Open to the Public

Our programs and projects teach young people how to put their heads, hearts, hands and health to work in their own lives and in their communities. Becoming a teen in the 4‑H program opens up a whole new set of opportunities. Read more about the groups and activities available at the club, county, state, and national levels. The 4-H program provides opportunities for youth and their families to participate in positive youth development experiences, below are a list or you can view our 2017 Highlight Calendar.

5K Race to Wellness

Registration Ends June 23 before 3 pm

The Somerset County Employee Wellness Committee is partnering with EmPoWER Somerset to organize the fourth annual 5K Race to Wellness and one-mile Fun Walk for county residents on Saturday, June 24.   The event will be held (rain or shine) at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 24, at Colonial Park. The GPS address is 156 Mettlers Rd., Somerset, NJ 08873. Directions can be found here. The 5K course is USATF certified.

Participants who pre-register will pay a $30 entry fee and receive a Tech short-sleeve shirt, while supplies last. On the day of the race, registration will increase to $40. The fee for residents age 60 and above or for youth, age 19 and under, is $20. To register online, visit https://runsignup.com//Race/NJ/Skillman/5KRacetoWellness.

Prizes will be awarded to top finishers.  Proceeds will benefit Somerset County non-profit organizations, including EmPoWER Somerset, Somerset County Tourism and the Somerset County 4-H Association.

 

TOPS Camp

Dates: June 26-30, 2017

Location: 4-H Center

Description: Educational day camp for 1-5th graders.  Space fill quickly, so don’t wait!  Cost is $200 for the week.

Registration: http://www.somersetcounty4h.org/wp-content/uploads/Flyerregform.pdf

We are also looking for volunteer counselors for the week.  If you have finished 8th -13th grade, then you should come inspire 1st-5th graders at TOPS Camp! Download the application now and return it by April 21, 2017.

4-H Fair

Dates: August 9-11, 2017

Location: 4-H Fairgrounds at North Branch Park (355 Milltown Rd., Bridgewater).

Set-Up: August 5-6

Cleanup: August 12

BIG Rummage Sale

Date: Friday-Saturday, September 15-16, 2017

Time: 9am – 3pm (Saturday Closed 12:30-1pm, reopen at 1/2 price 1 pm-3 pm)

Place: Ted Blum 4-H Center

Item Drop Off: Monday-Wednesday, September 11th-13th, 9 am-12 noon and 6-8 pm

Click here for the flyer.

The rummage sale is held over the course of two days on a Friday and Saturday in September. De-clutter your home and save your best treasures to donate to the 4-H sale. Donations are accepted earlier in the week Monday-Wednesday.

Donations

Sale Items Accepted:

  • Gently used clothing
  • Bedding, Linens, Fabric
  • Books, Videos, DVDs, CDs
  • Antiques, Collectibles, New Gift Items
  • Housewares
  • Toys
  • Jewelry
  • Infant Goods
  • Furniture that is easily moved
  • Flat Screen TV’s Only
  • Laptop Computers Only

Items NOT Accepted for Sale:

  • Car tires or rims
  • Baby furniture and car seats not up to safety code
  • Encyclopedias, magazines
  • Upholstered furniture, mattresses, built-in furniture, press wood furniture
  • Computers without hard drives and with chips older than Pentium or equivalent computer monitors, all printers (dot matrix, laser, ink jet), large and heavy copiers, fax machines
  • Air conditioners; air purifiers/vaporizers; humidifiers
  • Larger, older models & built-in microwave ovens
  • Framed pictures with broken glass, unframed mirrors or loose glass
  • Halogen lamps without safety guards
  • Large appliances and tube TV’s
  • Sinks, toilets, toilet seats, tubs
  • Storm doors, screen doors, windows, & window screens
  • Venetian blinds or shades; drapes/curtains with foam rubber, fiberglass, or rubber backs
  • Wall-to-wall carpeting, rugs without binding
  • Hazardous waste, flammable items
  • Broken or dirty items will be refused.

Open House

Date: October 4, 2017

Location: 4-H Center

Description: This event is open to the public. Learn about all the clubs and activities 4-H has to offer.

Festival of Trees

When: December 9 & 10, 2017, 10am – 3pm

It is a FREE event, open to the public. 4-members decorate trees with homemade ornaments for sale. There will be arts & crafts for the kids, local musicians and Santa will be there!!

