Fall Racine Journal Times Community Newsletter

Master Gardener Project receives Award

The Master Gardener project at Real Racine in Sturtevant was awarded a 2016 Racine Beautification Award from Racine in Bloom. The gardens not only enhance the beauty of the center and its surroundings, but also educate the public on gardening. The award commended the group for their work by stating that, “the butterfly garden is a welcoming garden not only to butterflies, but to Real Racine visitors as well.”  The Real Racine butterfly garden has also received waystation certification through Monarch Watch, which provides vital habitat to migrating monarch butterflies. Congratulations to the Master Gardener team at Real Racine!

October Networking Breakfasts

Staff who work for child, youth, and family serving organizations are invited to attend the annual Racine County networking breakfasts. Attendees will have the opportunity to share information about their programs and market their organizations through table displays. A free copy of the 2016 Family Resource Directory will be given to all attendees. The breakfasts will take place on:

  • Eastern Racine County – Thursday, October 6, 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. at Living Light Community Center, 740 College Ave. in Racine. No fee if registered by September 29.
  • Western Racine County – Thursday, October 20, 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. at Community United Methodist Church, 455 S. Jefferson Street in Waterford. No fee if registered by October 13.

The events are hosted by Racine County UW-Extension and Family Preservation West (western breakfast). For more information and to register, visit https://racine.extension.wisc.edu/.

 Enroll for Racine County 4-H Programs 4‑H empowers young people to be true leaders. True leaders are young people who have confidence, work well with others, overcome challenges, and stick with a job until it gets done.  As the nation’s largest youth development organization, youth participate in hands-on projects such as citizenship, communication, science, and agriculture, side by side with caring and knowledgeable adults.  If you would like more information about joining a Racine County 4-H club, contact Racine County UW-Extension at (262) 767-2929.

Agricultural Grants Workshop

UW-Extension is partnering with USDA, Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, and Michael Fields Agricultural Institute to host a one-day Agricultural Grants Workshop to help farmers learn about potential grants, cost-share programs, and other financing options. The workshop will be held on Thursday, October 6th at the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute in East Troy.  Registration is $15/person.  Topics include: an overview of agricultural grants and grant writing; a presentation by a local grant awardee regarding his/her grant experience; an overview of Ag Grants from grant managers; a hands-on group exercise for participants to review actual proposals and practice grant-writing; and information on other financial options specific to Wisconsin. Contact Leigh Presley at leigh.presley@wisc.edu or (262) 857-1948 or (262) 767-2905 to register.

Farm Succession Live Webinar Series

UW-Extension is offering a series of webinars on farm succession and estate planning.  All sessions in-person attendance at the Walworth County UW-Extension Office, 100 W. Walworth St., Elkhorn, WI.  Registration is $5/person/session or $25 for the complete series. Registration is required. To register, contact Peg Reedy at Walworth County UW-Extension at (262) 741-4951 or peg.reedy@ces.uwex.edu.  The next session on September 22 will cover tax implications of transitioning from a sole proprietorship to an LLC.  Visit https://racine.extension.wisc.edu/for a listing of future webinars.

 Juntos Program for Middle School Families

Racine County UW-Extension and Racine County Workforce Solutions are offering the Juntos Program to Racine County families. Juntos brings parents, youth, and communities together to help youth succeed in high school and to pursue higher education.

Participants will gain knowledge, skills, and resources to ensure success in school and to make college a family goal. Middle school students (6th to 8th grades) and their parents will participate in a 5-week workshop series (2 hours each week). Racine workshops will be held on Mondays beginning on October 17 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at John XXIII Educational Center (1101 Douglas Ave.). Burlington workshops will be held on Wednesdays beginning on October 12 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at St. Charles Catholic Church (440 Kendall St.).

Topics include: family and school communication; graduation requirements; financing higher education; college application requirements; making education a priority and creating a family plan; and more. Workshops are free and held in Spanish. Registration is required. For information, contact Sarah Hawks at (262) 767-2916 or sarah.hawks@racinecounty.com

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