Abbie 4-H Project List last updated 09-07-17
Please contact one of our community Club Leaders if you have a new project you would like to Lead.


New Members will learn range safety, parts of the bow, arrow, safety equipment, how to repair arrows, maintain the equipment, and of course how to shoot and score targets.
More advanced archers will focus on form, proficiency and continued knowledge of the sport. We will be meeting at Redwood Bowmen's Club, in Oakland. You are not expected to make every meeting, but you are expected to get at least 6 hours of target practice and meetings to complete the project with 100% attendance. You do not need to own your bow; we have equipment. If you do own your own bow you’re welcome to bring it.

Ages:  Members must be 9 years old by Dec 31st, 2015, no Primaries. Limit 18 
Cost: There is a $5 range fee per meeting and a one-time project fee of $35 if you don't have your own equipment and $15 if you do and bring it.


Beginning 4H

Is it your first year of 4H? Or maybe it’s your second year, but you’re still looking for some guidance and fun activities to fill up your time? Well, Beginning 4H is the perfect project for you. In this project, you will learn all about 4H, make a project to enter into the Alameda County Fair, and meet lots of other kids just starting 4H.  Also learn how and why you should keep a record book, learn about community service, and get a sneak peek at what other projects are doing with some scheduled visits.  We will meet Fridays after school once a month starting in October.

Age:  9+


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.

Age: 9+
Cost: Calves can be purchased for $1500+
Feed costs average $100/month.

Suzette & Breanne Maggy


This project will focus on responsible pet ownership of Cavies (pronounced kay-vees), which are guinea pigs.  Both pet animals and purebreds are acceptable choices. Cavy education will include breeds, color varieties, health with a focus on diet, and habitat. Meetings will have some fun themes and some will involve the ever-popular dress-up-your cavy fun theme. There is a strong focus on showmanship in this project - where the child is judged on how well they present their cavy.... this allows part bred pets and purebreds to compete with equal status.

This project is suitable for kids with a single pet or responsible members who want to breed and show purebreds. We will have some 4-H project shows where members can both show and judge the animals, a booth at Small Animal Field Day, travel to an open show that has adult owners who can help the kids learn more. The project members will be required to create both educational posters and show their live cavy show at the Alameda County Fair.

Age: Open to all, including mini-members. 
Meetings will be primarily on weekends-aiming for Sundays when sports schedules are not a major conflict... usually held at a member's home in the Pleasanton area; in good weather, outdoor meetings at a park are an option.

Jane Morehouse

510-351-4859 home land line with recorder

510-351-1174 cell

Deirdre Gipson
925-461-1214 (home) 
925-487-7103 (cell)

Cats Learn how to care for and show cats! Age: 9 & up

Rachel Jacobsen


Dog Care and Training

Bring your own dog or one is provided. Dog care and grooming along with helping your dog through basic obedience training.  Health issues also covered. Only cost would be for choke chain and leash if you do not have one. 

Age: 10+; Meetings begin after Christmas and are usually held on Fridays.

Eileen Silva 

Arts & Crafts

We plan to create 4 beautiful and unique objects ready for entry into the Alameda County Fair, where you may even win a ribbon award or cash prize!  I am planning to lead you through the following craft mediums:  embroidery floss, decoupage, paper-mache, and fused glass. You will also have many record book entries available from being in this project. Meetings will be once a month on a weekend, and will take place at my home in Dublin.

Age: Open to all
A small supply fee will be required for this project.

Teen Leader
Jessica Shipps

Patty Shipps


We will have lots of fun baking sweet breads, yeast breads, pies, cookies, and some savory items as well. We will learn the basics of baking and some history of baked goods. We will also have a holiday cookie exchange and donate cookies and other goods to various needs. Come join us!

Age: 9 and up

Carol Woodward

From High School to College 

We will learn what do to now to make applying for college and scholarships easier. It doesn’t just start your senior year in high school. We will do community service activities and work on our leadership skills. We will learn about handling money (check books, credit cards) and how to reconcile. We will learn how to take care of yourself when you go away to college. We will help you earn the Abbie scholarship. And – we will try to have doing it!

8th grade and older

Leaders Karen and Cheyenne Harper


Goats - Dairy

This project tends to be a year round project as these are the Dairy goats. To enter the Fair, you must own your goat 60 days prior to Fair. You do not have to have a dairy goat to be in this project and learn about goats.

Age: 9+

Karen Harper


Love horse's? Here is the project for you.

Age: 9+

Keely Kirkman

Jessica & Rachel

Goats - Market

If you like raising a market animal, try goat! Goats are very intelligent, and rewarding to raise. (And easy to clean up after!) They require feeding twice a day. Ownership is 60 days prior to fair.

Age: 9+
Cost: $250-$400

Kathy Bottarini

Angie Bottarini



For Primary Members: 5 years old or in kindergarten by December 31 of the program year.  If you are too young to be an official 4-Her but you want to participate in some of the fun 4-H activities, then this is the project for you.

