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Boost Leadership Skills and Civic Engagement at Area 4-H Program

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2/16/2017
2/18/2017
2/21/2017
2/23/2017
2/25/2017
2/28/2017
3/2/2017
3/4/2017
3/7/2017
3/9/2017
3/11/2017
3/14/2017
3/16/2017
3/18/2017
3/21/2017
3/23/2017
3/25/2017
3/28/2017
3/30/2017
4/1/2017
4/4/2017
4/6/2017
4/8/2017
4/11/2017
4/13/2017
4/15/2017
4/18/2017
4/20/2017
4/22/2017
4/25/2017
4/27/2017
4/29/2017
5/2/2017
5/4/2017
5/6/2017
5/9/2017
5/11/2017
5/13/2017
5/16/2017
5/18/2017
5/20/2017
5/23/2017
5/25/2017
Lincoln, Logan & McPherson Counties
Youth between the ages of 15 to 19 from Lincoln, Logan and McPherson Counties have the opportunity to learn about government processes in the vibrant, living classroom of the nation’s capital as part of Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF), an intensive 4-H civic engagement program for high-school youth held at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, MD. Area 4-H members participate in this program every three years. Plans are being made for the next program in June 2018. To learn more about this program contact Nebraska Extension in North Platte at baufdenkamp1@unl.edu or by calling 308-532-2683.

Youth who are not actively enrolled in 4-H are being sought to fill open participant spots. This program will depart early June 2018 for a 15 day chartered motor coach trip visiting St Louis, Chicago, New York City, Philadelphia, Niagara Falls, Gettysburg, Canada and Washington D.C.

While in Washington D.C. the group will stay at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center. Youth interact with youth form across the country while participating in civic workshops, committees, and field trips before returning home to make positive changes in their own communities. CWF not only strengthens young people’s understanding of the government’s civic process, but it also boosts their leadership skills, communication skills, and overall confidence.
During CWF, youth get a behind-the-scenes look at the nation’s capital while meeting with Members of Congress to learn more about how their government works. At the end of the program, youth draft step-by-step action plans to address important issues in their communities.
For more information contact, Brenda Aufdenkamp, UNL Extension Educator in Lincoln, Logan, McPherson Counties at baufdenkamp1@unl.edu or call 308-532-2683.
baufdenkamp1@unl.edu or call 308-532-2683

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Tree Care Workshops Focus on the Future

Event Dates and Times

3/1/2017
2/7/2017
2/9/2017
2/14/2017
2/16/2017
2/21/2017
2/23/2017
2/28/2017
West Central Research & Extension Center
The 2017 Tree Care Workshops will be held statewide February 28 to March 22. They focus on the many benefits community trees provide and ways to both care for and use them. A new feature this year will be demonstrations of how wood from dead and dying trees can be utilized instead of hauled away and burned. Recent inventories reveal a decline in community trees statewide. In western Nebraska, ash trees have been rapidly declining from environmental causes. When the emerald ash borer reaches this part of the state many more ash trees will die. Tree selection and care is increasingly important for resilient community landscapes. For towns facing ash tree removal, the workshops will include a sawmill demonstration and sessions on producing biochar and using it and other types of wood waste. Other sessions focus on protecting tree roots during construction, environmental challenges to trees, and selecting trees appropriate for local conditions.

These workshops will be offered Feb. 28 in Alliance, March 1 in North Platte, March 2 in Ord, March 3 in Kearney, March 7 in Ithaca, March 21 in Norfolk and March 22 in Omaha.

The Nebraska Forest Service, in coordination with the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, offers these annual training workshops for public works employees, landscape managers, tree board volunteers, arborists, nursery and green industry professionals and landscape enthusiasts. Cost of the full-day workshops is $45; for descriptions, discounts, locations and registration, go to: http://nfs.unl.edu/tree-care-workshops. For additional information, contact Amy Seiler at aseiler2@unl.edu or 308-633-1173, or Graham Herbst at gherbst2@unl.edu or 402-444-7875.
Amy Seiler at aseiler2@unl.edu or 308-633-1173 or Graham Herbst at gherbst2@unl.edu or 402-444-7875

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A Walk in the Woods- Woodcarvers Gallery Exhibit

Event Dates and Times

2/7/2017 - 3/6/2017
Prairie Arts Center
Prairie Arts Center February Gallery Exhibit features "A Walk in the Woods" from Tuesday to Saturday February 7th - March 6th during business hours. This exhibit displays the intricate and beautiful talent from local woodcarvers. Photography from Marty Mora will also be in this exhibit.
Holly Carlini Executive Director Prairie Arts Center 534-5121

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Tin Can Sailor Get Together

Event Dates and Times

2/21/2017
American Legion, 2020 East 4th St, NP
The American Legion will have a "Tin Can Sailor Get Together", on Tuesday February 21, 2017 at the American Legion, 2020 East 4th St, from 9am to 12 noon. Directed toward any sailor that served on a destroyer class ship. Bring your coffee cup. For more information contact Al Redden at 308-530-1284.


