County News

September 9, 2014

This year's calendar captures the sense of playfulness found in many gardens. Take a whimsical journey through the seasons in photography, verse, and quippy garden quotes.

August 29, 2014

Juntos: Together for a Better Education, is a 6-week series of workshops designed for families with 8th, 9th, or 10th grade students. The goal is to have family work together to help youth succeed in school, and to discover paths to higher education. The program will be held on Mondays, starting September 22 through October 27, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Queen of Apostles Church, 34 Street and 3rd Ave, Council Bluffs.

August 4, 2014

This session will emphasize children's need for physical activity, explore nature's benefits for children, and highlight free resources plus additional learning opportunities to enhance outdoor experiences for adults and young children.
Online class Thursday, September 4, 2014
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

February 26, 2014

New Iowa Department of Inspection and Appeals guidelines went into effect Jan. 1 requiring food establishments to designate a Certified Food Protection Manager to oversee the safe handling, preparation and service of food items.

June 17, 2013

Iowans have gotten their lawn and garden questions answered by Iowa State University horticulturists for three decades by calling Hortline at 515-294-3108, an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach hotline. With the expansion of the Internet, an email option was added in 1997 with inquiries directed to hortline@iastate.edu. Now the Iowa State horticulturists who support Hortline have assembled frequently asked questions on a Yard and Garden FAQs website at http://expert.hort.iastate.edu/.

Sr Int Archery
September 12, 2014

Come join other 4-H SESS youth involved in Archery and Air Rifle in Southwest Iowa on Sunday, October 12 at 1:30 p.m. at the Pottawattamie County Fairgrounds in Avoca, Iowa for a Fun Match. We have two big objectives:  Meet other youth involved in 4-H SESS in SW Iowa and test some of your skills you have been learning at 4-H SESS Meetings and workouts through a fun competition. Learn how you can take part in this fun day of 4-H SESS Archery and Air Rifle.....

August 1, 2014

Club Leaders must submit record books for county awards by Monday, September 29, 2014.  Check with your club leader to see when your book is due to them.

May 7, 2014

Are you ready to can those fresh fruits and vegetables with Grandma's pressure canner but don't know when it was last used? ISU West Pottawattamie County Extension will test your canner gauge at NO CHARGE and advise you if it is functioning properly and if other repairs may be needed to safely preserve your garden bounties.  Please be advised: Oven canning is NOT a safe shortcut, Barb Fuller,  Nutrition and Health Specialist and a Master Food Safety Advisor for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, says, “Many individuals have shared they have tried, or have heard about, oven canning. Just because a jar is sealed doesn’t mean the food inside is safe to eat. I’ve had people say to me- ‘I haven’t gotten sick from it.’  I tell them they are probably very lucky!  Botulism is a big concern.”   

Flat Bobby and Squished Suzie
April 22, 2014

Flat Bobby and Squished Suzie are very interested in joining 4-H, but they want you as Region 17 4-H Members to show them what things 4-H'ers do. First color them and decorate them, then take them with you and your club as do fun things at your meetings, workshops or community service activities. Take a photo with them on a smart phone or camera and post to TWITTER, Instagram or  the Region 17 4-H Member Facebook Page to show the world what cool things you shared with Flat Bobby and Squished Suzie about being in 4-H!

March 11, 2014

Better Farm Accounting Books are available at the Extension Office for $6.50. 

February 7, 2014

How about a little Charity Therapy? Quilts from the Bluffs, our local quilt ministry, and Cut up & Quilt Shop are partnering to add some quilting time to their efforts.
A daytime group will meet the third Wednesday from 1:00-3:00 pm beginning on January 15, 2014 and an evening group meets on the 1st Thursday from 6:00-8:00 pm beginning on February 6, 2014.

Get Acquainted Games
September 26, 2012

Find lots of great mixer activities here!

June 7, 2012

Families - log into your 4-H Online account to view the newsletter, register for events, add/delete projects and so much more!  Make sure to check it often for the lastest communication from the Extension Office.  Log in at www.4honline.com

February 29, 2012

Come learn about your Leadership role for your 4-H Club as you have been elected to serve your club as a 4-H Club President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Historian, News Reporter, or Recreation Leader. Watch the video and print off the helpful re

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