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July 5, 2018

The Fifth Annual O’Brien County 4-H Foundation Pancake Breakfast will be held Tuesday, July 24 from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Administration building on the O’Brien County Fairgrounds. Everyone is welcome. The meal will feature pancakes and sausage with choice of milk or orange juice. Thanks to the generous sponsorship of community, family and 4-H supporters all proceeds from the breakfast will go towards the O’Brien County 4-H Foundation.

May 30, 2018

Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach will host Stay Independent: A Healthy Aging Series this July at the Willoway Complex in Sutherland. The series is a nutrition and wellness program for adults age 60+ that provides information and tips to help aging adults remain healthy and independent.

“Nutrition risk assessments of older Iowans living in O’Brien County and surrounding counties revealed that nearly one out of four are at risk for malnutrition or are malnourished,” said Renee Sweers, a human sciences specialist in nutrition and wellness with ISU Extension and Outreach.

July 7, 2014

 

Need information on the 2018 O'Brien County Fair 4-H events and registrations? Visit this page for all things fair! 

July 3, 2018

The Iowa Master Gardener program with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a trio of Growing Season webcasts this summer. Topics include learning about insects, tree care, organic vegetables, composting and growing roses. The two-hour webcasts will be shown at the ISU Extension and Outreach Lyon County Office (710 N, 2nd Ave. E, Rock Rapids, IA) on July 26, August 23 and September 20. The webcasts are free of charge and open to everyone.

June 5, 2018

The Bill Riley Talent Show will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, July 23, at the O'Brien County Fair. 

NEWSLETTERS: 

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Websites:

     Me & My Dad

     ISU Extension to Families

     Answerline - (Find answers relating to home and family questions)  or Call 800-262-3804   Hrs M-F 9 am - Noon, 1-4:00 pm 

     Teen Line - Personal and health-related information

     ISU Continuing Education and Communication Services

     Farm On - Program to match beginning and retiring farmers

     Iowa Concern - Financial questions, legal issues, family transitions

     Bets OFF - website for gambling concerns for yourself or others

     CYFERnet - Children Youth and Families Education and Research Network

     National Network for Child Care

     Iowa Collaboration for Youth Development

     Better Kid Care (Penn State) - provides educational materials, learning experiences and programs to child care providers, parents, and employers

     Iowa Homeland Security

    

 

ISU Extension Hotlines:

     Bets OFF - hotline      for gambling concerns for yourself or others

     Teen Line - Personal and Health-related information and referral

     Iowa Concern - Financial questions, legal issues, family transitions

     Healthy Families - Prenatal health care questions and information

     Farm-On - Program to match beginning and retiring farmers

     AnswerLine - Questions relating to home and family

O'Brien County Schools:

     H-M-S School District

     South O'Brien School District

     Sheldon Community School

     Sanborn Christian School

     Sheldon Christian School

     St Patricks School - Sheldon

     Zion-St. John Lutheran School

Other schools in NW Iowa

ISU Extension Families Publications Page

ISU Extension Child Development Publications Page

Statewide Resources

  • Get answers to your home and family questions from the specialists at AnswerLine. Connect with them on the phone, email, Facebook or Twitter for information about cleaning, food preparation, preservation, and safety, home environment, equipment, nutrition, textiles, and laundry. - 1-800-262-3804 or - answer@iastate.edu

  • Help children succeed at school by creating a home environment that promotes learning.  Find out how developing routines, setting limits, and providing good nutrition can help.
     

  • A 24-hour resource for legal, finance, crisis and disaster and personal health issues, Iowa Concern provides access to an attorney for legal education, stress counselors, and information and referral services.

  • A national resource that brings quality, research-based information to families at the time it can be most useful and make the biggest difference in their lives.

  • Powerful Tools for Caregivers

    A series of classes designed to empower family caregivers of older adults to take better care of themselves. Learn more about the six-week series and find a class near you.

  • Human Sciences Extension and Outreach is all over the social media networks. Stay in touch with us through our blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

  • Find reliable, high quality, research-based information for professionals and parents in CYFERNet’s clearinghouse of the best children, youth and family resources of all the public land-grant universities in the country.

  • Are you an early childhood professional that provides care and education in your home, a center or a school? Check out our programs, resources, and trainings available to help you be the best early childhood professional you can be.

  • Parenting can be fun, enjoyable and stressful! Check out our blog and podcasts for the latest research based information and resources to help parents in their important role of raising children.

  • Articles from Ag & Biosystems Engineering for housing issues.

  • Specialists have compiled a list of resources to help you prepare for and recover from natural disasters. Remember to take care of yourself and your family first; then deal with the things lost to the disaster.

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