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Washington County Extension News: August 2, 2017

4-H Has Your Seat To The Eclipse

Illinois 4-H is inviting the public to a front row seat for the historic total solar eclipse in August in southern Illinois where sun’s path creates the longest duration of darkness.

University of Illinois Extension, in cooperation with the Southern Illinois Miners baseball team, will host an educational program on the Miners ballfield in Marion from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 21.

The ballfield will allow prime viewing for the afternoon eclipse.

Order tickets online at go.illinois.edu/4Heclipse. Tickets are $8 per person for entry; or add a lunch meal for $15 total.

Commemorative t-shirts are also available for $12 each.

Deadline to order tickets is Aug. 1.

All tickets include free 4-H glasses needed to safely view the eclipse. Parking is available for $5 per car or $10 per bus.

Educational programs begin at 10 a.m. offering youth hands-on activities with rockets, drones, robotics, virtual reality, 3-D printing, and environmental science. In addition to providing glasses to view the eclipse, a telescope will capture the eclipse and project it to the Miners big screen.

“In a solar eclipse, the moon passes between the sun and Earth and blocks all or part of the sun”, said U of I Extension 4-H Youth Development STEM Specialist Keith Jacobs. “Carbondale will
experience the longest duration
of darkness in the country.
The sun will be blocked for a
full two minutes and 27 seconds in Marion,” Jacobs said. “It is dangerous to view the eclipse without special glasses,”
Jacobs said. “Safety will be one of the things we stress during the eclipse,” he said.

Families wishing to make it a weekend are invited to attend the Sunday night game which celebrates the rich 4-H heritage in Illinois.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, contact the extension office at (618)327-8881.

Wanted: Youth Who Like to Paint

4-H Barn Quilts are all the rage in Washington County.  Youth in the barn quilt club have completed seven quilts so far.

They meet on Monday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Nashville Community Center.

All area youth between the ages of 8 and 18 are welcome to join.

Future goals include a 4-H Barn Quilt Tour.

The Barn Quilt club is sponsored in part by the Illinois 4-H Foundation, GDB International of Nashville, Thrivent Financial and the Washington County Farm Bureau.

Interested in having a barn quilt of your own to hang?

Barn quilts are available for a suggested donation of $250.

For more information about joining the barn quilt club, or getting a barn quilt of your own, call the Washington County Extension Office at 618-327-8881.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, contact the extension office at (618)327-8881.

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