Crafts Crafts Crafts !


Make gifts for the holidays!  Join us as we have fun making various crafts, which may include woodsy fort/fairy houses, small stuffed animals, painted glassware and wood items, soaps and other toiletries and more.

AGES:  10+, max 8 kids

DATES:  Thursdays, November 15, 29, December 6, 13, 3:45-5:30

LOCATION:  Emeryville Senior Center

PROJECT FEE:  $25 (covered by club)

Become a Writer for the Emeryville 4-H Website

Participants will learn about website publishing, and the technology behind the Emeryville 4-H website. Throughout the year, each participant will write articles about their 4-H projects and events, and work with project leaders to publish their articles on the Emeryville 4-H website. Participants will learn about the technology that makes the website work, including high-level internet concepts and basic HTML.

AGES:  6th grade and up, max 6 kids


Sunday, September 23, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Sunday, October 14, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Sunday, October 28, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Plus Check-In’s at monthly club meeting


PROJECT FEE:  $10 (covered by club)

NOTE:  Participant must have access to a laptop or Chromebook.

May 14, 2018

  • President calls meeting to order at 5:32
  • VP does 4 H pledge and handshake
  • Treasurer welcomes new faces
  • Secretary does minutes
  • Treasurer does the year end treasurer report
  • Member picks egg raffle winner
  • 2 members talk about Small Animal Field Day
  • VP talks about the cake booth
  • Member talks about State Presentation Day
  • President talks about Temescal Picnic
  • Treasurer talks about next meeting
  • Hiking project presents
  • Pinatas project presents
  • Plant Potions project presents
  • We tally House points and the winner is the Pig Gummy Warriors

April 23, 2018

  • President calls the meeting to order at 5:32
  • VP does pledge and handshake
  • Youth Facilitator tells us the environmental tip
  • President tells us about crayon collection
  • VP talks about last meeting
  • Secretary presents minutes from last meeting
  • Treasurer presents treasurer report
  • President announces egg raffle  
  • Adult leader talks about Small Animal Field Day and cake booth
  • Member talks about Rising Stars
  • 2 members talk about Presentation Day
  • President talks about certified leaders
  • VP talks about Temescal Picnic
  • Handscript and Collage project presents
  • Chicken and Eggs present
  • Circuitry and Programing present
  • Get into Houses and do activity with Hannah
  • Then we tally points
  • Talia closes the meeting at 7:04

“Does anybody want to make a motion to approve the minutes? Does anybody second that motion? All in favor of the minutes say AYE. All opposed say NAY.”

March 19, 2018

  • President called meeting to order at 5:30
  • VP showed the 4 H pledge and Handshake
  • Treasurer welcomed new faces
  • Youth Facilitator told us the environmental tip of the month
  • Secretary announced meeting may run late, also that parents needed to stay late
  • Secretary reads the minutes from last meeting
  • Treasurer does the treasurer’s report
  • Member re-announces Rising Stars Skit Night
  • We do the egg raffle drawing
  • 2 adult leaders talk about Small Animal Field Day and cake booth
  • Good luck to 2 members for Area Presentation Day
  • We tried to watch a member’s video about Camp Academy but there were problems with sound so we couldn’t
  • Middle school left to assemble homeless backpacks
  • President and Secretary taught the club how to pair socks so we could give them to the homeless
  • Then played poison dart frog
  • Cooking project report
  • Leather craft project report
  • Got into Houses and tallied points
  • Meeting adjourned at 6:40 pm and parents stayed a little longer

February 12, 2018

  • President calls meeting to order at 5:33pm
  • VP shows pledge and handshake
  • 2 members do the handshake
  • Youth Facilitator asks about new faces
  • Secretary presents minutes from january 22 meeting
  • Treasurer does treasurer report and talks about cake booth
  • Adult leader talks about certified adults
  • Member talks about Rising Stars
  • VP pulls out raffle and the winner is Ruby W.
  • 2 members talk about their field trip for Chickens & Eggs project
  • Member talks about Presentation Day
  • We get into Houses and tally points
  • Intermediate member talks about break out session
  • Secretary does Simon Says with President
  • 5th grade and under play Poison Dart Frog
  • Club does cards for Meals on Wheels
  • President closes the meeting at 6:50



