Quilts Matter," an educational program, will be presented by Belinda Oldham, family and consumer sciences agent in Wichita County, Thursday at the Finney County Extension Office, 501 S. Ninth St.. The program will begin at 12:05 p.m. and end at 12:55 p.m.

A quilt is about family, history, community, work, patience, beauty and more. We Americans have adopted quilts as a symbol of what we value about ourselves and our national history. We have used them for many purposes to keep warm, to decorate our homes, to express our political views, to remember a loved one. Come find out that quilts really do matter.

Please RSVP today by calling the Finney County Extension Office at 272-3670.

Honor Flight fundraiser

Finney County 4-H Clubs have come together to sponsor the third annual "Honor Flight" fundraiser on Saturday.

In 2004, Americans got their first glimpses of the completed National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. The granite and bronze structure surrounding a fountain sits on the east end on the Reflecting Pool on the National Mall. It commemorates the 405,399 American soldiers who died in the war against the Axis forces.

With the memorial's dedication almost 60 years after the war's end, many veterans never got the chance to see it.

On Saturday, the Finney County 4-H members, families and volunteers will host a fundraiser for a program that provides members of what Tom Brokaw dubbed "the greatest generation" a complimentary trip to the site.

The Kansas Honor Flight has scheduled several flights in 2013 to get all of the remaining Kansas World War II veterans on the flights within the year. The Kansas Honor Flight flies World War II veterans to the memorial free of charge. The Kansas Honor Flight is a 501(c)(3) organization.

On Saturday, the 4-H Clubs will be serving a chili meal, hosting a bake sale and items for the ticket auction. Entertainment also will be provided during the day.

The fundraiser will be held at the Exhibition Building at the Finney County Fairgrounds from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Advanced fundraiser chili meal tickets are available from any 4-H family or the Finney County Extension Office. All proceeds will go to Kansas Honor Flight.

4-H Livestock Super Saturday

Finney County Extension is sponsoring a Livestock Super Saturday, for those interested in beef, sheep, swine, meat goats, horse, rabbits and chickens. Topics presented will be about animal selection, basic nutrition, animal health, animal environment, animal husbandry (what to expect at a show) and family involvement.

This program is for anyone interested with their youth in a 4-H livestock project, as well as 4-H members and parents. The workshop is designed to benefit 4-H families in the livestock programs, as well as those who are thinking about getting livestock for a project.

Pre-registration for the sessions is needed to better facilitate setup for the event. Register online at www.finney.ksu.edu or call the Finney County Extension Office at 272-3670 or email fi@listserv.ksu.edu. There also will be a free lunch provided during the noon hour. Participants will need to indicate in registration if they will be staying for the free meal.

The Livestock Committee planning and organizing this workshop is interested in helping families in the livestock project and further the success of county projects.

4-H Day

Learning how to speak is an important skill and very valuable throughout your life. Even as an infant learns to form words, they are gaining the skill of speech. Learning how to speak in front of your peers is hard for most people. Overcoming that fear can be difficult. But as with anything, the more you do it, the more comfortable you become and the better job you will do.

Youth speaking about a topic that they are passionate about or interested in will make for a more enjoyable experience for the youth and the audience.

Finney County 4-H youth will be showcasing their speaking abilities on Feb. 9 at Holcomb High School for the annual Finney County 4-H Days. Registration for demonstrations, talks, talent, music, dance, novelty, etc., are due to the Finney County Extension Office by Jan. 28. Registration information and entry is available online at www.finney.ksu.edu. For more information, call 272-3670.

Upcoming ag events

* 2013 KSU Swine Profitability Conference: Feb. 5 in forum hall of the Kansas State Student Union. Registration fee of $30 per participant is due Jan. 25. Brochures and registration information available at www.KSUswine.org. For more information, contact Jim Nelssen at (785) 532-1251 or jnelssen@ksu.edu.

* Kansas Junior Swine Producer Day: Feb. 16 in Weber Arena on the K-State campus. This highly interactive, hands-on educational event will be a fun-filled day of activities in which youth, parents, swine project leaders and adults can increase their knowledge and experience of swine production and management practices. Registration due by Feb. 1; will receive a K-State Show Pig Guide, Skillathon practice, T-shirt and lunch.

* KSU Cattlemen's Day (previously known as Livestock Feeders Day): March 1. Make plans now to come to KSU Cattlemen's Day and help celebrate 100 years along with the dedication of the new Stanley Stout Center and the Legacy Sale. Complete program and registration information will be coming soon to www.asi.ksu.edu/cattlemensday. For more information, contact Jim Drouillard at jdrouill@ksu.edu or (785) 532-1204 or Dale Blasi at dblasi@ksu.edu or (785) 532-5427.

K-State Research Extension Finney County is the front-door source to your everyday questions for information and knowledge. Every question is of value to you and us. Give us a call at 272-3670, or better, walk in our front door at 501 S. Ninth St., for information to help you make a better decision.