Hand Script & Shadow Box Collage

This project offers an introduction to free-hand cursive writing and elements of intricate collage technique. Project participants will create art pieces using hand lettering and three dimensional collage to make a beautiful hand decorated and framed quotation in a shadow box. Students who have taken this project before are welcome to do so again. If desired, finished pieces can be entered in the 2019 Alameda County Fair (one of last year’s pieces won 1st place and Best of Class!).

AGES: 9+, 4-8 kids

DATES: Thursdays, 4:15-5:45

  • January 31
  • February 7, 14, 28

LOCATION: EBI Art Room 212

PROJECT FEE: $25

Baking

Learn the basics of baking. Across 3 meetings, we will cover different techniques as well as kitchen safety. We will concentrate on one type of baking per session (pies, cakes and cookies).

AGES: 10+, max 4 kids

DATES: Sundays, 12:00-3:00

  • February 24
  • March 24
  • April 14

LOCATION: Project Leader’s House

PROJECT FEE: $45-50

Circuitry Games

In this project, each member will be creating their own electronic game from scratch! To start, we’ll go over the basics of how circuits work and learn how to communicate to a miniature computer called a microcontroller via Arduino, an open-source platform. Beginners can use buttons and lights to create a rock-paper-scissors or tic-tac-toe game, while more advanced members can tackle more challenging components or skills. Everyone will learn about the design process and how to use resources such as peers and documentation to solve problems.

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

AGES: 5th grade +, 3-6 kids

DATES: Saturdays, 3:30-5:00

  • March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

LOCATION: EBI

PROJECT FEE: $25-35

Leathercraft

Learn the basics of tooling and stamping leather. Have fun with a craft where hammering to create beauty is required. We will be carpooling with project participants (leaders can drive) to the Tandy Leather store in Fremont to be taught the skills by experts in the craft.

AGES: 9+, 3-6 kids, but flexible if additional parent drivers are available

DATES: Sundays, 12:00-3:00

  • March 3, 17
  • April 13 or May 4

LOCATION: Tandy Leather, Fremont and Project Leader’s House

PROJECT FEE: $10-15

First Aid

The first aid project is a fun, interactive project that introduces participants to the basic skills needed to apply first aid wherever and whenever needed with competence and confidence. Learn how to recognize an emergency, how to stop bleeding, treat sprains, strains and fractures, the steps to take to help someone with a head injury or allergic reaction and much more! We will learn what to do, practice how to do it and you will finish the project with your own personal first aid kit to take home.

AGES: 8+, 6-10 kids

DATES: Tuesdays, 3:30-5:30

  • March 12, 19
  • April 23, 30
  • May 7
  • Plus one Saturday TBD

LOCATION: EBI and possible weekend field trip

PROJECT FEE: $15-20

Intro to Silk Screen Printing

Ever wanted to understand the basics of silk screen printing? Did you know that screen printing is is all around you? Bring your own art and designs to life and get to experience what it’s like to work in a real silk screen studio. Students will learn the basics of silk screen printing and create their own printed finished t-shirt, cards and/or flyers.

AGES: 10+, max 5 kids

DATES: Saturdays

  • March 16, 23 (9:30-11:30 at Project Leader’s House)
  • March 30 (visit to a studio, time TBD)

LOCATION: Project Leader’s House and a Printing Studio (TBD)

PROJECT FEE: $30-35

Plant Potions 2

This is a continuation of the Fall Plant Potions project, but new members are encouraged to join! At each class, we will be learning about a Spring plant, creating several remedies and ending with tea. We will focus on chickweed, violet and lemonbalm during our 3 sessions.

AGES: 10+, max 8 kids

DATES: Saturdays, 1:00-3:00

  • April 6
  • May 4 or 11, May 18 or 25

LOCATION: Project Leader’s House

PROJECT FEE: $20, sliding scale

Theatrical Arts

Come create a shadow puppet production, from start to finish! We will be making the puppets, constructing the puppet theater, writing the script and filming the production for entry into this year’s Alameda County Film Fest in April. The theme is Animals, so bring your creative spirit and get ready to have fun!

AGES: All ages welcome, members under 10 years old will make puppets, ages 10+ will focus on construction, writing and filming

DATES: Thursdays, 3:30-5:30

  • March 21, 28
  • April 4, 11, 18

LOCATION: Project Leader’s House

PROJECT FEE: TBD

Intro to Sailing

(Description to come)

AGES: 11+, 6-9 kids

DATES: see below for rough guidelines, actual dates TBD, depending on wind conditions and other factors

  • 1 afterschool orientation at EBI in April (1.5-2 hours)
  • 1 Saturday boatyard and dockside orientation, clinic and intro sail (10:30ish-1:30ish) in April / May
  • 2 Sunday clinics and on-the-water sailing lessons in April/May/early June (10:30-2:30ish)

LOCATIONS: EBI, Cal Sailing Club / UC Aquatic Center, Berkeley Marina, South Sailing Basin

PROJECT FEE: $25-30, plus potluck contributions for snacks

Geocaching

Would you like to go on a treasure hunt? Join the geocaching project! Geocaching is a worldwide treasure hunt where you use GPS coordinates to find hidden containers around your neighborhood. We’ll search for geocaches while exploring cool locations in our community, and at the end of the project, we’ll hide a cache of our own for other geocachers to find.