January 22, 2018

  • President calls meeting to order at 5:31
  • VP pledge and handshake
  • 2 members show handshake
  • Youth Facilitator asks about new Faces
  • Secretary presents minutes
  • Treasurer presents treasurer report
  • Member does Rising Stars presentation
  • Member picks egg raffle
  • President and Secretary call Houses
  • Cool Person tells us about home schooling and her trip
  • Secretary does 2 min. stretches
  • President explains Charades
  • VP introduces Spring projects
  • Adult leader presents cooking project
  • Teen leader presents Circuitry and programing project
  • 2 adult leaders present leather craft project
  • Adult leader presents pinata making project
  • 2 adult leaders present Cursive project
  • Adult leader presents Outdoor project
  • 3 adult leaders present Chicken and Eggs project
  • Adult leader presents Plant potions project
  • President closes meeting at 6:49

December 11, 2017

  • President calls the meeting to order at 5:34
  • VP does the 4 H pledge + handshake
  • Member helps him show the handshake
  • Treasurer welcomes potential new member
  • Secretary reads the Minutes of November 2017
  • Treasurer does treasurer’s report
  • Adult leaders talk about presentation day
  • Adult leader presents craft fair results
  • 2 members present  Incredible Wearables project report
  • 3 members do Plant Potions project report
  • 6 members do First Aid project report and show movie
  • 3 members do the Chicken and Eggs project report  
  • Secretary explains new tally and groups tally points
  • Meeting closed at 6:45.

Outdoor Mountain Adventure


Come join fearless backpacking/hiking leaders in learning about how to plan for an outdoor mountain adventure. Then take your knowledge out with the 4-H group on a ~4 hour East Bay Regional Park excursion.

Mandatory Planning Meeting:  Monday, April 9, 5:00-6:30pm at EBI

April 29:  ~4 hour hike at Huckleberry Botanical Regional Preserve, 8:30am meet at EBI

Ages:  3rd – 9th grade, maximum 10 kids

Project Fee: $10 (covers snacks, lunch and transportation)

NOTE:  3-5 adults will be supervising the hike. All adults will transport kids from EBI to trailhead and back after the hike. All participants supply own backpack, water bottle and sports shoes.

Tasty Temptations: You Pick It, You Make It!


Cooking at the Senior Center:  In this project, students will have the opportunity to pick and create their own savory and sweet meal concoctions with recipes that they choose.  Leading this will be professional cooking instructor and nutritionist Maria Acosta.  Let’s get cooking!

Wednesdays, Feb 28, March 21, 28, April 25, May 2, 3:45-5:15

Ages:  8+, maximum 8 kids

Location:  Emeryville Senior Center, 4321 Salem Street

Project Fee:  $25 (includes snack and recipe ingredients)

Intro to Leathercraft


Get acquainted with leathercraft!  Learn how to cut cut a pattern into a piece of leather, use stamps to shade and decorate the leather, condition your leather and even add color. We’ll start with simple projects like coasters, but kids who enjoy it can move on to more complex projects.

Saturday, Jan 27:  Field trip to Tandy Leather Store in Union City * — 12:15-3:30

Saturday, Feb 10:  Field trip to Tandy Leather Store in Union City * — 12:15-3:30

Saturday, Mar 10:  Finishing projects and learning about leather and leatherwork around the world at Project Leader’s house in Berkeley

Ages: 9+, max 5 kids

Project Fee:  $10 or less.  Students will have the option to purchase their own additional materials or tools, but at student/parent choice.

*  We will be driving in one or two cars on Jan 27 and Feb 10 from a single location in Berkeley/Emeryville/Oakland. Planning to leave about 12:15pm, return to North Bay around 3:30p.

Circuitry and Programming


If you are interested in learning how to build and control electronic creations, this is the project for you!  We will go over a variety of components (e.g. LEDs, motors, buzzers, switches, and potentiometers) and code using an IDE and microcontroller provided by Arduino, an open-source platform. We will use what we’ve learned to make several projects such as light-up cards, motorized contraptions, and more. All experience levels welcome.

Laptop required, Mac or PC, not Chromebooks (please let us know if this is an issue).

