PROJECTS

Project Listing 2022-2023

Members and leaders plan programs that are carried out through all or most of the year. Please contact one of our Community Club Leaders if you have a new project you would like to lead.

Note that if the project name Abbie uses differs from what appears in the registration system, the name to look for when registering is in parentheses below the project name.

Abbie Projects

bAking
(Baking and Breadmaking)

Members in the Baking Project will learn: prepping a recipe, preparing the item, properly using all equipment, practicing kitchen safety, and cleaning up. In the past we have baked cookies, naan, gingerbread, cupcakes, soda bread, and more. We will bake an item at every meeting, sharing the results at the end. We then critique our efforts and learn to improve from any mistakes.

INFORMATION

Age: 10+

Meetings: In-person

CONTACT

Lisa Roberts: lisa@drwob.com

beef
(Cattle: Beef)

Raising a market steer or breeding heifer. Steers must be owned by the last weekend in February, however most purchase steers by October while they are still small enough to handle. Heifers must be owned 90-days before fair.

Exhibitors should plan to spend 15+ hours a week with their project animal.

INFORMATION

Meetings: Zoom

CONTACT

Suzette Maggy

CANNING
(FOOD PRESERVATION)

Members of this project will learn food safety, make 3 different types of preserved foods, and have projects to enter in the Alameda County Fair, if desired.

INFORMATION

Age: All ages (members under 12 must have a parent attend)

Meetings: In-person

CONTACT

Jim Bennett

CAT

The cat project is one of our small animal projects where we learn all about cats and how to show them in the county fair. At the fair, cat project members can participate in cat dress up, showmanship, cat bowl, and knowledge quizzes. As well as preparing for fair activities, we will be learning more about cats themselves. This year we will be studying cat breeds, anatomy, health, and learning and practicing showmanship. We may even play some fun games or trivia such as kahoot while we are meeting virtually! We are always looking for new members, and you don’t need a cat to join the project so sign up soon!


INFORMATION

Meetings: Zoom

CONTACT

Lura Nicolas: lurnicolas1@gmail.com

College & Career Readiness
(Career Exploration)

What do you want to be when you grow up? Want to explore college and careers, and develop workplace skills? In this project you will learn about different career paths and the type of education and experience that might be needed for employment. The parent leader in this project is a Counselor at Las Positas College so we will learn about different educational pathways as well—from community college to attending a four-year college.

Join our project! You will have opportunities to learn more about yourself and define your career and education goals. You will learn new soft skills and you can even prepare to apply and interview for your first job during or after high school. We will also focus on writing a resume, job interviewing, how to be a competitive candidate for college admissions, and applying for scholarships.


INFORMATION

Age: 13+

Meetings: Zoom and/or In-person

CONTACT

Michelle Zapata: counselormichellezapata@gmail.com

Creative writing
(Communication)

Find the writer in you! Find inspiration for writing, develop a theme, create a plot , and develop main characters. You will start the exploration of the art of writing. Explore why to write, where to get ideas, theme, character, plot and setting, word choice, imagery, and dialogue. Keep it all in one place to create a portfolio. You can use interpretation of a subject in rhyme verse, free style poetry, short story and essays.

INFORMATION

Age: 10+

Meetings: Zoom

Contact:

Yineth Lopez, yinethl@gmail.com

Dog Care & Training

In the past years, we worked inside learning about:

Different dog breed and characteristics, Grooming, Parts of the dog, Dog health, Dog behavior.

After we do the inside learning, we start to bring our dogs and we start with the physical training, outside. The students are taught several training behaviors for their dogs. They also learn how to control their dog around other dogs, how to speak to their dogs and other training information. We have fun learning.

Because of COVID, we may have to skip the inside learning and go straight to the outside training where we can social distance.

I have two dogs if students do not have access to a dog.

INFORMATION

Meetings: In-person

CONTACT

Eileen Silva

Market goats
(goats: meat)

Coming soon.

