New Events for 9/29/11

Happy New Year to those celebrating!!!

Remember to visit the website often, https://stlouishomeschoolevents.wordpress.com/. There you will find additional events under Ongoing Offerings, the Homeschool Business Listings and several Educational Helps, as well as the ability to search all past posts. Please feel free to forward this email to other homeschoolers and encourage them to join the email loop; found at the top of the right column.  My contact information is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions.

Junior Golf Instruction Opportunity
What: Golf instruction including full swing, chipping, and putting. Full 18 hole round of golf after last session (weather permitting)
Location: Pheasant Run Golf Course, 205 Tri-Sports Drive, O’Fallon, MO 63368
Dates: Tuesdays starting 10/4 through 11/8 (skipping 11/1 due to instructor prior commitment)
Time: 10am-11am
Cost: $50 per student
Please contact us (dkjrmom at gmail.com) if you are interested. I am not the instructor. Our children participate in a summer Jr. instructional program at Pheasant Run and have asked if the golf staff would be willing to start similar instruction sessions during the school year for homeschool children.

SAT WORKSHOP
Bob Johnson Tutoring will conduct an SAT Workshop in Kirkwood on Saturday, October 22.  Also, some spots still remain for the October 1 and 8 ACT Workshop in Ballwin.
In each workshop, we will cover strategies and content for all sections of the test.  All participants will take home several practice tests with answer keys.
Details about both workshops, including times, directions, cost, registration instructions, and comments from students that have taken previous workshops, can be found at www.BobJohnsonTutoring.com
Bob and his wife, Jill, homeschool their two children.
If you have any questions, feel free to call Bob (3one4-64six-95four8) or e-mail him at Bob at BobJohnsonTutoring.com

EXPO CRAFT FAIR!
October 22, 2011; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Come check out the incredible assortment of craft items. Find the perfect Christmas gift!
Thanks to all our crafters – over 60 of them! All craft booths have been spoken for!
West County Assembly of God, 13431 N. Outer 40 Rd., Chesterfield MO 63017
Lunch and snacks available all day.
Attendance Prizes- Drawings every hour!
You’ll find:
up-cycled denim skirts, custom photo albums, handbags, decorated journals, embroidered items, ornaments, hand-made cards, bead creations, wooden signs, blankets, yo-yo’s, dolls, jewelry, stilts, hair accessories, fabric, baked goods, clay items, pillow cases, model horse tack, bird feeders, barefoot sandals, homemade dog biscuits, knitted items, artist drawing boards, wood cutting boards, hair bows, fleece hats and scarves, dog bandanas and more!

HOMESCHOOL ART CLASSES
New homeschool and special offering art classes beginning soon.
http://kidsforart.com/homeschool_classes

S.H.A.R.E. FALL FORMAL HIGH SCHOOL DANCE
Who Is Invited: Homeschooled highschool students (9th – 12th grades) and their guests (who are also 9th-12th grade). This is a special event for highschool students only. (Sorry, no one under 9th grade.) You do not need to bring a date. Please come and enjoy the company of other homeschoolers.–you do not have to be a SHARE member.
When: Thursday, November 3, 2011
Time: 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm (Note time change from last year.)
Where: Andre’s Banquet Center in South County, 4254 Telegraph Rd., 63129
What To Wear: This dance is formal.
Ladies, dresses should not be too low cut (front or back), and not too short if wearing a shorter style. Strapless is fine as long as it stays up and everything is covered.
Guys, are required to wear dress pants, shirts, and tie. Many young men will wear a suit coat but it is not required to get in.
Price: $18 per person if postmarked by October 21st, $25 per person after that. This includes dinner and music by DJ, Mark Chrun.
Come hungry…dinner will be served at 6:45 p.m.
To Register: go to the SHARE website (www.homeschool-life.com/mo/share) and click on “SHARE Events Open to all”.  A pop-out menu will show you the Fall Formal bar.
Advance registration is required—a student’s name must be on the guest list to attend the dance. Deadline to register is October 28that midnight.
NO Exception will be made after the October 28th deadline.
Parents, this dance will be well chaperoned and the DJ will select appropriate, popular music. Parents are welcome to come in to see the decorations and take some pictures before they leave. Sorry, only assigned chaperones may attend. If you are interested in chaperoning, please email Pat Zink ASAP. (There is always a waiting list of parents who wish to attend.)
Questions????? Please call Pat Zink:  Cell: 3one4-54zero-29five7   Home: 63six-2two0-8zero16   pzink463{at}charter{dot}net
Feel free to forward this info to any homeschoolers who might be interested.

Webster-Kirkwood Mini Tree Hunt
Join Deer Creek Watershed Alliance and partners for the Webster-Kirkwood Mini Tree Hunt during October 2011. Those who successfully complete the hunt and find 6 of the 12 tagged trees in the Cities of Kirkwood and Webster Groves (see map) will be entered in a drawing to win a $100 Sugar Creek Gardens gift certificate. In addition, ten runners up will receive redbud or dogwood bag tree seedlings. Learn how to participate.

“The Constitution Made Easy –
A Study in America’s Founding Documents”
By Rick Green
Wallbuilders and Rick Green, Inspiring and Equipping Citizens to Protect Liberty
Monday, Oct. 3; 6:30 p.m.
(This is a five week study concluding on Oct. 31)
Pillar in the Valley, 229 Chesterfield Business Pkwy., Chesterfield, MO 63005
What is the role of the Judiciary?
Can you describe the process of amending the Constitution?
What rights are protected in the First Amendment?
What is nullification and is it constitutional?
It is impossible to hold our legislators accountable for their actions if we ourselves don’t know what the Constitution says or what it means.
For this reason, we are thrilled to introduce The Citizen’s Guide to America’s Founding Documents.
Concerned Women for America of Missouri, PO Box 274, Chesterfield, MO 63006
636-536-6506
cwaofmo at hotmail.com
www.cwfa.org

The Doctor Is in: Home Cures for Childhood Illnesses
Thursday Oct.13.2011   6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
The Family Vision Library, 2020 Parkway Drive, St. Peters, MO 63376
636-447-6900  www.thefamilyvision.org
Join Dr. Angie Chaudoir for this fun and valuable workshop! Dr. Angie is a Board-Certified Naturopath Doctor and a Master Herbalist. Dr. Angie will show you how you can cure many common childhood illnesses with what you have at home!
Cost is $10.00 per person or per family. This is a workshop you won’t want to miss. For more information or to sign up, contact Family Holistic Health Solutions at 636-629-8444, or visit www.FamilyHolisticHealthSolutions.com

THE WIZARD OF OZ
A Special Invitation for Educators presented by Variety Children’s Theatre
Full-length school performance
Friday, October 21; 10 a.m. – Noon
Touhill Performing Arts Center
University of Missouri – St. Louis
Special rate: $10/student
Visit http://www.varietystl.org/community-support-st-louis/variety-childrens-theatre purchase tickets and download the Variety Children’s Theatre 2011 Study Guide
Reserve seats for your school today!
Questions?
Contact: Mollie Francis at 314-720-7707
About Variety Children’s Theatre
Tornados aside, Variety Children’s Theatre will put a new twist on THE WIZARD OF OZ this fall, welcoming children of ALL abilities into the cast and to assist the production staff for its third annual Broadway musical production.  Once again under the direction of Tony Award nominee Lara Teeter, Variety’s production of THE WIZARD OF OZ will feature Variety children with physical and mental disabilities in the children’s ensemble, along with St. Louis’ most talented children, as well as Adult Actors Equity Association and non-Equity performers.
www.varietychildrenstheatre.org

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  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, Franklin County, and Jefferson County in MO, and Madison County, Monroe County, and St. Clair County in IL, and surrounding regions). Those marked with an asterisk (*) do not take place within the target area for this list, but are open to all homeschoolers who live in the target area. 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.

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New Events for 9/26/11

Remember to visit the website often, https://stlouishomeschoolevents.wordpress.com/. There you will find additional events under Ongoing Offerings, the Homeschool Business Listings and several Educational Helps, as well as the ability to search all past posts. Please feel free to forward this email to other homeschoolers and encourage them to join the email loop; found at the top of the right column.  My contact information is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions.

