Homeschool Events List for September 21, 2016

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Free Girls Aviation Program
Little Readers Festival
Blues Bookworms
Deutsch Country Days
Economy Museum
Let’s Build: Make a City
Magic House

Saint Louis Girls Introduced to Aviation in Free Program
Women in Aviation Chapter Hosts Girls in Aviation Day in 2016
The Women With Wings Saint Louis Chapter of Women in Aviation International (WAI) has announced that a free program is offered to local girls ages 11 to 17 years to introduce them to the possibilities available in a career in aviation. The day’s activities will take place at The Boeing Prologue Room from 1pm- 3pm on Saturday, September 24, 2016. More than 50 girls along with their chaperones are expected to attend.
“We want our girls from the Saint Louis region to see that there are exciting careers available to them as engineers, astronauts, pilots, dispatchers, air traffic controllers, and dozens of other jobs within the aviation community,” says WAI Women With Wings President Allison Sutter. “We will introduce the girls to role models and educate them in a fun and supportive atmosphere. We are very fortunate to be able to partner with Boeing for this annual event. Boeing leads in this industry when it comes to drafting more women into STEM careers,” added Sutter.
The Women With Wings Chapter will join Women in Aviation International chapters around the world on September 24, 2016, for an outreach event to inspire the next generation of women in aviation. Chapters all over the world are putting on their own, unique programs, and U.S. states are proclaiming September 24, 2016 to be Girls in Aviation Day in their state- including Missouri Governor Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon.  Attendees will also be able to earn the new Girl Scout Aviation Girl Fun Patch.
“The program is free for participants and their chaperones,” added Laura Holland- O’Brien, Vice President. “We just want to see girls interacting with positive role models and considering aviation as they make their college and career plans.”
Women in Aviation International is a nonprofit 501(C)(3) organization dedicated to providing networking, mentoring and scholarship opportunities for women and men who are striving for challenging and fulfilling careers in the aviation and aerospace industries. For more information, contact WAI at 3647 State Route 503 South, West Alexandria, OH 45381, Phone (937) 839-4647; Fax (937) 839- 4645 or through www.wai.org
Women With Wings – Girls in Aviation Day Media Contact:
Laura Holland- O’Brien – Media Liaison
Women in Aviation International- Women With Wings – St. Louis Chapter of Women in Aviation
Phone: 202.909.8362
Email:  Wai.stlouis@gmail.com

Little Readers Festival
For families with children 5 and under
Library Headquarters | 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd. | St. Louis, MO 63131 | 314-994-3300
http://www.slcl.org
10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Dress-up photo booth, crafts & giveaways courtesy of PNC’s Mobile Learning Adventure
Bubble Bus
Murray’s Shaved Ice
Vision and hearing screenings by the Center for Hearing & Speech
Ready Readers activities & book giveaway
Ladue Fire Department truck & ambulance
Ladue Police car
St. Louis County Library activities & book giveaway
Nine Network of Public Media
Parents as Teachers
10:15-11:15 a.m.
Juggling Jeff
11:15 a.m.
Story Time with Llama Llama
12:15 p.m.
Story Time with Llama Llama

Blues Bookworms Program
The St. Louis Blues FREE reading program, Blues Bookworms, is available for all classrooms, grades K-6, that are located in the Greater St. Louis Area. The program runs October 1- January 31. Every classroom that participates will receive bookmarks for each student and a Bookworms poster for the classroom!
REGISTER HERE
How it Works
Each month, students record the number of minutes read using the Student Tracker Form provided by the Blues. Forms should be initialed by a parent/guardian and submitted to teachers. Teachers then submit their list of total classroom minutes online to the Blues at the end of each month using the downloadable Classroom Tracker. The Blues will email the submission link to turn in your minutes as well as post it on this webpage at the end of each month.
DOWNLOAD CLASSROOM TRACKER
How students SCORE!
Students that read a total of 1,000 minutes or more by January 31 will score with a buy one, get one ticket voucher to the Blues Bookworms game of their choice on Monday, February 20 vs. Florida or Monday, March 27 vs. Arizona. Those students will be recognized as a group on the Scottrade Center scoreboard and will have the opportunity shoot on goal after the game.
A special ticket discount will be available for family members, teachers and students that did not reach 1,000 minutes.
The overall top reader from each grade level will receive four (4) FREE Plaza Level Blues tickets to the Monday, February 20 vs. Florida game. The top readers will also be featured on the big screen during the game.
Work as a team to achieve!
Every class that reaches or goes beyond 250 minutes read per month per student will be entered into a drawing for a Blues celebrity appearance. If a classroom is selected to receive a Blues Celebrity appearance and there are multiple classrooms in that selected school enrolled in the Blues Bookworms Program, all classrooms in that school that have reached their monthly goal will be invited to participate in the visit. The more classrooms registered per school, the better the chance of receiving an appearance!

Deutsch Country Days
The Annual German Living Historic Festival on Historic Luxenhaus Farm
Saturday & Sunday, October 15 & 16, 2015
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Located on Historic Luxenhaus Farm, 18055 State Highway O, 3 Miles N.E. of Marthasville, Missouri 63357
http://www.deutschcountrydays.org/
Adults/Military/Seniors ~ $15.00 Daily
Children (5 – 15) ~ $7.00 Daily (under 4 Free)
Tickets Available HERE

ECONOMY MUSEUM
The economy. We hear about it every day, but how much do we actually know about it? A first, the topic may seem confusing and dull. But in the heart of downtown St. Louis, understanding the economy comes to life in a truly dynamic way. The award-winning Inside the Economy® Museum inside the historic Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis immerses visitors in a one-of-a-kind experience. Engage in a hands-on journey through interactive exhibits, games and videos that cover topics ranging from inflation to banking to the global economy. The Inside the Economy® Museum makes learning about the economy interesting and fun for nearly all ages.
The museum is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and admission is FREE to all visitors.
Address: 1 Federal Reserve Bank Plaza, Broadway and Locust Street, St. Louis, MO 63102
Phone: 314-444-7309
website: www.stlouisfed.org/economymuseum

Let’s Build: Make a City
Special Workshop Opportunity for Middle and High Schoolers!
What is it like to be an architect? Come help us design the city of the future in this workshop celebrating the work of Gyo Obata! Students will work with drawings and models to design and build a new skyline, or make a new community center in their neighborhood, or any building they want to add to the city. This workshop focuses on making ideas a built reality. Students will be able to visualize their ideas using three dimensional building blocks to create their own vision of the city. The building blocks are modular and interchangeable allowing students the freedom to explore endless possibilities for their creations.
This workshop is led by Dr. Newman, Professor and Head of the Department of Architecture at the University of Arkansas.
Who: 6th–12th grade groups. Robotics and Architecture clubs and groups are especially encouraged to reserve.
When:  Nov. 3, 10am–12pm
Capacity:  100 (reservations for this special workshop are first come first serve)
Reservations:  mohistory.org/lets-build
Cost:  this special workshop is FREE!
MISSOURI HISTORY MUSEUM, Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park
314.746.4599 | mohistory.org