Saturdays:  Feb 24, Mar 3, 17, 24, 31, 3:00-4:30

Ages:  4th grade and up, max 6 kids

Location:  EBI

Project Fee:  $30

Cursive, Hand Script & Collage


This project offers an introduction to free-hand cursive writing and elements of intricate collage technique. In the second half of the class, we will create art pieces using hand lettering and collage to make a beautiful decorated and framed quotation.

Thursdays:  Feb 15, March 1, 8, 15, 3:45-5:30

Ages: 9+, minimum 4 kids, maximum 8 kids

Location:  EBI

Project Fee:  $25 (includes materials and snack)

Chickens and Eggs (Part 2)


Help us care for the EBI chickens!  Last Spring, we placed 5 chickens in the coop our club built at EBI (Escuela Bilingüe International).  This Spring, we will help care for them and learn about lots of chicken and egg-related topics as we prepare a booth for Alameda County’s Small Animal Field Day.  Our booth will showcase egg candlers that we will make, will provide information about what’s inside the egg and egg grading, and will include a game that will test kids’ knowledge of chicken facts.

Mondays, March 5 & 26, April 2 & 9, 3:30-5:00

Supply run to Rivertown Feed and Visit to SoMar Farms:  Sunday, February 11

Egg collecting:  daily sign-up sheet

Coop cleaning: March 24, May 26

Small Animal Field Day:  Saturday, April 28, 12:00-4:00

Ages:  10+, max 8 kids

Location: EBI

Project Fee:  $20

Plant Potions, Spring Edition


Learn about the amazing healing powers of plants!  We will go on a hike to forage for plants, and then use them in our second session to make lotions, salves or other mixtures.

Saturday, April 7, 12:30-3:30 (field trip) and Sunday, May 6, 11:00-2:00pm (at project leader’s workshop)

Ages: 9+, maximum 6 kids

Project Fee: $10-20 to cover supplies

Piñata Making


Come and make piñatas with us! There will be (4) 2-hour sessions to learn how to design, construct and decorate your own piñata. We will read a story as a group and pick characters from the story to make them into piñatas. And we will try to exhibit our creations at the Alameda County Fair in June!

Dates:  Thursday, March 22, April 12, 26, May 3, 3:30-5:00pm

Ages: 7+, 8 kids max

Location: Project Leader’s art studio or EBI

Project Fee: $15 for snacks and materials

Butterflies, Bees and Other Pollinators


In this project, kids will learn about the insects and creatures that help pollinate flowers, what pollination is and why it is important. Activities will focus on helping to attract pollinators by beautifying the garden beds surrounding the Playground at the City Slicker Farms West Oakland Farm Park.

Oct 28, 1:30-3:00:  Pollinator intro, Butterflies, Scavenger Hunt and Sun Sheets

Nov 18, 2:00-3:30:  Bulbs and Flowers (Paper-white Bulb Project)

Feb 24, 2:00-3:30:  Garden Clean-up, begin weeding and planning what we will plant

March 24, 2:00-3:30:  Begin to Plant and continue Clean up / we will also learn about other Pollinators

April 28, 2:00-3:30:  Bees/Continue to Plant

May 26, 2:00-3:30:  Project wrap up, children will each present (in a sentence or two) what they learned from the Project. Pot luck!

Ages: 5-8

Location: West Oakland Farm Park

Project Fee:  TBD

November 13, 2017

  • President called the meeting to order at 5:32
  • Secretary led the 4-H pledge
  • Member and Member demonstrated the handshake
  • Secretaries showed their “Year In Review” video
  • President, Secretaries, and VP presented the skit on listening
  • People talked about their observations on the skit
  • Secretaries read and got approval for the minutes
  • Treasurer read the treasurer’s report
  • Treasurer talked about the enrollment of 4-H

  • VP did the Mini Maker Faire report
  • Member drew the winning ticket for the egg raffle
  • 3 project members did the Arts and Crafts project report
  • Club leader handed out boxes and frames to decorate
  • 3 members did the weaving project report
  • Secretary talked about the elections
  • Candidates gave their speeches
  • Election results were announced
  • The Houses tallied up points
  • We discussed points for the next meeting
  • President closed the meeting at 6:37

