Extension commemorates 4-H Week with 2 new SPIN clubs, wildlife workshop

The Henrico County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension is celebrating National 4-H Week (Oct. 1-7) and the benefits of youth programming with two new special interest, or SPIN, clubs that will explore cake decorating and agriculture. Extension also is offering a daylong, wildlife-themed workshop at Pocahontas State Park on Monday, Nov. 6, which is a wellness day for Henrico County Public Schools.

The Piece of Cake SPIN Club will teach youth ages 12 to 18 to prepare icing for borders, flowers, leaves, lettering and more, and will practice decorating in a variety of styles. The club also will explore entrepreneurship, career development and money management skills. The cost to participate is $25, which includes the cost of a cake-decorating kit and supplies. Meetings will be held from 6 to 7:15 p.m. on Wednesdays, from Oct. 25 through Dec. 20, at the Eastern Government Center, 3820 Nine Mile Road. Online registration is open through Friday, Oct. 20.

The Digging Science SPIN Club allows youth ages 5 to 11 to explore such topics as animal science, plant science, reptiles and crops through a scientific lens. The free club is scheduled to meet usually from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month through June 13 at various locations of Henrico County Public Library. The next session will be Thursday, Nov. 9. Online registration is required each month, due to space limitations.

The Leaving a Mark workshop for youth ages 9 to 13 will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6 at Pocahontas State Park, 10301 State Park Road in Chesterfield County. The cost to participate is $15 and includes transportation and snacks. Participants will go on a nature walk, learn about native Virginia wildlife and get a close look at reptiles. They also will be able to see animal pelts, skulls and tracks, and learn about the food chain through games and owl pellet dissection. Online registration will remain open while space is available.

For more information on Henrico 4-H, go online or call (804) 501-5160.

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