Homeschool Morning at the Magic House
Begins October 3, 2016; 9:30-11:30 a.m.
EXCITING NEWS: For all the dates, the price will only be $3.00 per person again (ages 12 months and older)
Once again the Magic House, has graciously agreed to give us the wonderful $3.00 price for ALL of our Magic House Mornings this school year.  We have promised them that “if they make it affordable, we will come”.  Please, please spread the word about this great deal and make plans to attend one or all of the Homeschool Mornings at the Magic House.  It’s such a wonderful experience to have that entire venue full of like-minded families.  You can let your children have a lot of freedom knowing that the building is closed to the public and is open to only homeschool families and sweet Magic House employees.  Our goal again this year is to fill the Magic House with hundreds of homeschoolers and show our appreciation to the Administrative Staff of the Magic House for their generosity towards us!
Please note the following:
-Price:  $3.00 per person (adults included)
-Children under the age of 12 months are free.
-You may NOT use any membership pass or discount coupons as this is already a special price.
-Sign up is not necessary. You may pay at the counter and you may use the following: Cash*Check*Credit Card*Debit Card
-Be sure to use the entrance to the new Educational Center…do NOT use the old entrance (facing the school) and do NOT use the front doors facing Kirkwood Road.
-THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO ALL HOMESCHOOLERS, SO INVITE YOUR FRIENDS! Please feel free to copy this and forward to them.  It is important that we have over 400 participants or the price could be raised.
-We have 4 Magic House dates.  There is no September or December event.
-Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m.
-Mark your calendar for these future dates:
November 7, 2016
January 9, 2017 (2nd Monday)
February 6, 2017
-If you have any questions, please contact Cathy Mullins at Ekcjmullins@gmail.com
>>>Special Exhibit<<<
Kings, Queens and Castles
October 1, 2016 – January 2, 2017
Kings, Queens & Castles, a children’s chess exhibit co-created by The World Chess Hall of Fame and The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum, brings the game of chess to life and provides an engaging introduction to individual chess pieces and game strategy. Designed for children ages 3 to 11, Kings, Queens & Castles features an array of interactive elements including a medieval castle complete with turret slides, a giant chess board floor and life-size chess pieces, the chance to make custom made fanciful crowns, oversized interlocking bricks to build the castle walls, a custom digital memory book app and more. This new exhibit invites children to learn more about this classic game as well as to pique the interest for those who already play.

Please visit  https://stlouishomeschoolevents.wordpress.com/ and check the Ongoing Offerings section for homeschool specific links to many area attractions. And don’t forget to check out the top tabs too! Please feel free to forward this email to other homeschoolers and encourage them to join the email loop; sign up is at the top of the right column. Please make sure to include a link to the List website whenever forwarding or sharing even a small part of a post. Thank you.
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If you know of an event, class, happening, or link you would like to see added, please contact me at zana8796 [at] yahoo [dot] com  and please let me know if you have any questions or find incorrect/out of date information. 
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The posted events are open to all homeschoolers in the St. Louis, MO, area (including St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Lincoln County, Franklin County, and Jefferson County in MO, and Madison County, Monroe County, and St. Clair County in IL, and surrounding regions).
NOTE: Inclusion in this list does not necessarily indicate endorsement by the blog owner. I try to include as many events or classes I know of in the Greater St. Louis area that would be of special interest to homeschoolers. Some of these events come from a distinctively “Christian” perspective, while others are purely “secular” in nature. If you see things that you would not be particularly interested in, just ignore them and look for the things that do appeal to you.

Homeschool Events List for September 18, 2016

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Blue Knights Basketball
Teen Science Café
Silver Dollar City Homeschool Weekend
Homeschool Craft Fair
Stossel in the Classroom

Blue Knights Basketball
TUESDAY, September 20
We welcome homeschool boys and girls to come join the St Louis Blue Knights Basketball Team.  Registration for the 8-12 year old boys teams and 8-16 year old girls teams begin at our Season Kick-off Meeting on Tuesday, September 20.
The Knights will have over 9 competitive teams ranging from 9u to Varsitiy, competing in locations throughout St. Charles and St. Louis County.  The basketball is great, but the friendships and spiritual growth are by far the best parts of belonging to the Knights Community.
www.StlBlueKnights.org or StlBlueKnights@gmail.com

Teen Science Cafés are back
The first one for this school year will be on Wednesday, Sept. 21st, from 6-8pm.  It will be held at the Taylor Building, 4900 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110.  Spread the word!  To register, please visit the website at https://teencafestl.wordpress.com/cafes/upcoming-cafes/.  As always, the café is free and dinner will be provided.  I hope to see you there!
September Cafe: The Cool Side of the Cosmos
Have you ever wondered how scientists study the cosmos without ever going into space? Find out how researchers are able to measure and study something that originates in another part of the universe from right here on Earth!  Join us and explore the astrophysics behind cosmic rays and learn why so many astrophysicists travel to Antarctica to conduct their experiments.  Dr. Martin Israel from the Department of Physics & The McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences at Washington University will tell us about his research and his experiences studying cosmic rays.
Kathleen Stevison
Manager, STEAM Content | Community Science
Saint Louis Science Center
5050 Oakland Ave | Saint Louis, Missouri 63110
Phone: 314-289-4497  | slsc.org

SDC Homeschool Weekend
http://www.silverdollarcity.com/theme-park
Join homeschool families from across the nation during Silver Dollar City’s 14th Annual Homeschool Weekend, October 1 & 2, 2016! Provide exciting educational opportunities for your children during this 2-day event. Lesson Plans will help you create unique interactive experiences in a variety of topics. School has never been this much fun!
Take your family on the self-guided Homestead Tour for a firsthand look at early American history featuring 2 authentic log cabins, the Oak Trail one-room schoolhouse and a barnyard filled with live animals. Hear tales of the pioneer life, folk tunes from long ago and get a hands-on lesson with our schoolmarm.
Study science from beneath the earth’s surface as you trek through Marvel Cave. Learn about our pioneer life with over 100 demonstrating craftsmen, enjoy the entertainment of over 40 live shows daily and our world-class National Harvest & Cowboy Festival!
Homeschoolers Rate
(Oct 1 & 2 Only)
Adults (ages 12+) $49
Children (ages 4-11) $38
Call 1-844-462-8467 For More Info

HOMESCHOOL CRAFT FAIR
November 5, 2016; 10am-3pm
West County Assembly of God, 13431 N. Outer 40 Rd, Chesterfield, MO 63017
www.homeschoolcraftfair.com
Attendance prizes! Raffle drawings & games! Concessions available!
Have a craft to sell? Register HERE.
Love shopping craft fairs? Join us!

Stossel in the Classroom
Our BRAND NEW 2017 DVD is Now Available! Follow this link to order our newest FREE DVD, the 2017 Edition! The DVD includes nine new video segments covering social studies, civics, economics, government, science, and psychology; both English and Spanish subtitles; and an accompanying Teacher Guide (also in English and Spanish) containing lesson plans, graphic organizers, activity suggestions, viewing guides, assessment, and vocabulary. Order yours today!
In addition to our new DVD, we’re rolling out a TON OF NEW CONTENT for the new school year! Here are some of the great new features for you and your students:
Note: Some of the new features are still being implemented and will be gaining functionality over the next few weeks
THE CLASSROOM EXTENSION: Your students will now be able to register on our site and connect with you and their fellow students. THE STUDENT CENTER will allow them to learn more about the topics discussed in our videos, and also features resources that will help them find the right college. THE TEACHER CENTER allows you to create groups for your registered students and assign videos for them to watch on their own time. Within the next few weeks, we’ll also be adding quizzes and worksheets that you can assign as homework.
BOTH SIDES OF THE ISSUES: We’ve heard your feedback requesting a more balanced approach, and now we’re delivering. Our new “Both Sides of the Issue” page will pair John’s videos with other videos representing the opposing sides, so that your students can learn about multiple perspectives. Our goal at Stossel in the Classroom has always been to promote critical thinking and discussion, and we hope this new approach will encourage that even more.
ON-SITE NOTIFICATIONS: We’re making it easier to stay updated! Notifications on our website will inform you about your students’ activity on our site, and also let you know when there are new streaming videos and DVDs available. Students who log-in to our site will also receive notifications about new videos, and be notified when you assign them on-site homework assignments. They can even connect to other students and get notifications about their activity.
VIDEO CONTEST: In addition to our annual Essay Contest, we’re very excited to announce that we’ll be doing a Video Contest this year! Instead of just watching John’s videos, your students can make their own and compete for great prizes. Stay tuned for details on both contests!
We’ve been working hard to make Stossel in the Classroom better than ever. Check out all the new features, and let us know what you think!
Stossel in the Classroom is a project of the Center for Independent Thought
1112 River Oaks, Benton, AR 72019  Visit us online at http://stosselintheclassroom.org/