Al Redden at 308-530-1284

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Agri/Eco Tourism Workshop Scholarship Offered

Event Dates and Times

2/21/2017 - 2/23/2017
One Box Convention Center, Broken Bow
Visitors want to experience what we sometimes take for granted here in Nebraska – our wide open spaces, our beautiful dark skies, our rich farming and ranching heritage, our abundant outdoor recreation opportunities. Agritourism and Ecotourism are two of the fastest growing segments of the tourism industry. Couple those with the emerging trend of “farm to table” culinary tourism and you’ve got a recipe for success for rural Nebraska.
You don’t have to own a working farm or ranch to participate in agritourism, and ecotourism doesn’t only mean a safari to a tropical rainforest. North Platte’s Dusty Trails has been making a living in the agri/ecotourism field for several years partnering with the Buffalo Bill Ranch State Recreation Area offering tanking and tubing on the Platte River as well as horseback rides. Other examples of agri/ecotourism include a winery, brewery, or cheese making operation; opening up land to hiking, birdwatching, photography or stargazing; guiding local birdwatching excursions; Sandhill or canyon tours; rural winery/brewery/distillery tours; A restaurant that incorporates locally sourced produce; hunting; farm stays or tours. The possibilities truly are endless!
Each year the Nebraska Tourism Commission hosts the Nebraska Agri/Eco-Tourism Workshop to help rural entrepreneurs learn how to get the most out of their land, gain the latest industry knowledge, hear fresh marketing ideas, find greater financial opportunities and network with potential partners. The 2017 conference is scheduled for February 21-23, 2017 at the One-Box Convention Center in Broken Bow.
The North Platte / Lincoln County Visitors Bureau believes strongly in the opportunities available in the area of agri/ecotourism for Lincoln County. As part of our commitment to continuing to help grow the rural tourism product offered in Lincoln County, we are offering two scholarships in the amount of $300 each to help defray the cost of Lincoln County entrepreneurs attending this workshop.
The scholarships are a stipend and not intended to cover all costs associated with the conference, but are reimbursements to cover the cost of conference registration, lodging, meals and travel.
Applicants must complete an application and include up to three typed pages of information with answers to the following: Statement of financial need; number of years they have attended the Nebraska Agri/Eco Tourism Workshop; statement explaining existing or future tourism organization/business; statement explaining how attending the Nebraska Agri/Eco Tourism Workshop will benefit them and/or their organization/business. In addition, applicants agree to provide a written summary to the North Platte / Lincoln County Visitors Bureau detailing what they learned at the workshop and how their tourism business/organization will benefit.
Conference information and registration can be found online at http://visitnebraska.com/media/industry/2017-agri-ecotourism-workshop. The scholarship guidelines and application can be downloaded at VisitNorthPlatte.com. Completed applications must be postmarked back to the Visitors Bureau by Monday, February 6. For more information contact 308-532-4729.
(308) 532-4729
lburke@visitnorthplatte.com

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Guardians of the Children Flat Rock - Chili Cook-Off

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2/25/2017
12/27/2016
12/29/2016
1/3/2017
1/5/2017
1/10/2017
1/12/2017
1/17/2017
1/19/2017
1/24/2017
1/26/2017
1/31/2017
2/2/2017
2/7/2017
2/9/2017
2/14/2017
2/16/2017
2/21/2017
2/23/2017
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
Guardians of the Children Flat Rock would like to invite you their 3rd Annual Chili Cookoff! Saturday February 25th, 2017 at teh Holiday Inn Express. $45.00 advanced entry fee due by February 13th or $50 at the door. Each team is responsible for bringing their own roasters, electrical cords, bowls, spoons, condiments etc.
Please return entry form and payment to: Guardians of the Children - Flat Rock, P.O. Box 1633, North Platte, NE 69103. Make checks payable to Guardians of the Children Flat Rock. We will also be having a BEST DECORATED booth/table contest! Plaques and prizes for the taster's choice for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and best decorated booth/table. For more information contact https://www.facebook.com/GOCFlatRockChapter/.
https://www.facebook.com/GOCFlatRockChapter/

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Private Pesticide Certification Dates Set for Lincoln, Logan, and McPherson Counties

Event Dates and Times

1/31/2017
2/21/2017
2/23/2017
3/22/2017
4/11/2017
West Central Research & Extension Center
Private pesticide certification dates have been set for Lincoln, Logan and McPherson counties. The dates are:
• January 31st 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. West Central Research & Extension Center, North Platte
• February 21st 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. West Central Research & Extension Center, North Platte
• February 23rd 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. Logan County Courthouse, Stapleton
• March 22nd 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. West Central Research & Extension Center, North Platte notice this is a change from March 7 date which some producers received in a letter.
• April 11th 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. West Central Research & Extension Center, North Platte

The cost is $30 per applicator. You must preregister to attend at least one day prior to the date. To preregister e-mail Randy Saner at rsaner2@unl.edu or call the Lincoln Logan McPherson Extension Office at 308-532-2683. Please watch the mail for your State of Nebraska letter which needs completed and brought to the training.