AGES:  All, max 6 kids

DATES:  Saturdays, November 3, 10, 17, 9:00 am-12:00 pm

LOCATION:  Various

PROJECT FEE:  $10-15 for snacks (covered by club)

Introduction to Rabbits

In this project, we will learn all about rabbits! This includes different breeds, raising rabbits and rabbit care and showing rabbits. The project will meet first in Emeryville, and then include a field trip to Ruth’s Rabbits (the project leader’s rabbitry) as well as a trip to a rabbit show, either in Dixon in early January or Turlock in late February.

This project is run by a leader from Tassajara 4-H.

AGES:  All, max 10 kids

DATES AND LOCATIONS:

Wednesday, November 7, 4:15-6:30, at EBI with visiting rabbits

Rabbit Show Field Trip:  Sat, January 5 in Dixon, time TBD

Ruth’s Rabbits (San Ramon) Field Trip:  Fri, January 25, 3:30-6:45

Rabbit Show Field Trip (if you missed the one in Dixon): Sat or Sun February 23 or 24, Turlock, time TBD

PROJECT FEE:  $10 for snacks (covered by club)

NOTE:  We will need parent drivers for this project.

Urban Farm Park: Using Ingredients from the Farm

Learn about City Slicker Farms West Oakland Farm Park and create fun food and products from what is grown right on the farm!

This project is run by City Slicker Farms 4-H Afterschool Group.  There are only 2 spots left as of 9/17/18.

AGES:  5-8 years old, 2 spots left

DATES:

Saturday, October 6, 2:30-4:30 (zucchini latkes)

Saturday, October 20, 2:30-4:30 (herbal salve)

Saturday, November 3, 2:30-4:30 (snack using honey from the bees)

LOCATION:  West Oakland Farm Park

PROJECT FEE:  None

Cloverbud Basics of Baking

Intended for younger members in our 4-H community, in this baking class we will focus on the building blocks of baking and kitchen safety. We will make cookies, cakes and even some sweets that don’t need to bake at all! Think of this as a very fun science class where you get to eat your experiments!

AGES:  5-9 years old, max 4 kids

DATES:  Sundays, October 7, November 4, December 9, 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

LOCATION:  Project Leader’s kitchen, Berkeley

PROJECT FEE:  $30 estimated (covered by club)

Plant Power: Smart Design

This is a two-day project with two field trips (3 hours each with snack). The first field trip will be to an art gallery in Berkeley where we will meet with an artist who photographs flower pods. Each pod is designed in such a smart way so that it can keep seeds protected and, when the time comes, can spill seeds out for its future offspring for next year. We will collect our own pods on the walk through the neighborhood and produce our own close-up photographs of flower pods. The second trip will be to the UCB Botanical Gardens and we will learn about how carnivorous plants are designed in order to attract and catch their food (flies, small insects, and curious children).

AGES:  7+, max 12 kids

DATES AND LOCATIONS:

Berkeley Gallery Visit:  Thursday, October 11, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

UCB Botanical Gardens Visit:  Saturday, October 27, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

PROJECT FEE:  $10 (covered by club)

NOTE:  Parents may have to drive kids to and from the venue.

Plant Potions

We will continue to learn about the power of plants! We will experiment with creating plant medicines, teas and balms to heal wounds, soothe tummies, moisturize lips and all kinds of fun stuff! No previous experience necessary.

AGES:  10+, max 8 kids

DATES:  3 of these possible Saturdays, October 6, December 1, 8, 15, time TBD

LOCATION:  Project Leader’s house in Emeryville

PROJECT FEE:  $20 sliding scale (covered by club)

Introduction to Weaving

Ever wanted to understand the basics of making fabric? Did you know that looms were the forerunners of computers?  Learn to weave. Students will learn the basics of weaving on a tapestry and multi-shaft loom and have fun making their own piece of cloth.

AGES:  10+, max 6 kids

DATES:  Sundays, October 7, 28, November 11, 1:30-3:30

LOCATION:  Project Leader’s house in Berkeley

PROJECT FEE:  None

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

DATES:

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

LOCATION:  EBI

PROJECT FEE:  $10 (covered by club)

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

Media Literacy

Radically non-political, our goal is to help kids evaluate and discern the overwhelming amount of information they’re receiving — an essential life skill for the 21st Century.

This project is run by a leader from Oaktown 4-H.

AGES:  12+

DATES:  tentatively 1st Sunday of the month, 2:00 pm

LOCATION:  Project leader’s house in Montclair

PROJECT FEE:  TBD