Please visit  https://stlouishomeschoolevents.wordpress.com/ and check the Ongoing Offerings section for homeschool specific links to many area attractions. And don’t forget to check out the top tabs too! Please feel free to forward this email to other homeschoolers and encourage them to join the email loop; sign up is at the top of the right column. Please make sure to include a link to the List website whenever forwarding or sharing even a small part of a post. Thank you.
FOLLOW THE LIST ON FACEBOOK OR TWITTER!
If you know of an event, class, happening, or link you would like to see added, please contact me at zana8796 [at] yahoo [dot] com  and please let me know if you have any questions or find incorrect/out of date information. 
Comments are not available, but sharing is.
The posted events are open to all homeschoolers in the St. Louis, MO, area (including St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Lincoln County, Franklin County, and Jefferson County in MO, and Madison County, Monroe County, and St. Clair County in IL, and surrounding regions).
NOTE: Inclusion in this list does not necessarily indicate endorsement by the blog owner. I try to include as many events or classes I know of in the Greater St. Louis area that would be of special interest to homeschoolers. Some of these events come from a distinctively “Christian” perspective, while others are purely “secular” in nature. If you see things that you would not be particularly interested in, just ignore them and look for the things that do appeal to you.

Homeschool Events List for September 13, 2016

Please excuse the lateness of notification for some of this information. Thank you
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Employment Opportunity
Homeschool Bowling
Dance Without Limits
Balloon Race
Christian Family Night
Sponsors Needed – homeschool volleyball
Ottertoberfest
Young Adult Poetry Contest
Sporting Clays Fundraising Event
Penguin Ski Club

Employment Opportunity
My name is Eric Benting and I am the Owner/Operator of Chick-fil-A at Sunset Plaza.  We will be hosting our 5th Chick-fil-A Sunset Plaza Homeschooler’s Informational Meeting on Wednesday, September 14th from 7:00pm-8:00pm at the Sunset Hills Community Center.  I will share the Chick-fil-A story as well as our vision, mission and core values.  Chick-fil-A’s corporate purpose is, “To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us and to have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A”.  We are looking for energetic team-members who lead with a servant’s heart and are excited to make a difference in the community and in the lives of others.  Since we opened in November, 2013, we have employed many homeschoolers and find it to be a great partnership and relationship. The kids really enjoy the friendly environment, the flexible hours we offer and they embrace our mission.
We will serve our delicious chocolate chip cookies that are baked in-house and refreshing iced tea while you learn more about Chick-fil-A and why it is such a rewarding place to work.  The restaurant is located in Sunset Hills on Lindbergh Boulevard just south of Watson Road. We offer competitive pay, flexible schedules and are closed on Sundays.  This opportunity is for employment at the Sunset Hills location only and for those who are at least 15 years old.
The address for the community center is:
Sunset Hills Community Center, 3915 South Lindbergh Boulevard, Sunset Hills, MO 63127
If you would like to attend, please e-mail us at sunset.plaza.fsu@chick-fil-a.com to reserve your spot.  Please include candidate’s name and total number in your party. Parents, please feel free to join us too! Thank you for your time and consideration.  We look forward to meeting you!
Eric Benting
Owner/Operator
Chick-fil-A Sunset Plaza

HOMESCHOOL BOWLING
Calling all kids!  Did you know there is a bowling League just for homeschool kids?  We there is and it is a blast!  Kids of all ages and abilities can join this bowling league.  If you have never bowled before, or if you have bowled for years we want you to join us!  It is a lot of fun and you can learn to bowl or just improve your bowling. By the way, you will probably make some new friends, too. No need to sign up ahead of time. Just show up and join in!  Kids get a T-shirt and a pizza party.  The kids can bowl 2 games for $6 or 3 games for $9. Shoes are included.
We meet on Wednesdays at 1:00
The League will start on September 14
Lakeside Bowl in Valley Park, 1254 Dougherty Ferry Rd., Valley Park, MO. 63088
636-225-2400     We really hope to see you!

DANCE WITHOUT LIMITS
Mondays 5:30-6:00pm
Wednesdays 12:00-12:30pm
Ages 3-24
An adaptive dance class with music, singing, movement, creativity, instruments, and plenty of dance.
Visit www.charmette.net for more information or call 314-962-2022
9901 Watson Road, Suite 125, Crestwood, MO 63126

2016 Forest Park Balloon Race
http://greatforestparkballoonrace.com/
-Friday, September 16, 2016
BALLOON GLOW- Central Field – 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
PNC Bank FIREWORKS FINALE – Central Field – 9:15 p.m.
-Saturday, September 17, 2016
BALLOON RACE
Central Field – 12:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
12:00 p.m. – Festivities begin!
1:00 p.m. – School of Rock Stage Opens
2:00 p.m. – Wehrenberg/Suburban Journals Photo Contest
3:00 p.m. – Miller Lite Skydivers
3:30 p.m. – Opening Ceremonies
4:30 p.m. – “Hare” Balloon Launch
4:45 p.m. – “Hound” Balloon Launch begins

Christian Family Night
Edison’s Christian Family Night is just a few weeks away! RSVP for your family or youth group today!
For just $20 (plus tax), each guest will enjoy a hot dog, a drink, and UNLIMITED bowling, laser tag, and arcade play from 4-9pm on Sunday, September 25!
We’ll be playing contemporary Christian music all night long, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit a local charity.
There is no fee to RSVP. All payments will be collected upon arrival. RSVPs are requested but not required, so bring your friends!
It’s the perfect opportunity for church groups & families to have a fun night out together.
Click the link to RSVP!
Got questions? E-mail info@edisonsfun.com or call (618) 307-9020 and we’ll be happy to help!
We look forward to hosting you for a night of fellowship & fun!
Sincerely,
Edison’s Entertainment Complex
2477 South State Route 157
Edwardsville, IL 62025

Homeschool Volleyball Teams Need Sponsors
Debbie Rehmer “shares”…
Friends, Let me know if you are interested in this opportunity, also you know of anyone interested in getting some advertising out, please forward this Email to them. Thanks.
Advertise in BIG Local Homeschool Volleyball Tournament!
The Intensity Volleyball Club is hosting a big local volleyball tournament on October 1st!  We are looking for advertisers for our tournament program. More than 21 teams will attend with an anticipated total attendance of over 400 people!!! So your ad will be seen!
Space is limited, so contact me ASAP with your info. (Space will close this Saturday.)  A jpg would be the best way to send your ad.
Thank you in advance for your support of homeschool sports and the Intensity Homeschool Volleyball Club (and Aly)
Prices: $100 for full page, $50 for 1/2 page and $25 for business card.
Debbie Rehmer debbierehmer@gmail.com 314-913-0464
Intensity site: https://sites.google.com/site/stlouisintensityvolleyball/