HOMESCHOOL DANCE FOR GIRLS
The Mrs. Sara Jane Iles will begin sign up soon for the next 6 week session. It will begin the week of Oct. 25th. Please contact her if you are interested. She is amazing. My girls love her and so do I. She has said that the girls currently in the class get 1st availability. Please contact her if you are interested. For those who did not see the last email for her classes see below….. God bless you all!!
There is a wonderful Christian lady who teaches dance at Studio C. Her husband suggested she teach dance on the side to those who were not interested in the competitive side or the money was a factor. She started teaching ballet and jazz at South Side church of God. She charges 20.00 for 6 weeks.  This is truly a ministry for her . All of the money is donated to a ministry of her choice. She keeps none of it and the church lets her use the building for free. She has a dance and drama degree from England and takes what she does seriously. She felt there was a need for quality affordable dance. She does not do recitals (no expensive costumes and makeup) and the kids can wear whatever they want as long as it does not trip them up. She does not teach tap because it is on a slick floor. She has several classes on Tuesday as well as Saturday.  Please call her at 636-3two6-51zero1   There are no age restrictions. She said if you have an older girl at this point there are not enough for a class but she would do a private class. Same price.  She also said if you were in a position that you could not afford the class if your husband lost his job or something to talk with her and she would help.
God bless you, Zandra

PATRIETTES BASKETBALL
The Patriettes homeschool girls basketball program is hoping to add a recreational/competitive team for Freshman and Sophmore girls for the 2011-2012 season. This team will be similar to the St. Louis Patriots (Boys) “JV League” team and would play a 10 game CYC schedule from January to March. Practices would be twice a week from the second week in November until the holidays and then once a week once the season starts. We would also hope to play a couple of warm-up/practice games in December.
At this point the team will have gym access in South City for practice, although we would be open to moving if someone can provide gym time at little or no cost in West St. Louis County or St. Charles County.  Games will be at various locations in St. Louis City and County.
Generally, this team will be for girls who:
-Like basketball and have preferably have played on a basketball team before
-Want to play on a team, but are unable to meet the skill requirements or the practice, game and travel commitments of the Patriettes’ competitive teams.
-Have not completed the 10th grade, and were born on or after 7/31/94 and before 8/1/97. We will consider 8th graders born between 8/1/97 and 7/31/98 on a case by case basis.
-Are willing to accept a team concept where all girls are guaranteed playing time.
There will be a maximum of 12 players on the team. Team fees will be based on the actual projected expenses at the start of the season divided by the number of players.
Anyone interested or who has questions can contact Ted Medler at tmedler[at]gmail.com or at 3one4-4zero2-23six8

Thank-you note to Dolphin Tale participants
Dear Homeschoolers,
This is a thank-you note to all those who came to our special viewing of Dolphin Tale.  I hope that you and your family really enjoyed the movie.  Hopefully we will be able to do this again soon.
Jesse and I enjoyed the film.  I had to remind myself that this was not a Christian production company—it’s a Hollywood movie.  I would have liked it if “Hazel” had prayed to God and not her deceased mom, but all and all it was a very good flick.  Other good points:
1.  All the swimmers were dressed modestly at all times—no bikinis!!!!
2.  There was no big romance or “hanky panky” going on between the kids’ single parents.
3.  There was no lovey-dovey stuff between Hazel and Sawyer.  Loved it when she pushed him in the water at the end—much better than a kiss at their age!
4.  Someone posted that there was a swear word in one of the songs, but I honestly did not hear it.
5.  I thought the concept of homeschooling was applauded rather than criticized—that was refreshing!
Please tell all of your friends to patronize the movie at their local theater.
Be sure to check out facebook:  Dolphin Tale’s “HOMESCHOOL DAY” or “Homeschool Movie Club” to see what other homeschoolers around the nation think about the movie.  Also check out www.homeschoolmovieclub.com to see how they think it went.
Sign Up Execution:
I hope that sign-up and payment went well for most of you.  It was difficult to determine when to close sign-ups as I wanted to fill as many seats as possible.  I could confirm tickets with my SHARE group through a big group email, but it was hard to confirm with so many others as I didn’t have time to make an email group or confirm individually.  We only had two families that did not show up (as far as I know).  If you are one of these families, please let me know if you were there and did not check in with me or if I need to give you a Paypal refund:
Brinkley – 3         Grapperhaus –  3
We had a total of 259 in the 2D theater (260 was max in there)  and 83 in the 3D.
I’m open to any suggestions on improving sign-ups.  Just let me know.
Also, Ronnie’s 20 was very nice to work with…kudos to them!   And special thanks to Deb Giles for getting me excited about this whole endeavor!!!
Once again, thanks so much for your participation in this event.
Blessings!
Cathy Mullins Ekcjmullins[at]gmail.com 3one4-76nine-79six5

MBU INVITES HOMESCHOOL STUDENTS & PARENTS TO CAMPUS VISIT DAY
October 8th, Spartan Preview Day; 9 A.M. TO 1 P.M.
On October 8th we will welcome hundreds of students and parents to our campus for our college visit day. It is an opportunity for students and parents to learn more about MBU. In addition to the usual campus tours, informational meetings and giveaways we will be having a special informational meeting for our homeschool students and their parents on making the transition from dual enrollment student to freshman student at MBU.
This will be a great opportunity to learn more about the application and enrollment process, scholarships and deadlines.
If you are interested in attending please RSVP online at http://www.mobap.edu/spartan-preview-registration or call us directly at 314.392.2290.
>We’ll also have information available to those interested in dual enrollment at MBU. Feel free to invite friends who you think might be interested.

HEARING LOSS STUDY FOR CHILDREN
If your child has hearing loss, you may qualify for an important research study with Dr. Nancy Tye-Murray.
Children must meet the following study criteria
1) Children must be between ages 4 to 14
2) Children must have some degree of hearing loss
3) Children must not have major health concerns
4) Children must use English as their first language
The purpose of the research is to better understand how children with hearing loss develop auditory visual speech perception compared to children with normal hearing. There will be 4 outpatient visits (lasting about 2 hours per session). Your child will be asked to sit in a soundproof booth and provide responses to visual and auditory stimuli along with completing a number of standardized tests. Risks associated with this study are no greater than a typical hearing test, which include the risk of boredom and fatigue (frequent breaks will be provided with juice and candy reinforcement). Guardians will receive $50 per session ($200 for the four sessions); your child, a small toy prize as compensation for their time and effort. You and your child may help us understand the effects of hearing loss on the development of speech and language.
Hurry, Call Cathy Schroy at (314) 747-7148 if you are interested in having your child participate in this study.
Privacy is a policy of Washington University. All results are kept confidential, but can be made available to guardians.

STL COUNTY PARKS ACTIVITY GUIDE
Our New St. Louis County Parks Fall/Winter Activity Guide is available now.  Please double click the link below or copy it and paste into your browser to access the document.
http://www.stlouisco.com/Portals/8/docs/Document%20Library/parks/PDFs/ActivityGuide.pdf

Special Coffee House Night with John Notgrass
Friday October 7th, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Join The Family Vision for a special Coffee House Night with John Notgrass.  John will be performing original songs on guitar.  This will be a special evening.  There will be baked goods and coffee.  Admission is Free.  Call the Family Vision to sign up.
The Family Vision Library, 2020 Parkway Drive, St. Peters, MO 63376
636-447-6900
www.thefamilyvision.org

PORTRAIT OF MY PEOPLE
Avalon Theatre Company is presenting two free performances of its educational outreach production, Portrait of My People.
Saturday, October 15 @ 7:30 pm – Free Night of Theater in conjunction with TCG’s national audience building initiative. Limit 2 tickets per person. Seating is limited. To reserve tickets, visit Avalon’s website: www.avalontheatre.org and click the Free Night of Theater icon on the homepage. Fill out the short reservation form and you will be contacted with confirmation. You may also call 314-351-6482.
Sunday, October 16 @ 2:00 pm – Free performance for educators and organizations (churches, scouts) to preview show for bookings. Call 314-351-6482 for reservations.
Through personal stories and family photographs, Erin Kelley, a direct descendant of noted Shawnee leader, Tecumseh, shares her experiences of growing up in a Native American/multi-racial family. PORTRAIT OF MY PEOPLE explores modern identity and offers a fresh perspective of multiculturalism and Shawnee and Cherokee history which engages students (ages 8 and up) and adults alike. A talk back follows each performance.
PORTRAIT was part of Avalon’s 2009 season, received a Kevin Kline Award nomination for Outstanding Production for Young Audiences, and enjoyed a successful engagement at the Missouri History Museum in 2010. Running time: 45 minutes. Talk back: 15 minutes.