Age:  5-8 yrs

Lura Nicolas

Model Horse

The Model Horse Project instructs on the care, showing, display and storage of model horses of all media (ceramic, plastic, resin) with emphasis on plastic Breyer & Stone horses. Participants are given guidance and advice on developing their individual collections. Model horses are also used to teach various aspects of live horses such as breeds, breed identification, colors, markings, anatomy and conformation. Project  will require ownership of at least one model horse in good "showable" condition. Obtaining one if not already in hand may require a modest outlay of money…approx. $30/plus depending on what the family wants to acquire.

The Model Horse Project represents a world-wide hobby full of wonderful people - many of whom have started similar projects in 4-H clubs or youth groups closer to their homes. The child whose family is not in a position to acquire a living horse can now offer an alternative way for children interested in horses to learn about them, as certain facts and education offered in meetings will reveal much about the living horses as well as the models.  The child's collection can grow via birthday and holiday gifts into one that will last a life time and allow the child to elect to remain in the hobby well past the 4-H years.

Ages 8 and up.  Model horse meetings are generally held on the same day as the Cavy Project meetings as the leader travels in to Pleasanton from San Leandro.

Jane Morehouse
home land line with recorder
510-351-1174 cell

Nail Art

A fun project to get together and practice some of the latest trends in nail polish art.

Ages 9 & Up

Leaders Roni Item Teen

Leader Julia Item


There will be five meetings between January and May. Meetings will last approx. 90 minutes and take place at various locations based on the theme of the meeting, We plan to cover perspective, action, landscape, sequence and portrait/still life. In June there will be an opportunity to put together a project to enter at fair.

ages 9 and Up

Leader: Lisa Roberts

Jr. Leader: Alex
Contact info:


Did you know you can raise chickens in the city of Pleasanton?  Learn the care and feeding of backyard chickens, attend a poultry show & sale end of January, learn showmanship and prepare your chickens for fair.

Age: Open to All

Adult Leader:
Kathy Asmussen

Teen Leader:
Amy Asmussen


Learn how to house, feed, nurture and prevent disease in pet and show rabbits. Learn about different breeds, body types, and fur qualities and how to select the right animal. Learn how to groom, pose and exhibit your rabbit at rabbit shows and the Fair. Showmanship is exciting, competitive, and lots of fun!
Time will also be spent discussing Market (meat) Rabbits.  You will not need your own rabbit until March.

Age: Open to all, including mini-members! 
Cost: $50 minimum for project rabbit and feed.

Melba Jacobsen

Erika Jacobsen, Teen Leader 
Krystal Jacobsen, Junior Leader

Round Robin Prep Prepare for small animals Round Robin    Sabina Carter


Raising a market lamb. (Lamb must be owned 60 days prior to fair.)

Age: 9+ 
 Cost: $300-$400 for lambs
and $200 for feed

Adult Leaders:
Ernie & Melba Jacobsen
Jimmy Hutchison
Erika Jacobsen, Teen Leader  
Krystal Jacobsen, Junior Leader


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.

Age: 9+
Cost: Approx. $300-$500,
plus cost of feed

Jan Bennett
Tom Illingworth
Craig Smith 
Jimmy Bennett

  County Wide Projects    

County-wide Project:  Archery (offered by East Hills 4H)

The archery project will begin in the Fall 2014 to Spring 2015. We meet at Redwood Bowmen Practice Field, south of the Chabot science Center parking garage every 4th Thursday from 3:00 pm to 5:00 p.m. This project will explore the lore of archery. We will study:
1. Bows and arrows: the long bow, the recurve bow, and the compound bow
2. Nomenclature: parts of the bows and arrows, and other archery concepts
3. Mechanics: how to make a bow stringer and how to string a bow
4. Marksmanship: how to increase marksmanship skills, concepts.

The cost is $5.00 toward
equipment maintenance and
replacement of arrows.
The minimum age is 9 years old.

Lee Donaghey

County-wide Project:  Arts and Crafts for Teens

In arts & Crafts for Teens, members will express their creativity using a wide variety of crafting techniques and media. Meets on the 3rd Tuesday, 3:30 -5:00 pm at the San Leandro Library.

The cost is $20.00.
The minimum age is 12.

Project Leader is Janine Homon,

County-wide Project:  Camp Academy

Camp Academy is a county-wide project that teaches leadership skills and prepares members to be staff at 4H 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 at the Farm Bureau in Livermore.

County Wide
Age: To be in camp academy - for the record, you must be born within the years1998-2002 (for the 2016-2017 program year).

Jim Bennett

Dion Hock

County-wide Project:  Citizenship

Works with the five areas of citizenship: Personal, History, Environment, Current Events and Government. We have debates and discuss current events.

County Wide
Age: 7th Grade+

Carol Crossett

County-wide Project:  Choose Your Own Adventure Creative Writing

This project will explore writing short stories of the "choose your own adventure" format using a free interactive software. Basic writing concepts will covered in the course of writing their “choose your own adventure story”.  Depending on how the class progresses, we will cover some programming enhancements in the software. 

Ages: 8 and up, if child has difficulty composing, writing, or typing, parent are requested to be present to assist.  This project is open to all clubs.  Limit 10 members.  Cost:  None, however, members need to bring their own wi-fi capable laptop.  Meets: TBA. Most likely meetings will be once a month at the Dublin Library, dates and times subject to room availability.

