscommon County Michigan State University Extension office at 275-5043, msue.roscommon@county.msu.edu or visit msue.anr.msu.edu/county/info/roscommon. The Roscommon County Michigan State University Extension office is located in the county building at 500 Lake Street.

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