Deutch Country Days
From 9 am to 5 pm on October 15 & 16, 2011
The hills outside of Marthasville literally come alive with the sights and sounds of the 1800’s.  The early German immigrant’s functional lifestyle is authentically recreated as juried artisans, in period attire, demonstrate natural dyeing, German fractur, sad ironing, koppolei, wood turning, hide tanning, candle dipping, and rug the hills outside of Marthasville literally come alive with the sights and sounds of the 1800’s.  The early German immigrant’s functional lifestyle is authentically recreated as juried artisans, in period attire, demonstrate natural dyeing, German fractur, sad ironing, koppolei, wood turning, hide tanning, candle dipping, and rug braiding — just a handful of the eighty primitive skills exhibiting the early German life and trades.
Period music, whistling steam, wood smoke and the sweet fragrance of cooking sorghum fill the crisp, autumn breeze.  While watching elite craftspeople, you can savor German home cooking and try your hand at stuffing sausage!  A dated antique sorghum press driven by Missouri mules and a steam-powered sawmill complete the historic walk into Missouri’s German yesteryear.
For more information go to  http://www.deutschcountrydays.org/dcd.html

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  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, Franklin County, and Jefferson County in MO, and Madison County, Monroe County, and St. Clair County in IL, and surrounding regions). Those marked with an asterisk (*) do not take place within the target area for this list, but are open to all homeschoolers who live in the target area. 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.

New Events for 9/22/11

Remember to visit the website often, https://stlouishomeschoolevents.wordpress.com/. There you will find additional events under Ongoing Offerings, the Homeschool Business Listings and several Educational Helps, as well as the ability to search all past posts. Please feel free to forward this email to other homeschoolers and encourage them to join the email loop; found at the top of the right column.  My contact information is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions.

A TRILOGY OF MINI-TOURNEYS
The Pillar on Clayton Road will be the venue for a new kind of homeschool speech thing!  There will be a Trilogy of Mini-Tourneys and these five-round gems will be open to all homeschoolers ages 12-18.  They will run from 8am-5pm at The Pillar.  No out-rounds, no meals, no awards (no kidding!).  Just fun, fellowship and feedback for everyone.  Forensics clap for winners.  Results posted to Speechranks.
The whole purpose of such an endeavor is to increase fun and learning for students while decreasing work for moms.  Brown bag your own lunch.  We provide water and snacks.  It’s easy to get involved.  Registration is open for all three tourneys.  We will follow Stoa event rules and dress codes.  Wildcard rules will be out shortly.
COMPETITORS have four steps:
1. Email…Mrs. K to say “I’m in!”
2. Pay…by check to Mrs. K
3. Show…in tourney attire
4. Compete…with integrity
PARENTS have three steps:
1. Judge…someone else’s kid
2. Volunteer…for something
3. Call…or email Jean with questions
Here are the dates:
Oct 7:  Limited Prep (Impromptu, Apologetics, Wildcard Out of the Box)
Nov 4: Platform (Original Oratory, Persuasive, Wildcard Duo Infomercials)
Dec 9: Interp (Duo, Humorous, Wildcard Out of the Box)
Here are the areas where student volunteers are needed:
1. Timing speech rounds (great task for those under 12)
2. Taping up door postings for rounds (who doesn’t like to be issued a roll of tape?!)
Here are the areas where adult volunteers are needed:
1. Tab (low-key and transparent…if you can count, you are qualified)
2. Check-in table (slap a name tag on each student and toss them a water bottle)
3. Snacks (keep the snack bowls full and the water stocked)
4. Filing ballots (knowledge of A-B-C’s helpful)
5. Judging (kind of necessary to have a tourney)
So, hopefully you, or someone you know, will come be a part of this new thing.  It’s low-key (c’mon…just one day!), cheap (only $20 bucks per student, per tourney), and sure to be fun (9-square will make an appearance).
Have a pleasant day and contact me with any questions, registrations, checks or sentiments of “I’ll help!”
Jean Kovatovich jkovatovich[at]gmail[dot]com 314-660-2956

JA BIZTOWN HOMESCHOOL DAY
When: March 5, 2012 – Student Visit Day; January 17, 2012 – Parent Training & Curriculum Pick-Up
Where: Junior Achievement, 17339 N. Outer Forty Road, Chesterfield, MO 63005 (Northwest corner of Boone’s Crossing and 64/40)
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Registration begins online on 10/1/2011. Enroll by completing the JA BizTown homeschool enrollment form at www.jastl.org or mail the online form to the address above.
Cost:
First Time Families (binder is required) AND Returning Families that would like a new binder
1 student – $30.00
2 students – $50.00
3 students – $70.00
4 students – $90.00
Returning Families (If binder is not needed – parent brings binder)
1 student – $25.00
2 students – $45.00
3 students – $65.00
4 students – $85.00
Ages: Ages 10-13 (Priority enrollment will be given to students that have never been to JA BizTown, if a waiting list becomes necessary.)
What happens after I enroll my student for the homeschool visit day?
1. Parents attend a training session and pick up curriculum; Approximately 15 lessons are taught at home.
2. Parent Curriculum Training: January 17, 2012 – 6pm – (at JA offices)
3. Students will apply for jobs and eventually get together in small business groups. We will organize multiple business groups by location throughout the St. Louis metro area.
~Students work in assigned business groups for 7-8 lessons.
~Details on meeting place & time for business groups will vary.
4. Homeschool students come to JA BizTown for a student visit day and are prepared to assume job responsibilities, manage bank accounts, and experience life as a consumer and employer.
Questions or to request a presentation on JA BizTown at a Homeschool event: Call Jenny Eickhorst, 636-728-0707, ext. 237 or jeickhorst[at]jastl.org

JA FINANCE PARK HOMESCHOOL VISIT DAY
Junior Achievement is pleased to announce the 2012 JA Finance Park Homeschool Visit Day. With JA Finance Park, homeschool students can experience a four week curriculum in personal finance, which culminates with a visit to our facility to put the lessons into practice.
When: Monday, March 5, 2012 (The curriculum takes about 4 weeks to complete). The same day as the homeschool visit for JA Biztown
Time: Arrival: 9:15 until 9:30; JA Finance Park: 9:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
Ages: Ages 13 to 18
Where: Junior Achievement, Dennis & Judy Jones Free Enterprise Center, 17339 North Outer 40 Road, Chesterfield, MO 63005
Enroll: Online at www.jastl.org ; Look for the “Homeschool” menu under JA Finance Park, Enrollment is limited to 100 students
Student Fee: $25 per student (includes curriculum materials and visit) OR $15 per student (visit only, but must have previously participated in JA Finance Park.)
Curriculum Pick-up: Starts January 9, 2012; daily from 8:30 until 4:00. Please allow 3 business days after registration for materials to be prepared. February 3, 2012 is the last day to pick-up materials. Ask for Nancy Armstrong.
Curriculum Training: There is no formal curriculum training session for JA Finance Park. Additional information about the most efficient way to use the curriculum will be provided to new and experienced users.
Additional Information: Gary Kryvko, 636-728-0707, gkryvko[at]jastl.org
Please Note: The curriculum and all materials relating to JA Finance Park remain the property of Junior Achievement. The teacher curriculum guide must be returned on the visit day. The student workbooks are retained by the students. The student fee is not a purchase of the materials, but rather a license to use them once.