October 16, 2017

  • President called the meeting to order at 5:34
  • VP read the pledge and showed the handshake
  • Secretary introduced new faces
  • Secretary read and got approval for the minutes
  • Treasurer did the treasurer’s report
  • Treasurer talked about the percentages of enrollment

  • President talked about the officers and running for an officer
  • All the officers said things that they liked about being an officer
  • We all made a list of what makes a leader
  • The officer sign up sheet was passed out
  • Club leader made an announcement about Farm Park and Harvest Festival
  • Club leader talked about the mini maker faire
  • 3 project members did the baking project report
  • 3 project members did the knitting project report
  • Treasurer talked about the houses and how you can earn points
  • Club leader chose who was in each house
  • Each house made a house name and a logo
  • Member picked the winning ticket for the egg raffle
  • The meeting ended.

September 18, 2017

  • President called the meeting to order at 5:35.
  • Club Leader welcomed the new people.
  • VP led the 4-H pledge.
  • Member and Member showed everyone the handshake.
  • VP reviewed Robert’s Rules of Order.
  • Secretaries read and got approval for the minutes.
  • Treasurer did the treasurer’s report, approved the budget and told everybody what the clover buds were.

  • Club Leader thanked the chicken coop crew.
  • Some of the kids talked about the cake booth.
  • Member read his poem “Pig Magic” that won a prize at the County Fair.
  • Lots of kids talked about “Las Posadas” 4-H camp.
  • Club Leader talked about the Mini-Maker faire.
  • Club Leaders introduced the new idea for Houses.
  • EBI Head of School talked about how to clean up after the meetings and the necessity of having a point person adult for each child.
  • Club Leader talked about the new projects and the new 4-H website with the enrollment process.
  • Project Leaders reviewed their projects:  Incredible Wearables, Knitting, Basics of Baking, Plant Potions, Weaving and maybe Leathercraft in the Spring, Arts & Crafts Fundraising for Chickens, First-Aid, Chickens & Eggs, Farm Park Exploration.
  • President mentioned a few other spring projects to come.
  • The meeting ended at 6:45 pm. 

4-H National Youth Science Day: Incredible Wearables

What does it take to design and build your own fitness tracker? In this national science day challenge, kids will use a basic three-step engineering design process to design, build and test wearable fitness trackers and adjust them depending on the results. Get ready to build your own fitbit-type device, test it, and collect data by jumping rope, hula hooping, dribbling a basketball or other activities that will vary your heart rate.

This activity has been developed for National 4-H Youth Science Day, an annual event that promotes hands-on STEM learning. Come explore wearable technology with us!

Date:  Saturday, November 18

Ages: 9+, maximum 8 kids

Location: Project Leader’s House

Activity Fee: $7

May 15, 2017

  • President called the meeting to order at 5:34 pm
  • Secretary led the 4-H pledge and handshake
  • Secretaries read and got approval for the minutes
  • Treasurer read the treasurer’s report
  • The entire team did the Social Science project report
  • Member did the Chicks project report
  • Member and Member did the Goats report
  • Member and Member did the Bikes report
  • Adult made an announcement on the Cake Booth
  • Adult made an announcement on the 4-H Gathering and Potluck
  • Member led the Dot Activity
  • We all had a PARTY outside !  This was our last meeting for the program year !

Beginning Knitting at the Senior Center


Knit 1, purl 2! Join a veteran knitting instructor and others from the Emeryville Senior Center as they teach the basics of this ancient craft. Project participants will learn basic knitting stitches and how to cast on and off. They will likely make their own scarves or other simple project.

Thursdays, Sept 28, Oct 5, 12, 19, Nov 2, 9, 3:45-5:00

Ages: 10+, 3-6 kids

Location: Emeryville Senior Center, 4321 Salem Street, Emeryville

Project Fee:  $20

First Aid

Gain important life skills! Learn how to treat minor injuries and how to identify more serious emergencies – including head injuries, allergic reactions, strokes, diabetic emergencies, burns and more!

Wednesdays, October 4 & 11, November 1, 8, 15 & 29, December 6 (or maybe one Saturday TBD), 3:30-5:30

Ages: 8+, minimum 4 kids

Location: EBI, San Pablo

Project Fee: TBD