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>April is Month of the Military Child and the Alaska 4-H Program is asking Alaskans to “purple up” on  April 15 to honor military youth. 4-H Military Program Director Candi Dierenfield said wearing purple is a visible way to thank the youth for their strength and sacrifices. Purple symbolizes all branches of the military if the representative colors are added together. The 4-H program provides support and activities to military youth, families and communities. Visit www.alaska4h.org or military program director Candi Dierenfield for more information.

>Spring Extension Week is April 21–25 in Fairbanks. Pick up some fun Alaska gardening tips or get your Zumba on during the week of free mini community classes at the Tanana District office. Other topics include online privacy, GPS use, radon detection, estate planning, raising backyard chickens, Operation Write Home, science experiments for kids, cooking healthy desserts and more. See the full schedule and class descriptions here. Space is limited, so register soon at 474-1530.  The office is located at 724 27th Ave., on the south side of the Fairbanks Community Food Bank building.

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>Register online for the 2014 Alaska Wood Energy Conference, which will take place April 15–17 at the Westmark Fairbanks Hotel. Sessions will take a look at wood biomass utilization and impacts in rural communities, success stories, current research and new technologies. Featured speakers will include Patricia Cochran of the Alaska Native Science Commission, Gwen Holdmann of the Alaska Center for Energy and Power, Allen Brackley, a U.S. Forest Service researcher, and John Crouch of the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association. See details on the agenda, registration and accommodations on the conference site.

>Our Juneau district office is moving.  The office in the Bill Ray Center will close April 16 and reopen April 21 at its new location at 450 Whittier St., Suite 128, in the Public Safety Building near the state museum. Come visit us in our new location.

>Host families with a child aged 10-15 are still needed for Japanese youth visiting Alaska this summer through the 4-H Global Citizenship program.  The exchange will take place  July 26 to Aug. 22. Hosts don’t need to speak Japanese — they just need to be willing to share their lives and friendship with a young person from another country. See program details here or contact exchange coordinator Jason Floyd with questions.

> For past announcements please visit our home page news archive.

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