Ottertoberfest
In honor of the fun-loving North American river otters, the Zoo will host Ottertoberfest, a fall event featuring traditional German beer, live music, kids’ activities and more! Visitors can purchase beer, bratwurst and other German specialties.
October 1 – 2, 2016; 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
October 8 – 9, 2016; 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m
Admission is FREE
Otter-related games and activities for children will include an otter craft, an “Otter Says” game, a river otter biofact table, and more!
https://www.stlzoo.org/events/calendarofevents/ottertoberfest/

Young Adult Poetry Contest
Calling all young adult poets, ages of 16-21! St. Louis County Library is seeking poets for our first Young Adult Poetry Contest.
Winners will receive a Visa gift card and have their poem posted to the library’s website.
Official Rules & Guidelines:
Open to young adults ages 16-21.
Entrant must have a valid St. Louis County Library card.
Limit one poem submission per person.
Poem can be any line length but must not exceed three (3) total pages.
Poetry can be on any topic provided that the content is appropriate in language and subject.
Entries accepted starting Thursday, September 1 and must be received by close of business on Friday, October 14, 2016.
Do not write your name or place any other identifying marks on the poem itself.
Visa gift cards will be awarded for 1st place ($50) and 2nd place ($25).
Judges’ decisions are final.
Winners will be notified by Friday, October 28 and posted at www.slcl.org within a week.
How to enter:
Complete the online entry form with your original poem attached between September 1 and October 14, 2016. You will be asked to include:
Name
Age (Contest open to ages 16-21)
Library Card Number
Library Branch
Phone Number
Email Address

Sporting Clays Fundraising Event
November 5 @ 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
www.thefamilyvision.org
Take aim at a great time! Join us for a sporting clays fundraising event at Sandy Valley Sporting Clays in Pevely.
Registration will be open 8-8:30 AM. Shooting begins at 9 AM sharp. Stations are limited to six shooters. The cost is $70 per shooter or $420 per group of six. Bring your own shotgun, 100 shells, and hearing protection.
Lunch will be served following the event. Raffles and a silent auction will be held.
The event will be held rain or shine. Contact us today to register! 636-447-6900
EARLY BIRD PRICING! Sign up now through October 1 for just $55 per person!
Local businesses and friends of The Family Vision: There are several sponsorship opportunities available. Please contact us for more information.

Penguin Ski Club
Time to sign up for the Penguin Ski Club again! It’s an unbelievable price and makes a fantastic Christmas gift.
For $129 each person receives a lift ticket and an individual pass that they will keep with them. This pass is flexible allowing you to vary your choice of day from week to week (Mon-Thurs). It must be presented at the ticket window with each visit to Hidden Valley so a current lift ticket can be issued to the pass holder.
There is also a Friday option. If you would like to ski on Fridays only, you can buy a Friday pass for $159. Friday is a high demand day, but still less busy than weekends. The same person cannot buy both a Mon-Thurs pass and a Friday pass.
For an additional onetime fee of $20 per pass, ski or snowboard rental will be included with each visit (once a week Mon-Thurs).
Joining the Penguins club is still less expensive than skiing two or three times without a pass. This is a fundraiser for the students of SHARE and the Homelink Learning Center. In the past they have used the funds to go to Japan and England.
Anybody can join, including your friends, neighbors and family who aren’t homeschooling.
The deadline to join is December 1st at midnight. Hidden Valley makes no exceptions to the deadline.
To join the Penguin Ski Club, visit http://www.hiddenvalleyski.com/. Click “Plan and Buy” along the top. Click School programs, then under HV Ski and Ride Club click Learn More, and then click the box to buy now. Our user name for the club is “Penguins” with a capital P. Our password is “homeski” with a lower case h. You are now in our club site.
Next you will click the blue “go shopping.” At the top left there is a box of categories where you click 16/17 ski passes. Select the pass you would like. Most people want the Mon-Thurs option for $129. An alternative is to select the Friday only option for $159 and add it to the cart and check out. Only one deal per person. Don’t forget to add ski rental. (There is sales tax.)
During check out you will assign a guest for the pass. If you were a member last year, type in the name of each person one at a time and see if it is still in the system. If not, you may need to create a new guest. New members do this by typing in the name, address and birthday, etc.
Once you find the guest, or create a new one, you select the guest and enter his or her birthday. Check out is like most other things on line. You enter your billing name and address and make payment via Visa, Master Card or Discover.
Season passes are for personal use only. Season passes CANNOT be transferred to another person. Misuse of season pass or violation of area policies and procedures will result in loss of privileges at all resorts and prosecution. All prices are subject to change without notice.  Season passes, including club passes, are Non-Refundable unless the pass holder is unable to ski/snowboard due to a medical reason or work transfer.  A letter on letterhead dated and signed by a doctor or employer is required for verification.  All refund requests must be received in writing, by Hidden Valley within 14 days of the medical incident or work transfer.  There is a $50 processing fee for processing a refund.  If the pass has been used, all visits will be calculated at current daily price and deducted from the refund as well as the processing fee .  Please note: Since this is a discounted pass program, after opening day, there will be NO REFUNDS or changes made to passes.
To learn more about Hidden Valley, you may visit the website at http://www.hiddenvalleyski.com/ If you still have questions, please email me at K3instl@att.net

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The posted events are open to all homeschoolers in the St. Louis, MO, area (including St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Lincoln County, Franklin County, and Jefferson County in MO, and Madison County, Monroe County, and St. Clair County in IL, and surrounding regions).
NOTE: Inclusion in this list does not necessarily indicate endorsement by the blog owner. I try to include as many events or classes I know of in the Greater St. Louis area that would be of special interest to homeschoolers. Some of these events come from a distinctively “Christian” perspective, while others are purely “secular” in nature. If you see things that you would not be particularly interested in, just ignore them and look for the things that do appeal to you.

Homeschool Events List for September 5, 2016

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Homeschool Dance Class
Trail Life
Homeschool PE – Pool Party this Wednesday
Pokémon Go Homeschool
Homeschool Boy’s Basketball
Family Day at Mercantile Library
S.H.A.R.E. Dances
Laptops for Students
Women’s retreat

Homeschool Dance Class
JD Conservatory
Fall Dance Program:
Tuesday
Dance 1  3-4yrs.  2:30-3:30 Ballet/Tap
Dance 2  5-6yrs.  3:30-4:30 Ballet/Tap
Friday
Dance 3  7-9yrs.  10:30-12 Ballet/Tap
Dance 4  10& up  12-2:30 Ballet/Tap/Jazz
Fall session begins:
September 6th 2016
Girls: Dark leotard with pink tights. Pink ballet shoes and tan tap shoes. Hair should be in a bun.
Boys: White t-shirt with black gym shorts. Black ballet and tap shoes
Tuition due 1st class of the month
1 hour: $40     month
1.5 hour: $60    month
2 hour: $75    month
2.5 hour: $90    month
3 hour: $105  month
Registration Fee: $55 per child paid to the Salvation Army. It will cover the child for the entire 2016 year.
We will learn basic to advanced repertoires and vocabulary. Throughout the whole semester we will be focusing on body positioning and strengthening muscles to prevent injury. The younger students will learn through song and games making it a very enjoyable experience. Dance is an opportunity for the student to learn discipline, focus, determination, respect, musicality, coordination, strength, cooperation and many other valuable traits. Classes canceled or missed for weather, illness or holidays can be made up in a different class. The registration form will be available at the first class. Private Classes are available. Contact Jennifer Story to set up a time.  I am open to adding additional classes if there is a need. Feel free to email me with any questions. Classes with less than 5 students may not run.
Jennifer Story:
She has been dancing since the age of 2. She has true passion for the performing arts. She has studied and performed with numerous companies and performing arts schools including Webster University, Washington University, Butler University, Alexandra Ballet, The Conservatory, DCK, Nutmeg Ballet, Illinois Ballet, Ballet Canadian, Dance Kaleidoscope, Dance Concert Society along with many more master classes. She has achieved many high honors and awards for her dance and performances. She has been teaching for 16 years. She is a homeschool mom of two beautiful daughters who enjoy dancing as well.
Salvation Army, 824 Union Rd., Affton, MO 63123
thealternatepath@hotmail.com  314-482-4197