College & the Real World: A Workshop for Teens
Youth motivational speaker Grant Baldwin will lead this workshop at various St. Louis County Libraries, discussing how students can best make the transition from high school into college and the real world. Q&A topics include finances, living on your own, college, careers, and more. The first 30 teens at each workshop will receive a free copy of Grant’s book, “Reality Check.” Recommended for High School students. Parents welcome. Refreshments provided. Registration recommended.
Saturday, September 24:
Headquarters, 10:00 a.m.
Rock Road, 12:00 p.m.
Lewis & Clark, 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 8:
Natural Bridge, 10:00 a.m.
Sachs, 12:00 p.m.
Tesson Ferry, 3:00 p.m.
Sarah Wood, Assistant Manager, Youth Services
St. Louis County Library, 1640 S. Lindbergh, St. Louis, MO 63131
(314) 994-3300 ext. 2231
swood[at]slcl.org

GREEN HOMES & GREAT HEALTH FESTIVAL
Live Green, Live Healthy!
Two great Garden events join forces to help your family live Green – and live healthier!
Event: Green Homes & Great Health Festival
Date: Saturday, September 24, 2011
Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Missouri Botanical Garden
Cost: Included in Garden admission. Garden admission is $8. St. Louis City and County residents get in free before noon and $4 thereafter. Admission is free for children ages 12 and under and for Garden members.
Bring your home improvement ideas and talk with over 100 green product and service exhibitors. Enjoy local foods and live music, yoga, Tai Chi, and solar car races. Take advantage of free health screenings and shop the Green Marketplace. Help paint a Metro bus and explore the giant inflatable human colon. Learn from expert workshops and talks about the many ways that plants, air, water, soil and energy sustain our homes, our health and our living Earth.
Information about Food, Entertainment, Green Marketplace Vendors, Expert Talks, Workshops, Sponsors, Exhibitors, Maps and Directions can be found at http://www.greenhomesstlouis.org/

BOOK SIGNING
Kestrel’s Midnight Song, by J.R. Parker
Tuesday, Sep. 27, 2011    2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Join us for a book signing with J.R. Parker. Parker is the author of Kestrel’s Midnight Song, a Christian fantasy adventure novel, which he saw published at age 18.
J.R. Parker used to be a daydreaming homeschooler. Now he’s a daydreaming homeschool graduate. And it was the recording of those daydreams that eventually led him to writing novels. He started writing Kestrel’s Midnight Song around his fifteenth birthday, finished the first draft around his seventeenth birthday, and submitted it to the publisher shortly thereafter. He has lived in Idaho his whole life, but his mind resides in various pockets of the clouds.
For more information, see Parker’s blog at yodelingdwarf.blogspot.com or contact The Family Vision!
The Family Vision Library, 2020 Parkway Drive, St. Peters, MO 63376
636-447-6900
www.thefamilyvision.org

American Christian Heritage Day
Wednesday Sep. 28, 2011   2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
In honor of Missouri’s 15th Annual Christian Heritage Week (Sep. 25-Oct. 1), Dr. Catherine Millard will present “Christian Heritage in the Revolutionary War Era: The Influence of the Bible and Prayer in the Formation and Development of the American Republic.” This exciting talk will take you through the major landmarks of the American Revolution, from “The First Prayer in Congress” on September 7, 1774, to the signing of the U.S. Constitution, September 17, 1787. Adults and children of all ages will learn how the Bible and prayer were pivotal in securing our liberties.  You can count this for your history hours!
Dr. Millard is the author of eight books on the biblical foundation of the U.S., including The Rewriting of America’s History. Contact The Family Vision to sign up!
For more information on Dr. Catherine Millard, visit www.christianheritagemins.org
The Family Vision Library, 2020 Parkway Drive, St. Peters, MO 63376
636-447-6900
www.thefamilyvision.org

2011 Eureka Backdraft Rodeo
This year’s rodeo will once again be held at Lions Park in Eureka, MO, just 10 minutes west of I-44 and I-270. The rodeo is held at 7:30 PM on Friday, October 7th and Saturday October 8th, 2011. Come enjoy the Hottest Rodeo of the Year to benefit the Eureka Firefighter’s Association, the charitable foundation of the Eureka Fire Protection District firefighters and paramedics.
The Eureka Fire Protection District Firefighter’s Association is proud to present the Hottest Rodeo of the Year. It’s the 19th Annual Backdraft Rodeo. The first Backdraft Rodeo was held October 13, 1993 and has been a community event ever since. The two shows last about 3 hours each and is filled with family fun and excitement. From the kids actually chasing a calf for a cash prize, to the barrel racing to the ultimate cowboy challenge of bull riding. All competitors are actual cowboys and cowgirls making the rodeo circuit and competing for cash prizes and recognition. The Backdraft Rodeo is a Missouri Rodeo Cowboy Association (MRCA) and American Rodeo Cowboy Association (ARCA) sanctioned rodeo.
For more information go to http://www.efpd.org/?mdp=rodeo

Wilderness Wagon Rides at Shaw Nature Reserve Resume in October
The narrated wagon ride travels the 3 mile Trail House Loop Road, with stops at the Trail House and wetland bus stop.   $1.00 per person.  It’s a great way to shorten the hike to the river or to the wetlands if you have small children or non-hikers in your group.  Get off at either stop and get picked up later!  Group tours are also available on the Wilderness Wagon.  Wilderness Wagon Rides  Saturday and Sunday The Wilderness Wagon will depart the Visitor Center on the hour: 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00.  For more information go to: http://www.shawnature.org/visit/WildernessWagon.aspx

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  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, Franklin County, and Jefferson County in MO, and Madison County, Monroe County, and St. Clair County in IL, and surrounding regions). Those marked with an asterisk (*) do not take place within the target area for this list, but are open to all homeschoolers who live in the target area. 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.

New Events for 9/19/11

Remember to visit the website often, https://stlouishomeschoolevents.wordpress.com/. There you will find additional events under Ongoing Offerings, the Homeschool Business Listings and several Educational Helps, as well as the ability to search all past posts. Please feel free to forward this email to other homeschoolers and encourage them to join the email loop; found at the top of the right column.  My contact information is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions.

Explore Marvelous Migrations!

Join us on Wednesday, September 21st at the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary from 10:00 – 12:00 as we explore Marvelous Migrations!

We will showcase a few examples of animals that go the distance, take a trail walk to scout any animal travelers moving through the sanctuary on fall migration, and finish up with a migration mobile craft to take home.

Location: Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary, 301 Riverlands Way, West Alton, Mo. 63386

Fee: $3 per child (kids under 3 are free)

Please pre-register by calling Jane at (636)899-0090 or sending an email to jdrake[at]audubon.or[dot]  Let me know your name and number of children attending per family.

SPECIAL ACTING SESSION

Thursday, September 22nd – 12:30pm-1:15pm

Clarkson Studio: 14353 Manchester Rd.

Ages: Elementary-College

Cost: $5 at the door

All current BOTD students: FREE!

E-mail to reserve a space: info[at]broadwayonthedriveway.com

Don’t miss this special visit from BOTD veteran & St. Louis Christian performer, Chris O’Brien, who will be entertaining & sharing acting techniques!  Chris is a current student at Lindenwood University and intern for Stages St. Louis.

Patriot Basketball Camp/Tryout

The St. Louis Patriots Homeschool Boys Basketball Team is pleased to announce an upcoming basketball camp/tryout for homeschool boys in grades 7 through 12 on Thursdays, September 22 and 29, at Parkway South Middle School.

Thursday, September 22 and 29

6-7:45PM grades 7-8

7:45-9:30PM grades 9-12

Parkway South Middle School, 760 Woods Mill Road, Ballwin, MO 63011

The Patriot coaches will be leading the camp/tryout and there will be time for skill development and scrimmage.  This event is free.

Please pre-register via email to mjmaichel[at]sbcglobal[dot]net with –

player’s name, birthdate, grade, parents’ names, address, and cell and home phone numbers.

Players need to bring a basketball, water bottle, a dark shirt and a white shirt for scrimmaging.

Our number of team openings varies from year to year.  We will be using this camp as a tryout to fill openings on our squads.  Last year we had five squads:

2 Junior High for 7th and 8th grades  (One is a shorter season of about 10 games in a league.)

2 Junior Varsity high school levels  (One is a shorter season of about 10 games in a league.)

1 Varsity high school level

We hope to hear from you.

