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Posted: February 22, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Family movie night to support cancer research

This Friday night, make it a family movie night with Newton County 4-H.

The fun starts at 6 p.m. at the 4-H office, located at 1113 Usher St. in Covington. Enter at the employee entrance on Elm Street, across from the parking deck.

For only $5 each, you can see a movie and enjoy popcorn, drinks and snacks. If you’d like to bring your own chair or blanket, please do so.

Youths in fourth grade and older can be dropped off, but you will need to sign forms before leaving.

The movie features a certain superhero known for wearing his underwear on the outside of his pants, and in this version, he is of strong metal. (If you need more help deciphering that clue, give me a call at 770-784-2010.)

All profits benefit the Newton County 4-H Relay for Life team to fight cancer.

The Newton County 4-H Relay team is made up of youths and adults with a desire to find the cure. If you do not have a team, you can join the 4-H team for a donation of $10 each to the American Cancer Society. Registration will be available on Friday night.

One unique feature of the 4-H team is that the team captains are 4-H members, not adult leaders.

On Saturday, join us for the rescheduled Newton Classic Livestock Show at the Newton College and Career Academy located on Ram Drive (by Porterdale Elementary and the former Newton High). Proceed through the four-way around the Academy to the barn.

The show begins at 9 a.m. and will feature 4-H and FFA showmen with their hog, breeding ewe, heifer and steer livestock projects. Youths range in age from first-graders to graduating seniors.

Also, summer camp sign-up is going strong at the 4-H office for ages 9 and up. If you turned 9 or older in 2013, there is a camp for you.

Those ages 9 through sixth grade can register for Cloverleaf Camp at Wahsega 4-H Center, June 23-27, for $310. Camp will include gold panning, high ropes activities, tubing, recreation and herpetology.

Sixth- through eighth- graders are eligible for Wilderness Challenge Camp at Wahsega 4-H Center, July 14-18, for $344. This camp includes hiking a portion of the Appalachian Trail, an overnight caving trip and whitewater rafting on the Ocoee River.

Seventh- and eighth -graders can sign up for Junior Camp at Burton 4-H Center on Tybee Island, July 14-18, for $329. Campers will enjoy beach time, shopping in Savannah, service projects and recreation.

High-schoolers can register for Senior Extreme Camp at Frank Fitch Pioneer Camp at Rock Eagle 4-H Center, June 9-13, for $314. Space is extremely limited in this statewide camp, with activities including skeet shooting and fishing. Youths will sleep in tents or primitive huts for the week.

Senior 4-H Camp for high-school youths is also a statewide camp and takes place Sunday, June 29, to Thursday, July 3, at Wahsega 4-H Center for $324. Campers will meet youths from across the state, head out on excursions in north Georgia, host a carnival for local youths, tackle the high ropes, and enjoy lots of other activities unique to this high school event.

You can register for any 4-H camp with an initial non-refundable deposit of $100, payable by cash, credit or money order. No checks are accepted.

All camps are run by Georgia 4-H, including University of Georgia faculty and staff as well as trained collegiate 4-H counselors. Chaperones are UGA faculty and staff, UGA screened and trained volunteer leaders, and certified teen leaders.

Cloverleaf Camp includes transportation; for all others, ask about transportation options.

Those attending any camp should plan to pack play clothes, because things can and will get dirty at camp. Water shoes are necessary, and all shoes must have a back strap over the heel.

Specific packing lists will be given out for each camp before summer break. A camp parent meeting for Cloverleaf Camp will be held in May.

Call 770-784-2010 with questions about any of these events, or visit us from 8 a.m. to noon or 1-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Terri Kimble Fullerton is a Newton County 4-H Agent through UGA Cooperative Extension. She can be reached at tkimble@uga.edu

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