308-532-2683

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Extension Master Gardener Classes

Event Dates and Times

1/17/2017
1/10/2017
1/24/2017
1/31/2017
2/7/2017
2/14/2017
2/21/2017
2/28/2017
3/7/2017
3/14/2017
3/21/2017
3/28/2017
4/4/2017
4/11/2017
4/18/2017
4/25/2017
5/2/2017
5/9/2017
Lincoln-Logan-McPherson County Extension Office
Extension Master Gardener Classes Start January 10 and run through May 9th.
Are you yearning for spring and the growing season? Beat the winter doldrums by attending the Nebraska Extension Master Gardener classes, starting Tuesday, January 10 at the Lincoln-Logan-McPherson County Extension Office, 348 W. State Farm Road, in North Platte.
Gardening enthusiasts can participate by attending individual classes at $10 per class. Participants can enjoy attending the classes of their choice to increase their personal horticultural knowledge. Here is a list of the class dates and topics:
Tuesday, January 10 New Master Gardener Orientation
Tuesday, January 17 Tree Selection after Emerald Ash Borer
Tuesday, January 24 Vegetable Cultivars for Western Nebraska
Tuesday, January 31 Beneficial Insects in Landscapes
Tuesday, February 7 Plant Diagnostics
Tuesday, February 14 Turf Fertilizing and Irrigation
Tuesday, February 21 Small Fruit Production
Tuesday, February 28 Soil Texture and Sample Testing
Tuesday, March 7 Landscape Design
Tuesday, March 14 Fruit Tree Cultivars for Nebraska
Tuesday, March 21 Insect Physiology and Pesticide Impact
Tuesday, March 28 MG Volunteer Planning
Tuesday, April 4 Windbreak Management
Tuesday, April 11 Herbaceous Perennial Plant Management
Tuesday, April 18 Butterfly and Beneficial Gardening
Tuesday, April 25 Beginning Beekeeping
Tuesday, May 2 Customer Service for Master Gardeners
Tuesday, May 9 Identifying and Displaying Insects




Please register at the Lincoln-Logan-McPherson County Extension Office by calling (308) 532-2683, indicating which classes each participant will attend by Monday, January 9. Please arrive at 6:15 p.m., Central Standard Time. All classes will start promptly at 6:30 p.m. Individuals who would like to participate in the entire workshop series and become a certified Nebraska Extension Master Gardener, may register for the entire series for $175. This fee includes the Extension Master Gardener Handbooks, state dues, an official Extension Master Gardener shirt, and name badge.
Along with training, new Extension Master Gardener trainees participate in group volunteer projects established by the local Extension Master Gardener program. Twenty hours of education and volunteer service each will need to be completed in 2017. Another 20 hours of education and volunteer service each will be required to be completed in 2018 to receive certification. This requirement is easily reached by participating in the group’s activities, and as well as approved individual activities that an Extension Master Gardener may want to carry out on their own.
Returning and lapsed Extension Master Gardeners who have completed the initial first-year training may attend all of the 2017 programs for an individual one-time fee of $20. Twenty hours of volunteer service and 10 hours of education is required to retain Extension Master Gardener certification.
If you have any questions about the Extension Master Gardener program, please send an e-mail message to David Lott, by calling (308) 532-2683, or by contacting your local Nebraska Extension Office.
308-532-2683

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Use of "Yard Waste Carts" For Household Garbage

Event Dates and Times

11/25/2016
11/29/2016
12/2/2016
12/6/2016
12/9/2016
12/13/2016
12/16/2016
12/20/2016
12/23/2016
12/27/2016
12/30/2016
1/3/2017
1/6/2017
1/10/2017
1/13/2017
1/17/2017
1/20/2017
1/24/2017
1/27/2017
1/31/2017
2/3/2017
2/7/2017
2/10/2017
2/14/2017
2/17/2017
2/21/2017
2/24/2017
2/28/2017
3/3/2017
3/7/2017
3/10/2017
3/14/2017
3/17/2017
3/21/2017
3/24/2017
3/28/2017
3/31/2017
North Platte
Effective December 1st, each year, residents who have a YARD WASTE cart may use them as though they were regular household carts. This can continue until April 1st of the following year. After April 1st, the use of the YARD WASTE cart, must revert back to yard waste only. For more information contact 535-6700.
535-6700

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