GO PATRIOTS!!

http://www.stlouishomeschoolbasketball.com

4-H Horsemanship Clinics

Dreamcatcher’s 4-H Horse Project group is offering a ten hour, week long course to introduce new riders to the basic techniques and theory involved in caring for, training, and riding horses. The clinic is held from Monday-Friday, September 26-30 or October 24-28, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. each day. Cost: $85 (20% discount for siblings). During this course, students will have the opportunity to groom, lead and ride a horse. They will be taught basic safety in both working on the ground with their horse and when mounted. They will be introduced to theory which will cover horse anatomy, parts of tack, and basic management practices. Each session is open to students ages 8-18. Students will be enrolled in 4-H as a part of participating in the course. Our farm is located off Highway 30 near Cedar Hill , Missouri . For more information, please contact Wendy Miller at mailto:JessexCrew[at]aol[dot]com or 314-3four1-5300.

A College Prep Home Education meeting

Prerequisites for College Admissions and High School Graduation with an Optional Planning Workshop

Where: The Pillar Foundation, 15820 Clayton Road, Ellisville, MO

When: Monday, September 26, 2011 (7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.)

This meeting will provide valuable foundational information for providing a college prep home education for your high school student.  The information presented will include specific prerequisites required for admission into college, and how to plan a tentative schedule to fulfill the requirements, plus how to provide a quality education for the classes that the home educator is uncomfortable teaching.

An optional planning workshop will follow the meeting to help families lay out a tentative schedule to fulfill high school requirements.  Bring course titles of high school classes your student has completed or will complete this year.

The meeting is free and open to all home educators in the St. Louis and surrounding areas.

Questions: Vickie and Bob Weller 636-458-5865 or collegeprep[at]earthlink[dot]net

Falling in Love with Your Family Again Week

Presented by Franklin County Christian Home Educators Fellowship

Reb and Bev Bradley

http://www.famlyministries.com

Friday, September 30, 7:00 pm – 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 1, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

First Baptist Church of Washington

111E. 14th Street

Washington, MO  63090

Admission: $10.00 per person, $25 family maximum in advance. Must be received by September 24, 2011. Make checks payable to Franklin County CHEF, and mail to Kathy Henkel, 1001 Old Cove Road, St .Clair, MO 63077

At the door: $15 per person, $35 family maximum.

Reb Bradley, father of 6, is a pastor who ministers to the Body of Christ at large. Reb has been a radio counselor and talk show host, and as a writer and national conference speaker he works diligently to strengthen the modern Christian family. He conducts seminars and teaches extensively on issues related to marriage, fatherhood, child training, and single Christian living. Reb is most noted for his bestselling book Child Training Tips: What I Wish I Knew When My Children Were Young. Reb and his wife, Beverly, have taught all six of their children at home, with three now grown and three still at home.

Beverly Bradley, Reb’s wife and mother of 6, devotes herself to raising her remaining two children, and allows time to disciple wives and mothers according to Titus2:4-5. She is a powerful communicator, and a popular speaker at women’s gatherings. She is also the teacher on the television show “Moments With Moms.” Committed to teaching the Word of God without compromise, she speaks with sensitivity, humor, and biblical wisdom in addressing issues related to motherhood, marriage, and home schooling. Her frank, transparent style leaves her listeners challenged, yet hopeful in their walks with Christ. Many, in fact, have described Bev’s ministry as “absolutely life changing.”

IRISH DANCE CLASSES

The Clarkson School of Irish Dance in Manchester, MO is offering a Beginner Homeschool Class on Tuesdays beginning Tuesday, September 20 from 1:30-2:30pm. Cost is $35 a month for 4 lessons. September fees will be $17.50 for 2 classes.

It is really one of the best Irish dance schools anywhere and is now the largest in the state.  Irish dance is a lot of fun and a great workout.  Please pass this along to any other group in the area.  The website for the school is www.clarksonschool.com

Annual Scottish Games & Cultural Festival

Friday, Sept. 30 – Gates open 5-10pm

Saturday, Oct. 1 – Gates open 8:30am-6pm

Friday Evening – Sept. 30, 2011

Gates open at 5pm

Calling of the Clans (registration) begins at 5pm

Ceremonies start at dusk (~6:40pm)

~6:45pm: Welcome

~6:50pm: Songs and Music of Scotland

~7:15pm: Torchlight Ceremony & Calling of the Scottish Clans

~7:45-10:45pm: Concert in the Alex Sutherland Music Tent

~8-9pm: Jil Chambless & Scooter Muse

~9-10pm: Ed Miller, Jil Chambless & Scooter Muse

Saturday – Oct. 1, 2011

8:30am: Gates Open

9:15am: Raising of the Flags & Official Opening Ceremony. Jill Chambless sings the National Anthem.

Followed by all day ceremonies, music, athletics, dancing, pipebands, sheepdog demonstrations, history, storytelling and more, including:

10-10:45am: Mitzi MacDonald & Keltic Reign – Alex Sutherland Music Tent

11-11:45am: Duddy Breeks – Alex Sutherland Music Tent

11:50am-12:30pm: Jil Chambless & Scooter Muse – Alex Sutherland Music Tent

12:30pm: Parade of Tartans. Ed Miller, featured singer.

1:30-2:15pm: Peat Fire Flame – Alex Sutherland Music Tent

2:30-3:15pm: Ed Miller – Alex Sutherland Music Tent

3pm: Tug-of-War – Athletic Field

3:30-4:15pm: Jil Chambless & Scooter Muse – Alex Sutherland Music Tent

4:30pm: Awards and Closing Ceremony. Ed Miller, featured singer.

5-6pm: Ed Miller, Jil Chambless & Scooter Muse – Alex Sutherland Music Tent

6:00pm: Scottish Games of 2011 Over

Throughout Saturday

Highland dancing, Piping, drumming and massed pipebands, Heavy athletic competitions, Sheep herding demonstrations, Livestock, Scottish dogs, falcons and other birds of prey demonstrations, British car exhibition, History and storytelling, Children’s activities and the Loch Ness (Nessie) Monster, Scottish and American food, beverages and merchandise, Food and beverages available from a range of vendors.

SORRY, NO PETS ALLOWED ON SITE.

For more information, including ticket prices, go to:  http://www.stlouis-scottishgames.com/

FREE Electoral College Map

C-SPAN is delighted to offer our brand new Electoral College Map poster for classrooms. This large wall poster has been updated based on the 2010 census and includes information about the Electoral College, historical election results, and key dates leading up to the 2012 presidential election that can jumpstart a variety of lessons and fit a wide range of subject matters and grade levels.

>>>FREE of charge to C-SPAN Classroom members<<<

(Limit of one poster per member and only available to members with an address inside the continental U.S.A.)

To reserve yours, simply log-in to your account and click on “Get Offer” using the link below:

http://www.c-spanclassroom.org/Special-Offers.aspx

Stossel in the Classroom 2012 DVD

http://www.stosselintheclassroom.org/selectdvd.php

John Stossel from ABC, best known for his “Give Me a Break” segments, is giving away his newest DVD called Stossel in the Classroom 2012.

Use segments from John Stossel’s television programs—specially selected by John for the classroom—to spark thoughtful, engaging, curriculum-driven class discussions. (Homeschoolers qualify for this freebie!)

Here’s what you get free with the 2012 EDITION STOSSEL IN THE CLASSROOM DVD: FREE 51-minute DVD, which includes nine segments from John Stossel television programs, chosen and edited specifically for the classroom.

In the 2012 Edition DVD are:

>Earned Success: What makes people happy? Is it money? What role does success play? This segment looks at entrepreneurship, happiness, and the American Dream.

>Cash for Clunkers: Do government programs always help? Do the outcomes match the promises? What about the unseen, unintended results? This segment looks at the Cash for Clunkers program, and its results.

>Minimum Wage: Why would anyone oppose a minimum wage? Don’t all workers deserve to be paid fairly? Don’t we need someone to protect workers from being taken advantage of? Is there a downside to minimum wage laws? Are there unintended consequences even to the well-intentioned minimum wage? Whom do such laws help? Whom do they hurt? This segment looks at the minimum wage and some unanticipated results.

>Title IX: Are you opposed to sexism? Shouldn’t men and women be treated equally? Isn’t fairness a virtuous goal? Don’t we all believe in fairness? Doesn’t Title IX simply prohibit discrimination based on sex? Can good laws have bad results? This segment looks at Title IX and some unintended consequences.