TRAIL LIFE
www.traillifeusa.com
Trail Life USA, Troop MO-1613
Southgate Christian Church, 9820 Watson Road, Crestwood, MO 63126
Troop meetings:
1st & 3rd Tuesdays 6:45 – 8:15
First Meeting: Tuesday,  Sept. 4th
Contact: Bill Wade (314)398-4106

HOMESCHOOL PE
The Ballwin Pointe invites YOU – all homeschoolers are welcome to register for Homeschool PE class online at : https://store.ballwin.mo.us/wbwsc/webtrac.wsc/wbsearch.html?xxmod=AR&xxtype=YPRO&wbsi=970ab5b7-3552-4db8-e611-c16f5825b9e3 (bottom of page)
Questions? Contact Emily Chamberlin, echamberlin@ballwin.mo.us
Parents and children are welcome to a homeschool pool party to kick off the year on Sept 7th, invite other homeschoolers too, to come check out P.E. at the Pointe for ages 7 to 12, 90 minutes, for $20 for residents, $25 for non-residents.  Every Wednesday 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Pokémon Go Homeschool
STL September Events
Our teen homeschool Pokémon GO group will meet twice in September to have fun, get to know one another, and of course hunt pokémon!
When/Where:
Thursday, September 8 at 1 PM – 4 PM at Creve Coeur Park
Friday, September 23 at 1 PM – 4 PM at Creve Coeur Park
We will meet up at the Greensfelder Memorial Shelter in Creve Coeur Park which has a playground and easy access to the trail around the lake, and restrooms.
Bring your devices, portable chargers, water, and comfy shoes, along with ideas for the next meet-ups.
For more information and discussion email terieddy@mac.com or join our Facebook group for STL area homeschooled teens & their parents here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PokemonGoHomeschoolSTL/

HOMESCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL
The St. Louis Patriots Homeschool Boys Basketball Program announces our Camps/Tryouts for the 2016-2017 season. Patriots basketball is for homeschool boys in 5th-12th grades.  We will be looking to fill openings at all levels:  Middle School, Junior High, Junior Varsity, and Varsity.  Please visit our website for more information: http://www.stlouishomeschoolbasketball.com/
CAMP/ TRYOUT
-Thursday, September 15 @ Parkway South Middle School, 760 Woods Mill Road, Ballwin, MO 63011
Middle School and Junior High  (grades 5-8) 6:00-7:30pm
High School (grades 9-12) 7:30-9:30pm
-Friday, September 23 @ Parkway Central Middle School, 471 N. Woods Mill Rd., Chesterfield, MO 63017
Middle School and Junior High  (grades 5-8) 6:00-7:30pm
High School (grades 9-12) 7:30-9:30pm
Boys are encouraged to attend both nights if possible.
Each boy should bring a basketball with his name on it, a water bottle, a dark shirt and a white shirt for scrimmaging.
To register for the tryouts, please email mjmaichel@sbcglobal.net with your son’s name, birthday, grade, parents’ names, and cell phone numbers.
There is no cost for these events.

Family Day at Mercantile Library
September 18, 2016
My name is Mandy Schneider, and I am the Library Assistant at the Mercantile Library on the campus of the University of Missouri- St. Louis. We are planning to hold a Family Day here at the Library on Sunday September 18th from 1-3pm. The event will be centered around our Natural History exhibit, Audubon and Beyond, which features artworks and books related to various aspects of nature, including different types of plants and animals, weather, etc. We will have several hands-on activities in an activity book, as well as snacks and prizes. We will also be inviting representatives from local nature groups to speak to the families and give out brochures, etc., and wondered if you might be willing to share this information about our event.
Please let me know if this is something that you might be interested in. I am happy to provide any additional information, including a PDF version of our event flyer and hard copies of the event flyer as well.
Thanks very much,
Mandy Schneider
www.umsl.edu/mercantile

S.H.A.R.E. DANCES
HOMECOMING- Adventures in Wonderland
We invite all homeschoolers in grades 9 – 12 to join us down the rabbit hole for our Homecoming adventure.
Students may bring one guest but you must register them.  (Guests may be a non-homeschooled student or alumni)
DATE:  Thursday October 20, 2016
TIME:  7:00 – 11:00 p.m.  (doors open at 6:30)
PLACE:  Genesis Banquet Center –  2651 Telegraph Rd, St. Louis, MO 63125 – (314) 894-7073
COST: $15 per person until October 6th.    $20 per person October 7th – October 13th.
DRESS:  Semi-formal
NO REGISTRATIONS ACCEPTED AFTER OCTOBER 13TH.  Because this is being held at a banquet center we have to let them know in advance how many to plan for.  So there will be no late registrations accepted and we can’t accept any walk-ins.
What Grade?  — These dances are geared toward high school aged students.  We understand as homeschoolers the specific grade of your student is hard to pinpoint or somewhat fluid.  In this case though the level of work your student is completing is less important than their maturity level.  We would consider someone in ninth grade if the work they are doing is going on their high school transcript and they will be graduating from high school and moving on to college/career in four years. Thank you for understanding.
DRESS CODE: Thanks for respecting the dress code and dressing modestly.
Girls – Dresses should not be too low cut in back or front and not too short. You should be able to dance and sit without showing too much upper leg. No midriffs showing.
Boys – Slacks and dress shirt with tie.  No pants “sagging.”
No Smoking allowed.
Click here to sign up:  https://www.homeschool-life.com/sysfiles/member/events/events_view.cfm?memberid=283&public=0&eventid=2535360
SAVE THE DATE FOR FUTURE DANCES:
Winter Dance: January 27th, 2017; 7:00 – 11:00 (Eighth graders welcome)
Prom: April 20th, 2017; 7:00 – 11:00

LAPTOPS FOR STUDENTS
Microsoft Education Product Policy allows nonprofit NFS to offer in-classroom technologies (previously reserved for traditional public school facilities) to homeschool families. Based on Microsoft Education Product guidelines, on Tuesday April 1, 2014 the NFS Board voted to categorize homeschool families as schools and to implement homeschool purchasing to facilitate access of in-classroom technologies for individual homeschool families. Homeschool families are now able to acquire computers at the same pricing the NFS program affords to traditional public school facilities.
Over 3,200 homeschool families have purchased laptops through the NFS Homeschool Program as of July, 2016.
Homeschool families can purchase from NFS as individual families or form a group for a Group Order. In both cases the families must provide their homeschool documentation to NFS. The type of documentation is based by what is required by your state of residence.
For full details please visit; www.notebooksforstudents.org/homeschoollaptopdiscount.htm
About Notebooks for Students
Notebooks for Students is a nonprofit private operating foundation located in Carlsbad, Ca. Incorporated in 2011, our mission is to address the ever-growing Digital Divide within the national student body by increasing the availability of computers to all educators and their students. NFS operated the following programs: College Program, School Sales Program, BYOD Program, K-12 families, and Homeschool Program. General website is: www.notebooksforstudents.org
CONTACT INFORMATION:
NFS Board
Notebooks for Students
2588 El Camino Real F253, Carlsbad, CA 92008
nfs.board@notebooksforstudents.org
NFS Facilities
140 E. Stetson Ave, Ste. 176, Hemet, CA 92543
(800) 991-7631
info@notebooksforstudents.org

