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Throughout the year, 4-H will offer a variety of classes, workshops and tours that we call Special Interest (SPIN) Programs. All youth, not just 4-H club members, are invited to participate in Special Interest Programs. In fact, many children first learn about 4-H through special interest activities.

Unlike 4-H clubs, Special Interest Programs are short-term in nature. How long each program lasts depends a great deal on the topic being explored and the volunteer who teaches the program. For example, 4-H might coordinate a trip to the Roper Science Center for a daylong science adventure. Likewise, 4-H might offer beginning sewing classes that may meet once a week for three or four weeks.

The cost of each special interest program depends on the cost of materials. The fees are set to cover the cost of supplies for the program. A typical workshop might cost $5. In some cases, donors fund supplies, which reduces the class fee.

Some special interest programs are conducted annually, while others are added to the calendar during the year. To keep informed of special interest programs throughout the year, subscribe to the 4-H Newsletter, a free newsletter that announces 4-H programs and events.

Every class or workshop offered will be developed for a specific age group, and only children in that age range will be allowed to participate. Class size is usually limited, and pre-registration is ALWAYS required so supplies can be prepared in advance. We do not allow phone registration, and we do not “hold” spaces until the completed registration form and fee are received. Registration forms are available from the Extension Office, (704)283-3735, M-F 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Current Offerings


SPIN Program/Series





Nov.19 Loom Knitting Club (6 sessions) 8-18 Union County Ag Center 5:30-7 p.m. $25
Nov.16 Robotics Club (6 sessions) 8-11 Union County Ag Center 10 a.m.-noon $50
Dec.21 DIY Giftmaking 8-14 Union County Ag Center 10 a.m.-noon $20
Dec.30 Goal Setting with Vision Boards 8-14 Union County Ag Center 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $15
Dec.30 SAT/ACT Prep 14-18 Union County Ag Center 2-5 p.m. $10
Jan.3 iCook 8-14 Union County Ag Center 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $25
Jan.21 SAT/ACT Prep 14-18 Union County Ag Center 2-5 p.m. $10

To find out more about any of these 4-H experiences, contact Crystal Starkes. The exciting world of 4-H is just a click away!

Contact Information
Crystal Starkes
4-H Youth Development Agent