>Immigration: Why do people come to America? Isn’t America a cesspool of crass commercialism and greedy, materialistic people? What’s so great about America that while we criticize it and try to change it, millions of immigrants struggle to come here? This segment looks at the pursuit of happiness in America.

>Entrepreneurship: Why is America so prosperous? Is it our natural resources? Or is it something more? Perhaps it’s because America is a good place for entrepreneurs. This segment looks at entrepreneurship in America.

>Free Speech: Should people be allowed to offend each other? Criticize each other’s views, religion, even race? Should the government protect us from offensive speech, or protect offensive speakers? How important is free speech in a free society? How unique is freedom of speech in the world? This segment looks at free speech in America and some other countries.

>Native Americans: Shouldn’t the government help Native Americans? Isn’t that the least they can do after taking their land? Government help does help, right? This segment looks at the plight of Native Americans.

>Live Free or Die: Is our government on an unsustainable spending spree? Does it regulate too much? And does anyone really even care? This segment looks at government debt, spending, and regulation, and advancing the cause of liberty.

There is also a free downloadable and printable Teacher Guide

http://www.stosselintheclassroom.org/index.php?p=guides_all2.html&l=2  with suggested discussion topics, worksheets, quizzes, and activities for your classroom to supplement your “2012 Edition” video segments.

Order your free DVD http://www.stosselintheclassroom.org/selectdvd.php

2o11 is also still available.

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  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, Franklin County, and Jefferson County in MO, and Madison County, Monroe County, and St. Clair County in IL, and surrounding regions). Those marked with an asterisk (*) do not take place within the target area for this list, but are open to all homeschoolers who live in the target area. 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.

Friday Home School Soccer

Sorry for the late notice of this event; I just found out about it.

Friday Home School Soccer!

Some families have responded to my plea for new volunteers for this season. We all thank you. With these new or returning volunteers, we will be able to start as planned on this Friday, September 16. Please notice the new time. Each group will begin one hour earlier, making the soccer hours from 9:00 to 12:00! I still have coaching positions open — the 10:00 Boys Age 10-12 group is critical if we have more children this season! We combined the 10-12 boys and girls groups last season because of lower numbers.

If you have offered help in past seasons, I’d appreciate your offering again because I’m having trouble remembering. If you’ve been thinking about helping sometime in the future or have been holding back because you believe we have enough helpers, please consider helping this season. I would be happy to provide community service hours documentation for our college bound teens. Our teens know and love the game and would be capable coaches, and I hope they will consider taking on a leadership role. I would also encourage and welcome back some of our older teens — the ones who have been busy with dual enrollment or college — to teach our youngest generation of homeschoolers.

FRIDAY HOMESCHOOL SOCCER

(Open to all children of all homeschool families regardless of group affliation)

Every Friday, September 16 through October 28

Fenton Athletic Association’s Henderson Fields

Cost: $5.00 per player per season

A Signed Waiver/Release of Insurance Requirement form required

NEW TIMES: EACH GROUP BEGINS ONE HOUR EARLIER THAN LAST SEASON

9:00 AM Boys and Girls Ages 13 and older

10:00 AM Boys ages 10 – 12; Girls Ages 10 – 12

11:00 AM Boys and Girls Ages 4 – 5; 6 – 7; 8 – 9

This information may be shared with your homeschool friends. New families may start any week, but the cost will remain the same. We encourage weekly attendance because it makes soccer more fun for all of us. Come and enjoy the cool fall weather, some good friends, and some soccer time. I like to say thank you to all our returning and new volunteers. This season would not be possible without your help!

9:00 AM Combined Boys and Girls Ages 13 and up

Abby Wood, returning

Should we have a sufficient increase in attendance, we will separate the boys and girls again.

An older teen will be put in charge of the second field.

10:00 AM Girls or Combined Boys and Girls Ages 10-12

Darlene Fallon, Returning

Sarah Fallon, Returning

Head Coach Sub Needed

10:00 AM Boys Ages 10-12

Head Coach Needed

Head Coach Sub Needed

Helper Needed

11:00 AM Ages 8-9

Abby Wood, Returning

Head Coach Sub Needed

Weekly/Rotational Helper Needed

11:00 AM Ages 7-8

Lisa Presti, Returning

Joel Sipe, Returning

Sub Needed

11:00 AM Ages 4-5 Sarah Wood, Returning

Michael Pfeegor, Rotational

Deborah Dodge, Tentative/New

Karen Brandt, New (or Abby’s Sub)

Nathan Amiri, New helper

TO BE ASSIGNED:

Katherine Sipe, New helper

Ben Sipe, Returning helper

Anne Sipe, New helper

Carly Leigraf, Returning helper

I would also appreciate a few parents coming early to help with the first day registration. Please contact me at homeschoolsoccer[at]sbcglobal[dot]net if you are able to fill any of these positions.

Parents of our 4s and 5s are asked to stay near their playing field during their soccer hour. The 4s and 5s are prone to wander away looking for their parents because they need a drink or a bathroom break or some comfort. Your being there and closely watching the children and maybe being an extra set of eyes or hands when needed really makes a big difference in how smoothly the hour runs. I would appreciate it very much.

Fenton Athletic Association has, again, graciously allowed us to play with a waiver. A parent from each family must sign the waiver before your child plays soccer. Please print out the attached form, complete and bring it with you on your first day. It will be busy so come early to sign up.

The address for Fenton Athletic Association’s Henderson Fields is: 945 Larkin Williams Road, Fenton, MO, 63026-3136. Henderson Field is just south of Fenton City Park’s east side entrance (Sweaney Drive) and the Union Hall. Turn into Henderson Field. We are playing on the first two fields to your left.

Rain-out announcements will be made through the Friday Homeschool Soccer address, my personal address, and on the WCCHE thread. Please check your e-mail after 7:30 AM on Fridays.

Parents, if you are unable to attend soccer with your children, please ask another family to adopt them for the day. Players 16 years or older may bring younger siblings as long they or another parent are able to watch them.

Should you wish to bring a ball, please make sure the ball is clearly marked with your name.

If you are new to Friday Homeschool Soccer, I recommend that you bring plenty of water, a snack, a blanket and toys for babies/toddlers, and a lawn chair for Mom. Enclosed shoes are necessary ( no sandals or flips). Rubber soccer cleats aren’t essential to begin. They help prevent sliding on wet or dew-covered grass. Shin guards are probably a good long-term idea because little guys do a lot of misplaced kicking.

Thanks for reading all the way to the bottom,

Sarah Wood    homeschoolsoccer[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

New Events for 9/15/11

Remember to visit the website often, https://stlouishomeschoolevents.wordpress.com/. There you will find additional events under Ongoing Offerings, the Homeschool Business Listings and several Educational Helps, as well as the ability to search all past posts. Please feel free to forward this email to other homeschoolers and encourage them to join the email loop; found at the top of the right column.  My contact information is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions.

MHM Homeschool Day

Monday, September 19

This month’s activities are inspired by the special exhibit AMERICA I AM: THE AFRICAN AMERICAN IMPRINT.  This is a paid exhibit, but we’re able to offer you free tickets with reservations only.  Please be sure to RSVP on our website, mohistory.org/homeschool, before midnight on Sunday, September 18.  Thank you in advance!

As always, MHM Homeschool Days are completely free!  Activities are designed for a wide range of ages.  The event runs from 10:00-2:00, and you can spend as much or as little time with us as you’d like.

We communicate information about Homeschool Days mostly via email.  If you’ve been forwarded this message and would like to make sure you stay in the loop for future Homeschool Days, please sign up for our homeschool e-newsletter by clicking here.

We’re looking forward to seeing you on Monday, September 19!

Lee Auditorium, 11:00-12:00

THEATRE: “Hip Hop Aesop Jazzed, Bopped, and Beat-Box”

The Black Rep Touring Company invites you to experience a new spin on 10 classic Aesop Fables, adapted into the form of a play by J. E. Franklin.  Fables include: “The Boy Who Cried Wolf,” The Tortoise and The Hare,” “The Bee and Jupiter” just to name a few!  This production offers children the opportunity to see there are consequences to actions in a most entertaining and thought provoking way.  This play is recommended for grades K-8, but all are welcome!