Holiday Dinner

When: Monday, December 25, 2017, 2:00 pm – 4:00pm

6th Annual Free Community Outreach Dinner

Lucky Clover Tricky Tray

Date: Sunday, March

Doors Open:

Raffle Begins:

Place: Ted Blum 4-H Center

Cost: $  (includes a sheet of 20 tickets, door prize ticket and refreshments). Tickets can be purchased at the 4-H center office (Call for tickets: 908-526-6644 or e-mail the office.) Additional raffle & 50/50 tickets available at event.

Prizes:

MUST BE 18 or OLDER to ATTEND

All proceeds from this event will support the Somerset County 4-H Association

Prize Donations Needed

Donations of new items are needed to be used as raffle prizes. Have your 4-H club create a themed basked to donate! Donate that new holiday gift item that maybe just wasn’t right for you. All items should be new and in original packaging with a combined value of at least $20. But the committee can also use cash of any amount to be combined for big prizes, gift cards or single items. Be creative! Think about what you might like to receive as a gift. Please send or drop donations at the 4-H Office or the Night Managers Office by February 18th.

Volunteer to Help!

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to help in any way with this event, please contact Annette Smutko.

NJ Makers Day

Dates: March 2018

Description:  Be a part of the third Annual New Jersey Makers Day!  NJ’s freshest innovations, creative efforts, and inspiring growth in the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts, math and more!

Register to participate in NJMD 2017 any time online! Any club interested in being a host site for NJMD to register their location in order to engage in networking and professional development opportunities, extended resources and guidance, and assistance with questions regarding program ideas, community connections, funding sources, and more.  There is no cost associated with becoming a participating site, and sites have complete autonomy to plan and coordinate activities as you would like.

For more information about NJ Makers Day, or to inquire about becoming a part of this initiative, please feel free to contact Doug Baldwin (President, NJ Makers Day) at 732-463-1633 x6, or by email at dbaldwin@piscatawaylibrary.org.  or view the flyer.

Science-Sational Day

Date: April 2018 – 9:15 am to 1:30 pm

Location: 4-H Center

Description: Youth in grades 1-5 are invited to explore new ideas, put their designs to the test, and discover a new love for science. Registration is required.

To view the event packet: http://www.somersetcounty4h.org/wp-content/uploads/FINAL-2017-flyer-packet-2.pdf

To register go to:  

Spring Carnival

Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017

Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Place: Ted Blum 4-H Center

The day’s attractions will include games & activities, face painting & tattoos, a petting zoo, cotton candy, prizes, magic and club themed booths for the children to visit! The cost is $12 per child for all the activities. The adults are free. Food will be an extra charge.

This event is for the community in which all 4-H members can get involved, promote 4-H, and help support our organization. All proceeds will go to the Somerset County 4-H Association in support of the 4-H Youth Development Program.   View the flyer for more information.

Proceeds from this event will support the Somerset County 4-H Youth Development Program.

Rutgers Day

“Imagination in Action”

Date: April 29, 2017

Location:  College Avenue Campus, Voorhees Mall

Description: 4-Hers from throughout the state are invited to offer presentations, performances and artistic exhibits as part of our Expressive Arts 4-H “Imagination in Action” station. This is the eighth year that Expressive Arts 4-H has celebrated our 4-Hers’ creativity at the annual Rutgers Day celebration.

This is a non-competitive event. It is a wonderful opportunity for  4-Hers to be recognized for their accomplishments. 4-Hers can submit visual, performing or media art they created in their clubs or at school. 4-Hers may choose to submit the arts entries they entered in your county fair or presented as part of public presentations. 4-Hers need not be in arts related clubs to participate in Imagination in Action. If a 4-Her wishes to display artwork, photography or creative writing, but is unavailable to attend Rutgers Day,  arrangements can be made.

Deadline for registration  is April 21st. Registration also needs to include the permission form.

CloverCon

Dates: Sunday, May 21, 2017

Location: 4-H Center

Description:  The 4-H Anime & Manga Club: Village Hidden in the Clovers is hosting for their 7th year CloverCon, a mini-convention all about Japanese traditional & pop culture plus all the interconnecting fandoms. There will be panels, games & tournaments/contests involving Pokémon, Super Smash Brothers Melee, cosplay, table-top games & so much more!  Lots to do & see at our 4-H B.I.G. fundraiser that’s family-friendly, fun & even educational!  To register before May 1, see the pre-registration page  or print the flyer. Visit clovercon.org for any updates.