Women’s Retreat
Good morning! I wanted to pass along to you about an upcoming event I am hosting again this year just for moms. It’s a one-day Retreat that will be held on October 29, 2016 at the Gateway Convention Center in Collinsville, IL, just across the river from St Louis.
We are a group of ladies who are trying our best to encourage other moms in their walk of motherhood and being a good, Christian wife. We meet weekly in Fairview Heights to encourage one another, to eat together and fellowship and also do a bible study. All are welcome to join us anytime.
You can read a little more about us and our Retreat/Conference at www.amomsheartinil.com and sign up for the Retreat at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ecu5nrty9c5487bf&llr=ghdes9uab
Blessings,
Deb Giles

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FOLLOW THE LIST ON FACEBOOK OR TWITTER!
If you know of an event, class, happening, or link you would like to see added, please contact me at zana8796 [at] yahoo [dot] com  and please let me know if you have any questions or find incorrect/out of date information. 
Comments are not available, but sharing is.
The posted events are open to all homeschoolers in the St. Louis, MO, area (including St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Lincoln County, Franklin County, and Jefferson County in MO, and Madison County, Monroe County, and St. Clair County in IL, and surrounding regions).
NOTE: Inclusion in this list does not necessarily indicate endorsement by the blog owner. I try to include as many events or classes I know of in the Greater St. Louis area that would be of special interest to homeschoolers. Some of these events come from a distinctively “Christian” perspective, while others are purely “secular” in nature. If you see things that you would not be particularly interested in, just ignore them and look for the things that do appeal to you.

Homeschool Events List for August 25, 2016

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Used Curriculum Sale
Daniel Boone Home
Botanical Gardens Volunteering
Monarch Tagging
Encouragement

USED CURRICULUM SALE
Big sale! A former homeschool mom is moving…all curriculum from 1st-8th grade for sale!! Saxon Math, Sonlight reading, a little Bob Jones, history, geography, flash cards, Countless DVDs and videos …history of the world, Excellence in Writing, and more!
Saturday Aug 27
8am- 4pm
Sunday Aug 28
9am-3pm
2559 Oak Springs Lane, St Louis MO 63131

Daniel Boone Home
Come out to the Historic Daniel Boone Home for a day of learning and adventure!
August 31, 2016
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
http://www.danielboonehome.com/
We invite homeschool students and their families to experience pioneer life by exploring hands-on programs and demonstrations throughout our village. Bring a sack lunch and spend the day learning about Daniel Boone and frontier life. Enjoy the beauty of our site while getting in your core homeschool hours! $6-Students, $5-Adults (18 and older), Children (4 and under): Free; One free adult per 3 paying students.

Volunteer at Botanical Gardens
In addition to Adult volunteers, they accept 14 to 18 year olds with a signed consent form from parents.  This sounds like a way a teen could get a great learning experience, as well as help the community and show off their “people skills”, with the bonus of a chance to document their service for those college applications.
For the application form, see:   http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/about/additional-information/volunteer/volunteer-opportunities/volunteer-application.aspx
Here are the volunteer spots listed:
-Missouri Botanical Garden, main campus: School Programs Educators, Therapeutic Horticulture, Horticulture, Information Technology, Institutional Advancement, Office Assistance, Publications/Media, Retail, Science and Conservation, Special Events, Special Events, Trade
-Butterfly House, Chesterfield: Butterfly Ambassador, Butterfly Monitoring, Education, Entomology,  Guest Services, Horticulture, MANTIS, Retail/Admissions, Special Events
-Shaw Nature Reserve, Gray Summit: Building Maintenance, Ecological Management, Education, Horticulture, Special Events, Special Events, Trail Maintenance
-Litzsinger Road Ecology Center, Ladue: Education, Horticulture

Monarch Tagging
September 10; 10am – 3pm
Visitors will enjoy a variety of interactive learning experiences, such as monarch butterfly catching and tagging.
Using mysterious powers rivaling a GPS, they navigate a landscape more vast than the span of the continental United States. With instinct alone as their guide and in perfect sync, thousands journey through the air each autumn to one particular mountain range in Mexico. It’s a specific roosting site custom-made for their needs.
They’re not birds.  They’re butterflies.
Monarchs, showy and familiar orange and black butterflies, are the only species of insect that makes this amazing migration.  The route of this incredible trip goes through the Show-Me State, and the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are celebrating the monarch migration with a special event.  The Monarch Tagging Event takes place Saturday, Sept. 10 from 10 a.m.—3 p.m. at the DOE Weldon Spring Site Interpretive Center in St. Charles.  The event is free and everyone in the family is welcome.
Though monarchs are the front liners, the Monarch Tagging Event will celebrate all pollinating creatures that help our plants thrive.  The event will offer an interactive and fun way to learn about pollinator declines and what people can do to help.
Butterfly tagging and releases every two hours are the headline activities. Visitors will get to tag monarchs themselves and become citizen scientists as they learn about butterflies hands-on.
The Monarch Tagging Event will also feature native gardening demonstrations with gardening experts, an observation hive of live honeybees as well as a beekeeper to answer questions.
Other activities will include hikes on the site’s 150-acre restored Howell Prairie, educational stations, games, and crafts including seed bombs full of native wildflower seeds.
Visitors are welcome to bring their own food and soft drinks and enjoy a picnic lunch on the interpretive site grounds.
As monarchs flit from plant to plant in search of food, they spread pollen crucial to the reproduction of their host plants.  More than 75 percent of the Earth’s flowering plants depend on pollinators. It’s a relationship vital to the survival of each—and us.  One out of every three bites of food we eat exists because of pollinating insects.
Pollinator decline in the recent past is a source of concern among scientists.  It’s estimated that in the last 20 years, monarch populations have gone from more than 1 billion to less than 60 million.  Dwindling habitat for these colorful butterflies is believed to be the source of the drop.
Though the numbers for monarchs may seem grim, people can do something to help.  Planting backyard butterfly gardens can help monarch populations recover.  Establishing milkweed and nectar plants will also give them a boost on their long journey.  The Monarch Tagging Event will help visitors learn how they can make a difference.
The Weldon Spring Interpretive Site is located at 7295 Highway 94, approximately two miles south of I-64/40. For more information, call 636-300-2600.

ENCOURAGEMENT
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Please visit  https://stlouishomeschoolevents.wordpress.com/ and check the Ongoing Offerings section for homeschool specific links to many area attractions. And don’t forget to check out the top tabs too! Please feel free to forward this email to other homeschoolers and encourage them to join the email loop; sign up is at the top of the right column. Please make sure to include a link to the List website whenever forwarding or sharing even a small part of a post. Thank you.
FOLLOW THE LIST ON FACEBOOK OR TWITTER!
If you know of an event, class, happening, or link you would like to see added, please contact me at zana8796 [at] yahoo [dot] com  and please let me know if you have any questions or find incorrect/out of date information. 
Comments are not available, but sharing is.
The posted events are open to all homeschoolers in the St. Louis, MO, area (including St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Lincoln County, Franklin County, and Jefferson County in MO, and Madison County, Monroe County, and St. Clair County in IL, and surrounding regions).
NOTE: Inclusion in this list does not necessarily indicate endorsement by the blog owner. I try to include as many events or classes I know of in the Greater St. Louis area that would be of special interest to homeschoolers. Some of these events come from a distinctively “Christian” perspective, while others are purely “secular” in nature. If you see things that you would not be particularly interested in, just ignore them and look for the things that do appeal to you.