INFORMATION

Meetings: TBD

CONTACT

Coming Soon

NAIL ART

Do you want to learn how to paint the nails for your friends and family? The Nail Art project is all about nail art and designs. We will use regular nail polish and gel-based for older children. If your child has allergies, please bring natural-based nail polish and Nail Polish remover.

INFORMATION

Age: 12+

Meetings: Zoom

CONTACT

Yineth Lopez, yinethl@gmail.com

Photography

With the advent of advanced cameras on smart phones, many more people can focus on photography than ever before. While phone cameras remove many of the technical issues of photography, there is always a need to develop an “eye” to see a good composition. We will work on composition, cropping, and editing, with an eye to submission to the Alameda County Fair.

INFORMATION

Age: 12+

Meetings: In-person

Cost: Whatever you need to purchase matting for the Fair, printing the photo for the Fair, and submission costs to the Fair. You must have a camera.

CONTACT

Lisa Roberts: lisa@drwob.com

Poultry
(Birds: Poultry)

Historically, humans and poultry have interacted in many ways beyond owning chickens as farm animals. From domesticated fowl being used for meat and egg production to fancy breeds being shown in competition, ducks, chickens, turkeys, and other poultry are a huge part of many cultures around the world. In 4-H, youth in the Poultry Project can learn:

  • Caring for and raising chickens responsibly and humanely.

  • Best management practices used on farms and industry.

  • Value of poultry meat and eggs in human nutrition and how to grade eggs.

  • Showmanship and showing techniques; breeds and anatomy of various types.

View Poultry Project summary for more information.

INFORMATION

Age: 7+ (Under 9 with a parent)

Meetings: In-person

Cost: Buying your own chicken, feed, medication if you want to have a chicken.

CONTACT

Gwenn Ertoz: gwennertoz@gmail.com

Rabbit

In the Abbie 4-H rabbit project we believe that the best way to learn something is through engaging and fun activities. That is why we play a game every meeting to help members expand their rabbit knowledge. Members will learn how to care for domestic rabbits, various breeds, grooming, health, and diseases. We will also learn showmanship. Come join the rabbit project now. You do not have to own a rabbit to be in the project or to participate in the fair.

This project is open to all ages and will begin as a virtual project.

INFORMATION

Meetings: Virtual

CONTACT

Lura Nicolas: lura@sbcglobal.net

Swine
(swine: market)

You will be responsible for selecting, raising and showing a market hog at fair. We will receive animals about mid-March and the project will be complete with the Livestock Auction the last day of fair in July. This is a large time commitment, including monthly meetings, daily feedings, and weekend weigh days. You will also be expected to spend most of the second week of the fair at the fairgrounds. You don't have to own a pig to be in the project and learn about swine.

INFORMATION

Meetings: Zoom/in-person

CONTACT


Tom Illingworth 925-525-0172 Tom@rbqshowpigs.com


Kelly Illingworth 925-337-0990 rbqshowpigs@gmail.com



Teen Still Exhibits
(arts and crafts)

This project is for members 12 and over. Great for members who have previous experience entering still exhibits in the fair. Still exhibits include photography, crafts, table setting, preserves, and baking. We will examine all the classes of still exhibits at the fair, and pick several classes to work on and enter in the fair. Will be virtual,

INFORMATION

Meetings: Virtual

CONTACT

Lura Nicolas: lura@sbcglobal.net

County-wide Projects

CAMP ACADEMY

Camp Academy is a county-wide project that teaches leadership skills and prepares members to be staff at 4-H Camp. Members are required to prepare a resume and interview for a staff position. Project enrollment will be capped, with preference given to returning members.

Meetings are the 4th Wednesday of each month at 7PM.

INFORMATION

Age: Must be 14 years old as of January 1st, 2021.

Meetings: The 4th Wednesday of each month at 7PM.

CONTACT

Jim Bennett

Dion Hock

Jan Bennett

Jimmy Bennett