The Del Norte County 4-H column runs monthly. This installment was written by Valerie Machado.

Happy New Year from Del Norte 4-H!

This year promises to be a productive and inspiring year for our youth. There are some exciting events on the horizon for our county program that we'd like to invite all Del Norters to!

Every year, each county in California hosts a local Presentation Day. Youth are encouraged to participate by educating and/or entertaining an audience about any topic of their choice.

It can be anything from cultural dances to science demonstrations or prepared speeches to live animal education. The possibilities are endless and every year we see creative presentations that showcase the amazing variety and vibrance of Del Norte County youth.

Presentations for our older 4-H members are judged and members who have earned a Gold level are invited to regionals. Keep reading to see the exciting news regarding that!

Alongside Presentation Day is our annual Home Economics Day. Members create cakes, cookies, artwork, scrapbooks, quilts and much more to present to judges and ultimately their community and peers. Hours of hard work and patience result in quality workmanship that shines in the youths' finished project.

Top entries are recognized at the award ceremony in the afternoon for both Presentation Day and Home Ec Day.

This year's dual event will be held at Pine Grove Elementary on Feb. 23 beginning at 1 p.m.

All 4-H members earning a Gold level at county Presentation Day are invited to the next level of competition, the Regional Presentation Day. Our region includes the counties of Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake and Mendocino.

Each county takes turns hosting Regionals, and this year, the honor is given to Del Norte. All of our region's finest 4-H presentations will be shared. The competition is tougher, as the reward for earning a Gold at this level is an invitation to the State Presentation Day. Regional Presentation Day is Saturday, March 29, at Crescent Elk Middle School.

Do you have a skill or hobby you'd like to share? Interested in helping at our events? Are you looking for more information about 4-H? Contact us at 464-4711 or on Facebook at Del Norte 4-H.