Homeschool Events FOR THIS WEEK!

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Jump Off at Sky Zone
Louis Bolduc Day
Free Cursive Worksheets
Encouragement

Home School JUMP OFF @ Sky Zone Fenton
Homeschool Jump Time is back, starting next week!! Last year, because we had continuous growth and support from our homeschool community, Sky Zone is adding a second jump session! So, come on out this week for some “healthy, active FUN”. We are offering a “Special” to kick off the school year! Dates: Wednesday, August 24th, 2:30-4:00pm & Friday, August 26th, 1:30-3:00.  Just $5 for 90 minutes of FUN! (Sky Socks required –$2 additional). If you have been before, bring your Sky Socks with you. All jumpers must have a valid waiver filled out (they are good for one year). Capacity is limited. We are offering pre-purchase of tickets for our “Special” Jump Off next week. This will guarantee your spot to jump.  You pick the date.  Visit www.skyzone.com/fenton.  Fill out waivers, purchase tickets and socks all via the website.  Hope to see you there!!
*Our normal hours for Homeschool Jump are Wednesdays from 2:30pm-4pm & Fridays from 1:30pm-3pm, & normal pricing is $10 for 90 minutes – additional siblings are $5.*

Louis Bolduc Day
A Celebration for Children!
August 27th, 2016
You are invited to Louis Bolduc’s birthday celebration at the Louis Bolduc National Historic Landmark Site in Ste. Genevieve. Children’s activities will be available from 10 a.m.–noon.
-Saint Louis Feast Day Cake in honor of Louis Bolduc
-Snow Cones
-Helium Balloons
-Historic Children’s Games
-Face painting
-Old-timey costume photo opportunity (bring your camera!)
-Birthday card making station and contest (with D’IMAJJ artist group)
-Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place
ALL ACTIVITIES ARE FREE!
And for parents!  House tours will be available for reduced admissions. ($6adult/$1child) All adults will receive discount coupons to participating downtown merchants!  The celebration continues as you shop and save at the many unique shops and restaurants in the downtown area!
For more information find us on Facebook at Bolduc House Museum or call (573)883-3105. 125 S. Main St., Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
*September Homeschool Day is full. October information will be published as soon as I have it.

FREE CURSIVE HANDWRITING WORKSHEETS
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ENCOURAGEMENT
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Please visit  https://stlouishomeschoolevents.wordpress.com/ and check the Ongoing Offerings section for homeschool specific links to many area attractions. And don’t forget to check out the top tabs too! Please feel free to forward this email to other homeschoolers and encourage them to join the email loop; sign up is at the top of the right column. Please make sure to include a link to the List website whenever forwarding or sharing even a small part of a post. Thank you.
FOLLOW THE LIST ON FACEBOOK OR TWITTER!
If you know of an event, class, happening, or link you would like to see added, please contact me at zana8796 [at] yahoo [dot] com  and please let me know if you have any questions or find incorrect/out of date information. 
Comments are not available, but sharing is.
The posted events are open to all homeschoolers in the St. Louis, MO, area (including St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Lincoln County, Franklin County, and Jefferson County in MO, and Madison County, Monroe County, and St. Clair County in IL, and surrounding regions).
NOTE: Inclusion in this list does not necessarily indicate endorsement by the blog owner. I try to include as many events or classes I know of in the Greater St. Louis area that would be of special interest to homeschoolers. Some of these events come from a distinctively “Christian” perspective, while others are purely “secular” in nature. If you see things that you would not be particularly interested in, just ignore them and look for the things that do appeal to you.

Homeschool Events List for August 20, 2016

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Homeschool Boys Basketball
Great Skate Pokestop
Gamemaker Event
Prairie Day
Busy Mom’s Boot Camp
Reading, wRiting & Ravioli
Deutsch Country Days
Free LapbookEmployment Opportunities

HOMESCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL
Dear Fellow Homeschool Leaders,
My name is Paula Koranda. I have been homeschooling for 14 years, and have four sons. I am also the leader of the Twin City Home Educators in Festus/Crystal City, MO.
I wanted to get the information to every group that the Gateway Regional YMCA (St. Louis, Metro East and surrounding areas) is starting a homeschool boys basketball league this year. This is structured like regular YMCA youth programs, except it is for 7-12th grade homeschool boys and will run from October – February. There will be once a week practices (Jefferson County Y has them from 1-3 p.m. on Tuesdays, each Y will be able to schedule which day works best for them) and games twice a month.
We would like to see all the Gateway Region YMCAs creating a homeschool basketball program. The “league” will run from October – February, with games being played twice a month starting in November, utilizing YMCA facilities and officials as part of the registration fee. These games could possibly be played on Saturdays when regular youth sport games are going on and the officials are already working that day and more likely to be available, or some evenings The logistics of setting up the teams will necessarily be based on which Ys participate and how many boys sign up. We would have regular schedule with some games being “home” and some “away” but they are all in the Gateway Region and only twice a month.
This is an expansion of the homeschool basketball program we have had at the Jefferson County YMCA since 2013. We have had a very successful program, and wanted to see other YMCAs offer it to homeschoolers throughout the region.
I met with the Athletic Directors of the local Ys in July and presented our program to them. There was definitely enthusiasm for the program. So far, these are the Ys that have expressed interest in participating in a league.
Jefferson County Family YMCA (Festus) – Nick Davis nick.davis@gwrymca.org
Emerson (North County/Ferguson Area) – Dan Yonko       dan.yonko@gwrymca.org
Monroe County, Illinois – Darin Williams   darin.williams@gwrymca.org
O’Fallon, MO – Danny Manselle   danny.manselle@gwrymca.org
South County – Kevin Schwartz   kevin.schwartz@gwrymca.org
Belleville, Ill – Julie Murphy        julie.murphy@gwrymca.org
Edward Jones – Timothy Gaines     tim.gaines@gwrymca.org
West County – Jim Garland      jim.garland@gwrymca.org
O’Fallon, Ill – Bre Anderson       brianna.anderson@gwrymca.org
Four Rivers Family YMCA, Washington, MO  debbie.toedebusch@gwrymca.org
Here is some background on how this got started:
In 2012, when my oldest was in 9th grade and shot up to 6’3”, I began looking for a homeschool basketball option in our area. What I found was….there wasn’t one. What I discovered was that when the students are in elementary school there are Upwards, YMCA and local park/city programs. After 6th-7th grade, though, these fall off. Most older students, if they are interested in sports, play for their school teams.
There are two homeschool basketball programs in St. Louis/St. Charles area – the Blue Knights and the St. Louis Patriots. Both are wonderful Christian programs, with competitive play for middle school through high school. However, the distance for our Jefferson County players and the cost for many of our group was prohibitive. Also, they are a team with tryouts, JV and varsity programs, etc. and many homeschooled boys have not played competitively before. They fill a need for many families, but would not work for ours.
Doing what homeschool moms do, when we couldn’t find a local and simple program for our kids, we started our own.. Our basketball program began in the fall of 2013. I approached the Executive Director and Athletic Director at the Jefferson County YMCA. We designed a program for boys 7th-12th grade, going from October – February. It is this same program that will be offered this year.
We planned a once-monthly game on a Saturday evening after the Y closed. We divided the players into two teams and played a scrimmage game with regular Y officials and a parent volunteer working the scoreboard. We had approximately 20 boys the first year, ranging in age from 7-11th grade. We started the year off with a Midnight Madness at the Y for the staff to get to know the boys and their level of experience. Over the last few years, our boys have gotten more competitive and we have had to seek out games with other homeschool groups, private schools and church youth groups. I would like to see a set schedule, though, of playing other YMCA homeschool teams.
Our basketball program has successfully launched a homeschool girls volleyball program, utilizing the gym in the same time period, but in the months that we do not have basketball. We have also been able to involve parent-volunteers in coaching, scheduling games, set up and clean up, working the scoreboard, and even serving as officials in a pinch.
We did a trial-run homeschool bowling program this past spring, with most of the participants coming from the basketball team, their friends and family. Our next step in expansion could possibly include the implementation of weekly homeschool gym and swim for elementary-age kids, with an organized gymnasium game (such as kickball) followed by an open swim time. We really want the Y to see that the homeschool community is a growing, viable market, and that if they can provide reasonably priced activities in a family-oriented environment, we will come!
As you can see from the address bar, I have sent this to every group I can think of, as well as every group included in the Greater St. Louis Area Home Educators Expo directory. I am asking that you please, even if you are not personally interested, forward this information to your groups. Please cut n paste and post it to your websites and Facebook pages. I would be happy to talk on the phone or meet with your groups, or present the information at your meetings. The structure is all in place, all we need to do now is sign boys up and see where we can go from there.
In the last three years, this very simple program has become a HUGE thing in the lives of these boys. I had really just hoped to get some structured p.e. time and a little bit of competitive play for them. It has become a big part of their lives. I hope that we can expand that to other homeschool families as well.
Sincerely,
Paula Koranda
Twin City Home Educators, Festus/Crystal City, MO