Adult Leader: 
Valerie Freitas
Teen Leader:
Alex Freitas

County-Wide Project:  Computer Programming

This project will provide an introduction to computer programming by exploring different computer programming topics such as Scratch, beginning web development, and python.  Participants must own a laptop with wi-fi capability that they can bring to meetings.   Members will be able to join and mentor other kids in the Tri-Valley CoderDojo in Dublin and exhibit project skills.  This project is open to all clubs. 

Limit 10 members.  Ages 10 and up.  Younger ages considered on a per-case basis.  Cost: None.   Meets: TBA.  Most likely meetings will be once a month at the Dublin Library, dates and times subject to room availability.  Occasional meetings may be in Oakland, but these can be made up.

Adult Leader: 
Valerie Freitas
Teen Leader:
Alex Freitas

County-wide Project: Guide Dogs

“Alameda County Guide Dog Puppy Raisers”

Meetings are Tuesdays 7pm-8pm 4 times per month at First Presbyterian Church of Hayward, Castro Valley 94546.

Lisa San Jose at

County-wide Project:  Illustrated Writing

This project meets at the San Leandro Library on 1st Monday from 3:30 to 5:00. Comic books, Manga, children’s books an dmore, all use drawing skills to tell their stories. In the project, we will learn different techniques as we draw and write our own creations.


Minimum age is 12.

Project Leader is Janine Homon,

County-wide Project:  Rifles/Shooting

This project will follow the state 4H small-bore rifle guidelines, which is a marksmanship oriented curriculum. We will learn safety, operation, marksmanship, etc. on .22 caliber rifles (you don’t need to own one). After the mandatory orientation meeting, range meetings are held twice a month on Sunday evenings at the indoor range in San Leandro. We start meeting in January, and finish in June.  Participation is at discretion of leader.


Age: 12+
Limit: 10  

Parent required to attend first meeting. 

Jane Onojafe

County-wide Project:  Rising Stars

This project is a county-wide public outreach project in which members would bring awareness of 4-H to the community.  This would be done by designing and exciting an outreach project.  While working on the project and other related tasks, they would develop skills in teamwork, leadership, public speaking and citizenship.  Activities could include planning and work parties and related field trips.

This project is for 11-14
year olds members in 6th-9th grade.
  Meet 3rd Thursday or as needed.
Meeting Loc. TBD

Adult Leader: 
Tanya Daly

Barbara Butko

County-wide Project:  Rocketry

Learn how to build model rockets (from a kit) and launch them at Moffett Field.  While you are learning how to build rockets, Jack Hagerty, our teacher and a LUNAR founder, will sneak in some history and physics of rocketry, which will amaze you!  The project is a combination of lecture (history and physics), discussion, demonstration, show-and-tell, and the hands-on assembling of a model rocket.

County Wide 
Age: All 
Cost: $15.00 for the rocket kit, supplies, engines, and launch.
Four class meetings will be on Thursday evenings in January and February in Livermore.  In addition, you are invited to attend one of the scheduled rocket launches at Moffett Field in Mountain View or Snow Ranch (east of Stockton) in March, April, and May.

Adult Leader:
Heidi Kaseff 
Teen Leader:
Sarah Davisson

County-wide Project:  Sewing with Recycled Materials

This project meets in Berkeley on Fridays from 10:30am to 12:30pm starting in January. We will make projects out of mostly recycled material such as a t-shirt bag and hat, jean purse, donut pin cushion, & dress shirt pillow. Participants will be asked to bring stuffing and other supplies as needed.


Minimum age is 7.

Jennifer Griffin

County-wide Project:  Square Dance

Learn basic square dancing and some western dancing. Returning members will learn more advanced calls and additional line dances.
So…why should you join Square Dancing?
1. It’s FUN!
2. It’s good exercise
3. It’s a county-wide project so you’ll get to meet and make friends with members from other clubs.
4. It’s not limited to 4H – that means parents, older siblings, and non-4H friends are welcome and encouraged to come learn, too, making Thursday nights into fun, family outings.
5. It’s a great way to earn valuable record book points. In square dance we do lots of community service, from making Valentine’s to dancing at senior centers; we get communication points for presentations; we earn those rare citizenship points for cultural arts by dancing at fairs and in parades.
Give square dancing a try. You don’t need to buy any special outfits (though you can, if you want to). You just need to wear clothes you can move around in.

Meetings will be held on Thursdays,
7:00-8:30 pm at Del Valle High,
2253 5 th Street, Livermore. 
The first meeting will be on Sept. 4, 2014.
Cost is $10/month after free three week trial.

Adult Leader: 
Margaret Miller
Sara Aarestad

County-wide Project:  State Exchange

The State Exchange Program is a county project where members interact with 4Hers from other states. The project entails fund raising for hosting and for traveling. All members that sign up must be able to host a 4Her from another state and in exchange they travel to the state we hosted. It is usually two and a half weeks long for hosting and for traveling.  We will meet once a month.

County Wide
Age: 12+

Selma Michael