Location TBA, 10:00-11:00

POETRY WORKSHOP WITH MK STALLINGS

Words can be powerful when well chosen and placed.  As we reflect on the past and present of civil rights in our community, knowing how to put what we’re feeling into words can be a challenge.  Poet MK Stallings, founder of Urban Artist Alliance for Child Development, Inc. (UAACD), will help your children find their voice.  All are welcome; this activity is best for grades 5 and up.

AT&T Multipurpose Room, 1:00-2:00

DUNHAM DANCE WORKSHOP

Celebrate the career of Miss Katherine Dunham and her contributions to Saint Louis and the world.  Join professional Dunham dancer Leslie Arbogast for a workshop that will get you moving!

Kirkwood Roots Gallery (behind Lindbergh), 12:00-1:00

KIDS AND CURATOR: KIRKWOOD ROOTS

Kirkwood is a beautiful community in St. Louis County that has changed dramatically over nearly 160 years.  African Americans have always been an important part of Kirkwood, from its rural roots, through the challenges of desegregation of schools and businesses, to today.  Join Missouri History Museum curator David Lobbig and sculptor Thomas Sleet as they present this exhibit’s evocative objects and interviews that help to tell this story.

America I AM: The African American Imprint, 12:30-1:00

CELEBRATING THE MUSICAL IMPRINT

Missouri History Museum intern Amy Laemmli invites you on a special tour of America I AM celebrating the African American imprint on the world of music.

Reflections Gallery, 12:30

STORY TIME

Sometimes we all need a good story to help us understand the big ideas in a museum exhibit.  Our youngest homeschool students will love this story time!

Schnucks Classroom, 10:00-2:00

CRAFT: CREATING MY IMPRINT

America I AM celebrates the African American imprint on our nation.  What will your student’s imprint be?  Come create a craft that invites reflection on who we are and what we can offer our communities.  Our classroom has a limited number of seats, but this workshop is open all day!

America I AM: The African American Imprint, Tickets required.  Tickets free to families with reservations only., Open all day

AMERICA I AM GALLERY EXPLORATION

America I AM: The African American Imprint celebrates African American contributions to our nation through artifacts, documents, multimedia, photographs and music. Designed to unite and educate Americans of all cultures, ages and backgrounds, the exhibition features more than 200 artifacts.  Your children will gain a better understanding of the indelible African American imprint on our nation.

Third Annual SLCHA Fall English Country Dance

invitation from The St. Louis Catholic Homeschool Association (SLCHA) Dance Committee

With LIVE BAND Hibernia Station and Caller Kimberly

Where: St. Martin De Porres Catholic Church’s gym, 615 Dunn Road, Hazelwood, MO, 63042

When: Saturday, October 1, 2011 6:30-9:30 pm

Admission: $4 per person/$20 per family, children 5 and under free.

Dress: Semi-formal. All clothing must be MODEST. Questions, visit http://www.purefashion.com/modesty for women except that skirts must reach below the knee.

What to Bring: Please bring a snack to share. Please, nothing sticky or very messy!

Questions? Contact slchadancecommittee@yahoo.com

ECD is fun and easy! Bring the whole family! Grandparents too!

In order to promote safety and fun for all, all under age 18 are required to have a “designated parent” for the evening. This parent is responsible for you and must be present during the dance.

There will two FREE RAFFLES for all purchasing admission prior to 6:45 pm. Prizes are as follows:

– Free Admission: The winner will receive $4.00 (the value of one admission.)

Winner must be aged 6 or older  (since children 5 and under are admitted free.)

– Special Surprise Raffle:

Anyone who can dance can enter this one. It’s a surprise!

Homeschool Morning at the Magic House

Begins October 3!

9:30-11:30 a.m.

EXCITING NEWS: For all the dates, the price will only be $3.00 per person!!!!!

Dear Homeschoolers,

After some conversation with the nice folks at the Magic House, we have convinced them 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.  My goal 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 1 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 will be raised.

>There is no September, December, nor January event.

>Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m.

>Mark your calendar for the following dates:

October 3, 2011

November 7, 2011

February 6, 2012

March 5, 2012

~If you have any questions, please contact Cathy Mullins at Ekcjmullins[at]gmail[dot]com~

Home School Enrichment Open House

Friday, September 23, 2010; 11:00am -12:00pm

Youth Learning Center, 4471 Olive St., St. Louis, MO 63108

Open House activities include:

• Tour of our facility

• Open discussion about new home school programming

• Sample animation class

• Much More!

Refreshments will be provided! Hope to see you there!

Please RSVP to Courtney Jones by September 22nd:

cjones[at]ylc-stl.org or by phone:(314)531-9916 ext. 18

Kirkwood’s Greentree Festival

Kirkwood’s Greentree:  Greentree Festival 2011:  Travel Around the World! Community parade and festival with crafts, historic crafts and reenactments.

FREE TO THE PUBLIC.  Held in Kirkwood Park, at the corner of Geyer Road and Adams Avenue.

Hours for the Festival are:

For 2011, the dates are as follows:

Friday, September 16

Saturday, September 17

Sunday, September 18

For more information go to http://www.kirkwoodmo.org/content/2025/greentree-festival.aspx

*Old Mine Open House

09/17/2011 | Missouri Mines State Historic Site | Park Hills, MO

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Experience the historic site’s mining/mineral museum free of charge and see special mining-related exhibits and demonstrations. Retired miners, millmen and other lead-company workers will be invited as special guests to talk with you about old mining machinery, historic lead-mining practices, and life in the Old Lead Belt in the “good old days.”

4000 State Hwy. 32, P.O. Box 492, Park Hills, MO | Tele: 573-431-6226

New American Heritage Girls Troop MO1412

Our Troop’s first meeting will be on Tuesday September 20, 2011 at Twin Oaks Christian School.  The Troop will meet the first and third Tuesday of each month from 3:30 to 5:00 pm (3:00 to 3:30pm will be snack time and socializing).  All girls from our St. Louis community are very welcome to participate.  Amy Kendrick is our Troop Coordinator.

Questions about joining up? Twin Oaks Christian School Office:

636-861-1901

TOCSoffice[at]twinoaksschool[dot]org

Need more info? Website:

Twin Oaks Christian School link (under student life)

http://www.twinoakschristianschool.org/student_life.cfm?subpage=1342057

Wolf Fest 2011

Endangered Wolf Center

September 24 & 25th, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Admission is $20.00 per carload – event to be held rain or shine (no pets allowed)

No reservations are required, for a detailed schedule of events call 636-938-5900

http://www.endangeredwolfcenter.org

Located between Valley Park and Eureka at I-44 and Exit 269 (Antire/Baumont) north side of the highway on Washington University’s Tyson Research Center

Special activities for kids, local canine group demonstrations, animal enrichment activities, face painting, coloring contest, local conservation groups, food & refreshments, games, etc….

Youth Day Celebration at Our Lady of the Snows

Sun., Sept. 25 – JUNIOR & SENIOR HIGH DAY
11 A.M. – 8:15 P.M.
Amphitheatre

Youth Day Celebration offers an energized day of prayer, evangelization and community for junior and senior high students. Featuring nationally-known Catholic speakers and talented Christian musicians, Youth Day offers a refreshing and inspiring look at the young Church gathered and sent forth to spread the Gospel through their actions and words.  Features keynote talks, music, fun activities, service opportunities, social time with representatives from various religious orders and ministries, Mass, dinner and concert.
Cost is $20 with dinner provided.

Advance registration is required. snowsyouthministry.org

Letters About Literature contest

The guidelines for the 2012 annual Letters About Literature contest are now available from the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Letters About Literature is an essay contest which allows school students grades 4-12 to write a letter to their favorite author about how his or her work affected their lives. Missouri has participated in this contest since 1995 and has had terrific levels of participation from across the state. An awards ceremony is held for the statewide winners every spring at the State Information Center in Jefferson City, sponsored by the Missouri Center for the Book.  Please share this information with English and literature teachers and school librarians for grades 4-12.  Access the guidelines, or find out more about the Missouri Center for the Book today.