Great Skate Pokestop
130 Boone Hills Dr., St. Peters, MO 63376
Saturday, August 27: 7:30-10PM
Family Night with Pokémon games and prizes. Find Pokeballs. Pokepops for sale at concession. Pokémon Battles all night long. Get prizes based on your Pokémon Go Trainer Level.

GAMEMAKER EVENT
https://www.facebook.com/GameMakerEvents/videos/1287174391306816/
Calling all fans of Narnia! Have you ever wanted to go to Narnia? Have you ever wanted to be a Narnian and shout “For Aslan!” as you run into battle? Well, I have the perfect opportunity for you! For only $15 dollars, you can come out and see Narnia come to life before your very eyes! The GameMakers are hosting an event this year where we will bring to life the 1000 years between The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and Prince Caspian and immerse YOU in the struggle between the Narnians and the Telmarines. This is a live-action role playing event so come ready to not only fight for your land and work with your fellow teammates, but also use your brain and strategize. Foam weapons and some costumes will be provided, but feel free to bring your own as well!
-Who:  Age 13+
-What: Narnia – The 1000 Years
-Where: Mort Jacobs Park, Overland, MO
-When: September 10th @ 1pm
Buy your tickets at gamemakerevents.com. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call or text me at 314-685-5105 or email at LaurenP@GameMakerEvents.com. I hope to see you all there!!!
The GameMakers is a committee consisting of all homeschool graduates. Each year we aim to put on a live-action role playing event that brings to life so many of the fictional universes that we all know and love and each year we get better!

PRAIRIE DAY
AT SHAW NATURE RESERVE
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016
COST:
$3 Missouri Botanical Garden members and Shaw Nature Reserve passholders
$6 nonmembers 16 and older
$2 for children 15 and under
Hitch up the wagons and head out to Prairie Day at Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit. This fun-filled family event portrays prairie heritage through activities and demonstrations, and showcases the Reserve’s 250-acre re-created tall grass prairie. Hike with a naturalist through the prairie to learn about prairie life, check out the teepee, play pioneer games, listen to a live band, and watch weavers, spinners and other craft demonstrations.
Some of the exhibits include mammals, reptiles and amphibians, and insects. Living history characters will re-enact the lives of early prairie inhabitants. An archaeologist and a flint-knapper will display and interpret artifacts of prairie life. Native plant nurseries will sell wildflowers and seeds.
Hungry? Visit the concessions to purchase bison burgers, homemade baked goods, root beer, and kettle corn. Come join the fun!
SPONSORS: Missouri Department of Conservation, Shaw Nature Reserve
Shaw Nature Reserve of the Missouri Botanical Garden, in Gray Summit, Mo., located south of Interstate 44 at exit #253; watch for signs to the designated parking area

Busy Mom’s Boot Camp
with Diana Thrower
October 8 @ 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Step out of the war. Get refueled. Charge back into battle!
Fill your cup with sweet encouragement, refresh your weary momma soul, feast on God’s Word, and eat chocolate as we hear from Diana Thrower in this sweet time of refreshment just for Moms!
Suggested Donation: $10 per person.
Bring your favorite chocolate to share!
Moms of all ages are welcome! Seating is limited, so call us NOW to reserve your spot!
Registration closes October 5th at 8pm.
The Family Vision, 2020 Parkway Dr., St. Peters, MO 63376
636-447-6900    www.thefamilyvision.org

Reading, wRiting & Ravioli Program
https://pastahouse.com/about/community/
The Reading, wRiting & Ravioli Program was created to improve the reading skills of grade school students and provide another tool for teachers to ensure the success of our children. The Pasta House Co. developed this program in 1989 and has more than 450 schools and more than 3,500 teachers participating in the St. Louis area. Over the past 30 years we’ve had more than 600,000 students participate in the program. In return for spending time reading, students and teachers earn free food from any of our locations.

Deutsch Country Days
Living History Weekend
October 15 & 16, 2016, 9am-5pm
See www.deutschcountrydays.org

FREE LAPBOOK
http://www.tinasdynamichomeschoolplus.com/exploring-to-revolution/westward-ho/

Employment Opportunity #1
Briarcrest Independent living Community has open positions for food servers.  I understand the value that homeschoolers could bring to our residents and would love to be able to offer that to them.
Our servers are paid $8.25 an hour and our meal times are at 8:00 am, 12:30 pm and 5:00 pm.  Our servers designate their own work availability and we try to schedule them based on that availability each month.  It is about a two hour involvement for each of the meal times for our servers.
I would certainly appreciate any avenue of exposure that you could give us to make these job opportunities known by your Homeschooler contacts!  We seek to provide our residents with the best service possible here in our community and the Homeschooler Community is the best resource that I can think of to help meet that goal.
Thank you for your help!
Sincerely,
Mike Sabo, Assistant General Manager, Briarcrest Estates
Office: (636) 391.5300
14525 Clayton Road, Ballwin, MO  63011
www.holidaytouch.com

Employment Opportunity #2
The Des Peres, Maryland Heights, and Clayton UPS Store locations are seeking part-time employees. If you are honest, organized, and hard-working, pick-up an application at your preferred location Monday-Friday. Always have Sunday off!

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The posted events are open to all homeschoolers in the St. Louis, MO, area (including St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Lincoln County, Franklin County, and Jefferson County in MO, and Madison County, Monroe County, and St. Clair County in IL, and surrounding regions).
NOTE: Inclusion in this list does not necessarily indicate endorsement by the blog owner. I try to include as many events or classes I know of in the Greater St. Louis area that would be of special interest to homeschoolers. Some of these events come from a distinctively “Christian” perspective, while others are purely “secular” in nature. If you see things that you would not be particularly interested in, just ignore them and look for the things that do appeal to you.