Cultural Arts Commission Seeking Acts for International Festival

The Maryland Heights Cultural Arts Commission is currently accepting music and dance act submissions for the International Festival to be held on February 26, 2012. Previous events have brought Irish song and dance groups; Brazilian music and dance; Haitian dance; colorful arts, crafts and jewelry; delicious international cuisine; and so much more. New performers and vendors are added every year and no two festivals are the same.

All submissions MUST be submitted via a CD. CD’s must be labeled with group name, group contact, group phone number and number of performers. Submissions should be sent to Maryland Heights Parks and Recreation, c/o Angela Ament, 2344 McKelvey, Maryland Heights, MO 63043. For an information inquiry, please email Angela at aament[at]marylandheights[dot]com

Act submission deadline is Monday, Oct. 31.

*”It’s Your History” Tour

09/30/2011 | Missouri State Museum | Jefferson City, MO

Tour time: 2 p.m .- 3 p.m.

Missouri State Museum staff will offer a series of “It’s Your History” tours, which will take you behind the scenes into the collections. Have you ever wondered where the artifacts are stored? Are you curious what a curator actually does? Then you should join us for a unique tour. The Missouri State Museum is your museum and focuses on preserving your history. You will see where the collections are stored, hear a little bit about what it takes to preserve varied types of artifacts, and get a glimpse at the ongoing conservation efforts. Some of the museum’s collections of Civil War flags and other prized artifacts will be on view. These tours will occur at the new Riverside Collections Facility.  The tours are free and no reservations are required. Please meet at the front entrance of 117 N. Riverside Drive 10 minutes prior to the start of the tour.

First Floor, State Capitol, 201 W. Capitol, Jefferson City, MO | Tele: 573-751-2854

Kids’ Night on Broadway

Presents “The Addams Family”

For specially priced student rates for this event on 9/29/11, contact:

Kathryn Ballard, Executive Director

Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation

Our Address/Phone have changed

4500 West Pine Blvd., #301, St. Louis, MO  63108

PH: 367-1573 FAX: 367-1379

kathryn@foxpacf.org

http://www.foxpacf.org

Masterworks Children’s Choruses

Do You Love to Sing?

If so, you are invited to join Masterworks Children’s Chorus (Grades 2-5) and Youth Chorale (Grades 6-12)

We provide a professional approach to the understanding of vocal music through the training and performance of quality choral literature. Sequential learning opportunities are designed to carry each young singer from beginning to advanced stages of musicianship and vocal development, with particular emphasis on healthy technique and good intonation. Repertoire will focus on selections suitable for young voices, ranging from folk-songs to jazz, and from classics to Broadway, with lyrics in a variety of modern and classical languages.

REHEARSALS are every Thursday at:

Saint Paul United Church of Christ, 115 West “B” Street, Belleville, Illinois 62220

Children’s Chorus (grades 2-5); rehearses from 4:30-5:45 p.m.

Youth Chorale (grades 6-12); rehearses from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Tuition: $325/year. Payment Plans and Financial Assistance are available.

For more information and/or to schedule an audition, contact:

Mrs. Becky McGrady, Chorus Manager at 618-257-2761 or MCC[at]singmasterworks[dot]org

or visit www.singmasterworks.orgwww.org

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  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, Franklin County, and Jefferson County in MO, and Madison County, Monroe County, and St. Clair County in IL, and surrounding regions). Those marked with an asterisk (*) do not take place within the target area for this list, but are open to all homeschoolers who live in the target area. 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.

New Events for 9/12/11

Remember to visit the website often, https://stlouishomeschoolevents.wordpress.com/. There you will find additional events under Ongoing Offerings, the Homeschool Business Listings and several Educational Helps, as well as the ability to search all past posts. Please feel free to forward this email to other homeschoolers and encourage them to join the email loop; found at the top of the right column.  My contact information is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions.

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis presents Joshua’s Boots

An Opera for Young People by Adolphus Hailstork and Susan Kander

Touhill Performing Arts Center, University of Missouri-St. Louis

Joshua’s Boots, set in 1878, is the dramatic story of an African American teenage boy who escapes from a lynch mob to find a new life in Kansas as one of the many black cowboys who flourished in the western frontier.

2011 School Performances:
November 16 and 17, 9AM and 11AM
November 18, 10AM
Tickets are $6 for students and teachers. For reservations call (314) 963-4251 or email 251@opera-stl.org.

2011 Public Performance:
November 18, 7PM
To purchase tickets for the public performance or to view a map to the Touhill Performing Art Center, please click here.

Recommended for grades 4-12

Free docent visits available upon request (call (314) 963-4251 or email 251@opera-stl.org). The Joshua’s Boots study guide can be found here.

Presented in partnership with the Touhill Performing Arts Center

Made possible with a leadership gift from Dana Brown Charitable Trust, U.S. Bank Trustee and with generous support from Monsanto Fund.

MOSAICS Festival for the Arts

September 16-18, 2011
Friday 4:00pm – 9:00pm / Saturday 11:00am – 9:00pm / Sunday 11:00am – 5:00pm
Visual Arts Exhibition
Join 110 juried and invited artists at the seventeenth annual MOSAICS (Missouri Festival For the Arts) along scenic historic Main Street in St. Charles, Missouri, next to the banks of the beautiful Missouri River. Artists selected by a distinguished panel of jurors will exhibit and sell original art work across a variety of mediums, including painting, clay, sculpture, photography, print making, pastels, drawing, wood, jewelry, metalwork, glass, art to wear and mixed media at all price points. More than $5,000 in cash prizes is awarded to participating artists. Festival is promoted through marketing communications efforts across the St. Louis metropolitan region.
Performing Arts
Outstanding live entertainment compliments the MOSAICS festival experience, featuring a variety of performing artists from across the region offering traditional favorites and eclectic stylings.
Children’s Village – Located in the 300 block of North Main Street
The Children’s Village has something for the younger set at the Festival as well. Children attending the festival are invited to visit our special place where kids of all ages can learn about and try their hand at art. MOSAICS provides the supplies necessary for them to create their own souvenir of their visit to the MOSAICS Festival of the Arts – Missouri 2011. Childrens’ Village is organized by the Foundry Art Centre with supervision by professional artists and experienced art teachers for a hands-on experience.
Art for Youth Gallery
Mosaics in partnership with Lindenwood University will setup a gallery for young patrons. Young patrons under 18 will be able to purchase original art for a nominal amount during MOSAICS Festival for the Arts – Missouri 2011. Young patrons will be admitted to the Gallery without adults. Artists participating in the festival and other area artists donate original art for this area.

“Nature Play” Schedule Fall 2011

Connecting children to nature has beneficial effects on a child’s health and development.  As children continue to spend less time outdoors, they lose touch with the natural world.  “Nature play” programs reconnect children to nature and give them an opportunity to learn while making new discoveries, observations and adventures!

September 27:  Nature’s Crayons

Nature is full of different colors! Discover these colors by “coloring” your own nature bag while we go on a hike around the Center.

October 4: Curiosity Cabinet

Join our scavenger hunt to fill your own “curiosity cabinet” with objects in nature.

October 11: Camouflage Detective

Explore the outdoors by investigating critters that blend in with their surroundings!

October 18: Web Weavers

Learn about one of nature’s amazing architects, the spider, and create a web of your own.

October 25: Pumpkin Patch Pickin’

Learn how pumpkins grow, visit our “pumpkin patch” to find a pumpkin to decorate and enjoy a pumpkin snack.

November 1: Colors of Fall

Look for the colors of fall while exploring our outdoor classrooms. Use items collected along the way to create a wreath, place mat and other works of art.

Time:  3:45-5:00pm

Ages:  Pre-K through 2nd grade

Cost:  $8 per student/ program (includes all materials)

Payment must be received in advance of the registered class.

Pre-registration is required for each program!  Space is limited!

To register for a class, contact:

Kathleen Evans at 314-725-8314 X 105 or kevans[at]thegreencenter[dot]org

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  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, Franklin County, and Jefferson County in MO, and Madison County, Monroe County, and St. Clair County in IL, and surrounding regions). Those marked with an asterisk (*) do not take place within the target area for this list, but are open to all homeschoolers who live in the target area. 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.